Sunday, March 22, 2015
So not alot painting, most days I didn't have the strength, and other days we just had to relax. but I finnaly finished my Yari Ashigaru. 24 nice Ashigaru unit. I also had a birthday and got a nice new mobile from my fiance(mine was half dead) she also gave me some hicking trousers, and my inlaws gave me enough money to get some new shoes.(plus enough for a steak dinner) But I did get alot of money from my parents to, most went to grown up stuff. But did spend enough to get enough figures to finish Yamagata Masakage division, It will be 3 yari ashigaru, 1 bow ashigaru, small teppo ashigaru, 1 katana samurai, and 1 mounted samurai.
I like this unit, it's colorfull no two figures are exactly the same.
Only thing I don't like is that with 4 bases, the command base is not exactly in the middle!! I like my flags/banners command in the center. With with banner it's ok, I can make it so it's almost in the middle.
I also like that all 3 of these were "big" units, both infantry are 24 and the cav was 12.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
They have the nagae Yari, which looks so much better on the ashigaru then the shorter yaries.
As you see this unit will be part of Yamagata Masakage force.
I gave the officer regular short Yari, I think he would only need to to direct troops and the short yari is more of a "fecing" spear. He problebly has skill to go more close querter of need be.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I also had 4 hours on the bus yesterday and made some megalomaniac planes for my Takeda force. In total it would have 11 ashigaru units, 5 foot samurai, 5 mounted samurai, 1 shoei, and 2 skrimish units. total some 684ish figures. Never going to happen, but it was something I dreamed about on the bus.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
A 12 man unit of low priced men at arms. they could be hard vetran fighters so not bad quality, just less showy. It was easy painting, the whole unit looks good, but the indevidual figures are cheaply done, inks and few colors ect.
The next unit up are spearmen, again fireforge, having a hard time making shieldwalls, they poses are so dynamic, Works great for single figure basing, but making units is kinda hard.
I also did a small conversion work on one of the horses. I wanted to make a Freisian horse. So one of the horses, got a long main and hoof beards.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
I'm kinda torn about these, on one side they do look cool, and looks like the cliche of medeival warriors. but then again, they look like cliche medeival soldiers, The whole dirty and brown. I know better I know the medieval period was very colorfull. So What I did to try and counter it, is quite a few of them do have color, blue, green ect. But it's light "weak" colors. Because the stronger the pigment the more expencive, so they do have color, but it's not strong.
But muddy they indeed are, armor is blackend barrle C, with agrax earthshade ink, and then a highlight of same blackned barrle. The surecoat is simple to, a color, same agrax ink, then a highlight of same color. I must say I love the agrax earthshade, so far the only ink I have ever liked, I still only use it in spesific figures, as I'm still mildly anti ink.
Monday, January 26, 2015
All added to my "test tile" I''ve leared a few things, 1, sandbags to big, not to cut them in half, they look like 50kg bags next to 28mm figures. 2 barbwire loops were to small, dosn't look right next to 28mm soldiers. 3 to green uniforms, even after a desperat addage of ink they look more like WW1 US marines then Tommies. I got a few new paints today, and will try again.
Friday, January 16, 2015
I had a good run painting stedadly since November, doing Medievals, then italian wars, then napoleonics, But I hit the wall, half done with a 3 figre base of Landwehr cav, I could not paint any more. the horses are done, but the riders only got their first layer of grey and blue. I dug out my 7YW figures, got over half done with some austrians, then could not finish. So what to do?
I know WW1, I've wanted to do WW1 a while, a period I know little about, besides the bullit points. What has always stopped me was the terrain, While you could do eastern front, or North Africa, like most westerns it's the Trenches of the western front that I have in my head. I could do early 1914, that would basicly be WW2 Normandy terrein. But I want the terrain. So have to make it my self, problem is my DIY skills are very low level stuff. But I'll give it a try. Bought some shit, Sand from a pet store, wood filler, cheap brushes, cheap brown paint, cheap as hell glue gun, a small saw blue styrofoam.
I cut 1x1 feet of foam, and start to work, I cut down about 5mm in the 50mm foam. this gives it a rough texture, I trie to make some banks and a shell crator. I then mix the paint, PVA glue, woodfiller and sand. apply it generously. Added some blown out trees. I found the brown paint to be to light, and added black to the paint on the two next tiles.
Darker brown this time. might try and go all grey to.
1st tile is done, I might add some barbedwire when I get it, and sandbags. The mud is a mix of colors and gloss vanish, I might add some of the water effects on this one to when I get it.
So this is what I have been doing, real amateurish shit.