Monday, 29 February 2016

A new venture. Hardline Miniatures

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.

The British are coming

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.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Its technical

Makes a change from 'its complicated'

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!

Pleased with this!


Sunday, 14 February 2016

Second post in one day!

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!

busy busy busy

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.

That brings that up to date!