Heya,Looks like my US force is now getting one more anti-tank piece, after M1 57 mm medium anti-tank gun and M2A1 105 mm medium howitzer.Not that we play games big enough to require 2 platoons or I am some sort of cannon models maniac - I just got nice, second hand support weapon bundle recently.Once again models arrived painted, but luckly neither undercoated or varnished, so washing them wasn't challenging.After dealing with howitzer (which actually hasn't seen the battlefield yet...) I was hoping to paint something quite diffrent but I spotted painting contest running on Polish forum Strategie, so looks like there was a chance for frendly competition but even more important - getting one more model crossed off the list.The contest rules say you have to show an least one photo from the beginning or works, at least two from the progress and the final ones. The idea is to make people show miniatures painted especially for the contest, and not toys already stuffed in the display cases.Quite a good idea ac
Last time it was heavy mortar and today my infantry once again got support weapon:M2A1 105 mm medium howitzer. It's not that I was lacking for anti-tank or anti-infantry weapon, but a short while back guy from Bolt Action group was flogging off his toys so I took oportunity to work on some second hand pieces. The wallet likes second hand deals...Models came painted but luckly for me the previous owner didn't care much about undercoating - washing the paint was rather easy.For uniforms I chose standard combo, but on two of the crewmen I tested cayman green instead of yellow olive for jackets. Models of the gun and the men are ok except for the faces of the commander and the guy pulling the "trigger": these two look like had bad, bad accident with acid. Nevermind as long as they can shoot.Original model came on large, oval base but I changed it for 4" x 2": it's easier to place it in the terrain, buildings and such.What do you think? And here's the model before pimping:And one more thing:Wh
With this one I've officialy run out of Bolt Action vehicles.Finally!Because since like a few months I've been doing anything but painting infantry models:working on vehicles, buildings, upgrading game table...So now, without Chaffee on the desk, there are no more excuses for not painting infantry. Perspective of having whole army 100% painted has never been closer:the distance is about 25 infantry models...As for the model itself I've been taking pictures while working on it, so in case of getting satisfying result I could repeat it later.The tank is Warlord Games' resin + metal piece.Must say it's nothing spectacular but otoh I've seen much worse casts from this manufacturer. Cleaning it and assembling didn't take much time, the barrel and commander got paperclip pins for more reliable bond - it's gaming model after all.Here's the assembled piece.The green color ain't proper basecoat yet, I've just been spraying excess paint on it.Basecoating. Actually - preshading.I got nice result using this trick on the
I am Bolt Action celebrity!!!Me! Me! Me!Who's hot? Meeeee! No fat, centaur-ass reality show b!tch but meee!!!Wooo-hooo!!! Just check Warlord Games' gallery of awesomeness!!!And here's some more in case my infantry ain't enough!!!Right... Ekhm...What was is supposed to be about?Ah yes, an anti-tank gun.Some time back decision was made to put my medium mortar and it's crew on a single, 60mm round base:for me it's simply easier to transport, there's no need to search missing (deserting...) crew members while packing for battle and which more (actually: most) important - looks better. While preparing army for battle I always try to provide my trusty troops with some anti-tank punch. Medium 57 mm gun maybe is not something spectacular, but it's at least fine for blocking part of the battlefield. Enemy usually thinks twice before parking a vehicle within it's arc of fire. Shit happens after all.Besides when there's no other hope (and gun around...) you can also use it against infentry: 1" template!
Heyah,Looks like once again instead of proper miniatures the bloggy has been stuffed with terrain pieces dedicated to Bolt Action game. This time it's a warehouse from Black Grom Studio and ruined hamlet set from Warlord Games. As for the warehouse I got it together with a "House F" and brickworks. Not much to say about the quality - all parts fit well, model is easy to assemble and makes great cover for those goddamn Fallshirmjager...Definitely recommended - and not only for German Army players.Basic idea was to cover it with bricks, just like the buildings mentioned above, but since the model was assembled before I got wall texture it was simply painted and weathered with dry pigments and oil wash. What's new on this one, is the glass. There's no glass in the windows of the previous buildings - officially I say it's because heavy shelling arround: shockwave was so strong it made those poor soilders deaf and glass break. Nice, eh?Sad truth is there was no glass added because I wanted to s
Hello,January belongs to terrain building, no doubts about it.Just about 2 weeks ago I finished lasercut house for Bolt Action and now added another set, once again from Black Grom Studio: Brickworks.Must say I've never felt any fondness for lasecut terrain pieces, always liked building stuff myself - from the scratch. But since we got some buildings for Bolt Action must admit I changed my mind a bit.I am busy. Really, have not much time for hobby so if I want to work on minis it usually takes place late night. Preparing terrain "oldschool way" was fun but also rather time consuming so using lasercut models is just time saver. BIG time saver...As for these below models were assembled and instead of airbrushing walls (which was initial idea) I printed brick textures (available free on Black Grom blog), cut to fit and attached with diluted PVA glue. After glue dried buildings were washed with heavily diluted pigment+was mixture, sprinkled with some powdered chalk and then sprayed with heavu layer of m
Heya,Looks like one more piece joined my armored force: M7 Priest - self-propelled howitzer.In my opinion the model is just supercool and it was actually the only reason I got it - no matter how it will perform on the battlefield. The beautie is also my entry for coming painting contest on https://strategie.net.pl/ forum, together with medium machine gun team. Ain't that cute?All I have to do now is build some more terrain to hide my new toy behind...
Hello again,Didn't actually think I'd have anything to show just after the Killroy post but last Saturday I've finished working on Black Grom Studio's terrain piece: "House F".There are lots of lasercut terrain pieces available, we for this one plus brick factory and warehouse to upgrade the battlefield. As for the products they are definitely worthy recommending:easy to assemble, all parts fit well not mentioning customer service is top notch.As for finishing the model initially I wanted to give the walls some texture and paint it using airbrush and add cardboard roof tiles - sth like here (that building is for sale if anyone's interested). But then I found wall / roof ready to print textures, also on Black Grom's site and decided to give it a try.Long story short: adjusting textures onto alrady assembled building was just fucking pain in the ass but the result was worth it, Really looking worward to see the other buildings done similar way. Hope you like it.
Hello,This time there are two more Bolt Action pieces served: US medium machine gun team and Warlord / Italeri wrecked house.MMG team it my entry for painting contest on https://strategie.net.pl/ forum. There are several categories to choose, I decided to prepare unit / squad (25/28mm) and vehicle.The first entry is Warlord Games' medium machine gun team - this time whole team has been placed on single base a contrary to another MMG painted recently: sure it's more practical to have ammo runt staggering around to mark casaulty easier, but I thing 3 models packed on single base simply look better. So as usually I chose more-less the same color choice to make guys fit rest of the force. Noting down colors used during work turned out to be good idea. Looking now at these bricks I am considering basing a single squad on city rubble - to make them pop on the battlefield. The only problem is models I use are "pre-slotta" which will make basing rather pain in the ass.Most probably.But still it's bette
Heya for the last time in 2018 probably,Looks like Bolt Action has totally dominated my webspace. So what's on menu today?Warlord Games' placcy German Heer infantryman.This is rather unusual for me, 'cause from what I recall until now I've painted only Hetzer and that funny, unknown corporal below from zee Germanz range:When I was coming back from September "Road to Berlin" event I got Heer infantry model from my Bruder - wanted to paint one of these for a while, these plastics seemed to be really cool.And actually were: Warlord Games did really great work on plastic intantry. I can definitely recommend this stuff. In fact it was so cool I almost regret my US horde is pure metal (just check new US infantry box).Almost...So here it is anyway: wasn't aiming to paint uniform from any specific period, but rather mixed some black, white and blue and gave it a try. In the end model got wooden plinth and ended up as gift piece.As for the model itself: sculpt is nice and sharp, plastic is easy to work
Hey again,It's been a while but real life duties once again did the job and pushed the hobby onto the side tracks. Trying to make things right again decision was made to work on the M4 Sherman model painted over 2 years ago.There was nothing wrong with previous paintjob but I needed carrier for Calliope missle launcher battery which by bro delivered for the birthday.Besides there were some other things to test like new paints, Vallejo mud and is oldie airbrush still reliable (it's totally fucked at this moment if anyone asks).All in all I like the result, looking forward to see it in action - blasting hordes of advancing nazis straight back to Satan! Or wherever else they came from! Ka-boom!!!Pictures are okish but kinda "yellow" (or maybe it's just the monitor). I might try to re-take them because some pics were taken during works reporting transformation of this into this:Cheers!
Hey all,As mentioned before I was working on Great Unclean One model before moving back to Bolt Action stuff and here's the result.Must say I am very glad to see the big fella painted and crossed off the list but the result you can see below is not what I've been initially expecting. Almost not all.I've always loved this model - I remember seeing it in the flesh for the first time like 8-10 years ago (?) - that one was painted by Ana from Chest of Colors group. I was simply stunned both by sculpt and painting quality. IIRC that piece was contest model. On that moment I knew I'll get and paint that demon some day.So I got the model like 1,5 year ago but couldn't find enough strength to start working on it 'till now. It's just fucking huge and packed with details. Sweet, nasty details...Not mentioning the fact I cannot really see it performing on the game table since I am pretty far from any sort of fantasy gaming nowadays. Although it should be great candidate for mission objective in skirmish games or for RPG
Right... Until now I was actually hoping to paint something else than Bolt Action miniatures but this stuff is way too tempting for me...So here's official statement: it's the last Bolt Action stuff painted before finishing something else. Something totally different!Most probably Great Unclean One or at least something similar size...So what's on menu today? First of all I've finished medium machine gun for US force. Haven't used it combat yet but I think it might have some potential: mostly dealing pin markers and hopefully taking down enemy soliders.Sometimes...This particular one is Artizan version, I also have Warlord's model since US army can field more machine gun teams per slot than other armies. Huzzzah!!!I really like Artizan's models, the only flaw of this set is shooter's face. I assume the mould was wearing off (or something) but half of the model's face was so screwed that it would fit Konflikt '47 better then Bolt Action as horrid result of Nazis experiments on POW...All in all t
Hello,This time there're only fresh photos of old stuff.Last week my patatroopers found new home in France so before they were packed I took keepsake family photo of the squad.All in all they are cool and reliable unit (and my first purchase from Bolt Action range if I remember correctly) but after year or so of playing I realised they just don't fit my vision of US force. I simply like ordinary troopers better.Good news is the buyer already has solid paratroopers force so I am quite sure the guys will get along in no time.What else?Oh yeah, more pictures.After sending paratroopers there was inspection of rest of my Bolt Action toys and it looks like there are two more pieces which I don't use too often, which could actually be changed into something fitting ground force better.First one is M3A1 halftrack:solid combat taxi, big enough to cary ful squad of infantry: The next one - M3A1 Stuart:nasty piece, really: pretty cheap in points and armed with deadly flamer: 12" of range + 9" advance makes it just
Hello again,Stuff below has been prepared a little while back but since there was Bolt Action "tourney" recently, anything else would be simply dominated and crushed under pictures I've taken during the games.Which reminds me: here's what I brought: 1110 well fed and equipped points. Don't think anyone's interested in the list's details so family picture should be enough:So for starters:I am proud to announce that the job to collect Warhammer 40.000 2nd edition army books is finally done! Last August friend of mine delivered Sisters of Battle book so now they are all standing proudly in my micro library.I must admit I've never played 2nd edition. In fact - after having few games (later edition) realised 40k ain't my thing at all: I definitely prefer skirmish games than large scale battles (paining dozen or so models size gang should prevent me from becoming bored too fast).I gathered these books mostly for graphics and fluff.Well... Graphics actually...It's just great source of Mark Gibbons' stuff, who's