Saturday, 30 April 2016

1/48th Fokker DVII WIP Part One

In a break from 15mm and 6mm figures I decided to start work on a Fokker DVII kit that my girlfriend had bought me for Christmas. It was a cheap one from a Czech company I had never heard of before called Směr. I wanted to make another First World War biplane, but wasn't bothered about sorting out rigging again, so the DVII is perfect as it has very little. 

Looking at the kit initially, I saw it was pretty basic, there were only a few parts and should be an easy build. However, this didn't sit right and the cockpit looked too bare for my likings... So I decided to build a rod for my own back in the shape of the steel frame that the pilot was surrounded by. Also, as the aircraft was mainly fabric, I thought it pertinent to show the lozenge pattern that the plane would have originally been produced in. First step was the cut off all the little lugs that held the seat and other things in place, then paint the interior in white.


The white paint was used as a pimer for the interior decals. I bought a set of Fokker DVII lozenge pattern decals from Aviattic. They were a little expensive, but definitely worth the money. I added the interior lozenge decals on the fuselage and a liberal dose of Micro Sol to soften the decal and help it form properly.


Once this had been left to dry for over 24hrs, I then took a sharp scalpel and cut off the excess decal material and painted black up to the decal edges.


Next stage was to create the frame for the cockpit. Now, I decided not to make the entire frame, but just enough that would be seen if someone were to look into the model. I used some thin round plasticard rods and followed the amazing instruction booklets that come with the WingNut Wings Fokker kits (I'd love to make one of these one day, but I fear I'd ruin it...). I carefully glued the frame in place and left it to dry. I also cut a small rectangle of plasticard for the cockpit floor and painted the dashboard, seat and floor in brown.


Once the frame was dry, I painted it in Gun Metal and fixed the engine in place along with the other parts of the cockpit. Dryfitting the two fuselage halves, I found, to my amazement, that it all fitted together!


That was enough for now, this is a slow build as I have been quite busy recently, but there is more to come, so watch this space!

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

My Little Ogre Playset

What 100 Days Campaign would be complete without the little Corsican himself? Luckily, Baccus have a set called 'My Little Ogre Playset' featuring the pint-sized tyrant and his staff. It's an expensive set for the amount of figures you get, but there is only need to buy one, so I did.

There are also two tents included in the set, here is Napoleon in his famous pose; feet resting on a drum. On one side are his personal infantry guards and the other is covered by his bodyguard Mameluke Ali. 


Napoleon on horseback is also featured, again with Ali close by and two other generals making reports.


Here is Napoleon on foot discussing the ensuing battle with more staff officers.


And finally, doing all his work for him, Napoleon's Chief of Staff, Berthier. Well, those orders don't write themselves...


Each of these bases will be used for commander and sub-commander figures during games and certainly add a little something to the rest of the army. If nothing else, it was a chance for me to paint a lot of gold trimmings!

As previously mentioned, I am selling a few items on EBay, to make room for more 6mm Napoleonic figures... After a lot of deliberation, the WW1 20mm collection is up for sale, I have set it at a price that I think is OK as it does include a lot of painted figures. It is in two lots, the Germans and the British and includes infantry, support weapons and even tanks, click the links below to see the listings.



There are plenty of better pictures scattered throughout my blog postings, click on the tags WW1, 20mm and Through the Mud and Blood to find them. Also, be sure to check out my other listing as there are a few old school Games Workshop games up for sale as well. 

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

A7V Tanks From The Plastic Soldier Company

The second to last items in the Tank! Expansion for The Great War board game from Plastic Soldier Company is the German A7V tanks. It never fails to impress me that wargamers have such an endearing love for these whitest of white elephants from the First World War. Only about twenty were built and even these saw very little action. However, they never fail to turn up on wargamers tables or in rules. Anyway, two are included with the base expansion set and I painted them along with the British Mark IVs. Another easy inkwashing exercise, made even easier by the lack of visible tracks!


The only other items left in the box are the two German field guns, which I will paint in due course. Do check back for that.

In other news, I am selling a few items on EBay, to make room for more 6mm Napoleonic figures... After a lot of deliberation, the WW1 20mm collection is up for sale, I have set it at a price that I think is OK as it does include a lot of painted figures. It is in two lots, the Germans and the British and includes infantry, support weapons and even tanks, click the links below to see the listings. 



There are plenty of better pictures scattered throughout my blog postings, click on the tags WW1, 20mm and Through the Mud and Blood to find them. Also, be sure to check out my other listing as there are a few old school Games Workshop games up for sale as well. 

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Men in Black 3

The third part of the Brunswick brigade for my Blücher 6mm 100 Days Campaign project is the cavalry brigade,commanded Major Von Cramm. This consisted of Hussars and Uhlans. However, the Uhlans only fielded a single squadron and this would be six figures at the ratios I am doing the units. So rather than have to buy another set of 48 figures to use only six, I decided to leave them off and just represent the Hussars instead.


The 2nd Regiment of Hussars had four squadrons, each made up of six figures, including a commander and trumpeter.


The trumpeters are on the grey steeds and the rest on bay coloured horses. As the men are wearing the black Brunswick uniforms, again, they were very easy to paint!


Also, I made two Brunswick attached artillery tokens to go on the 1st and 2nd Brigade bases. I did a quick bit of research and it seems that during the 100 Days Campaign the Brunswick guns were painted in a light blue, changing from the previous Ochre colour. The Brunswicks captured guns from the Austrians and left them in their original colours, which was Ochre until painting them in the light blue.


So that completes the Brunswick Corps, it is only three units, so wasn't a very difficult job, and here they are in full:


I am now going to switch back to the French and work on II Corps. Hopefully this won't take too long, but will provide enough figures for a decent game.

In other news, I am selling a few items on EBay, to make room for more 6mm... The WW1 20mm collection is up for sale, I have set it at a price that I think is OK. It is in two lots, the Germans and the British and includes infantry, support weapons and even tanks, click the links below to see the listings. 


20mm German First World War Figures

There are plenty of better pictures scattered throughout my blog postings, click on the tags WW1, 20mm and Through the Mud and Blood to find them. Also, be sure to check out my other listing as there are a few old school Games Workshop games up for sale as well. 

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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Men in Black II

With the Brunswick soldiers proving easy to paint, I also finished off the 2nd Brigade of the Brunswick contingent pretty quickly! This was the Line Brigade and was formed of 1st, 2nd and 3rd battalions of Line, commanded by Lt-Col Von Specht. As with the 1st Brigade, this unit was heavily engaged at Quatre-Bras and then again at Waterloo.


The Brigade is only three battalions strong, but is still at normal strength according to the Blücher rules. This interferes with my usual visual shorthand of understrength = three battalions rule, but I won't lose sleep over it.


As I mentioned previously, the 2nd Battalion had standards. In fact, each battalion had two according to NapFlags (where I sourced the standards). So some chopping and changing was required as Baccus only provide one standard bearer per four man command strip.


This brigade and the 1st represent the entire infantry of the Brunswick contingent. I think they look pretty smart in their black uniforms.


Next up, it's the Brunswick cavalry and attached artillery, then that will be another Corps completed. 

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Men in Black, Wellesley's Defenders

I continued my 100 Days Campaign project with a new order of Brunswickers from Baccus. The original Men in Black. This is a small Corps formed of only two Brigades of infantry and one of Cavalry, so it was an easy one to contend with before I throw myself into another large French Corps. The first unit is the 1st Brunswick Light brigade.


This unit was made up of three battalions of Light infantry and one of the Lieb (Life) Infantry. Also the Blücher bases has this unit supported by skirmishers. I actually used some French skirmishers for these as they were close enough and I forgot to order the Brunswick ones...


You may notice the lack of flags, this is because none of these units were issued them during the campaign, so that cut down some of the work for me. I chopped the standard bearers off the bases and will use them in the 2nd Brigade as they had two flags per Line battalion, but Baccus only provide one per strip.


The Brunswickers were heavily engaged at Quatre-Bras, where the Duke of Brunswick was actually killed. They were initially in reserve at Waterloo, until moved to the front lines to resist the French cavalry attacks. They suffered very heavy losses during the campaign.


These were the easiest 6mm figures to paint as well, literally black, with a few stripes of other colours. If only all Napoleonic uniforms were black...

I am selling some bits and pieces on Ebay, mainly Games Workshop stuff, please have a look

HERE

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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Mark IVs From The Tank! Expansion

The Tank! expansion for The Great War boardgame comes with four Mark IV male and female British tanks as part of the box set. I had already painted one (along with the Kickstarter bonus tanks) as a tester, but then painted the other three to finish them off. As with the other vehicles I got with the Kickstarter, deal, I did a basic paintjob on them.


This involved inkwashing the green plastic and painting the tracks and unhitching beam. The beam was painted in Vallejo's Stone Grey then inkwashed in brown. The other details of my painting can bee see in this previous blog post about the Whippets.


The detailing on the models is really well done and the rivets and seams, etc. stand out very well and take to an inkwash. As with all of PSC's products, they are a pleasure to paint.


These are the last British tanks from the expansion, there are only the German A7Vs left to paint. I will apply the same techniques to those vehicles as well and hopefully they will turn out OK!

In other news, I am selling some old Games Workshop box sets on EBay, if you are interested click the links below to see more:

Space Hulk 1st Edition (German version)

Space Hulk 1st Edition (German version, without intructions and scenarios book)

Judge Dredd/40K Floorplans

Warhammer Fantasy Battle Magic Box set

Don't forget I am still selling pre-painted rubble as well!

I also have the following games for sale, leave me a message below with a contact email if you are interested in any of them and I can give you a price (the pictures are the games I have, what you see, is what you get!):

Bismark


Junta


Apocalypse



Iron Men and Wooden Ships


Warlords: China in Disarray 1916-1950


BeastLord


Statis Pro Football


MechWar 77


Machiavelli

Battlefield: Europe


A Mighty Fortress


Mine a Million


Election X


Elder Secrets of Glorantha (Runequest expansion)


H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands (Call of Cthulhu RPG expansion)


GrapeVine

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The Great War Tank! Expansion Whippets

As previously mentioned, I thought I'd do a post on how I painted my models from The Great War Tank! expansion. In this case, these are the three Whippet tanks which I got for my original Kickstarter backer £10 bonus. The principles I have employed on these three tanks are exactly the same as all the other vehicles that came with my package and are very simple to follow. 

First off, here is how the models actually arrive. There is a basic paint job on them, the markings on the tracks and a garish red exhaust. But other than that they are pretty plain, some may like them like that, but they are too plain for me!


The first thing to do was give the models an inkwash with some slightly watered down Vallejo Black Ink. I don't remember the exact ratio, but it was probably three lots of ink to one of water. I'm not very precise about these things... This was liberally applied to the entire bodywork of the tanks and left to dry for a few hours.


Once the ink had dried, I painted the tracks in Matt Black, I used Coat D'Arms, but any paint will do. This doesn't have to be incredibly neat as any mistakes can easily be covered up with the weathering later in the process.


Then, once the black has dried, using Vallejo's Hull Red and a size 3 brush, I go over the tracks. Again, this does not have to be neat and even having patches of black showing through can be a bonus. You'll notice that I didn't bother painting the exhausts on these and left them in their original colour, but with an inkwash.


The next stage is to paint Games Workshop's Bolt Gun Metal thinly but roughly over the top of the tracks and the exhausts. Again, neatness is not necessary and having the lower colours coming through the metal is a good thing and gives the tracks some depth. 


The penultimate stage is to inkwash the tracks and exhausts again in Black Ink, mixed with a little water. I usually leave the Boltgun Metal to dry for a bit longer than the other paints as I find that the inkwash reactivates the paint and it spreads it about a bit.


The final stage before spray varnishing is to get a flat soft brush and apply some drybrushed Vallejo Khaki around the tracks and hull undersides to represent the dust and mud that would congeal there. I did try adding sand mixed with PVA to represent this on one of the Mark IVs, but I thought the effect was a little too clichéd, that everything in the First World War was covered in mud... The good thing about applying the Khaki is that is covers any transgressions you may have had in the earlier stages...


So there you have it, some painted models in reasonably easy steps and with minimal work time.



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