Category Archives: 15mm Miniatures Wargames

Flatpack Moscow 4 – Gorky Park

Six hundred and forty one windows later, MOSCOW is looking fairly complete.I really enjoyed painting this project for a few minutes each evening, just chilling out.


Moscow looking north west

One late addition to the city is the treeline at GORKY PARK (Парк горького). I kept thinking that the northeast corner of the city was a little bare, so trees were the answer.


Moscow looking south west

Spring/high summer won out over the more colourful autumn or the equally tempting bare branches of winter. I couldn’t resist adding a few tables with parasols.

IMGP0143 The summer delights of Gorky Park

It is tempting to keep faffing and adding more detail, but the template is ready to game with. Saint Basil’s can wait for now. I shall hunt for some more suitable statues than the Space marines some day.

IMGP0140 Moscow looking south east

The Kremlin and Red Square are looking suitably red, but they will have to wait until the city is retaken for a proper May Day parade. The Fascists may yet be strutting up and down for a while longer.

IMGP0144Red Square looking south east

IMGP0141Moscow looking north east


Filed under 15mm Miniatures Wargames, Eastern Front, Modelling, WWII

Liebsters – Hate ‘em – but Thanks

Actually it’s chain letters that I hate; but as Graham Evans, (thanks Graham), gave me a mention on the Liebster Award without telling me that his Great Aunt in South Africa has recently passed away, mentioned me in her will and needs my bank account details, I have no grounds to be curmudgeonly.

1. Why did you start blogging?
Much easier than updating a website that Virgin kept throttling.

2. If you could change one thing about the wargaming hobby, what would it be?
The minority aversion to soap and speciality men’s grooming products, such as toothpaste.

3. What is best in life?
Oh God! Another Emmy Award opportunity to forget to mention the one person who is going end up putting on the Pouty Bat Face.


Nobody else cares that I love my Wife, Mother and Friends. I’m certainly not going to confess to any obsessive addiction to computer games or studying obscure ailments of the lower limb, or beer, or WarHamster 40p, or fast women. It has to be kayaking!

Warhamster 40K Black Templar by ursulav

4. Do you want to live forever?

When the planet is engulfed in firey ashes, you will still not have started the first measurable picofraction of your existence. Does the questioner not understand how infinity works?


5. Fame or fortune?
I’m already infamous as Gale Porter’s stunt double.

6. What miniatures are you most proud of having painted?
The Airfix LEM that used to sit in the entrance lobby of Frederick Gough Grammer School back in 1969.

7. How do you deal with burn out?
Fresh fuel and firelighters. 

Leningrad Cowboys8. Why is a raven like a writing desk?
Because writing desks clearly also like to hang about by motorways pecking out the eyes of roadkill.


9. Star Wars or Star Trek?
Babylon 5.

10. If you could only buy from one miniature company from now on, which one would it be?
Spencer Smith. But it’s hypothetical, so I’m going to carry on purchasing from Peter Pig, PSC, Zvezda and all the others.

11. What is your favourite takeaway?

Frikadelle mit Pommes und Mayo bitte – kein Senf.

Most everyone else already has been nominated. That’s the problem of coming in at the end of these pyramid nomination schemes. Instead, I’ve updated my sidebar a little … enjoy

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Flatpack Moscow

The Axis powers have been occupying a purpose-built MOSCOW tile  for some time now, but before its next game it is time to add a few more flat vertical dividers in the style of KHARKOV. Here is the baseboard before it gets the Ikea makeover. The NKVD would approve of the wild inaccuracy of this German intelligence model of the city for briefing LittleHitler.


This is the view a Heinkel pilot would have trying to bomb the centre of Moscow:


And here is how the model usually appears from the east with its fill-in buildings. Native Muscovites are entitled to look confused at this point:


I have a thing about the colour of concrete. Our minds tell us that it is Portland Cement grey. In reality it is usually dustier, lighter and more of a biscuit shade. Even so, MOSCOW needs greying a little to get rid of the African Shanty Town look. Blackadder may feel that more elephants and fewer armament factories are needed. To be continued …


Filed under 15mm Miniatures Wargames, Modelling, WWII

This Used to be Such a Nice City …

Once the basecoat was dry, block colours followed, then black to outline the windows :



And a limited palette of  colours to provide depth …


This used to be a People’s Paradise *Sigh*




Filed under 15mm Miniatures Wargames, Modelling, WWII

Built-up Areas – Going all Tony Hart

Readers of a certain age will remember Vision-on and Tony Hart*. There have always been variations on a theme of Charles Grant’s ruined buildings (with or without the not-ruined covers), and the success of Graham and Phil’s built-up areas seen previously got me thinking about variations on the “rows of burned out windows”. I wanted to do  something like the cut out skylines that you see in collages of cityscapes. In other words, a profile with a bit of depth created by shading and layers to create the illusion of a city rather than a 1/100 bombed out building.

Still bemused? Here is the first cut using cork, card, basswood and thin marine ply :


Test for contrast :


And the first undercoat with added detail for the illusion of depth:


A bit of painting to follow …

There is a lot of good stuff around on blogs at the moment, so of course I can’t find the links that I just know are there :

Bob Cordery’s L-shaped buildings :

*Everyone else will just Thumble-it on their Smartphones


Filed under 15mm Miniatures Wargames, Modelling, WWII

Men Looking Heroic in Trucks

More progress on the motor rifle infantry leaves them ready to play as Green troops in their first battle with a basecoat, ink wash and helmets painted. Faces and detail to follow.  Motor Rifle 3 My original Peter Pig trucks have had a drybrush of the Crafter’s Acrylic Cashmere that I have been using for the Soviets to produce the light stone colour that is sometimes seen on vehicles.

Motor Rifle 4Hopefully,  the authentic Soviet  ‘Posing Heroically in Trucks’ look has been nailed!




Filed under 15mm Miniatures Wargames, Infantry, Modelling, Soviet Army, Trucks, WWII