Friday, June 26, 2015

German Heer Awaiting Bases

I finished the last batch of German soldiers this afternoon. I'll take close up photos once I have bases on them. For now, it is just nice seeing them all together as a platoon. I am hoping that between this box, and the Pioneer box, that I don't need to paint any more German infantry. When the vehicles for this force are completed I should have enough models to play a wide variety of games. This platoon will play far differently than my early war platoon given the inclusion of assault rifles and panzerfausts.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

German Infantry Platoon WIP

I began painting this platoon for another one of our Big Bolt Action Games, but I had forgotten about a mini-camping trip my wife had planned. Given that, there is no need to paint at blistering speed. I can slow down and take my time with the last batch of germans to the right of the completed bunch. However on the off chance it rains this weekend, I think might press on, and completed the army. It would be nice to have a new force for Historicon.

How shall I base these guys? Should I go damp earth with fall colored fallen leaves? Should I bases them on wet mud? Should I try to make ruined city bases for them. That would lighten the base providing contrast, as well as allow me to add little splashes of urban debris such as as bricks and wood. I suppose a basing bake off is in the making.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Late War German Soldier For Bolt Action Test

I usually paint a test mini before I dive right in lay down paint on 60+ miniatures, however today I jumped. The fun part after the jump, was figuring out how to add depth and highlights to the Vallejo German Uniform base coat. Enter Secret Weapon Storm Cloud wash. The coverage was good, the tint was good, and I am very happy with the result. It is fast and easy, and will allow me to rapidly paint up a late war force for our gaming group to experiment with.

  1. GW Black Basecoat
  2. Vallejo German Uniform
  3. Secret Weapon Storm Cloud Wash
  4. Vallejo German Uniform
  5. Vallejo German Uniform + Vallejo Green Grey (white-ish) 70971

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bolt Action WIP Shots

I've had these two German Desert Afrika Korps vehicles in my painting queue for quite some time, and decided to dust them off and get them painted yesterday. The open topped bus looking thing is an Sd.Kfz. 7 half-track. I've been waiting to try dust effects on a windscreen for a long time, and finally had the opportunity with this model. Unfortunately the windshield wipers on the model are so small that they would be almost useless. Despite this I gave it a shot. The recipe is simple. Mask off the area that should be clean, and just apply matte varnish to the area you want to appear dusty. Simple and fun.

The Horch anti-aircraft truck currently lacks a turret, but so far it looks like it might be the stand out model of the pair.

Neither of these models will figure in our huge Sunday game, but I am happy to add them to the DAK stable for future use.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

What's On The Painting Table

Sometimes what's on the painting table is amusing. I have nearly finished Sons of Orar for the NOVA Charitable Foundation army raffle, Palm trees for our big Bolt Action game, and cows. Clearly I don't know how to paint cows, but eventually they will look good enough to use in one of our Normandy games. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sons of Orar Charity Army

Once again, some zombie shots of the Sons of Orar biker squads part of the NOVA Open Charitable Foundation army raffle. (once the whole force is painted Dave Taylor will take army shots and direct people towards ticket sales) The handle bars are drying right now, but once they are ready, I'll be able to mount the marines on their bikes. I'll have to dust up the bikes first, but that is a quick fun 2 minute task prior to gluing the legs on.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Secret Project Revealed 8x6 North African Table

So Steve and I have been building a table. He is going to have loads of table building posts over on his blog. Once we are both cleared to post more photos, you'll find detailed construction info over there. Everything but the palm trees are scratch built. We used loads and loads of plaster, as well as resin for casting building decorations and tires.

So why build a massive North African port town? Well, we've been focussed on narrative play for a while, and have been slowly developing terrain to support it. This table is one of our big leaps. I wish I could show you more of it, but that will have to wait till after our big game. Steve and I are GMs for the two sides, and I don't want to spoil some of the surprises for the players.

One of the benefits of narrative play is grounding the game/units with realistic objectives. For example each player will have specific objectives to fulfill as part of their team. There are also battalion level objectives. Players will know what their squads are supposed to achieve, and will have an overall understanding of what the CO desires. To achieve this realism, Steve, as head GM, is adapting the rules to fit the operation better. Having played two test games now, I am really excited to see how this pans out.

Now, onto the important stuff. As the GM/CO for the South African forces, my officers might be wondering what Scotch to pair with the battle. This is the only important question to ask before game day. There might be other questions once the player packet goes out, but let's focus on the right priorities here. I am going to suggest peaty salty scotches for units involved in fighting closest to the port. For those fighting further inland, I recommend they stick to distillers known for smokey and salty notes.

Scotch pairing for the North African port table game
Peat and Smoke

  • Bruichladdich
  • Lagavulin

Smoke And Salt

  • Highlands Park
  • Caol Ila

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nova Open Charity Foundation Army

It is that time of year again where painters from around the world come together to paint charity armies for the Nova Open Charity Foundation. This year, as in year's past, we are supporting Doctors Without Borders.  One of the especially cool things is that 95% of each donation goes direction to DWB. 

A lot of folks made this happen. Projects like these could not happen without folks like Atlantis Games, KR Multicast, Element Games, and Secret Weapon Miniatures.  They've donated a significant amount of product in order to make it possible for our scattered group of painters to work. 

In the shots above you can see two Sons of Orar bike squads nearing completion. The final paint chipping and weathering is not completed, but enough of the base colors are done that I wanted to share them. We've been trying to keep the SoO a little darker than usual, in order to help highlight weathering and distinguish them from Blood Angels. You might have noticed that the tires do have some weathering. The goal was to use light colored weathering powders to match the bone colored bases supplied by SWM. Tires should be darker where they contact the ground, with dust/dirt build up near the hubs and in the treads. Recipe follows:
  1. Prime Black
  2. Paint with Vallejo Dark Rubber
  3. Gloss Varnish to protect paint
  4. Secret Weapon Miniatures Green Earth weathering powder mixed with Tamiya X-20A paint thinner near the wheel hubs and in all of the tread areas.
  5. Secret Weapon Miniatures Yellow Earth weathering powder mixed with Tamiya X-20A paint thinner near the wheel hubs and in all of the tread areas.
  6. Q-Tips + X-20A to clean up powder and fad dirt into the hubs
  7. Vallejo Black + touch of Vallejo Dark Rubber + Retarder to smudge along the bottom side of the treads to darken them. 
  8. Mr. Hobby Super Clear MatteVarnish
(not all of the wheels show the process. I only painted the parts showing, but as expected the wheels rotated a bit while varnishing them)

These guys are basically red Ultramarines who are sent out to in perpetual blocking actions. They are the red shirts of the space marine chapters.