Friday, 27 November 2009

25-pounder Battery HQ

The HQ lot. Made up from an ad hoc mix of the LW British figures in Mk. IIIs helmets and a piper from the Commando blister. The other lads in berets (strictly GS caps) and the officer in peak cap are from the 7th Armoured Infantry blister. Forgot to take pictures of the OP Carriers, but they're not that exciting anyway.

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I still have a staff team to add with a mix of Highland Div, 6th Airborne and Commando Officers to add to the HQ group. Then the last Commando Section, an Airlanding Platoon, Airlanding 6-pounders and another 4 x 25-pounders.


Saturday, 14 November 2009

Highland Division 25-pounders

The first 4 of a full battery (that's 8...) for my Commando: Orne Bridgehead army. I had bee resisting this purchase for a while: 60+ figure and eight guns is a fair bit of painting for one unit. But the double-width template is hard to resist when my Commandos won't be far behind...

The pictures aren't too good for the arty: the green does not seem to photograph too well, or perhaps my lighting is too strong (the helmets aren't shiny in real life, so that might be it). Shadow colour also need to be darkened I think, but I like the slightly darker green over straight Russian Uniform.

I'll add the HQ group later


Sunday, 8 November 2009

PaK 40 Anti-tank Guns

PaK 40s, more from the Panzer Lehr fold. I went with simple dunkelgelb without any camo...much prefer it, especially on things with lots of small details like ATGs.

They have proved to be...completely useless so far. In their last game they missed five out of six shots deploying in ambush at point-blank range. Things can (I hope) only improve.

Off to paint now....


Friday, 30 October 2009

Wasps & SCC15

British tanks and most other vehicles in 1944 were painted in an overall scheme of a colour designated SCC15. Most people have difficulty finding the “right” colour for, say, the ubiquitous German Dunkelgelb or US Olive Drab. Not me. SCC15 is my nemesis.

Battlefront, fount of wisdom they are, have long recommended straight 924 Russian Uniform as the correct colour. I always though it too light and mixed dozens of shade searching for something that looked better.

In a discussion of the Flames of War forum Mike Starmer, something of an expert on British paint colours and camouflage schemes of the Second World War, recommended a 50/50 mix of VMC 888 Olive Grey and 924 Russian Uniform. This produces quite an attractive darker green.

For 15mm  I used the mix 50/50 Olive Grey/Russian Uniform. This was applied over a shadow of Olive Grey and black and block-painted Olive Grey. Straight Russian Uniform was used for the highlights, mostly confined to raised details and prominent edges (However, I now much prefer the Vallejo Panzer Aces colour "327 Italian Tankcrew", avoiding the dull Russian Uniform altogether). The Wasps below were the “test piece”.

I'm pretty satisfied with the results and have commenced painting my Cromwell Armoured Squadron using the same colours. They received 50th Div decals (from Doms) because I had no others at the time, even though don't recall 50th Div using Wasps.


Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Caucasian Flesh Recipes

Blackfly on the Steve Dean Forum had been working on these for a while, collecting "recipes" from contributors on the forum. The finished results can be found here:

Caucasian Flesh Recipes

I've been using #4 for a while, but I suppose I'l have to try out some of the others as well, #7 for instance. I should post some larger 28mm stuff......of course I'd actually have to finish some 28mm stuff too....


Monday, 26 October 2009

Panzer Lehr Half-tracks

Panzer Lehr Sd Kfz 251/1 Half-tracks

Half-tracks are one-piece resin castings by Kerr and King, crew by Battlefront. First five of ten, the first platoon and the 2iC.

The camo scheme might raise a few eyebrows, but I do like it: simple, and suits my painting style, plus I'm aiming for aesthetically pleasing, not historical accuracy here. Based on a camo scheme of a Grossdeutchland Panther: brown might have been better than the pseudo Olive Drab, but honestly I don't care....bloody German vehicles....

(click full-sized versions)

The actual Panthers are a WiP right now.


Thursday, 22 October 2009

Lehr Nebelwerfers

...for my Panzer Lehr Armoured Panzergrenadier force. Click for the full-sized versions.

Lots more to post, just no time right now.


Sunday, 16 August 2009

Could it be?

A new post?

A couple of pics of figs painted yesterday...the new(ish) Engineer-Sapper figures. Just three test figs for now: I don't plan on starting this army just yet, but it will hopefully happen in the future.

ES Test 2

ES Test 3

ES Test 1

Adding definition to camo is always something I unsure of...i.e. how much depth to add. Too much can muddle the camo detail, but I like to add at least some (as above) to show folds in clothing, etc. where there is no brown. This might need to be darkened in the above, or maybe I'll try highlighting the brown amoeba blobs to define them better. Or both. Forgot to highlight the boots as well. Leather is too bright. The "collar" should in fact be part of the body armour and not clothing, etc.

I drive myself nuts.


Saturday, 11 April 2009

Sikhs..and then some.

Battlefont Sikhs. Click on the pictures to expand them.


EDIT: Added a few more, taken on a light blue background...the lighting is probably still a bit harsh.



Thursday, 26 February 2009

Bretonnian Lord

What it says on the tin.

First 28mm mounted figure...probably not the best to start with! A little shiny in places because of the lighting, but otherwise he turned out OK.




Sunday, 22 February 2009

Beregond & Std. Bearer

Std. Bearer of Gondor

Std Bearer (front)
Std Bearer (rear)


Beregond (front)
Beregond (rear)

Highlighting on the black dosen't show up too well...its quite subtle in the pictures. Ironically, the Std. Bearer probably came out best so far.

Also uploaded new pics of my 1st/5th Queens Carriers. Wonders what lighting does...


Eowyn, Shield Maiden of Rohan

Came out OK...first female figure I've done.

Eowyn (front)

Eowyn (rear)



That's "Armoured Vehicles, Royal Engineers" for the uninitiated.





Delayed putting up pics since I've been working on my lighting set-up to try and improve my photography which, to be honest, is (still) not up to scratch. Still, I'll get there...hopefully!

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