Friday, 24 March 2017

Bases, lots of 'em!

Models always look much better when their bases are done.  The problem is, it's a chore I just struggle to muster any enthusiasm for!  The downside of that is I end up with a pile of minis in various states of 'almost complete'.

However a quick look into the 'work in progress' file box revealed quite a bit that had reached that stage.  Time for a bit of a concerted effort!

Just PVA, sand, dark brown, drybrush with medium brown and bone. Then more PVA and static grass.

Also added a couple of resin bases to some civilians.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


And now for something completely different...

Narg the Torturer, from Hasslefree minis, completed over the last two nights as a change from olive drab.

If some interrogators consider themselves 'artists', Narg's more your painter and decorator.  Nothing fancy, but he'll get the job done!

Nice, simple palette and highlighting.  Needs a scenic base.

Friday, 10 March 2017

US Stuarts

I'm on a roll!

Finished of the other two PSC Stuarts from the box, this time as US vehicles.  Bit of a quick and dirty finish to be honest (could do with serial numbers and other odds and ends).

So many spare parts still in the box though!  Especially tops of hulls and track assemblies.  If I could be bothered to works out the measurements and build it, some scratchbuilt lower hulls could make for some nice turretless Recce Vehicles.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

PSC 25 pounder and Quad

I've wanted to add the iconic 25 pounder to my British/Commonwealth collection for a while, so just couldn't resist when PSC ran a kickstarter for one last year.  It did pretty well, but didn't quite make the stretch goal for a Sexton (pity).

Recently I finally found time to build it.  As usual for PSC it was an incredibly quick, simple build and looks good (apologies for the poor lighting in these photos).

Typically for PSC, there are loads of options on the sprue, including alternative desert crew.  In fact, although on paper there are the parts for two guns and quads, if I can find some suitable spare wheels there are more than enough parts to build at least two more guns (provided I'm not bothered about limbers).  I also have a spare quad thanks to one of the stretch goals, so at least one might get painted in a desert scheme, just because!

The crew are pretty good too.  They're all interacting with the gun or limber realistically, and have sensibly left their webbing in the truck.  My only criticism (and it's a teeny tiny one), is that they're a bit neat and tidy, and have decided they need lots of scrim on their helmets despite likely being behind the front line.  That said, the desert crew are all in short sleeves with bare helmets, in exactly the same poses, so I feel a little simple conversion work could give a more varied look to the crews.

It also came with a white metal battery command.  This is my first time painting metals at this scale, and I must say I'm impressed.  The detail is crisper than typical on plastics and they don't loo ktoo chunky by comparison.  I may have to resist temptation!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

More Germans

Including a PSC MG42 and panzerfaust, and some Caesar panzergrenadiers with some head swaps from the Airfix Afrika Korp.


 Field caps

More PSC 

 Uncovered helmets

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Jumping back in

Frustrated with lack of progress, and feeling a bit stressed by work and home at the moment.  So I've decided to try and get a bit more organised and set myself a target of getting at least 30 minutes painting and modelling every couple of nights or so.  Mel and the little miniature went down to Rutland last weekend to visit her Dad, so I took some time (after catching up on the rarity with a small child in the house, sleep!) to prep a few miniatures so that I'd have good supply to work on.

The result has been some actual paining done!

First up, finished that PSC Stuart.

Lovely little model, pleased with how it's turned out.  The other two from the set have now had a basecoat of US Armour Sprayed on and are awaiting their turn on the painting table.

Next, some Brit paras from the old hard plastic Esci set.  Nice sculpts and poses, paint up pretty well (apart from a couple of somewhat misshapen faces).

Here they are with just the undercoat and a black wash, to show the detail.

Also been working on some more late war germans, including some of the PSC heavy weapons. Pictures to follow.

And here's some of the pipeline figure that have been prepped.

Some of the 'older' GW metal handgunners.

A selection of villagers from Hasslefree.  I've just realised where the dwarf on the right of the image appears to be looking...

Monday, 27 June 2016

Work in progress (slowly)

Experimenting with colour schemes for chindits using the Airfix Australian Infantry.  Main colours are GW Loren Forest and Straken Green.  One has been painted up as a member of the Nigerian Regiment, who fought as part of the Chindit operations.  Definitely from Airfix's best period.

Progress on a British Stuart light tank from Plastic Soldier Company.  A great kit.  Needs some markings.