Available at Blackhat Miniatures

Available at Blackhat Miniatures
Available at Blackhat Miniatures

Armies Army

Armies Army
15mm Sci Fi Metal Miniatures

Thursday, 17 April 2014

A new dawn......

It is here.......................

My Tiranti Casting Machine and Melting pot!

I picked it up this afternoon with the face of a proud father! The wife just shook her head and wandered off. Ha....she has no idea the fun this will bring me!

and yes.....that is a new fire Extinguisher....! Ive also got a leather apron, eye protection and heavy leather gloves. Hopefully Ill never need them. Next up a rather important purchase....the metal! Thankfully Mike from BlackHat bulk bought some extra as he knew Id be after some. With any luck I can pick it up over the long weekend with some molds and give it a spin...pun intended....

Soon as I have the hang of it, get some organisation (Mrs will add that) and start the website Ill be launching ArmiesArmy very own webstore!



Monday, 7 April 2014

Something Different!....Bush Wars


Just a quick update on the Cold War range I’d been talking about. First off, it’s started. I’m having test sculpts created, however I’ve gone a little off track and theatre as I’m focussing more on the ‘influenced’ Africa bush war battles s. Both sides were secretly or not so secretly supported as the big boys tried to influence and project their powers. First in line is the Rhodesian Bush war, which was first in line of a series of wars which ravaged South and South Southwest Africa for many years.
As it happens, Id dare say that the African Guerrilla /freedom fighters ‘look’ did not change throughout the period, armed with the infamous AK rifle and RPG, so they should cover a big number of troops. The Rhodesian campaign also saw a number of old rifles like the SMLE and SKS in play, so I’ll do my best to represent them. A head swap will probably allow you to look at some other COIN campaigns such as Malaysia etc.
Anyhow to the sculpt, the first is an African Zipla insurgent. It needs a little reworking of the AK, however given that its 15mm it will certainly cut the mustard, and overall I think it’s quite excellent!  

So much so that Smok the sculptor is working on a bunch more of them for me. His facebook page is www.fb.com/SmokSculpture if you’d like to see more of his work. Really impressed with the guy!
Finally…..he is also working a  test figure for the existing scenario I had talked of, A Swedish 1980’s Infantryman, so not all is lost with the theatre. I am also gaming this :)

Friday, 4 April 2014

Stepping it up.....ArmiesArmy to open a new WebStore soon

That's correct, Ive decided to step up the game a little bit. The wife hoped this miniatures fad would eventually wear off, however even she is admitting its something Im sticking to, so has allowed me to do a little investing. With the new investment Ill be purchasing my own spin caster (Ill have one in the next two weeks...if all plans go well) so Ill be casting my own  figures! Im rather excited by this.
I imagine that it will take a little bit of practice for me to get to understand it, however Mike from BlackHat is on hand with some advice if I need it! This brings me to my thanks for Mike whom I would not of got as far into this adventure without him! So cheers fella :)

I am currently trying to juggle a very, very busy working schedule and setting up this little business, however its safe to say, when Ive a business plan,  a website, package and labeling and Ive learn t how to cast to the quality Mike did for me, then I shall open! Hoping to be within 6 - 8  weeks.

To add, I will also be increasing the range of vehicles, flashing out the current ranges , adding new Sci Fi and also delving into a few additional lines. The first most likely line being the 'Cold War' period, however mostly looking at some more unusual theaters.

I have plenty of other ideas I may look at, given the time, such as my own skirmish rules, scenario packs, terrain and a sort of sponsored 300 club. This is somewhere you can get your ideas sponsored and produced ( Ive a lot of thinking on this!)

Anyhow,  hopefully I can continue to bring the same great quality that BlackHat miniatures did and add a little extra of my own. I'm hoping it will cover its costs and add a little bit to my hobby! I imagine most of it will be put back into more figures and lines!

Ill keep you all updated as I go along!




Saturday, 29 March 2014

Penal squads.......

The notorious penal squads…..with little hope the penal squads men and women have to do all the dirty jobs with little hope of success. Those that waver have a explosive collar to remind them to carry out their orders without hesitation. Those that survive can pay off time they owe, not many do though…..

Looking for ideas on what else you would like to see. The bottom middle figure Is very similar to the bottom right so maybe a lmg or a anti tank mine?
To add the far right is a lady...very PC!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

BDB - Internal Security vehicle series

I bring to you from Comrade Burton 

 Канюк конструкторское бюро
(Buzzard Design Bureau-BDB)
BDB are proud to present the latest range of Internal Security vehicles to provide essential support to the glorious RUSK forces in securing urban and liberated territories. Sharing many common components with other BDB designs, they are designed for simple maintenance in the field, with robust engineering of components to guarantee a long service life.
Details of each vehicle are set out in the following pages.

Powered by an efficient fuel cell, with electric drive to all wheels, the Remizov provides an economical, armoured transport. It can be fitted with numerous options, depending on the specific role it is destined for. Turret options (interchangeable with the proven BTR-160), include a variety of both lethal and non-lethal weapon systems. For example a targeted sonic heat generator is highly effective at dispersing crowds under the spell of traitors. The roomy rear compartment can provide seating for seven personnel, in addition to the squad commander and driver seated at the front of the vehicle. Filling this area with a large capacity optional water tank, the Remizov can double as an armoured fire engine, or more usually for crowd control, with a turret mounted water cannon. Also available are command and control, communications, light maintenance and ambulance variants. Whatever you mission, the Remizov can be configured to meet your requirements.

Powered by an efficient fuel cell, with electric drive to all wheels, the Dukhovich provides an economical transport, capable of carrying eight passengers and their equipment, in addition to the driver. Built with lightweight composite bodywork and toughened glass, the Dukhovich protects its occupants against small arms rounds, thrown missiles and improvised firebombs. The air filtering pod on the roof is also proven against these threats, and can filter out all commonly used crowd control gases.

Dukhovich PV (Protected Version)
For deployments where the standard Dukhovich may not provide sufficient protection, an up armoured version is available. In addition to the substantial armoured window shields, the bodywork is enhanced by internal additional armour panels. These are installed in specially designed cavities in the standard version, allowing any such vehicle to be upgraded to the PV variant. Using the upgrade kit, two skilled technicians can convert a standard vehicle in a matter of hours.

Designed for deployment alongside the Dukhovich, the Kresik can fulfil a variety of roles. It has proven very successful for carrying equipment and supplies, incident clean-up, and as a prisoner transport. Utilising the same chassis and power system as the Dukhovich, along with the same level of protection, the Kresik is a versatile vehicle, as well as being extremely economical to operate.

Kresik PV (Protected Version)
Like the Dukhovich, the Kresik is also available in an up armoured version. In the case of the Kresik, the upgrade kit comprises of two sub-options. One only improves the protection of the cab area, the other, both the cab and rear container.

All of them together!

A fine local security force series for vehicles Ill be adding to the soon to be printed list! Thanks again Andrew!

comments welcome

Friday, 21 March 2014

BTR 290 - Pre Orders

Mike from BlackHat has informed me that all preorders have shipped! Let me know when you start to get them and send me your painted pictures when you have them. Also please let me know your thoughts as I aim to improve!

Many thanks


Friday, 7 March 2014

A grand paint job.....Rusk Militia/Line Troops

Ive had these available a while at blackhat miniatures , however I'm slowly going through and getting them painted. These were painted by shakespeare studios and they look fantastic!

I use these as my Front line Rusk forces with the 'full' helmeted troops as guardsman. They will be part of a Civil War campaign Im about to relaunch. Im just waiting on my Imperial Russian troops, which are due any day now!

These are the HQ, Support Weapons and Infantry packs



Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Pre order BTR 290 to be shipped

Thanks to all that took part. It far exceeded expectations and for that I am gratefull! It means I've funds to do more:)

The first items will be posted out first thing next week. They will be shipped with any other items you may of purchased . I had a slight delay in refining one of the masters, it was picked up by the casting service, so now they are perfect.  You will receive the usual notification from Blackhat once they are shipped.

Thanks again


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Enemy Unknown Reinforcements

Enemy Unknown...reinforcements

Ive the support weapons team added now, HQ and Heavy weapon 'Grav Bike' to follow. The support weapons, include Missile Team and shield bearer, a flame weapon, Heavy plasma launcher and a sniper. Ive a full advance photo with a little secret in the middle...... more to come 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Comrade Burtons - Cartographa Light Utility Vehicle

Comrade Burton Press Release

BDB are proud to present the newest addition to the vehicle fleets of the glorious RUSK forces. Designed for long distance mapping, observation and general reconnaissance, it shares many common components with other BDB designs. Designed for simple maintenance in the field, with robust engineering of components to guarantee a long service life, the Cartographa provides much needed autonomous operation. Powered by an efficient fuel cell, with electric drive to all wheels, with extensive storage capacity at the front of the vehicle, during testing our brave troops declared it a superb vehicle.

With protection against mines and other explosive attacks, and with excellent cross-country performance, the Cartographa will allow a crew of up to five troops to effortlessly complete their missions. A variety of weapons can be mounted in front of the multi-part roof hatch, which provides some protection for the exposed gunner. For operations where there is a reduced risk, the window shields can be removed, allowing much improved visibility, but maintaining crew protection thanks to the armoured glass.