Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tiger update and Fallschirmjager for Bolt Action

I noticed, while in editing, that I forgot to spray the brown on the right side wheels...

Salutations everyone! Here you can see the camo has been added to the tiger.  I am not the greatest with the historical camo patterns yet. But practice makes perfect.

I used Tamiya Nato Brown XF-68 and Olive Green XF-58 for the camo.

 Originally this tank was supposed to be numbered 222 for Wittmann at Villers Bocage but this project has been riddled with errors on my behalf.  All of which will be revealed in my next post.  While the tank still looks great for table top. My snooty self is not all that happy.  I see another Tiger in my future!

Below you can see a test paint on a Fallschirmjager with FG42 Assault Rifle.  The only things I have painted are the trousers, smock, and helm. The skin is just a base coat. Originally I was playing with the thought of doing a different camo that the standard Splinter Pattern.  I even played with painting them for Italy.  But the Splinter camo was used quite a bit on both the Eastern and Western fronts.

I didn't have the Luftwaffe uniform blue color. So I achieved this by painting a base color of German Grey, then added a little bit of Vallejo Field Blue to German Grey for a highlight.  I feel this is very close to all the pictures and color plates I have seen of the Fallschirmjager and Luftwaffe.  I feel like many people just paint a regular dark blue too often for zee boys!  

I hate painting camo!!!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Some BIG news... and a Tiger...

Here we go! I have assembled and primed Wittman's Tiger from Warlord Games.  Here you can see me mediocre modulation attempt that is just ok. I am curious how it will look.

Next up however is the brown and green camo. Which I will need to do some sort of modulation on as well. This is the portion that has me a bit nervous.

 I will be sure to get that done up this week. Sadly after that I will most likely have to put the project on hold and await transfers that fit this tank.

I believe I am going to go with Tiger 222, which was the one he did his most damage in. Tiger 007 is the one he and his crew were killed in at Villers Bocage.

And now for my big news...

Finally! Someone to eat my models, and assist when needed!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

28mm M4A3 Sherman from Warlord Games

Happy New Year!

I got to celebrate my 35th Birthday along with the New Years this past weekend. But I spent my spare time working on this bad boy for Bolt Action.  I have the beginnings to a respectable German Fallschirmjager Army but have only just started on them. I am currently awaiting on my Tiger I and an additional squad. I have stared work on the command and some of the specialty units as of today. So look for some updates on them soon. Not to mention some Confederate Dismounted Cavalry from the ACW. 


I airbrushed my base coat of US Olive Drab Surface Primer from Vallejo over the whole model. Next I mixed a highlight for modulation with 10:4 parts Olive Drab to Whites. Followed by 10:3 Olive Drab to Black for the shades.  I then tried my hand at 2 layers of the Armor Filter from MiG for Dark Green Vehicles.  Then I applied my decals using MicroSet and MicroSol. 

On to the washes! I then gave the crevices and fiddly bits a wash of MiG Dark Wash, trying to keep it all around the edges and in the cracks.  After letting that dry a bit I then used a flat brush with Mineral Spirits to remove the excess and begin the streaking. I found a large bottle at my local craft store for $7.  After letting that dry I gave the tank a spray of DullCote. 

Next was chipping. A piece of sponge with a bit of Citadel Doombull Brown was then carefully dabbed on where I thought the tank would have the most chipping.  A brief and minor touch up with a small brush finished this portion. In hindsight I forgot to take a lighter color to the chipped edges to create a layered feel but I think it still turned out alright. Next I used the MiG Rust wash and streaked the rust from these chipped areas as if the rain had created the streaks. A dampened brush in more Mineral Spirits gently dragged over this in a vertical motion, top to bottom, helped make it more subtle and realistic. Another layer of varnish to protect it was then applied.

Finally a gentle few strokes of another MiG product, Rain Marks, was applied to give the tank some more contrast.  The tracks were painted a Burnt Sienna color from some random craft paint I have just for treads. A wash of the treads and wheels in the dark wash to give some good shading brought me to the home stretch of the lower section. Followed by a nice dusting of MiG's European Dust pigments. I did mix a bit with Acrylic Resin and Plaster to create the dried and caked mud.  And there you have it!

Now I really want to paint up some US boys to go with it. Which route do I take? The plastic US Rifles? Or the metal US Airborne. Regular infantry vs Vet's. If I go Rifles I will most surely have to add a few Half Tracks for the boys.  But the Airborne could give me a good compliment to my Fallschirmjager. Tough decision.  What's your thoughts?

The above photo I used for some references on my Sherman. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Shhhh, I'm hiding!

Some Dust Allied WIP
 Be vewy vewy quiet!  Actually I have been in hobby limbo due to school. But now that my finals are over and classes have been passed. I can hop back on the hobby bandwagon!  Here are a few shots of items on my workbench right now.
Grenadier Command HQ from the new Open Fire Plastics WIP
 I have a small Allied Dust army and Khador Behemoth that are a commission I have been neglecting primarily due to school studies and my hands killing me from my Carpal Tunnel. Time has been limited and I have not been able to give them any attention in some time but here is a sneak peak!
Khador Behemoth WIP
 I have to get these guys cranked out and then I have some ACW Confederates to work on for The Guns of April project this year. I will not be able to attend Adepticon this year, and doubt I will be able to make it next year for that matter. But I have projects lined up for both that I will be sending mini's out for.
A close up of one of the Dust Allied WIP's
So my first post in months! I am going to try and make a solid effort to get back into the hobby swing of things!


Monday, April 30, 2012

And to prove I am working on General Gordon...

Gordon Pasha
See!  This is 2 nights worth of a little work here and there... His skin, hair, and fez are complete.

I did manage to get a shipment of some Perry ACW in today and started to assemble those as well.  More to come!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Well, now what?

Whew!  Now that AdeptiCon has come and gone.  I am safely back home and trying to plan out my hobby for the next few months.  So I am sure a few of you may be wondering what I have on my plate.

Well Architects of War is hosting the 1st North American Perry Painting Contest at HistoriCon this year. They have 4 categories and I am trying to push myself to enter all 4.  The first one I am going to work on is Vignette.  Below you can see what I am thinking of this year...
General Gordon's Last Stand by George W. Joy

Perry Miniatures Gordon's Last Stand
After sitting down to one of many beers and dinners with my good friend Mr. Taylor at AdeptiCon, we both expressed that we wish to push our talents to the next level in painting.  How to do that? Just keep trying.  I do not feel I am back up to the level I was when I was painting my Lysander model.  That's what taking a few years off from your hobby can do to you!

So the Perry Painting contest is currently in my sights.  A few other things to work are on a US Armored Company and US Armored Rifle Company for Flames of War.  I suspect I will be slowing down a bit with Flames of War and try to focus a bit more on some 28mm gaming.  One new adventure I would like to break in to is Hordes, as I received a Trollblood starter box at AdeptiCon and would love to paint them.

The biggest thing for this year to focus on however, is the next Guns of April project.  We decided since it would be the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg to do another "what if" scenario from the first day.  This time I have been placed in charge of the Confederate side and will be working on them very soon.  All orders have been placed for the product and should arrive with in the next two weeks! This time I am pushing myself further by trying to complete over 156 models by next April.  Given that I painted 92 models for Salamaca in a span of about 2 1/2 months.  I think I am up for this challenge!

On a final note I am actually considering ordering the Masterworks Miniature Painting With Jen Haley and Anne Foerster video from  Normally I wouldn't even consider this, but I learned a lot about painting from just sitting down for a few hours with Anne many years ago and just watching her.  But the $50 price tag doesn't excite me.  We will see as I think on this more.  If I do I will be sure to let you all know what I think!


Monday, April 2, 2012

A little love for my subscribers...

13th Chasseurs
 I have been focusing the majority of my posts over at The Guns of April blog lately.  And feel I have been skimping a bit on my own blog.  Sadly I am down to zero hour, and have been getting a good amount of help from a few fellow hobbyists.  Normally, I cringe at the thought of someone else painting my Toy Soldiers, but at the same time, feel honored when people help.  Like the above unit.  All but the Commander are painted by the talented Dave Taylor.  I could provide a mile long list of excuses as to why I am so far behind on the project. But Dave stepped in and just asked for models to paint to lend a hand.  A great guy and a great friend!  I have a little work left to do on the unit, like touch ups on the Commander's horse, and getting the standard done.  Sadly I can not find my GMB Flags and need to order some Chasseur flags ASAP now.
1st Battalion of the 6th Legere
 Here is another previously unseen unit of mine.  This time I can't say someone painted the unit for me.  But my good friend Rob Villnave came down to my place (an hour plus drive each way) to lend a hand for a few hours here and there.  Rob was a huge help with basecoating models.  The ability to actually get paint where it needs to go, without it going everywhere else is a huge help.  Rob is a talented painter in his own right.  His Flames of War armies are beautifully done!  And he has some French Napoleonics of his own that should be shown off as well.  I did all of the detail work on these guys over 2 weeks.  These have been dipped using Army Painter's Strong Tone (Medium). However I always go back with the base color to use as highlights.  I still need to finish the Halberds for the 2 men guarding the Eagle.  And touch up the command base and pom poms on the rest.
2nd Battalion of the 6th Legere
And finally the unit you have seen me working on for so long.  This is my first complete unit for the Army.  Not much to say here as you have seen this one often through its many stages.  No dipping on these guys.
Horse Artillery
And lastly my Horse Artillery.

Anyhow.  I have a little over 2 weeks.  And roughly 35 models to go...  So why am I blogging to you guys again? ;)

At least I have a 4 day weekend.  Perhaps I will do a series of live updates from the workbench.  That seemed to help me get my Fallschirmjager Army done for AdeptiCon last time I went.  And that was over a weekend.  Oh damn... I actually have a few tanks to paint to!