Posts Tagged ‘Tutorial’

Team Yankee: West German Tips & Tricks #1: Spahpanzer Luchs (TGBX05)

Posted on August 24th, 2016 under , , . Posted by

Guten tag comaraden!

Translation:  Hey y’all!

It’s me! SonBae! Live from WWPD-South, bringing to you another in my installment of tips and tricks from models from Battlefront’s Team Yankee game.  This time we are going to look at models from the newest faction to enter the Team Yankee fray, the West Germans.

First up is the Luchs (TGBX05).  No, not the PzII variant from World War II, although it does bear a closer resemblance to an 8-Rad or Puma.  This Luchs is a sleek little all-terrain Armored Car.  In Leopard, you can find these bad boys in all of the West German lists.  You can get up to 2 Trupps of 2 Luchs each in the Leopard II Panzer Kompanie, Marder Panzergrenadier Kompanie and up to 4 Trupps of 2 Luchs eat in the Panzer Aufklarungs Kompanie.  You get some pretty cool rules with it  like Spearhead, Scout and thermal that help beef up that 20mm gun.

On to the models!
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Team Yankee: ZSU23-4 Shilka Tips and Tricks #6

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

Finally! We have come to the end of this series. I hope this has been enjoyable and informative for you.  We get to wrap this up with a discussion of one of my favorite AAA systems.  A radar controlled quad 23mm machine gun!?!?!?!? Battlefront serves up another Soviet system for their Team Yankee version of Flames of War. Now its time to talk about the ZSU 23-4 Shilka AA Platoon boxed set (TSBX05) where I give a little review and share my thoughts and tricks and tips on this model.

Bottomline up front…Yet ANOTHER great resin kit. This is a solid resin and metal kit where the turret and hull are resin and the main gun barrel and tracks are white metal.

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Headswaps 101

Posted on August 10th, 2016 under , , , , . Posted by

I realised the other day that it has been an absolute age since I last did any kind of tutorial, fortunately an opportunity has rather presented itself…

My client has two of these rather handsome totally-not-Hugo Weaving figures and we were debat…

Bamboo Bases

Posted on July 31st, 2016 under , , , , , . Posted by

As I’ve had a number of Bushido figures covering my desk over the last few weeks I thought I’d add a few minutes to each build to add some nice bases to the figures (the usual grass and rocks just didn’t … Continue reading

How Not To Play Crossfire Video

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

Following on from the “Operation Crossfire: Smoke & Close Combat” video is yet another useful introductory video by Nikolas Lloyd, covering How Not To Play Crossfire! This gives a quick introduction to what not to do tactically when playing Crossfire – the rules

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Crossfire Smoke & Close Combat Video

Posted on July 27th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Following on from the “Crossfire: Movement & Reaction” video is another good introductory video by Nikolas Lloyd, covering Smoke and Close Combat in Crossfire. This gives a great quick introduction to basic infantry movement and reactive fire in Crossfire. See also the

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Team Yankee: SU-25 FrogFoot Tips and Tricks #5

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

Howdy Hi!  Next up in the tips and tricks is the SU-25 Frogfoot Aviation Company (TSBX09) for Battlefront’s Team Yankee version of Flames of War.

Bottomline up front…this will come as a shock to some who think me a “BF Fan Boy,” but this boxed set was a little disappointing.

You get a solid resin body and white plastic-styrene nose piece and armaments.  The resin seems a little rough around the edges and requires cleaning at the all the edges. The white plastic was stunningly disappointing. I have built 6 of these by now and all are the same.

The nose cone detail seems all miscast and doesn’t fit well.
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The Weight of Plastics; Adding Heft to Plastic Models.

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

My first experience with plastics in my Flames of War hobby was a few years ago when I cracked open a copy of the Open Fire! starter box. The Shermans left me disappointed which prompted me to straw away from plastics…that was until I recently bought Grimball’s Beasts. WOW! Battlefront has really stepped up their game. Every piece was easy to assemble and to be quite frank I really enjoyed it.

That being said there was still ONE issue. The weight. The minis just felt fragile and cheap. I love the “heft” that some minis have. This may be personal preference but can be a very effective defense against those stray dice that come rolling across the gaming table.

Today I am going to show you how I weigh down my plastic tanks. Along with a comparison of weights between different Sherman models.

To start off I have an M4A1 I acquired way back when V1 was alive and well.

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Samson Goes to the Movies, Part 9!

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

This time around Adam and I took a look at some quick and effective scenery painting. Enjoy and as always, check out the Tabletop Minions page, which has broken the 2500 followers mark! Congratulations to Adam, he’s certainly put his time in.

Bushido Tokens

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

Most games these days rely on tokens to keep track of figure states and Bushido is not exception. Now you can of course just download, print and cut out the tokens from the Bushido website (couldn’t find them when I … Continue reading

Crossfire Movement & Reaction Video

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

Following on from the “Operation Crossfire: Introducing Crossfire – World War Two Wargaming” video is another good introductory video by Nikolas Lloyd, covering Movement and Reaction in Crossfire. This gives a great quick introduction to basic infantry movement and reactive fire in

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Summer tip: How to repaint … a bike:) // Pomysł na lato: Przemaluj swój rower!

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


Today, something a little bit different than usual. A little painting at the macro scale :) Some time ago due to the start of the bike season I had a chance to refresh a bike, which fell into my hands. It turned out that practical skills of miniature painting are also useful in everyday life. The theory is the same as in the smaller scales, still you need a lot of patience and several cans of paint!
Dzisiaj coś zupełnie innego. Trochę modelarstwa w skali makro:) Jakiś czas temu z uwagi na początek sezonu rowerowego miałem okazję odświeżyć pewien jednoślad, który na pewien czas wpadł w moje ręce. Jak to w życiu bywa w tego typu sytuacjach przydają się zdobywane cięzką pracą praktyczne umiejętności malowania. Teoria jest taka sama jak w przypadku malowania w skali 28 mm, wciąż potrzeba sporo cierpliwości i odpowiednich farb! 


The bike even though it was not overly old, was worn out and what more its last owner kept it on the balcony in the winter season. As I am not a specialist I had to properly document everything on the camera before I dismantle it into pieces.

Rower mimo, że nie był przesadnie stary to jednak był mocno wyeksploatowany a dodatkowo ostatni właściciel przechowywał go na balkonie w sezonie zimowym. Jako że nie jestem specjalistą od rowerów musiałem udokumentować sprzęt przed jego rozłożeniem.

While taking pictures I was successively removing accessories from the frame.

Robiąc zdjęcia usuwałem kolejne części osprzętu

I cleaned all metal elements and derailleurs from rust and secured them with several different substances used for car engines’ restoration.

Metalowe elementy oraz przerzutki wyczyściłem z rdzy i zabezpieczyłem za pomocą kilku różnych preparatów używanych do silników samochodowych.

In the meantime, I washed the frame and using sandpaper I started to tarnish the old blue varnish. Unfortunately, there was no way to dip the bike in DOT3:)
W międzyczasie umyłem ramę i przystąpiłem do matowienia starego lakieru. Niestety kąpiel w DOT3  nie wchodziła w grę. Nie to żebym nie miał odpowiedniej ilości tego środka ale ciężko znaleźć odpowiednio duży pojemnik na  ramę żeby ją namoczyć;)

Before painting I re-cleaned the bike and secured those parts that I did not want to repaint. I constructed a small scaffolding and I was ready to paint.
Po zmatowieniu lakieru ponownie oczyściłem rower i zabezpieczyłem te elementy których nie chciałem przemalować. Prowizoryczna szubienica i można przystąpić do malowania.

Two thin coats of primer and 3 of thin layers of semi-matt black varnish later…

Dwie cienkie warstwy podkładu i 3 cienkie warstwy czarnego półmatowego lakieru później…

Another ‘meantime ‘ was used to paint small parts in white and sky blue to break the dark colour of the frame.
Kolejny ‘międzyczas’ wykorzystałem na pomalowanie drobnych akcesoriów żeby trochę przełamać czerń. 

Of course the worst part was to put everything together. I had to replace several components like chain and cables for derailleurs. Do not forget that you will have to calibrate derailleurs after the assembling, which in my case brought a lot of frustration but I managed to do that :)
Najgorsze okazało się oczywiście złożenie wszystkiego do kupy. Musiałem wymienić kilka elementów np. łańcuch i linki do przerzutek ale udało się. Nie zapomnijcie że wiąże się to również z kalibracją przerzutek, która mi przyniosła sporo frustracji ale udało się:)

The last part was to mount the logo of the manufacturer which I had detached before painting.

Na koniec pozostało przyklejenie znaczka producenta który wcześniej przed malowaniem przezornie usunąłem:)

I encourage everyone to experiment with larger scalesJ. The end result looks like this J It turns out that model making has a practical application. Until next time. Regards
Zachęcam wszystkich do eksperymentowania ze skalą makro. Okazuje się że modelarstwo tez ma praktyczne zastosowanie. Do następnego razu. Pozdrawiam
Efekt końcowy wygląda następująco:

Dark Angels – Jetfighter – Moar TO DONE!

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

Usually I add the ‘obligatory phone pics’ on the end of my TO DONE! post. I take them as I usually need pics on my phone that I don;t need to view via the cloud. However, I’d ogt a tonne of pics from camera and these just turned out so cool I thought t…

Dark Angels – Jetfighter – TO DONE!

Posted on July 7th, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

With a bit of a push I finally got this bad boy done. There are definitely things that have not gone according to plan, more on them later but overall I’m really pleased.

Much like the Ravenwing bikers before it the end result, although maybe not what I imagined has become something beyond my expectations and I can’t wait to see it alongside the bikes and the Land Speeders too.

I haven’t added the Rift Cannon glow, I appreciate the opinions, it looked like green was the winner. I may well add it in at a later date but for now it’s just not firing.

The jets worked out OK though.

But here’s where we can begin to address the elephant in the room. Having been disappointed with the brush strokes in the Anti-shine it was time to try a new approach. I got out my air brush, don#t you just hate it when you put something in the ‘hard to access place’ because you don’t plan on using it for a while!

As you can see the effect is a little mixed. The end result although not frosted is a little ‘dusty’. Now I asked on the ‘eavier metal’ facebook group if it could go in undiluted but unusually got no response. So I went in neat…

Now I started underneath as I thought I’d have less to lose. I was very careful with the varnish and I think I managed to cover up almost all the brush strokes.

As you can see close up it’s really flat, just what I was aiming for.

So I was buoyed with confidence.

Then I think I got carried away, opened up the nozzle a bit too much and ended up with this rather grainy ‘sandstone’ finish. I mean it;s not ruined, it’s just not right either. In different light it’s certainly less noticeable but it’s a learning experience so I’ll suck it up and be more careful in the future.

I was finally able to glue the pilot and canopy in place too.

The base in all it’s glory.

And the other side too.

Close up of the stasis cell.

The tail.

The stasis cell crystal roof, glowing baleful red from the prison interior. 

And in it’s Jetfighter configuration.

Blackthorn missiles.

Such a better silhouette on the Jetfighter.

Three stripes on the left side. 

Litanies on the right, all done in Dark Reaper, they have the sense not to litter their craft with text that will show up too easily.

Twin linked las-cannon configuration.

The obligatory phone pic will be in a separate post tomorrow, for reasons!

So that’s another one off the list, and a really great achievement. I actually have a new found acceptance of the real world price of this flyer. I think it may well be worth the £45, because next to my Cerastus it’s pretty big so makes a pretty cool centrepiece [although a Doom Scythe is equally impressive and is only £27.50…].

That said though I was deeply disappointed to see the boxset mine came in – the Dark Angles, Dark Vengeance Expansion is no longer available. Rumours suggested all factions would be getting ‘start collecting’ boxes so clearly this is a move towards the Dark Angel variety. Sadly I think it’s a mistake as most starter boxes are £50-£60 and this was an £85 box, or you could get Dark Vengeance for £65, split the figures and you had a decent starting force for £30ish. Either way you’re bringing in more money for the expansion or selling out of stock for the main game as rumours suggest 8th is due next September. Reboxing them now is just additional cost. Oh and the Ravenwing battleforce has gone too…

Still TO DONE!

Dark Angels – Jetfighter – Tail lights

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

I decided to do some freehand identification markings, this is 2nd company 5th wing, Alpha Squadron, craft PSI [cos who doesn’t like a Pitchshifter reference] or somesuch vague meaning. The cool thing is that new flyer book suggests all markings on rav…

Dark Angels – Jetfighter – None more black?

Posted on July 3rd, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been struggling to accept the black on the Jetfighter. It’s still not the flat matt black I hoped it to be and all the efforts with watered Army Painter black and Abaddon and resulted in a finish I wasn’t 100% happy with, not even 80%. I even trie…

Operation Crossfire Videos

Posted on July 1st, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Operation Crossfire is a fantastic set of introductory and training videos for Crossfire – put together by long-time Crossfire gamer and aficionado Nikolas Lloyd. They are highly recommended to all, even experienced Crossfire gamers – and if you have not

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Dark Angels – Jetfighter – Red or Dead!

Posted on July 1st, 2016 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

So with red red wing done I went on to do the second wing but was undecided as to where this is going to go. Firstly I thought the red was too much, hence why I didn’t paint the leading wing edge, but will that be black, or bronze? It certainly won’t b…

Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: Realm of the dead; Opening Cemetery Gates.

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

It’s Saturday, and that means it’s yet another post for Grim’s Dungeons of Doom, that being of the advanced (but still quite easy) version of the cemetery gateway, actual opening gates. I have tried to use alternatives methods and materials to give you some different ideas that you can take away and adapt for your […]

Battle Wear – Part 2

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

It seems like an eternity since I started this model (see Part 1 of the article here) but unexpected ill health has meant that I haven’t been able to do much these last few weeks. Luckily I now have to … Continue reading

Envelhecimento com Laquê – Tutorial de pintura do “Imperial Bastion”.

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

  Hello Reader!   This is the Portuguese version of the article about the “hairspray weathering” technique published here today. You can check the link for the English version.   Over and out!   +++   Olá Leitor!   O ritmo de preparativos para o “Rumble in the Jungle II – A Missão” está intenso […]

Hairspray weathering – Imperial Bastion painting tutorial.

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

  Olá Leitor.   Esta é a versão em inglês do artigo sobre a técnica de pintura conhecida como “Técnica do Laquê” (“Hairspray Weathering” em inglês). Para conferir a versão em português você pode clicar o link.   Abraço e até breve.   +++   Hello Reader.   Preparations for the “Rumble in the Jungle […]

Grim’s Dungeons of Doom: Realm of the dead; Cemetery Gateway

Posted on June 11th, 2016 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello everyone, it’s me Grim. In my absence, I at least have been amassing a fair bit of material here to continue on with both this series and the blog. I hope you’ll forgive my leave, but shit happens. So, it’s been a while since posting the last dungeons of doom article. With that in […]

Samson Goes to the Movies, Part 7!

Posted on June 4th, 2016 under , . Posted by

Woooo the sequels just keep coming! Many thanks to the master of ceremonies, the Jango to my Boba,  The Cranium, Atom Smashing. This time around we do a little jazz magic on a lavaland base. Archaon make an appearance too!

Flames of War- A Basic Basing Tutorial

Posted on June 2nd, 2016 under , . Posted by

  My tutorial will just show you a couple ways to model some nice flames of war bases. It will also give you a list of things that you can consider when figuring out how to base your army. When planning out your army you need to consider where the unit/army fought, the weather, the gear and uniforms and the season. They’re many different types of basing including some of the more basic ones, Snow, Desert, Dirt and Grass. You need to plan accordingly to what you want and what you like but still take into account the models you are using. (Nobody wants winter Germans in the desert)

    So in order to know what direction you are heading in, you first need to know what model’s you will be working with. If you have guys suited for a specific theatre of war like the DAK in North Afrika or the Finnish Ski troops in the alps then you’ve already narrowed it down some. Then you need to make decision on if you want to go ahead and theme the base to coincide with the same theme as the model. Winter bases with Finnish ski infantry and desert bases with the DAK hoofing it through the sands. This is a important decision because sometimes if you head over a buddies house or go to play in a tournament your models might not look right on that board. If you like your model’s to blend in to most boards then the standard Dirt, Tufts and Grass is the best way for you. However when you put alot of effort into a winter or desert army and finally do get to play on a board that matchs the basing it is truly rewarding. So let me run you through my basing process and the material. I’m going to use Golden’s fiber paste and just do up some empty bases.

          Whatever platoon you’re working on a brush and a putty, paste or pumice gel of your choice!
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