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X wing Ships (Conversions)

A few weeks ago I bought a bulk load of X wing bits and bobs, some of the ships were work in progresses…they had been started but for one reason or another never finished. I think the original owner may have been attempting some pure Recon ships as armaments had been removed.  I decide to restore the weapons using bits from my 40 +year old  spares box!!! and completed the installation of magnets to the bases, and in some cases finished off the paint jobs.

We use some of these in the club, others have been obtained by club members.

A wing A

A wing B

Arc 170 A

Arc170 B

E wing Upgrade

K wing 2

K wing A

Tie defender Black 1

Tie Phantom Black 1

Shuttle A

MF A

Had some requests from the club for Millenium Falcons. We, and they couldn’t afford the real thing by FFG so I painted up 3 revell 1/241 scale Falcons and gave them all a set of edition 1 cards and dials and some large bases and pegs sourced from Ebay. They are only slightly smaller but with a superior paint job 😉

The kids were happy and thats all the counts….but they served to introduce them to their own X wing collecting, and I expect that Santa will be very busy in this region with boxes of x wing ships come the evening of the 24th.


X-Wing 2.0

Its been a while since my last post,  But behind the scenes I have been busy with the after school clubs latest Game…..FFG’s X-Wing 2.0.

I really wanted to buy into the 1st edition but somehow never got around to it, and then it got put on the back burner.  Out of the Blue during the summer the headmaster who co- runs the after school club with me suggested we buy a couple of 2.0 core sets with what was left of club funds, he mentioned that he had played it and that x-wing was something that might well be fun for the club…..I managed to find a couple of great deals online.

One main advantage for us is that just for once we didn’t have to spend the summer holiday painting for the club as all the models are prepainted!

The only downside is it is quite an expensive game to get into, so we may not be able to expand this game as much as we might like.  Also providing the children with their own model fighter is tricky but not impossible.

I wanted to make the game a little more special for the children playing the game by making them a personal “Pilot card” to help immerse them in the universe a little bit more! I found a website called Card Creator  which although not fully functioning yet (its a work in progress) had enough to make it easy for me! (Thank you so much Alexandre) I managed using M.S. Publisher and Card creator to bang out something we could use in the club.

The pictures below will give you some idea of what was produced.

Cards mk 2 A edit

Novice pilots

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It was impossible to resist the urge to get involved in the game myself, I managed to buy a Tie Defender in Red, Changed its peg to red, gave it a red base….and then made my own card for it…..well, there couldn’t really be anyone else piloting a red three winged ship could there?

Card Mk 2 B red baron edit

Battle shots to follow in future posts, when the club returns after half term.

 


Control Room Display Screen

Thought i would have a go at enhancing the Control Room with a working display screen.

I managed to track down a little Digital Photo frame that has a screen size of 1.5 inches, (it was a key chain) called a Coby DP-151.You can get them from Amazon.

Uploaded a few photos to it I think it can hold about 50.

Here is a link to the Youtube Video of it working (not a brilliant movie but you’ll get the point!)

Here are some close up shots of some of the pictures

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Vid 2

Vid 3

Vid 4

Vid 5


Flatpack Forces

We have managed to get our hands on some more of the rather Excellent preprinted figures from Flatpack Forces

These sets will be used in our club games when we do a D&D style RPG, the Adventurer set provides a number of very useful hero types.

The characterisation style for these figures really makes them stand out.  My personal favourite is the Human Wizard…to me he looks a lot like Russell Brand!!I’m sure its not intended but once you see it, i don’t think you can unsee it!

Russell is a bit of a Guru now which we really admire (worth checking out his vids on his youtube channel) So I think it is appropriate that the wizard looks like him.

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Russell Brand the Wizard???

Here is the rest of the cast

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We have yet to assign any names to the other characters!

 

Of course Heroes need someone to clash with….in the short term it will be some Dastardly Bandits, but we can see several future purchases of Goblins, Orcs etc.

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Dastardly Bandits!

We need to sit down and think about some scenery for these guys over the summer, so will see what we can make in a similar flat style.


Ideas for “After School Clubs”

TABLETOP GAMING

We’ve been running an after school club for year 3 & 4 pupils now for several years, as you can see, our club revolves around construction kits, painting figures and now mainly the tabletop gaming aspect of the hobby.  A quick scan through this blog will show you the many areas of the hobby we have covered, from Airfix kits to Star Wars Battles.

The Headmaster and myself have been involved in the hobby for some years, in fact our combined total is around 100 years of experience. (That makes me feel quite old now!)

We’ve had a life time of painting and gluing things…..building up mountains of figures and kits that may never actually be finished.  For us its second nature to paint an army or two during the summer holidays for use when we return in September.  That’s largely been the way of it now for some time.  Its a big investment in time and energy, and we know that for most teachers thinking about setting up an after school tabletop gaming club, they simply don’t have that amount of time, and they may never have made an airfix kit, or painted anything quite so small as a 28mm figure.

Now you don’t actually have to worry about the painting side of things at all, if table top gaming is what you want to do then it seems Flatpack Forces may have what you need.

As the name suggests the figures are flat, printed in full colour onto 2mm MDF and laser cut. They have lovely detail and they remind me of the character style in 1970’s boys Comics!….oh and the backs are printed too which is pretty cool.

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Here are the figures for a WW2 battle.

All you have to do is pop them out and glue them with PVA glue to their round bases and you are ready to go. You could write your own rules or maybe use existing ones, there are plenty around to choose from a quick search for “WW2 Skirmish Rules” will bring up a host of entries, some free, some you have to pay for….again best to keep it really simple.

Flatpack Forces  Also make some terrain, we have the trees, but sand bag walls are also available, with more on the way soon.

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If WW2 is not for you perhaps you would prefer a Fantasy game with Elves and Orks, Flatpack make those as well. They even have a set of figures that can be used for a Dungeon & Dragons style Role Play Game, (see below) which is a bit more imaginative than just a full on Battle!  Again rules could be written with the children, Character profiles could be dreamed up, and they could also design (either by hand or on computer) and make their own scenery like castles out of cardboard.

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Picture courtesy of Flatpack Forces/One Monk Miniatures.

BENEFITS OF THE HOBBY

We’ve found in our club that it gets the children thinking about numeracy, they get to be creative, it helps develop their dexterity, keeps them focussed, helps their attention to detail amongst other things……..oh and did we said it was fun too?…one other side effect is we have found that parents often come up to us and say, “Thank you so much…it keeps them off their computer……or Phone” The parents are frequently very supportive of the new hobby in their childrens lives. It does seem to impact their lives at home and at school.

FP 1

FP 2

Flatpack forces German Paratroopers and Trees (Tank by MengModels  World War Toons)

FP 4

FP 3

Flatpack forces U.S. Paratroopers and Trees (Tank by MengModels World War Toons,  mat Aldi/Lidl)

FUNDING YOUR CLUB

Asking the children to bring in £3 or £4 for a term is a good place to start. That should give you the funds to get you off the ground, and maybe even stretch to giving them a figure to take home to keep.

We also sell stuff at the school summer and christmas fayres or even on ebay to raise funds, normally something we may have painted or have lying around!  Hobby companies are often willing to help out with discounts sometimes donate stuff for free which can be very useful and helpful.

Some companies like Airfix and Games Workshop have dedicated school clubs where you can get things at a special price, or even free like GW.

But to be honest we’d recommend that you start by keeping things simple and we’d recommend buying some of the flatpack forces figures, they are robost enough to stand up to the rigours of play, no painting required and you are ready to go….just add some dice and some rules.

 


Green Dome Control Room

Been working on this for a while, its a companion kit to the Control room equipment model. Doors open and shut!  The kit itself is designed to fit into the next release which will be the Green Dome building itself, so there will be external walls that will surround this model…..but for now this is the control room completed, all coloured parts with the exception of the front steps are already pre coloured. There is a basic printed image for the view screen, which is supplied but it is fairly easy to print off your own chosen image to fit the frame.

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The Green Dome (Pantheon) …Our next release

 


Fund Raiser Ebay Listings

Just a quick shout out, We’re listing some Games workshop 40K miniatures on ebay to raise money for our after school club. Tthese models were kindly donated to us by one of our ex pupils.

I will be adding to this list in the coming weeks

some are quite rare now and out of production, so if you want them you’d better be quick!

First couple are

eldrad ulthuan

Eldrad Ulthuan  Ebay link here

wraithguard

Metal Wraith Guard (basic paint job)  (this one has sold)

GW 1

SOLD

GW 2

SOLD

GW 3

Eldar Dark Reapers (no weapons) SOLD

GW fire drag 2

Eldar Fire Dragons (SOLD)

GW eldar Rangers

Eldar Rangers SOLD

AHVP 1

 

Eldar Heavy Weapons Platforms Link

AVATAR

Eldar Avatar of Khaine     Link