Saturday 8 March 2014

My buys at Albanich

Albanich, for those not in the know is a small but perfectly formed wargames show hosted by Solway Crafts and Miniatures and held in Dumfries.

My trip there this year was largely to continue to sell off items from my recently deceased wargaming friends collections although I did a fair bit of chatting with many old friends who I met there.

Although I didn't plan many purchases I did submit to one impulse buy in the form of a bag of white plastic figures.

They were slightly pricey, I thought at £30 for 15 figures but they were being sold by a good friend so what the **ll. The group has a rifle (of sorts) armed sergeant in charge of 10 rifle armed squaddies, 2 guys with a heavier looking rifle, a chain gun and a flamer.

They were one piece figures cast in a softish plastic portraying a Sci-Fi marine squad which you can never have too many of (ahem). I thought they would make a pleasant painting distraction for me so why not.

A closer inspection of the figures revealed that they were by Reaper Miniatures and were supposedly IMEF (Intergalactic Marines Expeditionary Force) troops. The plastic was certainly a bit rubbery which might make them a bit more damage resilient on the tabletop.

One or two of the bases were a bit warped but as I planned to mount them on MDF hex bases I hoped to fill any gaps with a bit of filler. I have already mounted the figures on my painting sticks after a quick wash in warm soapy water and have given them an undercoat of matt acrylic varnish.

I will blog the final results in due course.

My other purchases were a couple of bottles of ink wash by Army Painter, £2 each and a trio of paint triads by Foundry at £8 each.

And finally a freebie on entrance.

They will join the queue in my plastic mountain but I am sure they will reappear soon enough.

Oh, and the show itself was a little beauty, certainly worth a visit, hopefully some kind soul will post pictures on the inter web thingy. Dumfries is near enough most Scots wargamers to make it easy to travel to and also near enough many parts of northern England likewise.


  1. Good to see you there again Jim

  2. Thanks David, it was good to see you too!

    Now, can I interest you and your chums in some tanks?

  3. Some pictures from Albanich at my old friend Bills blog:

  4. Thanks for the link to my was an enjoyable day down at Albanich and the weather was decent!

    1. My pleasure Bill and it was good to see you down there!