Thursday, 16 October 2014

Follicly Challenged

A bit of a change in scale and period.  I've spent the last few evenings painting up a couple of Hasslfree's excellent models: Grant and Kev.  Lovely sculpts by Kev White as usual, but not too 'fussy'.  I haven't decided how to base these guys yet, so the're still on temporary bases.

Enough talk, on with the pictures.

Here's Grant, with his customised MAC10 and multiple pistols:

And now for Ken, wearing my first real attempt at British style DPM.

And a nice group shot to round it all off!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

More Splinter Camo

Having a rummage around in the 'german' model draw, I found one of my original attempts at german 'splinter' style camo smocks (a crewman from the fast build Italeri PAK40).  It was interesting looking back and seeing how I'd improved.

Caesar Panzergrenadier on left, Italeri PAK40 crew on right

Now, I'm not saying my recent efforts are perfect, far from it, but it did make me decide to record the process and my thoughts on it and stick it on the blog.  It might be useful to someone but also I'd welcome feedback from anyone who reads this.  Suggestions of alternative patterns, techniques or colours would be more than welcome!

I'm not going to go into a lecture about German WWII camo patterns, it's a ridiculously complicated and thankless task! Nonetheless, the main improvement came from looking at photos and pictures of the patterns.  There were a couple of key things that stuck with me:

  • The angular pattern
  • That the brown and tan colours dominated
Later 'Marsh' pattern is slightly different, with a less angular pattern and the green more dominant.

So here goes... The unfortunate model in this case is another Caesar Panzergrenadier.  All colours are either Vallejo or GW.

The smock is basecoated with German VJ Camo Beige over a white undercoat.  (The rest of the uniform is VJ Field Grey).

The first camo pattern was added using VJ German Camo Medium Brown.  I kept the patterns quite large and as angular as I could get them.

Green patches added in VJ Luftwaffe Camo Green.  These were kept small and used to fill in 'hollows' in the dark brown.  The overall effect should still be of mainly beige and brown.

A wash of GW Devlan Mud for shade.

Rehighlighted with the original base colours.  The camo smock only got the very lightest highlight with the beige on the edges of the smock and helmet.

So there we are.  Any comments, critiques or suggestions more than welcome!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Ow, my eyes!

Working on German Splinter pattern camo at 1/72 scale, now going cross-eyed!  At least it wasn't pea dot!

Models are Caesar Panzergrenadiers set 1.  Nicely detailed sculpts in a good range of realistic poses. Possibly a bit too detailed in one way, they're hell on brushes!

More to follow.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Caesar Fallschirmjäger

Just a quick update on some completed Caesar Fallshim, Falshurm, paratroopers.  The MG42 gunner is suffering from the common Caesar problem of 'droopy gun'(although in this case, 'overly perky' might be more apt), but otherwise I'm pretty pleased with the result.

Not quite one of each model in the set complete yet, I've yet to do the ones holding FG42s.

Some more Caesar models on the table at the moment, from their panzergrenadiers set1

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Extreme Scale Creep: 1 to 1 scale gaming

It's been a pretty hectic couple of months.  Work's been ridiculously busy with people starting and leaving, and there's been quite a bit happening at home too.

Part of that busyness was me hitting the big 40 in the middle of August.  Melissa, my lovely wife, made sure I couldn't ignore it by organising lots to do, including a family dinner on a steam train, open air shakespeare at Chatsworth House (which is just down the road from us) and, most recently, a day of outdoor woodland Laser Tag.

I have to say, it was great fun, but I think I'm probably better at pushing little lead and plastic men around than I am at the real thing, managing to be the first permanently 'dead' twice in as many games!

Meet the gang.  That's me, in the middle.  To the left are Rebecca (Mel's sister), her husband Gary and their daughter Isobel (who was alarmingly good!).  To the right are Mel's brother Sean, her younger sister Liz, and, behind them, her boyfriend Craig.
Mel's behind the camera

Of course it pissed it down with rain as well, just to add to the effect!  In fact, I blame the rain on my glasses for my poor performance.  But at least I should know how to paint DPM now.

Although Mel took the photos, she didn't take part in the silliness, much as she wanted to.  That's because at the end of the year we expect to take delivery of our very own, brand new 1:1 scale miniature, but the casting process is taking a while...  

I wonder if Acrylics or Enamels would be most suitable for painting it?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Last DAK and bits 'n bobs

This is the last of the Afrika Korps, honest!  At least, for the time being ;-)

Obligatory family portrait. The loader for the MG34 is from the Airfix German Infantry.  Not a great model, but loaders seem to be so few and far between that beggars can't be choosers. The marching boots have been painted to look like the older canvas desert boot that was optimistically issued as 'tropical' kit, and doesn't look bad if I say so myself.  Colours were a mix of Iraqi Sand, US Field Drab and a roughly 50/50 Brown Violet/Iraqi Sand.  My usual flesh tone has gone a bit thick and stodgy, so I tried out some of the newer GW ones on these.  The 'Cadian Fleshtone' was ideal for tanned European skin, and the paint was just the right consistency, count me impressed!

Definitely my favourite pose of the bunch, and possibly Airfix's best sculpt in this scale and period (possibly because it's based on a 1/32 original).  Love the spare grenades tucked into the belt.  I've painted this one several times, as it works well for north-west Europe as well.

And for variety, a browning team for the US.  Airfix gunner and Matchbox loader (no idea where the original .50cal went, but no loss as it's a bit poor anyway).  The belt is being loaded too far back in the MG, but never mind.

And here's that MG34 combo again, sporting this season's 'in' colours, Field Grey.

Now onto a couple of new projects lurking in the wings...

First up, a nice little 99p ebay bargain.  And a new theatre to play with, here's a taster:

And also time to take to the air and spread my wings with a little treat to myself!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Bedford QLD

Finally got around to the Airfix QLD I picked up a while ago.  Really nice kit, went together without a hitch.

It was basecoated with the PSC sprays.  The colour's good, but I found coverage was a but iffy, requiring quite a few coats, and it didn't seem to like taking the GW washes very easily.  Turned out alright in the end though :-)