And Camels Too! CastleKits Pyramid Set | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Sunday, 21 September 2008

The CastleKits Pyramid – all items pictured come in the set.

The biggest problem with Hirst Arts terrain molds is certainly not their quality, it is the amount of work required to get even a single building built with their molds. We have twelve or fourteen Hirst Arts molds and The WebMistress has put a couple of buildings together with them. They’re messy, time-consuming, and you need a ton of space to store the parts while building the remainder of the building.

Enter CastleKits, a small company that does the molding for you and throws a bunch of value-added items into the deal. In all honesty, this is the solution for me – the quality of Hirst Arts combined with a significant reduction in our time assembling them.

But  we’ll get to that part, first, lets take a look at what you get.

What's up these days. | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Saturday, 09 May 2009

Been a while since I made an update, so here's the current status...

  1. Finished with all but writing about Offensive Miniatures US Airborne (28mm) they came out nice enough.
  2. The WebMistress and I have been using Twitter for work for a good long while, and now we have one for this site and our RPG site (we opted to start with just one for both items). If you want nightly updates/ponderings/etc in 140 characters or less, go here. To filter out RPG stuff, search on #paint.
  3. Just finished a Tamiya 1:48 Panther G and Sherman M4A1, will post pictures soon (Sherman is with the Airborne army)
  4. Working on Pegasus Models Gothic Ruins Set #1, about 1/2 way through them.
  5. Working on the upgrade of this system to something more neuvo.
  6. Next on the painting table is a Tamiya 1:48 T-34 with Tankodesant and some infantry.
  7. After that, I want to turn back to 15mm for WWII. I have a Russian reinforced infantry army (more than a year old), and an Afrika Korps Panzergrenadier army (both set up for FoW). If you have a preference, let me know.
  8. I have a major night or two of work restoring the vehicles and stands my 15 month old got to. Mostly the 20mm plastics, but some of the 15mm (mostly the German 7th Panzer EW army), and some 28mm - a Bradley, a Cromwell, a Stuart, some British Airborne, and a Humber, all took a hit pretty badly (the Stuart barrel is twisted off). And to think I was standing there. Can't imagine what he'd have done with 10 minutes alone. ;-)
  9. I also have a cache of five 1:16th fantasy figures to assemble and paint.

That's it for now. Items like these bullet points will come through the Twitter account, and the new site will RSS feed the Twitter account in once it's ready to go live.

Oh, okay, I'll slip in a picture of the Sherman...


Until next time,


MiniArt Knights and then some - Nordalia Style | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Monday, 13 July 2009

A year or so ago I picked up some MiniArt 1:16th scale Knights from a hobby store. They were old, so I assumed that the ones in the store were all I was going to get ever, so I bought them all - five of them. When they were done and placed upon a shelf, I had done some of the Orders from our gaming world, and I decided I wanted to do at least the top 10 Orders, because I liked the way they came out. So I went out to search for some used kits and see how badly I would get burned and guess what? They're still available! So I not only bought six more, I decided to review them for you, because if you have a gaming world these are great to paint up as the different Knightly Orders. Note that these are 1:16th, which makes them about six inches tall, not very suitable for gaming. These are full-blown models, with interchangable parts that you can swap out - want the sword in hand? Glue the hilt to it. Want the sword in the scabbard? Glue the hilt to it instead. The models have some rough spots - the newer ones I received have fewer issues than the old ones I picked up, but they still had issues common to less exacting model brands. One of the models in this review - the one labeled Doornian General - is a really old Tamiya model and not a MiniArt. I picked it up at a different hobby store for a steal and it went together much better than the MiniArt ones do. With all of that said, if you spend the time and use a bit of green stuff you can get these into shape. The legs have a tendency to gap on you, on some of them I patched the gap, in some I didn't. While this was just oversite on my part, it does give you the opportunity to see how well they do/don't fit.

Knightly Surprise: Wild Republic Paint and Play Medeival Knights | Print |  E-mail
Written by Don MacVittie   
Sunday, 13 September 2009

While in Cincinnati in July, I picked up a pack of Wild Republic Paint and Play Medieval Knight Play Set  - along with a ton of other stuff - from Boardwalk Hobbies (great hobby store, btw, an eclectic mix of models and wargaming miniatures with some solid reference books for historicals). I actually bought it on a fluke because I bought a nephew who is interested in painting the pirate set, and thought “what the heck, I’ll get one”.

Then my 20 month old went nuts over them. He loved them, wanted to play with them all of the time, even though they were still unpainted – solid white soft resin. So I decided to move them to the top of the painting list.

Naval Thunder-Battleship Row | Print |  E-mail
Written by Joe Debold   
Sunday, 06 December 2009

Joe Debold takes a first (and second!) look at Steel Dreadnought Games' Naval Thunder - Battleship Row and gives you a report on what he finds.

Now if only we could pry him away long enough to play some other games...


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