Romans II

On to painting our little general.
The figure was painted using Vallejo paints most of which should be obvious from the photo. It’s old school painting from a black undercoat, building up layers of colour,dark to light. None of that new fangled dipping here. Neatness is the key, get the face right and a lot of other stuff isn’t always noticed. The cloak is in good old “Hollywood red” as it just looks nice, Our fave recipe is…. mmmmm cake….. sorry, for reds…. cavalry brown, red, then flat red followed by a tiny high light of scarlet for that dressed by Gok Wan look which just screams style. Or in other words helps the figure stand out on the table.
The dog “Hell” was painted following painstaking research (ok Google) and was again painted using Vallejo paints.
Both figures were glued into a circular MDF base and various scenic items added to make it interesting.  A well thought out base always helps the figure look good and make a basic paintjob look much better.
Next on the work bench is Primus Pilus  and the first of our units for “Clash of Empires”.
Editor’s note: We really like the painting that TheStug has done but what we’d really like is to hear all about your painting projects. So please send us an email or comment!

Friday Round Up

Again we’ve got lots of new stock…in fact so much new stock that we can’t actually fit all of it in our Friday Round Up…

First we have some restocks and new, to us, items from Strelets. For World War I fans we have lots of new Germans, Russians and British sets. Including Cossacks, Hussars, Dragoons, and Cavalry.

We have restocked on the SB Scotia range of beautifully moulded and detailed resin accessories and diorama bases. New to us are the tank traps, otherwise known as Dragoons Teeth, ammo crates and battle damaged trees. Although 1/35th scale we think they would be suitable for Warhammer 40K scenic items too.

New from Battlefront Miniatures some excellent finishing products for World War II armour. Italian, British and German Desert colours and British Italian. Ideal base colours for models for models in all scales, but specially mixed for Flames of War armour. Also new, a six colour pigment set to allow you to weather and detail your models, producing a more realistic finish. Also in Flames of War dust clouds for your vehicles for a more realistic appearance on the wargames table.  These pieces are ready painted so easy to use and ready to go! Finally from Battlefront, three new pieces of terrain from Battlefield in a Box range. Excellent, ready painted to use terrain suitable for 15mm through t0 28mm games.


New in! Wargames Illustrated Issue 289 containing features on The Peloponnesian War, the Battles of Krithia, Last Argument of Kings.

From Tamiya, our most favourite brand at the moment, we have lots of new 1/35th scale kits, including the new releases-Super Sherman. Lots of new finishing products, textured paints, special abrasive papers, masking tape and spray table.


And finally from Badger we now stock three types of airbrush. They are extremely well made and ideal for finishing tanks and models. They will be available in the shop later on today.

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On this day long ago: Y’all ain’t from around here boy…

One of the most famous gun fights in history took place in the afternoon of October 26th 1881, in the appropriately (and rather bizarrely) named town of Tombstone.A pivotal moment in one of cinema’s most significant western film’s John Ford’s My Darling Clementine- Studio Classics [DVD], the gunfight at the OK Corral is one of fiction’s favourite events in history.

The fire insurance map of Tombstone

The west was, as it’s popular name suggests, wild. Not entirely lawless, it was definately every man for himself. And men they were. With big grudges, big guns and big hats.

Frank McLaury and Wyatt Earp

The fight itself was less than a minute, but in that few seconds it took the lives of the McLaury brothers and Billy Clanton, whilst it had left two Earps and Doc Holliday injured. Of the combatants only Wyatt Earp came away unscathed (if you don’t count Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne who ran away early on in the battle) . The fight took place near the horse corral in Tombstone, so it wasn’t strictly speaking a fight at the OK Corral but sort of nearby. Which is admittedly not as catchy.

The County Courthouse

Virgil Earp was the town Mashal and also a Deputy US Marshal (y’know the chaps that wrestle terrorists on aeroplanes these days), in July the year before he had tracked some stolen army mules (actual mules, this is not a euphamism) to the ranch of the McLaury brothers. After some ‘discussion’ the brothers promised they would return the mules. Over the following year the brothers and the Earp family had a number of disagreements in the way only cowboys can. These culminated in the events of the 26th October, after the night before Ike Clanton had come into town to sell beef with Tom McLaury tagging along. On the same day the boys had had a confrontation with Doc Holliday (who was a doctor of dentistry, so not a man I’d mess with).

The losing party

On the morning of the 26th Ike was found by virgil Earp to be carrying an illegal weapon (yes boys and girls there were actual laws in the wild wild west) and thus was pistol whipped. Or as they called it then, buffaloed. Later another Earp gave another McLaury a pistol whipping ( at this point getting to be something of a habit for the family now…). Despite having both ended up on the wrong end of Earp weapons earlier in the day the McLaury boys were spotted by concerned citizens carrying guns again. Sheriff Behan and Virgil Earp, the Marshal, demanded they stop carrying, but the boys declined. An effort by the lawmen to disarm them went awry and so the most famous gun battle in the west came to be.

Eventually all the participants ended up at Boot Hill

Recreating the OK Corral or other western shootouts, such of those of Billy the Kid, is within your grasp (and what better way to while away the afternoon is there than doing bad cowboy impressions, unless you actually are a cowboy)…with western buildings, cowboys of all kinds, lawmen, and even some pre rustled cattle.And some for the smaller cowpokes in your life. Further inspiration can be drawn from the plethora of books and movies here…Y’all let us know how your west was won in the comments…

Derby Show highlights: the Boondock Saints

Dressed in nineteenth century uniforms, and brandishing bottles of claret, the Boondock Saints are like the Burlington Club of war gaming…charming, erudite and slightly eccentric. This virtual wargaming club (they only meet up at shows) are the Gentlemen of wargaming. With a capital G.

The backdrop for the Siege of Vienna was painted by the daughter of one of the members; with some very last minute additions of a town scene. 

The table as a whole is designed to look like an eighteenth century painting, slightly angled and viewed from above. They don’t use turf and flock on the ground cover, its a very traditional flat painting.

Many of the figures have conversions and additions made (and these are 6mm figures so that’s some tiny work!). The cavalry have shields added, some other troops have turbans added by hand, and the Turks have been cast and sculpted by hand.

The Boondock Saints were waiting to see if they were going to win a third trophy in a row from Derby. On the evidence that we saw, they certainly deserve to be contenders!

If you have a demo game that you would like to share with us, or a club that you would like to feature, please feel free to email the information to us.


Friday Round Up

Hello folks,

It’s a longer one this week [insert joke of choice here]…

First up we have some new items from a company we here at Arcane Scenery have long had a (totally platonic) crush on, Wargames Factory. There is lots and lots to love about the products from Wargames Factory, and these latest figures are the best we have seen yet. The figures are really beautifully moulded, and the sprues even have a a little stacking bit so you can fit them all in the box neatly, rather than in a slightly chaotic mess as is usual. Sadly the boxes themselves don’t reflect the quality, with some slightly unusual design decisions going on…BUT don’t let the boxes dissuade you. The two new items this week are Heavy Weapons set, and the Spanish Succession Cavalry. The Heavy Weapons set is a little bit Sci-Fi, which is not ordinarily our [battle]field, but the figures have Nazi, Samurai and even French Foreign Legion inspirations so would work great in future war scenarios or alternate worlds ( if you have not met alternate world scenarios before, there are games like A Very British Civil War, which supposes what might have happened if Edward and Mrs Simpson had not jettisoned themselves to the South of France)….A similar type of set from a very well known company *cough* GW *cough* would set you back around about £25, but the Wargames Factory set is £16.50, and we think they’d sit nicely in any 40k troop.

The Spanish Succession Cavalry comes with a variety of heads and bodies so you can create a range of expressions on your cavalrymen…

This set is a very welcome addition to the Horse and Musket genre.

Very excitingly we are now stocking Perry Miniatures metals to go with the plastics that we stock already. Initially officers and artillery….but watch this space

To go with the Gripping Beast rules we now have the warband sets…at the moment we only have the Normans, but should have the other armies (Anglo-Danish, Vikings, Welsh) by next week. We already stock Gripping Beast plastic vikings and several other dark age warriors (and worriers), and for those of you of a Viking persuasion we stock the fabulous Revell Viking ship, so your vikings can pillage to their heart’s content at lands far away…

The latest Plastic Soldier halftrack version is now in stock (now with even more stowage) which further expands our ever growing range of Flames of War friendly 15mm figures and equipment. If you are a Flames of War gamer do remember to check out our Zvezda items which are not only perfectly sized, but also impressively simple to assemble….

From Deezee we now have the leopard which will function as a puma or jaguar depending on how you paint it (and how much zoological accuracy distresses you). If you need a big cat for ancient battles, or jungle scenes, or you just feel felines aren’t a big enough part of wargaming and want to rectify that, the leopard is perfect. We are also hoping soon to receive the Deezee mammoths in resin, which have now been cured of their earlier production issues.

We have the majority of the Trumpeter 1/72 scale, although they are selling fast . For those unfamiliar with the range Trumpeter produce highly accurate and detailed kits in 1/72 and 1/35 scales. At the moment we are concentrating on the 1/72 scale but we do plan to add the 1/35 scale, and if there’s something specific in that range that you want get in contact.

Due in stock in the next few days we are going to be getting some more laser cut MDF buildings, including jail house, church, saloon and livery stable…watch the store!

Also new in from Timpo is the Le Chataeu du Roi (it sounds much more glamorous in French) for the smallest gamers in your life. Despite considerable derision from some here, Steve is a committed fan of this little castle. Not only is this a great gateway to toward proper wargaming, Steve started with the Timpo, and Airfix when he was small. The castle also could be used in parts on a proper grown up wargame table.

There is new stuff arriving all the time so keep an eye on the shop and eBay store.  And if you want to keep up with all our news you can befriend our mascot or follow our page on Facebook.

This week long ago: Death of King John

In September 1216 King John began a new strong offensive against the Barons who had been causing him a rather stressful few months. After relieving Windsor Castle, he moved eastwards to Lincolnshire and King’s Lynn. Whilst in King’s Lynn he contracted dysentery, or according to some accounts, a hideous peach based malady.

Moving back westwards, the unfortunate King John managed to, as so many holidaymakers are wont, lose his luggage. This happened whilst crossing the Wash, a rather large tidal estuary. Various accounts suggest that everything from a few bags, to the crown jewels sunk into the wash’s whirlpools and quicksand. His baggage irretrievable,  the Kings party continued on to Newark, with somewhat damp spirits and underclothes.

As if matters could not improve for the King, his illness had got worse and on the 18th October he died. Gossip and salacious information has always been something of a British past time and soon the rumours were abound that he had died from something much more exciting that some nasty parasites lurking around East Anglia. The old favourite, poisoning was mooted, as was the  rumour regarding that his death was due to overeating peaches – that would have to be one heck of a lot of peaches. Also suggested was that it might have been poisoned beer (having checked the available ales in Newark on Trent we can confirm that it  is definitely not a current risk). Ironically beer was one of the safest things to drink in the 1200s, as poor old King John’s experience demonstrates,when abroad from home-don’t drink the water.

If you want to recreate King John’s battle, or even his death (we won’t ask how you plan to do that), Trent Miniatures King John is available in two versions, bareheaded and resplendent in his Crown. If you would like to find out more, there are a few books here.

Derby show highlights: Like A Stonewall

The battle of Sedgemoor from Like A Stonewall was one of the most detailed layouts at the show. With churches that were hand made from polystyrene after weeks of travelling to and from the real thing, all the figures themselves converted and intricate details like owls in trees, butterflies in bushes and foxes stealing chickens. Mist comes over the land on one side.


Friday Round Up

This week we have some super exciting (to me anyway) new stock…

For some time we have been stocking Dapol scenic items, and now we’re pleased (really pleased) to say we have extended our stock to include Evening Star (Britain’s last mainline steam train), a BR Railbus, a shunter and (the gorgeous) Deltic.  Dapol bought moulds, including the Deltic, from Airfix in 1985 when they decided to offload all except their Control Tower. The kits were previously Kitmaster models until Airfix had bought the company in the 1960s. (Incidentally if you are interested in Airfix history The Boys’ Book of Airfix is a good read).

On the Airfix theme they have reboxed a number of lines (and seemingly tidied up the moulds) and accordingly we have in stock G for George Lancaster, a Vulcan, and a Spitfire and Messerschmitt set ready for a dogfight all in nice new shiny boxes. Airfix kits are great for a little break in painting your hundreds of troops, or if a bad loss has left you feeling a bit less love for your soldiers right now. Also they are great bonding devices, invite your favourite niece or nephew around for a learn to model session.

From Revel we also have new stock, including SpZ Marder tank, Leopard tank and WW2 American Infantry.

Hobby Boss new to us item is the Defender XD Wolf.

Italeri have brought us some artillery in the shape of  the Italian Canone and Japanese Howitzer.

This week long ago: Please may I have some Moor please sir?

The Battle of Tours or Battle of Poitiers took place on October 10 732.

The battle has two names from its site at Moussais-la-Bataille which is located between the two. Charles Martel led the Franks and Burgandian forces against the Moorish caliphate of the Umayyad dynesty led by Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi.

Charles Martel in the battle

The battle is often characterised, particularly by historians of the nineteenth century (in the heat of muscular christianity and the regrowth of catholicism) as being a decisive moment in the Christian defence of Europe. In the less religiously inclined twentieth century the battle has been interpreted more as the first step in the increased political power of the Franks and the setting up of the initial stages for Carolingian Empire.

The battle itself happened after a build up of seven days worth of skirmishes. In the cold French October the Franks had an advantage (clearly no-one had told the moors to pack their woolly jumpers) of knowing what to expect. The Umayyad forces also underestimated the strength of the Franks and did not sufficiently scout the forces.

Post the defeat the Moors retreated over the Pyrenees.

If you wanted a Franco-Moorish face off though we don’t sell the exact belligerents there are a few chaps in the HaT ancients range, the Strelets Normans and some other ancient chaps could perhaps be suitably amended. Have you recreated this battle? What did you use?


Have you ever wondered how those little metal men on your gaming table came to be? Well we’re here to show you, or rather Bernard Lewis from Mantic Games shows us how the process of casting works…

Thanks to Bernard for taking the time to talk to us about metal casting. Incidentally sorry for the background noise folks it is loud in there!

Friday Round up

We’re gonna to concentrate a bit on some new and forthcomings from Warlord, Victrix and Army Painter this week, because in the words of the mighty Billie Piper “we want to”.

Coming soon, really soon so the lovely people at Warlord tell us is the expansion booklet for Hail Caesar. Containing 63 biblical and classical lists…as soon as they have them by ‘late’ October so will we.

Also coming soon are Russian Infantry packs for early and late Napoleonic.

And for more pastoral battle scenes from Army Painter, coming in a little over a week we are told, is meadow flower tufts. Whilst on a more mechanical front, to go with the Bolt Action Sd. Kfz 250/1 NEU that we already have is the 250-1D Hanomag…in soon.


Already in stock from Victrix are wunderbar Austrians…

“Ah I see you Sebastian…hallo”



And personally what I am looking forward to is the rather fabulous Out for the Count set with a Vamphyr Nazi…

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Derby Show roundup

Last Saturday and Sunday Arcane Scenery joined wargamers and modellers from the Midlands and beyond at the Derby World Wargames show. We are going to mention some of the projects we saw and people met in more detail over the weeks but in the meantime we thought we’d give you a quick snippet of what we saw…

Derek Pitman and Baccus, with Gettysburg. A 6mm game played in either one hour or over three days.

Lead Commanders, Operation Brevity.

L’ordre Mixte Club with Almonacid 11 August 1809

Like A Stonewall, Sedgemoor 1685

A Rather Large Townton Project

Westbury Wargames with the Battle of Oriamendi March 1837

The Boondock Saints, with Siege of Vienna…and a rather considerable amount of wine.

Evil Trev and Nice John from Nottingham with the Battle of Luxum 1632

The Bunburyists and the Battle of Trebia 1632

Kevin Stevenson’s Landings at Fenit in the Irish Civil War

Look out for more on some of those projects in the forthcoming weeks…

Also at the show we saw our friends from Great Escape Games

And one of the show sponsors Warlord

And doing a rather (ahem) sterling job looking after the Warlord Gaming tables was Alex from Middle Earth…

For Rent: slightly camp gamer

If you came to see us at the show you may have met Steve and Rob…

The CIA lends us Rob for a couple of days a week…




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