Monday, April 16, 2018

There once was a firefly

That blew a giant hole in a Panther tank!

So I got a surprise birthday present from my friend Sven, a Rubicon Sherman and a Rubicon Jeep.
I was very confused, I hard ordered a Sherman and a Pack 40 from Fireforge games, but I didn't expect it(since they were shipped 4 days before I got the package (two of those days being Saturday and Sunday.) I was even more confused when there was a jeep in there.
But I quickly surmised that Sven had been sneaky!

I got working on the gluing and priming and did some work I did the first part of the tank on Friday then varnished it, and let it dry until today when I started on the weathering.

I did basically the same as with the previous tank, I added more dirt this time, to make it look proper battle tested. I had some more success with the decals this time(only 50% failure rate, compared to the 90% the first time I tried) I felt I did the streaking grim quite well now and the track wheels etc look better. however, the chipping is still far from what I want.

 I'm quite happy with the tank, I did not expect my first few tanks to look this good.

The decals are for the Irish Guards(cliche I know) But when your favorite war movie since childhood has been A bridge too far, you don't have much choice!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The undiscovered country

So, a very long time no see, I was working on some Swedish pikemen when I get this annoying scratch in the back of my neck, and naturally, I need to scratch it, and that scratch? Well, WW2 tanks of course.

One of those things I've said multiple times, I have no interest in at all and will never do, just as I did with Medievals, and we all know how that went.

It was my friend's fault who added me to the Rubicon facebook site, and filled my facebook feed with fantastic looking tanks! Not that I'm impressionable or anything.

So 3 weeks followed with research on the subject, which is rather confusing WW2 tanks is not a light subject.

I knew only the most superficial things, I could see what a Sherman was, I could see what a Tiger was, Churchhill etc. I could tell a German tank from an allied, but I had no idea about the difference between a Panzer III or a Panzer IV and stuff like that.

Nor did I know just how many Sherman variations there was, I might have been somewhat aware of the different size cannons, but I didn't know the difference between an American 76 or 17pdr.
So yes lots to learn and I've only scratched the tip of the first cm of the iceberg.

Besides the historical research, I had a lot of research on what tank to buy and what supplies I needed.  I planed on my whole project being centered on Market Garden, so I bought the "British Sherman" Sherman III, thinking well XXX Corps is British so they'll be using the Sherman III.
But no, they mostly used the V and V/c maybe a few I/c. Not a big deal this was a practice tank after all.

The supplies are all from AMMO, that seems to be one of the big ones, so with my birthday money I ordered various supplies, like plastic cement, acrylic and enamel thinner, streaking grime, filter, wash, dust, earth etc etc. As well as the actual colors. My shopping list was basically taken right from guides on facebook and youtube.

So I got the tank and supplies before Easter, but didn't do much, I did glue together the "spare parts" you got enough spare parts to make a second turret and you got a second top hull, so I practiced on it, and I think that was a very good idea, it did not look good.

But I had two days to work on it this week, I had primed it and tried to paint, it went a lot better than I feared.

So here it is.

It looks like it's finally spring, which means rain, so I had to make a photo box.

I don't have an airbrush, so I did the drybrush method, after the dry brush and botched attempts to get the decals on there, I did the equipment and added a coat of varnish. 
After 20 ish hours of drying, I started on the effects, filter, grime, chipping, wash, fuel stains and mud/earth/dust. 

Given it's my first attempt I don't think it could have turned out much better, I did a few mistakes, stuff could be improved across the board, I'm quite satisfied with the streaking grime effect.
But the chipping and dust/mud could be better. 

I did get a taste for it, and I plan on continuing on this project.

It's fun doing something completely different. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Prinz von Preußen

Well, I finished my first Prussian battalion, I got like 64-72 Prussian cavalry to paint, so I thought maybe I should get going with the infantry.
There is some inconsistency in the painting, half were painted over 6 months ago the other half now. so the newly painted ones are lighter in both the blue coats and the rose.

The Russian winter is blowing in over Europe, so far it isn't very cold here only about -10C but the wind is very biting and almost ran away with my figures when I was out taking the pictures.

 So bad lighting, as usual, this time of year. 
 Flags are Maverick cloth flags. 

I'm now kinda conflicted about what to paint next, I want to paint both my HYW and my SYW projects. We'll see what I do tomorrow. I did start on 6 HYW figures, but stopped halfway through and did the last 6 of these instead. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Austrian Grenadier battalion

Well hopefully on Tuesday DHL will deliver my Collectors edition of Kingdom Come: Deliverance a PC game I kickstarted over 4 years ago. This means I'll probably spend my painting time on that game and if I paint, it will most likely be my HYW figures as the game is set in 1403.

But I did manage to finish this grenadier battalion, it's taken some time, I started on it right after Young-Wolfenbüttel was finsihed, but I did those 6 Hussars between some of the bases and I also did a base of Prussian musketeers between the second to last and last base of this unit.

 The companies are from the regiments Kaiser, Carl Lothringen, Deutschmeister, and Neipperg. 

So there might be some time before the next blog post, if the game is any good, I might do a small review of it. Most likely the next unit on the blog is either the finished Prussian musketeer battalion or a HYW unit of mixed pavisers/crossbowmen that I've done 6 figures for some time ago.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Continuing my Austrian project with Baranyay Hussars, two squadrons worth, This is the only Austrian cavalry I had left to paint, but waiting on some Cuirassiers, I do have a crapload of Prussian as well as some French Cavalry.

Baranyay, of course, took part in the epic Raid on Berlin by Hadik. My SYW cavalry usually are based 4 to a base, but since the Austrians hussars weren't quite true battle cavalry yet(unlike the Prussian hussars) I've decided to base them 3 to a base to give them some more spacing.

The Hussars are always a colorful bunch of scoundrels, just how many died from battle vs dueling, alcohol poisoning and STDs? Who knows!

I do plan on doing 6 more, they are planned for the next order. Together with more infantry and cavalry.

 Proper Hussars here, colorful, with sky blue tights, apple green dolman, and pelisse, red braid that really pops on the green. The trumpeter is real dandy with so much cold lace I'm surprised the horse is still able to carry him.
This last pic captures the colors the best, the two others are to washed out even after some editing.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

My Nemesis!

Well, say hello to the battalion from hell! My Nemesis.

This unit is singlehandedly the fault why I stopped doing my SYW project for 6 months.

I had trucked away at my SYW project, having done several units of cavalry and decided my infantry need to be painted. I had done 12 of these and based them, I was almost done with the next six when I realized I had fucked up. I had painted them as Jung-Wolfenbüttel but I realized I had painted the turnbacks red, and I thought, no problem I'll just do them as Keiser instead they have the same uniform.

BUT NOOO, Keiser has white cross straps, Jung-Wolfenbüttel have natural leather. The life was drained from me. I did not want to take those 12 of the base, and so I gave up. put those 6 in a box and did other stuff. Now I started on them again and decided to just ignore the wrongness and just finish them so I can get on it my project. I finished the 6 and started on the last 6.

Then I decided I wasn't satisfied with the basing scheme, I originally planned on just doing Might and Reason, so two bases of 12, but I'm drawn more to Honours of war and games like that, So I did rip those 12 of the base, and once I had done that I thought I might as well repaint the turnbacks.

Just to make the experience complete, as I did the last 6 yesterday the power went out.(3rd time in a week) and it was out for 7 hours.

So in the end of 6 months, a battalion of Jung-Wolfenbüttel is complete and in the correct uniform...... Figures are Minden and flags are Maverick Models.

Pictures turned out crap!
 I really like the SYW Austrians, I'm sure if they dressed like this during the Napoleonic wars they would have won the entire thing.
 I have recently ordered a second battalion of Austrian musketeers, I'm unsure if I'm going to do the 2nd battalion of this regiment or some other regiment.
 Even with all the swearing, cursing and thoughts of blowtorch revenge.  I like how the unit turned out. Sadly the light was not my friend today, but there are rumours of rain coming in an hour or so, so I had to take it now or it might be many days before the next time I'd have the chance.
We all know The battle of Leuthen was fought in 200 meter deep snow.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Old style Frenchies

Last time I worked on these were almost to the day one year ago today. 

I've wanted to continue on these for some time, and I came over some new style bases, and wanted to use those, I had finished 16 last January that were based, so I ripped them from the base and finished the unit. 

They are quite a lot of work, with all the different colours and small detail.

These are Claymore Pavisers, with regular shields also from Claymore, with spears from Curteys and various hand weapons from Front Rank, changing them from pavisers to "infantry" 
I added two claymore MAA as "command" 

I love the end results, they are very animated and colourful.

Because of a meter of snow in 24 hours, we were without power and internet for some time, I planned on putting them up on Tirsday but that wasn't possible. 

 Here they are 24 infantry, 
A good mix of weapons, some pole-arms, spears, maces, flail, two diffrent swords, war-hammer.  
The flag and pendant didn't turn out as I wanted