Sunday, March 22, 2015

First Sengoku unit done

 Well it's been a while, Me and the Fiance got struck down with cold from hell, hit her the most. I'm mostly weak and got two major migrine days. While she got hit very had, she got it a week before I got it, And now shes on Antiboitics because she started to get pneumonia.

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.

 The armors are mostly black and red, with some browns now and then, these are aperantly the most commen colors(with black being the most common of those again)
 Command base is 2 banners, 1 offcier, and cone snail trumpeter.
I'm happy with theise, I'm also happy that this is the 3rd unit I've finished in "a short while) The first was late fall with my medieval spearmen, then the mounted men at arms and now this one.

I also like that all 3 of these were "big" units, both infantry are 24 and the cav was 12.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

More Sengoku

 Did 4 more Samurai, So far the unit looks quite good.  I like the guy in the middle of the second base, The perry samurai do not have "chest plate lace" alot of samurais did have lace covering the whole chest plate, so I simply have to paint the lace on, even if there is no lace texture there.

 I also did a base of ashigaru I choose not to do them as uniform unit, one of my divisions will be more uniform, but most ashigaru will not be uniform. Red and black will be the most commen metal colors. with just the lace beeing diffrent. But I will add some brown armor to.

They have the nagae Yari, which looks so much better on the ashigaru then the shorter yaries.

I started work on two more bases, the command base and another regular one.  The command base has changed a little in how I thought it would be. First I thought of having 2 big sashimonoes, then for got about that, now I'm back at two. I also thought about maknig it pure command. But I feel it looks weird with lots of long spears then a gap with no spears for the command base. So the current planed makeup is 2 big sashimonoes, shell blower, officer and 2 regular spear.

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

Na na na na na na na na... SAMURAI!

 So I started to play Shogun 2 again, so naturaly I had to paint samurai. I orderd a unit of ashigaru, but lukely I found a pack and  a half of samurai with yari. I still suck at painting the sashimon.

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.
 First of 4 bases, all units will be 24 figures(if I ever finish one) No armor is the same on theise samurai. One of my "divisons" will be under Yamagata Masakage, so that division will all have red armor.
 Some of theise look ok, others no so much, I have great problems with actualy getting the lacing right, I found the details on the lacing very shallow and hard to pic up
Still for a distance they look good.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Poor Men at Arms Done!

 So this is the first unit I have finished since late October, that means first unit I have finished for 3 and a half months. I need to shape up, and actualy start finishing units!

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.
 I found this is the only combo of bases that work, any other, and people get lances in the back of the head, or ass of the horse.
The closest horse is the Friesan.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Poor men at arms

 So I got a package from fireforge a time ago, 2 boxes of fireforge men at arms and 1 of foot serjants. Started work on one of the man at arms boxes. I decided to paint them as not low quality, but low on money, They might be hardcore vetrans, but they are poor men.

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.
 First 6 of 12, the next 12 will have mele weapons I think,
 They are going to be generic merc cav, to be used with any force, one day they are Mercs for norway, another for england, or france, or scotland.
 I like the guy closest to the camera, a very light green, green/grey/white.
 I'm painting the next 2 today, I think I need one with red, but all my reds are quite strong tones.
I hope I finish this unit, I havn't finished one since the 24 medieval spearmen.

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.