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18 Dec 2016

United Colonies of Mankind (UCM) Army

United Colonies of Mankind (UCM) Army

This is my 10mm United Colonies of Mankind (UCM) Army, all of the figures and vehicles are from Hawk Wargames extensive range of Sci Fi miniatures.

Battlegroup 1

Colonial Legionnaire Corps

Colonial Legionnaire Corps picture 1

Colonial Legionnaire Corps picture 2

Battlegroup 2

Colonial Armoured Formation

Colonial Armoured Formation

Battlegroup 3

Colonial UCM Special Ordnance Section

Colonial UCM Special Ordnance Section

The Scourge Army

The Scourge Army

This is my 10mm Scourge Army, all of the figures and vehicles are from Hawk Wargames extensive range of Sci Fi miniatures.

Battlegroup 1

Scourge Warrior Cabal

Scourge Warrior Cabal picture 1

Scourge Warrior Cabal picture 2

Battlegroup 2

Scourge Vanguard

Scourge Vanguard

Battlegroup 3

Scourge Invasion Host

Scourge Invasion Host

3 Nov 2016

Techniques & Tips for Card Stock & Foam Board Modeling

Techniques & Tips for Card Stock & Foam Board Modeling

Several years ago, I collected a number of cardstock kits and began building them…

I used too much white glue in places. I tried to sop up the excess glue to only make things worse. I didn't spread the glue evenly. I missed gluing corners. My dull X-ACTO knife would leave a ragged edge on both foam board and cardstock. None of my walls were the right height. I sometimes found my work had been implemented in differing scales. The white cardstock backing would show through on corners and joints. Windows went in upside down. Card stock slipped when I was cutting it – ruining the image. Scoring a fold line was sometimes the same as cutting it. Warping abounded on all my large foam board components. Joining walls sometimes ended up matching at the top but not at the bottom or vice versa. I discovered late in my projects that my next assembly should have preceded my last assembly and I would have to go back and do it all over again. When I discovered Photo Mount Spray I also discovered that I could wash it off most surfaces (desktop, wall, chair) with soap and warm water and thus rescued my marriage.

Having learned from these and various other mistakes at no small cost in cardstock paper, toner cartridges, foam board, patience and time; I thought it best to write down what I've learned to relieve others from going through the same travails.

I can not take credit for all the techniques listed here. I've learned from Carl Stoelzel's detailed instructions, from Jerry Jensen's Paper Modeling Guide (which is listed with Dave Graffam's products), various YouTube videos, and others along the way. What I set out here are the techniques and methods which are tried and true for the Pulp Places designs. You are welcome to use other methods should you please. If you come up with anything better than I have offered here, please let me know and I may add it in a later release of this guide.

Wargame Vault

11 Oct 2016

Useful Dropzone Commander Links

Useful Dropzone Commander Links

Useful Dropzone Commander links if anyone knows of any other useful links then by all means please comment at the bottom.

Dropzone Commander Rules by David J Lewis

An Army Construction Utility For Dropzone Commander
Fighting Forces of the Reconquest, 2670, a free army construction utility for Dropzone Commander from Hawk Wargames.  This tool is designed to assist players of Dropzone Commander in designing, storing, and sharing their force organizations.

All the templates you need to play DZC. Precisely laser cut in 3mm fluorescent acrylic Notched sides allow for easy template placement without removing models from flight stands.

Litko Game Accessories
Has a line of templates, building damage markers and faction specific game tokens.

Unit Cards

Plast Craft Games
Science Fiction, Dropzone Commander, Buildings.

10mm Dropzone Commander Scenery.

LZ Accessories
Science Fiction, Modular City Map for Dropzone Commander.

4Ground Ltd
Science Fiction, buildings.

Blotz, MDF Terrain and Accessories
Modern, buildings.
Middle East, buildings.
Monorail Stations, buildings.
Power Grid, buildings.
Roads & Flyovers, buildings.
Science Fiction, Adeptus Titanicus, Dropzone Commander.
Walls & Fences.
1920's Art Deco, buildings.

Brigade Models
Science Fiction, buildings.

Empires at War
Science Fiction, buildings.

Game Craft Miniatures
European, buildings.
Modern, buildings.
Science Fiction, buildings.
Scenic Items.

Green Stuff Industries
Science Fiction, buildings.

Impudent Mortal
Impudent Mortal manufactures high quality laser cut MDF Terrain and Gaming Accessories for tabletop wargaming that looks great and is affordable.

Sally 4th Wargames Terrain
Dark Ages, Buildings
Medieval, Buildings
Science Fiction, Adeptus Titanicus, CAVs, Dropzone Commander, Horizon Wars, Planetfall, Buildings
Scenics & Accessories

TerraForms Terrain (Link no longer working), Facebook Page
We provide a wide-ranging, versatile, durable set of resin tabletop wargame terrain for use in any modern or sci fi game setting in 10 & 12mm scales.

War Mage Games
Science Fiction, Adeptus Titanicus, Dropzone Commander, Buildings.

DeepCut Studio
Deep-Cut Studio is an artisan studio manufacturing miniature and RPG games accessories. We mainly focus on miniature games mats for various wargames.

Frontline Gaming
The F.A.T. mats have been absolutely awesome for our battle reports.  They have allowed us to field a variety of terrain without having to build large bulky boards that end up taking up too much space. The quality is great.

Tiny Wargames Battlemats
We have designed and printed a whole range of cloth mats to suit your gaming needs and add a great detail to your models and gaming.

3 Oct 2016

Derby World Wargames, Show 2016

Derby World Wargames, Show 2016

I have just come back from Derby World Wargames at Castle Donington. Hosted by Warlord Games, KR Multicases and the Derby Wargames Associates.

Where me and Malcolm were helping support fellow club (Grimsby Wargames Society) members Steve & Andy who were running The Four Days Battle of 1666 between the English and Dutch navies. 

I took loads of pictures but unfortunately something happened to them and they're all ruined. However you can see some pictures over at the club website of the game

Anyway here's the stuff I bought.

 A couple of  Dropzone Commander books.

 A couple of  Dropzone Commander books.

 A couple of starter Marian Roman army packs from Pendraken Miniatures.

A couple of starter Marian Roman army packs from Pendraken Miniatures

 A few skeletons from Irregular Miniatures.

A few skeletons from Irregular Miniatures

 And a bag of scatter material.

 And a bag of scatter material

And some N gauge fences from the bring and buy.

And some N gauge fences from the bring and buy

Overall I had a really good day  and will most certainly be going back next year hopefully with a functioning camera.

27 Sep 2016

Painting United Colonies of Mankind (UCM)

Painting United Colonies of Mankind (UCM)

Here is my guide for Painting United Colonies of Mankind (UCM) uniforms and vehicles using Vallejo acrylic colors. I have also done a painting guide for The Scourge.

UCM Infantry


UCM Infantry

Vallejo Colours

Undercoated white
Vallejo 894 Russian Green Green (helmet)
Vallejo 924 Russian Infantry WWII (uniform)
Vallejo 950 Black (boots)
Vallejo 927 Dark Flesh (hands faces)
Vallejo 894 Russian Green Green (weapon stocks)
Vallejo 997 Silver (weapons)

Aircraft And Vehicles

Aircraft And Vehicles

Vallejo Colours

Undercoated white
Vallejo 894 Russian Green Green
Vallejo Wash Black
Vallejo 894 Russian Green Green
Vallejo 819 Iraqui Sand (dry brush)

Vallejo 950 Black (tracks)
Vallejo 997 Silver (weapons)
Vallejo 999 Copper (metal bits)
Vallejo 844 Deep Sky Blue (lights, propulsion)
Vallejo 957 Flat Red (lights)

Sources

Painting The Scourge

Painting The Scourge

Here is my guide for Painting the Scourge uniforms and vehicles using Vallejo acrylic colors. I have also done a painting guide for United Colonies of Mankind (UCM).

Scourge Infantry


Scourge Infantry

Vallejo Colours

Undercoated white
Vallejo 960 Violet (uniform, helmet)
Vallejo 950 Black (boots)
Vallejo 957 Flat Red (eyes)
Vallejo 800 Gunmetal Blue (weapon stocks)

Aircraft And Vehicles


Aircraft And Vehicles

Vallejo Colours

Undercoated white
Vallejo 960 Violet
Vallejo 800 Gunmetal Blue
Vallejo 844 Deep Sky Blue (propulsion)
Vallejo 957 Flat Red (eyes)

Sources

10mm Dropzone Commander Project

10mm Dropzone Commander Project

I have fancied doing Dropzone Commander for a couple of years or more. I was lucky enough to come across a second hand two player starter set on eBay going cheap so here we are.

Post-Human Republic (PHR) Army. 
Shaltari Tribes Army. 
Resistance Army. 
Painting Post-Human Republic (PHR). 
Painting Shaltari Tribes. 
Painting Resistance. 
Dropzone Commander Battle Reports & Scenarios.

12 June 2017

Based and grassed a job lot of 21 N scale vehicles which i got from eBay


Based and grassed a job lot of 21 N scale vehicles which i got from eBay

9 June 2017

More Scourge from eBay


15 May 2017

Job lot of 21 N scale vehicles from eBay

Job lot of 21 N scale vehicles from eBay

8 April 2017

Some Scourge reinforcements




6 April 2017

Some more Scourge for my Dropzone Commander project




6 March 2017

Monorail Scenery Pack finished  to be honest I'm rather pleased how this came out



22 February 2017




19 February 2017



17 February 2017

The last of the Scourge reinforcements for the time being

Scourge Desolator and some Marauder Medium Dropships

15 February 2017

Some scourge vehicle's painted

Some Hunter Main Grav-Tanks, Reaper AA Grav-Tanks and Invader APC’s


10 February 2017

Finished two lot of Scourge Infantry

Scourge Infantry picture 1

Scourge Infantry picture 2


8 February 2017

Some Scourge reinforcements and the wife built the last of my card buildings. Here's a link to the first lot we did Dropzone Commander Buildings.

Scourge reinforcements

More Card Buildings

7 February 2017

I've finished assembling the rest of the Scourge.

I've finished assembling the rest of the Scourge picture 1

I've finished assembling the rest of the Scourge picture 2

29 January 2017

The wife very kindly built my card buildings from the second starter set and reinforced them with foamboard. Here's a link to the first lot we did Dropzone Commander Buildings.

The wife very kindly built my card building from the second starter set and reinforced the with foamboard.

The wife very kindly built my card building from the second starter set and reinforced the with foamboard. picture 2

I managed to get hold of some more Dropzone Commander Card Buildings from eBay.

Dropzone Commander Card Buildings from eBay.

23 January 2017

I started my third two player starter set.

22 January 2017

3 more Condor medium dropships finished.

3 more Condor medium dropships finished.

15 January 2017

3 more Sabre tanks and the Kodiak armoured command vehicle finished.


3 more Sabre tanks

Kodiak armoured command vehicle

13 January 2017

I bought some UCM and Scourge from eBay.

I bought some UCM and Scourge from eBay

12 January 2017

Some UMC Bears.

UMC Bears picture 1

UMC Bears picture 2

11 January 2017

Some more Dropzone Commander Infantry.

Dropzone Commander Infantry

16 December 2016

I also started work on some UCM reinforcements.

UCM reinforcements picture 1

UCM reinforcements picture 2

UCM reinforcements picture 3

UCM reinforcements picture 4

UCM reinforcements picture 5

8 December 2016

I have ordered two Deep Cut Studio mats, Wargames terrain mat – Cityscape #1 and Wargames terrain mat – Cityscape #2 one is for the club (Grimsby Wargames Society) and the other for home.

Wargames terrain mat – Cityscape #1

Wargames terrain mat – Cityscape #2

7 October 2016

I bought a bargain from eBay  a second hand Monorail Scenery Pack from Hawk Wargames Link no longer working

The Monorail has been a popular form of urban transportation on human worlds for many hundreds of years. This, the almost ubiquitous 'Silver Bullet' model, is by far the most common and has changed little from before humanities' Age of Expansion to the present day. It is fast, robust and famously reliable since it employs very few moving parts. It is also self-powered, allowing it to operate independently of a city's energy grid. Human-built monorails are known to still be employed by Scourge forces on the Cradle Worlds and are occasionally commandeered by Resistance forces when needed. In fact, it is apparent that a long abandoned Silver Bullet can be brought back to life with as little as fresh fuel and basic tools. Although normally civilian vehicles, in these times of war they have frequently been pressed into all sorts of improvised military roles, from the efficient movement of supplies to VIP transport. Indeed, they can often prove to be critical objectives for a variety of missions.

Monorail Scenery Pack from Hawk Wargames picture 1

Monorail Scenery Pack from Hawk WarGames picture 2

30 September 2016

My second Dropzone Commander 2 player starter set has arrived today. Which i'm going to use for my Tabletop CommandersWinter Warmer Challenge!.

27 September 2016

Ok don't tell anyone but I have succumbed and bought a second two player starter set which will get a lot of the units on my want list.

Second Two Player Starter Set Dropzone Commander

Ok a quick recap on what I need now to complete my starter armies.

UCM

1x Albatross heavy dropship, will provide you with the classic UCM brick (6 Sabres and 3 Rapiers) which can really hold its own against most foes.

Commander – Kodiak,  It’s durable but slow, definitely keyed to sit back and call down orbital bombardment wherever you need something dead. Thanks to the recent errata, the Kodiak now has a small template for its Orbital Strike, giving it even greater lethality.

2x Raven Type-A, The UCM light dropships get your infantry around the table much faster than Condors. Seriously consider two blisters if you are able

2x Archangel Interceptors, These inexpensive Fast Movers let you take advantage of the UCM’s aircraft-slanted command deck, and provide valuable backfield striking power against enemy artillery and dropships that your slower tanks lack.

The Scourge

Commander – Desolator, Aside from being your basic commander and one of the coolest models in the game, the King Squid lets you fly around going all Independence Day on formations of enemy armor and buildings whenever you want.

2x Intruder Alpha, Scourge’s light dropships have a 30” move, allowing you to zip around the battlefield grabbing objectives. They’re also useful for carrying units of Destroyers (see below).

2x Intruder Beta, The Beta variant carry the Scourge scout units, allowing you to spread your command radius around the table.

4x Destroyers bases, Arguably the toughest infantry in the game, Destroyers are a huge boost to the Scourge army with strong CQB skill, incredible toughness, and reliable anti-tank shooting. They’re tough enough they can search for objectives in buildings further forward or more exposed to enemy fire than Scourge Warriors.

8x Prowlers or 8x Minders, The Scourge has the best scout units in the game in the ground-based Prowlers and the flying Minders. Because the Scourge benefits so much from Command Cards, scout units are essential to spreading your Sphere of Influence, and it doesn’t hurt that both units are incredibly cheap and strong for their cost (Prowlers have a massive E11 close combat attack, while Minders have a 2+ accuracy E6 AA shot).

2x Reaver Heavy Gunships, If you have a few extra quid, these versatile gunships are a huge boon to the Scourge army. With 24” aircraft movement and 2 E10 + 1 E9 shots that can be spread amongst different targets, these things are a great way to counter light armor or ambush enemy ground units without AA cover.

26 September 2016

I finished both my starter,  UCM army,  Scourge army

UCM army

Scourge army

24 September 2016


I started doing some scenery only a small amount to start with if this game takes off at the club then I will certainly expand the amount of scenery I do.

I basically used some N Gauge buses and N Gauge cars you can buy these from anywhere. At some point I will do the tutorial of how I did them.

N Gauge buses and N Gauge cars picture 1

N Gauge buses and N Gauge cars picture 2

N Gauge buses and N Gauge cars picture 3

N Gauge buses and N Gauge cars picture 4

N Gauge buses and N Gauge cars picture 5

N Gauge buses and N Gauge cars picture 6

N Gauge buses and N Gauge cars picture 7

N Gauge buses and N Gauge cars picture 8

18 September 2016

I had just about finished my UCM army just needed finishing touches. 






13 September 2016

I started assembling my Scourge army, I was pleasantly surprised at  how easy  it's all went together.




12 September 2016

I managed to pick up both of my command decks from eBay for a reasonable price.

UCM Command Cards - Dropzone Commander DzC 




Scourge Command Cards - Dropzone Commander DzC 



7 to 9 September 2016

After discussing how I should expand  my two player starter on Hawk Wargames Forums  Link no longer working A couple of people came to my assistance with very good suggestions.

A member called BlackLegion gave me a terrific link on how to expand your Dropzone commander  armies. Building a DZC Army on a Budget.


Another member J.D. Welch  also thought it was a good idea to get another two player starter set.

UCM

3x Condor Medium Dropships
3x Sabre Main Battle Tanks
3x Rapier AA Tanks
2x Bear APC’s
30x Colonial Legionnaires, The additional infantry is most welcome as well.

1x Albatross heavy dropship, will provide you with the classic UCM brick (6 Sabres and 3 Rapiers) which can really hold its own against most foes.

Commander – Kodiak,  It’s durable but slow, definitely keyed to sit back and call down orbital bombardment wherever you need something dead. Thanks to the recent errata, the Kodiak now has a small template for its Orbital Strike, giving it even greater lethality.

UCM Command Deck, Supports the team, makes the enemy scream. Strong support for your aircraft and CQB battles.

2x Raven Type-A, The UCM light dropships get your infantry around the table much faster than Condors. Seriously consider two blisters if you are able

2x Archangel Interceptors, These inexpensive Fast Movers let you take advantage of the UCM’s aircraft-slanted command deck, and provide valuable backfield striking power against enemy artillery and dropships that your slower tanks lack.

The Scourge

3x Marauder Medium Dropships
3x Hunter Main Grav-Tanks
3x Reaper AA Grav-Tanks
2x Invader APC’s
30x Scourge Warriors

Commander – Desolator, Aside from being your basic commander and one of the coolest models in the game, the King Squid lets you fly around going all Independence Day on formations of enemy armor and buildings whenever you want.

Scourge Command Deck, The Scourge Command Deck brings crucial survivability and tricks to their army…traits that make the Scourge more dependent upon Command Cards than most other armies.

2x Intruder Alpha, Scourge’s light dropships have a 30” move, allowing you to zip around the battlefield grabbing objectives. They’re also useful for carrying units of Destroyers (see below).

2x Intruder Beta, The Beta variant carry the Scourge scout units, allowing you to spread your command radius around the table.

4x Destroyers bases, Arguably the toughest infantry in the game, Destroyers are a huge boost to the Scourge army with strong CQB skill, incredible toughness, and reliable anti-tank shooting. They’re tough enough they can search for objectives in buildings further forward or more exposed to enemy fire than Scourge Warriors.

8x Prowlers or 8x Minders, The Scourge has the best scout units in the game in the ground-based Prowlers and the flying Minders. Because the Scourge benefits so much from Command Cards, scout units are essential to spreading your Sphere of Influence, and it doesn’t hurt that both units are incredibly cheap and strong for their cost (Prowlers have a massive E11 close combat attack, while Minders have a 2+ accuracy E6 AA shot).

2x Reaver Heavy Gunships, If you have a few extra quid, these versatile gunships are a huge boon to the Scourge army. With 24” aircraft movement and 2 E10 + 1 E9 shots that can be spread amongst different targets, these things are a great way to counter light armor or ambush enemy ground units without AA cover.

6 September 2016

I started work on my Dropzone Commander Buildings.

Dropzone Commander Buildings

My Dropzone Commander journey starts today as I received my parcel from eBay.

Dropzone Commander box picture 1

Dropzone Commander box picture 2

Contents:

Dropzone Commander Contents

United Colonies of Mankind Starter Force:

United Colonies of Mankind Starter Force:

- 3x Sabre Main Battle Tanks

3x Sabre Main Battle Tanks

- 3x Rapier AA Tanks

3x Rapier AA Tanks

- 2x Bear APC’s (+1 bonus spare!)

2x Bear APC’s (+1 bonus spare!)

- 30x Colonial Legionnaires (on 6 bases)

30x Colonial Legionnaires (on 6 bases)

- 3x Condor Medium Dropships (now with clear canopy!)

3x Condor Medium Dropships (now with clear canopy!)

The Scourge Starter Force:

The Scourge Starter Force:

- 3x Hunter Main Grav-Tanks

3x Hunter Main Grav-Tanks

- 3x Reaper AA Grav-Tanks

3x Reaper AA Grav-Tanks

- 2x Invader APC’s (+1 bonus spare!)

2x Invader APC’s (+1 bonus spare!)

- 30x Scourge Warriors (on 6 bases)

30x Scourge Warriors (on 6 bases)

- 3x Marauder Medium Dropships

3x Marauder Medium Dropships

Starter Urban Battlefield:

Starter Urban Battlefield:

- 2x Urban Streets Posters, will join together in 4 different ways to create a 48”x 33” road layout

- Both posters feature stunning artwork on the reverse face!

- 10 x Pre-cut, pre-folded card buildings in 10 different designs

Rules and Accessories:

- Full sized Dropzone Commander 1.1 Core Rulebook

Full sized Dropzone Commander 1.1 Core Rulebook picture 1

Full sized Dropzone Commander 1.1 Core Rulebook picture 2

- UCM and Scourge reference sheets with stats, army composition and quick reference tables

- Starter scenario and turn sequence prompt sheet

UCM and Scourge reference sheets with stats, army composition and quick reference tables and Starter scenario and turn sequence prompt sheet

- 10x 14mm D6 black dice

- 1m/38” Hawk Wargames tape measure keyring

10x 14mm D6 black dice and 1m/38” Hawk Wargames tape measure keyring

- Full set of card templates and Scenario Object tokens

Full set of card templates and Scenario Object tokens

2 September 2016

I managed to pick up a two player starter set for Dropzone Commander today from eBay.


Dropzone Commander from eBay picture 1

Dropzone Commander from eBay picture 2