Wednesday, 5 April 2017

from lead mountain to plastic hillock

It has long been a standing joke that all gamers have a lead mountain; a stash of unpainted metal figures that may or may not get painted. 

I've been trying to reduce my own lead mountain, both painted and unpainted, but in the past few months a growing plastic hillock has been appearing.

At first I suppose there was Malifaux a couple of years ago, where I have both metal and plastic figures, but the big push really began last August with a game of Lion Rampant.  This saw the purchase of these Wars of Roses chappies.


Then towards the end of last year there was Bolt Action. 



And finally, (Cyril), in the last few weeks there was Pikeman's Lament which led to this.




I have to laugh. My Wars or Roses are not yet fully painted and I've added more to the growing pile of plastic. And not pictured are boxes of Perry AWI infantry, British Light Dragoons and Warlord artillery that were (are) intended for an old-school imagi-nations game.  And I'm tempted by the Warlord WSS figures, and the Carronade show is approaching. 

So much for having a clear-out.  Still it's fun.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

first airbrush attempt at camouflage

Here is my first attempt to do the German late war camouflage with the airbrush for my Bolt Action tanks. I've just tackled the Panzer 4 for the moment.

The tanks were sprayed with Army Painter Desert Yellow then dry brushed with a bone colour. This provided a good base for starting the green camouflage. At this point I'm still intending to add the brown, though I do like the green on the yellow on it's own. At a later date, I'll be applying a wash to the tank to accent the detail and help blend the colours.



And some pictures with the skirts put on dry. I'll finish the painting before I glue these in place. 




And the rest of the vehicles. I'm still debating if I'll do long stripes like the panzer 4, or do broader stripes, shorter stripes or patches.



Saturday, 11 March 2017

Pikeman's Lament

We had our first game of Pikeman's Lament on Thursday.  Great game.


My friend forgot to bring his figures or rules (he said something about getting ready for Twickenham on Saturday!). But we made do with my Wars of Roses stuff.

The armies were taken from the list put on the website by Michael Leck, one of the authors. We used 30 years war Swedes and Imperialists. The game was a blast though we were learning as we went along.  The big power units were the Swedish gallopers, who if they win a melee, get to follow up and fight again. One unit effectively wiped out two of my foot units. 

I used a unit of trotters, who can roll for a caracole move, of moving half and then firing. Pike units can form a close order that gives them a melee bonus, but neither of us used this.

Another nice touch was the character traits of the commander. My friend rolled on the table and got a 'brutal' commander. His special trait was that if a unit failed a moral check, he could kill one of his men 'to encourage the others' and recover moral.  It was really funny during our game because it saved his units several times.

Overall, another great game, and one we're looking to trying again with Great Northern War figures.

The inspiration of the game also saw my WoR figures getting moved on to paint trays. I'm going to try splash some more paint on them before the next game.    




Sunday, 5 March 2017

Some British for Bolt Action

Some of the British got finished. These are my test figures to try our colour combinations before I move on to the rest of the British force. 

First the crew for the vehicles.  There was one for the Stuart and I did 4 for the Sherman and Firefly just to see how they turned out.  I wanted to do two figures in grey berets for the Scots Greys. I don't know if the grey berets were used in WW2 or if it's more recent, but I reckoned it was a nice touch.




And the chap in the Stuart.

The first option for the Firefly. The grey beret isn't too obvious because of the goggles.

The second option.  I might not actually glue the figures in place, but attach them with blu-tak as the mood takes me. 


And the metal infantry with the bases finished.  The transfers on the sleeves were a bit of a nuisance to put on, and I'm not sure if they add much.  I'll debate what to do about transfers on the other infantry.



Sunday, 26 February 2017

Dystopian Wars - some French

Here are some French ships for Dystopian Wars. These are likely to be next on my clear-out list.  First a group picture with the big stuff not on stands and submarines and tiny flyers at the front.

Then a picture of the airship and the skimming dreadnought on their stands. 

A closer look at the submarines. There are two on the surface and 3 submerged. 

A look at the air skyship.  This comes with a group of 6 tiny flyers. 

The flyers at the left are for the skyship, the group of nine on the right go with the dreadnought.

And the skimming dreadnought itself.



More later. 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

British Napoleonics finished - yea !

I got the British artillery finished. Here are some pictures.







It's been a long road to get the whole army done, but that's it finished.  I've done 11 infantry battalions of 28 figures, 6 cavalry regiments of 12, a batch of generals and now, the two artillery batteries. There is a sense of achievement in getting this far. We just have to see them on the table.

More later.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Napoleonic and Bolt Action British done

I got some British finished. The Napoleonic chaps took a bit of time because of other tasks but it's good to see them done. 

First the Bolt Action vehicles. I redid the bren carrier with army green and it came out OK.



Then a later picture after the bren carrier and Sherman have been given a wash of soft tone. Now they're looking a bit more like what I want. I just have to finish the tracks and do some light weathering. 

The Napoleonic figures are done. Here's a picture of me part way through the basing. The undercoat of khaki has been done and a first drybrush of sand applied to half the bases.

The final top drybrush of cream has been applied and then later the flock.   

And finally the flags.  It's good to reach this point as that's now 11 battalions of infantry I've done. 



Now I'll take at look at the pile of stuff that's waiting in the wings - Napoleonic British artillery, Bolt Action infantry, Lion Rampant stuff, Dystopian Wars stuff and all the horse and musket figures. Just like every other gamer I reckon.  

Sunday, 22 January 2017

progress on BA British

Here's a little update on the Bolt Action British.

A couple of views of the armour.  The starting point for these was when I borrowed a spray can of Army Painter's Army Green from a friend at our club.  It was brilliantly quick and provided a great staring point. I'll definitely use these sprays in the future.

There then followed some highlights and dry brushing, then some washes. On the pictures, the Firefly at the top left was washed with soft tone, the other Sherman remains without a wash at this stage. The bren carrier was given a black wash and turned out a bit too dark. The Stuart had a mix of tones. I reckon the soft tone was best and I'll use it on the other Sherman.  I'll probably add a bit of black shade to line hatches and the like, just to give a bit more depth.  


The transfers went on. The Firefly is intended as the Scots Greys of 4th Armoured Brigade, the Sherman as the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, the Stuart as the recce units of 11th Armoured Division and the bren carrier as the Black Watch in the 51st Highland Division. 


And a couple of shots of the infantry. At this stage they just have an airbrushed coat of Vallejo brown green. I then quickly splashed some green on the helmets. This would allow the figures to be used in game without looking too stark. 


And another brighter shot. The chap in the blue at the bottom is the RAF forward observer and the blue was a first try at getting a decent base for the RAF blue.


Meanwhile, painting continues on the Napoleonic British and the next batch of infantry are nearly completed. I'll try do pictures for next time. 

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Bolt Action British underway

Over the Christmas and New Year period I've been gluing bits to other bits and to my fingers. But I've made some progress and yesterday I got a whole bad undercoated white.

The first picture shows gluing in progress. The two standing figures on the left without heads are the command figures. One is standing holding a mug of tea and the other is advancing  and will have a brolly in his left hand. The brolly is a little homage to the irrepressible Digby Tatham-Warter at Arnhem. And the tea drinker is there just because we're British and it's what we do.

At this point I want to give these characters Tam o' Shanters to represent the Black Watch, but the metal heads I bought from Warlord seemed a bit over scale. I decided to cut the bonnet from the heads and then attach them to the plastic heads. It was a bit of work but I got there in the end. 


Undercoated infantry. There are now 3 sections of 10 men.


And the undercoated others. At the left are the figures for the machine gun team. At the top left are the spotter team, including a rather spiffing looking chap in the RAF uniform. I could try to paint him to represent a good friend who served in the RAF, but the metal figure is a bit slimmer.  :)   

I've also changed the Tam o' Shanters, putting them only on the tea-drinking commanding officer and his sergeant-major escort. The more junior officer with the brolly has a camouflaged helmet.

At the right of the picture are the figures for the vehicles.


And a closer look at the command figures. I think all these deserve names and any suggestions are welcome. At the moment, the CO is Colonel Sir Archibald Bogle of Auchtershoogle and his escort Tavish McTavish. 
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And the vehicles so far. I left the front off the bren carrier because after several dry runs, I found I couldn't fit the driver into the vehicle at a later stage if this was glued in place. And I wanted to paint the figures separately from the vehicles.


More later. I'm hoping to do a spray session on the infantry this afternoon.