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  1. Some years ago, I started a project to model some vehicles from the fighting in France in 1944, but like many projects time and a change of interests overtook it, and it was abandoned. However, the nagging urge to model the period remains. This time, I’ve moved up a bit in scale, and down a bit in detail, with the intention of using some of the vehicles manufactured for war gamers. This enables me to indulge my bodging style of “detailing “, or at least, adding fiddly bits. First up, an Italeri M10: M10 Tank Destroyer by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr M10 Tank Destroyer by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr M10 Tank Destroyer by Jon Gwinnett, on Flickr These are intended as robust quick build kits, and without my bodging would easily go together in an hour or less.
  2. Hi all, My local GW in Wellington was giving away witch elves (or aelves if you like) at the start of the month for a "paint club" activity. I built mine ASAP and then put off painting her until the last week. It turns out I missed the deadline for handing in because I didn't know when it was, but I did get her finished off at 11.36pm on November the 30th. I think I was a bit embarrassed by all the skin and that put me off starting to be honest, but having got some basic colours on there I started enjoying myself and the whole thing took a pleasant week of evenings. I left the hair separate which made access a lot easier, but otherwise assembled and painted everything in one go including the base. There was some fiddly brush work required to reach the various areas occluded by the arms and legs, but it wasn't too bad. I stuck to a cold palette and made her skin very pale (Pallid Wych Flesh!) shaded with red and turqoise. Even the slightly warm colours like the reds have purple in the shadows to cool them down. The base follows on from that and I considered adding snow but thought I wanted the skin and hair to be the lightest things. Unusually for me, I painted the face really early on because I was scared of getting it wrong. It's taken a while and I think there's still too much definition on the right cheek, and the eyes are a bit wide and surprised-looking, but mostly it works. The '80s make-up was fun but I might leave that off next time as an interim version with just skin shading made her look really strung out and a bit scarier. She's painted with a relatively small selection of colours - mostly white primer with thin contrast paints over the top, Pallid Wych Flesh and white ink for highlighting and blending the skin, and lots of glazes of very thin contrast to shade it. The metals are mostly GW "fancy" metals which are a bit brighter and finer than their older colours. I admit I rushed those a bit to finish in time - painting metallics at night is hard because the artificial light makes them look better than they do in a light box. I need to get a turntable to show the highlights moving around really I have built the Underworlds warband for the Daughters of Khaine (which has a half-snake Melusai, among other things) so I'll have to see about repeating this scheme across those at some point. Cheers, Will
  3. I painted a figure for one of the players in our D&D game, this metal Highlander from Reaper Miniatures. But I like the idea of having a mounted option for the same figure available if needed. So I picked up the plastic version of the figure and converted it to fit her steed, in this case a huge stag also from Reaper. I'm no sculptor, I have mad respect for real sculptors. My humble efforts were done with green stuff putty and look ok unless they're photographed up close I'll smooth out things after a coat of primer.
  4. A modeller pal was clearing his workroom and found these guys in a tin, he remember painting them and not being happy and so they languished for 20 plus years. I was gifted them and after stripping the Humbrol off them tried again. I have the Dads Army characters as well but they were well coated in paint and varnish so are taking some time to strip. They bring back happy memories of watch the show with my Dad, on our black and white TV. I have watched the re-runs with my son and we both enjoyed them. Timeless characters, so well written and acted . I hope to paint the rest in the next few weeks. The new Warlord figures as painted by @Jim Wasley are much nicer castings and he has done a grand job on them.
  5. My painting style and love of acrylics are both entirely down to years of painting Games Workshop figures for various armies in just about every game they've produced. I've tried to do a couple of stand alone figures before but I always get bogged down trying to make them look like the ones in White Dwarf or on GW's own website. This time I have a time limit and you're all watching, so I have to make a decent stab at finishing it - there's three in the box but they're quite big so I'm only attempting one for this GB. Speaking of which, this is the box. Not much of a clue there as to what they are - Tyranids are a race of aliens, who basically harvest every life form they come across to recycle their genetic material to make new Tyranids - something like a cross between the creature from Alien and a swarm of locusts. Nice In game terms these boys are heavy infantry. In model terms they're still the old multi-part plastic kits having not been replaced by the newer resin models with far fewer parts. This is the sprue: Given unlimited time and a lot more talent, this is what I'd be looking to turn out. It's still a target, let's see how close I can get. Andy Xenomorph for hire
  6. Another Battalion finished, this one is the Lieb regiment. Again mild conversions from Perry plastic Austrians A couple of Light Infantrymen have photo-bombed the parade. Thanks for looking
  7. I have started collecting figures to represent the attacks on the famous farm house, I intend to collect and paint some French Line Infantry, French Cuirassiers, KGL light and standard line troops, and not foregetting Sharps very own 95th, I will also collect one of the rather good farm builds sets and add anything to create a dio of the event. So I started with the French Line Infantry - I have been picking thease up in the single sprues so far and have primed a few ready for paint, they are quite fiddly but very pleasing once a bit of paint is on and some washes/high lighting. Here is my first minus painting his musket/feet and final touch up. Erk.
  8. To support the chaps I already posted I did some heavy weapons. The real BEF would probably have thought such an amount of support would have been luxury. Matilda I and Vickers MMG 3 inch mortar I am hoping to have a game with another local gamer in the garden next weekend. We can social distance with care so it should be ok if the weather improves. Thanks for looking.
  9. This weeks batch of lockdown painting. First up are two brigade commanders, one Westphalian, the other from Berg, Perry miniatures metals with converted plastic foot chaps 20200517_160010[1] I'm hoping to start playing Chain of Command after the lockdown so I added a few extra figures to the small 1940 British forces I had. 20200517_160154[1] Warlord Miniatures this time. I think they are lovely castings and were a pleasure to paint. 20200517_160209[1] 20200517_160241[1] I also have a Vicker Machine gun team to finish and have a Vickers Mk VI on the way. Thanks for looking
  10. I'm catching up after a spurt of modelling this week after a lot of lockdown DIY. These are some miniatures by The Assault Group I picked up at the Hammerhead show. Really nice figures to work with and I even painted the eyes in as the detail was so well moulded. 20200502_112558[1] Thanks for looking
  11. More lockdown wargames figures, this time some cavalry. They are Perry Miniatures French Guard Lancers converted to Lancers of Berg. This involved removing unwanted epaulettes and cords. The elite squadron also had head swaps to give them hussar style fur caps. 20200425_172724 As always thanks for looking
  12. More lockdown painting. 20200420_194703[1] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/15218468 Slightly converted from Perry 28mm Austrians 20200420_194734[1] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/152184681@N02
  13. For some reason I cant get Flickr to load to the Forumso I'm trying something else h That seems to have worked.
  14. With the enforced social distancing, I've had some time to work on my newest project, the 26th Division of the Grande Armee. These chaps are the 1st Battalion of the 8th Westphalians. Basically they are half a box of the latest Perry plastics. Thanks for looking not sure why the photos aren't posting I'll try again later
  15. My second major unit of my new force, the 2nd Battalion , 1st Kleve-Berg infantry. For a change I used the newish Citadel Contrast paints for the main uniforms. Tye chaps on the left were painted in the said paint over a white undercoat, the chaps on the left use my usual technique of Vallejo white over a black undercoat. The faces and hands a of the left hand base are also contrast paint. Not convinced but I'm going to stick with the Contrast paint and have bought dark Blue and Dark Green for further units. Thanks for looking.
  16. My latest project is to build an army of 1812 to fight my mates Russians. I didn't fancy doing French again and whilst my 1815 army, especially the heavy cavalry, is fine I wanted something more colourful and unusual so I settled on the 26th Division of the 9th Corps. It has lots of German allies and not even the odd Frenchman here are the first draft. basically a box of the new Perry french 1807 -1812 figures with a few metal command ansome metal artillery. By adding a few metal command figures I get two line battalions and a skirmishing unit from a single box. !st Battalion, !st Berg Line. Berg Artillery
  17. I have finished (for the time being at least) my Confederate Wargame army with these two final regiments. Basically it is the remaining two thirds of a box of plastic figures with a few extra metals to add a little uniqueness out the units. There are enough arms in the box to do them all as marching or charging. I used both poses again to make them a bit different The only problem is that my army fitted into a single 'Really Useful Box' These two mean I need another box and then these guys will be sliding around. I fear that more figures will follow.....
  18. A pre Christmas shopping expedition with SWMBO to Sheffield allowed me 10 minutes in the local wargames shop, nothing grabbed my attention but an upcoming New Year game of ACW meant I ended up with a box of Perry Rebs. With a bit of padding with a couple of metals will give me 3 regiments, the first is now finished along with the Brigade command base. I'm planning a new Napoleonic force for a potential demonstration game at various local wargames show, Just need to get paid after Christmas.
  19. Getting into uncharted territory now, I have exactly zero wargames figures to paint. I've never been in this position in 40 years of gaming and even worse I have no plans for any new armies or even units! first up is a Confederate gun crew running up the gun. lastly, a unit of Papal swordsman to round off my Condottieri project. Both armies have seen action in the last two months, so I'm not been short of tabletop action. Tomorrow is the re-fight of the Battle of the River Plate, using the venerable but brilliant Fletcher Pratt rules, as it is almost 80 years ago to the day. I'm HMNZS Achilles.
  20. The real world has been interrupting my modelling recently, my wife had a successful operation to remove a lump, the garden is under some sort of control for the time being and work has taken a turn for the better, though that means time away from home. So very little has been completed, these two bits being the sum total of my completions. The cardinal is either blessing the the blooming big gun or telling them they are doing it wrong. You guess is as good as mine. I really like the figure holding his back, he looks like he has put a shift in.
  21. Buoyed up by their first outing on the table a couple of weeks ago, I've been finishing a few more figures. I have just 16 more to paint and the FBG. Basically there is a unit of light horse,sometimes called Stadiots or scurriers, mainly used for scouting and raiding but couple act a skirmishers on the battlefield. There is also a General counting the cost of another brilliant plan and some wounded used as markers in the game. Thanks for looking
  22. We have just taken delivery of a large range of Rubicon Models 28mm (1/56) military vehicle kits. Perfect for wargamming, each kit allows for mulitple variants to be constructed. Click here to see the full range https://www.wonderlandmodels.com/brands/rubicon/
  23. More Italian war figures, This is a Landsknecht pike block, with a mix of Perry and Warlord plastic figures and some head and arm swaps. There are a couple of Warlord metals in there as well. A Perry light gun. I have one of there huge Bombards to do at some point The pike block with some halbardiers who were used to break up opposing pike blocks.
  24. Hi Guys, After coming away from Partizan with a few boxes of British Napoleonic infantry and cavalry, I thought I'd have a go at painting some infantry. Now, I'm quite used to painting 6mm, 15mm for wargaming and 1/72 for my aircraft/ boats but I can't remember doing anything with 28mm, so this will push my boundaries some what. These figures are not going to reach a wargaming table but are for display only. I was going to display the whole box set but I'm leaning towards showing them in groups so as to cover as many different aspects as possible, so I have decided to single out the rifle figures. I plan on keeping the heads separate to make painting easier, as with the backpacks but I might modify them slightly so as to make them look different. These four chaps are not going to cut it on their own, so... ...got them some buddies, these are Perry Miniatures. And... you've got to have some boss men, Perry's command set. Now, I don't know where I'm truly going with this but the idea is to paint half as the 60th Rifles from the Peninsula War and the other half as the 95th from Waterloo. I like... the look of this flashy sod, so I might just start with him. So, their you have it. If their is anything I should know, just shout, preferably before I've done. Comments and critique always welcome. Oh, these will NOT be fast, these will be fill in jobs, so don't expect fast and furious stuff. Stuart
  25. My latest wargames project is to build an Italian Wars of the renaissance, around the last a decade of the 15th Century and into the first decade of the 16th. The figures are mainly Perry Plastic with a few metals I already had. The pike block is Florentine The crossbowmen are Papal. I reckon three boxes of plastics will give me 6 units and a couple of command bases which is enough to start playing using Pike and Shotte.
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