I've been busy gluing MDF like a mad thing, resulting in an impressive street of buildings.
The Sarissa buildings all go together quickly. One quibble is the upper floors are open concept. But I used some heavy card stock to make simple partition walls.
I also used some heavy art board to make some lengths of paving to create alleys between the buildings. Dirty deeds need dark alleys, and I have lots of trash cans that need a place to go.
After spray painting with a light tan, painting has gone quickly. Both buildings took maybe 3 hours each.
I've also had a plastic toy pony stable from Ertl that Pete found. I added a back door with my Dremel Tool and some card and stuck it on a base. Looking at most commercial properties you see a lot of clutter and junk (especially prior to 5S and Kaizen ), so I added piles of construction materials around it to give some cover and character. After painting I added some tufts and weeds. Taller weeds fill spaces that I couldn't reach with sand.
Plastic coffee stirrers become copper pipes. Plastic tubes become concrete pipes. Wooden fence posts from cheap Christmas village fences become stacks of fence pickets. Bamboo skewers get turned into a stack of lumber. I've had stacks of construction materials made as scatter terrain for years. Those will be out front or beside the building.
Trying a test layout to see where I'm at for things like fences and sidewalks. It will be nice to deploy the street lights and newsstand, complete with paperboy, at last. The cloth is 4x4.
I can push the buildings right to the edge and leave wider streets too. But I had an idea to make walled yards complete with laundry behind the tenements. The reverse of the cloth is dark grey. Might be smarter to use that side and then make gravel yards for the construction company and the scrap yard. As you can see above I still have an empty corner to fill.
A 4x4 area should give room for up to 8 gangs to deploy I hope.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Monday, April 8, 2019
|My lovely wife, the friendly face of Hotlead keeping all of our fun organized and the cash box in parade order. After selling tags for over a decade she knows faces and names better than me.|
Hotlead hit a significant milestone this year, 25 years. There have been some bumps getting here, but for the most part it's been a hugely rewarding experience and I've made a lot of really great friends along the way.
|Hotlead friends. The guy on the right, Chris, is my absolutely oldest "brother from another mother". We've known each other since we were 10 or so and played with our Airfix soldiers on the rug or in the garden growing up.|
|With Red Shirts like these Target would still be open.|
|Red Shirts hard at work running the Bring and Buy. Started as a Charity Fund-raiser, it's become a huge attraction in it's own right. These guys do $16K in sales over 7 hours.|
|My lovely wife guarding the portal, me checking something and my friend the Mad Padre, our Hipster in Residence.|
|Red Shirts blowing off steam in Dan's Mongols With Mausers game Saturday night.|
|And what's a birthday without cake?|
|Or presents? Our 25th Anniversary figure "Hotlead Herbie" sculpted by Bob Murch.|
The Vendors have really changed over the years. Our longest attending vendor, Don Cameron of Five Arrows Figures and Books, who I think has been coming since the first Hotlead, couldn't make it this year due to failing health. Previously the vendors were all stores or part-time hobby businesses retailing figures and a few books, but with the age of internet sales, unless you're a manufacturer it's very hard to make a go of it now. Many of our old standard vendors are no longer in business. This year we had a lot of new Canadian manufacturers selling vinyl battlemats, laser cut mdf buildings, dice, 3D printed scenery and Model Builders Supply who sells to architectural model builders, rail road enthusiasts and now wargamers. The only miniature vendor we had was the venerable RAFM, who cast their own products.The crowds were good, but this year we did some pre-registration for games, so the game sign ups went a lot faster. Elizabeth found the administration on the pre-registration pretty straight forward so we'll keep doing it. My big mental block on pre-registration had been taking advance payment, but once I got my head around not really needing that, it was all pretty simple to set up. There were a few glitches and a bit of whining, but lessons learned and you can't make everyone happy.
|Infinite Dimensions 3D printed scenery|
|Dan the Dice Guy|
|"Does this Legio XX Valeria Victrix shirt make me look fat?" Tribe of Nero selling out. I got one of their tees last year.|
|Dale Jardin, casts dungeon accessories and paints them. I got some barrels and a wash tub with water effect resin from him last year|
|The eternal Crossed Swords going out of business sale. He hasn't had a physical store in ages but keeps finding more stuff to unload. I got a few things from him this year on good deals.|
|Broken Roads Games with their laser cut mdf terrain|
|Model Builder Supply|
|Hot Dice Games vinyl battlemats|
OK, now the games. Over the weekend we had 75 events ranging in size from Mike doing a foam core building workshop for 2 or 3 people, to the Middle Earth SBG tournament that had 24 gamers playing on 4 tables from Friday night to Saturday night. But we had air and naval games and land games in every period from ancient chariots to Star Wars and in all sizes from 6mm to 54mm. Every period was covered by at least one game except Colonials.
|Bill Bean's Battle of Britain game|
|The Middle Earth SBG demo table. Busy all weekend with 6 to 8 players each session.|
|Spent some time Sunday morning discussing water effects with Jason and how he made the waterfall|
|Samurai. 3d printed lanterns with LED lights in them and the buildings|
|Dan's ancient mayhem|
|Dan's Saturday night Mongols with Mausers game, involving silly hats. Fro the 25th Anniversary some extra effort was made in the costume department.|
|Game of Thrones|
|Brian's 15mm Gettysburg game I think|
|Sunday morning's VSF game with added tentacles this year.|
|More Star Wars|
|More of Brian's ACW game|
|Brian, white hat, explaining something to players in his 6mm FPW game.|
|Battle of Hastings|
|Some old fashioned Tactica|
|RCAF Sabres vs. MiGs|
|Ian Tetlow's lovely 1914 RHA|
|The city of Kadesh|
|Battletech in Quebec City|
|The Kaiser's hordes advance|
|American Revolution in 6mm with a 1:1 ground and figure scale|
|IDF jets over the Sinai|
|Battle of Kadesh|
|I got out Call sign Two One Bravo Saturday evening and the game went o.k. despite a splitting headache.|
|One of three ACW naval games Sunday morning|
|ANOTHER ACW naval game, with Mike's scratch built ironclads|
|Snow! This arrived Saturday afternoon giving people a treacherous drive home.|
I notice certain games got photographed a lot by everyone who posted pictures to the Hotlead Facebook group.
Other views of Hotlead 2019 from the Web:
Must Contain Minis (lots of pictures of the VSF/Chthulu game)
The Mad Padre (some good pictures of Saturday night's huge 1:35th scale What A Tanker! game)
Well that I think is it for this year. A big thanks to all my friends who help out, all the GMs who pack their stuff and bring it to set up games just for us to put our grubby, clumsy paws on, and all the happy attendees who travel long distances, spend their money, have lots of fun and, I hope, reconnect with their friends like I do.
But mostly a huge thank you to my lovely Elizabeth, who is not a gamer, but does this to help me. Hotlead wouldn't be the same without her on the admission desk.