Wednesday, 21 February 2018

GASLANDS - From Building And Painting Little Toy Cars

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

>> You know, hope is a mistake. If you can't fix what's broken, you'll, uh... you'll go insane. - Max Rockatansky

Well, it's not that bad. Painting small toy cars shouldn't be that hard. In fact, it's pretty easy and a lot of fun! In this little tutorial, I'll explain how I did it.

First off you will need a car (obviously). I get mine in the supermarket, toy shops or at the flea market (and sometimes online if I'm looking for a specific model). There are a lot of choices and different cars. I think it depends on your personal taste. I myself prefer Matchbox or Hot Wheels that are favorable and sufficient for my purposes. But I guess you can, uh... you can go insane and take a look on the fantastic models made by Johnny Lightning... 

Don't forget, looking for the right car is part of the fun! The one below is the "Ice Charger" from Hot Wheels, an "ice-tuned" 1968 Dodge Charger that was used in the eighth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. Fun fact, there are two versions of this car. Below is the 2017 version. The 2018 variant has different tires and bullet holes on the side.

Conversion. Parts that I used: wire, plastic remnants, broom bristles and some 40k bits. The Gatling is actually the gun of an Empire Engineer (Warhammer).

Priming. Usually I use a Black or a White primer, but for this model I took a Beige color first and a Yellow Ochre afterwards (both mat). The low temperatures outside have caused a few cracks in the upper layer.

Shading. Citadel Agrax Earthshade seems to be perfect for this.

Dry brushing. I used a Beige and a White...

... and added some shades afterwards. Almost there!

Now the real fun begins! For the dirt I put color on small pieces of foam and dab the paint on the models. Much like dry brushing, but with foam and dabs. I also tried to splash the paint on the cars (once) with a brush. But that's not worth the effort in my opinion (and can really cause a mess).

The rust effects were done with Citadel Ryza Rust...

... and after adding a few more details the car is finished and ready to go!


Thanks for reading! I hope this helps. Stay tuned for more!


Thursday, 2 November 2017

PULP ALLEY - The Agents of Abwehr

Agents of Abwehr. And a tank!!

In my previous post "Meet the Villains!" I already introduced my Pulp Alley league and their background. This time I would like to give a little update and show what has happened in the time between.

Greetings from England!
Oberst Wuerger has a new base, as well as the Knochen, his dog. Speaking of which, I think he needs a stat card too!

Oberst Wuerger, one of his henchman and the Knochen (it's actually Jochen).
Siegfried is also happy about his new base. Even though I think that happy is the wrong word for it. Nevermind.
Siegfried and Dr. Faustner
Not much changed here. Abwehr agent Murkel is still a formidable spy!

Agent Murkel and Brandenburger Spezialeinheit...
... the Kreuzfeld Schwestern!


Still here? Ok, a few more pictures of my Panzerkampfwagen II ...

In the Next Issue:

The British Empire Strikes Back!

Defenders of the Realm. Coming soon to your town too!

Stay tuned for more!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

BOLT ACTION - Operation Sea Lion (part 1)


  • This is a true story.
  • The events depicted in this battle report took place in Kent, South East England in 1940. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the many fallen miniatures and my opponent, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.
  • The photos in this report were made under difficult conditions, but with the best intentions, to allow you, dear reader, a better impression of the events, not to present the models (and not that my photos would be better under other conditions).
  • The gaming table and the terrain was built, painted and provided by alabastero. He also took command of the Germans. 

Somewhere in Kent, South East England, sometime in September 1940 

Luftwaffe reconnaissance planes have pinpointed a British HQ responsible for coordinating beach defences. During his daily patrol a broadcast truck suffered a breakdown and had to stop in a small field near the road, sitting there like a duck. The German objective is to destroy this strategic target ahead of the main landings using Hohlladungswaffen charges. The British have to stop them at all costs.

Brigadier S. Whower deploys a mixed unit of Auxiliaries near the truck to protect it. Knowing that they will come under heavy fire by the Germans. A unit of Local Defenders is on a patrol nearby and a light mortar takes his position near the farm.

SIS agent Nelson is hiding in the western forest supported by Lord Boltac, his trusted hunting rifle and his hound. Both observe the advance of the Local Defenders with concern.

Turn 1

The Germans storm the shore line and take cover behind a forest. A unit Brandenburger approaches from the west to support them and the Sturmboote provide suppressive fire. The Auxiliaries are forced to go down due to heavy fire from MMGs and a light mortar. But Lord Boltac manages to shoot the enemy sniper as soon as the German gets of his boat.

Turn 2

The Local Defenders advance and kill a German with shotgun fire, but are wiped out in return. The British light mortar hits his German counterpart in retalation and kills one man. More MMG fire is forcing the Auxiliaries to go down again. Lord Boltac takes a shot on an enemy NCO, but can not bring him down. A unit of SIS agents and a Civilian car with MMG arrive right in time to bring the fight back to the Germans.

Turn 3

A German Heer unit panics as they fail their command check and run, but the wounded Heer mortar changes his position and fires on the Auxiliaries. The mortar shell kills one man and more MMG and rifle fire force the Auxiliaries to go down once more. They are now at six pins and in trouble.

The Civilian car tries to shot on the Sturmboote, fails to do any damage and comes under fire from the Germans. The SIS agents are more lucky on their advance and kill three Brandenburger with smg fire.

Turn 4

The Germans rush forward to the objective and more casualties and pins are dealt to the Auxiliaries. They hold on, but things aren't looking good for them. Then the British mortar takes aim on a Heer unit, hits and four men die in the explosion. The last survivor of the unit runs away from it, just as things become to get interesting.

Turn 5

The Auxiliaries are down to five men and nine pins. One more hit and they are done! An order die is drawn from the bag, then the German lieutenant shouts his orders and the two remaining Heer units snap to action! First unit charges the British lieutenant and takes him out, second unit advances and fires on the Auxiliaries. One man is wounded and the British unit retreats. The objective is now controlled by the Germans. Even worse for the British, the Heer unit next to the truck is armed with Hohllandungswaffen!

SIS agents engage and kill all the men of the German unit next to the truck. The Civilian car moves and shoots on the other unit, but they keep fighting! End of Turn 5. The Objective is contested by both sides. A die is rolled and demands one final turn.

Turn 6.

The SIS agents charge the last Heer unit. This time they fail. Four agents get into close combat, kill one German, but lose three men in return, forcing the last man to surrender. The Civilian car fires and kills the German Heer unit. Then two Brandenburger try to get to the objective. Lord Boltac proves his shooting skills once again and puts a bullet into one of them.

The last Brandenburger is engaged by agent Nelson. With no ammo left, the two fight each other in a fist fight and eventually Nelson is defeated. With the surviving Brandenburger and the Civilian car next to the truck, the objective is still contested and the fighting ends. For now.

Neither of the two armies could fulfill the objective and both sides withdraw.

However, the German side was able to inflict more damage to the British. So it's still a minor victory for them, I guess.

The End?

  • I hope you enjoyed reading. If you want to read more I strongly recommend the Blog of Matt Crump. There are a lots of battle reports regarding Operation Sea Lion there!
  • Stay tuned!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

PULP ALLEY - Meet the Villains!

Britain Has Fallen

>> Europe 1940 AD. 

Operation Sea Lion was actually carried out and was - against all odds - a huge success for the German Army. World War II has taken a different path leading to the Downfall of Britain and the disappearance of Sir Winston Churchill therefore changing history forever.

But there's more to it than that. It's not all roses in occupied Britain and not everything is lost. Rumors about a man called the "Homburg" spread and indicate that the British Resistance is on the move and about to set something up. Abwehr is more than worried and sends his best agents to investigate. Meet the villains!


>> Oberst Franz Wuerger - The man who led the first Brandenburger coastal raid in preparation of Operation Sea Lion. He owns a dog with the name Jochen, but the MI6 believes it's "Knochen" (Bone) due to reports by surviving soldiers.

>> Siegfried - The Muscle. Strong beyond nature and brutal. Patient of Dr. Faustner.

>> Abwehr agent Murkel - Infiltration expert. Operated behind enemy lines disguised as a nun.

>> Dr. Faustner - The Brain. Scientist and a formidable spy. Quite small, isn't he?

... to be continued!


Well, I hope you liked my little discourse about my new Pulp Alley league. The Pulp Alley miniature game tries to capture the fast-paced excitement of classic cliffhanger serials and pulp magazines. It's a lot of fun and the Quick-Start rules are free!

The catalog cards are made with this little and very nice online tool: Catalog Card Generator by I have to admit that Oswald from On Senlac Hill came up with this idea first.

Stay tuned for more!