Category Archives: Sci Fi

The Other Table………

While I’m busy with Star Wars , on the other table there is Games Workshop battle raging.  Now, I don’t actually know what any of these things are called, they are the realm of The Headmaster Jeremy, who paints them…..I think his daughter Emily also paints them……Headmasters don’t have a lot of free time…………anyway Some of these figures are supplied via G.W. through their School Alliance progam, and some have been purchased with club funds.  The Children also get to paint and keep some GW figures…sadly i failed to take pictures of all their space marines and Stormcast Eternals they have been painting over the last couple of years.

The pictures below are from their most recent battle

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Deepcut Studios Gaming Mats

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Small section of the 6×4 foot “Wastelands” Mat

One thing our Star Wars Legion game really needed was a couple of very good gaming mats. They don’t come much better than Deepcut studios mats, in mouse mat/neoprene material.

We wanted the largest possible area to play on so we went for 6×4 foot mats. They come packed in the very own box, which will make life easier for storage.

Deepcut mats do come in a variety of sizes and material options so there is bound to be something that is just right for whatever game you are playing.  We emailed Gediminas and asked for his advice on what mats he thought would be useful for some Star wars action.  We really liked the look of the Wasteland mat and we just had to have a “Winter” one for all those battles in the snow.

Have to say I was blown away by the quality of the mats, they far exceeded my expectations. A major point here is photos do not do these mats justice at all.  If you get the chance to see one up close i recommend you go up to it and touch it. The rear is backed in rubber, this keeps the mat firmly on the table, it really isn’t going to slip.

As for the printed neoprene side, figures and terrain are cushioned, rolling dice are muffled the sound being easily absorbed, but best of all the mat on the table is perfectly flat. The printing itself is very well done, and i believe you can even have your own custom designs printed on any of the various material options, although they do have a lot of choice available.

Service is second to none, items extremely well packed, and arrived here in UK in a little over 10 days from Lithuania by courier with tracking for its entire journey.  Well worth the money, so if you are considering buying yourself a new games mat I would recommend checking out their site first. Deepcut Studios

Once we get these out for a game we will of course be adding many more photos of the mats to this blog, but here are a few others with some unfinished models.

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Winter is coming

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Rubber backing on wastelands mat

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Sci Fy Buildings; CORVUS GAMES TERRAIN

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Corvus Games Terrain trees

With Christmas and New Year out of the way,  I now have some time to devote to painting for the after school club. Still so very much to do.  It will take time to get all the figures finished, so very likely the first few games will be with primed, or partially painted figures.  One aspect of a game setting is of course Terrain.

The Star Wars Universe does have a specific look to it, this means some scratch building  which could be fun. (but takes more time, that for us is short)  Another is to find some buildings/terrain that is already assembled with a suitable sci fi aesthetic.

One of the latest developments in our hobby is the increase in 3d Printed models. This has taken huge strides in the last couple of years, with affordable home 3d printers, and more people learning how to use 3d design software.  This has led to a sharpe rise in the number of companies developing and producing their own models at home, great news for us hobbyists.

One such company is Corvus Games Terrain  They make an interesting range of models from ww2 Tanks in 28mm scale to Sci Fy terrain which has many uses within the different gaming systems.  Not only that,  an extremely useful development is that they don’t just sell the printed models but the 3d files at a fraction of the cost, so if you are lucky enough to have your own 3d printer at home, you can use the file to print out as many models as you need reducing the cost of populating your battlefield with stunning terrain with all the hard work done for you.

During the Christmas holidays we were lucky enough to receive a small sample of the Sci Fy terrain for use in our Star Wars Legion Games. The package arrived from Ireland very promptly and was extremely well packed. (thank you Stephen) Our personal favourite item is the very clever pumping tower which doubles as a dice tower!

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CorvusGames Terrain Pumping Tower/Dice Tower

One of the issues we have at school is dice rolling……..so many dice on the floor!!!! this is really going to help.

Within their Galactic wars range they have some very useful designs, Pilgrim City and desert space port range that features some very nice buildings that have seperate floors and roof, enabling you to remove these and place figures inside building.

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This is a small City House, roof section is removable (FFG Star wars Legion Vader for scale) The rear of this building  features a ladder to the roof section.

The level of internal/external detail is amazing and certainly adds to the sci fi feel.

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a small house from the Pilgrim city range.

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One of the Power Generators, a very useful piece.

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A Speeder Garage (roof removed)

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Rear of Speeder Garage (roof removed)

Corvus also make some nice scatter terrain, their range is quite large, they also have rocks, crators various barricades, but here are a couple of other pieces

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The doors are very useful when creating some scratch builds at home. The concrete barriers also very nicely done.

We are certainly going to be adding to our collection from Corvus, but first i need to paint up what we already have. So more pictures to follow when that is done!

I would thoroughly recommend these models for their crisp detail as well as the design of the buildings themsleves.

If you have any questions about the range or need something from it printed out for you, Stephen’s email contact details are below. The website is worth a visit, with new designs added all the time.

corvusgamesterrain@gmail.com

Corvus Games Terrain

 

 


Star Wars Legion

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Decided to buy into Star wars Legion for after school club before I’d finished painting Dreadfleet!

Figures are a type of resin, and are extremely crisp in detail. May have to try and modify the rules a bit for the club.   So at present we have a titanic amount of painting to do, we have a basic core set for the club, and some stormtroopers that they can assemble paint and take home!!! We have also managed to get some scenery.   In the new year we plan to buy some gaming mats to play it on once we have some funds!!! All the children in the club knew what Star wars was, which for us is a first, other genres have not been as widely known.  They can’t wait to play it, and to be honest nor can we!

This is what we have so far and what I’ve managed to paint.

Darth Vader P1

Darth Vader P2

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Speeder Bike A

Speeder Bike C

Speeder Bike B


Prisoner Ebay Listings….

Pris no2 best a

pris best 6A

If any of you guys are interested in owning these 2 painted sets, get yourself over to Ebay using links below. Auction ends on 24th December 2017

Mini Moke Set

Lotus 7 Set

Everything in the Photos are included…..and many hours have been spent painting up the figures especially for the sale, only just finished in time! I don’t think I’ll ever be doing this again, so likely your only chance!

For more details see the auctions.


Control Room

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Control console buttons yet to be added, and the phones are still being painted!

A nice chunky Globe chair and tulip chair in resin, Mdf control console, suitable for various scales and eras.

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At last, number two has somewhere to chillax

 

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Meanwhile on Skaro’s version of “Dragon’s Den” A cyberman tries to sell Davros the idea of a Globe chair for his dalek empire…………..


After school Club 5

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For the next Club we thought we’d go a bit Sci fi.

I had spent some weeks collecting the figures from ebay, I went after the daleks but also managed to get quite a sizeable amounts of other alien races, like Cybermen and Sontarans. All these figures were issued free sometime ago with the Childrens Comic “Dr Who Adventures” and were roughly 28mm ish, (enough for me to consider an army or two of Daleks for myself. )

Dr Who figures (11th and 12th ) are from the now long defunct range from Crooked Dice, the Doctor has at least one regeneration if he comes a cropper!

After an epic amount of painting I had managed to get together two dalek armies and still have some left for the children to keep  for themselves.

I also managed to paint and convert hundreds more figures for selling at the summer fayre to rise more funds for the club, but more about that later……

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DW Dalek section Gold

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DW Judoon

DW The Silence

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DW weeping angel

Some shots of the battlefield, we used a street in other games, sadly no photos of that!

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Here is our Summer fayre stall to raise club funds

This is another good way to raise funds and buy stuff for the club

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some of the conversions for sale!

Gold Rocket art Dalek

Gold Flak dalek

Gold dalek squad

We also ran a participation game with the help of some of the club members

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All the Daleks and other aliens  were sold and we raised enough funds for our next project.