Sunday, 28 June 2015

Another Short Post (never gets old...)

This has been another quiet week for painting, as I am still working away and there has to be a lot of running about when I get home at the weekend. However, I did manage to find some time to paint a few more stands of the Baccus 6mm British that I recently bought.

Once you get the hang of it, painting 6mm isn't any harder than putting buttons and eyes on 28mm figures and I painted each four man strip as though it was a single figure of a larger size. Plus you can do away with large amounts of detail with figures this size and shading. I have used Black (undercoat and touching up), Flesh (hands and faces, plus undercoat for red coats), Red (redcoats, duh), Blue (water bottles), Buff (knapsack and musket strap), White (cross belts, lines on back pack and shako tufts), Grey (trousers and greatcoat roll), Beige Brown (muskets and bayonet scabbard), Bronze (shako front plate) and Gun Metal (musket barrels and bayonets). Finally the Green for the base, makes eleven paints in total, probably less than most bigger sized figures.

All eight bases took about two hours to complete from beginning to end. I am sure adding more figures will increase the time, but not by a considerable amount. The picture above shows them on a Sally 4th Blücher specific base. I have yet to glue them down, as I was thinking about the possibilities of basing. I was considering doing two units each of six strips, making a total of 48 figures per base. A commander figure and maybe some skirmishers would finish off the base nicely. 

The Napoleonics are not the only latest additions to the lead pile. Also last week, I took delivery of some 15mm 'Curious Chaps' from [REDACTED]. I had to jump through a couple of hoops to get them, but this weekend I started work on a tester figure:

I just need to figure out the best way of shading white...

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A Short (6mm) Post

After enjoying our initial game of Blücher, I decided time was right to dip my toes in the murky waters of Napoleonic gaming. With Blücher being such a high level of organisation from a gaming point of view, I wanted something to go with the epic scale of the game and decided on 6mm. My local manufacturer, Baccus turn out some amazing figures in this scale, this was my obvious first port of call. I ordered a set of British line infantry, the cheapest they had, and the duly arrived. They are brilliant little sculpts, really full of detail and they far exceeded my expectations.

Now, I haven't painted 6mm figures for many, many years and although Baccus have a 'how to paint 6mm' guide on their website, it is aimed at Marlburian figures, so I searched around for a Napoleonic guide and found this brilliant blog post. It was exactly what I needed to start. And here are the results:

I was surprised at how quickly I was able to paint these four (about twenty minutes in total), now, I just have to finish the other 92 figures in the set... 

I am pretty pleased with them, but as they are my first Napoleonic figures for a couple of decades I welcome any comments on the schemes, details or other bits and pieces.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

Today is the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The great British (and Allies) and Prussian victory over the Corsican Ogre.

Anyone reading this blog should have some knowledge of the battle, so I will just provide some eye candy:

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Stuff and Nonsense

Since finishing the Stalingrad project, I have not really had much time to do any painting. I am currently working away in Ware, Hertfordshire, excavating a Roman cemetery. I was looking at the local war memorial the other day though and I spotted two men from the MMP (Mounted Military Police) were recorded on there. I think this is the first time I have seen a Monkey on a war memorial.

Also, there were a couple of men from Canadian units on the memorial. I'm not sure of the story behind this, perhaps they were men who had emigrated to Canada from Ware?

Also, it was a friend's wedding this weekend, so I spent Saturday night in the pub. The landlord is ex-army and a military enthusiast and I was delighted to see these two beers for sale:

Obviously, I had to try several pints of each, but I didn't run off like the Old Guard did, ha ha ha ha ha. 

And finally, I did paint one figure in the last week, he is a Halfling for Blood Bowl. I have painted him in the team colours of the Greenfield Grasshuggers. I have had these figures sat about for a few years and I thought it was about time I started work on the team. This guy was a tester for the colours:

OK, that's it for now, but thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

The Stalingrad Project Is Finally Complete!

So after nearly nine months I have managed to draw the Stalingrad project to a close with four Panzer IIIs. They represent the other half of the 36th Panzer Regiment and this includes the Panzer IIIK Command Tank for the regimental HQ (The one with the tank commander).

The other three tanks are the Panzer IIIJ variant with short and long barrelled 50mm guns.The lists state that one of the Panzer IIIs has a 75mm gun on it, but I researched this to breaking point and found that they only had 50mm guns. It's another minor issue in the lists that I have found on this journey!

I bought a box of Plastic Soldier Company Panzer IIIs to build this unit, so there was an extra one in the box (I was going to buy four of their reinforcement sets, but it was cheaper to buy the box!), which I also painted and will use in future scenarios based in Stalingrad. Here's all five from the box:

As I said, this last unit finally completes the Stalingrad project, so here are the German forces in full:

These don't include the extra bits and pieces I painted along the way to completion, but this is the attacking force as laid out in the Rapid Fire! Third Supplement.

And to face them are the Soviet defenders of the beleaguered city.

Again, there are a few bits and pieces that I put into the project as I went along (such as the snipers), but this is the 'official' force list.

I am not going to list every single unit in this scenario (you'll have to track down a copy of the supplement to find out...), but it amounts to 170 German figures, 24 German Vehicles, 4 German guns, 184 Soviet Figures, 7 Soviet Vehicles and 3 Soviet guns. The final running total is: 354 figures, 31 Vehicles and 7 Guns. That is a lot of green and grey...

Now all that remains to actually play the scenario, but that will have to wait a while as I am currently working away and time is precious (it also means this blog may be a little slow as I don't have as much time to paint at the moment)... But check back in the future for a full AAR when we storm the Barrikady Factory!!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Penultimate Stalingrad Post?

OK, I am so close to finishing the Stalingrad project that I began last September (!) that I can taste it! It has taken me a long slog to get to this point, but some of the final units are these German artillery pieces. They consist of the 150m sIG for the 544th Infantry Regiment (389th Infantry Div)'s gun company (plus a spare one that came in the pack) along with the 105mm LeFH18 Howitzer from the 389th Artillery Regiment.

The guns are all by Command Decision, the crew is a mix of CD and Peter Pig.

In the Rapid Fire! lists that I am using to put this project together there are actually supposed to be three of these howitzers in the 389th Art Reg. However, I am probably not going to add any more guns. The size of these things mean they should really be off board anyway, so I can argue that this is only for illustration purposes (and save myself £12, by not buying the other two...).

The 150mm sIG is a weird looking beast, brutal looking and pretty ugly, but it will do the job. The Command Decision have two of these which means I have a spare one, which will probably be put to use in other Stalingrad games in the future.

The Command Decision 105mm Howitzer also come with a towed version of the gun. I painted this and based it, although I don't have anything to tow it (maybe in the future...) and that is why it looks like it's floating!

Also added were these three Soviet Zis trucks, from Zvezda. I bought these at Triples the other week and although they are not officially in the Soviet lists they will be used to transport the guns.

As I said, these are not in the lists, but if you look very closely at the pictures of the scenario in the Rapid Fire! Third Supplement, you can see a knocked out Soviet truck towing a Zis-3 gun, so I reckon it's legit...

OK, there will be one more post on this build (not including the scenario AAR, when we finally play the game...) so stay tuned for more soon!

I am selling the rubble you can see on the bases of the vehicles on EBay, please take a look HERE if you are interested. 

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

A Change from the Norm

In a complete break from the norm, I recently painted a Games Workshop Rhino APC. Don't worry, I haven't gone over to the dark side, there is a reason behind this. I bought it as part of a job lot of 40K stuff on EBay with the idea of reselling.

When it arrived it looked like a monkey had put it together and thrown paint at it from the other side of the room. It took a while to clean up all the glue and paint on the vehicle, I then added a couple of large guns to the sponsons and it was ready to repaint.

I decided to go with a typical German Second World War camo scheme of three tones. I know this isn't GW canon, but it makes for an interesting looking vehicle (and rather more realistic than the usual primary coloured GW fare).

I also added a load of my pre-painted rubble as mud, this was enhanced by drybrushing with Khaki (which also shows you how versatile it is! Click the link above for the EBay listings). 

Decals were added from some spare ones that I have kicking about, along with some larger stowage that doesn't fit on my 15mm models so well.

And that was it, pretty simple and a different kind of project for me.

I bought this just to sell it and it went for a whopping £4.99 on Ebay! A little less than I would have liked but it did come as part of a job lot that I paid about £25 for and I enjoyed the building and painting, so it's not a major concern.

Thanks for looking!