Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Polish Vistula Legion - Part 2

I have added a further 23 Figures to my Polish Vistula Legion Force.  I painted up 12 Fusiliers, 4 Grenadiers, 6 Voltigeurs and a Mounted Officer.  The Voltigeurs and the Mounted Officer are from Front Rank and the Remaining miniatures are from Warlord Games.

They took a while to paint and were rather tedious but I now have 43 Painted Figures for Sharp Practice and can expand upon this force with ease.

Time for a short break from Painting Naps, there is about 30 odd paints used for these chaps!

28mm Polish Vistula Legion
Polish Vistula Legion Somewhere in Spain

The Polish Vistula Legion March through a Spanish Village

Polish Vistula Legion Skirmishers
Skirmishers do what they do best.  Polish Vistula Legion Voltigeurs face off against some British 95th Rifleman

Front Rank Polish Vistula LegionFront Rank Polish Vistula Legion

Front Rank Polish Vistula Legion Voltigeurs
Front Rank Polish Vistula Legion Voltigeurs

Warlord Games Polish Vistula Legion
Warlord Games Fusiliers

Warlord Games Polish Vistula Legion Fusiliers
Polish Vistula Legion Fusiliers Marching

Polish Vistula Legion Grenadiers
Polish Vistula Legion Grenadiers in Czapka

Sunday, 30 September 2018

20mm Modern Australians by Elhiem Figures

Moderns has been something I have wanted to do for a while but I couldn't pull the trigger.  A few friends were doing it in 28mm and Playing Spectre but the game didn't really appeal to me.  I am slowly losing the battle of Storage to 28mm in particular terrain.  28mm Buildings really do take up lots of space.

Motivated by something I wont quite yet reveal, I decided to go with 20mm for a few reasons.  The first being the amazing and huge range from Elhiem Figures.  The sculpts are awesome, well proportioned and the range is extensive.  I was particularly fond of the Australian Range.  The other reason for going for 20mm is storage and size.  I can have lots of buildings for a fraction of the storage space 28mm takes up.  My terrain will mostly be 3D printed and there is also a massive difference in print times between 20mm and 28mm.  The 20mm miniatures have that sweet spot for detail in sculpting that you can not get in 15mm.

Finally 20mm is terrific value for money! The figures a significantly cheaper than their 28mm bigger cousins.

I have painted up the first 4 of many Modern Australians for Afghanistan.  In 2014 the Australian Army went from their Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform (DPCU) to the Australian Multi Camouflage Uniform (AMCU).  I thought AMCU would be hard to paint however it was quite simple.

I was inspired by Jack Sarge's 28mm Aussies and adapted his recipe with a slight change. How I paint my Modern Australians is as follows:

All Vallejo Colours

Base Coat
Uniform - Iraqi Sand
Steyr - Green Grey
Gloves - Gunship Green
Boots/Knee Pads - Khaki

Wash with Army Painted Strong Tone
I then went over everything with highlights with the same Base Coat Colours

For the Camouflage I painted on the Following
US Field Drab, Yellow-Green, Russian Uniform WW2 then small dots of Cam Olive Green

Modern Australian Miniatures Figures 20mm
20mm Modern Australian Infantry by Elhiem Figures

20mm Modern Australians

28mm 20mm miniatures comparison
28mm USMC (Warlord Games) comparison with 20mm Modern Australians (Eliem)

Warhammer Quest Giant Bats

Lets go back to 1995.  I was 15 and completely absorbed by the Games Workshop Hobby and in my opinion this was the peak period of Games Workshop.

One of their finest productions was the Original Warhammer Quest and I am blessed to have a copy.  I am painting up the figures and keeping that old look to them.  I have pimped their bases to make them far more interesting. 

The bases the 12 Giant Bats come on were pretty horrible so I have put them on original Games Workshop 20mm Square bases and varied their stand height to break their monotony up.

I used some left over plasticard to create the tiles that the bats are mounted on.

Warhammer Quest Giant Bats
Warhammer Quest Giant Bats

Warhammer Quest Bats
I varied their heights a little to break up their mono-pose glory!

Converted Warhammer Quest Bats
Old plasticard was used on the bases

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Frostgrave Statues or Constructs?

I quickly painted up my 72nd model for the month of August which was part of a quick 6 model speed paint for Frostgrave.  August has been a damn good month on the painting front!

I built 2 models each from the Frostgrave Barbarian, Soldiers and Ghost Archipelago kits.  I removed the pudding bases carefully and glued them to a Plastic Base.

I 3D printed some Pillars for them that they can be mounted on or detached so they can be a living Statue or a stone/concrete Medium Construct! Perfect for those Frostgrave Scenarios.  They were recently used in a Successful Frostgrave Campaign.

I quickly Painted them with the Following Recipe:
Primed Grey
Drybrushed Vallejo Light Grey
Drybrushed Vallejo White
Washed with Secret Weapon Stone Wash

Frostgrave Construct
I assembled up 2 stock soldiers from each of the above mentioned Frostgrave Kits

Stone Construct Granite Construct Frostgrave Medium Construct
I have not permanently attached them to their Pillars so they can be used in Game as a Construct or a NPC!

Games Workshop Zombies

I really love the Old Hammer and Middle Hammer period for Games Workshop.  I especially love their old undead and these Zombies are terrific.  I love the awkward poses of these zombies.  They painted up a treat. 

Interestingly, I didn't seal my Army Painter Quick Shade and it turned into a gloopy mess.  I diluted it with some White Spirit however the Polyurethane  in the Quick Shade had gone off so it lost its trade mark shine.  I have since replaced the can but will put the ruined Quick Shade to some sort of good use.

I based these guys with some old plasticard off cuts rather than send them to landfill.  I have done a sort of Dungeon/Field cross over theme.

They were from one of the Original Red Boxed Zombie Regiment. What is even better... I have another box of these I got on ebay for a steal! 

Games Workshop Zombies
Games Workshop Classic Zombies.  Such a cool look!

Games Workshop Plastic Zombies

Old Hammer Zombies
The facial expressions are awesome

Middle Hammer Zombies

Games Workshop Zombie Regiment
Ranked up they look terrific

Games Workshop Zombies Regiment
You can see the basing theme I went for

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Frostgrave Ice Toad and Snow Leopard

I did a nice quick paint job on these superb creatures for Frostgrave.  These can spawn as random encounters or be summoned by a Wizard.  They are great little sculpts from the Northstar Military Figures Frostgrave range.

To paint these I simply primed, base coated, quick shaded and applied a couple of simple highlights in addition to picking out some of the minor details such as spots and eyes.

Frostgrave Ice Toad Snow Leopard
Frostgrave Ice Toad and Snow Leopard

Frostgrave Ice Toad Snow Leopard

Friday, 10 August 2018

Speed Painting Zombicide Black Plague/Green Horde Spectral Walkers

Wanting to get back on track for my goal of 500 figures painted this calendar year I decided to speed paint some Spectral Walkers from the recent Zombicide Green Horde Expansion - No Rest For The Wicked.

You can use the below technique for anything spirity or ghostly

The way I did this is as follows:

  • Based them.
  • Primed them White
  • Washed the bases with dark washes, Picked out debris and dry brushed it white
  • Brush on some varying skin tones
  • Washed the Spectral Walkers with GW Nighthaunt Gloom
  • Picked out eyes
  • Varnished!

About 3 - 4 hours total and knocked over 18 figures! I added the base details so I can use them for other gaming systems.

Unpainted figures... they dont belong in a box 

Recycling some spare materials rather than landfil

Zombicide Spectral Walkers
Not bad for 3-4 hours

How to paint Zombicide Spectral Walkers
The Three Poses