Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Fieseler Storch in 1/72 from Academy

In my last post, about the LRDG test-game, you saw an unfinished Caproni-bomber on the airfield, belonging to Laffe.
A couple of mails, initially about who would get, and not get, what from the Winter War Kickstarter, got the snowball rolling. No one wanted the Finnish bicyclists, and by the way, I had started on my Fieseler Storch.
One thing led to another, and a competition was on.
The rules:
The one (me or Laffe) to e-mail a picture of the finished plane to the others was the winner of the competition.
The quality of the paintjob should be good enough to post on our blogs
To avoid a decisive victory the looser has 24 hours to finish his model. If he achieves that, the victory is deemed a minor victory.
Prizes:
Decisive Victory: The looser gets the bicyclists and must paint them within 3 months. Bragging rights for the winner, and he also gets to choose the next competition.
Minor Victory: The winner gets a limited bragging right. Thomas gets the bicyclists and can choose the next competition.
Well, I’m going to brag now. Guess who won. Yep, I don’t have to paint bicycle troops, and I will decide the in-group Painting Challenge II. That challenge will see Thomas participating also.
This turned out to be a great way to finish a prioritized model in record-time. Within 24 hours of me posting my picture, Laffe sent a mail of his Caproni. Newly painted. He took the advice from Thomas, and took a pic of what was ready. Turned out the underside wasn’t finished yet, so he swallowed the shame and admitted humiliating defeat.
A, sweeeeeeet.

Anyway. The winning model, from Academy, is a Fieseler Fi. 156 Storch (which can also be built as a Morane Saulnier MS 500/502 Criquet, used in Vietnam for example) in 1/72.
A straight-forward build. Some of the smaller details are on the thick side, which is good for our wargaming uses. The canopy is a bit tricky, as it is made from five clear-plastics pieces. I didn’t get a perfect fit and had to use some green-stuff.
Paints used (Vallejo):
Inside cockpit – 973 Light Sea Grey
Top – 929 Light Brown
Underside – 971 Green Grey
White band – 883 Silver Grey
Propeller – black
A dusting of sand-coloured pigment overall, and some black pigment from the exhaust.

Good enough, but won’t win any prizes… well, actually, it did J

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

LRDG test-game

We had a test-game of our LRDG-participation-con-game two weekends ago.
An Italian airfield attacked by a couple of LRDG vehicles with a mission to make as much mayhem as possible. You get the idea from the pictures. 
Lots of fun, and we got a lot of good ideas to incorporate in the scenario. Apologies for the unpainted stuff in the pictures, it will hopefully be finished before Flemcon in early December. There's also a couple of buildings missing.
This is the game we planned to have ready two years ago (a little project, should be finished in no time... yeah, sure...) but it has dragged on, and on. Now it looks as if it might actually make to the table. Me, Laffe and Thomas are the painters and organizers on this.

Anyway, as you can see, there is a very unfinished plane on the table, and there is another un-built plane in my plastics-and-tin-mountain. More on that in a later post.
Alternate set-up for the airfield.

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

28mm Wild West house from 4Ground

This 28mm house, Dead Man’s Hand Side Street Building No1 from 4Ground, took me two evenings to build. Effective time was about an hour.
The joy of pre-painted, laser-cut MDF.
 The door can open
 
Detachable roof. Two rooms.

A very nice kit – highly recommended.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Wild West + Meeples & Miniatures = True

Neil Chuck of Meeples & Miniatures podcast had an interview with Stuart McCorquadale from Great Escape Games about Dead Man’s Hand. It’s a western skirmish game that sounds really interesting.
Great Escape Games has partnered with 4Ground on wild-west terrain, those great terrain pieces that I have fallen in love with, so we will hear something about that also.
Finally Neil reviews the game.
Check it out, and if you haven’t discovered the podcast Meeples & Miniatures it is time to do so now.
I feel a purchase looming on the horizon…

Saturday, 19 October 2013

A couple of interesting Kickstarters

You might have seen some of these. Anyway, here’s a couple of Kickstarters I have found interesting

I totally missed last year’s Bones Kickstarter from Reaper. This time around I have actually pledged for it, so far the basic set a a couple of add-ons. Check out the Gelatinous Cube – fantastic!
Runs until October 26

This is quite interesting. Laser cut MDF dungeon walls and such. I’m very tempted by this, as everything to make a dungeon crawl more involved is great. The terrain-pieces will need some textured paint to look great, but a limited amount of work will probably give great results. Run by a small company – a real kickstarter!
We’ll see if I jump on this. It's probable...
Runs until November 8

What’s not to like? Evil Martians, heroic humans, flying saucers, secret weapons… fantastic look.
Run by Mantic, you know they will deliver. A minis game in a box, with a lot of stretch goals. Very tempting, but I think other people in my group will buy it, so I won’t jump on this one.
Runs until November 10

A minis game, well worth a look just for the great miniatures. Some of them are very tempting, but I don’t see an immediate need for these, so I’ll pass. Might pick up some of the minis later, though.
Runs until October 31

28mm minis for said game, or any other zombie game you might play. At the moment I have enough unpainted zombies and survivors figures, but some of these sure looks nice.
Runs until November 3

Scout Ship
A science fiction scout ship suitable for 28mm gaming, with optional crew members. Looks quite interesting, but not for me just now.
Runs until October 21

Friday, 18 October 2013

Otherworld 28mm Greater Familiars part 1

More painted from the Otherworld Indiegogo. These are four of the five familiars from the ACC3b Greater Familiars set. Also in the set is a brownie, yet to see paint.
These guys are placed on 20mm bases, so as you can see, they are quite small.
Not overly impressed with my paintjob on these, but they will do in a game of D&D.
I like the Homunculus, but the Quasit really looks like a lump of dough... and maybe he should
Paints used (Vallejo unless otherwise noted)
Homunculus
Skin – 881 Yellow Green, washed with AP Strong Tone, drybrushed with 914 Green Ochre
Eyes – Citadel Blood Red
Quasit
Skin - Formula P3 Thrall Flesh
Horns – Bone White
Washed with Army Painter Strong Tone wash, drybrushed with 819 Iraqui Sand.
Eyes – Citadel Blood Red
Should have varied the colours used on the wings of booth of these, to give more life to the figures, and maybe made the belly of the pseudodragon in a ligher tone.
Pseudodragon
Skin – 814 Burnt Cadmium red, washed with AP Dark Tone and drybrushed with Citadel Scab Red

Imp
Skin – Citadel Scab Red washed with Army Painter dark Tone wash and drybrushed with Citadel Red Gore


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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Two more 28mm Wild West from Black Scorpion

The gunman was my first Wild West figure, and hot on his heals we have two more figures from the same Town Watch pack from Black Scorpion’s Tombstone range.
First we have Grandpa – look at that face, full of character.
Paints used (Vallejo unless noted):
Coat – Citadel Foundation Calthan Brown
Shirt – 914 Green Ochre
Boots and belt – Formula P3 Bootstrap Leather
Gun stock – 843 Cork Brown
Skin - 955 Flat Flesh
All above washed with Devlan Mud
Pants and band on hat  – Citadel Foundation Charadon Granite
Hat – 992 Neutral Grey
Hair – 989 Sky Grey
And these washed with Army Painter Strong Tone
Next up is a well-dressed woman sporting a shotgun. Someone is interrupting her dinner, and she is not pleased about it.
Dress – Citadel Foundation Mechrite Red and a wash of Citadel Baal Red
She’s veering a cloth-belt tied up in a bow on her back, you can see a tiny bit of it – 883 Silver grey and layered on white as a highlight.
Hair – Coat d’arms 223 Horse Tone Chestnut washed with Army Painter Strong Tone
Her skin is painted as above, but with a layer of 955 Flat Flesh to get her a lighter and cleaner look.
Lips - 944 Old Rose (I should have given her mouth a redder tone, with the Old Rose for her lips. For next time)


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Saturday, 5 October 2013

28mm gunman from Black Scorpion

The last couple of weeks have been good, or bad, depending on how you look on things.
First, I succumbed to the temptation and fell for WWII in 28mm, specifically Winter War and the Baker Company kickstarter. I blame Thomas and Laffe for this, both have started on 28mm figures, posting them on their blogs and tempting me, and Thomas especially as he went lyrical about this Kickstarter. Not my fault at all….
Secondly this guy….
Wild West has long been something I have wanted to try, but I have always said to myself, “Not another period”. I actually persevered for several years.
But then I bought these wagons from 4Ground, seen in a couple of posts, really nice. Could be used in the Wild West, by the way…. oh, and they have a lot of nice buildings…
Then I had those houses bought from Paul Darnell, just lying there.
And I read Henry Hyde’s The Wargaming Compendium - there were Wild West-rules in it.
And then Alphaspel had a sale, and they got some Wild West figures…
The perfect storm, and it blew me away….
So, here I am, with two new periods/scales, and a grin on my face. Ah, who cares about climbing gear for a tin and plastics mountain?
So, this guy is from Black Scorpion and their Tombstone range, the Town Watch pack. Fantastic details on these figures (actually closer to 32 mm, ‘heroic’ 28mm I guess…), and this is the first painted one, waiting for foes and a saloon.
Paints used (Vallejo unless noted):
Trousers – 964 Field Blue
Hat – Citadel Foundation Charadon Granite
Band on hat – 836 London Grey
All above washed with Army Painter Dark Tone Ink
Shirt – 874 Tan Earth
Boots and belt – Formula P3 Bootstrap Leather
Skin – 955 Flat Flesh
Hair – 984 Flat Earth
Gun, buttons and bullets in belt – 865 Oily Steel
And this was washed with Army Painter Strong Tone
Finally the shells in his belt were picked out with 58 Brassy Brass

Yep, it’s fun with a new period. Two more from the same set that I just need to give a coat of varnish.


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Thursday, 3 October 2013

I won stuff from Blue Moon!

I always try to answer the questions in the competitions in Miniature Wargames, they are usually rather hard, and I always learn something. If I know all the answers and feel the prize is something I would like, then I usually send in my answers.
Did so in issue 365, and I got a mail a while ago from Henry Hyde the editor of the magazine, congratulating me to my amazing intellect (or rather, my luck in the draw, as there were quite a few contestants who had gotten it right).
The prize was £25 of Blue Moon miniatures from Old Glory UK.
I’ve had my eyes on Blue Moon for several years, so this prize really suited me. Of the stuff Old Glory had available I found the “Things that go bump in the night” 28mm series, with the “I just don’t feel my age” box, something suitably pulp for me. A great way of feeling out Blue Moon. (There are also a lot of 15mm Blue Moon figs at Old Glory, if that is your thing).
The box arrived the day before yesterday. So what’s in it?
 5 adventurers
5 locals
A sarcophagus with a loose mummy, and, argh… It’s alive!
Sooner or later you’ll even see some of these painted J

A great big Thank You! to Andy of Old Glory and Henry!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

28mm Finnish Army/Red Army Kickstarter

The Winter War Kickstarter by Baker Company is moving along, and the deal offered is getting more and more tempting. I’m in this Kickstarter with Thomas, and we are pledging £120 together, giving us one platoon from each army plus stretch-goals. Split in two, it will give us a lot of stuff to paint...
The figures, weapons and vehicles are mainly done for the Winter War of 1939-40. But as all the troops can also be had with summer uniforms, most of them have a given place in early Barbarossa, or winter 1941 in winter gear. The T-26 tank, truck, and BA-10 armoured car could of course be used in the Red Army of 1941. This alone should be a sweet deal even if you are just interested in Red Army of 1941, as you will get these vehicles, and a lot of other stuff, at the £60 level.
So what’s the situation, 6 days to go?
Add a field kitchen with crew and resting troops for each side, as the pic above isn't updated with that yet.
If you pledge for one platoon Red Army (£60) you’ll get around 120 soldiers plus heavy weapons, gun, vehicles and a field kitchen in 28 mm. £0.50 per man and everything else for free.... It’s a good, no, great, deal.
Finnish Army platoon (£60) will give you around 120 men plus heavy weapons, guns, field kitchen, horses and bicycles in 28mm. Again, really great.
A couple more stretch-goals within reach; a twin-turret T-26 for the Red Army, truck (optionally MG-armed) for both sides and finally an Aerosani (a propeller-driven snowmobile) for both sides. After this there will be a possibility for some more AFV:s and some Finnish heroes, and these will be paid-for add-ons.

So, what are you waiting for?
Finlands sak är vår!
(Slogan from the Swedish Finland-committee first seen in December 1940, and it became the rallying slogan for the voluntary help to Finland during the Winter War and also for the voluntary corps. It means “The cause of Finland is ours” more or less.)
(As a historical aside, Swedish support to Finland in the Winter War was rather substantial. We sent 12 Gloster Gladiators (1/3 of our fighter force, which wasn’t that great at this point of time) and 4 Hawker Hart, rebranded with Finnish national signs but with Swedish pilots. Also 131 000 rifles, 132 field-guns, 100 AA-guns, 85 AT-guns, 42 millions cartridges, 250 000 shells and more – a substantial part of our inventory. Also more than 8000 volunteers. Yes, the fear of a Red Army not stopping at the Finnish-Swedish border was great, and, well, Finland is our neighbours and brothers/sisters.)