Thursday, 10 January 2019

Bits and Pieces

Someone was asking the other day about beating painting block. My advice was to just try to do something every day, no matter how trivial. I've been trying to stick to that myself.

So far the fruits of my labours have been...

A Panzerjager I awaiting decals and weathering, 3 of the 12 'Pin' markers for Chain of Command (all 12 are done), a converted crewman for the PzJ I, plus 2 of the 4 entrenchments I have made.

And today, I started painting the PIAT teams I have for British Airborne. These guys are 'HUGE'. Not sure of manufacturer but I got a load foo them for next to nix at a Bring & Buy. If they won't fit with the Artizan ones I bought, then they might end up back on a Bring & Buy.

I am using the painting guide from Benito's Blog, 'Wargaming with Too Fat Lardies' with adjustments. He recommends Vallejo Hull Red and Russian Green,neither of which I have, so this is using Vallejo Saddle Brown and Luftwaffe Cam. Green. By the time they are washed and highlighted, they will look quite different.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Looking Both Ways - Addendum

Or it could also be titled..  'Oops I did it again..'  - Northstar and Warlord both had their post Christmas sales, I can never resist a bargain.

So now I have the figures for a British Airborne Platoon from Artizan, as well as some Early War supports. I suspect that means I will need to purchase additional Airborne supports as well..  though I did pick up a 6lb AT gun cheap from Warlord, in the recesses of my brain I have in mind the airborne version was quite different.

Ah well.

And with all the planned terrain production, I am going to be grabbing some wire, to add to the rubberised horsehair I bought online, and get building.

Looking Both Ways 2018

2018? Better than 2017.

I started a new job, which keeps me out of mischief, but does allow me access to a University library.. hey ho!

Not that I have made much time for study. In fact I have barely found time for any reading this year. I ploughed through a couple of fairly lightweight WW2 histories, but I spend so much time reading and writing in my job, it's easier to paint or watch a movie when I get home.

So purchases this year, by my standards, have been fairly limited. I have kept my focus to two major projects, Sharp Practice 2 forces for the American War of Independence, and Chain of Command forces for WW2.

I have also managed to set up and run a large multi-player AWI game at the club, using some of my collection of painted figs with contributions from Dale, the club chairman. I have also managed to play a couple of games of Chan of Command at the club, which were very well receive, and even 'What a Tanker'. So it's been a pretty Lardie sort of a year. 

In terms of what I have got painted, I am actually pretty pleased. My AWI collection has moved along a little bit. There are enough forces to run a decent SP2 game, and I have a number of other units nearing completion. For Chain of Command, I finished off the Desert War stuff, and finished platoons for British/Commonwealth & Heer for North West Europe, plus a range of support options.

Pleasingly, I also got my finger out, and actually finished some terrain pieces. So I now have enough AWI buildings, and I am starting on some other pieces. I have also completed a few NWE buildings for WW2, some jump off points and some other pieces like walls, fences, entrenchments and so on.

Finally, the items in store arrived in July. It's great to have my books again, but because of th difficulty in packing and the very short timeframe, I left most of my actual painted stuff with a friend. So far, one army has been sent over, but I got slugged with a massive customs bill to do so. Other ways and means must be found...

So what's in store for 2019? -
Firstly - a folding table top extension for the dining room table to take it up to about 6 x 4 (that's 180 x 120 cm for the decimally minded). That is going to have to wait until the Shed roof is properly resealed. The damp in there will rot MDF left unsealed.

Having purchased the Chain of Command Blitzkrieg book, I have the figures now to do a 1940 French force plus supports, and their German opponents. They look to be both interesting forces. I also dug out my old PSC Plastic Soviets, and they should be relatively quick to put on the table, making good opponents for my later war Germans as well as 'Blitzkrieg' Germans repurposed for Barbarossa. I also ordered a bunch of Warlord resin vehicles while they were having their Christmas 'free postage & 50% off the second resin vehicle sale'.

I also intend to really get stuck into making terrain. At the moment, a mat, buildings and a few feature pieces are about the extent of my terrain efforts. It's good enough for the club where i can borrow club terrain, but I would really like to have a home option. So that means, trees, hedges/fences, walls, roads and so on. I have MDF, a Jigsaw, and plenty PVA glue...

I also would like to paint another ancients army, and get a few more of the AWI units finished.

I took advantage of the Warlord offers during the year and scalped some absolute bargains on their plastic renaissance sets, at one stage, 12 infantry sprues for £1 each, and similar if not quite as stunning bargains on their mounted. I am not to sure what this might be in it's final incarnation, but perhaps something like Swedish. We shall see. That would be a bonus.

Finally, I still have the Lion Rampant Scots to think about. And it would definitely be faster to finish than the Swedes...

Priorities then:
1. WW2 - 1940 French in 28mm
2. WW2 - 1940-41 German in 28mm
3. Attalid Pergamene in 15mm for DBMM
4. WW2 - 1941 Russian in 28mm
5. Scots Medieval (1388) forces for Lion Rampant
6. Additional units for AWI Sharp Practice, Continental Line, Colonial Militia, Loyalists and some mounted. 
=1 - 5 . Terrain (non-period specific, so woods, fields, hedges, stone-walls, dirt roads primarily)

If I get past the first 4, I will be pleased, especially if the terrain making works out...   we shall see.

So all the best with your 2019 projects everyone.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

On the Painting table

There are a few other bits and pieces I have been doing, and I thought I would share. Unfortunately, I have run out of spray varnish, so even those that are finished are in hiatus until the supply chains are restored..  (the local hobby shop is closed till tomorrow... and I am unfortunately back at work, so won't get there any time soon).

AWI coach (Warbases), Hessian General and Howitzer (Perry)

Howitzer again, plus some partially completed AWI civilians and Jump Off Points (ok, deployment markers)

Walls (Red Vectors), and painted and inked CoC dashboards (Warbases)

The dashboards from Warbases are terrific, they provide a single neat way of recording Chain of Command points and dice, plus starting and current Force Morale.

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Catching Up - Part 2

Another decent run at getting some buildings done, and also some jump off points.

So here's the process.
Some MDF spare bits being glued together, plus a selection of spares

Three Allied jump off points using Allied spare parts

Some Entrenchments plus the Jump-Off points assembled

Buildings with their first plaster coat.

Jump Offs, highlighted and bases washed

Burnt out, added bricks and details painted in

Side elevation

Th eFront

French farmyard outbuildings

The tiles are way oversize.. not fixing them now,

No loopholes or windows to shoot form!

Flocked and done

Flocked and done
Flocked and done

Flocked and done

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Catching Up - Part 1

I realised I hadn't actually posted finished pictures of some of my stuff this year. So here's a bit of  a round up of some of it.

A Bridge.. obviously... 

Late War British & Commonwealth

HQ, Officer, Sergeant, Medic & Sniper (the latter two are Warlord Plastic)

Vickers MMG & 3" Mortar.

Squads 2 & 3 (to add to the first one from years ago..)

Late War Heer

HQ & Sniper (now replaced with a funky sniper team, bottom right in above shot)

LMG Teams to bring each squad up to 2 x LMG.

Panzerschreck team on the move

Panzerschreck team firing

Squad in smocks, these get split up to vary the squads

Squad in shirtsleeves
Odds & Ends - Spare PIAT team, and spare German infantry to create a fourth squad if necessary

Finally, not painted, but I am looking for some help to identify the manufacturer, as I only picked up a few at a bring & buy, and I would like to add enough to bring it up to platoon strength for CoC.

Fallschirmjager 1 - Unknown manufacturer(s)

Fallschirmjager 2 - Unknown manufacturer(s)

Friday, 28 December 2018

Chateau anyone?

Those of you who saw the last post will have seen the appalling unfinished nature of my French buildings, so I have found time in between the Christmas celebrations to try and get a couple more up to a reasonable standard.

Here's the chateau...

Those of you familiar with the original model will notice a lot of minor changes - the roof (now masquerading as lead sheets, and with a sandpaper 'asphalt' walkway with hatches, after all those MGs don't just fly up there...), and dormer windows built out mainly. I rather like it.

And the Cafe Absinthe, added to the ruin in the previous post, I feel like I am getting these done at a reasonable pace. I have a small farmyard and another ruined house to finish. Once those are done, it's on to walls, hedges etc.