You’ve got to do something to keep the kids occupied by the end of half-term even if it does mean doing something that you like doing….Model Dad and son unbox the biggest hunk of junk this side of the Galaxy…
The Boys from Kent done good again and have got Episodes 10 and 11 of their own brand of After Action Reports out over the Bank Holiday weekend. You can download direct just by clicking here:
You know, I can’t think of many hobbies so multi-faceted as wargaming. You have gaming, modelling, painting, photographing, trade shows…research; and then, over the last decades or so, all the electronic stuff like blogging, websites and online gaming. I suppose that’s part of its enduring appeal.
Why am I wittering on about this? Well, a good example of how all these aspects can be distilled into a heady brew would be what the chaps at House of Hengist Comics are doing with Flames of War:
House of Hengist are a research and wargaming group based in a corner of Kent who are refighting aspects of Operations CRUSADER and BARABAROSSA and documenting the outcomes of these 150 or so games through 87 After Action Reports in Commando-esque comic book format:
There’s lots to like here whatever your interest. Flames of War is often unfairly maligned as a tank-park full of competitive play so its really refreshing to see Mark and the lads fighting it out through historical scenarios on some inspirational tables. The emphasis is on story telling and good sportsmanship using their own take on the 2nd edition rules:
The comics are free to download from the House of Hengist website and the group are on the look out for local players in Kent as well as others wanting to participate in similar endeavours. Swing by, make and comment or join up.
The last copy of in my current subscription of the AK Interactive’s The Weathering Magazine arrived yesterday. I’d always wanted to learn about weathering techniques and, until I found out about Mig Jimenez’s FAQ2, thought that I’d be resigned to picking up the occasional tip by reading all those the modelling magazines on the sly in WHSmith:
When I found out that Mig was going to publish a magazine soley devoted to weathering I was over the moon. To then discover that each issue would be devoted to a particular type of weathering nearly sent me over the edge. Well, I exaggerate. But an opportunity to read about different techniques for chipping, dust, fuel, oil and, as an opening shot, rust (a topic close to my heart) was too good an opportunity to miss.
You’re guaranteed around 8 well illustrated articles covering a range of methods and subjects. All scales and a types of models are discussed (AFVs, boats, trains, aircraft, robots, buildings, etc.) and with reference photos and with totty to boot you really can’t go wrong! Cue gratuitous gun nudity :)
God Bless the Spaniards!