Painting


Towing the Line

We're a month and a half into 2019, and I'm only half a month late with my first "monthly" post. This is going... not "well", exactly, but maybe "close to adequate".So let's crack on. In 2015, Warlord released the Germany Strikes! book, which Pete and I acquired almost immediately. Now, just 4 short years later, we're in danger of actually playing one of the scenarios.We're planning to tackle the battle of Orp first. It's a tank battle so requires both forces to be entirely mobilised, and the French force also needs to be based around the Somua S35.I already had two S35s, from Blitzkrieg miniatures, which I painted back in November. I needed one more, and fortunately I had one from Warlord that I'd had lying around for an embarrassing amount of time.Painting this made me wish I'd gone for Warlord models for the other two!It's a much more detailed model, and was also a lot easier to paint. I think this is mainly because it wasn't so heavily caked in release agent as the Blitzkrieg versions. It scales with them

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Genestealer Cult - Acolyte and Metamorph

Ahh, back among my brothers and sisters of the cult. It feels good. Feels RIGHT. Today I present two new members of the Kabeiri, or the Cult the the Wyrm Forged, brothers Groust Yogoth and Aldren Dekker. The acolyte kit is a box of gene-cursed wonders, with so many gribbly bits and pieces in it I spent two nights just playing with parts before I settled on the two fresh-faced lads above. As a wanderer in the outer darkness for many years, I cannot tell you the joy of so many cult kits and parts available now. It's magical.Brother Dekker is carrying a rock saw. It was always going to be the first acolyte I made. It's so metal. After joyously rooting about on the sprues, I assembled Dekker in three parts, keeping his head and the saw seperate. Woe betide anyone who glues it all together and then tries to paint it. Yes, you can't see the back of the saw for the most part, but now I know it's given as much love as the front.There's quite a bit of detail on these boys. pouches, icons, tubing, belts, blasting charg

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Meow!

I seem to be having a pre-holiday spree at the moment, the Tiger was an impulse buy because the price was right but I have now added the new Rubicon Jagdpanther. It arrived the other day in a nice solid package, perhaps they have learned that the kit box is not sufficiently sound to leave to the tender mercies of couriers, they also are very speedy with their deliveries.Again the kit comes with two variants early or late, so you get two hulls, it is a pity you do not get some extra bogies or tracks as you could make up a very nice wreck. I went for the early version as that is the one which would most likely have been in Normandy, not a lot of difference between the two, the main one being a two part gun barrel and different mantlet. A very easy build, again smooth tracks but not as noticeable as on the Tiger I. I remodeled the skirts by cutting out a section on both sides.There is a very reddish brown stripey pattern which seems quite popular with these vehicles and also normal Panthers, the one in the tank

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Basing and painting

Today and yesterday was spent mostly starting the process of basing my Tau army. In between applying coats of Astrogranite Debris to the bases of vehicles and some Stealth Suits I also finished up 18 stands of Fire Warriors, six Pathfinders and 6 more Stealth Suit stands. There are only six Skyrays left to paint and an additional 5 stands of Crisis Suits. After that I will start working on the aircraft. I am hoping to have an army ready to go without aircraft and then start getting some games in. The basing process is going to take a while as I need to get 24+ stands of infantry and 10 stands of Gun Drones before I can start drybrushing the bases. So much basing to do.

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Sand troopers and heroes

A few more Star Wars figures were finished up this week.First up are four sand troopers from an expansion. Two got sand bases and two got indoor bases.There were also two heroes on rubble bases. A tech lady and a dude with a big gun.Painting was to the images on the cards.Up next: More figures, including some Gamorrean guards and some Storm troopers with jet packs (?).

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Tau recon units done

So the Piranhas and Tetras are done and waiting to get based. For some reason I wasn’t able to get the highlights done as precisely as the other vehicles but I still think they look good. Onslaught Miniatures sells the vehicles in sets of five but the units in E:A can come in sixes so I will be forced to put in a Piranha into my Tetra unit to make a full unit. I should have taken this into account when I made my order but given how many other things I forgot… Once I make another order I will be able to put out pure Tetra and Piranha units as I want to be able to do. The Piranha has Guided Missiles while the Tetra has markerlights so there seems to be almost no point in mixing them. I am actually looking forward to being able to field a unit of both just to Sustained Fire a group of Piranhas at a unit that the Tetras are hitting with markerlights. Fun!

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Jumping the queue!

Cossack infantry advancingInvigorated by the excellent progress being made on the GNW Supplement for BLB, I treated myself to some painting which was not actually on the very backlogged schedule.In addition to the painting I did some more reading on Cossacks and found that over the years I had fallen into swallowing a few cliches about them. Perhaps it was too much exposure to the Battleground hex based Napoleon in Russia  computer game or, believing all the Taras Bulba hype.Cossack infantry Command - The Hetman is particularly fine as is the hat waving Ivan!For some reason, I had missed the fact that much perhaps the majority, of a Cossack army was composed of infantry which preferred to fight from the protection of defences.All together now!  You can just hear them singing 'Stenka Razin!' I learned that at Primary school!The Sword & Flame army guide appears to suggest that the mounted component of a force was a relatively small minority compared with the musket armed or levy element. Wagons al

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So many things to build

Part of the order I received from Vanguard Miniatures were some more figures from the ever-expanding Tau force. I took some time from painting to build six Skyray AA tanks, six stands of Stealthsuits and another stand of Gun Drones. I have ten Crisis Suits that I will need to clean up but I am waiting to pick up some bases before I do that. The weather here is still quite cold so I have had to resort to using Vallejo Surface Primer to get started on my Fire Warriors and Pathfinders. I have been batch painting all of the infantry so I have a try with 18 stands of Fire Warriors and 8 Pathfinders to add primer, Skeleton Bone and then Seraphim Sepia to. Simple enough to do while I watch Man City demolish Chelsea. I am not sure if I am going to use the same process to do the Skyrays so I have one model that I am going to do a test on to see if it is a doable process. Mostly I want to ensure that the colour is consistent with the vehicles I have done earlier. The basing will begin on Tuesday as I need to head to th

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Conquered

I really should have learned by now that there is absolutely no point in trying to plan my projects ahead of time. I've gotten pretty good at seeing projects through to completion, but when it comes time to choose a new project it's going to be whatever feels most exciting at the time, no matter what I may have thought before hand.After I got finished with my English Civil War companies, my Shadow War campaign was still underway*, but keeping the kill-teams up to date really didn't take much time, so I was at a loose end. At about that time Warhammer 40,000 Conquest came out.For anyone not paying attention, Warhammer 40,000 Conquest is a weekly part work magazine published by Hachette Publishing under licence from Games Workshop. Over the course of the magazines run, you can collect two armies for 40K, Plague Marines and Space Marines, plus scenery, paints and brushes. The collection leans heavily on Games Workshops "easy-to-build" range as well the contents of the Dark Imperium boxed set.I snapped up the fir

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Basing test

So before committing to basing a lo of miniatures I decided to do a small test on two stands of Tau models before going all out. This is a variant on the Epic basing scheme I used previously on my older Epic armies. Previously I would have added sand to the bases, painted it and then drybrushed it. Now I can skip a step and just use Astrogranite Debris texture paint from GW. My main concern was that the texture in it would be too large for Epic models but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The light in the photos is a bit off but there is some brown drybrushed into the texture, after doing two passes with some greys, in order to break the colour up and also to weather the base a bit to make it look like it is varied terrain and not just a single material. So now I just need to go get some more Astrogranite Debris this weekend and I can start getting them all done.

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Tiger 123 and other stuff.

My Vapnartak post got more comments than anything else I have done, at the end of the day any show is what you make of it, I always enjoyed the wargames but I am harking back to my days at the McClellan Galleries in Glasgow or Claymore in the building across from the Museum of Scotland, back when CND picketed we armchair generals. I can get everything I want online so the wargaming side is more important to me, but I think I am barking up the wrong tree there. The issue of being ignored is another matter entirely but I will let that rest, maybe it is me, my classic good looks tend to scare people.Anyway, I have finished the Rubicon Tiger 1 I treated myself to. The kit was pretty easy to build and had options for early, mid and late war, I am not a rivet counter here and would be quite happy to pay a couple of quid less than get road wheels and such I have to throw in the bin. The only thing I was not entirely happy with was the tracks, to my eyes they were just not very detailed, and the bottom layer which th

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Tusken Raiders!

So I'm about half way through the Imperial Assault commission I took on and I just opened one of the Tatooine expansions. I'm struggling a touch with the heavy storm troopers (did a step out of sequence so now correcting that).The Tusken Raiders, however, were very nice figures to paint. Great, dynamic poses, and easy to paint: white primer, wash of British uniform brown, detailing, magic dip, and matte sealer.The hardest part I found was getting a good picture!My camera kept washing out the tones or having too shallow a depth of field. Anyhow, these look better in person but I think the photos are okay.Up next: Maybe some gaming at the club and then some more Imperial Assault.

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Warmaster Chaos figures based

So the Warmaster Chaos figures I painted earlier are finally based. I forgot how much of a PITA it is to base 10mm Warmaster figures. The models are in two strips so there is not a lot of space between each strip which makes the entire process either long (basing one strip at a time) or troublesome (painting between two strips of figures). I chose troublesome since I wanted to have these done before I am a grandfather and these models aren’t exactly the best paint job I have ever done. But they are finished.

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