Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Zulu Tray!

 Well it’s time to dust off the old Zulu factory again and punch it into overdrive. Another box of Perry Zulus are lined up for the spray can. This is my third box and it’s good to make and prime these things when you have a spare moment. It makes a nice change from brush painting and means you can watch a bit of TV too.
 These Perry boxes are great and I’m still enjoying putting them together. The real fun comes by trying to create a pose you haven’t done before. The nice thing is that with multiple boxes there are so many extra spare bits to work with from old sets. One of my favourites is a running pose with an aiming gun, this shows the Zulus had guns but weren’t too experienced in using them. Another new favourite is a guy running with a knobcerry and an out reached hand about to grab a poor soul and knock him into a cocked hat.
A touch I tried this time with the new box was to rough up the edges of the shields with my file as I tidied them up. Not sure how this will look in the end, but thought I would try it. Hopefully It will add to the look of the raw hide shield, but we shall see.
 Well what can I say...there's a joke in there somewhere.
The Zulu painters must have, a can of burnt umber spray paint. This stuff is wonderful and makes painting these chaps a breeze. It looks very watery when wet but drys nice and doesn’t clog detail. Over this base colour I will dry brush the Foundry paints African flesh paints ‘B’ and ‘C’.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Basing Night at Last!

 Well, what can I say...finally found some time to throw some sand on these trouble makers. Finding time these days is hard and when I do manage to get a few hours to myself, I tend to just mong out in front of You Tube watching someone else paint. Having spent a couple of hours basing I feel great this morning, it was well worth the time doing it. It’s always good to put some water back in the well if you get my meaning.

 Here we see the wolf/warg army with a unit of Orc skirmishers and some Snow trolls. This is just part of the great Loopus horde, the other half of the army lead by the great white wolf is upstairs, I’m looking forward to joining them together, the howls will be deafening and should set all the dogs off in the neighbourhood.

The Dwarves of the Iron hills were quite nice to do, although the really tricky bit will come when I have to paint the sand. Any gaps or really tricky bits I will just cover with grass tufts or flock. Likewise, if some of the high lead bases are too noticeable, a grass tuft should sort them out.

 I’m quite excited about these Snow trolls below because I plan to put some snow on their bases. I’ve been itching to use some snow effects for years and these brutes give me the chance. Just hope they come out okay.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Page War!

Texan Sherman IV’s come under static fire from Federal heavy artillery. A Sherman 10 prepares its mega cannon in response. Texan infantrymen run for cover but take heavy loses due to the open terrain.
 Federal troops move up but are slowed by scramble wire and purple gas canisters.
 Armoured Hood walkers lurch into action, they too find it hard going through the incoming kettle gun fire. A MK4 Razorback is hit in the leg and taken out. The 23rd armoured Jackson division is stopped in its tracks and starts to withdraw.
 As the Texans retreat more Federal troops advance to secure the victory. A heavy Tomtom cannon breaks the last of the Texan resistance.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

More Dwarves join the throng

A couple more bases of shield wall hastily form up and take their stand against the growing storm. Again these figures are a mix of old lead and new Oathmark plastics. A small gap has been made in the wall and a small party prepare to launch a foray against the enemy.

The picture above was treated with the vivid option in the I phone to give it a bit more pep.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Dain Ironfoot arrives to lead his army

 Dain is finally here to command his troops! It was quite a challenge to find a good Dain figure, I had a good one lined up but lost him in the long years of waiting. I’m sure I will find him again probably in one of the many jars of Dettol paint strippers I have going on.

The Reaper figure came with a massive axe in his hand which was quite GW in its proportions, so I replaced it with one from Hassle free miniatures. Although the new axe was still quite large it looks a lot better and is of a finer design. Dain’s red axe is part of his legend so it was worth getting it right.

This figure is wearing plate armour on his legs which isn’t really my view of Tolkien’s works but I’m prepared to let it slip as the Reaper figure has such a grim character. It also adds to his name... Ironfoot.
The large ornate shields are from Scribor and I found them by typing in ‘Dwarf shields’ to EBay.
Most of the figures used are from the Oathmark Dwarf heavy infantry box, these are great and can mix well with the other box. Being heavyweights they make for great guards or Huscarls. I have used them here as a kind of elite bodyguard for Dain made from tough veterans. The flag holder is an old Grenadier dwarf sculpted but Nick Lung. I have also used some green stuff to add fur cloaks and repair feet that got damaged in the cut down. These heavy dwarves do not cut down as well as the other box of Oathmark dwarves and a bit of green stuff is needed to make everything right.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Another day...another Warg.

Recently I discovered Reaper make another Warg like figure. Well not being one to miss out on anything I decided I had to have it. It’s listed as a Winter wolf but is in fact larger than their Dire wolf   figures. He makes for another great leader in the wolf/warg army. His two guards are actually from Alternative Armies and come from thier goblin wolf riders. He has just killed as he is covered in gore.
That is everything now for these vile Loopus, I can now start basing. I needed one more base to make everything even and with this done, I can now get flocking.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The New Fleet Earns Its Strips

The Invading Soriog finally meet some resistance. These models painted up for 15mm drop ships do make great capital ships too.

Finished Ships

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Full Thrust Fleet

Many years ago I down loaded the Full Thrust rules after watching Robin Fitton of Gruntz 15mm fame paint some ships on YouTube.
 Well, three years has pasted and I've dug them out again to have a read. I like these rules quite a bit as I have a huge interest in giant space fleet battles that goes back to my childhood. These models are from Zandris IV miniatures. I first looked at these years ago but last week I made the jump to light speed and bought a few.

The larger one is a resin model and is some sort of attack carrier, the other two are a Assualt crusier and a Beam cruiser.
 Z4 do a bigger resin piece which is a Dreadnought and this is on my wish list. Being a Dreadnought though, it is super tough in the Full Thrust rules and will take a lot of damage before it goes down. I think most FT fleets are made up of around 8-12 models so you have to be quite choosy when selecting models to buy, I still like the idea having a fleet of smaller frigates and destroyers based around a couple of larger cruisers and battleships. So maybe a massive Dreadnought would be too much...Still the painter in me will probably overrule that and buy it anyway.

Colour wise, these ships are painted with Foundry's Confederate grey with a darker grey for the armour. I weathered the ships by painting on tiny panels and chipped them with a sponge. Very enjoyable to paint and very quick too. Painting a fleet of these small ships will only take a few nights work, great stuff!

Tabletop study

Here is a snap shot of my desk today.  Many projects started but very few finished. I mean to do more on them all but it's finding the time. The fantasy stuff is still my main stay and my Dwarf army is still growing. I sometimes miss the 90's where I had just the American Civil war to paint.
AWI hide in the wings.
The Anglo-Zulu war is holding out in the Donga.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Iron Hills Dwarves hold out against the odds.

The large black Warg gives orders which are immediately turned into howls to instruct the swirling packs. This Reaper Bones figure makes a great commander for the wolf armies. Although he takes second place to the white Warg I painted a year or so ago, She is top dog! 

A thin line of Dwarves take the brunt of the wolf charge, any Loopus that manages to push through the shield wall is dispatched by the mattocks of the rear rank.

Fighting together as a single body is the only way to defeat this sea of treacherous, cunning devils. Any sheep that stray too far from the flock are quickly brought down and torn to pieces.

Basing Wargs and Wolves