Thursday, 28 May 2015

Fantastic Horizons - Fund Raiser

Help David McBride of Splintered Light Miniatures

David has reached out to the gaming community to ask for our help in fulfilling his family's dream of adopting a son. So far the response from the gaming community has been very positive and he reached out to use here at Dropship Horizon to help spread the word.

So, to explain what is up, here are David's own words...

As you may know, Lucy and I began the process of adopting a little boy from China almost a year ago. We have approval to adopt and are months away from being able to go get our boy. We are naming him Caleb Robson McBride, and he is 2 years old. 

The cost of this adoption is roughly 35k, including the cost of traveling over to China to get him. We have several plans to raise money, including a garage sale, a t-shirt sale, and a special pack of miniatures from my side business, Splintered Light Miniatures. 

One of the exciting things we have seen in this process is how the whole community of our family and friends has been involved in helping us. I would like to ask you to consider contributing to our adoption in two main ways.

1. BUY a T-SHIRT! I've attached the design for our t-shirt fundraiser. Each shirt is $20. Sizes are youth xs-xl and adult s-xl, (2xl and 3xl are two dollars extra) Cash and check or EASIEST....go to and choose send $ to friends and family and send to Lucy’s email Indicate which sizes you want in the comment section. We are closing out this on June 1st, so just a few more days left! Photo attached!

2. Buy a pack of special unpainted miniatures for $25 or get a set painted and on a wooden base for $50. These figures were done by 3 of my sculptors—2 of whom donated their time and expertise to get them done. The link to get these figures painted or unpainted is

After we have paid for the adoption, $22 of every set sold will go to House of Grace, the foster home in China that has taken such great care of our boy thus far and is a home to 15 precious children at a time. They live by faith for resources to come and do a great job with what they are given. It is our hope and prayer that we will be able to support them and their work long after Caleb is home with us.

Included in the pack is a Chinese Dragon, 2 Panda Bears, a Panda Kung Fu Master, a Chinese Princess, 2 Fu Dogs, a Hu Hsien (Fox Spirit), all sculpted by Faron Betchley; as well as a Chinese Warrior, sculpted by Rodrick Campbell; and a Kirin, sculpted by Sandra Garrity. All figure are for 15mm.

Thanks and please let me know if you have any questions about anything,


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Mr. Harold's Hobby Stuff - FloryModels Clay Wash

Hey everyone!

While I have my favorite wash for painting infantry models (Army Painter Strong Tone) I've never been able to find a wash I was particularity happy with for vehicles.

Using the Strong tone (or Dark tone) on vehicles can be problematic because it tends to stain even the raised parts which can darken the whole model.  The solution to this has been to use an AK Interactive Enamel wash which can applied and then wiped off with a Q-tip and mineral spirits.

I disliked using the enamel paints since they can be more odorous than the water-based paints, and it necessitates having a different system to clean the brushes.

I recently managed to stumble upon a new wash, a Clay-based acrylic wash called Dark Dirt.

The great thing is that I can use it as the AK Interactive wash and simply apply it all over the model.  Once it dried I also use a Q-Tip but armed with only water instead of mineral spirits or thinner.

I tried it on my Recon Assault Transport (RAT from after a base coat of light grey:

I've also used it on some light tanks from Darkest Star Games.  

The model before the wash

The wash still wet, straight from the bottle.

Once the wash has dried I use damp q-tips and makeup sponges to remove excess wash

Just needs decals!

Another angle showing the effects of the wash.
As you can see, the process is very easy with great results.  And you can always remove it if you don't like the effect and want to start over.

Once you've gotten it to where you like it I would seal it with a varnish.  If you put decals on first make sure to varnish the decals before putting the wash on, as the process for removing the wash might remove the decals too.

The only problem with the wash is that it's hard to find!  I picked mine up at but it appears they are out of this specific wash.   It also appears that Flory Models might be on vacation or something?  

I'll update this if I find another source or brand of clay-based wash, but otherwise I highly recommend it!

Brigade Models releases the PacFed Armoured Infantry!

Available at: Brigade Models

We've had a figures in our 15mm range for some time - aliens, bounty hunters, Power Armour, tank crew etc - but none of what every army really needs, some ground-pounding grunts to go in where it hurts. We're happy to have corrected that now with the release of our first infantry range, PacFed Armoured Infantry.

These are fully armoured troopers with enclosed helmets. There are nine packs available including riflemen, support and heavy weapons and command figures. There is also a 32-man platoon pack plus a 3-man crew for our Mercenary Combat Car.

SF15-750 – Riflemen (x8) – £3.00
SF15-751 – Support Weapons (x8) – £3.00
SF15-752 – Command Figures (x8) – £3.00
SF15-753a – Tripod MG plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753b – Tripod Railgun plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753c – Tripod Gatling plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-753d – Tripod Tri-barrel plus crew (x2) – £3.00
SF15-754 – Combat Car Crew (x3) – £1.25
SF15-755 – Rifle Platoon (x32) – £11.00

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Ion Age on Patrol

Patrol Angis Rules Go Into Pre-Order With New Offers From The Ion Age

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I announce the pending release of the ion Age rules set "Patrol Angis".

Gavin (Syme) has been muttering to me about this for a long time now but never anything concrete and specific. It has been a project on his work table for as long as I have known him and to see it coming to be, in print, is an amazing thing. 

While I have no special insight into its internal workings, I do know that Patrol Angis is something new that draws on something classic - Space Opera science fiction with a strong theme and set piece universe. These are rules written for the Ion Age specifically and while there are plenty of rules sets for 15mm science fiction, few of them are designed with a particular universe in mind. This one is and that and promises to include all the elements we assume for such a work.

Gavin has released a massive blog post covering the pre-order of this product and rather than try to reprint it here, I will link to his original post. There is so much to be said about it that you really should head over - HERE

And before I forget, like I have for over two weeks now (sorry Gavin), there is a new special figure for the month of May. There is still plenty of time to pick up one of these free figures with any purchase from the Ion Age. This month's special miniatures is the Militia Drill Sergeant

As usual you will get one of these miniature free with your purchase until the end of May, 2015. You can also purchase them separately if you just want the figure or want to get extras. I personally feel this figure is a great character model in his own right and would work perfectly for some gritty space hero or villain in just about any game.

News From Brigade

Brigade Models Releases Some Great 15mm

Brigade has been steadily pushing out new elements for their own 15mm universe. Admittedly I have missed a lot of it, myself and thank the folks at Brigade for sending us an email to light a fire under us.

So what's been rolling out?

A lot!

CT-1  CT-2

Control Tower both tall and short versions. These are great for space ports, military bases or even colony administration buildings. One element of the designs that particularly appeals to me is that they are detailed but also not so much so that there isn't any room for customizing or adding your own style elements to them


Great news in the return of the Athena dropship to the inventory. This flyer is almost a classic in the 15mm scifi circles and it is good to see the old bird back in circulation. 


If you like mid-tech vehicles, these new Polish rides will fit your bill quite nicely. The Sulwalska is the first in a new range and this vehicles hits the battlefield in three variants - APC, RFAC, and ATGW. Perfect for your light duty combat needs.

One of the biggest deals to come along for Brigade Models is the release of their own range of 15mm scifi infantry. This range is already pretty extensive and includes several awesome packs.

Riflemen (x8)

Support Weapons (x8)

Command (x8)

Tripode Weapon plus Crew (x2)
These come in three variants allowing - MG, Railgun, or Gatling

Combat Car Crew (x3)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Multiverse Gaming releases new MDF Terrain ranges!

Two new lasercut terrain ranges dedicated to 15mm Sci-Fi gaming 
have been released by Multiverse Gaming: 

Outpost 15 includes the pieces needed to build a military outpost on a remote planet...

And Metropolis 15 allows for building a modern or near-future city with elevated walkways and towering buildings.