The 2011 painting annual is finally out! You can order your copy at www.coolminiornot.com .
The book is loaded with inspiring paint jobs and great ideas. Both Tyler and Pat from Senji Studios made it in this year. Our thanks goes out to the staff at Cool Mini or Not.
Tyler is at it again.
These are Tau Broadside units converted to look like a RX-75 Guntank from the Gundam Universe.
His tank hull base can be used for a variety of conversions in my opinion.
Tyler said he may make some more of them.
Aloha everyone, these are the new additions to my army, as well as some older work that I have not added.
If you would like to see the rest of the army, click here.
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DreamForge-Games model kit Something wicked this way comes!
I have received a lot of emails about the two resin Leviathans that I have built from Dream Forge Games, and now they will be available in plastic. Here is your chance to get a new and improved Leviathan at a much cheaper price and with additional weapon options. Troop figures are available too!
Review- Secret Weapon Miniatures Gothic Tank Traps & Power Generator
The selection at Secret Weapon Miniatures is constantly growing. They are known for and specialize in products for miniature enthusiasts. From washes and pigments to conversion parts and a impressive array of resin scenic bases.
Our primary interest here at Senji Studios is wargaming terrain and Secret Weapon Miniatures has started to produce a line of scenic elements which caught our eye.
Gothic Tank Traps
The Gothic Tank Traps are beautiful and aesthetically fit right into the Warhammer 40k universe. They come in packs of 10 and are cast in resin. Each tank trap measures 1″X1″.
The tanks traps look like they are made from concrete and have stylized arches on them. The base is a band of riveted metal. There are also lift rings attached to each face of the tank trap. These could also be used as decorative capitals on futuristic gothic columns.
These tank traps are perfect for our miniature games or for diorama use. Rules for them can be found in the Warhammer 40K 6th edition rule book.
Below are painted examples of the tank traps.
Gothic Power Generator
The generator is the latest terrain piece by Secret Weapon Miniatures. This is a 10 piece set and contains resin and acrylic pieces. This piece mmeasures 2.25″X2.25″X3.5″.
The architectural design of this piece fits right into the 41st milenium. The designer made sure all of the right details were incorporated into this piece. It has buttress style support coluumns, gothic windows housing machinery, and the sharp pointed capitals.
The generator is easy to assemble. First start by cutting off any casting plugs and flash from the pieces.
Then glue the support columns to the base. At the bottom of each column is a small triangle plug. This fits into triangle hole at the bottom of the base.
Now you should paint the generator before final assembly. Once painted, glue the acrylic rods and the top of the generator into place.
The generator will make a great objective or can represent something from the Battlefield terrain section of the Warhammer 40k 6th edition rule book.
Below are painted examples of the Gothc Power Generator.
Both of the kits are well designed and are very affordable. I recommend picking these up to add more flavor to your games. I hope Secret Weapon miniatures continues to produce more terrain, they are already off to a fantastic start.
Review- Ziterdes Windmill
The recently released Ziterdes Windmill is one of the most intricate sets they have made to date. It incorporates laser cut MDF pieces to their foam cast buidings. Something they really have not done before.
The complete Windmill house is comprised of 3 sets. To make it you will need the windmill house, the windmill, and the viewing platform.
To show the detail I dry brushed the house.
The Windmill House is one piece and cast in black foam with no air bubbles! Like most of Ziteres pieces I don’t have to do anythig to it, and I can go straight into painting it. Typical of Ziterdes scenery pieces it is loaded with tons of details. The farm house looks like it belongs in the country side. The stone work is very well done. The blocks vary in size, some are indented and others not. The faces of the stone are rough and look like they have been from a quarry. The wooden beams have wood grain carved into it, and the roof is covered in shingles.
The Windmill house measures 10″X4″X43/4″.
The windmill is compised of two parts- the windmill and the blades. The windmill is cast in black foam.
The windmill stands 7″ high and can be used as a stand alone piece or with the windmill house.
This piece was dry brushed to show detail.
The tower is in the shape of an octagon. The wooden siding is well detailed and has random boards nailed on to it hold it together. The coned roof is covered with shingles, and there is a decorative cover plate for the rotor.
To make the blades, you first need to separate them from each other. Then glue on one support beam to bulk up the look of the blade arm. Once dry glue on the blades to the rotor. The rotor has angled channels so it will be easy to properly align the blades. Attached the blades have a 11″ diameter!
The viewing platform is octagon shaped and measures 7″ in diameter.
To assemble the platform first cut off the tabs on the sides of the platform.
Next punch out any remaining wood in the guard rails. These should be very easy to take out.
Now glue the guard rails into the holes of the platform.
If you want you can glue the plaform to the house and glue the windmill to the platform. I left them as separate pieces for ease of storage.
Like I have said in many of my reviews I’m a big fan of Ziterdes and this piece lives up to the others.
It is easy to do, full of detail, and easy to paint and get on the table top.
I highly recommend checking out Ziteres pieces. If you don’t see Ziterdes products at your local gaming shop ask them to
bring them in through ACD Distribution.
Below are painted examples of the Windmill set.
Review- Ziterdes Iron World Scenery
Forge World recently released the Zone Mortalis rule set. It was fun to play and is designed for indoor combat. There are many options for those that don’t want to
buy the Forge World tiles. The new Iron World scenery by Ziterdes is modular and can be used to represent the inside of a hive world or integrated with other scenery
for urban complexes, and industrial areas.
I have reviewed many pieces from Ziterdes and have been happy with all of them. The pieces are durable, light weight and modular.
The Iron World scenery is part of the Urban War range and is loaded with futuristic gothic details. The scenery will fit right in on a 40K table top.
Each piece is cast in black foam and can easily be dry brushed to completion.
The pieces have a rough texure to them, which is due to the 3d printing process they used to create the masters. The texture helps to add a weathered look and makes
it easy to dry brush.
Iron World Trench System
The Iron World trench system is comprised of four different parts. By purchasing additional sections you can have a highly modular system that can criss cross the
The T section measures 7″X7″ and the walls are 1.75″ high.
The L section (not pictured) measures 7″X7″ and the walls are 1.75″ high.
The Straight section is 7″ long and the walls are 1.75″ high.
Trench end cap is 3″ wide and the walls are 1.75″ high.
The Iron World bridge measures 7″X3″. It is designed to be used with the Iron World Ramp or Iron World Pier.
Iron World Ramp is 3″ high. The ramp has a small lip which will let the bridge sit comfortably on it. Each grated panel is separated by metal strips which helps to
keep the models from not tipping over.
Iron World Bridge Pier Quarter is comprised of two parts and is cast in resin. The pier is 3″ high and is designed to connect multiple bridge sections.
Iron World Bridge Pier Triangle is comprised of two parts and is cast in resin. The triangle 3.25″ high and is also used to connect up to 3 bridge sections.
The Iron World series has two different “rooms”. Each is a quarter section, so you will need 4 to make a full room. Both rooms are loaded with detail and each of
them has a door. These peices can work for diorama’s as well as for gaming terrain.
The Iron World 90 degree room is 7″X7″X3″.
Iron World 45 degree room is 7″x7″x3″.
The complete room measures 14″X14″X3″ and there is plenty of room to add in accessoires for cover.
Ziterdes offers resin cast barrels and crates for use with your terrain. These would be good for blocking terrain.
Here are painted examples of the Iron World scenery.
I’m really happy with this new set from Ziterdes. It is modular and will blend in well with any GW kits you may have.
If you don’t see Ziterdes products at your local gaming shop ask them to bring them in
through ACD Distribution .
Review- Warmill Security Compound
Warmill is one of many new companies manufacturing laser cut mdf terrain products. They have an impressive assortment of scenery and gaming accessories at reasonable prices.
Laser cut MDF scenery is kind of the “new kid in town,” as there are so many companies offering it now. I’m sure we will continue to see more and more companies offering MDF scenery as it is a cheaper and faster way to get your foot in the door.
I’ve been on the fence about MDF for a while now. As with anything, it has it’s good and bad points, but for me the main thing I don’t like is the way the connection tabs appear on the final product.
Due to the nature of MDF the tabs often appear in areas where it distracts from the final appearance of the model. Which brings us to Warmill. Their scenery is impressive and
the company plans ahead and does their best to hide and intergrate all of the connection points.
The Security Compound is one of the latest offerings from Warmill. It is the first in their Street Wars series.
The set is designed around the Infinity miniatures game, but will work with any 28mm game system.
This set is composed of resin, acrylic, and MDF. The acrylic pieces on this product really stand out. I have never seen this before, and it is what first drew me to Warmill.
The laser work is well done and really captures the feel of the Infinity universe.
The Security Compound set is comprised of 82 pieces and is pretty straight foward to put together.
There are 8 long fence sections and four short. They are both built similarly.
The laser cut is well done and most of the pieces will easily fall out. Should you need to you can tease out the parts with your hobby knife. For particularly hard areas you
can scribe the back of each sheet.
Find the appropriate size resin foundation pieces.
Add a dab of glue to it and insert the fence posts.
Each long fence line measures 7″X3″, and each short fence line measures 3″X3″.
The watch tower is composed of 7 pieces.
Start by gluing the ladder into the base.
Then glue the front wall to the base.
Next insert the two side pieces and glue in place.
Finally, add the foundation pieces.
The finished tower is 2″X6″.
The gate is comprised of 11 pieces.
Start by gluing the front face of the gate to the sides.
Next add the top piece, and the foundation pieces.
To make the sign holder glue the two brackets with the back support piece.
Attach this to the top of the gate.
Insert the sign of your choice, do not use glue so you can change the signs at will.
Along with one acrylic sign, Warmill gives you a full set of mdf signs.
Slide in gate door to complete the piece.
The finished gate measures 4.25″X 2″ X 3.75″.
The processing center is my favorite piece from the Security Compound set.
Here, I show you how to assemble it, but it is best to paint the parts separately and then assemble it.
Start by finding the two back wall pieces.
Insert the acrylic sign onto the posts on either side of the front wall piece (the one with holes) and glue in place.
Glue the side panels to the two back wall pieces.
Glue the foot bases to the side panels.
The Menu Board
Glue the L bracket pieces into the middle supports holes.
Glue menu board into support brackets (use white glue to avoid hazing).
Attach the menu board to the outer support holes.
Glue touch pad holder into place.
Glue in touch pad and palm pad (use white glue to avoid hazing), and attach the model to the base plate.
Add the roof.
Attach the process center sign (use white glue to avoid hazing).
The finished process center measures 4″X3″X2.5″.
Building the Security Compound was fun and easy to do. The entire set can almost cover a 2ftX2ft area, and there are a couple of different configurations you can make with it. This will be fun to use in any post apocalyptic or futuristic tabletop war game. I recommend picking up this kit if you are into futuristic war gaming. It looks so different from any other kits out there that you are sure to have something that many gamers will be envious of. I’m looking forward to future releases by Warmill.
Some tips about working with MDF.
The wood will quickly absorb any paint you apply to it. The wood may swell and the wood fibers may rise. To prevent this, you can seal the wood first with a wood varnish.
There will be a lot of left over wood sprue from your kit. These will be great to use if you are into scratch building terrain.
Review- GrassTech 2 Electronic Flocking Applicator
The latest flocking applicator by GrassTech USA is now one of my favorite hobby tools. The GrassTech 2, is the best electronic flocking applicator I have tested and is a must for all serious terrain builders. Flocking an entire board is now extremly fast and easy.
I loved the original GrassTech tool (see review ). It was easy to use and gave professional results. But it lacks the power of the GrassTech 2 and does not hold nearly as much grass.
The GrassTech 2 is large, sturdy and standing at 9″ is comfortable to hold.
It is powered by a 9 volt battery, and when turned on emits a soft blue light.
The device comes with a standard filter and hopper cap (not shown).
The GrassTEch 2 works by creating a electrostatic field which charges the polyfibre grass enabling it to stand up.
To use it, first fill the hopper about 1/3 with static grass.
Apply glue to the surface you want to add static grass to.
Stick a pin into the center of the glued area.
Attach the alligator clip to it.
Power it on and shake the GrassTech 2 over the glued surface. For best results, keep within 3-5″ over and around the nail.
When dry vaccum up the excess grass.
The GrassTech 2 is powerful and can easily do 6″ diameter sections at a time.
Here is a display board I made and flocked using the GrassTech 2. It only took a minute to grass the entire board.
If you make a lot of terrain and have had problems with your grass looking good, the GrassTech2 is well worth the investment. In a matter of minutes you will be
finished flocking a whole table.
GrassTech USA offers additional size filters for use with the GrassTech 2. The size of the filters is dependant of the type of grass you use. Use the detail filter for hard to reach areas.
Mix in 4mm-6mm grass for more realistic looking results.
It is easy to make grass tufts with the GrassTech 2. Simply add a drop of glue and sprinkle on static grass.
If possible use good flocking glue. If you water down PVA glue some grass will fall flat.