This evening will be starting another 30 days 30 miniatures painting challenge.The theme this time is anything goes; foot, cavalry, vehicles and other creepers and crawlers.The rules of the challenge are simple:To paint 30 figures of all shapes and sizes in 30 daysThe figures can be partly painted as the main point is to complete figures that have been forgottenBasing is not necessary to count as completedAny scale is goodToo have funThe end date is set by your start date - 19th October will be the end date hereTo post updates as often as possibleLastly to show a round up post with a group picture of everything.Below is a picture of the painting table as it currently standsand anything currently on the table is fair game for this challengeTake up your brushes, pick a theme and finish off some long stalled project. Cheers for now.
Ray has been nagging me about my blogging output this year and I was bitching about him not sending my goddaughters Christmas present from last year, so slackbladder says that he would be at the other Partizan and did I want anything, I initially ( after initial paralysis) said a couple of MDF bases and some basing material if he was feeling flush ( if you knew the old Ray this was funny).Then a couple of days ago this arrived, a little battered and bruised.........The top box contained the unpainted 28mm Trelawney's Dumbarton's Regiment of Foot 1685 and after noticing the little hole I'm hoping the whole amount he sent too!Speechless........The air was quite dusty that day and some random air blown grit caused some moisture to accumulate in my ocular region, now a lot of you fellow bloggers and people who have met Ray have said what a bollox he is but finally he is a good sweet caring bollox!Cheers Ray!Now back to blogging (feeling a lot better) I continue with my 15mm modern and sci-fi work when
The farm is 95% done - I still need to paint the wagon and add some additional "farm-yard" details but the piece is pretty much ready for the table top. I'm actually very pleased how it came out.Once the buildings where painted they were given a black wash to bring out the details (no pictures of that step). I was a little nervous doing this out of concern the wash would highlight all the print layers. My concerns were somewhat valid but the whole look is fine. I used a new (for me) wash formulation which was a 50/50 mix of water and matte medium, a few drops of flow aid and black and brown acrylic ink. I'm finding ink based washes to be superior to paint based ones. Like a lot of my recent scenery ideas, I got this one from the wonderful Black Magic Craft Youtube channel - if you like making scenery, go check it out. Jeremy does fantasy and D&D stuff bit the techniques have a much wider set of applications.After the wash dried, the next step was to add some floc
While it was a short visit for me personally, as I needed to hand over a usb stick to the club president, there where quite a few games in swing tonight.And once again, a lot of them where 40k, as the game keeps booming and attracting more intrestees to our venerable grounds.Space Wolves have a codex now, and as a result two battles featured the sons of Russ on the table. In the first one, they took the offensive against the Tau Empire, while on the second table they faced the guns of the Imperial Guard.A third batte saw the marines of the Raven Guard take the field against those of the Salamanders chapter.The Heroquest rpg was being played as well this week.Two fantasy armies took a stand against each other in a game of 9thAge as demon legions invaded the elvish lands.The Scythe boardgame was put through it's paces at Arno's table.North and South clashed, this time in the scale of 15mm.The final game was Spearhead, the modern variant in 6mm scale.And that was it for myself for a few weeks, as I`ll be l
Bruce brought his Boxer rebellion game out to the club this week for its debut. We had a good turn out for the first day of school, with 7 guys around the table.Chris played the English, Scott the Japanese, Richard the Russians, Terry the Germans, and Chen the Americans. Bruce GM'ed and I helped out running a few Boxer units when they appeared to harry the western powers.The westerners had amazing luck with the supply cards, never running short of anything and having to dicker among themselves. The Boxer sappers also helped them by shrinking the perimeter a bit.That said, it was not a cake walk as the Germans and the Americans both lost units. There was time for a serious redeployment by the Germans. The British ran into some fire problems but managed to take care of some red lantern units.For their part, the Boxers never really showed up in enough strength anywhere to really push the western powers. Sure, they killed some Christian missionaries and blew some embassy walls, but that was about the extent of it
The second 30 days 30 miniatures painting challenge is now complete and the total has been achieved.Below are two 15mm Bedouin light cavalry for the Ayyubid army that is in progress and these two take the total cavalry figures painted to thirty.Not sure of the manufacturer of these guys so any pointers would be appreciated.Will do a round up post over the next couple of days.Day 30 Figures completed 30Cheers for now.
The penultimate day of this 30 days 30 miniatures painting challenge sees three more Mamluks ready for basing.The figures are from Black Hat Miniatures formerly Gladiator Miniatures range of Mamluks. Easy figures to paint with enough detail to cause interest yet not too much to over load the miniature at this scale.Day 29Figures completed 28There will be a final completed stand of cavalry for tomorrow's deadline and a picture of everything completed in this challenge. Cheers for now
Sunday morning and I travelled over to Posties shed-o-war expecting to meet up with several members of the Rejects for our usual large scale battle. However when I arrived I was told only two of us were able to play so we had a rare one on one battle. My opponent was Surjit and Postie had set up a Napoleonic battle set in 1813 during the War of the Sixth Coalition. As usual we picked our sides randomly and I got the French while Surjit had a mixed force of Prussians and Russians. SetupPostie decided to play out part of the Battle of Lützen in which Napoleon attempted to halt the advances of the Sixth Coalition. The French invasion of Russia had resulted in a disastrous campaign and the loss of much of his veteran army. Following this the enemies of imperial France felt emboldened and quickly raised a new Coalition against Napoleon. In response the Emperor assembled an army of just over 200,000 men, the majority of which were untrained and inexperienced. There was also a chronic shortage of horses and the
A few weeks again the first test printing of a walled farmhouse in 15mm scale was finished. It consists of 18 separate pieces and came out rather well. My next step in of my 3D printing adventure is to see how well these things paint up. Since I'm experimenting, why not vary all the elements - so I'm also experimenting with different materials. First up is the base- which is made of chip board. Chip board is essentially the same thing one finds as a backer for legal pads. Given this is 15mm, I did want to try something that would be thin so the base edge doesn't stand out. I'm using 1/16 inch thick board. The pieces in 6 inches wide by 11.5 inches long. The chip board I purchased is defined as medium weight and, in hind sight, I should have gone with the heavy weight version as I think that will be more durable.With any card-board based material that's used for basing it's important to protect all of the surfaces (even the bottom) from moisture and wear and
My latest painting project is a pair of Matilda II's, which (when first introduced) were probably one of the best tanks in the British arsenal. Initially designated the A12 the Matilda II was naturally a development of the Matilda I which first saw service in 1938. As seems to be the usual way with tank development the building of a first generation tank inevitably throws up a load of design problems that lead to the second generation on the drawing board almost before the first had even entered service. This was true for the Matilda and by September 1939 the first Mk II's were entering service (only two machines, but with more entering service each month). By the end of its production run over 3000 Matilda II's had been built.Source: the-blueprints.comBoth Matilda were developed in line with British military thinking at that time which saw the need for three types of tanks; Heavy Tanks; Cruiser Tanks; and Infantry Tanks. The Matilda's were of the latter type which meant they were designed to be heavily armou
There will be a naval aspect to next years game that will feature a minimum of 4 ships for the french fleet against a 3 ship (plus shore batteries) British one - all in 15mm scale. If the modeling goes well there will be more ships.Iv'e had a lot of these kits for years mouldering on the lead pile and am using the 2019 game as a reason to build them. All of the models are from the fantastic Thoroughbred Miniatures Sea Eagles line. Here are the 4 French ships, including a 22 gun frigateThe British currently will have three ships - including a super fast / maneuverable mercenary Xebec.Hmmm whats the scenario? You'll just have to wait and find out.....
Seem to have lost a few days this week and now at day 17. Shown below is a stand of Bedouin cavalry for the Ayyubid ADG army currently being worked on.Not sure which manufacturer these are from however they are smaller than the Black Hat Miniatures being painted as the Ghulam cavalry.Here is the painting table after the halfway point. Strangly its more cluttered than on day one.Day 17Figures completed 15Cheers for now.
Basing continues to, umm, grind along. To date, I've got about 1,0000 figures stuck on bases - all of which still need to have scenery work. Basing can be tedious but I find it oddly calming if there's something nice on in the background like Bach or Elvis Costello. Sadly music from artists like Metallica don't really work with miniature basing as the violent head bobbing it induces gets flock all over the place.I'll do a much more in depth army review later on but I've been working to flesh out my Peninsular Campaign armies. From left to right there are:British- 5 Calvary units- 14, 24 figure infantry BattalionsPortuguese- 2 Infantry- 2 CalvarySpanish- 2 Calvary- 8, 24 figure infantry BattalionsFrench- 10 Line Infantry- 6 Light Infantry- 3 Guard Infantry (one each for Young, Middle and Old)- 7 calvary (with more to come)There is still a lot of artillery to base (roughly 40 guns across all the combatants). I'm aiming to get over 2,000 figures on the table for Historicon 201
The end of another rotation and the last batch of the Marain Roman commission. More legionaries and eight bases of Thracian Mercenaries.So two battlegroups of Romans, nothing much else to say....So eight bases of Thracian Mercenaries. These are later Hellenistic Thracians who were hired as auxiliar by the Legions. As they will be two separate battlegroups I have painted them up slightly differently.
Sorry for the poor pictures but these are the latest Old Glory Confederates for my Regimental Fire and Fury non-project.....Good news is I have bought myself a second hand copy of the rule book and look forward to reading it.I painted these whilst watching the film 'Gods and Generals', great inspiration!