Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Here are more "Kitbashed" pictures of our kits. We have two gardens, one stock and the other made specifically for the Penninsular game at Historicon. The Garden on the left is simply painted and assembled as per the instructions. The garden on the right has been modified by adding a few more plants and losing the pumpkins, adding "bean poles" from the stakes in our Siege Tools set and swapping the hat on the scarecrow with a spare French Shako from a Perry's Miniatures box.
The "vines" are made with one of my favorite foliage materials , Woodland Scenics Net Foliage F51. (We carry all the materials and they will be available for sale at Historicon and in web store (going live in a few more weeks))
The vines were made by soaking the net foliage in Scenic Cement (another Woodland Scenics item that we carry) and adding a few red apples I mean tomatoes as it dries. When all is dry, the net foliage is amazingly durable when glued in this way.
Hope you like it, if there is time I'll post some more pictures tomorrow.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Manuel, caught between grief and rage, barely listens to Father Faulto Towero as his brother is laid to rest. Killed by the French in yet another foraging raid through the village, Manuel's little brother died trying to save the family's only surviving pig. With that bayonet jab, another savage Guerillo is born-Manuel, the Avenger.
I love to kit bash and rearrange kits to suit my needs. It's REALLY weird to modify my own before its even sold!
This is a little vignette for our upcoming Peninsular Black Powder game at Historicon. The product it is based on is our new "family plot" which includes everything you see except the figures and flock. The gravestones will also be a little different. The Family Plot will be a clamshell packaged item selling for $12.50.
More modified kit pics tomorrow!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Here is a sneak peek at a limited edition item that you will only be able to get at Historicon and perhaps an upcoming show in Europe.
The kit includes a Bolt Action Pak 36 with crew, extra details and the cast gun emplacement you see in the picture.
More information about how to get this piece coming soon!
(Oh, and if you can't make Historicon, don't worry, the web will launch with a Special Limited Edition piece a little later!)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Not quite as sexy as a Tiger tank, but far more numerous, are squads dug into fox holes. This is part of our World Wars Range. At this point, the price has not been determined. You get a three man crew served weapon pit, a long "double" hole piece and two "two man" holes. This is enough to dig in a whole squad. By the way, these pits will even accomodate figures on those whopping 25mm roundbases, if that's what you fancy.
The figures(not included) are Foundry WW2 sculpted by Michael and Alan Perry.
The Fox Hole Set will be available at Historicon with the rest of our offerings.
Young Jedediah was so anxious to get at the Yankee scum attacking his beloved Atlanta, he leapt right on top of a big old stack of barrels to get a better shot. Unfortunately, Jedediah would soon pay the price for being unable to read or write.
Our Black Powder Weapon of Mass Destruction can be painted as is and easily stacks against a wall or door. A perfect "mine" as it were or perhaps an important objective for Mr Richard Sharpe and his old pal, Harper. Special Rule-Light fuse and run about 36" in one turn. Of course, they could also represent something far more important but a bit more mundane like an armies back stock of spare monkeys or hardtack. Only $12.50...Two parts that can be used separately. Perry figure sold separately in a box with a bunch of his plastic buddies.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Today is more about "unpacking" than packing. I thought some of you would appreciate a heads up about what we will be carrying. It will be all the brands pictured above plus our own terrain and some surprises. As you can see, quite a bit of it has come in. Is there any brand in particular anyone would be interested in we don't list here?
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
You would think after a long day (12 hours) of packing scenery, I would give the gaming thing a break. But not a chance. Our box from the Perry brothers came today...we will be selling all of their plastics but not the metal figures on our website (along with our terrain kits, Warlord miniatures, Battle Flags and hobby supplies.). Under lots of boxes of Perry plastics, some little black boxes were lurking...more ACW figures, just for me. The running Confederate infantry are simply amazing.
It is possible that Barb is right and I am obsessed with toy soldiers. Only time will tell.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
All right, so the picture isn't the most exciting in the world but it is exciting to us. We are in the "pack" till you drop and then cast more stuff phase. We have a big order to get out to Warlord Games AND we have to be ready for the web launch in a few more weeks. We don't want to run out of our own product when the web launches!
The picture is a doubled sided rack we bought to hold our metal components . I put it together today to get ready to start packing product this week. We have already filled both sides and we thought it would last us till Xmas! Ha Ha!
The rack holds 94 bins and they are all filled with individual metal components or resin castings. We couldn't fit them all in. That's well over 100 masters sculpted, cast and ready to be packed out in the space of two and a half months. Not to0 shabby for a two person company! (Of course, we send our metal out for casting and Barb claims one of us is a half wit so...)
Now let's hope enough people buy the stuff, eh?
Thanks for the self indulgence. More NEW product pictures soon.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
We are very pleased to announce that Architects of War will be the sole Distributor for Battle Flag in North America. I bought one of these flag sets on a trip to the UK and fell in love with them. They are fantastically rendered, loving crafted and very well priced. They are the perfect finish to a unit. With figures and paint jobs getting better and better, I believe the availability and the execution of these flags will quickly make them a "must have " purchase to finish your units. (Especially if you want to be one of the Cool Kids).
Here is what Richard, Battle Flags owner, says about the product in his own words:
"The whole idea behind Battle Flag is to offer the wargamer/collector of military miniatures superlative miniature flags, with greater choice and value for money than has been previously available.
The flags are all historically accurate and have been carefully designed to look as if they are in the fly, rippled by a breeze, when attached to the flagpole of the miniature. Requiring only minimal modelling skills and the most basic of tools, Battle Flag's beautifully rendered Regimental colours and standards allow everyone to achieve a museum quality finish.
Printed with archival quality inks on high quality papers to ensure lasting quality and created and printed at 300 dpi, Battle Flag is literally "Raising the Standard" for all collectors and painters of fine military miniatures and model soldiers."
These flags are flying to us across the Atlantic now and should be available for sale when our new website goes live very soon.
We are also the North American Distributor of these flags for Trade, so Dealer Inquiries Invited. For now, use Alioop100@gmail.com to contact us. We will have Trade "Packets" in about two more weeks as well.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Barb doesn't like me showing unfinished products, but I'm sneaking this in while she is packing blisters. This is the World Wars Hasty Entrenchment Set. There are enough fox holes for a whole squad and a heavy weapon's pit. Figures are old Foundry Germans sculpted by the Perrys. This is an "in progress" shot (the items aren't complete yet). This should be available for sale when the website launches in a few more weeks. There are no sandbags or other signs of "permanence" as it is intended to represent the typical hasty "dig in" for a few hours or the night. There must have been a million holes like these dug throughout the 20th century. They are meant to be placed any place on the game table where you would like your lads to have a bit of defensive edge.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
We are taking tomorrow off and I doubt we will get a chance to post anything until next week. We have been busy on the website (Yeah!) and working with Accountants ( Boo!). Since I have no new product pictures to show, here are some shots of the last game I hosted. It was a French Foreign Legion in Morocco affair. These are "action" shots and nothing was staged or properly lighted. They are also a little fuzzy but I hope you enjoy them anyway. Until next week!