Why is this here..


A Lead Odyssey is about my hobby, collecting, painting and playing with toy soldiers. It will cover the various rulesets I use, the figures I am painting (very slowly), and some games. Thanks to Harry Pearson for the Achtung Schweinehund reference. The uniform jacket in the picture was adapted from a safari suit, the weapon is a wooden sub-machine gun made by me and my dad. Cool eh?

I play a range of scales, rules and periods.. scales are anything from 6mm, through 15mm to 28mm for little men, but I also use 1/1200 for Napoleonic Naval, and 1/3000 for Pre-Dreadnought period Naval.

My tastes are eclectic, but I have avoided most 'Fantasy' Games for a few years, as I couldn't get into the usual suspects for Fantasy Battles, and didn't have a decent group to play role-playing style games.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

BKCII Big Cats and a Cunning Plan

Well, some time ago, I posted a pic of some test paints I did of Late War German 6mm models for BKCII.

As part of my current clean up of stray lead, I managed to just about complete a BKCII battlegroup of British for North West Europe in less than a week. (I am just waiting for some decals to arrive).

In the spirit of a 'Battlegroup in a Week' challenge, (Yes, I know there is no actual challenge, but I challenged myself). I decided to go back to the Germans. Finished the basic paints, a wash, and basing of all the vehicles other than some Panzer Grenadier Sdkfz 251, so here they are:

The whole of the Battlegroup armour.
Big Cats on the prowl
More Big Cats
Panzer III

Hetzers and PzJg IV
And finally, made a start on some infantry. Now I thought that it wouldn't look right to have Late War German Heer in grey, so I have decided to attempt an oakleaf smock pattern. "In 6mm!" I hear you say - "utter madness!"


But in the immortal words of Baldrick, I have a cunning plan..  it involves, a very light base colour, virulent green dabbing with a very old, stiff and splayed brush, then a Devlan Mud wash..

Of course..  the smart move would have been to actually test this on an old figure, but no, that would be too sensible, so 9 platoons (bases) have received their undercoat and very light smock base coat.



7 comments:

  1. If you need an out the Heer didn't ever wear that camo pattern. That was pretty much restricted to SS and a little bit to the HG.

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  2. The last time I did smock camouflage on 6mm figures was some Ros and Heroics moderns. The simplest way of found was to paint the base colour then using a toothbrush, dip the bristles into the colour required. Then using something with a hard edge like a toothpick, scrape across the bristles causing the paint to flick off in small droplets.

    Camouflage in a flash.

    Cheers,

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  3. Thanks guys, I am pretty happy with these, and ordered some decals the other day. I think they will be the finishing touch that really finishes them off. And Thomo, yes, I have done this myself before using an old tooth-brush, but the problem in this case, is that the spray would end up all over the pants and helmets.. hmm.. some experiments required.

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  4. Well doh ... so paint the smocks first then the face, helmet and paints! :-P

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  5. Aaargh.. then I would have to match the undercoat ... way too much work

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