Tuesday, January 12, 2021

More fun with contrast paints ... and welcome 2021

I have been fairly busy hobbying but unmotivated to post - not sure why that is. I find it useful to keep track of projects here and to occasionally share and hear from co-hobbyists. Somehow COVID makes everything a chore!

Anyhow - here is the assortment of stuff I have done over the past few weeks including the holidays. Almost everything done with contrast paints as I test them out:

More Mantic Clansmen:

Mantic Scarecrows:

Mantic Spectres:
Reaper townies

Assorted Reaper adventure figures:

Reaper big orcs and a bat covered tombstone:

Mantic Snow Trolls:

GW Dwarves

A Reaper worm
Mantic Butchers:

Mantic assorted Nightstalker figs:

I now have about a dozen or so contrast shades and have experimented with mixing them to get some of the intermediate shades for the Nightstalkers. I think they work pretty well on figs that have a lot of rough textures, not so great on smooth surfaces.

Friday, December 11, 2020

KoW and Necrons

 The last few weeks saw some progress on a new Kings of War project - building a Northern Alliance army starting with the Clansmen models from the 3rd edition starter box, these guys were made for GW contrast paints - completed using 6 shades only:

As well as more new Necrons.

Unfortunately, neither unit is likely to see the table any time soon as we go into a serious COVID lockdown. Sigh....

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

And now for some Bolt Action stuff

More 'mericans. A squad of 28mm rangers including a flamethrower and bangalores, plus a Sherman, softskins and an M-20 Greyhound. Great stuff from Warlord Games!

Friday, November 6, 2020

MeG and Flames of War armies

 I worked through a batch of old school, mixed bag 15mm Gauls/Britons over the past few weeks to flesh out a Pacto scale Mortem et Gloriam Ancient Briton army. Here they are in their glory:

I also completed a company of Fallschirmjager with Stug support for my late war German Flames of War collection. These are models by Plastic Soldier Company.

I conclude with a photo of what the remote learning environment often looks like in our home. I hope he is absorbing all of Grade 9 French. Or I suppose with the calculator handy, perhaps it's catmath.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

P-47 for Flames of War

 My chum Dennis got frustrated hand-painting a P-47 model so asked me to bail him out

P-47 Thunderbolt Flight (UBX85)

 Steps involved were:

Cover old paint job with black primer:

Black bars on top of fuselage:


Mask the black


overspray white


Yellow tail and red nose


Mask the yellow and red flare


Spray chrome all over


remove masking


pick out details and touch up

gentle black wash to bring out panel lines

Decals - these were a total nightmare - very fragile and very stubborn to get off the paper