Painting


Bits and Pieces

Some of you out there are going to roll your eyes to the heavens in a mo, I am thinking of giving Chain of Command another shot, there I have said it. Why, well I am not sure, I watched a couple of videos the other night and what went on looked a lot easier and less horrendous than all my other attempts to like this game. Now I could just have been utterly useless and stunned by my previous attempts and I will admit to not being the best WWII player around, but I am a wargamer of some experience and the situations I found myself in were terrible and not a lot of fun. They were also multiplayer games and like Bolt Action at the end of the day these are designed for 1v1 play, maybe that was a problem, maybe not.I also cannot get away from the fact that I think the Patrol Phase is one of the best mechanisms I have ever not used, in fact I am surprised it has not been adapted for other periods, maybe with a bit of tweaking but it must have potential. When, now I have to read the rules first then either sort out a

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Ninja Time!

Whist my 15mm Samurai army is already too extensive to really use in one go, that doesn't stop a steady drip-drip of additional units and, well, cool toys being added to it from time to time.The latest incremental unnecessary items are a Japanese folklore-inspired replacement Stampeding Herd ("Expendables" in ADLG terms), and some good-at-hiding Ninja ambush markers as well.These all come from Philp Mann's recent Kickstarter project, and were obtained by "ADLG-R" guru "Aussie Simon" on my behalf.Oni are basically Japanese Troll/Demon things, with a long tradition of being generally unsubtle and violent - and most usually bright red as well ! As such a herd of Oni seemed a great way to represent a more mythic retelling of the use of a stampeding cattle herd in the Battle of KurikaraThe Oni's flesh is all painted with the new Citadel Contrast Paints - Blood Angels Red, Akhelian Green (the blue coloured one oddly enough) and Creed Cammo for the Green ones. There's more Contrast Paint malarkey coming so

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Few commission D&D pieces

A fellow asked me to paint four D&D miniatures for him. I managed to finish two before heading out on holidays.First up is a human fighter with a flaming sword. Grey primer, block paint (with a bit of wet-on-wet) followed by a wash and seal.The sword looks better in person than it does in the picture (camera struggles with red tones, it seems).Second dude is a human fighter in fancy mail.Same technique minus the wet-on-wet. Good details so the wash really popped it.I also took the chance to base one of my own figures (RAFM Cthulhu) that I had painted awhile back but lost track of before completion.The WizKids figures are really nice to work with. I have two elf warriors presently underway and I hope to finish them up in the coming week.After than, I need to finish my 1812 rebasing (just need to get some static grass on).

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Introducing the Perishables!

Well, it's been three months since I last was organised enough to post anything here, but now I have something to push me to do it - a new cast for 7TV, to coincide with the arrival of 7TV Pulp!To pull this together, I raided my lead pile to find anything vaguely appropriate. I had the idea of creating a band of mercenaries in the mould of The Expendables, but set in the 1930's - so a variety of uniformed and non-uniformed cast members, but all with a military theme. I also got slightly excited at Partizan, and bought a pulp miniatures film crew for reasons that don't necessarily make sense.Once I had that, and a billboard kindly donated by Kieron, I was pretty much duty bound to make a scenic base to keep it all on. And thus, the Perishables were formed... All of this was kicked off by the announcement of the Wargames Illustrated 7TV day for this year, which was held last weekend at Wargames Foundry.To be honest, pulp isn't a genre that I've ever been particularly excited by. So it really was

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On the Painting Desk 102

Okay, so this has been a good week, as I actually got a painting night marathon in last weekend.And that resulted in some things being finished, like the 6mm Razorbacks, Pippin, and the dwarven battle company.While the later ones passed by on this blog already, the 6mm models will be shown in the near future as I will be trying to finish the remainder that is currently on my desk first.I also made some good progress on the elves for Noshi, as well as began some work on the Mordor orcs and the Tau commander.Going into the coming week where time will be more restricted, I don`t really aim to finish anything, but get some advancement on bits and bobs instead.Meanwhile at paintstation BetaI did get some good painting done over at Noshi's, as the block of Morannon Orcs that are parked there got all their armour painted, washed and ready for a drybrush.Until next week!

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Citadel Colour Contrast – Part 1

Games Workshop introduced with their Contrast Colours a new part of their already quite broad painting range. But where does it come from and what does it do? Among the early days of Games Workshop, when they shifted from being a distributor and publisher towards the miniature tabletop company we know today, Citadel Miniatures played […]

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28mm library pieces

No gaming for me this week and the family is taking a short vacation. But I did manage to complete some terrain just before we left.This is a library set from Mantic Games and contains 14 pieces. It is cast in brown plastic but I primed it white to do a wash.This pack was pretty decent. It also more of less matches with the WizKids bookshelves that I previously purchased.Overall, not a bad addition to my skirmish terrain.

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On the Painting Desk 101

Something got finished this week, woop woop!I managed to round of the Rohan battle company models this week, as you could see in a post earlier this week.  And some Minas Tirith spearmen are moved to the back up closet as they await basing, which will happen when all of them are ready.So now at least Noshi can trash me with my army of choice x-DI also did some work on the next battle company I wanted to round out, the dwarves of the Durin's Folk list, and tinkered a bit with some Future War Commander models in the form of some 6mm Razorbacks, while already basecoating some bigger tanks and infantry as well.In the coming week, I'll be trying to finish some of the 6mm, and do some work on the Rivendell Elves mainly, to clear those soonish of my desk as a result...

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The Summer Project 2019: clean up that desk

It's perhaps a bit of a shame that an upcoming move of places has to be brought in to get myself focussed, but hey, any motivation is good motivation...But normally, the new place should be ready around november, and that means by then a lot of packing up and stuffing into boxes, in order to go from place A to B...While I have a lot of boxes and carrying cases just to do that without any problems, it is also a good motivation to spend the limited painting time between then and now to try and finish all the things I have standing around primed, half painted or just assembled so far.As such, for the upcoming months I won't be adding anything new to the ranks, just go with what is now on the desk (and the "back up closet") and round those all out, painting up as we go to make it a more "pack together easier" event AND actually see that desk empty before it has to be moved itself.  And mostly, as I said in an earlier post, go for the relatively quick to finish, short term projects first I listed in there bef

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Contrast Samples

To give a better sample of the coverage between the two paints I coated two miniatures with the Gryph-Charger Grey and the Akhelion Green. Both are actually primed using Army Painter Skeleton Bone. The Gryph-Charger Grey gives a very thin coat and a very dark shadows. The Akhelion Green gives a darker and more consistent... Continue Reading →

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Strontium Dog - Middenface McNulty

Something random from The Mumblings today. Those of you who are fans of the venerable 2000AD might recognise this fellow as the Strontium Dog Middenface McNulty, sometime pal of the main character in the Strontium Dog series, Johnny Alpha.I've always been a fan of Middenface. When I were a very wee lad I used to love how he spoke in the comic. It was only when I got a little older I realised this was because he was a Scot, from Shytehill, in fact. Here's a wee taste of Middenface in action.He's no gonnae go doon easy eh? At BoYL this year one of  my pals is running a Strontium Dog game (the schicklgruber grab) where the stronts attempt to carry out a warrant to arrest Hitler to bring him back to the future to stand trial. How could one resist a nuts game like that? So as I had picked up Middenface when Foundry were selling off their 2000AD range, I had my man.I picked some quite vibrant comic book colours for Middenface initially, then dialed it back to give him a little more realism. I wanted to ma

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It Can't be the Dice

Saga campaign game again at the club, one of my two defending games, Saxons had invaded the empire and I had to sort them out, they had obviously heard of the fabled wealth of Byzantium and came to grab their share.Once the preliminaries were out of the way we had five turns to play, in a line I had Hearthguard, Warriors, Warlord, Hearthguard and archers, I cannot not take archers as far as I know, I had decided this time to plonk them in some terrain which helped their defence if attacked. The Saxons (Dan) put most of his men on my left and at when it looked like his hearthguard might suffer from some archery (yeah right) he turned these towards his right as well. So I moved the archers forward as you would do, but this was a mistake, back came the Hearthguard at the trot and smashed into the archers, shades of Manzikert again.Byzantines But this time the archers did not die in droves, well they did but enough remained to fall back, this opened up some opportunities for me, I ran my cavalry into the Sax

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