Saturday, October 11, 2014

2 Regiments of WWI Russians done

Took me a couple of weeks but I finished up 2 regiments of WWI Russians for Great War Spearhead and Field of Battle: WWI by Piquet.  For those of you who are not familiar with either of these rule sets, a stand is a company, 4 companys are a Battalion with a MG stand attached, 4 Battalions make up a Regiment.  For the Russians, 4 Regiments make up a Division.  So I still have some more painting to do.  :-)  Each infantry stand has 4 figures, the MG stand have 2 figures and the Regimental HQs have 3 figures.  The stands are 1.25"x1.25"

In the meantime I've started work on my Austrians.  When looking at the pictures in the background of some you can see the Austrians on painting sticks.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Two Knights 1:16th scale

When I went to the model show a few weeks ago I picked two 1:16th scale knights to build and try to paint.  I've never done anything this large so it will be a new experience for me.  Hope I can do them justice.

Here are some pictures of them.

Maybe I can start a new gaming scale with these!  :-)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Trying to figure out what I have here.....?

So after posting this on TMP it has come to my attention from several people on there that my Roman army is outfitted more as a Early Imperial Roman Army than Republican Roman do to the lack of feathers on the helmets and the more squared shields than oval ones.  Guess I will have to reevaluate what I'm going to do here. 

As with many of us, while working on one project you are looking forward to the next one.  Well I think this is going to be my next BIG project.  I bought these 10mm Romans to game the era surrounding the Punic Wars.  
I am looking at using Piquet's Archon or Pulse of Battle for my rule set.  I've been doing some reading on the Romans for this time period to get better acquainted with their history and army setup. Now I'm trying to figure out exactly how, what I have will fit into the basing scheme for the above rule sets  which uses 4 bases to a unit and how that matches what they did for real.  

The pictures show the units in three bases, doubled ranked on a single base, which I like.  Except for the cavalry and the skirmishes which are in single ranks. It gives a nice deep, full looking base.  The bases are 40mm x 20mm.
So there are 3 units of Hastati, 2 units of Principes and 1 unit of Triarii.  2 units of Bow man.  2 units of heavy cavalry and 1 unit of light cavalry.  Also 1 unit of skirmishers.

So my question for all you Ancient Roman experts out there is how would you fill out what's here?

Friday, October 3, 2014

More progress on my WWI Russians.

Okay I've gotten some more painting done on my WWI Russians.  I finished blocking on the colors and after looking around and emailing with a few people I decided to try the "Miracle Dip" for these figures.  As some of you are aware this is essentially Minwax Polyshades Tudor Satin.  Instead of dipping the figures, since my figures are mounted on popsicle sticks, I brushed the dip onto the figures.  I was also able to control the stain a little bit more using this method.  Below are some pictures of the pre-dipped figures and then the dipped figures below that.
I think they turned out okay.  Once they are based I will spray a matt varnish on them, just to take a little bit of the shine off.

The above figures are pre-dipped.

These are the figures after being dipped.

I will get these off the sticks and onto some bases and then start the Austrians I have and go with the same method.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pikemen Comparison

So one of the projects I have gearing up in the wings is to build some armies for the Italian Wars.  As I have progressed in time in doing this hobby, I have learned to do more pre-work on finding figures I like and that blend well together etc...  I know most of you out there already do this and this is really a head slap moment for me.

So in prepping for my Italian Wars I've bought several manufacturer's pikemen in 10mm.  I have Old Glory, Pendraken and a new company (at least to me) Warmonger Miniatures who did a Kickstarter campaign for their new line of Renaissance figures.  Since Pikemen are a large part of these armies I decided to pick those for my comparison.

So the first two pictures here are a decent closeup of the Pendraken figures on the left and the new Wargmonger Figures on the right.  Lots of good detail on both.

These pictures show the Old Glory figures on the left, Pendraken in the middle and Warmonger on the right.  The old glory figures lack a lot of detail.

Again the Old Glory figures are on the right and Pendraken in the middle and Warmonger on the left.  Height wise the Old Glory and Pendraken are fairly similar.  The Warmonger figures are a little taller and have a little more heft to them.  The pikes of the two companies are fairly the same size too.

After spending sometime looking at these I'm not sure if I will blend them into units.  I may not even use the Old Glory ones.  Not sure......

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A nice day at the local model show.

A friend of mine likes to build models, who am I kidding, he likes to collect them and thinks about building them. :-)   Anyway, he works for a local hobby shop and they were selling some of their stuff at the model show that was being held at the Evergreen Aviation Museum here in Oregon.  If you get the chance to come out here you should go. It is a wonderful museum with three buildings worth of exhibits and they also have the Spruce Goose, which is amazing to see.  Also outside on the property there are tanks and other airplanes, plus there is a water park for the kids which has a 747 on the roof they can slide through.

Anyway, I took over a 100 pictures of the models but I haven't posted them all.  The work on them all was fantastic and I wish I could paint this well.  My models never seem to come out this well.

I did pick up a few items while I was there and I will do another post with those. I didn't buy much, I won a few of them in the raffles they had going on, so not too bad.

Enjoy the photos!

I love the shading and tone of this piece.

I liked this one a lot. Just so different from everything else that was there.

The water effect on this model is superb!

The model had lights on the inside of the cockpit and lights on the outside. You can just about make out the characters in the cockpit.

This was scratch-built!!

My father's favorite plane!