Saturday, 31 October 2015

It's Magnetic!

In our first game of The Great War, I noticed that the plastic figures that come with the game are a bit flimsy, so we used my Peter Pig figures instead. This is because they are not based together in groups, but singly. I had a think about solutions to this, I didn't want to base the figures in groups of four permanently, I wanted to be able to remove figures during a game to retain the board game aesthetic, however, I also wanted to be able to use the figures in other games such as Square Bashing.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

More 'The Great War' Germans

Another month passes and I managed to finish off another sprue full of plastic Germans from The Great War board game. It's another twenty five to add to the ones I have already completed. As the basic game set comes with three sprues of figures, this is the second of three. I have decided that I am going to clear my table of the PSC figures before starting other figures from other periods, that way I will have completed at least another project! Here's the infantry:

The machine gun and crew:

Mortar and crew:

And the special bomber figure.

As mentioned, I have one more sprue of these figures to paint to complete the basic game's figures. I did, however, double up during the Kickstarter campaign for The Great War, so I actually have another seventy five Germans to paint after that! But that is definitely for another day and I am happy to have finished the original set...

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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Any Landing You Can Walk Away From...

Another addition to my 15mm Star Wars Miniatures Battles project is this objective marker of a crashed TIE Interceptor. It started life as a snap-together Easy Kit from Revell, and is 1/100 scale, which matches pretty well with 15mm. Close enough not to notice anyway.

I pulled the wings apart and smashed the windows to make it look as though it had a very rough landing.I also left the pilot out and glued the hatch open to make it seems as though he either escaped or the body was recovered.

The ruts in the ground were built up with polyfilla and had my pre-coloured rubble added to make it look like clods of earth. I was going to add a spread of wing debris, but that would have made the base too long and I wanted to make as small a footprint as possible.I still have the bits I pulled off the wings, so I may make them into separate terrain pieces at some point in the future.

Also added was some battle damage in the shape of blaster shots. This was easily done with a metal spike heated up with a match and shoved through the wings. I then drybrushed the damage with German Grey.

Here's a close up of the damage.

I didn't paint the kit as it already comes in a bluish-grey plastic, it is an 'easy kit' after all. I did, however, inkwash the entire model in Army Painter's Dark Tone, this added some depth to the piece (and cut my work down considerably...). I also added static grass and grass tufts to the base just to break it up a little. Here are two 15mm Stormtroopers to give you and idea of the scale of the kit.

It will make an interesting Star Wars specific battlefield feature or an objective marker, maybe it contains some hidden plans for a certain space station? The actual kit took me no longer than about twenty minutes to build, it was waiting for things to dry that delayed it.

If you are interested I still have the pre-coloured rubble for sale here on EBAY. It comes in three colours and can be used for most modelling projects and basing wargaming figures:

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

2nd Nassau Brigade in 6mm

Whilst I have been busy in a galaxy far far away, I have also been beavering away on the 6mm Napoleonic project in the background. The latest of which is the 2nd Nassau Brigade under Major General Prinz Bernard von Saxe-Weimar. This unit is the first none-red unit I have painted and consists of three Nassau regiments (in green) and two Orange-Nassau regiments (in blue). The jagers are also present as the skirmishers at the front.

In Blücher terms this is an 'overstrength' unit, which is why I decided to model all five of the battalions that make up the brigade. This will make it easy during a game to spot the larger formations without having to read the information on the base.

It was a nice break to paint a different colour than red and this is also what makes the Anglo-Allied army of the 100 Days Campaign so interesting.

The figures are from Baccus, but are French line infantry, as Baccus don't do a separate Nassau range. At this scale no one will notice!

There are still a few more units to finish off before I have completed I Corps, but more about that in the future! I then may begin on the French I Corps, in order to have some figures to actually use on the table.

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Villains of the Galaxy

Every hero needs a villain to battle and Star Wars Miniatures Battles is no different. Along with the heroes of the Rebellion, I also added the villains of the Empire to my 15mm Star Wars project. Namely Darth Vader and Boba Fett.

Both figures came from Highlander Studios, the Darth Vader figure is from their 'Kendo Masters' range along with Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. He was pretty simple to paint, just a basic black base coat which was then drybrushed with black mixed with Khaki, to give a more 'organic' feel to his clothing. The lightsaber was painted red and I gave his eyes a red colour as well, just to make them stand out.

Boba Fett came with Han Solo and Chewbacca in the 'Space Pals' set from Highlander Studios. The bounty hunter was a bit  more involved when it came to painting. I found a great reference page on the 501st Stormtrooper Legion website and used that as a guide. He was then inkwashed with brown wash to give him a bit of depth.

These two will add more flavour to the game and will have their own stats as per the Heroes of the Rebellion. I also bought a bunch of Minions from Highlander Studios but you'll have to wait a while to see how they turn out! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Great War First Play

On Saturday, Ninjasuarus Rex and I had our first game of The Great War, the new(ish) First World War board game by the Plastic Soldier Company. I've had the game since my birthday back in July, but haven't had a chance to break it out since then. I am also in the middle of painting the figures, so we used my Peter Pig figures that I use in Square Bashing. This worked out pretty well as there are four figures on a base and we counted casualties with my usual red plastic tabs.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Heroes of the Galaxy

Along with the footsloggers of the Imperial and Rebel forces for Star Wars Miniatures Battles I added several of the well known heroes of the Star Wars galaxy to the mix. SWMB is a simplified version of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, so each of these characters will have their own record sheets and stats in a game. I can get these from the various roleplaying game supplements. 

First up is Princess Leia (actually a Geisha from Eureka Miniatures in their Samurai range). Although she is not wielding a weapon it is a very similar appearance to Leia in A New Hope.

Next up is moisture boy, Luke Skywalker. This figure came from Highlander Studios as part of their 'Kendo Masters' range. Although Luke's lightsaber in A New Hope is blue, I painted this as his later green one to make him different from Obi-Wan.

The Astromech droid R2-D2 came from Ground Zero Games and with a little cutting was a good enough stand in for the overweight glob of grease.

The waking carpet Chewbacca was another Highlander Studios miniatures. This time from their 'Space Pals' range.

And the charming scoundrel Han Solo came from the same range.

Finally, Obi-Wan Kenobi can be found in the 'Kendo Masters' set from Highlander Studios. It's the old Obi-Wan as seen in A New Hope.

For the painting I copied film stills and images from the internet and I think I got the colours pretty right. They were a joy to paint and are full of character. I was led to the Leia and R2 figure through the hive mind on TMP, so thanks for all the people who helped out in compiling a list of 15mm Star Wars stand-ins.

Whilst I was painting these little fellas I re-watched the excellent Red Letter Media reviews of Episodes I, II and III. If you have never seen them, all three are embedded below and are definitely worth a few hours of your time, even if just for a masterclass in film making:

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Men in White Part II

Another addition to my Star Wars Miniatures Battles forces is a full platoon of Stormtroopers. You may remember I managed to order some and bought enough for the full platoon. A Platoon of troopers is made up of four squads each of eight men in white, one of which is the commander and another the specialist.

The four squads are designated as Red, Blue, Green and Gold. I painted the bottom of each base to reflect this and here are the close ups of the four squads:

I like the figures, my only issue with them is that they are quite small compared to the other Star Wars figures I have. But apart from that they are full of character and really look the part!
Even Stormtroopers need someone to command them and I also added five Imperial officers to the mix. These came from Eureka Miniatures and are from their First World War Italian Alpini range.

The simple uniforms match pretty perfectly with the Imperial chaps. I may use these as commanders or even heroes in their own right.

There is more to come with this project so keep checking back for more in future!

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Halkett's 5th Bigade in 6mm

In a break from the Star Wars Miniatures Battles project I completed another base for Blücher. This is the 5th Brigade under Sir Colin Halkett and consists of the 30th, 33rd, 69th and 73rd (Highland) Foot regiments.

The figures came from Baccus and the flags from NapFlags.The base is from Sally 4th.

The unit is a further addition to I Corps, under the Prince of Orange. I have positioned the 30th on the front right, 33rd on the front left and the 69th and 73rd at the rear.

I have also made my battalions smaller for this base, in order to fit all four on there. This makes no difference in game terms, but allowed me to have all the units of the brigade present.

I will be working on the Nassau soldiers from the same Corps as my next unit from Blücher, so check back in future to see them!

Thanks for looking!