Thursday, August 21, 2014
This is an experiment with a new technique. This is a tiny image coloured with pencils and photographed with my i phone. The picture is then sent to my hotmail and down loaded, saved onto my computer, then up loaded to my Blog.
The colours aren't as sharp as they would be If I were to scan it in to Photoshop, but It does allow me to draw, colour and post cartoons quicker and easier. Over the last year or two I have struggled to find time to add any new drawing to my Blog due to not having much spare time, I'm hoping this quick technique will allow me to post more pictures in the future.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
This week I have been gearing up to paint another horde of Union troops for Regimental Fire and Fury. Just checking through the rules and what I would need to play the scenarios, I was amazed to see just how many figures one would need for a game. Games featuring 175 stands for example, now considering there are three figures per stand, that's a lot of painting to be done.
I have seen on other Blogs that some 28mm gamers use bases with only two figures on and this certainly helps in raising forces quickly, but I like the packed, crowded battle lines so will stick with three per base. It says early on in the rules that they were designed for 15mm which does kind of explains a few things.
I plan to paint on a big scale due the the mass of figures I will need for a big game, so will aim to paint in batches of 60 figures. I will keep everything simple with just a few colour changes to trousers etc and not go too crazy. Hopefully that way I can churn out the numbers quickly. Oh well It's a thought anyway...
I'm still going to stick with my new rule of only painting figures with Sack coats and Frock coats for Union troops. This may mean I will go back and try to tweak some of my earlier painting this year.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
I have always loved this Brigade with their frock coats, black hats and white gaiters. Still have a few Orcs to finish off before I can allow myself to start anything new.
I do love painting ACW though , It has the best of both worlds as far as painting is concerned. On one hand you have the simple two coloured Union troops with their dark blue sack coats and sky blue trousers. The shear numbers that can be painted in one go is a joy to me. I still get a thrill of owning big armies even though I hardly ever use them, must be the child in me.
Then on the other hand you have the multicoloured Rebs with their greys and browns, everyone's a different character in his own right. Pure joy!
I've just worked out after painting the ACW for many years that sack coats belong mainly to Union troops and frock and shell jackets to Confederate. I will try to paint up units in the future that incorporate this rule of thumb. I know there were many exceptions to the rule but this is an idea I will try and stick too.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
I'm pleased with my drop ship as it looks a little home made and so ties in very nicely to the old 80's Dr Who look. I kept it quite stark and simple and didn't try to cover it with markings and decals. The Cyber-race I thought wouldn't worry about such things.
There is a nice Cyberman logo from the very early years I could have put onto the doors but chose not to in the end, choosing the simple look. I just let the silver colour say it all.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Last week I got the chance to cobble together some French gear and fight for Napoleon. It was great fun too. Although my group is not a 'French' one, with a few greatcoats and the odd shako we became a fighting French Line regiment.
Of course over here in England, everybody wants to be a redcoat or a member of the 95th Rifles, so the poor old French regiments need all the help they can get. I love playing French because you get to wear a shako!
The pictures were all take by Ian Timothy and Sarah Ford.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Now, last week on a trip down town, I ended up buying a DR Who Cyberman magazine. It celebrated Cybermen though out Doctor Who over the years. Now I love Cybermen, well the crap 80's ones anyway, so enjoyed flicking through it and seeing how things have developed over the years.
Well, it inspired me to get back on my Cyberman war game project and I wasted no time in chopping up more plastic Cybermen to make into casualties for the game.
However, I also started to think about some kind of landing craft for them. I did loads of research on line about Cyberships and it didn't turn up a lot of detail. Well, I thought I had better grab some of those Shampoo bottles and make one. So I did and very enjoyable it was too.