Friday, June 26, 2020

More stuff and some dabbling with weathering

More progress on the ongoing projects:

A squad of Ancient Britons for Jonathan

Another regiment of 1/72 French Line by Italeri

And now my experience with weathering a 28mm tank model. I have never tried weathering - my stuff typically looks like it came right off the assembly line.

Here we go:

The kits I used:

 The model parts:

The model cleaned and assembled:

Step 1: US Olive Drab primer applied by airbrush

Step 2: Yellow Olive shade applied by airbrush

Step 3: US Dark Green shade applied by airbrush


 Step 4: US Olive basecoat applied by airbrush

Step 5: Grey Green highlight applied by airbrush

Step 6: Decals then Satin Varnish applied by airbrush

 Step 7: Camo Brown tracks and chips

 Step 8: Camo Brown with Buff track & chip highlights

 Step 9: Dark Brown Wash on tracks

 Step 10: Dark Green wash everywhere, and I should have stopped here ...

Now the ropey part....
Step 11: Pigment application followed by Binder - I used pigment wetter with water on the tracks for mud accumulation, followed by a dusting overall of pigment for road dust, then tried to fix that in place using binder. Then dullcote over top. 

I am unhappy with the binding step - it pooled pigment in the crevices and it was lost from flatter surfaces. Maybe dullcote contributed to that. Here it is with some newly painted Airborne dudes.

I tried an overwash with Agrax to tone down the stone grey dust, and reapplied dry pigment to the tracks, but I think it looks like shit

My chum Kevin tells me he had the same experience with binder, and the only solution is to throw out the model...

I am way too cheap to do that, so it will just have to play with it as it looks.

I need more practice with pigments!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Sternguard et al.

More stuff coming off the bench at a steady clip, starting wth some MkIII marines done as sternguard veterans for my Imperial Fists army - they did well on the weekend but died.

Another regiment of French for Lasalle - these are Italeri - two more to go!

Byzantine 10mm skirmishers, this wraps up both armies for MeG - just need to do command stands, and for the rules to actually arrive.

In the background I have been painting some 28mm Warlord Ancient Britons for a chum in exchange for lead. Because I need more lead...!?

 And the US Airborne Bolt Action project ticks along - here we have another fire team and a 57mm ATG.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

More different stuff

Some refurbuished LOTR figs for a change:

Getting near the end of the Arab Conquest 10mm project - here are some archers and cavalry, really only need to do command stands to be able to play MeG

A Bolt Action Russian who somehow fell off the table and didn't get finished in my last round of painting Soviets - 

and the next batch of 101 Airborne for Bolt Action - a half squad and mortar team

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Bolt Action, 10mm MeG and more 20mm Naps

I have been pretty productive recently, cycling through 3 projects

A 28mm Tiger I for Bolt Action

A regiment of French line infantry in 20mm for Lasalle

28mm Bolt Action US Airborne "Screaming Eagles" - infantry and MG teams

10mm Arab Conquest cavalry

Another Napoleonic French regiment - 20mm light infantry from Newline 

Arab Conquest slingers for MeG in 10mm by Magister Militum

and a test stand of 10mm Old Glory javelinmen for the Thematic Byzantine

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

New troops for Bolt Action, Lasalle and MeG

Bolt Action Soviet infantry ... cuz you can never have enough of them...

20mm French line infantry for the Lasalle project - these are Newline 20mm metals

Shown here with some Hat plastics for scale - they match pretty well.

Some US 101 Airborne also for Bolt Action - these figures are only okay - less versatile than either the Germans or Soviets I have done. 

 And I blew the dust off a 10mm Magister Militum Arab Conquest army I bought ages ago for mass battle game to be determined. Well, I ordered a copy of the MeG (Mortem et Gloriam) Compendium which I really like the look of. These guys can face my Byzantines! Five blocks of heavy foot with cavalry and light infantry still to come.