Sunday, May 20, 2012

Game proofed Dogfight cards

Ink Jet all in one printer (to make copies of the original "Dogfight" cards), glue stick, 4 X 6 index cards, old Star Trek:the Next Generation surplus cards, card protectors and some time and we now have basic game proofed cards.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

5 Hair roller Napoleonic armies in a tray Fini

                                     A bunch of these rubber hair rollers (above) became this (below)

For several weeks I have been scouring flea markets and yard sales for these old rubber hair rollers (as well as old games) in order to complete my 5 Napoleonic armies (French, British, Russians, Prussians and Austrians) with no success. So I decided to scrub down some of my  original hair roller DBA armies (specifically the 2 Hoplite armies, which I had duplicated with needlepoint plastic mesh ) to make enough stands to complete this project.

I learned a lot and I will NOT make any more hair roller armies (3mm scale). I have become a bigger fan of making armies from Needlepoint Plastic Mesh . Quicker and easier to make with either #7 or #10 plastic mesh. And, the material is easily obtained.

In the coming months, expect more pictures of these armies on the gaming table.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day 1918

A Sopwith Camel meets up with a Fokker D7 on Mother's Day 1918.

Two opposing Tri's dance their dance.

Friday, May 11, 2012

"The British Bulldogs Watching at the Door"

Thanks to the inspiration of Ken Van Pelt at the Penny Whistle, we are ready to fly a dawn patrol on Memorial Day.

For your listening enjoyment:  "The British Bulldogs Watching at the Door"

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Nieuport Tri

I tend to leave the hardest for last. So the last to be constructed and primed (though it will remain white with a light gray camouflage) was the cantilevered Nieuport Triplane. Yikes, this was deconstructed more times than I care to think about. The other Tris were a bear, as was getting the Fokker tails decent looking, but this plane was the worst.

Of course, upon announcing the construction phase was finally over, my dear wife reminded me that I hadn't done a Russian plane. So the last plane done was actually a Nieuport with the gun over the top wing. Comrade Krebikov flies again.

Curse you Ken Van Pelt. We will meet someday at dawn over the Western Front.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Quick Progress Report

Not much time, so I'll let "the pictures tell a thousand words". Boy do these things soak up the paint.

Lower left a Fokker 8 (bumblebee, single wing) at 2 o'clock the gray Eindecker ("so I can shoot through that propeller ?" with a German accent). My favorites on the right are the Black Maria (triplane with black nose) and in front of it the Black Prince (Sopwith Camel). "Thank you Canada". Looking for a mini Snoopy figure to pilot the Sopwith Camel with the Red Nose. Still printing out markings and insignias... pass the glue stick.

"Curse you Ken Van Pelt"

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Clothes pin Air Force

When life brings you rain, use your clothes pins to make WW I planes. About time I came up with my own inspirational quote. Inspired by Kenneth Van Pelt at the Penny Whistle, I decided to design and make my own WW I planes. An heirloom for my grandson, Eric (I'm sure he wouldn't mind me playing with them for a few more years).
   Now for some technical clothes pin jargon. First on the left is a square "No roll clothespins" available at most craft stores. Next is a "doll pin" also available at most craft stores. Next is what I call a button clothes pin (semi-old fashion model) found in our clothes pin bag (or on the internet). Finally on the right is the classic old fashioned clothes pin, also from our clothes pin bag (more expensive but found on internet).
     Now cut the heads off the "dolls head", button (only used for my version of the Eindecker), and classic (far right) clothes pins. The classic is used primarily for making the German Albatross. The square works for the S.E. 5A,  the Fokker D7 and other square nosed planes. The headless "doll pins" works on most other planes, such as the Triplanes, Sopwiths and some Nieuports. For an excellent guide to all WW I aircraft check out here . Also "Image Googling" any aircraft by name will get a wide variety of images.
     Some Jumbo Wood sticks, mixed circles, and dowels and a glue gun (all available at most craft stores) and Voila.

Now where did I put my paint brushes ? Stoke up the printer we need some plane markings.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Meet the Alans

                                                       Alan Blades (not a Porn Star) above with multicolored shields.
                                                            Alan Cavalry, above. Knights & Light Horse
                                                             Alan Light Horse, above.

Finishing up my "Barbarian" armies for a planned Barbarian playoff.  Shields are made with 1/16th paper punch and multiple colored card stock. Cheaper way to make those "curiosity" DBA armies than using lead miniature.