Secret Weapon Miniatures’ Gothic Tank Traps (Dragon’s Teeth)

40k Dragon's Teeth Tank Traps

A year (or two? three? I seem to lose track so easily!) or so ago I got a whole bunch of resin scenery bits along with some secondhand models from a local guy. As what seems to always happen, I put some of the terrain away to one side with the intention of quickly painting them up, and then naturally lost track of where I’d put the damned things for literally months. Over my Christmas/Summer break – which is when I tend to like doing scenery due to good spraying and drying weather along with time off work, I found them again and this time got them out and knocked them out. Mostly drybrushing with greys, painting the metal parts and then painting Army Painter Dip over the lot before a matt varnish.

40k Dragon's Teeth Tank Traps

Here they are “in action” on my Urbanmatz Badlands Mat, alongside my Imperial Guard, along with the recently-painted Sedition Wars barricades and crates. Yep, I’ve had a real focus on getting my battlefields sorted this year, and scatter terrain is something that really adds those little details in and around the larger centrepiece bits of scenery. These also work as a nice denial-of-area set, and by not basing them, they can work on any table and are completely modular in terms of deployment options.

40k Dragon's Teeth Tank Traps

I’m not sure who the manufacturer of these is. They look like they might be OOP Forge World pieces, but I haven’t been able to confirm. They could just as easily be from one of the many other UK or Polish scenery outfits. (Edit – Thanks to Richard Cowen and also Dr.Mathias over on Dakka for pointing out that they’re actually Secret Weapon MiniaturesGothic Tank Traps. Which is great since I now know where I can get more, and also now you know where to get some from!) Either way, they’re pretty nice looking and fit 40k very well, and could probably even pass muster for a historical or moderns game. If you squint a little. 😉

Since finding out that they’re SWM terrain pieces, I may as well link to my previous efforts with Justin’s terrain in that line. Some Hesco Barriers and some Plastic Jersey Barriers.

More Rackham Confrontation Walls

Back in 2014 I painted up a batch of the walls that came with Rackham’s Plastic Confrontation starter sets. A couple of months ago, I found a few more walls inside some sets I hadn’t noticed the first time, so I got them out and put them in a box. And then forgot/lost them for months, then found them, let them sit there for more months, and just recently made myself get them done.

Pretty simple to do – Spray paint grey, then a few layers of drybrushing various greys culminating in an off-white. Add some weathering powder, then a heavy varnish of gloss, then matt to ensure solid protection.

A Viking, a Space Marine and a Dwarf (walk into a bar) all provide scale and show how well such generic scenery works with figures across the gaming spectrum. I really need to get some WW2 and/or Moderns painted up to join in on these sorts of scale pics.

As with the last set, the complete lot of them has four “full” walls and four of the broken down walls. Obviously this is just five of the eight in this set. I’ll get some proper photos of the full set combined with the previous set up shortly.

Renedra Generic Scenery: Tents

Renedra Saxon Tents, Renedra Generic Tents.

Vikings provide “human scale”, while the side-by-by-side of the tents shows their own size variation.

By now, regular readers will know of my fondness for scatter terrain and especially terrain that is reasonably generic, so that it can be used in a variety of settings. With that in mind, and an eye to “fill in” a bit of a hole in my scenic collection, I picked up a set of Renedra’s Saxon Tents and 2 sets of Mixed Tents awhile back, in June of last year. This combination of purchases giving me two of each tents open, and two closed – enough for a couple of small camps or one large non-uniform encampment.

Renedra Saxon Tents

Renedra Bell Tents

Renedra Ridge Tents

Renedra Dog Tents

I finally decided to get them done and batch painted them during January, with a base of cream spray paint, drybrushes of bone, a spray of Plastic Soldier Company’s weathering spray and an alcohol wipe-off, another drybrush and some brown lining for tent flaps, and then doing the pegs. Pretty simple overall, but unfortunately they came out a fair bit more yellowed than I’d planned. I went for a yellowish linen because again – I wanted them to be generic rather than tied to Vikings or Saxons or WWII GIs or whomever. For the same reason, I declined to base them. This way I can lay them down on whatever tabletop surface I’m playing on and they’ll still look decent. Here they are on the Badlands Mat I recently reviewed.

Renedra Tents

A feral and savage wolfpack attacks a Viking encampment.

Renedra Tents

Insert “Who let the dogs out?” joke here.

Just a couple of shots showing them set up on a table. I actually remembered to add in the little campfires here as well.



Warhammer 40k Booby Traps

At some point in the past when reading the 3rd edition Codex Battlezone: Cityfight and Codex: Catachans, I became taken with the idea of making some cool looking booby traps for 40k. I know it was around the era of the Battle for Macragge and when we were living in the rental at Carlisle.

Anyway, I got inspired, and got started. Then later I got distracted. Then we had to move, and like so much, this stuff got boxed up again for years. When we moved in here, they came out again, but got lost in the shuffle until a few weeks ago, when I spied them on the desk and had one of those “just finish those fucking things” moments, so I bumped them to the front of the queue and did just that.

The idea behind both of these models is that explosives have been placed behind an object, and a servo-skull has been programmed to watch and wait until the enemy is close enough, and then detonate, probably annihilating itself in the process. Another glorious sacrifice to the God-Emperor.

These make a nice 40k-accompaniment to the Minefield that I sorted out a couple of years ago. I guess I can also get some use out of them if I ever manage to get back into Necromunda/Inq28munda/Shadow War Armageddon. Honestly, I can’t remember the rules for this sort of thing, so I imagine I’d probably need another 4-6 of them to work as “counters” to allow some of them to be actual booby traps and some to be dummies. If I have to make some more, I certainly hope I can get the damned things done a hell of a lot faster!




Review: Urbanmatz’ 6’x4′ Badlands Game Mat.

Warning, Pic HEAVY! – Also, most pics can be clicked for larger versions.

Urbanmatz' 6'x4' Badlands Game Mat.

Here’s the next of my gaming mat reviews. Once again, this one is from Urbanmatz, based in the Czech Republic. The Badlands Game Mat. I chose this one as I’d been wanting something to (approximately) match the style that the majority of my models are based with. That is: dark earth, patchy grass and the occasional bit of rock.

Urbanmatz' 6'x4' Badlands Game Mat.

Citadel Miniatures Zoat

Like my base!

As with the other mats I’ve gotten from Urbanmatz, the design is printed onto neoprene (mouse pad material) and is quite nice. The following pictures of a Kings of War game basically show the mat off for similar Rank & File-based games, so your WHFB, 9th Age, WotR, or historicals such as Hail Caesar, Pike & Shotte, etc. I recently reviewed their 6’x3′ Space Mat along with the Fantasy Flight 3’x’3′ X-Wing Starfield Mat and also their Snow Territory 6’x4′ mat.

Urbanmatz' 6'x4' Badlands Game Mat.

While the mat may look a little glare-y in some photos, and perhaps a bit washed out – it’s my lighting and photography to blame there. In person, it looks really nice.

Having said that, this is probably the time to emphasise again that despite them sending me a (stained) snow mat gratis, this isn’t any kind of paid for review, I paid full price (plus shipping to Australia!) for this mat and just as when I’ve reviewed and links to places like Red Box, Maxmini, Kromlech, Scotia Grendel, Brigade, RPE, Reaper, Games Workshop or anyone else, I don’t get any kickbacks from the links inside this review to pimp their wares, nor to I carry on and on about how wonderful (X company)’s products are every post. Unlike some others out there. 😉

Urbanmatz' 6'x4' Badlands Game Mat.

Urbanmatz' 6'x4' Badlands Game Mat.

Urbanmatz' 6'x4' Badlands Game Mat.

Urbanmatz' 6'x4' Badlands Game Mat.

I also took a few 40k-themed photos as well. We set up a small imperial supply outpost out in the boonies somewhere, where the Imperial Guard present are assaulted by (who else?) the Iron Warriors.

Urbanmatz' 6'x4' Badlands Game Mat.

Urbanmatz' 6'x4' Badlands Game Mat.

Urbanmatz' 6'x4' Badlands Game Mat.

I didn’t set up any fantasy or historical skirmish games for photos, but I think you can pretty well judge for yourself at this stage. It’s going to work well for a lot of genres and games from dinosaurs, through ancients, all flavbours of historicals and moderns through to sci-fi. It’s a nice, generic rural “out int he bush somewhere” pattern that works well with the three elements that I use in most of my models’ basing. I also found that it works both with “forest” and “jungle” foliage when I was playing around with my scenery, so that’s a bonus in my book.

Once again, the mat came in it’s own, labelled bag at no additional cost. I really like these bags, and it would be great if Urbanmatz would consider selling them separately as well. I need to get one for my FFG X-Wing mat so I don’t need to store it in the box anymore, one for my GW “green grass” mat, one for my ancient Armourcast (I think) mat, and then a few (or one) to bundle my smallish Mantic ones into. I know of another vendor who does sell them, so I might have to sort it out that way later on.

Verdict: This mat is pretty much what I wanted it to be. I can’t say that I’m surprised, but if it wasn’t a good one, I’d be pretty disappointed and would not be shy about sharing that. It’s a good mat, the quality is there, and the design is one that I’m happy with. If you like the design, I can’t complain about the quality of the mat or the service I got from Urbanmatz, so I really don’t have any hesitation in recommending them.

I’ve got one more of these things to review now – Dirty Roads. We’ve actually got an AoS game set up out in the shed ready to go, so I’ll try and get some in-progress shots to include in the next review.


Sedition Wars Terrain Set Crates

Sedition Wars Terrain Set Crates

Recently I completed and showed off the barricades from the Sedition Wars Kickstarter’s Terrain Set. Today I have some more scatter terrain to share – specifically the crates.

Not my work. Clicky the pic to go to Agis' site for lots more Imperial Assault goodness.

Not my work, but the work that inspired these getting painted after all this time. Clicky the pic to go to Agis’ site for lots more Imperial Assault goodness.

Once again, I’ll show the pic and link to the post that inspired me to dig them out and get them done – from Agis Neugebauer’s blog. I liked the weathering that he put into the crates, and also liked the contrast created via the red straps. He did use transfers to define them with Imperial cogs, and once again I decided to skip any markings that would tie them to any one universe, so they can be used in anything from “movie-style” Bolt Action WWII (when we don’t go to great pains to ensure historical accuracy of the design of all the crates left around that are being used as cover, through moderns, Star Wars (we can see how well they work above), near-future, post-apocalyptic right through to the 41st Millennium, where mundane things still often look strangely familiar…

Sedition Wars Terrain Set Crates, Metal Cadian Imperial Guard, Minotaurs Space Marines

The proud warriors of the Minotaurs Chapter provide scale reference alongside members of the Terror Australis Regiment of the A̶s̶t̶r̶a̶ ̶M̶i̶l̶i̶t̶a̶r̶u̶m̶ Imperial Guard

As can be seen, I gave them a light weathering, though not to the level of detail or care that Agis did on his. As far as scatter terrain goes, they’re really just more of the same sort of stuff I usually churn out at the level I’m happy to go with, generally. Not superbly exciting by any means, but additional, solid looking stuff that looks better than simply a spray and wash, a bit of extra weathering, though not nearly to the effort put in by people like D&B in his diorama-level pieces. Oh, I also found and finished one more of those U.S. DUST Tactics Supply Drop Crates, so it gets a guest appearance in this photo.

And finally, some “in action” type shots alongside some of the other appropriate scatter terrain I’ve finished in roughly the last year. DUST Tactics Supply Drop Boxes, DUST Tactics Dragon’s Teeth and Confrontation Walls, and the very recent Sedition Wars Terrain Set Barricades. There’s not a lot of height variation, nor any foliage, but just these bits of scatter make a passable battle site for a small combat patrol sized skirmish.

Sedition Wars Terrain Set Crates, Sedition Wars Terrain Set Barricades, Confrontation Walls, DUST Dragon’s Teeth, DUST Supply Drop Boxes, Metal Cadian Imperial Guard, Minotaurs Space Marines, Urbanmatz Badlands Mat

Sedition Wars Terrain Set Crates, Sedition Wars Terrain Set Barricades, Confrontation Walls, DUST Dragon’s Teeth, DUST Supply Drop Boxes, Metal Cadian Imperial Guard, Minotaurs Space Marines, Urbanmatz Badlands Mat

Sedition Wars Terrain Set Crates, Sedition Wars Terrain Set Barricades, Confrontation Walls, DUST Dragon’s Teeth, DUST Supply Drop Boxes, Metal Cadian Imperial Guard, Minotaurs Space Marines, Urbanmatz Badlands Mat

Stop here. Sit and rest awhile – Mantic’s Mars Attacks Stop Signs and Benches.

A bit over a year ago I busted open my Mars Attacks Accessory sets, and got to (slowly) working on the contents (occasionally). So far, I’ve finished the incredibly unimpressive result of 8 box stacks, from the four sets I had. Recently, I’ve finished a few other bits and pieces. Namely, the STOP signs, and the benches.

Mantic Mars Attacks Accessory Scenery Stop Sign 28mm Wargaming

You can’t really tell here, but there’s a subtle metallic as part of the red and I tried out Warcolours Metallic White on the white sections. I did this to emulate the reflective qualities of real STOP signs, at least those located in Melbourne, where I live. I initially tried the metallic white over silver but it worked poorly, so I repainted the details in white, and then went over with the Metallic White. Even in-hand, the metallic effect needs to be pointed out with an “oh yeah, now I see it” result. A kinda generic grungy grey for the bases.

Mantic Mars Attacks Accessory Scenery Benches 28mm Wargaming

The benches. To me they seemed much more like public bus (or tram) stop-style benches than anything else. In keeping with this, I painted them in a horribly-plasticy bright orange, of the sort that would have been seen back in the 1980’s. Of course, back in the 80’s here the bus stop benches were made of concrete and wood, and painted a dark green. I dunno, I could have gone with a sleeker, more modern silver which would have been easier, but I felt that a harsh, bright colour (then dirtied a little) is a little more evocative of actual urban city streets. And the horrid orange just “feels” right for a bus stop. I used Warcolour’s Orange “One Coat”, though naturally, it took multiple coats to actually cover over the base silver spray. So much for “One” Coat…

Mars Attacks Scenery Pic from Children of the Kraken Blog - go visit!

Mars Attacks Accessory Pic from Iron Saint’s Children of the Kraken Blog – go visit!

I’m recycling this pic from the post about boxes again, to show the contents of the full sets, along with just how little I’ve actually gotten done so far. I have the rubbish bins and mailboxes sitting in a little container, sprayed silver. I wanted to salt-weather them, but haven’t gotten around to it yet, and at this rate it’ll be a long wait until next summer before I get off my arse and get them done. I want to do a similar thing with the picket fences. In my mind’s eye, they’re dirty white, with the paint peeling off (salt weathering) to reveal stained grey wood underneath.

Mantic Mars Attacks Accessory Scenery Stop Sign Benches 28mm Wargaming

Scale shot with thanks to a Minotaurs Space Marine and a T-800 Endoskeleton. I think these will be perfect for any modern/post apoc and even urban sci-fi battlefield that’s not too far removed from “Earth-like” environments. One day I might even paint up my Secret Weapon tiles from their Kickstarter. Seems like a Summer project…


Oh, and as an addendum. I found these yesterday. Ignore the game of Runebound in progress and note the ten(!) additional accessory packs that were inside a tub of Mars Attacks scenery when I was looking for an unassembled incomplete Imperial Bastion. That’s a hell of a lot of mould-line scraping before I can get to the easy-ish part of painting up all that scatter terrain…