The rather warm temperatures of the summer may be a distant memory, but when I was looking for models last week in the Loft Full Of Lead for a game, I found one of my resin models was a bit wilted. It is meant to look like this… It does get very hot up in the loft and this chap was on a shelf and just could not cope with the temperature. Having skinny legs and a chunky body does not make a good combination. The poor thing had drooped forwards with his gun now just about resting on the ground. I have repositioned resin models before a bit by dunking them in boiling water and then once the desired position, dip them in cold water to fix the pose. But I have not doen this before with a painted model. When it got immersed in boiling water it when really floppy really quickly, I had to quickly try to get it standing back up without scalding myself and dip him in cold water. It worked and it has been saved!
I have been a bit tardy in posting details of bigger games played recently, but I do get around to it eventually. Mr Steinberg and I played out a decent sized Steam Wars game with his US Navy making an airborne assault against my Mechanica force. Mr Steinberg has built up quite an armada of steampunk flying ships from Blotz, and they have plenty of deck space for transporting his troops. To counter the threat, The Mechanica had a new weapon, the OW81 Air Superiority Aether-Jet Fighter, armed with a substantial node mounted Gattling Cannon. The US Navy narrow barge can carry a squad into the thick of the action, and there were a couple of these, each flanking the main twin hulled flyer. The larger twin hulled flyer can easily carry a couple of units, I think it would be possible to get a least four six man squads onto the deck of this thing if needed. Once the Skyships had made it most of the way across the table, it was time for the ground offensive, the troops rappel from the flying ships to deploy into
This was one of the first models I undercoated with my new compressor, the effort required to finish it off was not too much, just some silver, black and brass. The weapon in the nose section is removable so I can run it in Steam Wars as just a transport or a tank!
After many year of thinking about and wondering if the investment would be worth it, I have finally purchased a compressor to see what I can do with it. I sprayed a few bit of paper and then decided to have a go at undercoating something I was not going to be worried about if it all went horribly wrong. So to start with I picked on a fair sized lump of plastic with the intention of just undercoating it in Vallejo Air Gun Metal. I selected my Mantic Tunneller as it does not need to have a clean finish. Once I got started, I realised that spraying Gun Metal onto a grey model means it is quite difficult to see where the paint is actually going… I then did a few bits black, which it means it is much easier to see where the paint is going… First results were okay, I will have to get more practice in. I picked out the detail by hand and finished off with a bit of drybrushing.
This is yet another model that I have bought and painted for no other reason than I like it. I am not sure what I will use it for, it may just end up on a shelf. But it could get used in my Mechanica force, or maybe as a model in an Empire Of The Dead or In Her Majesty’s Name scenario.