Friday, February 17, 2017

Damn those pesky kids...

"Heinrich! Heeeeinriiich!
Those goddamn teenagers macht est again! Mein neu Garten wall ist vandalized!
Ich will not leave it like this again!
Check if we have any spare Panzer, dear - someone's gonna pay for it..."

See? See? That's what might happen if you piss that weirdo naighbour of yours off. You never know who he truely is, where does he work or weather he leads nazi party or not...
Lesson learnt: stay away from freaks and local idiots.

Anyway - hey again.

Once again whole post it dedicated totally to Bolt Action. I must admit this game is just super addictive! Combine it with cool models (which in case of my army turned out to be really easy to paint) and voila! - recipe for commercial success!

Since the last entry 4 models were moved into the colored side of existence, which is quite a result for my: single piece painted in about 2,5 evening...

So for starters - little support for my regular infantry: one more private and first liutenant (finally I have painted commander). Both painted using tested color choice. I was asked about paints I use so further below - all necessary colors to get US infantry painted:

Another piece is something to mess with hiding enemy troops: medium mortar from Black Tree Design range. It's the first model I painted ever from this manufacturer but I am quite sure I'll get some more toys from that source:
- models are well scaled for Bolt Action game,
- there's huge minis selection available,
- there are ofter promotions and shipping cost is quite low,
- customer service - brilliant.

I chose my standard US infantry palette so it fist the rest of the gang. I also decided to base every crew member on separate bases (there are 3 soliders operating mortar + optional spotter) so it's easier and more practical to remove casaulties instead of marking them with dice or something.
My only regret about BTD is they have not much heavy equipment and special weapons.

And now - that mysterious neighbour... That weirdo living next door...
I purchased the piece together with infantry order and painted as gift for my bro - he runs zee Germans army but sadly doesn't paint stuff at all.
I thought he might use one more NCO (the mysterious neighbour had rank about corporal). Painting itself was fast and easy - after all the model is simple uniform + 3 spots of flesh.
And that fucking stupid looking moustache...
I tried to keep paintjob clean so the model looks striking on our battlefield. Hope you like it.

And to close the post: one more terrain piece.
The last time I presented test piece of wrecked brick wall, and wanted to get another one, just slightly larger. This one was made to provide safe shooting positions for 2 soliders. Also wanted to test other way of painting - resuls is similar but painting took less time.
I want to give similar paintjob to Italeri's wrecked building and then I think I'll mold some wall sections so I can build larger constructions.
To make life of tank crews more paint in the ass like...


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

US storm


I've been cooking this post for a while so it's high time for painter's katharsis - no more hiding pics on hard drive! Pics of painted models that is...
The top picture is group shot of my paratroopers - whole team has finally been painted!
Those were my entry for local contest so couldn've posted them earlier yet it's still better now than never. The guys didn't perform as nice as I was hoping for but screw this:
the deadline was effective motivator to get them done by the end of January.

In the meantime I've managed to bring them to the field and they are very solid and reliable unit. Last week they survived 2 rounds of direct fire from treachous Churchill tank. The fact is - placing them on top of the hill might not have been my smartest strategic move, but it only proves how badass paratroopers are. And some more shots - painted units always look nice:

We've also been testing some terrain features and I decided to build a test brick wall.
Test, because what we have doesn't provide enough cover for infantry units. I wanted to see wall tall enough to hide whole standing model behind.

Below you can see the first attempt - piece of wall made of clay casted bricks. All in all it's quick and easy, hard to f*ck job. The biggest problem is waiting for clay to dry - bricks run out quite fast.
What do you think?
I am considering molding some larger sections so building more massive and complex constructions is easier and simply - faster.

And here's some recent paintjob to support regular infantry:
from left to right badass NCO for the second squad of regular infantry, medic and another annonymous rifle-carrier. All models were painted using the very same color palette to keep my force as coherent and unified as I can provide. I've just thought there're like 6 models left and I my US army is ~1000pts painted!
Well maybe not exactly all units is what I want to see but it's still solid start.

And sniper team: mostly useless but there's nothing worse than loosing light machine gun or commander just by leaving these two operating freely...

The wall:
clay can be painted with no problem, hitting it with dry pigments and spray sealer also works. On the next one I'll try to apply stronger drybrush so whole piece is more striking and contrasting.

And last but not least - heavy support.
Abour Monday mailmand delivered freshly casted set or infantry from Black Tree Designs.
I chose them because they provide metal range of minis, the selection is pretty wide and I don't want to see any doubles in my army and there was really sweet promotion for WW2 stuff recently.

Models require some cleaning but it's really nothing I cannot deal with. And thank to this investment US army got 16 fresh recruits and medium mortar - just to keep enemy infantry slightly more insecure on the battlefield...

So that's it for now,
thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Even more Bolt Action + some summary

Hey again,

I should've published this post like 2 days ago but I was kinda distracted by playing Civilisation IV...
Beware if you ever decide to give this game a try - it's just f#%king addictive!

But since I managed to turn off that time waster it's high time for some hobby report from my painting station. This time: more Bolt Action (yup - again!) and annual summary.

Let's start with the boring part - miniatures are dessert.
2016 has just passed so I checked the hobby chart and looks like I've been about as much productive as in a year before: I managed to paint 49 models and play 24 games while in 2015 these were 53 and 20.
Sure it's not enough but all in all it's still decent result for fully employed family guy. Bravo!
What's most optimistic is the fact the result is slowly getting  better and better since 2011 (when ye blazing comet was spotted in the sky and shortly after my kid was born).
I regret so much I haven't started such a statistics earlier - I've been wondering many times how many models left my painting station since the day I got sucked into the hobby abyss.

As for overall conclusion - it was busy year, VERY busy, mostly by real life. I am glad I managed to finish most of started project and that I haven't put hobby bar too high: big painting plans usually mean big disappointment.
I am very glad one more 100% oldschool gang was finished (EM4 Scavengers aka Necromunda Orlock proxies) and that we gave a try to Bolt Action game - it's such a breath of fresh, battlefield air!
Even my brother dediced to join the gaming ring as der deutch Heerfuhrer.
Which reminds me I have to order some more US infantry to repel those nazi pests...

And some solid numbers: summary on the bottom relates to the period since 2011.

And the promised candy.
Since the last time I managed to practice Bolt Action game rules a bit, add some terrain and of course - slap paint on some models.

We're still building the battlefield so in order to make games more demanding (and our soliders' fate even more f&*ked up) I built 4 more hedges sections. These are just tall enough to provide cover for sneaking  infantry but I am also considering building some really tall hedges, tall enough to hide tank or scout car behind. It's a bocage setting after all!

Building such obstacles is very easy and quick (except for waiting for pva and base color to dry) and you can probably find most of needed materials at yout place:
pcv sheets left-overs, sand, white glue, some sponge, steel wool or seat filling, hobby paints, hairspray.

And miniatures:
since the last time my US force has been reinforced by 2 BAR assault rifle operators, forward air observer and some paratroopers veterans.
Painting Artizan Designs' stuff is just great - models are well scaled and simple. They remind me EM4 models a bit. With no usless gear hanging on models painting single trooper takes like 2 evenings and that is while still keeping decent painting quality. 
Decent for gaming purposes to be clear.

For BAR guys (for whole regular infantry actually) I chose convincing color scheme but to make gaming more clear, I decided to paint the helmets black. It turns out sometimes in the very heat of the battle player may forget weather there is or not BAR operating in the squad.

Forward Air Observer is the first painted officer in my army.
It's quite expensive but since it can call 2 air strikes instead of one (US special rule) I try not to leave the base without it: at this point I found whole pinning effect it might cause slightly overestimated, but on the other hand the final attack is able to rip tank apart. Just like during last game - my brother, I mean: der Bruder, didn't know that painted models fight better (MWAH-HA-HA-HA-HAAA...!!!)

And the guy who cause the mess above himself:

And for the final - paratroopers.
These guys were my first Bolt Action investment and I am really satisfied about them: both sculptures and combat performance.
Thank to special gear and slightly different paintjob this team is pretty eyecatching amont other US units. I have to consider mounting them on half-track or some truck to bring light machine gun fast closer the action.
Anyway since the last time I managed to paint 2 more paratroopers, 4 models more and I can concentrate on cannon fodder. Regular infantry that is...

Thats it for starters.
Thanks for reading and seeya in 2017!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Bolt Action in action!

Hey again,

Last month turned out to be absolute painting success in 2016 - at the end of a day 10 pieces were moved from the shameful pile.
It was mostly caused by Bolt Action stuff. I wasn't sure about these sculpts while browsing rulebook for the first time but now I know the game and miniatures range has the potential. It's just nice to finally see all models properly scaled, without stupid skulls or spikes plus WW2 vehicles are damn cool. Mechanics is also nice change after years spent in Necromunda's ash wastes. My only regret is models from other manufacturers than Warlord and Artizan are damn hard to get here. Oh well - at least there's not much stuff required to play 700-1000 pts games.

So since the previus post my US force got some painted support.
First piece is paratroopers light machine gun team. The guys originally come with separate bases but I decided to place them on single 60mm round one.
For several - mostly practical reasons: I could add some more terrain features, gun barrel doesn't stick out beyond bases edge so it's safer in transport, models are connected by ammo belt - it's pretty fragile element and I wouldn't like to see it broken off after a game or two.

I tried to keep the very same color combo as on the other paratroopers - not sure it has much in common with original uniforms but it works just fine for me. Warlord made smart move with releasing boxed unit: there's 10 models inside, everyone has different pose so you can paint them all before getting bored.


The other painted bit is the bazooka team:
While I like paratroopers sculps a lot I cannot say the same thing about all minis from regular infantry line. I guess it's because I haven't got used to them yet.

Painting faces is much more demanding then in other brands I've been collecting so far - since models are properly scaled the faces are much smaller seem to be less defined than in EE line for example. Nevertheless I don't need these two for beauty contest but rather for ripping off enemy vehicles so there's no plastic surgery planned anytime shortly.

And the last piece - the model I like a lot and wanted to see it in my army since I chose playing US: M3A1 halftrack.
I just love the idea of it and the design, period. Really have no idea how it's gonna act in the field but the concept of 3 medium machine guns + heavy machine gun running through battlefield and gunning down enemy infantry is  just sweet. Terrifyingly sweet!

Base colors are same as used on Sherman and M8 scout car but this time some more washes and dirt were applied. There's also less chipped paint and thick mud on tracks - which is something I might work on sometimes later.

Painting this toy was fun - sadly there's probably only one more vehicle I might see in my force ever.  I decided not to glue machine guns yet since I have no idea how it's gonna perform in action.

And the maxitaxi equipped with maximum firepower.

And last but not least - we've finally managed to play Bolt Action match!
Even though only I read the rules we still managed to have lots of fun: rules are playable, game quite unpredictible and fast.

So far we managed to organize some terrain features: my opponent purchased some ruins, woods and lake, I made two more trees sets and some bushes. We placed all on oldie Warmachine dedicated table and whole everything looked much better than I expected:

And some more shots from the match: some questions were born during game mostly about visibility but I hope next time everything will work much smoother.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

US infantry support

That's not exactly support for my infantrymen but should get some attention.
Anyway the previous post was dedicated to oldie Necromutants and thick bushes but since the ordered models fucking FINALLY arrived I decided to slap some paint on Atrizan Designs sculpts.
I am very beginner to Bolt Action but no matter how cool the game might turn out I know my time limitation - I don't even dream about playing large battles so decision was made to assemble small force based on cool sculpts: 100% metal (apart from vehicles that is...).

I've already got Warlord paratroopers - they are fine, but also wanted to include some ordinary troopers - backbone or US force. I've realised Artizan Designs produces really cool line of WW2 miniatures.
I do not know were they sculpted by Mark Copplestone, but in my opinion those sculpts strongly correspond to his works. Which are actually one or my fav models ever made (especially Scavengers gang or cannibalistic Savages - both from EM4 line).

Copplestone or not - those models have that "thing": they are well scaled, they are realistic, models carry only what's necessary so there's no painting useless crap on models.
Thanlk to all above painting single trooper takes about an evening, watching some WW2 documentary and having a beer. Very painter-friendly result.

I tried to heeppainting simple and easily repeatable so trousers and jackets are based on same color palette. The experiments are about getting proper mix or tones.
As you can seethe dude on the left was painted with some chalks but I  don't like that dirty way - cleaner models are more striking and all in all should look better on the battlefield.
I hope.

I also hope to make up different background for taking Bold Action models - this printed wall seems to be bit too distracting. Waddaya think?

And that "other thing"...
Recently my wifey brought some resin pieces and asked me to paint some of them - 3 bits are supposed to be xmas gifts for some of her friends.

All in all I got 7 pieces to choose from: 4 severed heads wearing Santa's hat and these 3 monsters. I like zombie models from most manufacturers but those heads wouldn't be anything pleasant to paint, so I went for lesser evil.
Working on those was nice change from 28mm scale - hope recipients will be pleased.

 And the field test - bits are hanging merrily on the string:

That's it for now, laters!