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About Ravens

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  1. Bit of an oldie this one, I think it's from the eighties but I'm not 100% sure. I'm planning on using it as a front row miniature in a Warhammer zombie regiment to make the unit a bit more interesting. A bit of surgery was required to incorporate it into a 20mm slotta-base, with a plastic card floor being added to the base and a rectangular hole cut into the top to accommodate the miniature, and finally putty and sand were use to blend the two together. Fragments from birch catkins were used as leaves to lend the miniature a suitably autumnal feel. Thanks for looking in, Ross.
  2. Two V-22 Osprey flying westward over Inverness.
  3. My local Hobbycraft appears to have around 50:50 new/old pots on the stand; I'll have to try some soon. I'm glad to see the switch to those old pots that the Citadel range used as I still have some that I acquired in the mid-90s and most of them are still perfectly useable all these years on. They keep a good tight seal, even when the inside edge of the lid is crusted with paint. Ross.
  4. Ravens

    What are you reading?

    British Battleships 1919-1945, by R. A. Burt. Still discounted to £1.19 (Kindle edition) at the time of writing. There's a load of specifications in that I tend to skip over, but also a wealth of information on individual ship's fittings and configurations at particular dates, plus some good photographs and diagrams of the various ship classes. On top of that there's the general histories of the warships in question so overall it's shaping up to be a worthwhile purchase (at that price) and recommendable for modellers working on British battleships of that era. Ross.
  5. I haven't played a game of WHFB since around 4th edition rules - more of a painter/collector nowadays - but there's always the chance I'll play the occasional game at some point in the future. Cheers, Ross.
  6. Kislev Winged Lancers. Recently I started painting my old Warhammer fantasy figures again and the first to be dusted off were these winged lancers from the old Empire army. They're probably the most eye catching of the Empire cavalry regiments so I wanted to give them a more interesting paint job than I had previously (though I stopped short of the crazy paint horse scheme). These models are clearly based on Polish winged hussars so red and white seemed the most appropriate choice for the main colours. The rounded lances were a good opportunity to use the spiral striped design that might look slightly awkward on the hexagonal lances of the heavy cavalry. An old Slavic design was chosen for the shields, and the animal capes I decided to paint as snow leopards despite fearing that it could end up looking slightly 'Cruella de Vil', but it seems to have worked out okay. For the next batch and the command group I'll add some different coloured horses into the mix to stop the unit from looking overly identical. Snotling and squig. This is a just-for-fun project that I cooked up from a couple of items that were sitting around in my bitz box, and some green stuff putty. The idea is a foolish snotling gets himself a pet and fancies navinga go at being one of those Squig Netter crews from the Orcs and Goblins army; he'll eventually end up as dinner. Thanks for looking in, Ross.
  7. Thanks for posting - I'd love to visit there someday. Ross.
  8. Ravens

    What are you reading?

    The White Spider, by Heinrich Harrer. It's about the early attempts on the north face of the Eiger in the mid-twentieth century from one of the first team to make it; makes for grim reading in places. EDIT- time period corrected.
  9. It looks like a fantastic kit. I would say that the Tamiya KGV has aged quite well (apart from a lack of vertical detail), but the Flyhawk offering is clearly streets ahead. Ross.
  10. Thank you Mike, that's exactly the kind of set I was looking for - it has all the PE parts that I'd want to use without going OTT. Cheers, Ross.
  11. I am wondering if anyone knows of any PE upgrade sets tailored specifically for the Fujimi version of the cruiser Yahagi in 1/700? I have the full-hull version of this kit and so far I have only managed to find a set by Five Star intended for use with the Tamiya kit, but I'm hesitant to purchase it in case it doesn't match the dimensions of the Fujimi version. Does anyone know if there are other options out there, and if not is the Five star set a good match for Fujimi's Yahagi? Thanks, Ross.
  12. A new HMS Vanguard has been on my wishlist for a while and that 1/700 SMS Baden is quite tempting as well; we're spoiled for choice. Ross.
  13. Very convincing seascape and a beautiful finish on the ship. Ross.
  14. Nowadays I tend to wait until test pics appear before overly anticipating a new release. Until there's something concrete then these announcements are essentially the hobby industry's equivalent of 'vapourware.' Ross.
  15. Are there a lot of previously announced subjects in there, or is it more of a case of variations on a theme? Ross.
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