Saturday, May 18, 2013

And They Shall Beat Their Bulldozers into Tanks

I recently found some small construction toys for children, called Construction Buddies.  Two of them were trucks, a dump truck and a cement truck.  The other one was a bulldozer.

Original bulldozer

I bought one, and it turned out to be put together totally with screws, so you can disassemble it easily.

After taking out all the windup parts and taking off the blade, I started the conversion.  I cut off the top of the  smokestack, and added a longer straight one.  I put a cannon in the front, after covering up the hole left by the mechanism for the blade.  I finished it off by adding small googly-eye rivets and painting.

I put a 28mm WWII French infantryman by it for scale, but this is going to be in my GASLIGHT force.  I also bought two more, at about $3 each.  If I can find a suitable gatling gun, one of them is destined to be more of  an infantry support tank.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Plastic figures

I recently have been working up forces for two sides for VSF using GASLIGHT.  I have two units of Russians, and decided to try some plastic figures for the British.

So I bought a box of the Warlord British Line Infantry figures.  How I feel about these is mixed.


Price:  You get 20 plastic and 4 metal command figures for around $30.  Not bad.
Detail:  The detail is very nice.  Its crisp, and because you assemble them the detail is present in areas you don't normally see it in metal figures


Fiddly:  Seriously, assembling these is a chore.  It took me about 3 days coming back to it each evening to get them done.
Light:  I fixed this with using metal fender washers to base them.  I am using them for skirmishes, and I think they would tend to be too light if they weren't based this way.
Kneeling figures:  I am not a fan of kneeling figures.  Each sprue has 4 figures.  Two are standing, and 2 are kneeling

These are ok.  I guess I would still tend to buy metal figures.  I am 60 years old, have been gaming for over 40 years, and it probably has something to do with being more comfortable with plastic figures.

All in all, they are nice figures.  It just won't be my first choice in the future.