Friday, 19 December 2014

Dust – SSU Battle Squad and a giveaway!

Enough German Dust-squads for a while now. Time for SSU, the Chinese-Soviet pact, and first up is a SSU Battle Squad, aka Frontoviki.
Five men armed with assault and machine guns and lightly armoured. The minis needed some cleaning as there are mould-lines. They’re not in any way bad but I prefer to clean them off.
One thing that bothers me a bit with these figures are that they all wear the same magazine pouches, regardless of weapon used. I had an idea about sculpting a new pouch for the machine gunners and making a mould of it so I could produce a bunch. But that is for later…
I’ve based the paint-scheme on the previous early-war Russians I painted earlier this year. A bit simplified though.
Paints used:
Uniform – 924 Russian Uniform
Assault pack – 912 Tan Yellow
Magazine pouch, entrenching tool cover – 914 Green Ochre
Entrenching tool handle, grenade handle – 843 Cork Brown
Water Bottle – Formula P3 Battledress Green
Belt – 984 Flat Brown
All above one coat of Army Painter Strong Tone Ink wash.
Amour, helmets, knife sheath, magazines etc – 894 Camo Olive Green + AP Dark Tone Ink
Gloves – Citadel Foundation Charadon Granite + AP Dark Tone Ink
Weapons, metal – 863 Gunmetal Grey + 2 coats of AP Dark Tone
Knife handle - black
Bases will be changed to transparent ones as soon as I get those. Should be any day now.

EndTransmission’s gaming stuff is a good blog that I’m following. He covers just about everything with a slight emphasis on zombies. A great read and recommended. Anyway, The site has reached 25 000 page-views, and that is, off course, cause for a celebration – a give-away with a chance to win a goodie box. Go over and check it out!

Lee Gaddies is a new Google+ follower. Welcome.

Don’t forget my own 100K giveaway.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Dust – Heavy Kommandotrupp and Lara

The latest new-comers to the heavy Sturmgrenadiers. They are painted just like the rest of my Dust Germans.
Mechanic armed with a Fliegerfaust, Commander with twin MG:s and a medic
German Hero Lara packing two twin MG:s
Don’t forget the 100K giveaway.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Another short and brilliant film – The Gunfighter

This short, and free, film is less than 9 minutes long, and will give you a new look on the usual saloon encounter. It is very funny (or at least I thought so)

Check it out here
and while you're at it have a look at Werewolves too.

Don't forget the give-away, open until December 22.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Zvezda’s Vickers Machine Gun with Crew and another give-away

Another great little 1/72 kit from Zvezda’s Art of Tactic range. When you look on the cover art of the box one thing is immediately obvious, namely that the machine gun looks somewhat strange. Yep, the real thing didn’t have the shield. So if you’re building this kit, just skip that (I used mine for one of my LRDG vehicles).
The cover says it is usable for 1939 to -43, but considering that the crew is wearing gas masks and 1939 pattern entrenching tool I would advise against using it later than 41, if that. Anyway it is perfect for BEF 1940 and Operation Seelöwe.
One thing missing in the kit is the condensation can that was used to preserve cooling water. I scrounged one from a Hät-set of British machine guns.

The soldiers were painted as presented in the painting tutorial.

Don't forget my give-away, open until December 22.

Don't forget The Batman Holiday Giveaway at Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher. Great site, great giveaway

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Dust – Sturmpioniere

Another squad of German Dust-figures finished.
I try to get a coherent look for each faction, with emphasis on painting speed. That means no fancy camouflage and a very limited number of paints. My goal is to get troops ready for a game or two, not get them ready for a painting competition.
I'll use clear bases from Sally 4th as soon as I get them.
Paints used for German troops:
Armour – Vallejo 995 German Grey drybrushed with 992 Neutral Grey
Clothing – 830 German Fieldgrey WWII
Heavy weapons, gasmasks, equipment – 920 German Uniform
Tubing – 836 London Grey
Power packs – 859 Black Red
Belts and high boots – Black
Low boots, chinstraps, gloves, other leather equipment – 872 Chocolate Brown
Panzerfausts – 977 Desert Yellow
Hand weapons – 863 Gunmetal Grey with two Washes of Army Painter Dark Tone ink
Everything except armour, skin and Panzerfausts washed with AP Dark Tone ink
PF and skin washed with AP Strong Tone ink
Good enough and works well with the rest of the German figures. Not as fancy as those Thomas did a couple of years ago, but I bet mine were done in a much shorter time :-)
Ready for combat!

Don't forget the give-away, open until December 22.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

BEF painting tutorial

I have painted a couple of 1/72 British Infantry from Battlefield Miniatures and their Blitz range, using the reference books as inspiration. This is hopefully something that is close enough to the real thing.
I’ve included paints below for more specialised equipment too, just to have everything in one place, and you will see examples of that in future posts.
Paints used:
Uniform, water bottles – Vallejo 921 English Uniform
Helmet, ammo boxes and other equipment – DOA Khaki Green G3
Boots, scabbard – Black
Webbing, pouches, anklets – 881 Yellow Green
Helmet nets – drybrush 819 Iraqui Sand, no wash (note – these were uncommon for BEF in 1940)
Anti-gas cape (rolled on backpack), gas mask bag (on chest) – 887 Brown Violet
Band to rolled anti-gas cape – 819 Iraqui Sand
Wood – 984 Flat Brown
Steel details, weapons – 863 Gunmetal Grey + two washes of Army Painter Dark Tone ink. (note, on these minis I used 863 Oily Steel and Strong Tone wash, but it is not as good)
Machine-gun band – 819 Iraqui Sand
Cartridges – Brass
Text on ammo boxes etc – 948 Golden Yellow
Everything washed with AP Strong Tone ink.

Don't forget the give-away, open until December 22.

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Black Scorpion vs Brimstone – a comparison

There seems to be an interest in using Black Scorpion miniatures as substitutes for the minis in the Brimstone boxes.
Here are a couple of comparison shots for those interested. The unpainted minis are Brimstone, waiting for paint.
Click here for more on Brimstone and here for a lot of Black Scorpion minis.

Don’t forget the 100K giveaway.