I have been toying with the idea of producing a range of items that seem to be missing from inventories for some time, these are items I want on my table top! And hope others do too!
These are the first off, breastwork defences for 10/12mm scale miniatures, suitable for so many periods through history right upto WW2. There are 5 items in the range so far, two corners, one turning forwards and one back, then there is one plain straight infantry defence and two different artillery defences, one single cannon and the second can accommodate two artillery pieces.
Cast in high quality resin that captures a high level of detail.
I will get some pieces painted up at the earliest opportunity.
Currently looking at some form of website presence, so if anyone out there in blogger land has any suggestions, I'm open to ideas!
And if anyone is interested in buying some of these fine defence works please drop me a line,
UK based and happy to ship worldwide at buyers expense of course, all sales will be via Paypal.
I decided to add some colour to my palette, blues and browns were starting to bore. So I got stuck into my first Regt of British infantry. 37th Foot, Pendraken figures and a real joy to paint. I'm working on a 1:10 ratio so the units look like units! and it will allow for smaller regt's that would not otherwise get a look in.
And then I was persuaded to enter the Pendraken painting competition, so these are the two images I have submitted, today is the last day of entry, we wait and see now!
My first time entering anything like this, I don't expect to rank at all as the painting talent is high.
So we have a Taliban technical, or if your from the north west of England it could be a 'scallyvan', either way its in need of a little 'T'cut treatment on the body work!
I laid down some of the AK interactive chipping solution, then airbrushed white, and quickly masked the bonnet and door and hit it with the respective colours, when this had dried sufficiently I went at it with a wet brush and worked it until the top coat lifted revealing the rusty shade of brown beneath. Details followed and then a wash of light rust, finished off with a light dusty wash to bed it all in!
I mentioned in my last post about not getting as many Sci-fi figures painted, well one of the reasons was the receipt of my order from Empress miniatures! And true to form I couldnt resist and spent several days assembling them, I hate seperate head systems, especially when the' neck plug' is too large for the seat or socket PITA when its white metal.
But that little gripe aside they are beautiful miniatures,
The Humvees will require some extra detail to give a better impression of having the HaRD kit fitted as it looks a little weird with an O-GPK turret with a SAG shield on an unarmoured Humvee, but nothing a little plasticard wont solve.
Once assembled they were undercoated, settled on black, maybe should have gone with white in retrospect.
The terrible photo above shows my US marine/infantry platoon, there are a few extras like sniper and heavy weapons specialists so that I can change out mission/scenario specific.
And here is the first four figures with the basic colours and the ACU camo, commonly referred to as digital camo. I have researched this a bit this week and it appears to be universally unpopular due to its one camo fits all but is suitable for actually no environment ever!! It would appear the US military are coveting the British scheme, how the worm turns (the Brits loved the US ww2 uniform).
Once a wash has been applied it should tone down the greyness, and then I can complete the rest of the figures.
The Freedom fighters/ insurgents delete as appropriate! have some heavy weapons in the form of a ZU 23-2 (the ZU 23-4 being mounted on armour and formed the shilka, devastating weapon) one of which mountedThe models have been sprayed with a brown shade, now I am going to use some chipping solution and different colours for some panels on the pick up to simulate rust and replaced parts, should look the business when finished!
Its been a little while since my last update, but there has been progress, not as much painting as first desired, but there are other things afoot!
Anyway here is where I'm at with the 15mm sci-fi. The NAC were basecoated with a brown, in this instance Vallejo English uniform!
And also hit the NSL with some undercoat, these are much bigger sculpts, and personally I prefer them.
Fired up the airbrush and hit the vehicles I will attach to the NAC, this is a colour from the Ammo range, British green 1944, should look good with a wash and weather to matte is down a little.
And here you can see the whole lot and some Napoleonics, did I say I was busy!!
And here are the first 4, 6 man squads, two blue squads, two yellow, the reason for this is easy ID on the tabletop, they will each be numbered, and I can mix and match the weapons systems for smaller games. And quite honestly with weapons systems becoming more advanced it is starting to negate camouflage even today. think blue force tracker etc.
Well true to the plan I have started on my 15mm Sci Fi.
All GZG and NSL
I started the NAC about a year ago but the scheme didn't sit well and I lost motivation as I struggled to work out a colour palette, the hardest aspect with regards sci fi I find. With that in mind I looked at producing an earthy tone and went with British uniform brown, I will pick out the armour plates with a grey tone.
The NSL are primed and ready for the first coat, I think these will wear a blue grey tone.
And the vehicles for the NAC are underway, I sprayed these with my airbrush using some of the new paint from Ammo, designed and developed for scale models by Mig Jiminez, and very nice they are too, they have a satin sheen which will help with washes and weathering afterwards. (they look glossy due to the flash)
So that's a good start for now! faster done faster on the table and, having fun, causing arguments, causing frustrations, delete as appropriate :-)
The first post of a new year, and a fresh look at my lead mountain.
I thought rather than just hit stuff randomly as I have been doing a plan needs to be drawn up. Last year saw me focus on my Napoleonics predominantly, SYW and WW2 interspersed with a lot of not doing very much. Its not all bad, I finished my US forces for Chain of Command, I may just add a few extra vehicles and specialists when I have tracked them down.
Well this year that needs to change, the mountain gets taller,
The plan, in no particular order.
Finish 10mm SYW
15mm Sci Fi
Continue 6mm Napoleonics
WW2 28mm German
These I have had a yearning to do for quite some time, AWI is in deep research as we speak.
Modern middle east
American war of Independance
so that should be enough for now, the Napoleonic's should take plenty of time on its own!
This 1/35th kit has been languishing in my collection for about 14 years, it was virtually finished but I lacked the interest to finish it. Then the modelling forum I am active on decided to hold a shelf queen group build. Having as little time and trying to clear some space in my hobby room this was a fitting candidate, so a few hours was spent repairing the damage and finishing off the last few additions. This is the Academy M12 GMC 155mm, its been detailed with Eduard etch and value gear stowage, with some extra bits from the spares box.
Paint was Lifecolor, best stuff for authentic colours (well I think so) and weathered with AK Interactive weathering washes and effects, and Mig pigments.
Completede as a vehicle stationed somewhere near Aachen, Germany 1944.
Not quite sure where I'm going with this blog, very few views and even less comments. Am I doing something wrong, how can it be made more inspiring???? should I continue? or wrap it up and spend more time painting!?
This is now the paradox, is it going to get seen and maybe get commented on....... now where's the laughing emoticon !!!!
With that said there are some excellent blogs that are very inspirational!
My library received a boost this week, four new books on the Napoleonics!
So another infantry regiment, this time the 3rd Swiss, mercenaries the lot of em! They had the privilege of fighting both on the Peninsular and also into Russia, so this fits into my overall collection nicely as I'm hoping to cover Leipzig too. This should at this scale just require changing the elite companies due to the distinctive headgear amendments.
So I have been lax on painting of late, kinda lost my direction, maybe too much on the burner..
But I had a kick up the arse when a fellow club member inquired as to how my SYW was progressing and maybe we can get some games in before Christmas.....
...... GULP.............. I have a lot of Austrians to do............. and also some Hungarians and a few more Prussians, eBay is a vile enabler as I managed to pick up some reinforcements cheap.
This is what the bench looks like from left to right 8 Austrian regts and then 7 regts of Hungarians infantry plus one cavalry. I couldn't face placing the Austrian cavalry and artillery in the schedule just yet.
My eyes were not upto painting 6mm yesterday so I thought i would satisfy one of those jobs that have been nagging me quietly for some time now and that was to get some scenery produced, so here are my efforts so far...
The buildings are 10mm scale, whilst the woodland will cover both 10mm and 6mm
more later, grass, bushes and other stuff to add yet!
So I have been busy, which is why nothing has been posted for a lil while.
First off, 28mm US infantry, this is about 50% of the way through. These are a mix of Warlord games plastic and metal, I think there may be a small acquisition of some Artizan figures in greatcoat to add some variety.
I have also finally gotten around to mounting my 6mm napoleonics ready for some paint, en mass they look impressive and so many of them, I may be here a while!
Another bunch of Austrians completed, this is the Weid unit, the green cuffs etc really add some contrast to the usual red / white combo.
And finally a curved ball, still in the midst of painting these but you get the gist. Flintloque! I had a large collection of these and then sold them, but recently the guys at the club were enthusing about it and it encouraged me to re invest, ebay is a wonderful tool sometimes. This is the 10 voltiguers from the original boxed set, The orcs are awaiting some attention in the wings.
It has become apparent I really need to start getting the bases textured, I have quite a pile awaiting some love.