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On the Painting Desk 105

Thanks Athena it cooled down a bit this week...And with work going into summer recess, I actually found some time to do things, even painting...The biggest job that was done this week have been Mordor orcs, with a batch of 6 completed, while another 5 are on their base colours now.For the rest, some work has been done on both an Orc Captain as well as my Tau commander, but nothing to fancyfull on those in the end.I *hope* as such to finish those 5 last orcs in the coming week as a result, so I can focus on the minor characters to lead them.Let`s see what the weather decides...

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Down Medway-way: Dangerous predators or sitting ducks?

The fascinating Dutch raid on the English fleet at anchor in the Medway in June 1667 is full of wargaming potential.One of the most spectacular incidents occurred on June 13th. Having broken the English defensive chain at Gillingham, the Dutch rounded a bend in the river and were faced with the straight stretch between St Mary's Island and Chatham Royal Dockyard. This strategic installation was one of the main factories of naval production and if destroyed, English sea power capability could have been set back by a couple of decades.For reasons of economy, the King had put much of his battlefleet to sleep over the winter of 1666/1667. The technical term for a warship which has been rendered unoperational is 'in ordinary'.This usually amounted to partially dismasting the vessel and removing the sails and spars. Guns were often taken off the ships and the crews reduced dramatically. This ships were effectively removed from active duty and anchored somewhere safe. All along the Medway from Gillingham Reach to Ro

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Army on Parade - 013

Demolition Team ShayalYou need something blown up? Something burnt down? Perhaps both?Demolition Team Shayal reporting for duty. With heavy flamers (and a lot of experience in using them in the jungles of Catachan) and Demolition Charges, Team Shayal can clear a path for you.Whilst they may have cut their teeth on burning and blowing up in the jungle, they are equally at home in the cityscape or the battlefield.

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Army on Parade - 012

Penal Legion The Imperial Guard is a tough place for anyone... woe betide you if you fall foul of the rules and regulations. Those who commit a crime that does not warrant immediate execution or petty punishment may find themselves assigned to a Penal sS You will be given the most basic of weapons and equipment and be expected to lead the assault from the front. If by some miracle you survive a mission (or ten) then you may have the opportunity for some redemption. More likely you will be just softening up the enemy and absorbing some of their ammunition.

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What I painted in July 2019

As demolitions in the new place continue, paint time remains very limited...So yes, it has been frantic this month, with the bussiest period of the year at work, and the renovations in the new place, so figure painting... not so muchoFinally, my beloved force of Rohan has it's battle company painted up, as I finished the 5 models to be able to bring them to the battle.  I still have a long way to go for a full army, but this is a beginning at least...A second battle company also got finished this month, in the form of the Durin`s Folk list.But the good side got some more reinforcements as well, as brave Pippin, squire of Gondor, has been finished.Mordor got some serious reinforcement as well, in the form of Gothmog, warleader at the fields of the Pelennor.Not that great a turn out understandably, tallying up a modest 13 models for the month.

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On yer bike!

A quick post, but I know everyone out there is definitely on tenterhooks to see what I've done in the last couple of days. So here you are...Vrooom!It's a WW1 motorcycle messenger!This is another model I've had lying around for a long time, that I started painting while I was waiting for the 7TV Pulp box to arrive. It's part of a pack from Great War miniatures that I picked up years ago when I first started VBCW.Parp parp!I've deliberately not flocked the base in the hope it'll look like it's on a muddy road. I'm not really sure how well that's worked though, so I might give in and flock it later.Anyway.Here are some numbers! You'll notice that one of them has gone up slightly since last time. Huzzah!Acquired: 126Painted: 37I'm only 89 behind now! This is getting close now.

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Adeptus Titanicus - The Misericordia

Only know pict image of the Misericordia, captured by the Baneblade Son of Iron at Kazani bridge, Katara, M41.With BOYL fast descending on me, I finally finished work my titan for the epic clash on Saturday morning. This is my first painted epic miniature and something of a bucket list miniature for me. I've long wanted to paint a chaos titan. Now of course I want to paint another. In any case, I dug into my hoard of titan bits and constructed the Iron Skulls legion titan, The Misericordia.It's been many, many years since I played epic, and I had forgotten much of the rules. After some consultation with my epic expert peeps I went for some reasonable guns and lots of close combat fun. The trident in particular seemed too entertaining not to take. There are several chaos titan heads, and this skull-faced one was my first choice for a Khornate titan.I tried to future-proof this titan a little, so all the weapons are magnetized. After some early insanity I recessed many of the magnets (Magnets do not love paint)

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More Perishables!

I said last time that there would be another blog post about pulp models, since I approached the 7TV Pulp day by just painting anything vaguely appropriate I had lying around and then figuring out a cast later.Time to make good on that threat. I give you... the extended Perishables!Today's photography problems includevery poor lighting and a somewhat greasy lensIn order to spin this post out into something that seems vaguely worth writing, here are the models I've added...A saboteurPretty sure this chap was an Artizan Designs model, from some packs I got when I was first playing Bolt Action and using partisans. I never really had a use for these models before now, and having seen the 7TV Pulp rules... I still don't.This model pairs nicely with this one...A man with a plunger!The detonator bloke comes from the same pack, and feels like it might somehow be more useful in a game, but so far that hasn't come up.Moving swiftly on...Lovely boaterI also got this fella when I was building up the partisans and needed

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Army on Parade - 011

Something Dirty! Not all the jobs are clean and precise. Sometimes you need someone to do a dirty job. Sometimes it takes some rules to be bent or broken to get the job done. Sometimes it takes some people who just don't care about the rules. Apellen Squad are happy to do that for you. Apellen Squad hail from Catachan. Most Catachan soldiers already have a healthy disregard for rules that come from high up in a command structure where the person giving the orders is not on the front line (or even on the planet). As such they are happy to do things their own way and get the job done using whatever is to hand and doing whatever it takes. Their gear is an eclectic mix that takes the best of what is to hand and mixes it up. No standard issue gear here or standard pattern lasguns.

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Back down on the river...... Medway project update

At the weekend I got a chance to push on with the Medway multi scale project. One of the little (appropriate description) pieces I was keen to finish was my very first foray into 2mm figures. I must again refer to Mark Backhouse's 2mm Siege of Portsmouth project as I used this as inspiration and my template for a little experimentation.These pieces may be deployed for limited tabletop gaming but are more likley to be used in the macro movement of troops around the Medway towns area. This first piece represents country militia in civilian garb and representing an indeterminate number of men.In total there are 150 men, three mounted officers and two wagons on the base which is 60 x 40mm.I thought of it as a 1:1 scale piece representing three or four understrength  companies. The shot above shows the finished base beside Sheerness and Garrison Point Fort to scale it a little.I added a few extra flags to the 2mm Irregular Miniatures figures blocks. In total I used eight 15 men blocks of musketeers and t

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Long Term Use Review: Grex Tritium.TG Airbrush

One of the laments I have about many product reviews, including reviews for airbrushes, is that they tend to be first impressions. Take it out of the box, draw some lines with it on a piece of paper, fiddle around with some bits, maybe paint one of the spare Space Marines everyone seems to have, and then move on. What that doesn’t tell you about is reliability. “All the seals wore out three months in” doesn’t come up. You don’t get a feel for how something works into people’s actual workflows. So I’m going to to a longer-term use review of a somewhat unusual airbrush: the Grex Tritium.TG. What’s a Tritium.TG? Grex has a solid reputation as a decent airbrush maker, but something of an “also-ran” compared to Badger, Iwata and H&S. What interested me about the Tritium.TG a couple years ago when Grex had a booth at the Las Vegas Open is that it’s a trigger-pull airbrush. Basically, instead of a pencil-grip with a trigger on top, you have a pis

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From Russia with Liv.. Guard

I am delighted to share the work of Yuriy Hotchkin with Blog followers. Yuriy and his wargaming group are located across both Sankt Peterburg and Moscow and have interest in a variety of periods and scales. Yuriy sent me some wonderful pictures of his Great Northern War Swedes from Warfare Miniatures.These are some of the finest painted examples of our miniatures that I have yet seen.The fact that such wonderful examples of Swedish troops have been so lovingly painted by a Russian  gamer speaks volumes!The regiment is of course the Livgard till Hast (Mounted Life Guard) with their distinctive sky blue uniforms.Yuriy has used models from our Swedish cavalry codes SC01, SC02, SC03,SC04 and SC05 to complete the unit.The painting style is gentle, bright and warm which has produced a striking finish.I particularly like the way he has finished the horses and saddle cloths too which is a lovely detail touch.Here is a link to Yuriy's fantastic work Yuriy's Field of Battle painted minis . Plenty mo

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