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Vallejo Liquid Silver and Gold (plus a Tinfoil Mirror)

A while back we ordered in some Vallejo Liquid Silver and Liquid Gold, what we didn’t realise at the time was these were no normal paints and required things like alcohol to thin, as such we’ve not had a proper look at them – until now…

Unlike acrylic paints the pigments hold together better lessening the chance of unsightly brush strokes on the model.

Our chosen test model was Glaurio ven Alten lll from the Cursed City boxed set as he had a good amount of silver and gold adorning his outfit, here’s how we go on and some pointers for using the paints yourselves.

The Golden Rule: These are not normal paints, they have a high metal content and do not like water, as such do not use water to thin these paints or clean your brushes. Rust will form in your paint pot and on the model. You’ll need alcohol instead.

How to Use

Shake the pot well (see the example photo below forcorrectly mixed paint. Basically – Shake it, shake it again, stir it, then shake it again for good measure.

The consistency of the paint ready to use .
our the required amount on to a dish or pallet thin with alcohol .

Do not use paint directly from the pot the fumes are strong, pour a little on to a pallet. (Not a wet pallet). To thin add a couple of drops of Isopropyl Alcohol (the higher % of alcohol the better). This is also used to clean your brush after.

As with any new technique, do a test model first!

The Verdict

Took a bit of research on howe to use correctly but having done that we enjoyed working with these paints and will be using them for all our weapons and armour in the future! Take a look though the photos the shine on the amour is striking.

The gold shines on the end of the scabard. Acrylic gold needs alot of shading and a brown undercoat to make it pop not the case here this is one coat . The armour looks polished and shines away with no varnish added .

Bonus: A Tinfoil Mirror!

We thought it would be fun if our hero actually had a working mirror for his vampire encounters.

So to achive this kitchen foil was bent to the shape of the mirror, using the rounded end of a paint brush. The foil was then removed and the indented shape in the foil cut out.

The finished mirror loks great, it’s a trick Rich uses on his WW2 vehicle dioramas.

The finished model is below

Glaurio completed with the liquid metals . The luster of the metallic paints is spectacular.
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We Are Reopening! – See You Soon!

Well… 2021 seems to be continuing 2020’s tradition of being a bit rubbish! So far in 2021 we’ve not been able to welcome customers into the store, but from Saturday 17th that all changes as well be opening again!! (Woohoo!!)

While we get a feel for things we’ll only be opening at weekends and will be doing slightly reduced hours, but on the plus side it does mean you can come in and browse from 10am to 4pm on a Saturday or Sunday (you might have to be patient with us on the 17th while we try to remember how the till works, and generally how to be around people…)

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The Spray Paint Test – Games Workshop vs Army Painter vs TTCombat

TTCombat recently released a huge range of spray paints at really affordable prices, and as Games Workshop Chaos Black is currently impossible to get hold of it only made sense to do a side by side comparison to see if the new TTCombat sprays would make a good stop gap or a replacement for Chaos Black.

Now, as an impartial reviewer and a shop that’s been asked about Army Painter sprays a number of times we added their Matt Black spray to the mix (we even express ordered a tin off Amazon to get it to us in time), to set a 3 way battle to see which spray would get our recommendation.

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The Return of Click & Collect! (And A General Shop Update)

As the UK Government has shared its roadmap out of lockdown, we’ve also looked at what we’re doing as a store.

Our approach can be summed up in one word: Cautious.

The first step on our own path to ‘getting things back to normal’ is to reinstate Click & Collect, this will take place from this weekend and you’ll be able to collect any orders between 10am-2pm on a Saturday and by request on a Sunday.

As a reminder here is the click and collect process:

  • Make your online order
  • Once you receive an Order Complete email it’s ready to collect
  • Come to the shop, our contact number in on the glass door
  • Do not come inside
  • Give us a call and we’ll run your order down to you
  • Again, do not come inside.
  • Enjoy your purchase!

In terms of looking further ahead we’ve got a plan but it is very much a case of playing it by ear at the moment – with the schools going back on Monday there is a real chance the infection rate will spike and that may push things back so it’s very much a wait and see.

The Road to Reopening

Mid April is the current date that non essential retail can reopen, based on our cautious approach we’re going to start with reduced hours, most likely weekends only, this will then build up as things ease and we get a gauge for demand.

The plan is fully reopen but we will not rush into things as I don’t want to put myself (being at the back of the Vaccine queue), the team, or our customers at risk.

Instore Gaming…

This is the big one, and to be honest the one I’m most fearful of.

As it stands any instore event before mid May would simply be illegal, there is also the issue of social distancing, lack of space and making people feel comfortable. As such in store gaming will be the last part of the store to come back and as it stands, I can’t see this happening before June at the earliest (while WotC have in store play suspended we won’t be doing it at all).

Once in store play is a thing, we’ll bring it back gradually, what we can’t have is 50 people turning up to the first event we do so there will most likely be a requirement to book in advance to ensure you get a spot, we will most likely also be running at a reduced capacity when things initially come back.

Thank You

Thank you to all those who have supported us over the last year! It’s been an interesting and frankly emotional time! But we’re still here and that’s the key!

As always,

Stay safe.
Look after each other.
Wear a mask,
We love you.

Matt x

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Lockdown 3 – Revenge of the Virus

Welcome to 2021, it’s just like 2020 but with a more infectious version of Covid and America trying even harder to become a failed state!

On Monday evening the UK Government announced a third national lockdown, not how we wanted to start the new year but if it finally gets Covid under control then I’m all for it!

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The ‘Good Riddance to 2020’ Ramble…

You’re probably (hopefully) familiar with a Matt ramble by now – basically I dump all the thoughts in my brain onto our website and hope they make sense and that people actually read them…

2020… well, what can I say that hasn’t already been said! (or that doesn’t involve screaming and lots of swearing).

Looking Back…

In short 2020 was a train wreck, although that’s probably insulting to trains if I’m honest (this line, or at least the inspiration for it, comes from “Death to 2020”, it’s on Netflix, go watch it!)

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Lockdown 2 – Electric Boogaloo: The Langden Games Update!

It’s November 3rd and barring a massive revolt in the Commons, we’ll be back in lockdown again from Thursday! Fun!!

The one (and only) positive about Lockdown 2 – Back in the Habit, is that it’s the second one! Strange as it sounds, we’ve been through this before, so we have experience of how to operate. As a result the shop may be closed but we can still meet your hobby needs.

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Set Boosters – My Thoughts….

Now that I’ve actually opened some Zendikar Rising product, I wanted to give my thoughts on the newest type of Booster, the Set Booster!

What is a Set Booster?

In short it’s a new type of product that lets WOTC have a bit more freedom, in a draft booster there is a need for there to be set amounts of Commons and Uncommons and a good colour spread, the same is not true of a set booster!

They have 12 cards (14 with the token and art card included) in a booster and come in boxes of 30 rather than 36, they are also slightly more expensive than draft boosters, all seeming like negatives so far, but don’t worry there are positives!

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Langden Games September 2020 Painting Competition

Here are the results of our September 2020 painting competition. We had hoped to run monthly events however Covid-19 has really got in the way of that, however we did manage to get an event successfully run in September!

Standards in this single model competition have been very high and judging was made incredibly difficult by these fabulous models.

Any of these models could have easily been crowned the winner as each was beautifully done.

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Matt’s Annual Ramble – A Birthday in Interesting Times…

‘May you live in interesting times…’, I now fully understand why this is seen as a curse! I know that I, for one, would like the much simpler times where global pandemics were movie plots and social distancing was an unused phrase, but as you all know 2020 had other ideas!

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Army Painter Wet Palette Short-form Review

We recently tested out the Army Painter Wet Palette while Rich was doing a commission for a French Revolutionary War Napoleonic Battalion, here’s what he thought:


  • 2 hydro foam pads
  • 3 part paint palette
  • 50 hydro sheets
  • Small painting guide
  • Tool catalogue
  • Safety strap
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The Road to Reopening

The government recently announced that non-essential retail can reopen from 15th June 2020 (yay!), so that raises the question “when will the store reopen?”.

The answer is not the 15th, our plan is to reopen with reduced hours from Saturday 20th June.

Below is a list of questions about our plans around reopening:

What will the store hours be?

We plan to initially open on Saturdays and Sundays only from 10am to 4pm starting from 20th June, we’ll review this on a regular basis starting from July.

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