Saturday, 19 April 2014

Painting Challenge: Week Three - 15mm Ion Age

The third week of my painting challenge is going to require some serious effort to complete as the target will be ten stands of 15mm; utilising miniatures predominantly from the Prydian Army range by "The Ion Age" as well as (for simplicity and sanity's sake) some more Xenomorph models by "Ground Zero Games".
 
I've already got to work on some of the Prydian heavy weapon and officer models from "The Ion Age" Muster First Patrol bags, having been really taken with the figures (and company) at Salute 2014. Indeed, I've since received a subsequent order of even more Prydian figures from them, as well as the majority of their Space Goblin miniature range; their Malig Infernus Tank being a particular highlight (http://theionage.com/products/iaf046-infernus-tank)
I plan to base all of these models using "Battlefront Miniatures" stands, with command (wild cards for "Savage Worlds") and heavy weapon teams pairing up on small bases, and three regular infantry models being glued on medium-sized bases. Colour scheme wise, the uniform of the Prydian Army is famously red and white but I plan to go with the simple black and grey uniforms of the Imperial Guard, from back in the good old "Rogue Trader" days. This'll be far simpler (and quicker) to paint and also give me an excuse to give the officers some nice gold chest armour.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Baccus 6mm North African Buildings - Part One

These three North African buildings are from an old packet of "Baccus 6mm" resin Eastern Mediterranean buildings I've actually owned for a couple of years. Despite some numerous (and in some cases obvious) bubbles in the cats, the models are packed full of detail and proved reasonably quick to finish.

On the "Baccus 6mm" website the buildings have been painted using a simple 'almost bleach white' colour scheme, but because I may well use these models to represent built up areas for other areas conflict zones (and periods) I went with a less stark cream choice. In addition, because of the level of detail on the miniatures, I even dry-brushed a second colour over the buildings, to really help 'bring out' the stairs, windows, and shop fronts; something I wouldn't ordinarily consider even for 28mm scale scenery.
As a result the models were all undercoated with two layers of "Vallejo" Iraqui Sand. I've had this bottle hanging around for some (bought as part of a boxed set for Afrika Korps models) and thought it'd give me the cream effect I was after. Once dry, each building was then washed with "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade; a Shade which has been consigned to simple scenery and basing duties since I discovered Strong Tone Quickshade by "The Army Painter".

Each model was then dry-brushed with more "Vallejo" Iraqui Sand before I applied a final highlight of White. The windows were then 'picked out' using "Coat D'Arms" Black, whilst the doors painted using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna" and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade.

I also made the decision to base the buildings using the same 'mud and grass' colour scheme I predominantly base all of my models in this 'day and age'. I must confess to being somewhat tempted to go with a desert basing scheme, but that would have meant either re-basing my 6mm British Modern Army (a depressing nightmare of a scenario) or having my scenery 'jar' with the force's fighting over them.
In addition I've also managed to squeeze in painting another base containing two armoured personnel carriers from the "GHQ" 6mm modern "Micro Armour" range. This means my Modern British Army will now be able to field two complete Spartan Armour assets (i.e. eight models based upon four stands).

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

"...In Defence Of The Law"

I've managed to finish one of the 'newer' "Mongoose Publishing" Street Judge models in my collection and it's definitely been the easiest to paint of the handful I've so far painted. Certainly I've not needed to 'sculpt' any missing details on the figure with green stuff on this occasion and even the casting's flash was minimal. However, just like the large artistic variance of the future lawman's look found within his actual comic books, the sculpting style of this 28mm metal miniature is strikingly different to both the 'older' models I've already painted, as well as the new models produced by the "Judge Dredd" Kickstarter. Indeed the helmet badge, square knee pads and boot knives all smack of Brian Bolland's legendary artwork.
What with "Salute 2014" and the many discounts/offers currently available through wargaming websites, this really has been the week of adding to my lead/resin/plastic mountain as opposed to 'whittling' it down through painting. But I'm still persevering with some 6mm "Baccus 6mm" buildings; albeit my interest in this scale has significantly diminished due to my latest "Salute" purchases.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Painting Challenge: Week Two - 6mm Baccus Scenics

The subject of my second week's painting challenge will actually follow on nicely from the 1:285 scale "GHQ" "Modern Micro Armour" I've painted over the past week or so. It's going to be more 6mm but this time from the North African Building range of "Baccus 6mm"; plus I need only complete a single stand over the next few days.

I actually bought these nine splendidly detailed resin buildings around the same time as my "GHQ" British Army, and believe that some of the models are now actually out of production; as the "Baccus 6mm" website would only seem to be selling them these days as a collection of six Eastern Mediterranean buildings.
I've already based them on similar plastic stands to those I use for my 6mm collection, flocked them and even started undercoating and washing a few of them ready for their windows and doors to be picked out, and the models dry-brushed with cream and then white.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Modern UK Infantrymen - Part One

The vast majority of these 6mm "GHQ" miniatures come from the "Micro Armour" blister N139 Modern UK Individual Infantrymen and have been based in order to form a simple Rifleman Section's Fireteam, complete with Corporal stand (i.e. base with kneeling figure pointing and radio operator).

The models were initially undercoated with an old 'out of production' pot of "Citadel" Foundation Knarloc Green, in order to fit in with the colour scheme of the first batch of "GHQ" figures I painted a couple of years ago. However, as the miniatures are so tiny, I thought they'd prove an excellent test for the shading capabilities of "The Army Painter" Quickshade Ink Strong Tone. I've heard it discussed on a recent podcast that its every bit the equal of the "Citadel" wash Devlan Mud my original "Micro Armour" British were all shaded with, and I wasn't disappointed.
I then dry-brushed the models with more "Citadel" Knarloc Green to bring out their detail, before 'picking out' the soldier's footwear, weapons, hands and faces with "Coat D'Arms" Black. The areas of skin were then painted using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Skintone and "Citadel" Ogryn Flesh wash.

 The mortar and two anti-aircraft models are from the "Micro Armour" blister N140 Modern UK Individual Infantry Weapons. Whilst the two armoured personnel carriers are from N59 Spartan APC.
 
I've managed to start painting a few more "GHQ" models, such as some (wheeled) armour personnel carriers, in order to offer my British sections the option of being mounted within vehicles and being far more mobile. 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Painting Challenge: Week One - 6mm Micro Armour

In an effort to both 'chip away' at my lead mountain and 'complete' some of the many projects I've begun but never finished over the past few years, I've decided to start a weekly painting challenge for the next three months. In brief every seven days, at the turn of a playing card, I'll have to paint a small collection of figures I already own. The models will range in scale from 6mm - 28mm, and consist of anything from one to ten models or stands (depending upon the miniatures size); in addition they'll (hopefully) be weeks when I can paint what I like (upon the turn of a picture card). If I fail a challenge then I'll be not be buying any new 'shiny things' for the following week (as my current addiction is that bad).

To get things going I'll be painting eight bases of 6mm this week and have chosen some British Army models from a couple of "Modern Micro Armour" blisters by "GHQ". I've owned these "super detailed 1:285 scale" figures for a couple of years now, having bought a couple of army boxes whilst at the Newbury-based show "Colours" and then a load more from the webstore "Wargames Emporium".

I originally planned to use the miniatures with the "Battlefield Evolution Modern Combat" rules by "Mongoose Publishing" but now hope to use them as a small British force for "Savage Worlds" by "Pinnacle Entertainment Group".

Whilst searching for my "Modern Micro Armour" packets I've also found a load of 6mm "Exodus Wars" models by "Steel Crown Productions". I picked up a few blisters from this range at around the same time as the "GHQ" figures with the intention of having the British Army face off against an Undead (Edenite) Zombie Horde; similar to that seen at 'the Battle of Yonkers' as depicted in the novel "World War Z" by "Max Brooks".
I've already started painting up and basing a few of the British Army 6mm vehicles and soldiers, and, inspired by the blog http://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/, started undercoating another plastic "Marvel Heroclix" 28mm.   

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Space Marine Sternguard Veteran Squad - Part One

After some considerable time 'picking away' at this particular 28mm plastic and resin model, I've finally completed the first of five "semi-finished" "Games Workshop" Sternguard Veteran Space Marines I bought off of Ebay at the start of the month. Initially I was planning to simply go with the original dark green Sons Of Horus Legion paint scheme their former owner had started to apply.

However as these Adeptus Astartes would seem to be equipped with weaponry far more in line with "Warhammer 40K" than the "Horus Heresy" era I've instead decided to paint the squad as part of the First Compnay of the Ultramarines Chapter instead. This would also explain why, to honour the history of their glorious predecessors, they're wearing the old ("Forgeworld") Mark IV helmets of former veteran Ultramarines and give me a good excuse to paint them white as opposed to the Chapter's usual deep blue.
As with the majority of my models, especially infantry, I started painting the miniature from the feet up. This actually meant I first had to remove it from the 'converted' cork base it had been previously glued upon (in order to represent the model standing atop a large slate boulder) and then flock its new 25mm round base with my usual combination of "Games Workshop" Citadel Sand and some finer grained "Hornby" ballast, bought from a local Train hobby shop.

 The model's power armour was coated in two layers of "Vallejo" Heavy Blue and was originally treated to a wash of Blue Shade. However I disliked the minimal effect the 'Lavado Azul' had, so changed it for a coat of "Citadel" Asurmen Blue. For the gold areas, such as eagles and shoulder armour plates, I used my usual technique of applying a double layer of "Vallejo" Gold upon an undercoat of "Citadel" Doombull Brown and then gave them a heavy wash of Devlan Mud. In order to re-paint the purity seals quickly, I simply painted them using "Vallejo" Heavy Red with a glaze of "Citadel" Bloodletter and "Vallejo" White with a wash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade. I also applied "Vallejo" White to the space marine's helmet, shoulder pads and loincloth. These were then washed with Pale Grey. Finally all the silver/metal areas were painted using an old pot of "Citadel" Boltgun Metal and then washed with Badab Black.

I'm reasonably happy with how this 'test' model has come out, but have been looking to replace the space marine's combat knife with something a bit meatier; especially as I see this model as being the squad sergeant. I've even considered purchasing an actual box of Sternguard from "Games Workshop" in order to both obtain a more substantial close combat weapon for this figure and also build a more obvious sergeant model complete with helmet plume and powerfist. However the thought of then needing to paint up an additional five more Sternguard, in order to make the financial investment of such a purchase worthwhile, has proven rather off-putting. Instead I'll be looking in bargain bins and may well consider cutting the knife hand off at the wrist and magnetising the join so I can add a chainsword or powersword in the future.
In the meantime I'm concentrating on completing the gold badges and shoulder pads of three more 28mm metal figures from the "Judge Dredd" range by "Mongoose Publishing".