Saturday, 21 January 2017

From ByronM - Small Scale Madness (93 points)

I have several posts today going up, the totality of which I believe will count up as a points bomb, or as close as I am likely to ever get to one.  I am however breaking them up since they are groups of very different figures in different scales and themes, and in fact in painting styles.

With that, Welcome to Byron's Points Bomb(?) Part 1 - Small scale madness.... 

Great War Naval Forces - 1/3000 scale Dreadnoughts

Having done WW1 in 28mm over the last few years, I started reading more and more of the history around the whole war.  The naval aspect of the war caught my fancy and I thought, why not do some ships to have some small games at some point.  After all, you don't need that many ships, and how hard could they be to paint?

Well, the answer to that last part is, very hard if the sculpts are not great.  I got my ships from Mick Yarrow Miniatures after searching around for a while, they had decent reviews online and they were cheap so I figured why not.  Well, they are cheap, but the quality is pretty horrible.  They must be using molds made around the same time these ships were really sailing!  Some were concave, some had bubbles, some were missing guns, some were 2-3mm thick and others were 7-10mm thick, making them all very inconsistent.  They were CHEAP though, so I guess I should have known.

Step one was a lot of greenstuff work to patch them all, and I really should have done more as I could have lifted the hulls on some and didn't so some still sit very low. Step two was adding back gun barrels on at least 5 of the ships, to do this I used thin brass rod glued in. I had planned to add towers onto them, but after all the work I had to do to start with, I was ready to be done with them and went straight to basing.

I based them by cutting some 25mm wide x 100mm (and some 90mm) long strips, and masking off the back 12mm of the base with masking tape. I then covered the front part of the base in a thin layer of liqutex and rolled the side of a paintbrush handle through it to created wave effects at a slight angle.  I let that set for just a bit and then when still soft, but partially set, I put the ship on the base about 10mm back from where I wanted it and slid it forward to make the bow wave and a hollow for the wake behind them. I made sure that each ship got labeled on the tape so that I would not mix them up, as I have no real idea which is which by sight!

I then went on to painting them, based a simple grey for the hull, structures, and turrets, and tan for the decks, then inked them blank.  I let that dry then repainted everything with the base colours but just in from the now black lined areas, then did 2 highlights up from that on everything.  While very simple, I think it is enough for this scale, and probably more than these poor castings deserve.

Once the ships were painted, I layered in 4 different blues to create a wave effect, and then a very pale blue (almost white) was put in with a flat brush to highlight the bow wave and the wake.  I then peeled off the tape and glued on some printed labels to identify the ships.  Again being careful to make sure I took off one piece of tape with the name off at a time and put the right label on.
Total there are 14 ships, 6 German and 8 British, done to allow me to do Dogger Bank or any other fictional or what if battles I want.  I may add some more at some point, but this is it for now.

Epic 30k - Death Guard (Part 2)

Thanks to Greg, I got corrupted and dragged along with the Epic 30k madness that he has descended into.  Luckily, I have only gone partially insane as I am sticking to one single faction and a small force of them at that.  

As posted a few weeks back, I am working on the Death Guard (Part 1 can be found here), but not the traitors following the false "Horus for Hope" propaganda.  My force is based on Battle Brother Captain Nathaniel Garro's loyalist's that continue to follow the light of the Emperor and rally against the false prophet.  Garro is so struck with confusion over anyone actually fighting against the Emperor that it takes him a while to realize what is going on and to fight back.  So kind of like the what will happen shortly with Americans when they realize WTF happened in the last US election, but I digress.

This small addition to my force consists of a unit of Death Shroud Terminators, two Spartan Land Raider transports, and the Death Guard Primarch himself, Mortarion.  The terminators and Mortarion use power scythes to reap their foes, but only after they have purged their corruption with their cleansing chem-flamers.  A pleasant sort, aren't they?

NOTE: While I managed to get better pictures for almost everything this week, I forgot to apply the custom white balance on the camera for the Death Guard, so please excuse their colour here.  They really are the same colour in real life as the ones from round one.

Team Yankee 6mm - American Reinforcements

I have been working on both Russian and American forces to do Team Yankee in 6mm, but basing them on a desert conflict so that I can use them for a cold war gone hot like Team Yankee or for theoretical or real gulf war games.  Anyway, I have most of the forces done already, but needed some additional infantry, so banged off another unit of American infantry and their transports, which have to be one of the ugliest transports ever invented.

 So here are 8 bases of American troops and 4 M113 transports.  I based these up on some custom bases that I 3D printed to have little lips around the back area so that I could safely texture the front and have an area reserved to drop in labels.  I would like to say the labels are for them being 6mm and its hard to tell what is what at that scale, but it's really because I don't follow modern military vehicles and if they are not labeled, I wouldn't have a clue. 


Wonderful work Byron. Those Great War ships sound like they were a bit of a bear to deal with, BUT your hard work really paid off. I remember using much the same method for my water bases and the Liquitex works a treat. You'll have to try these with General Quarters III - I think you'd like them.

Your Epic Death Guard additions look terrific, especially with Mortarian in all his glory, leading his Terminators into the thick of it. The two Land Raiders are excellent as well, with great weathering and the Chapter specific doors are a brilliant touch.

Also in the 6mm vein, your Team Yankee Americans certainly look the business. I really like the custom bases, with their colour-coded labels. I think that will be invaluable when these are used in anger on the tabletop.

93 points for you, sir! But I see we have two more coming up soon. Excellent!

Saturday Guest Minion: GregB

I'm pleased to announce that today I have a special treat for you. GregB, a veteran minion from last year's Challenge, has kindly agreed to serve as guest MC for today's entries. Of course this is just a thinly veiled ploy to offload work, but it does allow me to get Sunday's 'East' Theme Round ready for a timely release.

As a reminder, this is also the last day for make the Challenge Cut, so I expect to see a few new Challengers scurrying in to join our mob of paint-jockies.

This all being said, I may step-in from time to time today to help Greg out and to cause a bit of mayhem.

Take it away Greg!

Friday, 20 January 2017

From KeithS: Hobgoblins and Guardsmen (135 points)

Continuing with my trip down memory lane, I followed up my old Heritage Orcs with an even dozen of their Hobgoblins, in 25mm.  I still have a set of these painted by my dad around 1981, and thought I'd try my hand at making a small force of them.  They really have a lot of personality, with their huge mouths and teeth and bow-legged stances.  There are four different poses and a good level of detail on them.

The group shot:

The line-up.  The shields are made to look like snatches of hide sewn over wood.  I tried making them a bit haphazard in construction with differing shades of brown.  Over that, I painted a fairly simple red spiky morningstar to make them look properly menacing.

From the back. Like all the Heritage Dungeon Dweller series I've seen, these figures have a lot of little details to make them interesting - bags, secondary weapons, etc.

Next we turn to a group of 15 human soldiers.  I am not sure of the manufacturer or line on these guys.  They are pretty big for 25mm and closer to 28mm, to my mind.  I have no idea when or where I got them!  There are ten armed with polearms of varying types, and five archers.  Somehow I got it in my head that they would make a good city guard, so I was sure to paint them to match, though they really vary quite a bit in details.

A closer-up.  Most have padded or studded leather armor over mail.  But what I really liked about them was the beautiful polearms!  So many styles and variants - Gary Gygax would swoon.  The sole unhelmeted guy I decided was their captain.  Why?  I guess because he stands out a bit.

The level of detail on these guys is fantastic.  They are very well made and painted up great.  If anyone knows who made them, let me know!  I may have to track down some more!

A couple more of the lads.

They were pretty rich in smaller details - studs on armor, little targe shields, sacks, daggers, etc.

Well,  it is inauguration day here in the DC area. What does that mean for me?  I am staying in my house and not leaving - its a crazy mess outside.  More time for painting!

I agree Keith, those hobgoblins still have some charm still for such venerable sculpts, and nice that you've tied them together with the red theme. The city guard sculpts are excellent, nice details but not over-fussy. They've come out rally well, and look like they were a joy to paint. 
They might not be uniformly dressed, but they still make a fine City Guard. Perhaps a citizen's militia rather than a professional force? Hopefully one of the Challengers can identify the manufacturer. 
Twenty seven 28mm miniatures makes 135 more points and a good boost to your your dungeon-crawling adventures.


From VictorK: Ancient Iberians in 15mm (100 pts)

Okay, as I've promised a week ago, here are some Iberian allies (again allies!) for roman forces. Minis are 15mm Forged in Battle. There are many different sculpts in the pack, I must just say, they are awesome, but it was really hard to paint them after Gauls - more details, also, I've never painted linothorax, this is quite a difficult task.

First is the group photo, 3 units of 16 guys.

And unit-by-unit pictures.

So, again, I went for different shield designs (lots of thanks for you guys, your kind words were really nice to read!), but this time there were less colours - I want to make Iberians look as more "regular" and disciplined force, than Gauls, but not like Romans or Hellenistic forces.

There are 48 15mm foot, so 96 points for this time.

Next to go are either some 28mm space-pirates-and-soldiers, or 15mm Iberian cavalry, I'll see, how it goes.

Oh wow Victor, I liked your Gauls last week a lot, but these are stonking. Really fine work, in such a simple colour scheme. The shield designs really bring these fierce Iberian warriors to life. I've heard lots of people raving about how good Forged in Battle miniatures are, and you've really done these justice. 
96 base points, but let's round that up to reflect the extra work from the shield designs. 

From SteveM: 15mm Japanese Type 92 70mm guns (68 Points)

Scale : 15mm (1/100)
Mfg : Battlefront Miniatures
Product : jp560, jp560
Material : metal and resin

Paints: automotive primer, Vallejo Model Color, Windsor &Newton Oil, AK enamel washes, AMMO paint, AMMO pigments, gloss varnish, matt vanish
Details: 4 guns, 26 infantry

Time to switch to the Pacific Theater of WW2 for some Japanese gun teams.  I thought about holding this up a couple days for the East theme day but with submitting this one it forces me to do something else in the next few days for the theme entry.

Closer in on one of the platoons


Holy smokes, Steve, these aren't a). German or b). tanks. Which makes a nice change to round off your submissions this week. I don't think I've seen much of the Pacific theatre offerings from Battlefront, and you've done a great job on these cute little howitzers. Four guns and 26 infantrymen, for a fine 68 points. 

From SteveM: 15mm German Tiger platoon (30 Points)

Scale : 15mm (1/100)
Mfg : Battlefront Miniatures
Product : gbx15
Material : metal and resin
Paints: automotive primer, Vallejo Model Color, Winsor & Newton Oil, AK enamel washes, AMMO paint, AMMO pigments, gloss varnish, matt vanish
Details: 5 tanks

Time for some Tiger tanks in three color camo.


It's still Friday morning, so here's SteveM treating us all to even more classic German armour in three-colour camo. Great stuff once again Steve. 

30 points, bringing your total German armour submissions this morning to an amazing  to 120 points - bravo!


From MikeA - First post - Cutting it close to the deadline! (26 Points)

My first entries in the painting challenge. I apologize in advance for the horrible quality of the pictures.

First up, Old Crow 15mm APC. I have a bunch of their stuff. Hopefully get it all finished during the challenge.

Next is a Daemonhost from Games Workshop. The newly released Imperial Agents codex has motivated me to finish off a bunch of older models.

Callidus Assassin from Games Workshop.


 A pair of old Games Workshop Servitors.

So that is one 15mm vehicle and four 28mm infantry for 26 points.  Not a great start, but a start.

Good afternoon Mike, really glad you could join us with your first entry. Cutting it close? Nah, you had a couple of days to spare! Are we on course for a full house before the cut, I wonder? These are some classic GW sculpts from the era when I played a lot of 40K. The Servitors look suitably dour for (mostly) mindless thralls, and Callidus assassin looks great, but is there a reason she's based differently to the others? And that Old Crow APC looks nice - what 15mm force will it be joining?  
With your pictures, have you tried a plain backdrop - just a sheet of plain paper works fine, and light from a couple of sources? It would be great if you could get some close ups for future entries. 
Welcome to the challenge, I look forward to seeing more!

From IanW: Back to 6mm Napoleonic's Friday (62 Points)

With my 6mm Ancients being the main focus in this scale I have not done much in the way of Napoleonic's, worse still I have not done any fine detail work and some of these need this.

But first I offer you some very interesting miniatures, these are MDF 6mm figures by Commission Miniatures and you get 36 figures for £2. This pack is the light cavalry in shako and to show the versatility I have painted two units up as Polish Hussars and two as French Chasseur's. The detail is light enough to paint over where required and good enough to tease more detail out if you wish and have the skill.

Polish 10th Hussars have a fairly plain uniform (for Hussars) and the pelisse is the same colour as the jacket. Maybe I should have considered this when I choose the regiments to paint up.

Look a bit off straight on
The 13th is a bit more colourful but only the trumpeter has a different colour pelisse! Still they give you a bit of an idea.

The Chasseur's are even more basic with the hunters green clothing. I was able to paint up each pair of regiments in a couple of hours and that's the biggest strength of these figures, they paint up really quickly. I have seen a full game using these figures and it looked really good. I would not swap over to these but I see the attraction.

Real close up you can actually see such details such as the bridles but very hard to see in the flesh.

All five regiments.
Next up is three regiments of cuirassiers for my Prussian's, these by Adler. The figures could not be more different, but again they really should not be judged against each other as the limitations of MDF make this unfair.

I already have two regiments I can not use for Waterloo and meant to paint up one with white coats to represent the Guard cavalry of the Prussian army of 1815 but as I was painting them at 3am Thursday morning I forgot and ended up with an extra standard regiment. Since Napoleon had limited Prussia to four regiments plus the guard regiment I can only use the extra regiment in games before Prussia was forced to disband the other regiments. As an aside I can't use these in a true 1815 campaign either unless the second Prussian army is brought into play as none of the  cuirassiers were with Blucher's army. 

I am fairly pleased how the Adler minis came out, I have six battalions of Russo-Prussian infantry sitting on my table hoping to be painted up in time for submission in two weeks so that will test my skills a little more.

So six regiments of nine figures and a seventh with just eight all add up to 62 points. Nothing like the bombs others have been dropping but I will take them.

Good stuff Ian. Your 6mm Adler look great as always, the neatness you get on these teensy cavalry, and great groundwork really seals the look. Those MDF 'flats' are cute too. Theybdont make the grade for me as 'real' wargaming miniatures, but I do reckon they'd have a charm of their on en masse.