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I paint small metal and plastic figures and rarely get to play with them. But that is fine with me.

20 April 2018

Comrade! (Part 26 - We're not gonna make it!)

My painting opportunities this week ended up being far fewer than anticipated, so this is where these four fellows have gotten to. Still skin/eyes/hair and some tidy-ups here and there to get done and then of course snow effects added to their bases to go.

But, with my regular rpg session taking up this evening, that leaves me with about 30 mins after I get home from work tonight to get all that done!



I take it back, the two on the right already have their skin/hair/eyes done. So perhaps not so insurmountable a task? Maybe some 2am painting post-rpg'ing will be enough!?

16 April 2018

Comrade! (Part 25 - 2 more members for my veterans squad)

At the Ogre's Den LGS in Orangevale this Saturday, there's going to be a Stalingrad theme'd Bolt Action game event. Of course I'll be taking my Winter Soviets along and have been drawn to play the Volga Crossing table, attempting to get my reinforcements across the river and head in to back up the beleaguered brave defenders in the city proper.After choosing a list on EasyArmy, I realised I was two soldiers short for one of my squads, so after a wee search, found these minis that fit in perfectly with my Winter Onesie squad of Veterans. They are produced by Annie Norman's Bad Squiddo Games and turned out to be very straight forward to paint up.

They'll provide a 2nd LMG for my Fanatic (Stalingrad selector allows almost all your troop choices to add "Fanatic" to your units.) regs, making the squad rather nasty on the table at range AND in close combats.

Trooper on the right looks a bit surprised/googly, but I figured I'd leave her that way seeing as her helmet is down so low that on the table, no-one will see her features anyway.

Bad Squiddo is a minis company that specialises in ranges solely of female figures, but in more realistic/practical attire/armour. These WW2 ladies were originally part of a kickstarter prior to regular release and are sold as "Soviet Scouts", though they blend in perfectly with Warlord's Winter range and so will just be regular troops for my purposes

Next up the only other oustanding units from my army list, two Anti-tank Rifle teams. No Panzerfausts in Stalingrad, so my poor boys are going to have to try to tackle and German armour with these things. They'll also double up as psuedo-snipers too, which will be extra annoying, I'm betting. :)

Am pretty sure the bipods are incorrectly placed, but they'll do. I have yet to use Anti-tank guns in-game and always pass them up when choosing units for some reason.

23 March 2018

Clever Hans (Part 7 - Panzerschreck Team and Heer Sergeant - Done!)

For my Winter Germans, I slapped on some colour to these three frigid fellows.

The look on the 'Shreck wielder's face does not inspire all that much confidence that he knows what he's doing...

First up, the Sergeant sculpt for my Winter Heer squad, pointing out where the direction that the dastardly Ivans are reportedly coming from. Lots of fun detail to this bloke, my fav’s being that his helmet has been stashed at his belt and his winter-goggles are still strapped about it. He’s also looking down the length of his nose, like some superiority-complex’d twat – perfect for an unpleasant bully of an NCO.

The model is by Warlord Games and is actually supposed to be the Officer's adjutant, but I liked him better as my Grenadier Squad's sergeant. 

You can't see it in this pic, but I managed to paint in his black/white/red roundel cap badge. First time too. (Even if you zoom in, it doesn't show. All that hard work that, really, only I get to see.)

This Panzershreck team (Also by Warlord Games) was mostly simple to paint as a majority of both figs were made up of their bulky Winter greatcoats which were rather swift to paint up. Nice sculpts, though getting that 'Schreck face protector thingie to glue on straight was a bit of a pain.

Can't tell if the fellow on the right is trying to tell his pal to fire, or to NOT fire? 

With these three done, I've moved on to another tiny part of my Winter German army, their medic. Warlord Games' sculpt for a Winter theater medic is a lovely fig, propping up some poor fellow who's been injured somehow. On top of that, I've also plonked down on a 50/60mm (Can't rightly remember) round mdf base the free fig (Also of one German trooper seeing to his comrade) that was free with purchases of the physical 2nd Edition. But seeing as I picked up the Kindle version of the book I never got to have this cool mini - that is until, the estimable Admiral Drax was kind enough to post me one and I saw immediately upon receipt that it would make for a perfect centerpiece in my game-table objectives collection!

And lastly, I also started slapping the beginning layers onto the Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf D half-track that will be the transport option for my previously previewed SS Grenadiers squad.

Couldn't find any colour pics of a half-track's interior in my brief googling, so just went with a "Dunklegelb" type colour. At the very least, it'll provide a nice contrast to the Winter Whitewash that I am planning to apply to the outside armoured areas. The above pic is after preliminary wash. 
These are the passenger figs for the half-track, but I'm not so sure I'll be utilising them. They are TINY (!) and whilst I would love to have passengers in my hanomag, I'm not so sure these plastics are the men for the job... 

05 March 2018

Bit and bobs (WIP)

Painting did not happen this past week, again. But that’s okay as I did get some construction, basing and priming finished on some upcoming projects namely:

1.       Beast of Nurgle
This fun looking critter is Games Workshop’s latest version of the daemon and the first as a plastic kit with a few options for personalization. Neither simple nor difficult to build, the instructions were the only reason I found this taking a bit longer to construct  than I’d anticipated. But the finished product, wow. Just a well-designed model kit and with the left over bits, I think I will try my hand at some sculpting with air-dry clay to see if I can’t make him a pal to give me two for any future WH40K Daemons list that I might try out using the current 8th Edition rules (That I recently got a hold of.).

He's since been primed grey and is awaiting me to decide on a suitable colour scheme. 

2.       Volksgrenadier
I realized that I can’t stand the Warlord plastic Grenadier sculpts and that their metal sculpts are so much more fun to paint and full of character in contrast (Think I’ve mentioned as much somewhere before?). So I gave my left over plastics to Densmol so he can build even more Krauts for me to mow down. Instead, I bought Warlord Games’ Volksgrenadier Squad and spent time prepping them for primer (They are now drying post-prime). Bit dressed down for the depths of Winter I guess, but they’ll do for some inexperienced level fun.

Poor buggers, thrown into the gaping jaws of the Soviet war machine. Doesn't matter how up-to-date and shiny their kit is, they're still inexperienced recruits and will probably die horribly in every game I use them in! ^_^

3.       Objective Markers
I ordered some VERY affordable 40mm round mdf bases from a Spanish-based Ebay seller that arrived quite quickly and used some of them as bases for some old resin Chain of Command objective markers that were a kind gift some time ago from Stew. Still debating whether I should Winterise the things or leave them as generic as possible so I can use them in multiple theaters? Opinions on this are welcome. Notice the 5th one with the German duo – another kind gift from the good Admiral Drax. Excited to paint this one and it will end up being done in a Winter theme.

Objective markers that can be used in multiple games, or as extra scatter terrain in a pinch.

4.       Lights, Camera, Action!
After seeing some of my fellow bloggers’ super well done pics using ultra-affordable portable lightboxes, I decided to get one for m’self. And low and behold, it makes my own figs look better in pics too, AND, it’s easy to set up and store and takes up little space even when left set up, so I will be using the thing from here on in to show off my painted goodies for you all to peruse.

My recently previewed SS-Grenadiers. Think the black background makes them pop way more than before. 
Hoping to get some stuff painted up this week for sure, so next post should hopefully be a bit more interesting for you!

27 February 2018

Post Captain with Stew

No hobby progress for this week past. I did add a splash of flesh colour to a handful of Winter Grenadiers, but that was it. Instead, I watched Black Panther with my son (Really fun) and played video games (The death of all hobby forward progress.... dun dun dun....).

Post Captain is an Age of Sail rules set (Stew did a smashing review on them over at his blog) for 1700's era-ish naval battles. It's involved, but not so convoluted in specific teeny rules that there's a lack of flow in how the game plays.

Stew got to came over with his gorgeous tall ships and we played a fun game of British (Me) versus the French (Stew), with two ships to control each. This was my 2nd time playing the game and after the first turn we pretty much had a good flow for each turn.

Here's some pics of the game in lieu of me boring you with a detailed (As detailed as this addled memory could provide) run down. In the end, the French 3rd rate  (Smaller ship) took a relatively minor beating and struck the white flag early on, which was unlucky for Stew. Then after that, it was a small matter of pounding the remaining French 1st Rate into submission.

As history would show us, Britannia rules the waves! (This time.)

Set up, with the Brits at the bottom. Each pair being lead by their smaller 3rd Rate vessel.
Close up of my brave navy.

My 1st Rate, the Royal Sovereign. That rigging! 

And 3rd Rate, the Spencer. Stew did a bloody lovely job putting together and painting these beauties.
Always start off the game with long range shots. Just cos. 

Then whilst you reload, get closer cos those long range shots are typically misses.

Closer range and the French 3rd Rate calls it quits after some rather mild damage taken. Not one to stereotype, I'll do it anyway - bit typical really.

After the previous pic was taken, Stew somehow managed to ram his 1st Rate into his own 3rd Rate. (???) They drifted a bit together until he was able to cut his 1st Rate adrift and carry on the fight. Sadly, the dice were not with him and even at close range his broadside didn't do very much against my smaller 3rd Rate ship.

The surrendered French 3rd Rate is left to await capture as a prize and the British 3rd and 1st Rate vessels hunt down the damaged French 1st Rate. 

It was only a matter of time before the remaining French ship threw their hands up under the pummeling of two British ships of the line. Another prize for Admiral Dai!