Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A wooden Thomas the Train table!


Hi all!

Well, as I mentioned... I've been working on a new project; a new wargames table!

Well, okay, not wargames... but a train table:)

So, as everyone knows, my war-games room was given the boot in order to become my son's room.  Turns out he loves Thomas the Train, and the wooden train sets.  So I thought I would use my war-game table building knowledge and build him a train table.


Here is the mountain and the bridge, made by a buddy of mine.  The bridge comes out, so you can play "The bridge is out!" scenarios, which seem popular on Thomas.


The ferry... there are two docks, and the ferry can go between them, shuttling trains as it goes.  It fits neatly between the piles so that the rail lines up.  I MAY end up remaking the ferry, though, as right now the trains have a habit of falling off the end of it.  I might need to build a slightly longer one with a rail system to hold the cargo in place.


The draw bridge.


I made five little houses and based up some trees for the table too.


The table is built on some storage shelves.  This side has three deep toy buckets; the other side has six shallow ones.  The entire thing is on wheels... in fact, the same wheels as my old war-games table:)


Finally, here is the train yard, where all the trains can be stored.

Overall it was an exhausting project, but a fun one, and he ADORES his train table:)

Friday, August 1, 2014

My next GRAND project...



Hi all!

Well... I know things have been quiet at The House of War... as everyone knows, I've lost the actual Room of War to my son.  Now, I have been doing a little work on his room (the photos here are from his mural in his new room, which we are about to move him into... the Africa ones were from his current "baby" room) but I do have another project planned!

A new Wargames table!!!

Well... sort of.

A beautiful breathtaking war-games table with customized buildings and bridges and waterways that might possibly dedicated to... Thomas the Train?

Yep.  I am making a train table for my son, who ADORES Thomas the Train.  It will actually be very similar to my old war-games table... build on rolling ikea shelves, custom foam, trees... just with a train set running about it!

I plan to start with these shelves, which have storage space for these big, slide-in plastic tubs... perfect for toy storage.  I am considering using a taller one... the one pictured is only 14 inches tall, but there is a roughly 24 inch one as well... which do you think is best for a toy table?  I'll screw casters on the bottom so the table can roll around.  Across the top will be either a thin sheet of 3x5 (or so... I have to test the railroad layouts before deciding on the size exactly...) plywood or a frame.

Over this whole will be a pink foam world, with a few rivers cut out... basically the under board will be the level of the water, and the foam will the the land.  The land will be sanded and painted, the rivers painted, and some detail done.

I will run the track over it, using a bunch of wooden train track pieces I have from when I was a little kid and some more pieces we bought recently.  I've got a few bridges and turntables and the like to fancy it up!

I then plan to base up some of my 25mm trees, and create a set of interchangeable buildings... basically, building a new "war-games" table!:)

I'll post the work as I go... it should look pretty wood, when it is all said and done!:D

Monday, July 14, 2014

Some beautiful 40mm AWI eye candy...


Hi all!

Okay, I know the House of War has been quiet, but I stopped by a buddy's place for a bit and, of course, brought the camera to snap a few shots of his growing 40mm AWI collection!

Up top is some Hessian jaegers he painted up.


Some light infantry, waiting to be flocked.

 

Light infantry command stands.


The British have an indian scout...


And so do the Americans!



Some cavalry from both sides, again waiting to be flocked.


A bunch of finished 40mm AWI American regiments.


An American commander.


American artillery.


British artillery, and a few assorted foot commanders.


Those jaegers again.


Just to give you a sense of how huge a 40mm artillery piece is... my buddy is a good sized dude, and the single gun and crew just COVERS his flat hand.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A great set of urban defences...



Hi all!

I saw these some time ago, and have had the window open on my ipad for like two months... So I thought I would finally link them!  From Lucky Punk miniatures, these modern barricades would look fantastic all painted up.  I don't game in any way that needs them, but man I think they are a good looking product for someone who does 25mm modern or sci fi...

http://luckypunkminiatures.blogspot.com/2014/04/its-been-long-time-coming-but-here-is.html

Friday, July 4, 2014

My cloaked TIE Phantom


Hi all!

Well, I picked up a BUNCH of ships recently, thanks to a ton of gift cards... a box of Imperial Aces, the Rebel Transport, and one each of Wave Four.

Of course, the moment I got the Phantom I knew I had to do a de-cloaking paint job... so here it is!

Hope everyone enjoys!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The toy soldiers are almost all boxed up...


Whelp, the guys who don't have space on the shelf are all boxed up, along with all the terrain... box after box after box of stuff.

Sort of sad... I guess it hadn't really hit me that all these guys were going away:(


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Winner for the Contest, and links!


Hi all!

Well, I finally chose (using the scientifically-sound method of asking my wife to name a random number between 1 and 23 and then adding 7 to account for any tendancies she might have) a winner for my House of War/Maurice contest!

And the winner?  The beautifully-named Baconfat!

So Baconfat... if you see this (and I hope you do!) please do shoot me an email at grenadierguardscampaigns at yahoo dott com with your mailing info (Woof... maybe I should have restricted this contest to residents of North America!) and I will send you your prize... a GREAT set of rules by Sam Mustafa, "Maurice" and a set of the cards you need to play it!  Thanks again to Sam for the donation!

Now, along with a winner, I also wanted to gather ALL of the links that people posted so folks could have some fun links to look at!

I wanted to say thank you so much for everyone who has come by and read the blog over all these years... honestly, my motto was always "Make a blog that someone who is bored and online at 3 AM would be overjoyed to see" and I hope that I've done that.  Honestly, everyone's feedback is what has kept me posting over all these years.  I don't have a lot of people to talk toy soldiers with in person, so you all are those folks I can talk toy soldiers with!:D

So!  Here are all the links that people posted as their memorable links!  Let's take a stroll down memory lane...

The Links



Scenery - The 15mm ACW Terrain





10mm Napoleonics... the Battle of Edificio finished (finally!)




The Display Cabinets - Cabinet #1




I think I am done!  Flocked and Finished 15mm ACW table




More Miniature Eye Candy




My 10mm Napoleonic Game Part 2




15mm Technicals Finished




The Death of Nelson




The first real 10mm Napoleonic eye candy!




Some of my favorite war-games rooms




"Night Vision" using tricky painting and an LED...




Updates; the Wargames Room and Table




Harry Potter in 25mm... finished




A few Minecraft screenshots




Some 25mm ACW testing of "Longstreet"




The start of my blog!




10mm Forests How-To




My Middenheim army hits eBay




A game of "Longstreet!"

Monday, June 9, 2014

My latest "Longstreet" Campaign game!


Hi all!

Well, I played my latest campaign game of "Longstreet" a WHILE ago (I think back in April!) against the cavalry master himself, Barry.  However, I never posted the photos!


My force is at the top of the above photo.  I was VERY cavalry heavy, which was rough for me... I am not used to cavalry:)


Here are my boys defending the field and the crossroads.


Barry was using some loaned troops, including this skirmisher marker I made up.


Here you can see Barry stretching his line out, attempting to surround my more compact force.  I was hoping the terrain and his oncoming troops would minimize the impact of his artillery.


My reserves begin to move up.


With cavalry threatening my left flank and a ton of federal infantry on my right, I was trying desperately to keep my flanks secure.


My boys started throwing up earthworks in front of them.  I figured I wanted to stay on THIS side of the hill and field in order to protect myself from the federal guns.


I wrote this battery off, figuring I would let it fight to the death in an attempt to kill some boys in blue and to slow down the enemy so that I could get reinforcements to this flank... I simply didn't have enough infantry to cover the whole line.


The Federals hit home!


Unfortunately a bad set of rolls (I think he rolled 13 hits out of 15 rolls) and then a unit getting JUUUUSSSTT caught in the flank did in one part of my lines.


My rebs fall back, still firing...


In the end my boys simply didn't have enough troops, and thankfully I hit my breakpoint before Barry could slaughter too many more of my brave boys.


Now, thanks to the fantastic campaign system, my army isn't destroyed.  In fact, due to reinforcements it came back VERY different!

The army consists of...

31st NC, 6 stands of eager veterans with a hero
11th SC, 5 stands of seasoned veterans with a hero and sharpshooter
30th NC, 8 stands of eager Old Reliable veterans with a hero and sharpshooter

I also picked up two new units of infantry...

22nd SC, 6 stands of seasoned veterans
11th NC "Berger's Zouaves", 6 stands of seasoned recruits

4 stands of cautious veteran cavalry
7 stands of eager veteran cavalry

1 light rifle and 1 heavy rifle
1 napoleon

I also gained the Indian Wars personality trait, and a promotion to 4 eagles 1863 III.


Here is a shot of the 30th North Carolina... brave lads, these guys are!


And here is the 11th South Carolina... also SO beat up.  Uniforms in disarray, dead everywhere... I love my boys, and can't let them die!  Compare them now to the start of this terrible conflict!


They were a pretty sight when they first marched out of Charleston!

So!  That's where we left off!  I know that the campaign has slowed a bit, but I am sure I'll get at least one 1864 game in there somewhere!:)