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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Reviews a'plenty PART FOUR

Flags, Faces and Bases!
That's what makes your miniature armies 'pop', or so I've been told.
In this post I'll talk a little about bases and how they can be improved with the addition of some nifty little 'Tufts' I recently discovered.
Leadbear's Tufts are small foliage 'tufts' that you affix to the bases of your miniatures.
They come in a variety of colours and types including 4 shades of Green (including Yellow Green, Light Green, Dark Green) and Beige / Tan.
There is also 'Stoney Tufts' and 'Flowering Tufts'
They are super easy to use.
Simply peel them off their sheet and apply directly to the miniatures base.
Unlike other tufts I've used these don't require any additional adhesive and contour nicely to the base surface.
These truly are the best tufts I've used and are very reasonably priced


Here are some details on the tufts I obtained directly from Barry at LEADBEAR.

Tufts - Mix (Qty: 140/pack)
These tufts are approximately 4mm high with an additional scattering of a lighter coloured 6mm long static grass to give some contrast.
Light Green
Dark Green
Dry Grass
Wild Grass

Tufts - 6mm (Qty: 120/pack)
These tufts are approximately 6mm high with a scattering of a lighter coloured 6mm static grass to give some contrast.
Light Green
Dark Green
Dry Grass

Tufts - 12mm* (Qty: 55/pack)
These tufts are approximately 12mm high.
XL Beige
XL Green
XL Dark

* There is a major discrepancy with regards to the quantity of tufts supplied in the retail packs (55) and the packs I sell personally to friends, via various forums and on eBay (80). However, with the packs sold via retail outlets you receive tufts and larger patches, whereas you only receive tufts when I supply direct.

Flowers - (Qty: 100/pack) 20 each of Red, Pink, Yellow, White, Purple.
Leafy Tufts - (Qty: 100/pack)
Leafy Tufts with Purple Flowers - (Qty: 100/pack)
Leafy Tufts with Red Flowers - (Qty: 100/pack)
Stony Tufts - (Qty: 64/pack)

I plan to add the following to the range - Stony Tufts with Flowers, along with 2mm and 4mm tufts.
As I wrote, I do like people to support the retail outlets which are currently, Eureka Miniatures in Melbourne and Military Hobbies in Adelaide, but I understand this isn't always possible, therefore, I can be contacted at


BELOW: Some photos of some 28mm 'Jerries' based using fine sand washed washed with a dark brown ink and slightly dry brushed. I've added just LEADBEAR tufts so you can see how they look.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Reviews a'plenty PART THREE!

ABOVE: LASER TOUCH markers on the Left, and TFL Markers on the Right, as modelled by Corporal Harris wearing khaki in 28mm

Hi Guys
Continuing with my reviews I thought I'd mention a new manufacturer of 'Gaming aids' here in Australia.
Laser Touch create gaming aids / 'Markers' for wargamers, and other useful things like Foam Cary Trays.
Craig is the man in charge.
I noticed he created markers for 'BOLT ACTION' so approached him about making markers for 'Chain Of Command' (CoC).
It took a while but eventually I was able to have the following markers produced:

Patrol Markers
Tactical Movement
Covering Fire

Laser Touch Produce 'CoC Token Sets' and Patrol markers (a bag of 4 'Large' Markers) with your Army / Formation's symbol.
There are plenty to chose from including:

Jap Army
Brit 8th Army
US 82nd Airborne
US 101st Airborne
German Luftwaffe (FJ), and:
US 29th Division
  just to name a few.
ABOVE: Again the Laser Touch markers are no the Left with the TFL markers on the right.
The Markers themselves are attractive, sturdy and practical.
Each token set comes with 3 each of the 'Tactical Move, Overwatch, Covering Fire and Immobilised' markers and 20 'SHOCK' (blood splatter) markers.
Each set retails for a reasonable $38.50 AUD.
PATROL MARKERS are available separately
I recommend you check Laser Touch out,...

 ABOVE: "Despite some 'shock' Lancer Corporal Jenkins maintained overwatch". 
 BELOW: "Cpl Tomkin's lads moved tactically down the village road",...
 BELOW: Various 'Wound / Shock' tokens. Top: Laser Touch Blood Splatter, Middle: Gale Force 9 I think. Bottom: TFL.