Feb 18, 2018

First of the Plastic Landsknechts

After assembling a larger bunch, I painted and based the first four figures out of the Perry and Warlord (Pro Gloria) plastic parts.

Feb 11, 2018

More Italian Wars

A few more 6mm figures march off the painting desk in orderly formation. All of them are H&R Italian Wars stuff. 

Feb 4, 2018

Tiny Landsknechts Episode One

Just a quick situation report from Random&Creativeland: I have received the large(ish) order of Renaissance figures from Heroics and Ros and started painting away. I'm still amazed how quickly and effectively a 6mm force can be completed. 

I based the figures on not very traditional 50x35mm bases, which will suffice for Pikeman's Lament and most homebrews - the 60x30mm version does not have enough depth for the lowered pikes or multiple ranks.

Jan 21, 2018

Renaissance Stuff

To get back in the saddle, I chose to paint a few 28mm bods. These take longer to paint, so the more comfortable pace did good.
As the order in which they are placed from left to right is quite random, here's a list of what's what instead:

  • a Perry horse archer from the light cavalry set, 
  • two Hasslefree ladies bought on their Black Friday sale,
  • two Pro Gloria (now Warlord) landsknecht captains.

I bet the pictures are still too grainy, sooner or later I'll fix the flash, for now I'm working with natural light and the flash of my telephone, which is obviously not enough.

Jan 14, 2018

Native troops

Just a quick update showing the first of the Revell SYW figures painted up as somewhat dark-skinned natives in service of any colonial army. The skintone is acutally a bit brighter than is shown. I coated the bods in woodglue as the paint was suspiciously flaking off. 

In the following episodes, you shall be able to learn how I spent a ton of money on 28mm figures. Stay tuned!

Jan 7, 2018

And now... plans for 2018

New Year's wishes do not motivate me, so I had not made a single one.

I have received a substantial pay raise, and it was paid retroactively, so I feel quite rich now, but the only purchases so far were a 6mm Italian Wars goody bag from Heroics&Ros, and a pair of synthetic sparring swords from the Knight Shop (they were on sale). I want to get into swords, and I believe this is a good first step. The rest of the extra income is tied down otherwise, so don't expect a horde of 28mm figures to pop up just yet.

I'm not sure how much the first purchase of the year affects the rest of it, but 6mm is quick and easy to do. The 6mm Ancients side project was not really a success, but this is a substantially larger purchase, and I plan on augmenting it with Baccus WotR stuff as well.

Let us summarize up then:
Short term projects: 
  • a 1/72 merchant ship from scratch
  • Jungle terrain and colonial buildings, also from scratch
  • 6mm Italian Wars, using Pikeman's Lament at the first stage

Long term projects:
  • More diverse 6mm terrain
  • Finishing the Revell SYW stuff
  • Getting the Secret Project ready to play, incl. refurbishing a large indoor table

Jan 6, 2018

GNW Russian (?) artillery

This is a mixed lot of Zvezda and Strelets gun crews, originally Swedes, but as they have the long cuffs, they pass as Russians as well. I know the Russian gunners had a red vest, but I like this color combination better.

Dec 15, 2017

Prepping for Christmas

On the Schultze-Böhnstadt blog I talked about purchasing the re-issue of the Revell SYW figures. These are now sold in combined big boxes, as "Austrian and Prussian infantry", and "Austrian dragoons and Prussian hussars". Quite the bang for the buck, even if the figures themselves leave a lot to be desired. This is almost two hundred infantry and thirty-odd cavalry for about £35. 

I did not want to wait until I'd find them under the tree, so I started cutting the figures off their sprues and trimming the flash, of which there is a lot. I do already wonder how this project will turn out in the long run.

Dec 10, 2017

Jazygian IS-3

This is a Roden kit I got at a Black Friday sale. I'm going to use it with the modern Jazygian collection. I used a dark olive undercoat, a brown wash, two layers of drybrush and some Vallejo dust pigment - the overall picture is quite good I believe.

As I'm not primarily a model maker, I hate track assemblies. The same thing can be made from a lot less pieces, and more pieces mean more possibility for error.
This model held up to its age quite OK, but still was not a pleasant experience. (I also bought an ICM BTR-60 at the same sale, and really had to work the wheels to make everything fit.)