An unusual subject, the Italians aren’t the most popular choice with WW2 gamers, I was nevertheless asked to paint these figures from Early War Miniatures. I will let the pictures do the talking, but these are nice miniatures and the range is pretty comprehensive, covering most things you might want. Good stuff!

Monty the Desert Rat

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Well I should have done this ages ago! I’ve always kept my paints in a drawer and that was okay whilst there were few enough that I didn’t have to open the drawer more than about two thirds of the way. However, since starting Monty’s, the number of paints has increased, filled that drawer and the best part of another. After several near disasters (and the odd real one!) with drawers falling out or the cabinet tipping over I decided enough was enough.

So, as I was going to Warbases yesterday, I picked up some of their racks and they are the business! They just slot together and bingo, storage for paints!

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You could glue them and I probably will at some point but I was just too impatient to do anything like that. The ‘stack’ you see above is currently held together with blu-tac! Again, glue will be a more lasting solution, but I want to be sure I have the arrangement I like before doing anything more permanent. The stack is also pretty stable given that my painting table doesn’t provide the best surface for such things.

So, all in all, delighted, and good value at the price.

Monty the Desert Rat



Some of you may remember my writing about Leven Miniatures range of 6mm buildings before, well, I now have some pretty pics to add a little more to those words.

First off, some Mediterranean type buildings:

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Then some ruins:

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And finally, some bridges:

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I really have to say what lovely models these are. They are amongst the best resin castings I have seen – there was virtually no preparation required; none of those annoying little bubbles and really nothing more than a little tidy round the base and that was it. The detail is also very clear and precise. Net result, not that hard to paint and a real joy, rewarding a little care and effort to give some really nice pieces.

Monty the Desert rat