Sherman post, I've been working on some winter GIs to face off against Conscript Greg's newly painted winter Germans. In this post I'll show off the Bolt Action winter US Army HQ pack and rifle squad boxed set.
The Bolt Action stuff is generally good though, and I recommend both of these packs wholeheartedly. Most of the rest of my winter GIs are from Artizan though, and as such they're slightly beefier in build than the BA boys. You'll see soon... I'll be posting some pics of the rest of the platoon (and some support in the form of a .50 cal) shortly!
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
|1/56 scale plastic StuG model - kit from Warlord Games.|
|An iconic piece of WW2 kit...the unique front silhouette of the StuG.|
|The plastic kit has lots of nice detail, but if you look closely at the bottom right I could NOT get the hull sections to sit together smoothly...f*cking plastic models...I always mess them up...|
Dallas does seem to have a lot of Sherman tanks, so I might need to add another AFV of some kind...
|I left the schurzen plates off of the model, as there was no reasonable way to mount them and expect that they would not be immediately snapped off on the gaming table...|
Anyway, it looks great without the plates, and I might figure out a more robust solution later. So I built the plates, but have left them to the side for now.
|75mm gun will help take on enemy armour...|
|Here is the vehicle along with a couple of the infantry models painted during the recently completed AHPC X.|
|Ready for action on the table! I'm sure it won't get knocked out on the first turn or anything like that...I mean, when has that ever happened to newly-painted vehicles, right?|
Thanks for reading, and I hope all are safe and healthy out there.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
"Value Gear", an ebay seller offering tons of 1/48 stowage bits.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Rebel Alliance and more Imperial forces for Star Wars Legion. The Rebels were commissioned from Cody (FB @coldpaintingtable, Insta @havok100). In general, the sculpting is pretty good, with an interesting mix of male and female humans, and aliens. I like the variety of skin tones and alien features that Cody used.
Above is Luke Skywalker, as he appears when he confronted Darth Vader on Bespin in the movie The Empire Strikes Back.
Below, the first squad of Rebel Troopers, with a couple of optional heavy weapons at either end of the rear line.
Below, another squad of Rebel Troopers. Also, better views of the heavy weapons, a gatling blaster and am ion grenade launcher.
Below, some crisp Fleet Troopers (basically, shipboard marines). They were the crew we saw on Princess Leia's ship in Star Wars, and who held off Darth Vader on the Rebel command ship, at the cost of their lives, in Rogue One.
Below, some Rebel Pathfinders. These special forces types were featured in the assault on Scarif in the movie Rogue One. One the left are two alien named characters, Pau and Bistan.
Below, an R2 unit, a Rebel Officer, a Commo specialist, and a medical droid. They provide various leadership and support roles for the Rebels.
Below, an AT-RT walker. Basically a light tank, it's a 20+ years old relic of the Clone Wars. Typical gear for a rag-tag group of rebels.
Ironically, I now have 70+ figures with no way to play multi-player games with them, during the current COVID-19 emergency.
I guess some solo gaming will be the order of the day for awhile!
These models are the final commissioned pieces painted by Steve Brown. Below, another squad of Imperial Stormtroopers.
Below, Stormtroopers from the Stormtrooper Upgrade set. The sculpting is a little crisper than for the regular Stormtroopers shown above. Also, take note of the heavy weapons.
According to the Internet Movie Firearms Database, all the Stormtrooper firearms (and the other blasters in the movie) are based on real world weapons. For the basic squad guys, the heavy weapon is an MG-34 and the regular blasters are Sterling SMGs (I think the rocket launcher is based on a Bazooka variant). For the Upgrade guys, the heavy weapons are, respectively, a Lewis Gun and an MG 15.
I painted the mighty Chewbacca for Star Wars Legion. The neat parts of this were researching and then rendering the various fur colours.
From various images I gathered, Chewie's fur definitely has a pattern, but the colours may vary depending upon the source.
So, I settled on reddish-brown fur, with greyer patches, and lighter fur around his face.
I airbrushed Golden Titanium White zenithal highlights over GW Chaos Black primer. I used various acrylic washes for the fur: GW Reikland Fleshade for the reddish fur, Agrax Earthshade for the darker fur, and Seraphim Sepia over MSP Blond Shade and Blond on the face. I used some artists’ oils for blending and details on the rest of the figure.
It's a large, imposing figure, standing around 45mm tall. In-game, he synergizes very well with Han Solo and with Princess Leia. He's also pretty tough, shooting a big gun and basically ripping off arms in close combat. I look forward to playing with him in future games.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Sho3box blog, which is a great source for 2000AD/Dredd painting inspiration.
|"Slicey-slicey, oncey-twicey, claw and fang'll kill Dredd nicely!"|
These are also Mongoose castings from the Kickstarter and, truth be told, aren't very good, with lots of awkward flash and miscast areas. To be honest I was pretty lazy cleaning them up too so don't be too hard on them.
|"Meaty-beaty, chop 'em neatly, death or glory no retreatee!"|
The weird rocket-thingies on their backs are straight from the comic, but I have no idea what they are supposed to represent.
Khurasan's Garn)! So I am a Klegg fan... I just wish these ones were better cast and offered some variety in poses.
Now for Warlord Games to give us game stats for Cal and the Kleggs... I think that gaming the insurrection against Chief Judge Cal would be fun indeed!
Monday, March 23, 2020
|10mm Bavarians for the Franco-Prussian War. Figures from Pendraken.|
The sculpts from Pendraken are really incredible...I just can say enough good things about them - I wish I had ordered more before the government "shut" the borders...
|Infantry in cornflower blue tunics. You can't miss the Bavarians!|
When war broke out between France and Prussia in the summer of 1870, the Kingdom of Bavaria sent a major contingent to join the forces of Prussia and the North German Confederation. From the initial battle at Wissembourg through the seige of Paris and many battles against the stubborn French Republican regime which replaced the fallen government of Napoleon III, the Bavarians played a major role in the Franco-Prussian War.
|Command group in the middle...depending on the system, each base could represent one battalion from the regiment...or the three bases together could represent one battalion...all depends on the rules.|
In terms of approaching ways to game this period in any scale, I would like to start out "small". The Battle Wissembourg fits that bill, in the sense that it was one of the smaller encounters in the War. It was also one of the first battles. A division (and more) of Bavarians were part of that engagement. These figures are meant to represent part of that force, representing a regiment of infantry and a regiment of cheveauxleger cavalry. There are two individually-based mounted officers as well to represent relevant layers of command, depending on the rules system being used.
|Chevauxlegers - Bavarian "light" cavalry.|
The Battle of Wissembourg saw an understrength French division hold off elements of one Bavarian and two Prussian corps for the better part of a day. Had any of the nearby French forces come marching to the sound of the guns, the engagement may have turned out differently, but the lethargy shown by the French command would turn out be the rule, not the exception, in the summer of 1870...
|Again, these could represent one regiment, two regiments...it all depends on the rules being used.|
|Mounted officers to serve as command markers.|
Certainly current events may now allow for more time to paint, even though the crippled economy may not allow for much money to buy paints or figures (not that I "need" any more figures)...I'm fortunate enough that my job is still holding up for now. But I know Thousands and thousands of others are not so lucky, so I hope everyone out there can stay healthy and safe, and I hope our collective governments get their sh*t together in time.
Cheers, and stay tuned for more "social distancing" painting efforts...