Saturday, 14 April 2018

and another ongoing project ... tiger tiger

I got these 1/56 (28mm) German vehicles when I got my British for Bolt Action. I've decided to see if I can get them finished.

I bought these as a painting exercise, not for a game. I'd always intended to sell them once finished. I wanted to use the airbrush to try the two or three colour camouflage that was used from the mid-war onwards.  I also wanted to do the summer scheme, as I've always preferred it to the much darker green and brown used in the winter scheme.  

Anyhow, here's where they were several months ago. Only the Panzer IV had a test of the green camouflage. The colour is German light camouflage green. 


And all three with the green. My thoughts at this point were maybe I should have put thinner lines on the armoured car.  


Now with the red-brown added. I actually used a Vallejo air mud colour for this as I thought the panzer red-brown was still a bit dark.  I deliberately wanted to do much lighter tones on the vehicles, always thinking I could darken them later with paint or a wash if I wanted. The skirts on the Panzer IV are loose and may leave them that way, allowing for them to be used as different variants.  




Not too bad at that point. I did tidy up a couple of overspills. Then I went on to do the tracks with Vallejo dark rubber. This is a nice dark grey, and this and Vallejo back-grey have become two of favourites to use instead of black. I also did the crew figures; two in field grey and one in traditional black (... guess which tank gets the commander in black!). 



And finally a close-up of the crew. I tried to give the armoured car commander figure a yellow trim, to hint at someone clining on to their old cavalry traditions.  The chap in black was given pink trim and collar patches.


Overall, not too bad at this stage.  Next to be painted will be the various tools and cables on the vehicles, the exhausts and more on the treads and wheels.  

More later, 

Monday, 9 April 2018

The Italians job

Another project underway is 28mm Napoleonic figures for a skirmish game.  I'd like to have a crack at the Napoleonic variants of Lion Rampant or The Men Who Would Be Kings with these figures.  

I've decided to paint these as Italians, just as a something different from the usual French.  I've chosen the 3rd regiment with green facings and red collars. 

Here's progress so far.  Victrix figures and they have nice poses. White spray undercoat serves as a base colour for the uniforms. I've experimented with a black wash and grey for shading and I'll tidy all this later. 


And this is waiting in the wings.  Warlord figures are in much more basic poses than Victrix and not too fond of French infantry in greatcoats, but I'll see how I get on. If I don't like them, then I'll put them on ebay.  

Like many gamers or painters, the usual problem I have is too many projects that I'd like to do.  Hopefully I'll find the time to finish the Italians.  

More later. 

Saturday, 24 March 2018

The most recent project - Raging Heroes

This is another side project that's been bubbling under and I decided to try get beyond the bare metal / resin stage. I don't think these will make it to a game and are more just for the painting challenge.   

First, the metal figures. These figures are 32mm and intended as substitute figures for the warhamsters or other skirmish games. They are lovely figures and go under the name of sci-fi blood vestals! Whatever! Here they are, undercoated white. I did this batch of undercoating with the airbrush.  


Next, the first resin figures. These are the fantasy version, and are called Daughters of the Orphanage.

Now, these were my first resin figures are there was a little bit of swearing going on as I assembled them. The resin is quite brittle and care has to be taken cutting them from sprues. The detail is very good but the components like swords or ornaments are fragile and can break. Thankfully, superglue easily bonds the resin to repair breaks. I gave them a wash in warm soapy water and then sprayed the undercoat.   




Lastly, three more resin figures. These were as delicate and fragile as the previous batch, and more swearing ensued during assembly. But this was minor compared to language when washing the figures to remove the resin mould release agent. It took several washings, including one after my first spraying attempt when I had to remove the undercoat and wash them again. Finally I brushed on Fairy liquid from the bottle and let them soak before brushing and washing the figures again, and at last I got to a stage where they could be undercoated.  

And here's what they are now starting to look like. I airbrushed the skin with Vallejo Game Air elf flesh, then gave the figures a sort of wash lining of shadows and folds with a mixture of sepia and fleshtone washes. The result is OK so far. 






Now, in the past couple of years, I've become a convert to plastic figures, but my experience here with resin makes me doubt if I'll buy any more resin. Of course, I might be going about assembling resin figures all wrong. Maybe if I'd washed the resin figures thoroughly while still on the sprues it might have been easier.

More later.       


The Bolt Action British are done

The Bolt Action British are done. As much of January was spent assembling plastic Saxons, Vikings and Napoleonic figures, in February I decided to try and get something finished. The British for Bolt Action were nearly finished so I focussed on them. Here's the end result.



Some closer pictures. 




A final shot of the senior officer and nco with the red hackle, and the junior officer with the brolly. The red hackle had to be done; it's our local regiment. There's still a sense of respect, admiration and pride when I see the red hackle (though I suppose all regions of most countries  will have a pride in their own local regiments.)   

This force for Bolt Action has 3 sections of 10 infantry, a medium machine gun, artillery spotter, light mortar and PIAT. There's also a bren carrier and a Sherman and enough extra infantry to swop brens for rifles or add extra brens to sections. Rounding the force off and the officers and an RAF spotter.  

I also have to admit that the RAF spotter chap is not actually finished. But as he's unlikely to be used in a game, I'll leave him for now. I bought it because it's a nice figure. 

the mighty spraying

Here's some progress on Saxons, Vikings and Napoleonic plastics. 

The Saxons and Vikings are mounted on 25mm round plastic bases. They were given a bit of filler to disguise the cast-on base.  


Then the sand covering.  The Napoleonic figures were based on 20mm round bases for the line and 25mm round bases for the voltigeur skirmishers. 
  


Then I was waiting for a reasonably dry and warm day to get the spraying done. Not often we get those days in Scotland, but there was one, though it was more chilly than warm. Still, it was close enough and I got them undercoated. Maybe not much to look at, but it's an achievement. 


 


The Napoleonics will be painted as Italians, or some German states; chaps with white uniforms, so with a basic undercoat they are nearly done.   
 


And the great laugh is - all these figures now go back in boxes till I can get around to painting them. The Napoleonic figures might get done soon, but it may be a while before I can get round to doing the others. 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Games at the club

Here are some snapshots of recent games I played at the club.  

The boardgame No Retreat: the Russian Front, Longstreet with 15mm ACW and the ancients rules, To the Strongest in 15mm and Flames of War in 15mm. 

First, No Retreat. This is part of end of turn snapshots for when we next pick up the campaign.  This is the situation in September and October 1942 and the Axis have pushed well to the east.  This game is just superb. It's card supported and has less than 20 units on each side.  

The Axis have taken Stalingrad and are threatening the oilfields.  But winter is coming ( as they say ). 

These are two longshots from our Flames of War game. Late war Germans vs British. This was our second run-through with the version 4 rules and the unit cards. Just a lot of long range firing in this game.  It was OK, but with some many other games to play, this may not get played again for a while.  


This is a picture on my Longstreet game, pictures from my opponents side of the table. He's just launched a big charge by the chaps in blue.  The dice are the combat scores, pictures just before we resolved the situation. As you may see, I was resoundingly defeated overall, and my one victory did not compensate for losing three units, my army morale and the battle, all in that one turn. But a great game.

A long snapshot of two chaps playing Bolt Action. Americans vs Russians.  Sadly, I didn't have time to watch this game as I was engrossed in No Retreat that night.  

And finally, To the Strongest. Now, while our first game of TTS was good, this game saw very few casualties and a couple of anomalies with fighting in woods, so the initial favourable impression of TTS has dimmed a bit. Two of the chaps at the club were not impressed at all, so sadly TTS at the club may fade away. But here's a couple of pictures.

The armies were Polybian Roman vs Seleucid. Here the Roman right centre clashes with elephants and some phalanx.  

And the Roman left centre clashes the rest of the Seleucid centre.  The action is taking place on a mat that one of the chaps bought. The squares are 100mm.  

More later.

progress with plastics

I seem to have done little since the start of the year besides building plastic figures.  I have played a few games at the club, but painting seems to have slowed while I stick bits of plastic together.  It's not terribly exciting, but here's some progress.

With the dark ages chaps, I decided to go for 25mm round bases. And after further debate I decided to get Renedra plastic bases.  The scoring on the plastic is me providing a key for the filler which help to disguise the moulded base with the figure.  The four figures at the right have been done. 


A whole batch more.  

And some Victrix Napoleonics. There are some nice poses in the French infantry box.  But I'll be painting these as Italians, with white uniforms and red or green facings.  The standard line infantry and grenadier chaps are on 20mm round bases, the voltigeurs are on 25mm round bases. 

A box of Saxons ready for the next stage. 

And the next stages. The bases were 'painted' with a watered-down pva glue and then dunked in a tub of sand.  I cut strips of corrugated cardboard and stuck on strips of double sided sticky tape. The bases were then pressed on to the tape. The idea here is to provide a decent grip of the plastic figures while I spray undercoat them later.      

Shields, shields, shields and backpacks.  

A box of Vikings ready for a spray session.  

And a box of Napoleonics ready for a spray session. 

So, roll on the end of the week and hopefully with a decent dry day, I'll get this lot undercoated.  

I still have the plastic Normans and dark ages warriors to assemble, but for the moment I'm going to have a rest from sticking bits of plastic together. I want to get back to some painting before I forget what the brushes are for. 

I'll do a separate post with pictures of some club games.