Thursday, November 30, 2023

Woodland Indians

I'm just trying out some of these Woodland Indians from Warlord Games, to mix in with my Galloping Major figures. Galloping Major make great minis and have become my favourite sculpts of recent times. They are large figs but have a marvellous charm about them and I have started to look on them as a collectors range. They are definitely worth collecting as they are just so much fun to paint if nothing else.
I had seen that these Warlord plastic figures were quite tall so figured they might fit with the Galloping Major range. Their features are smaller but the height seems to be a good match.
One of the things that I like about these plastics is their animation, they certainly have nice energetic feel to them. This would be difficult to achieve in pewter to the same extent I imagine.
The box art will prove a valuable painting resource.

 I found it easier to stick the plastics onto a plastic base, before glueing them on the the MDF bases. This helped to boost them up to match the larger pewter figs too.

The warlord range has a great aggressive look to them and would make great units with a 'savage' trait, giving them a bonus in melee.

Having been completely hacked off with the nozzle clogging on my plastic glue more times than I can count, I thought I'd give another brand a chance. The Tamiya bottle has a small brush in the lid, so is easy to apply and can never clog. It's a game changer and I'm happy I took a punt on it.
I normally do this with plasticard, but as everything is packeded away for Christmas, I thought I'd try card. Thin strips of card were cut from the figure box and stuck on the figures as gun straps.
This worked well and the should last well once painted.

I think it just adds another level of detail that would be hard for the manufacturer to achieve. Simple and easy to do and very effective.

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Snake fencing

I recently ordered some more snake fencing from Emperor Toad's Emporium. He creates characterful hand made scenic pieces, which are really rather nice.

They are a great starting point for scenery, as I always tweak them with some extra touches. For these fence sections, I painted them grey to make them more weathered and old looking.

Layers of lighter greys were dry brushed on to bring out the details. These are simple wooden barbecue skewers, so do have a wood grain.
This stuff from Gauge master worked really well. It can be cut into strips then stretched to create tufts.

I placed blobs of UHU along the fence, then tore off clumps of the stretched material. This made great long grass or hay along the fence.

This was blended into the base by also adding some 4mm static hay from 4Ground.

A few bushy tufts were added to act as weeds etc, these just broke up all the hay tufts.

Well worth the extra time and also quite fun.

 I bought this hay for my Orc bases but it's great for American scenery too.

UPDATE: stones and wash added 
Gravel has been added to act as rocks. Finding a good source of pea gravel is a boon for a Wargamer. Luckily, the house I'm renting has a drive full.

Once the UHU glue was dry, I gave everything a wash of dark paint, even the fence. This brought out the wood grain even more and helped tie everything together.

Soft cover.

The wash also adds another level of realism to the models.

The wash was made from Woodland scenics paint, which is very thin and great for such jobs.

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Hex-Wing Game.

The latest game from Prince Rupert's Gaming Club was revealed at this year's Warfare. It was a great idea put together by Simon George and the scenery looked great. I had high hopes for the game when I saw the set up and wasn't at all surprised when it took 1st prize.
The annoying thing is I had to bow out due to COVID...I was still testing positive so had no choice but to stay at home. My poster was used for the game so it wasn't a complete wash out for me, let's hope it helped with the win.

This was an old church I've had for over 15 years, this game of witches trying to blow up parliament seemed like a great excuse to paint it up.

I added some City rumble from Luke's Aps to help with the destroyed look. A black wash was put over everything to give it a burnt out look.

A last minute addition was a window made from a blister pack and a black pen. This was painted with contrast paints on the back.

A crude but effective extra that brings a bit of colour to a drab model.

The annoying lurgy results that just wouldn't go away. I guess it's something we have to prepare for every year now.

 Here are some pictures from today's game, a parady on the star wars trench run. Instead of x-wings, witches make the attack run, dodging various hazards and artillery fire to reach a vantage point to make a shot to destroy Parliament. The game was very busy apparently and the results are in the pudding.

I thought the board looked fantastic!

Gold squadron prepare for the next run down the Thames.