Monday, 19 June 2017

Day 30 update of 100 Days of Hobby

Well what an interesting 10 days.  I came out with a flying start however I really dropped off the pace in the last few days due to long hours at work, lack of sleep and being fatigued.

Saying this I have stuck it out and still managed to achieve a little bit each day.  The last couple of days I only did maybe 15-20 minutes a day but that's all I could do.  I am a little disappointed I haven't finished the DAK troops and the Panzer 2s but I will push to get these done before the next update.

I did get the AB figures finished so that was a win in my books. Time to get some more.

Day 21 - AB Test Figures

Day 22 - Rest of AB figures blocked and washed

Day 23 - Panzer 2s Washed

Day 24 - AB Figures complete and a 3D Printed Garage Painted

Day 25 - Photo Shoot

Day 25 - Panzer 2s Chipped

Day 26 - Primed 3D printed House, blocked in some colours

Day 27 - More Blocking

Day 27 - More Blocking

Day 28 - and more Blocking

Day 29 - Blocking complete!

Day 30 - Army Painter strong tone added

Looking back I kind of have achieved a bit, not as much as I wanted to.  The next 10 days are going to be more of a push! Stay tuned.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Scaling It Down - Part 1 AB Figures

What is all the fuss about?  Why is this scale so good for wargaming? Are AB Figures Really that good? The curiosity got to me.., and yes, AB Figures are that good!

Inspired by the Battlegroup ruleset and the quest to get more on the table without it looking like a crowded space I have taken the plunge.  Really I had no excuse not to test the waters with 20mm figures and the 1/72 scale.  Being Australian I have an advantage with regards to 20mm wargaming and that of AB Figures, they are locally produced right here in Australia.

Setting the Theme - Panzer Lehr Operations - Normandy, France, June-July 1944.

I embarked on a project to do 28mm Panzer Lehr.  There is only one problem... there is bugger all available in 28mm for the Panzer Lehr.  I have read a couple of books now about the Division and their conquests and defeats in the Normandy theatre of operations post D-Day.

20mm is the perfect scale to do the Panzer Lehr in.  Why? Adler Miniatures have recently released some beautiful sculpts for the Panzer Lehr and are releasing more soon.  Elhiem Figures is re-doing their 20mm Panzer Lehr range and Wartime Miniatures (another Aussie Company) is branching out with some more Panzer Lehr soon.  Compare these ranges to 28mm and the decision was obvious.

I am holding out on getting my Panzer Lehr miniatures as I want to see what the above mentioned companies release in the hopefully not too distant future.

One of the Panzer Lehr's enemies in Normandy was the British 7th Armoured Division and I have decided to go with them first.  I won't go into too much information regarding this Division but I will be focusing on the 22nd Armoured Brigade and the fighting around Tilly-sur-Seulles and Villers-Bocage.  Combined with my new 3D printer I have loads of nice 3D terrain to print to suit my theme.

Lets get on with it.

AB Figures British AB-INB09 painted
AB Figures British Infantry on Patrol AB-INB09 with a Bonus figure they sent me

20mm miniatures eyes painted
Painting 20mm miniatures eyes - why not! AB figures are fully detailed

AB Figures 20mm British Infantry
My infantry will be painted as 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade
20mm 1/72 Normandy 3d printed terrain WW2
A British Patrol clears a derelict French Garage

20mm AB Figures British Normandy WW2

A note on Painting...

AB figures really are excellent sculpts.  I decided to paint the eyes, some people do not like this but I really like it.  It is more than possible in 20mm and gives the figures a little more character.  Not sure if I can achieve this in other figure ranges but I will have a crack!

Anyway I intend on doing Part 2 soon... not sure if its going to be a look at 1/72 vehicles or 1/72 3D printed terrain.  Stay tuned.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Day 20 update of 100 Days of Hobby

Here we go!

I didn't think I got much done this last 10 days but looking back I am most pleased! I have been smacked with a cold that has slowed me down a bit!

Day 11 - DAK Panzer 2s primed, built a 4Ground Polish Dwelling in MDF - Not a Fan!

Day 11 - Printed a 20mm Garage

Day 12 - Scaling it down with PSC Sherman Firefly 1/72

Day 13 - Pre-shaded the DAK Panzer 2s

Day 13 - Magnatised the 20mm Garage Roof

Day 13 - and primed it!

Day 13 - Great resource arrived in the post!

Day 14 - Washed the tracks of the 7TP, blocked in the crew and washed him

Day 15 - Crewman Finished and rust streaks added

Day 16 - 7TP finished! DAK Troops started blocking in... AB figures arrive!!

4ground polish dwelling
Day 16 - Did the white glue trick to the Polish dwelling.  I dont like MDF!

Day 17 - Primed my AB figures

Day 17 - Printed a 3D garage, STL file was corrupt, will fix this up to save plastic

Day 18 - More printing

Day 18 - More DAK blocking, Panzer 2s based and modulated, AB figures blocked in

Day 18 - Muskets and Tomahawks arrives

Day 19 - Printed a roof for my Garage, getting good at this

Day 19 - AK interactive DAK filter applied

Day 20 - Started weathering the garage annex

Day 20 - Decals added to Panzers 2s! (1st Company Pz Reg 8, 15 Pz Division)

20mm miniature eyes
Day 20 - AB Brit WIP... who said you can't paint eyes in 20mm!

And there you have it! Good progress so far, makes me think I am going to achieve a fair bit after 100 Days!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

7 Ton Polish

Probably the best tank in the Polish Arsenal in the Second World War was the 7-Ton Polish or commonly known as 7TP.

This tank was of Polish Design based on the compilation of several foreign licenses.  The first 7TP tanks rolled out in 1935 and by 1939 it was a decent match for German Light Tanks.

The 7TP is armed with a 37mm Bofors gun and a 7.92wz.30 machine gun.

It is a great and welcomed option in any Polish force.

The model displayed here is the 1/56 Warlord Games 7TP with Polish Tank Crewman.

1/56 7tp
1/56 Warlord Games Polish 7TP with Polish Tank Crew

Polish 7tp

warlord games 28mm 7TP

100 Days of Hobby!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Day 10 update of 100 Days of Hobby

Big update!!! So here we go...

Face lift

I have given the blog a face lift and this just looks nicer

New Phone

I recently purchased a Samsung Galaxy S8 and it is awesome, takes great photos too!

Days 0 - 10 of 100 Days of Hobby!

Day 0 - I wanted a jump start! Primed some trucks.

Day 1 - Modulation done to the Perry Trucks

Day 1 - Sold some DAK as I have converted to Offensive/Perry Miniatures

Day 2 - Blocked in some Crew

Day 2 - Sea Lion Arrived with some other goodness

Day 3 - Strong tone ink on the Perry Miniatures Crew

Day 4 - Care package arrives! Did some highlights to truck crew

Day 5 - Truck Crew finished!

Day 6 - Truck Crew varnished, trucks chipped and base coated 7TP

Day 7 - Washed trucks, filter applied to 7TP, based up some DAK

Day 8 - 7TP gloss coated, DAK infantry given grout to bases

Day 9 - 7TP Washed, DAK Base Coated, trucks just about finished

Day 9 - 7TP starting to look the business

Day 10 - Perry Miniatures DAK Trucks Finished!

1/56 Opel Blitz 28mm Opel Blitz

Day 10 - The Pot Hole Lookout for the trucks, will model him on later

An Original Prusa i3 MK2S arrives at Lefthanded Panzerfaust HQ
Printed a well in 28mm

The well cleaned up nice next to a 28mm Warlord Plastic FJ

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