Monday 13 May 2024

Major Omission, Contrast Paint & Printing

So, I won't bother with the usual excuses for why I haven't been blogging, work, garden, family, travel, etc.

I have managed to get a few games in, online and face to face. 

Back in February, I decided it was time to haul out the Warlord Games plastic ECW I have been stashing away whenever they were on sale at silly prices.. (£1 a sprue?).  So with the interruption of a couple of weeks overseas, I have been bashing out unts with contrast paints...

The guns are 3d prints.

Pretty pleased with these, the last picture shows everything that is left of the stash, two more pike and shot units to go.

As always, 3d printing continues.. these are some nice morale trackers from Paul at Sabotag3d 

And I have been experimenting with making my own files for printing.. a simple ACW coffee cart..

A Westland Scout - very simplified... but I'm very pleased with it.

And I wanted to buy some casualty markers from Warbases, but they were out of stock. So I printed my own. 

The other thing I wanted to do is tackle my stash of Perry plastic  ACW, so some early experiments with Contrast paints over a grey undercoat... 

But naturally, being me, I got distracted, a 3d print file for West German Cold War vehicles.

And some Italian Wars!

I blame Jonathan for his series of Fornovo games

And of course..  Face to Face - Sikh Wars games... 

And Hail Caesar - Punic Wars

Finally, I am trying to remedy an omission in my roster, I have forces for lots of WW2 Chain of Command games...  Soviets, |Japanese, French, Malayan Campaign British, Early War German, French and BEF, British Paras, DAK, 8th Army etc...  I even have US in Winter clothing, but the big omission is a force of US Infantry. I assembled some Perry US Infantry ages ago, but they have been lurking in a box ever since. By coincidence I ended up with an additional box, so I tested some contrast paints on these. I'm pretty happy with how they look. 

The 'recipe' is very simple. In sequence, Guilliman Flesh, Aggaros Dunes for jackets, Contrast Wyldwood for pants, Skeleton Horde for some equipment, gaiters etc, Militarum Green for waterbottle covers, Black Templar for boots and weapons, Fyreslayer Flesh for woodwork. Final touches are Vallejo 70.893 US Dark Green for the helmet, and 70.886 Green Grey for some other equipment (I did the straps and pouches in a mix of Skeleton Horde and the Green Grey.



  1. Yikes! You have been very busy on the hobby front with figures seemingly coming out of the woodwork. All of your 3D prints look wonderful and it has been terrific seeing you at the gaming table, albeit remotely.

  2. Thanks Jonathan, I've very much enjoyed the remote games. They are a terrific way to play with people who I would otherwise never have the chance to meet. It helps having a very capable and well-organised host too.

    As for actual productivity, I really need to knuckle down and actually finish some things - so many projects are lurking in boxes, 90% done. The Italian Wars paints are very much WIP till I find a painting technique that works for me with these guys. I'll keep trying, and go for plenty of flags :)

  3. A lot of work shown there, great work on your ECW project, they look great, really like the Scottish horse. Your Italian Wars 3D figures look mighty fine, not a conflict I do but it is always great to see it on a table, so much colour and exotic troops!

    1. Thanks Donnie, I really want to finish up the ECW stuff, it's so close. And it's taking up a lot of space in the painting area. That and the West German Cold War vehicles. Then I can focus on the Italian Wars. Hopefully I can actually 'finish' something..

  4. Well done Doug, nicely painted figures.


    1. Thanks Willz, I have been sacrificing some detail in the interests of getting figures done quickly, but they are plenty fine for me. I do need to discipline myself and actually 'finish' some things! All the best.

  5. If this is what you produce when you are too busy with a host of other things I dread to think how much stuff you'll produce when you have a lot of time on your hands. That's all very impressive and productive. You are clearly happy with the results you are getting from contrast paints, opinion seems quite divided on those (I've only dabbled myself, with my Mahdists for the Sudan, so haven't really tried them beyond that).

    1. Thanks for that. I find the contrast paints work really well for me on some things and not on others. I am still very traditional with other figures. But when it comes to getting figures 'table-ready' - it's hard to beat. Of course, with the release of the Far East supplement for Chain of Command, I will doubtless go down a rabbit hole and end up with KNIL forces, Australians, etc... and the 90% done will languish a while longer.

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    1. A little each day.. it soon adds up ;)