Monday, January 26, 2015

WW1 project continued

So not that much has happend, I got my test batch of Great war minies, and trying to figure out the color. I also got my miliput and practesing on my sandbags. Got some armypainter barbwire.

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.
I also learned not to push the "sandbags" to hard, here they look like they are empty of sand, deflated balloons.

These sandbags looks better, but barbedwire loops to small

Friday, January 16, 2015

A new project, whats new?

So this was predictable, doing Napoleonics, getting sooo tired.
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.

 This is what the first tile look like after a "days" work.
 My first trench more of a test. I glued all the styrofoam tiles on some woodfilling  plates,  this gives them same weight, and gives a flat surface.
Darker brown this time. might try and go all grey to.

 1st tile done, and 3rd with a small clump of trees blow up.
 A shellcreater again, this will be filled with water effects. The trees as you see are branches


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.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Brandenburg Infanterie Regiment

 First figures of the year, anmd they are 1st Brandenburg.
 The have an anyoing number of figures, the unit should be 26 strong, and thats anoying, so looks like it's gonna be 4 five figure bases, and 1 six figure base. (which most likely will be the command base)
 I like these, the have the same grey and blue(a blue I have gotten alot of nice comments about)
There are more "thingies" on the infantry, straps, coats, haversacks ect. The painting when quite smoothly, but took longer then I expected, as the uniforms are quite simple compeard to French ect. Yet all the small details make it a long prossess. I spent half a day doing the uniform,  and the next almost full day doing everything els.
I like theise, they look good.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Lances part 3

 And this time landwehr again!

Now I got 3rd and 1st squadron, 1st aquadron will also be extended with the command base.

I like theise, I like the effect I get with this combo of blue, it's actualy just foundry union blue A,B and C, with a small highlight of coat d'arms fester blue, I have used this 4 combo before, But I feel more accurate brushwork from me helps to make them look better then pervious uses of this combo.
 I like them, I also like the photoes, I take them outside in minus 5c lay my shemag on a garden table, and take pictures, they do get a little to light. But very small adjustments with light in photoshop, makes them look they way they look in my hands.
Ofcourse that means I have to take pictures before 14:30, after that its dark....
On the other hand in summer I can take outside pictures at 1AM.

I'm now very bored with cav, so I'll paint 5 prussian musketeers.

Monday, December 29, 2014

More Lances

 This time only Gendarmes, another two done.

I'm not sure about the blue and gold one, I mean he looks awesome, but not sure if you could get that much gold everywere. But a dandy he is.
 This picture anoyes me, I though I got them all in focus. But ofouse goldie dandy didn't want to get into focus.
So this unit is half done.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Lances, Christmas and Puppies.

 Well lets do the Lances first, two diffrent types here.
Separated by some 200 years of history.

First up is first base of 5th Silisian Landweher cav. Beeing Prussians they are of course Calpe.
I orderd some prussian line infantry, and then these from his old store. I got the paypal request for the landwehr cav, But by then I had spent the money on dog food. I told him I'd get the money to him as soon as possible, but I did not know he had sent the cav with the line infantry, so now I have some figures I have not pay for yet. So feeling bad for that, espacaly now that it's christmas. I have to get the money to him as soon as possible, but no banking is happening untill the 29th,
 Anyway as allways his figures are fantastic. A true Joy to paint, been a long time since I've painted calpe but boy are they little pieces of art.

 Then we travle back to the past. Got my Foundry Gendarmes, Just enough for one unit.
This is the first base, first of 4.

I like these, tho, getting the bard looking good is hard, it apears you can paint the bard either as metal or as cloth(I assume cloth over metal) I do not have a gold color that actualy stands out, I have painted (some bad) paterns in gold on the plate for the horse, but it's bearly visible.

 I gave them each a theme, that is used for both horse and rider. One is purple and white, another is red and light blue.
I like these, I wish I could get the bard better.

Life stuff

So this was the first Christmas away from my parents, I went to spend Christmas with my fiance's family, I had a very good time, We were 7 with the little one(8 if we add the other little one still in my sister in laws stomach) 

We had a very nice 7kg turkey, most of which disapeard. Lots of nice presents and a jolly time. We brought our 7.5 month old puppies and their mother, And walked down along the river in Rjukan.

The major event of the evening was the little one, just a few months over 2 years now,  He got his first ski's  This was much color then any of the toys he got, so out in to the cold to test them, He got quite cross when he had to come in, He wanted to ski all night. 

We had to drive back home, and could not stay the night, But why?


We had been expecting Puppies for Christmas, Do date was 23rd, But after a very long night for my fiance, We had to go to the Vet for a Ceasaraen. A big girl puppie was stuck in the birthcanal, she did not make it. But 4 other big ones did. And are now probebly suckeling at their mothers teats downstears while I write this. They are big and healthy having gone up close to 200+ grams in 4 days. 

Mommy Denali, a very photogenic dog, does not take bad pictures 

 Red Boy, looks brown now, but I've been told he will be quite light red.
 Black boy, Smallest of the bunch, but taking on weigh at the same speed as his bigger sibling.
 Black Girl. We are lucky, the black ones got very diffrent markings, so easy to tell apart.
 Gray Girl, biggest one.
And my Girl, My just out of bed Fiance holding the gray girl. 

This will be Denalies last litter, her first one 3 years ago was hard, and now a Ceasarean.
We will keep one puppy for our own. And we have one of her daughters from her first litter. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Elite Coy 16e Chasseur A Cheval

 So I've had a box from FR laying unopend for months, 12 chasseurs and 12 dragoons.
First up is the elite Company of the Chasseurs, painted up as the 16th.

I like these, I've never been a fan of the old FR Napoleonic infantry. but FR Cav has always been great. Painted them as the 16th simply because aquamarine/torqouise is not a color I get to paint that often. This is actualy the first time I've painted an elite coy for cav units, I feel when paiting just 12 figures they take up alot of room, But I wanted to do it this time.

I think they turned out great. The green is Russian green B and C, with russian apple green A and B. I think it turned out great.

 I'll paint them as 2 squadrons, at 240 troopers, it gives 120 troopers pr. squadron, a very understrength but not uncommen company size.