While Steve busily paints up his Australians for our North Africa campaign, I've been sneakily painting up the big cats of the desert war. Flak 88's and Tiger tanks are iconic of the desert campaign, and give the axis force the right flavor. Allied tanks rightly feared both. What you see in these photos are the base colors, transfers, and oils completed. Weathering powders and chipping have yet to be applied with exception of the rusty exhaust. I mean, who can resist painting a rusty exhaust right?
The tiger is modeled after the actual tiger 112, which fought in Tunisia before being turned into a parts bucket for other vehicles. After the war, parts from that Tiger ended up in Maryland, a quick drive away from Washington. (Greg, you finally get to see that Tiger!)
The flak 88 comes with two trailer sections that will eventually be painted to match.
When it came to basing the Perry Brother's miniatures, I was at a loss. With so many miniatures to base, and the weird double stacked base that needed filling, what I really needed was a colored putty that I could paint on. That would fill the ridge gaps, and provide the base for the powders. The solution ended up being pretty simple
- Desert Sand putty (dries rather springy) + Steel Legion Drab mixed in to darken it
- spread the putty all around the base
- add a few slate rocks
- liberally douse with SWM Burning Sands weathering power
At some point we are going to have to play a standard from the book bolt action game. The narrative games have been amazing. Now I am curious how the game stands up with equally matched forces. Would I enjoy playing this game in a tournament?
Another experiment worth trying is playing a game of 40K using hybridized Bolt Action rules. I love 40K, and I have a fun army to paint, but the rules and game durations have made the game more of a marathon than I like. Why not just bolt on the story and miniatures from 40k onto the Bolt Action rule set? It would be fun seeing Space Marines function they way they appear to in the novels. One 10 man squad should be able to take out a platoon of infantry without much difficulty.