Posts Tagged ‘Painting’

Leather and Boots and Busts Oh My! (its not what you think….)

Posted on December 6th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by


Working on some new SBS tutorials of my own to share with you all but it has been taking longer than I had hoped, so in the meantime I am posting links to a couple of amazing tutorials that I have come across on Planet Figure – partially to share with you and partially for me to keep track of later!

The first is an article on painting leather boots and other clothing by Grant Gellatly – I cant wait to try this myself – painter friends take note this is DEFINITELY WORTH reading.  

The Second is an older but exceptional SBS from my friend Fernando Ruiz. I love the sense of texture in the hat and the wonderful control in the skin.


Till next week!

Leopard Panzertruppen: Bella Fleck and the Flecktarn

Posted on December 6th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

When the Panzertruppen supplement came out for West Germany, I quickly downloaded a copy, it seemed like a great list to get my Leopard 1s on the table and the infantry mounted in M-113 APCs have 3 Milan teams per platoon vice the 2 of the infantry in Marders. So I wanted to get another blister of infantry for my German force.  I have some Command Decision M-113s and picked up 4 more from the Vietnam period during Battlefront’s Halloween sale.

With the Panzertruppen supplement you can not only field a Leo1 and M-113 company, you can also get a Fuchs formation to boot. The lists here are a must for anyone who wants to field a ton on Leopard 1 tanks. Since I have 9 of them I can field the HQ, 2 full platoons of 3 Leos each and maybe a platoon of 2 then and then grab an M-113 troop for about 35 points.

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Gremlins and Impatience

Posted on December 5th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

My main PC heats up for no reason and switches itself off, it started doing this after two years of almost trouble free use, I took out a three year warranty so it went back, was fixed and now six months later it has started doing the same thing again….

Tutorial & Review: Different snow effects.. Figurkowy Karnawał Blogowy XXVII – Idzie zima..

Posted on November 30th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Carnival of Blog’s Minis is the initiative of polish miniatures bloggers. The idea is based
on monthly challenges on various topics about miniatures etc. This
month’s theme is Winter.

Trwa XXVII edycja Figurkowego Karnawału Blogowe…

Bonnie Bad Girl WIP 2 Skin Time Ahead, Small Update

Posted on November 29th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

Bonnie With the chair almost done, it was time to get started on Bonnie and her skin. This time I didn’t want it too be as pale as I normally paint that and I got…

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The Shadow Empire – The Yeren

Posted on November 29th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I initially had some trouble locating the main characters I wanted to use for the Shadow Empire. LoPan and the yeren were particularly bothersome. That was until I was made aware of ‘The Demons’ set from North Star Military Figures (thanks Colin!)…

Black Monday

Posted on November 28th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

I have mentioned before that one of the things I like about the War and Conquest players I have met is their attention to detail, instead of plonking dice or whatever down next to units and generals they use small vignettes as rally points, Roman coins…

Druid and 54mm AWI

Posted on November 26th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

I dropped in on Bruce Tuesday to start our Hell Hath No Fury campaign, based on the old board game Druid. The set up is simple. The Britons need to make hay while the Romans are activating.We played about half way through the 20 turns in an hour. I was…

Another quick reno job

Posted on November 25th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

Another bit of renovation, a quick one this time.. some archers that were first painted in 1976 (whew, really?). These come from the old Airfix Robin Hood set, and were painted as levy archers/foot for the original Hun army. They will do for DBA with t…

Building the British Airborne – Part 1

Posted on November 25th, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

Chapter 1 – July 2016

“I’m awfully sorry, but I’m afraid we will need to occupy your house” – Col John Frost – A Bridge too Far

“This is….Everything, 2 .30 cal machine guns, 11 Hawkins Mines, 17 grenades, two bazookas but we only got 8 rounds left, and assorted small arms.  We had a 60mm mortar, but an arty round took it out.  Might as well be spit wads if we run into some tanks.” – Saving Private Ryan

I’ve always been fascinated by the British Airborne’s campaign during Operation Market Garden.  The ambition of it, the audacity, the courageousness it took to hang on that long.  All the books I’ve read, documentaries I’ve watched, have made it a life’s goal to visit the sites in Holland and see it some day.  And I know it is a relatively competitive force in Flames of War. So I went about collecting it all. But I didn’t want to start assembling it or painting it before I was ready to do it justice.

So to paraphrase the quote above….here is everything….

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Short tip: Use your own distilled water

Posted on November 25th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

If you live in a region like me where tap water can be pretty chalky you can have some problems with thinning your paints because the chalk and other minerals in your water can leave residues on your miniatures. Especially if you thin colors for your a…

Roman in the Gloamin’ …….

Posted on November 25th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

I have crossed the line in the sand, No.1 son asked what I would like for my birthday and having nearly everything I want or need I decided to kickstart the new army, so I promptly gave him the website and a list of figures for my first unit.When I fir…

Austro-Hungarian HMGs

Posted on November 22nd, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Painting output is pretty paltry at the moment, but I have finally managed a little more.. ten HMG bases for the 20mm WW1 Austro-Hungarian army.The figures and guns come from the Irregular Miniatures range. The AH army has never been complete. These M]…

Bolt Action – Late War German Panzer Lehr Tabletop Quality Painting Guide

Posted on November 21st, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Welcome to another tutorial from the team at the Bolt Action Alliance, this time I, Patchimus, will cover how to paint a Panzer Lehr squad to a good tabletop quality. I have been heavily influenced by ‘The Painting War – WW2’ so if you want a more definitive and diverse guide  do yourself a favour a pick this book up. This guide will concentrate on the uniform and equipment only to keep it a reasonable size, that being said I have skipped over the flesh part however you can locate another guide from Master Bryan here that can assist you. All the paints I have used are Vallejo (Running joke among the crew is that I pronounce it Valley-Joe, which is apparently very wrong but I cant help it!) unless otherwise stated.
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The Shadow Empire – Liu Sheng, the Jade Prince

Posted on November 21st, 2016 under , , . Posted by

The first of LoPan’s retinue is finished. Liu Sheng, the Jade Prince. Buried with his wife Dou Wan one hundred years after the first Emperor was interred in his tomb, he was awoken by LoPan to find tomb robbers had stolen Dou Wan’s body. They woul…

Bringing out the Big(ger) Guns

Posted on November 20th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Me again! I know, you just get yourself settled, and then I come crashing in and waving things I’ve painted around the place, like a small child desperate for approval.This time, the thing I’m waving round and asking you to look at is for Bolt Action -…

Team Yankee West Germans Tips & Tricks #6: PAH (TGBX12)

Posted on November 18th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

The Bo-105P PAH (TGBX12) HOT missile launching whirlybird of tank death! This is a nasty little mobile anti-tank launching missile platform…and is next in our Tips and Tricks series covering the forces in Battlefront’s Team Yankee West German Forces. 

The PAH is the West Germans anti-tank helicopter. You can get 2 flights of up to 4 birds in a flight for 16 points.  Now this is interesting because the US Cobra Platoon is 4 Cobras for 14 points and you can get 4 Hinds for 10 points…say what?  The PAH has Hunter Killer like the Cobra but doesn’t have Thermal or any other weapons besides the “shoot while halted” missile and the Cobra has a gun AND rockets in addition to the TOWs.  What you do get though is a missile with Anti-Tank of 23 (2 more than the Cobra’s TOW and equal to the Hind’s Spiral) and the same range as the Cobra’s TOW and double that of the Hinds Spiral. The big difference is the PAH has a Skill and Morale of 3+ vs the Cobra’s 4+. The big deal here is being able to make the Blitz move at better odds…does that equal a 2 point difference between the Cobra and PAH for the better Anti-tank, Skill and Morale increase for only 1 weapons vs the Cobras 3?  Maybe?  All I know is that they look REALLY cool and this article is about building and painting these awesome models anyways…and that they are the only helos the Germans get well they are what you get.

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Finished Cult Mechanicus Force

Posted on November 17th, 2016 under , , , . Posted by

Finally finished these guys! YAY! Three fully magnetized Kataphron, three converted “walking” Kataphron, 5 Electropriests and a Techpriest Dominus! (Also, all of this is FOR SALE!)These guys were fun to paint, and got my November commitment for 1HourAN…

One "Wicked" Khador Gun Carriage

Posted on November 15th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

New England’s own “WickedPaintah” Dan Clark completed a conversion so cool that I had to share it forward! (You know how much I love conversions!)

He felt that the horse-drawn tank just wasn’t as cool as…well… an ACTUAL TANK! This is a conversion that has been attempted before by modellers with a variety of results – but Dan’s is far and away my favorite (and the best executed) that I have seen to date! Here it is “Wicked” paintjob and all:

The conversion was conceptually pretty straightforward but required skill and patience to execute to this level.  Step one was to separate the sponsons from the chassis.  Dan wrote:

This was probably the single most critical step, since I needed to preserve all three pieces in good condition.  I ordered a .01″ thickness razor saw from Amazon which did the trick wonderfully.”

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He then filled the resulting holes and smoothed out the surfaces with some milliput and elbow grease making the profiles seamless once more!  The sponsons were glued to the Leman Russ treads and any gaps were cleaned up with more Milliput before mounting the whole assembly back onto the chassis.

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Finishing touches include toothpaste tube caps as smoke stacks and trench basing details including several crushed Cygnarians! Overall a cool and evocative conversion finished brilliantly by one WickedPaintah!

Take that you dirty swan lovin’ gits!!

Cya next week!  

Team Yankee West Germans Tips & Tricks #7: Tornado (TGBX13)

Posted on November 14th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Dorothy…you ain’t in Kansas anymore. This Tornado will send you to a much different place than Oz if you’re on the business end of this bad boy.  Suffice it to say that a flight of 4 planes for 8 points makes these birds very cost efficient.  The are the Nebelwerfers of the sky! I am working on a comparison of all the aircraft that will lay this out.  But this article is on the models, so let’s get to it!

Battlefront brings the Tornado Flight (TGBX13) to support Battlefront’s Team Yankee West German Forces. This model kit is all resin (the first one I can think of truth be told) and very reminiscent of their older aircraft kits.

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The Shadow Empire – Painting Terracotta Warriors

Posted on November 14th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Now that my  horde of terracotta warriors are complete, I though it time to put up a tutorial for how I painted them for anyone else out there who fancies painting animated clay men, or simply want to paint clay statues/urns etc. All the paints us…

Brush Wars – Testing Paintbrushes for Painting Miniatures

Posted on November 13th, 2016 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Brush Wars I’ve been planning to do this Brush Wars test of, what I think is the best paintbrushes for painting miniatures for quite some time but I never got around to get the…

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GW Shades

Posted on November 13th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

I have always approached GW’s paint range with a bit of a sceptical mindset. The company has had a poor track record of delivering on their marketing hype and their paints, in the past, have been pretty much standard paint but at a higher price. And in those horrible pots. I recently stumbled over a […]

Painted Grizzly for Heavy Gear

Posted on November 8th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Last month Heavy Gear enthusiast and general nice guy Brandon Keith Fero organized a Heavy Gear painting competition over at the Terra Nova DMZ FB group. At first I felt too busy with Imperial Assault and Infinity to join up, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to do it! For me the main reason was the motivation to actually get a mecha painted (I’ve found proper, hard dead lines

Warfare R07 Russian musketeer Firing line in kartuz

Posted on November 8th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

The firing line pack is a joy to paint. Good detail on the faces and enough variety in the poses to make the combination animated in the unit. I chose to revert to shade of red I used to good effect many years ago when I painted Mackay’s Regiment of Sc…