Friday 30 October 2020

THE ROAD TO DOMBAS Volume 3 - GOING TO PRESS ON MONDAY 2nd NOVEMBER. Postage, pricing and book deals in combinations with volume 1 and 2.

 Update, The Road to Dombås, 29th October. Proof copy of TRtD has arrived and is being checked one last time. It will go to press in the next few days – probably Monday.  When Steve sends it to press he will begin to send out PayPal invoices. If you are expecting an invoice please check your spam as sometimes they appear there.

Steve will also send Volume 1 for a further (small) reprint at the same time. We will order a limited amount of ‘overs’ for both Volume 1 and Volume 3. If you haven’t already left a comment at and want to be assured of a copy of either/both books then please leave a comment BEFORE Monday. If you have already left a comment there is no need to post again.

The price for Volume 3 – The Road to Dombås is £19.00
Postage and packing:
UK 1st/2nd class is £4.50/£4.00
Europe £7.50
World Zone 1 £10.50 (North & South America, Africa, Asia).
World Zone 2 £11.00 (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore).
This is for 1 copy.
Tracked/signed for postage is available on request.

Volume 3 and Volume 1 OFFER – £35-00
Postage and packing:
UK 1st/2nd class is £7.50/£6.00
Europe £13.50
World Zone 1 £18.00 (North & South America, Africa, Asia).
World Zone 2 £19.00 (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore).
This is for 1 copy of each book.

Volume 2 and either Volume 1 or Volume 3 OFFER – £36-00
Postage and packing:
UK 1st/2nd class is £7.50/£6.00
Europe £14.50
World Zone 1 £20.00 (North & South America, Africa, Asia).
World Zone 2 £21.00 (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore).
This is for 1 copy of each book.

3 book OFFER available on request. Please email me. 

Saturday 12 September 2020

Late Addition to The Road To Dombas volume 3

 Steve is well on the way to finishing the graphic design on the Setting The Scene volume 3 Road to Dombas book. Unfortunately, I have thrown a spanner in the works and delayed this slightly by giving him more work to do. I have added more material to the book in the form of a scratch built model of a typical Norwegian timber house with red painted wood and turf roof which is common in this part of the world.

I have also gone through the stages on painting and weathering the building using the Hairspray Technique, to pack in as much content into the book as possible and give the reader another tool to go in their model making tool box. 

 For more information on volume 1 or 2 of Setting the Scene or if you would like to register interest in this, volume 3, please leave a comment on Steve's webpage.


Sunday 26 July 2020

Norway 1940 - The Road to Dombas. (Well on the way)

Apologies for lack of blog posts lately, but I have been busy with volume 3, which is now at the graphic design stage with Steve Lampon.

Setting the Scene Volume 3 ‘The Road to Dombås’
Setting the Scene, Volume 3 is set in April 1940 during the invasion of Norway. This volume follows the same format as the previous two books; as a step-by-step guide for making terrain and painting figures. Volume 1 focused on a winter setting in the Ardennes during WWII, whilst Volume 2 has a Mediterranean theme and has a dual use for WWII Italy and Sicily, and the Napoleonic Peninsula War.
You will find some similarities between this volume and Volume 1 in that they are both set in a winter landscape. The inspiration for this volume came about when I read an article penned by David Hunter entitled ‘The Road to Dombås, 1940’, which was published in issue 100 of the Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy magazine.
David put together a seven game, three map campaign, designed to be used with the WWII platoon level rule system, Chain of Command. There was also guidance for converting the campaign to Bolt Action written by Guy Bowers.
The entire article and campaign for both systems is reproduced in the book with the kind permission of David Hunter and Karwansaray Publishers.
We also have the help of archivist Dag Wardenear from Norway, who has a deep and patriotic passion for the history of his native homeland. Dag has translated into English several books, originally written in Norwegian, about the invasion of Norway during WWII. He has kindly contributed to this volume by providing a brief historical overview of the events that took place in April 1940.
Two chapters (Snow paste mix and winterising existing scenery) are repeats from Volume 1 for the benefit of new readers, but the remaining chapters are entirely new with different techniques and ideas.
If we generate enough interest, this will hopefully allow us to reprint Volume 1 (which is out of print with 50-60 people on a waiting list), and Volume 2 (which is nearly out of print).

For more information or if you would like to register interest in this volume, please leave a comment on Steve's webpage.

When is a big plane not really a big plane?
When its a Zvezda in 1/200 scale.


Thursday 7 May 2020

Norway 1940 - The Road to Dombas - part 3.

I have been quite busy with this project and finished most of the terrain, I just need to do some small items like signposts, more fencing, (also waiting for the model wire to arrive for my barbed wire fencing as you can see in some of the pictures) small outbuildings and log piles to complete the project.

The Road to Dombas is a seven game, three scenario/map, mini campaign set in Norway in April 1940. German paratroopers were dropped in bad weather conditions flying under low cloud and 8 of the 15 transport were shot down and the remainder scattered. Out of 185 men only 63 were in a position to try and achieve their objective.

What I like about this campaign is that you have elite German paratroopers in entrenchments, but reduced in numbers from the start, with the risk of  running low on ammo and having to carry over casualties into the next game. The Norwegians on the other hand will get a fresh platoon each game and receive increasing levels of support.

David Hunter has written a mini campaign in issue 100 of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy magazine  on the fighting that took place around Dombas between the 15th and 19th April using the Too Fat Lardies Chain of Command WW2 rule and campaign system. It can also be adapted for Bolt Action.   

Steve Lampon and myself have been discussing if this would be worth doing as a small supplement to my first book Setting The Scene, Winter Wargaming  volume 1. If I decide to go ahead with this, there will be plenty of new content and it will be geared to cover everything you would need in a step by step guide in figure and terrain preparation for the seven game, three scenario campaign. 

If we get enough interest then we will set the wheels in motion, so if you think you may be interested, leave Steve your name and mention Dombas 1940 on the following link.

Stone barn and house scratch built by me, stone bridge by Debris of War and the two large MDF timber buildings by Charlie Foxtrot.

We still have copies of Setting the Scene volume 2 for sale or if you want to put your name down for a reprint of volume 1 then click on the link below.



Monday 13 April 2020

Winter Woods - Norway 1940 - The Road to Dombas - part 2

This is a work in progress for The Road to Dombas project but things are coming along quite quickly so I thought I would do another post.

First up, Winter Woods.

 Rather than single trees, this time I opted for groups of trees where the base would define the edge of the wood.

 I did consider buying some laser cut MDF sabot bases specifically for making woods, where you can remove trees from the base to make room for placing figures inside the wood. As I found an old sheet of hardboard in the back of the shed when I was having a clear out, I thought I would save myself a few bob and cut this up into irregular shapes to make some bases for my woods instead. The sheet was a bit warped, damp and mouldy but not so much that I couldn't work with it.

I cut out about a dozen irregular bases no bigger than 8 - 10 inches. I also had enough Woodland Scenic plastic trees that I could glue three trees to each base. They were glued with a hot glue gun to the base, keeping them near the edges so that there would be plenty of room in the centre of the base for troop movement. I also glued a couple of stumps and fallen trees on the base that wouldn't effect troop placement but would help to fill the base out along with some wooden fencing glued randomly along one or two edges. (fences made with matchsticks and wooden coffee stirrers.)

Next I applied tile grout around the base of the tree to blend it in and for extra strength and also to give the rest of the base texture.

When dry, I covered the base in PVA glue and sprinkled sand on top. Let dry and give a second coat of PVA over the sand to seal it in.

As the trees are made of plastic they had to be primed.

I then painted everything, the trees, fencing and base in dark brown paint.

When dry, I highlighted the base but still keeping the groundwork quite dark as it is meant to portray a winter scene. The trees and fencing, I highlighted with grey and then green, trees are seldom brown.

For the dead leaves that you would find around the base of trees in the winter I used some herbs that you can buy from the supermarket or wait until they have reached their sell buy date and take them off your wife's hands when she is about to throw them out. Brush on PVA glue around the base of the trees and then sprinkle the herbs on. Try to leave a pathway in the middle clear of herbs, which gives a pleasing effect (and the woods smell really good).

I will add to the leaf scatter with this little gadget that I purchased from Green Stuff World. I need to collect some more dead leaves when I go for my walks or buy some appropriate colour paper, so that I can punch out some leaves and glue on top of the herbs to finish off.

Lots of room for troop movement without having to remove any trees and yet it still gives the impression of woods with only three trees per base. On top of all that, it cost me very little as I already had the plastic trees left over from my Mediterranean project.

WW2 Norwegian Infantry Platoon - plus supports.

Platoon - without supports.

HQ- Senior Leader with pistol, Inferior Senior Leader with pistol, Inferior Senior Leader with rifle.

Two LMG Squads each with Junior Leader.

Two Rifle Squads each with Junior Leader.

Supports - One LMG and One Rifle Squad.

Two HMG Teams plus a FOO.

And here they are going for a stroll through the woods.

The table so far. I still have a bit to do yet and am still waiting for more materials to turn up in the post. Buildings, civilian vehicles, bridge, clutter and German Para's to finish and then if the isolation is finished, some battle reports of the campaign.

If you are interested in a step by step guide for making winter terrain and you would like to put your name on the waiting list for a reprint of my first book Setting The Scene Winter Wargaming or you would like to buy a copy of volume 2 Setting The Scene The Mediterranean then click on the following Link below.