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The end for some games of mine…

After a bit of a sojourn and the event that is Corrivalry, I find myself getting rid of my AQMF models. Basically, the game is dead unless a new and decent rulebook is ever written. I can’t justify sitting on a game that I just won’t play. so, bye bye models. If there is anything left when you read this, you can find the items for sale here… link.

I have also put some Beyond the Gates of Antares models up for sale. Bottom line is, I am not really excited about the rulebook for BtgoA and the model range is a problem for me.

The decent models tend to be metals, but I don’t want to go down that route. HAveing bought into the plastics (just the Concord and Ghar models at this time) I am not a fan of the look, fell and buildability (new word) of these models. They are fiddly.

So, goodbye anything that will sell.

and hello again to Flames of War.

I just realised how much i like that game and what a quality product it is. Some great models from Battlefront, plenty of choice from the likes of PSC too. The game may have issue here and there, but it is quality system and fun to boot.

So, I am building up two new forces, Grenadiers and Herman Gorring  (yes, I know, I used to have these!) and hope to get two really useful companies on the table.

Keep those eyes peeled.


….what it used to be…. so lets see what it will look like when it is re-born…


AQMF – What a shame…

Sad to say that the last post of 2015 seems to be the demise of Alien Dungeon and their All Quiet on the Martian Front game.

I now have to question whether it is worthwhile continuing with the AQMF project at all. Something to chew on.

In the meantime, their is a fan forum and a facebook page to work with (and to get an idea of what has happened if you missed it).



Martian Tea Time….

Some post arrived from China yesterday. Exciting? Not half.

My Martians can now head toward completion. Why? Well, they can now enjoy the benefits of having two cups of tea!

What are these little tea brewing pots for? Well, you will just have to wait and see… I guess I will have to break my little rule about “no metal” for this one….

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Review – AQMF – Martian Front – BEF Tommy Tanks and Scout Tripods

Here are some items I purchased recently to complete my All Quiet on the Martian Front Project.

First is a box of three plastic Scout Tripods… these use the same leg sprue as the Assault Tripods but have smaller heads and sit lower onto the legs (there is no rectangular “torso” piece). They get a smaller Heat Ray and a Targetter (or an empty hand, though can’t figure that anybody would not use the targetter as it is so cheap). Theres no additional weapon options, but the smaller heads do look neater than the big bulky Assault Tripod heads. shame they don’t put these in the Starter box IMO. I prefer the shape and size.

The box of BEF Tommy Tanks is just the same as the US Steam tank box expect it has three metal gun barrels as well. Seems odd to waste money on another SKU just for this little bit of engineering. The guns once painted don’t look too much different do they? I just needed more US tanks and stocks in the UK are dwindling (I have been watching suppliers for months and seen that items are going out of stock or just available for top dollar), I assumed they would be the same plastic sprue as the US tanks and they are. So, just buy these if you can’t find the US ones!


The other box was US Steam tanks. Same as the contents of the Starter box. Versatile and easy to build just add glue and paint.

Martian Dawn – first nine Tripods

I finished these several weeks back but never got a chance to post about them. They could do with some more shading / ink wash I think. Will have to experiment. My goal is to work in plastics as much as possible (I am a metal-phobe I think – apart from some Drones I have yet to build).

There are five standard Assault Tripods (three with heavy heat ray, one with Black Dust launcher and one with converted Green Gas launcher system).

The other conversions are for a Grenadier,(the squat one with ‘wings – rocket pods or whatever martians shoot at range’) a Veteran (gold plated), a Dominator (the tall one) and a Reaper (the other squat one with three claws!)

Still to do are a Slaver, Scientist, Harvester, some Scouts and possibly an Overseer.

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Red Dawn 5 – AQMF Mk3 Steam Tank Company

I decided to make a Company of the “heavier” MkIII steam tanks with 3 main guns each. Three squadrons of these plus one of the MkII’s (I just like the sleeker looks of these models) – I added a HMG to the MkII’s to give them greater shots (but less penetration) than the more expensive MkIII’s.

Painting: White spray undercoat. Green basecoat. Tracks were Sombre grey. Brown ink wash. Silver for HMG’s. Black for chimney stack top and gun barrel ends. Khaki and brown ink for the rooftop HMG supports. Fake coal for model railways was glued with PVA into the hopper at the rear of each tanks.

You can see my previous post about these models here: LINK.


Red Dawn 4 – AQMF – Converted Tripods

Here are some of the Tripod conversions I made with what I had. You can see the prevoius post about these models here: LINK

I wanted to use only parts from the plastic sprues if possible.

In the cases of the Dominator model, the only non-kit part I used was a bit of 0.5mm balck plasticard to form a base inside the models head.

Painting: Silver with black ink or gunmetal basecoat followed by some brassy brass in places and green for eyes/lenses. Keeping it simple.

Basing – tried out some “red” plants on the Grenadier model (below)…

The Dominator… concept artwork v. actual model….

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My take on the Dominator using the plastics, some Revell plasto and a bit of plasticard…

I converted one right-handed ray gun to be left-handed by cutting off the gun of a spare arm and adding it to the end of a left-handed claw. Nice and simple. I love plastic glue.

The Missile launcher on the head is a cut down Black Dust Launcher.

The head parts were built up from Green Gas “balls” and other bits of plastic with some Revell Plasto smoothed over them to give some texture and fill the gaps.

The extra leg length comes from using the adjustable legs from six tripod leg sprues  (you get one adjustable leg per sprue and you need to use two of these per leg to get the long length).

The longer legs are not the most stable thing but they work as long as you don’t swing the model around.

Basing: the Dominator has some parts from the MkIII Baldwin tank and some bits of cut up sprue to look like it has been destroyed by heat rays (filler was used to give the bulk to the base but has made it a bit heavy).

The Reaper…

A simple conversion – three of the adjustable legs from three Tripod models with the middle part missing to make a short model. Then splice two claw arms together three times over to get long arms.

The Slaver….

Same as the Reaper but with dangling arms and one tentacle…

The Veteran…

Take some thin plasticard and cut it into shield shapes and glue to the sides of the Tripod legs and head.

Then add some spare parts from the Tripod kits to the sides, spray and paint…

The Grenadier…

Is the first one I did – just glued two Green Gas “hoppers” to the arms for the Black Dust Launcher and added the “gas canister” part of the BD Launcher to the back to make them look like propellant tanks. Very straightforward. I don’t like the “throwing” idea for green gas. More ink is needed to define the body panels! My friend Dean suggested a pin wash. Possibly….

I now need to wait for some more Tripods so I can make Scouts, Harvester, Gatherer and Scientist Tripods.