Free tape measure for the first lucky 50!

Yes, that’s right – we’re going to bung in a free battle tape measure for the first lucky 50 people that put an order in. It has a nice sturdy grip, our logo on it and can measure up to 5 metres. Not dissing anybody in particular, but they’re way better than the crap orange ones doing the rounds.

Pop into our shop and have a look around. We definitely have something that’ll float your boat. And remember: postage and packing is free for orders over £30 in the UK.

And keep an eye out for special offers over the next few weeks – we have some fantastic surprises and prizes coming up.

PoorHammer – our guide to castle dioramas on a budget

We’re big fans of doing stuff on a budget. And by using some of the materials we supply, as well as some well chosen pieces of junk offcuts, packaging and other gubbins you can get from builders merchants, you too can create epic set pieces for your tabletop. Our PaintPixie has been very busy building a castle. Follow this simple guide, and you too can build an awesome terrain piece.

Recommended materials:

• Extruded polystyrene 5mm thick – For walls and individual walls, bricks and ground decor.
• Mounting board for bases.
• Cylindrical tubing x 6.
• A single larger and possibly taller cylindrical tube.
• A rectangular box.
• Recycled board game counter cut outs (for use in the portcullis).
• Sand.
• All-purpose filler (for rendering).
• PVA glue.
• Spray adhesive.
• Matte decoupage adhesive and water (mixed to a 1:1 ratio).
• Terrain (Our very own Dammit Granite terrain and Moss Acre flock pots ).
• Technical paints (Digger Yellow, Khaki Dream, Base Black, Base White, Castle Grey, Quagmire Brown, Pastoral Green and Sword Silver)
• Primers- Expo Light Grey or Dark Grey spray primer.

Step 1:


Cut small brick sized shapes from extruded polystyrene for use on the castle and guardhouse wall sections and indent with balled up foil and blunt pencil to create the stone texture. You can also draw in cracked lines onto these walls sections by using a pencil or black biro. Follow a similar process to construct the castle base and gatehouse. Note that the castle walls have been made with double thickness polystyrene.

The walls and towers then need to be assembled and glued to the base of the castle. Use cocktail sticks to align the walls to the base – this also helps to strengthen the overall brickwork structure. Join up the walls and towers in the same way, and then once they are assembled, grout them together with filler.

Step 2:

The all-purpose filler can be used to fill in any gaps, as well as creating further texture and strength. Once dried, mark out any cracks with a scalpel to create a weakened and decayed effect on the walls. Terrain rocks can then be placed in the top of the turrets, across the castle entrance base, and around the guard house door to fill any random gaps.

Glue bricks to the corner turrets as well, adding circular polystyrene turret platforms to the very tops of them, for your figures to stand on.

You can then cover a small box with a portcullis using old game counter cutouts. Entrance bridges walls and side walls can be created using the same polystyrene wall detailing method.

Step 3:

Base the towers platforms, castle floor and entrance with PVA, sprinkle with sand and once dried, cover with a light layer of Base Black paint to produce a weathered look, and to seal in the ‘dirt and grime’. Prime the model with Expo Dark Grey and/or Light Grey primers for any highlights – but please do this in a well ventilated area, preferably outdoors because of the fumes. Above all, use very delicate sprays, as this primer actually reacts with the foam, which helps to create further texture, enhancing the aged, distressed castle aesthetic). Then brown, white and grey paint is used to decorate the castle base.

Paint the black, white and grey stones in a random array across the structure of the model. You can vary the detail with a mixture of sponge painting, brush strokes and dry brushing, or you can apply detail to individual stones and across the walls. The Base Black and Castle Grey paints can then be used to create shadows and a damp look in all the right places. Highlight the turrets and edges of the stonework with Base White mixed with Khaki Dream. Mix small volumes of these paints to create new tones – these help to enhance details and add depth. Add flock (Moss Acre) to the castle corners and grassy surrounding areas.

For this castle, the keep, guardhouse and entrance floor are modular, allowing for flexibility in gameplay scenarios, as well as allowing for extending and enhancing the layout later on. Because these are separate, they will also be easy to store. Whilst we here have chosen not to, we would recommend that you seal the model with a matte sealant that is suitable for use with extruded polystyrene. Should you need to preserve the finish, we suggest a water based primer as an alternative.

We threw in some of our own extra marsh-like pieces of terrain and fire pit that we had made earlier, and our 3D printed castle tiles (also shown here) are compatible with the guards house created.

If you are interested in our whole castle bundle then check out our WB0001 – Castle Bundle download, an absolute steal for 31 download print models for just £39.99

Our castle dimensions (of course, the size and scale you choose is completely up to you):

Dimensions: Entrance base: 300mm x 300mm
Castle base: 450mm x 300mm
4 smaller towers: 150mm x 90mm
Larger tower: 300mm x 100mm
Gatehouse: 900mm x 100mm x 110mm
Keep: 240mm x 170mm x 50mm

Have fun and good luck!

Nail it with our range of technical paints

Our standard technical paints have been formulated to flow smoothly and not to dry too quickly as regular acrylic paints, allowing you to complete designs without needing to rush your work. As you can see from this blog, these paints are incredibly versatile and will work on other craft projects too. Moonhopper technical paints are also excellent for painting miniature dolls house scenery, painting onto polymer clay, dioramas, general arts and crafts…not just useful for tabletop models and figures.

We noticed our very own Paint Pixie had been doing her nails with them. So we asked her what else she could do with our paints and nails. So she showed us. Not only are Moonhopper paints and glazes perfect for intricate free hand work for detailing, they can make your hands look amazing.

We offer a large range of colours for these paints, including Forged Gold, Bloodbath, and Imperial Indigo among others. All of our paints are compatible with regular nail polish, and can be used with LED or ultraviolet gels and craft resins to produce great results.

And to top it all, Pixie used Moonhopper Detailing Brushes, which can be also be found in our store. Tip…a wet palate can be useful when manicuring the Moonhopper way.

When using our brand paints, allow them to fully dry before adding a matt or (for better results), a gloss topcoat. Alternative options include using dotting tools or craft sponges to blend the colours in any way you like.

Here are a selected group of paints the Pixie has suggested for nail art and detailing – these paints have no added texturing, hence these are ideal for creating a smooth perfect finish.

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Our 3D download library is now live

Wow. Been a little while happening in the background, but the first few sets of Moonhopper 3D downloads in our library are now live. We have over 200 downloadable files at excellent prices ready to buy online, most of which are at pocket money prices. No joke.

Check out our Battlecruiser, Space Station, Outpost and Castle collections. We’re adding to these all the time, and there will be many more uploads of all sorts of gubbins before the year is out. Everything from custom bases for figures to vehicle bits and bobs, weird alien stuff and other useful paraphernalia – for all other things, you can always have a nose around our Miscellaneous 3D downloads area.

We know how expensive this hobby can be sometimes, so we’ve made our downloads affordable. Some even, are an absolute steal. And so you can have a play to see if our simple system works for you, you can download our freebie set of printables, available for seven days until Friday 17th September 2021.

We’re always eager to share knowledge, so if you have any useful tips, share them to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages. As always, please check out the obligatory terms and conditions for using and downloading Moonhopper 3D printables; it’s the usual butt covering legal stuff…but then we’ve put a lot of love into these models and we hope you enjoy printing them.

So, above all, enjoy, have a nose and see what grabs your fancy. More fun stuff is on the way, and this is only the beginning.

Here come the stormtroopers!

They’re mean and they’re ruthless. Have a look at our Eisenkern Stormtroopers. These are made from fine cast plastic, sitting at 28mm high.

These figures will need to be primed before you can bring them to life with our colours. Ideally, you will need a dark grey primer, such as the Expo Acrylic primer spray prior to painting.

These iron core troops sport light grey armour. The tone of the armour for these figures have been created through a combination of our own Base Black and Base White paints. This isn’t all, however. I have also used our Pastoral Green and Bloodbath paints to detail these figures. In particular, check out the camouflage on the officers hats.

Now no soldiers would be complete without a good set of weapons. To add to these tools of destruction I have opted to add Pewter (over our Base Black paint) and Silver Sword paints to be the base colours for their firearms. Another thing that makes these figures stand out are the bases.

To echo their combat worn environment, I have created textures by adding sand and charcoal to add depth with other elements to the base, embellishing these with Desert Storm, Base Black, Quagmire Brown, and finally Khaki Dream paint – all of which and more can be found in our shop.

Freebie Friday

It’s that time of week again. And we’ve got these Moonhopper tee shirts to give away free with the next twenty orders.

Just put your order through, and we’ll email you if you’re one of the lucky ones.

These tee shirts come in either royal blue or traffic cone orange. Impress your friends…confuse your enemies…leave the cat bemused. Alternatively, you can buy one from our merch shop if you’re not so lucky and you still want to look the proverbial bee’s knees.

Happy Friday folks!

Legend Games range

Roll out the barrel…literally! We are proud stockists of Legend Games products.

From the aforementioned barrels in various states of size, fillings and modelled condition, to Necromancer thrones, quality scenics and scatter terrain, we stock ample amounts of these finely detailed resin cast pieces. These require priming and painting, but once done, the results speak for themselves. Our Paint Pixie loves working on these, as you can see from some of the photos below.

Whether you’re into Warhammer or Dungeons and Dragons, these pieces will stand out on the table. Take a look at the Legend Games range that we have in stock. We’ll be adding more to the range as and when Legend Games releases new items.

Stargrave and Oathmark figures

We’re pleased to announce that we now stock Stargrave and Oathmark figures. Stargrave is a fantastic skirmish game, gaining popularity. Its premise is simple, players command a small crew looking for loot while avoiding trouble from the authorities. Oathmark figures are the opposite end of the fantasy realm – choose to fight with elves or dwarves, humans or goblins…we’ll be stocking more of these figures soon.

Pop in to see our range of paints and glazes

Sometimes you need a specific paint or glaze for a task, and often you find that there simply isn’t one. That’s why our Paint Pixie started mixing ours. We have developed our range so that they can be used in their own right, or with each other to create complimentary effects. From alien landscapes to snow crusted mountains and moonscapes, you can literally paint anything with our technical acrylics.

Why not take a look at our range of paints guide. This tells you what each paint does, and we’ll be highlighting the qualities, as well as giving hints and tips on using Moonhopper paints and glazes. We have lots more in the pipeline, so keep your ear to the ground.

PAINT JOBS: SASHENKA AND KIKI BULLDOZER

Our resident Paint Pixie has been busy this week on two additions to her increasing shelf of figures. One is the beautifully cast Sashenka, a Kurganovan Yaga Soul Weaver, and the other is the buxom and dangerous redhead that is Kiki Bulldozer, both from Raging Heroes. Both are already nearly finished, which is impressive as the PP has been rushed off her feet this week getting stuff onto shelves and mixing more oddball paint combos up. We may even sell some of these new additions shortly. Watch this space.

Kiki from the Jailbirds range is an astonishing figure, not least because of her sheer brazen violence, as seen by the poor chap she’s tied to a pole as a flag. Mildly unhinged, she’d happily fire a thousand rounds at you while putting on her lipstick. This is one babe you don’t want to mess with. A bio experiment survivor, she’s supposed to be a gentle giantess, but even so, you don’t want to mess with her – she was designed to be a weapon, born and bred to kill.

These figure have been painted using our own range of Moonhopper Paints, and we’re quite pleased with the results. Sashenka’s robe has been painted using our Fighter Blue paint, with just hints of Imperial Indigo. Anyone who knows anything about Russian folklore will know that the title Yaga comes from ‘Baba Yaga’, or Grandma Snake. She’s an old witch, very unpredictable and by use of cybernetic implants, her and the other Soul Weavers use their powers to bend the forces of nature.

Sashenka comes as a single kit, and is a steal at £11.99, while Kiki at the moment, comes as part of the Heroes Box: The Big Ones, priced at £42.99. We are buying in more Raging Heroes characters, and given the interest in Kiki, we may be getting into stock soon as a single packaged figure shortly.

So, who do you want to put down on the table in a fight? Sashenka or Kiki?

Only one way to find out. Tell us who and why!

For a full description of our paints, glazes and how to use them, check out Our Range of Paints.