Monday, February 18, 2019

Heavy VTOLS

I'm not quite sure what I will actually make these guys, at the moment I see them as Heavy VTOLS carrying two squads of infantry. The smaller craft are either going to be smaller one man squad VTOLS or some kind of fighter/ attack craft.
The Soriog craft are patterned like the dreaded Apocs from their home world, a touch they hope will strike fear into their enemies.
The Soriogs have a landing force at last, The outer colonies had better watch out.

Mechs and VTOLS 15mm

The two tone urban camo seems to have worked okey. I wanted these guys to have a urban vibe amd be quite muted.


Christmas comes early with each unwrapping, It's always an exciting period when you peel back the latex to see the new patterns beneath.

Trying out different masking fluids. VTOLS 15mm.

These two large Alien VTOLS have sat in my cupboard for months if not years, time to finish them off. I tried out the Humbrol masking fluid as I had worried that the Windsor and Newton was getting a little watery on my last use of it. Both fluids worked well and the there was no real difference in the end result.
Heavy Gears will be used as light mechs for the Federal Army. I have found that just doing two colours works best for 15mm with the results being more striking. I could have gone for more of a contrast in colours but decided to keep them quite similar greys in a kind of urban camouflage.

I have had these figures in a bag for almost twenty years and as a result I had lost one of the arms on the 'kodiak'. However, a quite route through my bits box turned up a good replacement that seems to work nicely.

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Middle Earth Bug.



The lead Rot Cure!

 Well over Christmas I pulled out my trusty old toothbrush and set to work trying to fix my lead rot problem.
 I first brushed all of the affected figures down, I did this over a sink so I could see just what was coming off them, turned out quite a lot. Poor old Mengal Manhide gets a good scrubbing to remove the 'rusting' lead.

 The moment of truth, After mixing a small pot of mineral oil and pure turpentine (50/50 mix) I dipped the figure into it. I only made a small pot as a kind of tester. It turns out it's all I needed to do the whole lot.
 The dipped figure went a nice deep tone and already looked a lot better. Once wiped over it looked even more healthy.

 The dipped figures were then placed into a cardboard hospital to dry.

 Old night elf before.
 Old night elf after.
 It was interesting to note the difference between the before and after of the process, the mini's did look better after a dip.



 I even gave the very worst affected a dip and I have to say he is probably savable now. After a good paint job he will be able to limp back onto a battlefield.
 Everyone relaxing in the hospital after the op. Some will be scared for life and others are less noticeable.
Here is a close up of the medical team.

 So far so good, the figures look much better for their dip and as far as I can see the rot has been stopped. I will keep an eye on the figures in the future just in case, but I am quite confident the problem has been sorted. If anything happens I will update you.


 She elf takes the plunge.
 Another look at the worst affected figure and his result after dipping.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Early Saxon Reference






Early Saxon Reference

Just some quick reference pictures taken from the inter-net. Researching new eras is really fun and can be full of surprises. I am amazed at the range of colours used and the bright spear shafts will be a nice touch to my rather drab army.






Friday, January 11, 2019

Arthur takes a break



The Warlord Arthur takes a break and enjoys a squirrel lunch, times are hard...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Making Early Saxons from Old

 West Wind Saxon heads really come into their own when trying to re age these figures.
 Since taking these pictures I have sculpted furs and cloaks. Nothing says early Saxons more than a cloak and some fur on the shoulders. I think it sets them apart from the later look, something tells me I will be going crazy with the green stuff.

 Here are some of my old painted Essex minis, the bare headed ones are fine but the nasal helmet guys will have to be changed.
A large base with around twelve figures on it, I intend to use Footsore miniatures for the leaders and command as they are some of the best sculpts on the market. My old Saxon figures will back these up.
Sutton WHO?