First sceneries for a pirate-harbour

Last week I made some really nice finds to 
my pirate-skirmish-project. It costed me
only 3 Euros second hand and the condition
of these pieces are really good.
A friend of mine told me that these items
are from the playmobil range but the scale
doesn´t show and it will fit in perfectly after
some extra work. I am planing to make
a rocky base for my watch-tower and inside
I will make a stone-pavement to be able to
post a naval-cannon.
The very top of the watchtower will also be
fitted with a larger-base to be able to place
figures as guards or scouts.
The prison-fortress will be fitted with a 
upper compartment and also a roof.
The lower-compartment will be fitted with
a opening to be able to fit a naval gun
inside.Squares are already made on two
sides so the placing of these openings are
already decided. The last find is a very toy-
like small island and I am not sure what to
use this for or how to convert it.Maybe I will
figure out this later.The baseplate to this island
is very useful only to glue on some sand
and place as a small obstacle or scatterterrain.
Very great finds indeed and now I only need to
make some islands and a small village and a harbour. :)


Industrial crane and shelters

During my search for useful terrain for my hobby I
have stumbled over some more nice find.
For only a sum of 5 Euros I got a crane and a recoil-
less gun and finally a boat. I also found some fences
that will be upgraded to palisades.The tank on wheels
will be used as a desired watertank in Fallout skirmish.
All of these are very useful and I Think the crane will
look really nice with some paint.
I will also scratchbuild a horizontal "arm"

to mount on the crane for the right look.
The tubes are made of ø110mm drain-pipes that
are cut into two. They will be shelters and fitted
with doors and windows. The pipe is made of
plastic and I will sand the surface to make the
paint stick better. All the shelter-models will be
mounted on top of bases and I will make a cutout
in the plate to be able to fit the figures inside.
A new report will soon be published showing these
projects above completed.


Trenches and sandbags

In my plans to build up useful scenery to my future games
I have now completed 3 strongholds with sandbags and

trenches. I bought 3 plastic toys on second hand and
decided to make use of these for some weeks ago.
The camonet is once again gauze that is dipped in pva
and then mounted on top of the obstacles.
On the last picture you can see how it looked before
the paintjob started.
I am quite pleased with the result and is looking forward
using them on the gaming-table.


A new mecha to the russians

When I bought my Cadian-pack second hand I also found
a mecha that I couldn´t resist.It only cost me 5 Euros and

the decision was not to hard to make. :)
It will be used to my russians in the game Secrets of the
third reich and as you can see it will give a lot of support
to the ground troops (PBI).
I also chose to repaint it and the pictures show the mecha
before and after.The mecha is still work in progres and
I will add more shading and details and also rust and
finally some russian markings.I have also made some work
on the base and the bricks are cutout from the plastic
blisters. Great fun indeed.


Imperial guard and police

My life is rather hectic right now but I am still struggling.
I am trying to get more freetime for my hobby but the 
priority for this i rather low at the moment.
Two weeks ago my friend David offered me to buy some 
second hand Imperial guards from Games workshop.
This was a nice offer and the price was very resonable.
For 15 Euros I got supportweapons for my Cadians and
also some specialcharacters. I will make the support-
weapons modular and use both Lascannons and Autocannons
and this will give me a extra punch on the gaming table.
I will also make use of the heavy weapons to scratchbuild
some mechas for the game Secrets of the third reich.
The most of the standing figures will be used in Fallout skirmish
but also be converted to policemen and riotpolice.

I am planning to start a project that will get the
title Law and order and for this I need some good
guys because bad guys I already have in my collection. 


How it all started for me

This report I have planned in my mind for a long time.
I started collecting and playing games in the eighties and
it all started with a catalogue from the tin-soldier-
company Prince August. In 1987 I frequently visited all
of my local hobby-stores and also toy-stores because
they offered a lot of nice models and extras.
In one toy-store named ""Leksaks-city" they had put some
Prince August-catalogues on display and they were all
free and advertisement but I missed the last one and
asked the sales-woman behind the counter how I could
get one of these catalogues myself and she helped me with a
postadress. I sent a ppostcard and one week later I
got one of these catalogues in my letter-box.
This catalogue inspired me a lot and I read it over and over
again but I didn´t start ordering the moulds until years later.
My first tin-figure was also a Prince August and I got it
as agift from my friend Felix when I tested the very famous
role-playing game Drakar and demoner in the middle of
the 80-ies.It was a skeleton-warrior with a cape and I
liked it a lot and it only took a week before I bought my
first paintset from Airfix. These paints were not so good and
they were not waterbased and smelled real bad.
Eventhough this fact I managed to paint the skeleton and
it is my favourite still. 
Next figure was a orc-captain and this is better painted and
also highlighted and my skilled has improved a bit.

My first ready-made tinfigure I have bought was
a lizard man in the scale of 15mm.
The figure had a big axe originally but this was lost
during the years. 
Prince August also released some fine-detail-figures
and my two first were the orc with a standar and
a bartender. Both these figures I have worked a lot
with but back then I didn´t know how to paint and
also the paints were a bit primitive.
Lastly I want to show one of my favourite figures that
I bought at location in the UK in 1988.
My father and I went for a holiday-trip to the UK and
we rented a car and drowe from London and up to the 
northern top of Scotland and back to the south and 
also Wales before getting back to capital.
In Nottingham(Hill top) I also visited Games workshop
but I didn´t buy any figures but it was a nice visit.
On Oxford-street in the GW-shop I bought a lot of
figures and when we arrived at Heathrow I had
6 kilos of overweight in my back-pack but I was lucky
and was granted to enter the plane back to Sweden.

When I look back and reflect how my hobby has
affected me I am really happy whith the result.
many times when I have been very stressed or
moody it has given me joy and for all those out
there that has not decided yet if this hoby is
something for them to explore, my advise is:
test it!!!