Sunday, 31 March 2013

Plastic Soldier Company T-70

Following on from my tank track tutorial, here are the finished Plastic Soldier Company T-70s. These are lovely little models and you get five in a box like most PSC tanks. They were very easy to build and paint. It was just Vallejo Russian Green, inkwashed in black and drybrushed with a mix of Russian Green and White. I'll fit these in somewhere with my early war Soviet forces and here they are:

And as I have the whole week off work to attend stag dos and two weddings here is a little bonus in the shape of a fleet of Zvezda Opel Blitzes, which I finished about a month ago but forgot about!

Happy Ishtar!

Friday, 29 March 2013

Tank Tracks Tutorial

Whilst I am painting my Plastic Soldier Company T-70s and thought I'd do a quick tutorial on how I paint tank tracks. So, without further-a-do, I shall begin...

In the first picture I have painted the hull of the tank, inkwashed and drybrushed it (Russian Green and drybrushed with RG mixed with White: All the paints I use are Vallejo, unless otherwise stated). The next step then is to paint the tracks in flat black. I have also painted the exhaust in black as this will get the same treatment as the tracks.

I don't mind about being too neat, as any mistakes can be covered up with dust and mud later anyway.

This black is then roughly covered over with Humbrol Matt Rust 113. Again this doesn't have to be neat, and it looks better if some black shows through to give it a rough look.

The next stage is to paint Citadel's Bolt Gun Metal over the top of the Matt Rust. This is applied like a heavy drybrush so again that the Rust and Black show through.

The penultimate thing to do is inkwash the whole track (and exhaust) with thinned down Black:

Finally I give parts of the vehicles a dab of thinned down Hull Red for rust effect and drybrush with Khaki for the dust and mud weathering over the tracks. I've also added a patriotic slogan decal, I know these were generally done in chalk and wouldn't have survived to the battlefield, but it adds a nice touch. This is now ready for varnishing and basing:

So there it is, my technique for tracks, I hope this was of some help to someone! I'll post pictures of the finished T-70s soon...

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Soviet 45mm AT Gun Step by Step build

In this post I am going to go stage by stage through the building and painting of a box of Plastic Soldier Company's Russian 45mm Anti-Tank guns. These have been in the pile of untouched things for a while now, so I thought I'd get on with constructing and painting them. I'm not sure where they are going to fit in with the rest of my forces, but I was thinking of putting together a Soviet Motorised Battalion at some point, so at least one will sit in that. OK, if you are sitting comfortably, I shall begin...

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Plastic Soldier Company Tiger I

This is the finished product of a box of Plastic Soldier Company's Tiger Is which I picked up around Christmas and have only just got around to completing. There is a lot of choice in the box for variants and I went for the late war version. My only problem with this is that there is a lot of plastic left over after building, but this will all go into the bits box!

According to the Rapid Fire! second supplement there is enough cats for the HQ (1 vehicle) and a tank company (3 vehicles) of a German Heavy Tank Battalion (mid 1943-1945).

I also have another company of Peter Pig's Tigers, so that's over half the battalion. I just need to add the Wirbelwind AA vehicle to the HQ to finish off, but that is for another day!


Thanks for looking around the cattery! I have been working on a lot of German stuff of late so I think I will switch back to the Soviets as I have a box of T-70s and five BA-10 waiting for me... Keep tuned as I churn those out!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Viking Raiders

I picked up a set of Gripping Beast's Save Us O Lord! set at a show, just for something different to paint as I haven't painted any Vikings for years. I've always admired GB's figures at shows and this was a good compromise rather than buying a full army of Huscarls and taking my attention away from the 20th Century, where I normally game...

I didn't like the flaming torches that came with the set so I used a left over spear and sword that I had as a replacement for the fella cutting the monk down and the guy with sheep booty.

I then asked a friend if he'd go to town on photoshop for me with one of these pictures to show the Vikings returning from a successful raid and here are the fruits of his labour:

Friday, 15 March 2013

1/144th Sopwith Pup

Recently a Czech model company,Valom, have released their new 1/144th Sopwith Pup kit. Being an avid player of Wings of Glory/War I thought I'd add to my collection with one of their duo packs. I got it through Rapier Miniatures for £12.00 and this is the kit straight out of the box. You'll notice some parts are photo-etched, the struts and the undercarriage along with the control stick and tail skid:

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Panzer Grenadier Battalion (1944)

I have just put the finishing touches to a German Panzer Grenadier battalion from 1944 from the Rapid Fire! second supplement (page 9). I added the 16th (Pioneer) Company from the Rapid Fire! second edition rules (page 13) as I thought it was a typical support unit and the mix of weaponry would be interesting.

The SdKfzs are from Plastic Soldier Company with additions from their 251 Conversion box and a scratchbuilt bridging vehicle. The Maultier and 75mm gun are both from Command Decision. The figures are mostly from Plastic Soldier Company with a few additions of Peter Pig's flamethrower and Command Decision's Panzerfausts/schreck (I started the project before PSC had released their German Infantry Support box...). So here are the pictures:

The Pioneer Company

The Battalion consists of:

HQ = CO + 3 figs (Panzerschrecke) in SdKfz 251/10
3 x Rifle Companies (8 figures each with one Panzerfaust) in 3 x SdKfz 251/1
Machine Gun Company = 2 x MG42, 1 x 81mm Mortar in 2 x SdKfz 251/1
Support Company = 1 x 120mm Mortar, 1 x 75mm Pak 40 in 1 x SdKfz 251/1 and 1 x Maultier, plus support from a SdKfz 251/9 Stummel

16th (Pioneer) Company:

8 figs with 1 Panzerfaust and 1 hand held Flamethrower
1 x SdKfz 251/7
1 x SdKfz 251/16

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Darkside Cowboys Versus the Oldheim Ogres

"Welcome to Sunday night's Blood Bowl tournament, I'm Dick Brooking and I'm here with Bob Motson at the start of what should be an important match up between the Darkside Cowboys and the Oldheim Ogres, isn't that right, Bob?"

"Yes indeed Dick, this is the first Ogres game since the new manager B'Dum Tish took over. He's done a lot for the team, like rooting out the bad Snotlings and replacing them with four new and upcoming Goblin players."

Friday, 8 March 2013

Second King Tiger WIP

This is the second 1/35th King Tiger I had bought for me as a present. This one was a recent addition to the build pile, having only been bought in August as a 'thank-you' when I did some work on the Isle of Man. It has taken a while to get to the final stages as it is a different kit to the previous King Tiger and more complex. Every two tracks had to be built in three separate pieces and not being a particularly good modeller it took me a while to get them built. I was partially put off by how complex this section of the build was and I was trying to think of ways to get around it but I bit the bullet and they were finally finished:

The rest of the kit went together pretty easily. It is a Dragon late production Henschel turreted version, with transport tracks, rather than the wider combat tracks. It's as though this vehicle was thrown out of the factory quickly using whatever was to hand to get it fighting.

This gave me an idea about how to present the model. Rather than going for the usual camo painted tank I decided that to emphasise the rushed appearance of the vehicle it could be one that has been cobbled together from other damaged tanks. I thought it would be interesting to have the hull in it's unpainted red primer colour with all the removable parts already camouflaged as though they've been taken from another or multiple vehicles. This is it with the camo painted and ink washed, along with the basic primer colour on.

It's not finished yet and there is quite a way to go, but I hope to have this one finished in a lot quicker time than eight years...

Sunday, 3 March 2013

The Oldheim Ogres

Hot off the painting table is my newest Blood Bowl team, the Oldheim Ogres! When I was a wee chap I was always desperate for a team of Ogres, but GW being the money grubbing demon it is, always made sure they were just out of reach for my meagre pocket money. Now, of course, I have disposable income and can happily spend £7 on a figure just to make up a team. So I have.

It took a while to collect the Ogres from EBay, but I finally got them together and added four Goblins to be thrown about by the Ogres. This should be a fun team to field, especially with Goblins flying around the pitch!

The black and red colour scheme is my own as I didn't like the orange one that is in the BB hand book. The team consists of three Ogre Blockers, three Ogre Blitzers and four Goblin Catchers.

Thanks for looking and tune in again soon sports fans, I'll post an after match report when I field them!