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.)

Dec 6, 2017

Pirate Party

Finally, they are here. A band of seven nasty pirates (one for each sea I guess). I have also made stats for them in Flashing Steel.

Six figures are from the Zvezda GNW Swedish artillery box, and one is from their Russian counterparts I found lying around. They were given various weapons and I modified a few poses as well - separate arms are useful for this kind of work.

Dec 2, 2017

GNW Swedish artillery

I ordered this Zvezda set from an Italian ebay store. It has lots of horses, guns and crew, and plenty of options for conversion.

Nov 23, 2017

French cavalry WIP

Just a pair of shots, showing some more Frenchies on horseback, to complement the ranks for the Secret Project... soon all will be revealed.

Nov 17, 2017

Allied High Command for the Secret Project

This is a big ol' batch of creative conversions, mostly Russian and a few Austrian command figures.