Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Barrage Miniatures modular terrain part 2

 A little later than promised but I set a 6’x4’ table out using the box of terrain I bought in the recent Kickstarter.

Still learning how to use this terrain effectively but I think it has loads of potential and I believe Carla is going to make some larger green/grassy areas which will  prove extremely useful.

I hope these pictures just show a little of what can be achieved and how effective it can look.






Sunday, 18 July 2021

Sunday paint desk

 In between the heat and the gardening managed to get a few pieces moved on, the 25th Sempils Foot were based and textured as were another 6 Georgia scouts.

So a big push on the Government army for the 45 is underway


Of course I also started on the Ratnik civilians trying to keep colours muted for the majority but really enjoying painting them.







I’ve also been playing around with the Battleground terrain and shall put some photos up later.

Keep safe

Thursday, 8 July 2021

Modular Terrain

 Earlier this year I took the plunge and backed Barrage Miniatures Kickstarter for modular terrain

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/smartscenery/modular-terrain-for-wargames

The pre coloured mats looked very interesting and I believed would be ideal for my French Indian War set up.

End of June box arrived and apart from checking contents it wasn’t until today have been to get a proper look. I still won’t have time to set up properly until after the 13th July when I’ve completed the physical transfer of stock and moulds to Caliver.

Within the Kickstarter I order the large river mat this is cloth backed and Carla at Battleground has demonstrated that you can just iron the creases out ( not tried that yet)

I like the colour !






The terrain pieces are various sizes and shapes, I bought a mix of green, sand and forest floor they’re made of what I think is thin latex rubber and are therefore extremely flexible.



You also get some smaller pieces that can serve as river banks, to create the board you simply overlap the pieces to get the desired effect, for hills Carla uses car litter in socks! I shall be using the Chinchilla sand in small bags.

I just threw a few pieces down on the dining table to give you an idea of the effect





I need a little practice but I like the effect and I think it has a lot of potential, I bought enough pieces to easily cover a 6x4.
Next week I shall try and set up a table.


Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Crann Tara miniatures marches to a new drum

 You will all be aware from previous comments that the success of Crann Tara has brought with it it's own problems for me, mainly the increasing demands on my time and also the ability to keep creating new product.

Dave Ryan the owner of Caliver Books ( https://www.caliverbooks.com) came to the rescue with an offer to buy the business and continue to take it forward, so as from the 1st July Dave/Caliver will take over the running of Crann Tara.
All orders up to the 30th will be processed by me and I ask ( if you can ) that you don't place any orders today (30th June) as a lot of work has to take place to prepare for the transition.
All my stock and moulds will be delivered to Caliver shortly but in the meantime continue to place orders as normal from the 1st and keep your eyes open as I know there are a lot of new releases coming very soon.
It has been 9 years since Crann Tara was created and it feels a bit like your child leaving home and the journey with many of you has been a good one. Thankyou for all your support and helping me develop this dream.
Finally I will still be selling Ratnik Miniatures they have gone for casting at Griffin they will be available to pre.order from my colleagues shop here https://www.gamingfigures.com/.../Ratnik-Miniatures-18th... from today.
So at last I will be able to paint more of the figures I’ve made and complete the demo games Ive had planned for the last few years.
Many thanks everyone.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Refighting History volume 9 and Ratnik miniatures

 I received  my copy today of the latest in Charles Grants series of  Refighting History, published by Caliver books.

The second in the small actions series this has 8 challenging scenarios which are a great change from set piece actions. Charles uses his own rules with suitable tweaks but the actions are easily adapted for Sharpes Practice etc. Also included is a piece on the rules updates for The Wargame ( It would be nice if Caliver made this section available as a PDF).

Full of nice pictures especially showing off a lot of my figures 😁.  Worth buying.



I also received the first set of what is to be a series of 18th century civilians from Igor Karpov (Ratnik Miniatures)  these are superb. I’m also pleased to say that Igor is allowing me to get the figures cast in metal and be sold as an alternative to the resin casts. Information on pre.orders will be made available next week.










Friday, 18 June 2021

Happy Waterloo Day and more Ironclads

 Having arrived back from a few days walking in Scotland I’ve seized a few hours this afternoon to catch up on some admin etc. Whilst doing so thought I’d watch Waterloo (again) seeing it’s the anniversary.

This is the special blu ray release (picture quality very nice) which has a few extras - documentary on the making of the film ( pretty good) what I believe is an isolated music and sound effects track ( not listened to) and some other bits I’ve not checked.

There’s also a booklet which is a copy of the original brochure ( mine fell to bits years ago), a poster and lobby card prints all good stuff to remember when this was released.


Whilst this was playing I also set the printer off to print the first four CSA ironclads - left to right, front to back Albemarle, Arkansas, Atlanta and Baltic - far nicer looking than the Union ones I think 😁



Thursday, 10 June 2021

All at sea

 I always find that naval battles quite often provide a suitable diversion from large games, generally quick to set up and don’t always need a large table. I have 1/1200 and 1/600 Napoleonic ships but as with many things always on the look out for other diversions! [ not that I need them) 

Barry Hilton is shortly to release Ark Royal Miniatures a very nice range of 1/1200 scale ships for the 1650’s which reminded me I had some files made by Henry Turner and released under a Gilded Sails KS 

So thought I’d print a couple - as always not done the masts yet


On the left is a Dutch Fluyt at 1/600 and 1/1200 and on the right a Dutch 80 gun, they’d be better in resin but for what I would used them for fine in FDM.

It didn’t stop there thoughDavid Crook on his A Wargaming Odyssey blog has been making some excellent ACW ships using bits he had Martin at Warbases use for him, he’s had a couple of test games working on a set of rules by Bob Cordery with some tweaks which are looking very good. 

Again it reminded me I’d downloaded 3 sets of files from Thingiverse for ACW ships.

The first set I printed are all Union Ironclads and masts need to be done for New Ironsides but they’ve come out not bad. Again these are scaled at 1/600 but could be made larger or smaller! 

I will print a few Confederates and they should be quick to paint!



Keep safe.