Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it my overwhelming love of superheroes?

As I mentioned in my first post, most subsequent postings will be few and far between, but I just had to show SOMEBODY my recent acquisition…’cos it’s got me positively beaming!

As I’ve mentioned, I’m a bit of a slave to 1/72-ish miniatures, heck, I’ve loved them since I was a kid! I’ve also been in love with superheroes, being a comic book geek since…since…well, since comic books sold for less then a dollar!

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The thought of combining the two loves has been on my mind since I discovered gaming, and the early superhero miniatures were a bit chunky, but almost compatible…sadly, just not enough for my discerning eye.


Some chunky fellas (and gal) produced by the now defunct Soldiers & Swords in the 1980-90’s

As much as I love lead, I’m really gaga over plastic, so when Heroclix came on the scene, I did force myself to have a peek. As cool as they are, I couldn’t see changing my scale preference, or jumping into collecting where you’ve got to blindly purchase the minis.

Then Zerboz (or Heroics, as they were initially called), reared their beautiful plastic heads…


Some Series One Supers…

…and they were darn close to 1/72. Hallelujah!

So I trawled my way through E-Bay until I found a good source for purchasing the lot – both series one and two…and then the company quit making them, totally squashing my hopes of obtaining my  most favorite supers.

UNTIL…a blogger by the name of  Bunkermeister spilled the beans that the out-of-production Marvel Battle Dice were roughly (depending on the figure) 1/72 scale as well!

I was back in business.

So, trawling E-Bay once more, I came across two amazing lot deals and, Viola! 

A mix of my Zerboz and Marvel Battle Dice jackpot! (Pardon my conversion notes)

A mix of my Zerboz and Marvel Battle Dice jackpot! (Pardon my conversion notes)

And despite the fact that most are Marvel Comics characters, they are doozies!

(Check out the Caesar mini thrown in there for size comparison)

(Check out the Caesar mini thrown in there for size comparison)



Woot! yet again...

Woot! yet again…

Now I’ve about a hundred or so figures to re-base, re-paint, and convert where necessary. It’s all a bit exciting in 172Fixer’s world at the moment. Last year I started building an appropriate city for Zombie infestation. Now it looks like it may be the sight of a few super-villain incursions…only time will tell, right?

Has anyone else done this?


I’ll probably start a good many posts with the following five words:

This may sound crazy, but…

… Yesterday I was faced with disposing of an old digital camera. I was inches from the trash bin when it hit me; I bet there’s some decent plastic hiding inside this thing!

Screwdriver in hand, I quickly disassembled the deceased camera and to my surprise, was left with this:



…Some of it trash, but to my delight, some of it (again, at least to me) treasure:



Digging out a Halo Micro-Ops figure for reference, I set about letting my imagination swirl with terrain possibilities…

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A bit of wreckage?

To gain some inspiration of what can truly be accomplished from gathering, gluing and painting the odd collection of plastic bits & bobs, check out Will’s post at :

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The end results are stunning!

Has anyone else found an unlikely terrain piece in what appears to be an ordinary household item?

(Don’t get me started on what’s inside those discarded canisters of dental floss!)

WWII…The Early Stuff! (part 1)

Let’s see…where to begin?

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always collected small plastic soldiers; 1/72-1/76, starting in the stone ages (I think I was five), finding my first one, an early series Airfix WWII German soldier (holding an artillery shell no less) at the bottom of a heater vent. Soon it was on to collecting Airfix, then Atlantic, stopping then re-starting when I discovered Esci, then Revell, and onto HäT and Italeri, then as new companies arose, happily buying from them as well.

And to this day, I still collect…just not as rabidly!

Never feeling quite right with Atlantic’s strangely small plastic vehicles, I soon moved into 20mm metal and 1/72 Esci and 1/76 Airfix plastic, and so on. From there, meeting like minded people while working briefly in the miniature gaming industry (not as fun as you would think), then on to working in a military book and hobby shop, it seemed logical to progress into gaming – figures, vehicles, etc…or at least, wanting to.

So, here I am, many years since first starting, but still with the same admiration for those little one-inch(ish) beauties, their vehicles and scenery. (Is that the statement of a sane person? As I write this, I’m not so sure.)

Still, I want to start with some of the work I’ve been slowly bringing to fruition…and when I say slowly, I really mean…s-l-o-w-l-y.

So, without further ado, may I bring you:

WWII…The Early Stuff! (part 1)

I thought I would start with one of the few pieces I’ve actually finished; one that I can honestly say…HAD HAUNTED ME FOR DECADES!!!!

(It’s true)

Back in the early nineties, I got it in my head that I wanted to game WWII, but the early stuff; Dunkirk and before – and, in 1/72 scale. What a fool I was, for unless I wanted to buy resin or metal tanks (which I didn’t) I was going to have to scratch build, which at the time, I also wasn’t too keen on.

But hey, I was game enough to try, especially since what I wanted to build first was the German 15cm sIG 33 (Sf) auf Panzer I B:


What a big, square, flat-sided beauty! I already had the 1/76 Fujimi PzKpfw I, all I need was the artillery piece that sat astride it and the three-sided shield. Both easier said then found!

I knew I could cobble together something that looked reasonably like the 15 cm sIG 33 (ah Caesar and Ace models, where were you when I needed you?) it was the shield I was going to find hard to make (What can I say, I was young and ignorant, and hadn’t even heard of Evergreen plastic sheets). As luck would have it, I used to get old plastic figures through a mail-order vendor (no internet in the stone-age) and one month, he had an ad in his flyer for a guy who sold resin after market upgrades; in this instance, along with some other goodies, he was selling the exact shield I was looking for. I couldn’t believe it…how lucky was I?

So, scrounging up my coin – resin, then as now, being a pricier venture – I stuck it in an envelope, popped it in the postbox and waited…and waited…and, waited.

A month later, still nothing.

After one call, two weeks later, still nothing.

Another call, no profanity but a little nudging, and two weeks later I get a box in the post; inside, a crumbly, wafer thin “u” shaped piece of bubble-filled resin (along with some other conversion pieces that looked about the same calibre).

Okay. Am I disappointed? Yes.

Does it put me off attempting the project? Sadly, yes.

Do I forget the project? Heck no.

2010…twenty years later, with Italeri re-issuing the Esci Panzerjager I 4.7 cm PAK (in glorious 1/72 scale, not the Fujimi 1/76):



And Ace models providing the amazingly rough-around-the-edges artillery piece:


AND thank heavens, finally discovering Evergreen plastic sheets!

Holy Cow! I was ready to try again!

To top it off, I found this book:

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…it looked like nothing was going to stop me!

So after a bit of reading, followed by some measuring, cutting, sanding, fitting, gluing, (fiddling with a bit of modeling clay):


priming AND painting:


…I got this as a result:



I’ve got to admit, even though it took me a couple of decades, and yes, it’s merely a drop in the bucket for what I’m going to need, I’m still pretty darn happy with it…now on to the crew; yes Caesar Miniatures, I’m looking at you!

In the beginning…there were plans!


I’d like to write more, but I’ve little of the following:


There’s so little time. But if there was enough time, or, if I could bring time to a standstill, these would be the 20mm -1/72 scale wargaming projects I would work on. (takes a deep breath)…

In no specific order: Superhero/Zombie Apocalypse/WWI-Weird War I-American War I/Early WWII-Dunkirk-Operation Sea Lion/Star Trek-Away Mission/Cold War Hot-Many, Many Modern Scenarios/It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Da Vinci Wars/Dr. Who-ish Dalek Stuff/Dungeon Crawl/Freikorps-RCW/French-Indian/Ghost Busters-Scooby Doo-Lovecraftian Mystery Hijinks/Gladiator-Chariots Racing/Giant Monster Bash/Korean Conflict/’Nam/Of Gods and Mortals/A Fist Full of Kung Fu/Pancho Villa-Mexican Adventure/Pig Wars/Road Warrior/Russo-Finn/Sci-Fi-Near Future-Victorian Sci-Fi/Spanish Civil War/Skate or Die!/Tusk/and last but not least; The Wild Western Shoot Out.

Am I mad? …Perhaps. Still, over the years I’ve been amassing my resources: books, rules, models, plastic and diecast vehicles, terrain, and of course, what would this hobby be without figures.

Here, on this blog, I’d like to share my foolish, foolish adventure. When precious time allows, I’ll post some photos of my progress…maybe a word or two. Will I have time to finish much of anything? Who knows. I’m just really happy to be on the journey – to hell with the destination!