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I paint small metal and plastic figures and rarely get to play with them. But that is fine with me.

15 February 2018

Clever Hans (Part 5 - SS triple threat and some random scatter terrain)

Last weekend was a somber affair. The previous Thursday, my mother-in-law finally succumbed to the cancer in her poor system so the whole household was in an understandable funk. Mom picked a good time to pop her clogs though as it was President's Day on monday, so we all had a long weekend to get ourselves back out of the miserables and get back to work/school.

Staying at home for so long also allowed me to distract myself from feeling down and get some more painting done on my Winter Germans.

These three fellows are more members of my planned 7-man SS-Grenadiers squad, two of which allowed me to practice some more on "scary" german camo schemes, in this case Autumn Oak Leaf Pattern, which was not nearly so labour-intenstive as the Pea Dot camo I previewed in my last post.

On the left, this bloke is about to let fly with a carefully placed Panzerfaust Anti-tank shot. As well as a standard feldgrau jacket, he is sporting some Oak Leaf camo trousers. Centermost is the squad's Machine Gun support specialist who is a bit more canny where "Winter camo" is concerned and so has a white-washes helmet and some snazzy white trousers. His jacket is in Oak Leaf camo. Last fellow to the right has some Pea Dot trousers and a greatcoat, also sporting a whitewashed helmet. This Winter's fashions for you.

Obligatory SS bums.

And a group shot of the infantry that've been painted for this force thus far. Not a bad looking turnout I think.
The title mentions some scatter terrain, and who ever wrote that wasn't lying. I also randomly picked up a plastic Dumpster (By Reaper Miniatures) for my modern zombie survival project and painted it the ugliest green I own, which is close enough to the actual Dark Green that I see them painted up as in real life. The lid is designed to be able to be opened, but I glued it down. No need to risk zombies climbing inside when I'm not looking.

You'll also see to the right of the above pic that there's some sort of blurry sandbag+crates wall that I was also working on. Thought the pic was fine, but I guess it's completely out of focus. O well.
Still two SS troopers to go, watch for an update on those. Also this weekend I am playing in a Market Garden huge game that I'm pretty excited for, so hopefully I'll remember to take some pics of how that went and post them here.


09 February 2018

Clever Hans (Part 4 - SS nutter, Spiders and more Winter terrain - Done!)

Past couple days allowed me to do lots of work, especially as my son announced that he had re-found his painting mojo! Never one to dillydally when father&son painting ops are on the menu, we have gotten down to quite a bit of work.

First off, to join Squad Sergeant Schmidt (shown in my last post), here is Schütze Dresler. Realised that the main reason I'd been avoiding these germans was due to having to work on their tricky camo patterns! Well, no more. Dresler here is sporting a pair of nifty SS issued Pea Dot camo trousers. Think i got the pattern and colours right. Regardless, he'll do for gaming. 
This sculpt originally seemed like it would have been fun to paint up, but his face! Stupid bulging eyes in a poorly defined face was a nightmare to finish up and in the end i just suffered the eyes as is after 4 attempts to try to lessen the bulging effect. 


As well as him, i also finished up the counterpart ruin to the one shown in my last post.  Just a quick base, wash and quick drybrush highlight  then snow effects added. Lighting is a bit pants, but you get the idea.

I also added snow to my deciduous trees. Just a few brown leaves to add here and there and they'll be ready for varnishing and can be called game worthy!

Did someone mention spiders? Yeah, those three are done and ready to be thrown at adventurers in my rpg sessions. Just simple layers of washes with a wee purple highlight on legs joints to make them stand out more.

Wait, "who were those fellows also on the paint desk, behind the ruin?" Glad you asked. These are the remainder of my SS squad in various stages of paint that I'm currently working on. 

More on these chaps next post. 

05 February 2018

Winter Wonderland (Part 2 - Ruined Workshop)

Been a quiet week on the hobby front, but I got a bit done.

This is the first part of my Warlord Games’ Ruined Farmhouse kit. I made it into some sort of shed or workshop – well, the remains of one long abandoned.

In this pic, squad sergeant Schmidt points out that my horrible lighting on my painting desk is making my white's on this piece far too bright!

The kit has some nice details and is mostly modular though I find that there aren’t very many “good” configurations available, so it looks much like most every other version of this kit I think. Also has some pretty ugly mold lines that were tough to remove to the point that I left them completely alone on the main house part of these ruins. The plastic that these models are cast in is not very conducive to mold-line clean up, much like that nasty Restic crap. Regardless, I think it came out okay and should provide some nice hard cover for my Winter board setup.

Another view of the ruined Workshop. But who's that cheeky partially painted fellow peeking out? Check back soon and he'll get his own post.

29 January 2018

Clever Hans (Part 3 - Lt. + Adjutant - Done!)

When i said I'd finally get started on my WW2 Winter Germans, I wasn't lying.

This is the force's Lieutenant and his adjutant/Platoon Sergeant pal all ready to lead the way against my array of Soviets. They are both very characterful sculpts with some nice facial expressions. After some patient base coating, both ended up being rather fun to detail. Think I got their kit painted in the correct colours too.

Per usual, these pics are pre-dulcote. 

Thought it'd be nice to show step-by-step pics. Well, kind of.

Base coat with a wash on his fleece lining. Warmest looking man in the force.

 I also got a start on those Giant Spiders too. Just simple washes.

22 January 2018

On the Painting Desk

Whatever nasty flu-like virus is going around has buggered my household up royally this past week. Wow, really hope this one doesn't hit any of you who visit my humble blog. I couldn't sit at home any longer watching re-runs of Star Trek the Next Generation  with the ex or waste any more time on my new PS4, so I came to work, probably too early in my recovery, but at least I am not going stir-crazy at home!

In an effort to kick my hobby mojo in the arse, I started work on a few things. Nothing is finished, nor even close to being, but at least it was a start. Let's get 2018 hobbying going already!

The photo shows what is currently grabbing my butterfly attention span - Fantasy Giant Spiders, ruined farmhouse and outbuilding for Bolt Action and.... yes, the first of my Winter Germans for Bolt Action. More to come!

Shite picture, but just a teaser for you.