Saturday, 17 June 2017

8th edition of 40k.

You might wonder why I am suddenly talking about 40k? Well in the late 1990's early 2000's I collected quite a bit of kit. Most I sold off as I only managed to play a couple of games as I was heavily into FOW at that stage. I had a painted Sisters of Battle Army that I always liked and could not bare to part with. Similarly I had collected a pile of Imperial Guard kit which was mainly Valhallans and some Catachans. I really liked the sculpting of the Valhallans and also the metal Catachans. The plastic Catachans really put me off as I could not make them look very good but still have a pile of them. Recently the manager of the local GW shop befriended me on Facebook where I learnt about the new version of 40k. Today I bought Imperium2 and the new rules. Surprisingly I have spent most of the afternoon and evening reading both. I don't usually read that much. I also got out my Sisters to try and work out how to organise them. I think I can make an Army fairly easily as I also have quite a few figures and one Immolator unpainted. The Exorcist is a scratch build as there were no models available at the time or even a list other than Chapter Approved. Some of the painting needs an update as I was changing over from Enamels at the time.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Helmet Cover and Hat.

Once again I find myself regretting Labelling my Militaria Posts as Collecting Vietnam.
I guess it would be too much work to go back and edit the Labels.

I saw that someone local was selling a Woodland Pattern Helmet Cover for a reasonable price. Since I had trouble finding one when I needed it last time and had to resort to Ebay, I thought  that I might as well buy it. It is the same as my previous Cover but the Date panel is very faded. I think it is dated 84 but will need an Ultraviolet light to see it properly. Now I am wondering if I should buy a Helmet for it?

I am planning a Holiday in the Sun at some stage so thought I'd get a Bush Hat to throw in my suitcase. I had a look online at a French version which I really liked and also the British Desert pattern . However I have a very large head and Hats often shrink so thought I'd have a look in the Local Comrades Army Surplus Store. They had a decent selection of Hats and one French version which was much too small. There were several of the British version in a range of sizes and ended up with a size 60cm, while my head measures 57. I hope that it is not too current and I end up upsetting another Tourist.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Paint your Wagons.

I have just finished painting up some 4Ground Wagons and a Water Cart.
I really like these but kept thinking to myself that they are too big. However my only previous experience with wagons have been with an Old Glory Stage Coach and some Wagons scratch built using Hinchcliffe Cannon wheels. So maybe they were smaller because of the era that they are from when models were 25mm tall.

The general purpose Wagon was painted first using a colour mixed from a Vallejo Grey with some Blue added to it. I used far more than I was happy with and had to keep mixing up more and more paint to cover them plus the Water Wagon and stand. With the Boer Wagons I decided to use a different approach and went and bought some Art store paint. This was quite a bit easier to work with and was easily thinned. I was not sure of the Colour of these wagons so enquired on TMP, where we did not really get a consensus of the correct Colour. However it was pointed out that an Osprey has a wagon painted Green and Red which was what I found when Googling for images. I am still not sure if this is a modern idea of what the Colour should be. I did find an advert for another type of wagon which was sold in a standard Colour scheme. Unfortunately I did not save the image. The Green has been highlighted with a lighter Green and I first put a Devlan Mud wash in the corners which I could not see so put a wash of Agrax Earthshade which is not really evident either. The metalwork on the wheels were first painted a really dark brown and then I tried to paint Oily Steel over the top. I did not like the look so repainted the wheels (only the Water Cart fortunately) and then rubbed a Lead pencil over them which I like as it is quite subtle. I was not sure if the barrels should be painted or left plain. I assumed that they would use any old barrel to hand.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Zulu Casualty and Disorder markers.

I have just finished my Zulu Casualty and Disorder markers for use with Black Powder.
I think they would be usable for other Rule Sets as well.

The figures are a mix of: Black Tree Design, Wargames Foundry, Casting Room Miniatures and Empress. My least liked figures are the Empress. I used plastic weapons taken from the left over Warlord sprues on the standing figures and the fragile Empress weapons on the prone figures.

The weather has been so wet and cold most of this year I am finding it very difficult to use any spray paint or varnish. I instead brushed on the Varnish which came out a bit glossy. I also had to use my lounge lights to photograph as it was so dark at midday so the photos are not that great.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

British 24th first Company completed.

I really like these Black Tree Design figures as they were easy to paint. I have not had much experience of painting Red jackets other than two units of Foundry Marines for Sharp Practice which I struggled with getting nice coverage. These figures were undercoated Brown and then I used two GW Reds topped off with a Vallejo Red. I took ages to paint these as I found painting the Red then Blue and then the White quite boring. Once I started filling in the other colours in the painting became very enjoyable. The depth of the Red is really good but the shine of the photos hides this. In reality they are not shiny at all.

I went with sixteen figures in a Company with an Officer included. I will use separate based Officers for higher command. There is one Casting Room Miniature who fits in quite well but is not as well sculpted as the rest. I was lucky with the basing as I did not consider using them in a column formation until I had completely finished the unit!

It may appear that I have been slack on the painting front but I actually have three 4ground wagons just about finished and am about 80% done with my Zulu casualty markers.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Some updates

Since I have been pretty sick all Easter with a horrible cough and cold I have not managed to do anything hobby wise. I have also been unable to find the flat Black undercoat that I normally use. The last Zulus I prepped were done using what I thought was the normal undercoat but it also had a top coat combined with the undercoat. I did not realise this until after I finished prepping them. I first thought that there was just a load of unpainted metal showing through rather than the shiny top coat. Anyway once I sprayed with the brown layer things turned out ok.

I have ready for paint; a Company of British Infantry, a V100 Commando Patrol Car (resin) and Zulu wound and disrupted markers. I am just waiting for four Empress wounded Zulus before I paint these last items.

Last week I dropped into my local Model-shop which has relocated into a larger premises and have started stocking more items. They now carry quite a bit more basing style items and paints. I found some large packs of miniNatur tufts, one of which matched the old Army Painter Highland Tufts.

Some of you might have been wondering whatever happened to my Resin making project? Well I am pleased to say that I have ironed out almost all of the problems that I had been having and am well on the way to the assembly stage. Except I normally find terrain is a winter project so have put it aside for the moment. I've also put away all my modern items so no hurry for these now.

The first thing I found out was that heat is vital to the hardening of the resin. So while we had a "few good warm days" during the Summer break (I kid you not, its been miserable) I found an old desk lamp which I put as close to the moulds as I could. The resin turned out really hard and took undercoat really well.

Loads of wastage
However I still had an occasional soft casting which seemed to be worse when I did some small mixes. I found that when filling the measuring jars some of them have varying degrees of convexity of the base. Meaning part A is often far less fluid that part B.  In the photo below I poured the desired amount into one container and then poured half into the other by using the divisions. You can see the quantities are very different. The water in the lefthand container does not go all the way back to the rear. I finished up using separate containers to measure out each fluid and then combined them into one. Its probably the way you are meant to do this but not so obvious to a beginner.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

How I base my Zulus.

Since I have had a number of compliments on my basing technique I thought I'd do a walkthrough. This has been a progression of earlier techniques which just happened to come to maturity in time for this project. I would have liked to use this method for my half done Peninsular and upcoming WW1 projects. In the photos I've focused the camera on the base texture rather than the figures.

I first mix up some filler with some black and brown poster paint so that if any base gets damaged I won't get white patches showing through. Once this is laid on the base I then push some small stones into the soft surface. After the filler is dry I then PVA some sand patches on.

The next day I pool some oil based stain onto the filler, rocks and sand.

The next day I wet brush some Brown Derby paint onto everything. This is a local made paint by Resene which I have used for years on my bases. At this stage its looks too heavy but once it has dried it looks fine.

The next paint I use is called Irish Coffee. I try and be a bit more conservative in applying this but mistakes can be covered up with flock or tufts.

The next step is to dry brush some Palm Sugar.

Once everything is dry I apply some Army Painter Highland Tufts and some Flock which came in a Jungle basing set from Gale Force Nine. At this stage I struck a problem, I have some Tufts left over to do some casualty bases but not enough for any more Regiments or the British. I was a little unhappy to find that Army Painter has changed the supplier of these Tufts as seen in the photo below. I think that I have tracked down some matching Tufts but will have to order some to make sure.

The finished Riflemen which have had two coats of highlights on the skin before varnishing and one after, but its really hard to see any of it. I really love the look of the Shields, which are from the Iqwa Regiment. They look very Hollywood and I intend to use this as a standard shield for any supporting units.