Friday, July 31, 2015

1/72 tanks and 54mm casualties

I'm presently working on moving the remains of projects to completion. Today I have a pair of WW2 tanks and some AWI casualties finished.

The Tiger is an Airfix kit. A bit small and basic but a nice model painted up for the western desert or, perhaps, Italy. Below is a Hasegawa Crusader III. Also a nice model and one I haven't built before.

And I completed six 54mm AWI casualties (American this time).

These are from All The King's Men and are resin casts.

U next: I have two 1/72-scale ATGs (an 88 and a 6 pounder) that I will paint up for the desert. I also have eight 54mm AWI guys underway who have either just been shot or are joining some kind of apocryphal ragtime band.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New tutorial on painting 1/72-scale armour

I sometimes get emailed questions from newcomers to the hobby looking for painting advice. What I have to offer is not museum quality painting, but rather quick paint techniques. A few months back I posted a tutorial on quick-painting tanks using washes over a white primer. 

The other technique I use is quick-painting tanks using full-strength paints and layers over a black primmer. You can see that tutorial by clicking on the link.

Up next: Some more 54mm AWI casualties and some 1/72-scale tanks.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

1/72-scale British 25 pounder

I finished off a British artillery piece this week. This is old Esci kit from Terry's crawlspace. Not a bad kit--only a couple of fiddly things I did away with (complex support struts to put carriage on turn table). Love the fact that it has a crew.

I also feel like I'm getting a handle on the yellowing issue I was experiencing with my new camera.

These guys will likely serve with the British desert rats and as well as in Italy. Although last night they were time warped into France 1940 (which I suspect was chilly).

Up next: A 1/72-scae Hasegawa Panzer 4.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July 21 club night

We had 11 guys out at the club last night including newcomer Ian. Dave brought out his recently competed 10mm ACW troops and hosted Phil and Guy in a game, the name of which I can't recall.

It certainly looked pretty. Scott and Jonathan played a game of the new Commands & Colours WW1 (which I did not get a picture of).

I offered a Memoir '40 game but there were no takers so I ended up playing in Terry's Zombicide campaign with Chen, Larry, Bruce and Slippery Ian.

Things started out rough for the survivors (frigging zombie birds...).

Then they got rougher. I think we played the game reasonably well. Obtaining the scenario objectives (basically searching until the right three item cards are drawn) is tough and frustrating. The item deck is huge. The upside is that you get to shoot a lot of damned zombies.

And more zombies (I'm the guy on the right, below).

And more zombies I didn't count search actions but there were a lot and we only found one of the items before sheer zombie numbers forced us to abandon the objectives and just try to exit the board.

Up next: I have a 172-scale Brit artillery piece I've finished up.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

54mm AWI casualties

I was cleaning out my gaming room last week and ran across a box of 54mm AWI casualty figs I got when I bought some boxed sets. I painted up the first 6 (of 24!) as British regulars.

There are two basic poses: face up and face down.

I'm still struggling a bit with the camera in the light box. The green grass is a bit washed out here.

I also found a base of Zvezda 1/72-scale WW2 British mortars that I put together and painted for Memoir. These guys are a bit more washed out in the photo than in real life.

Up next: I built an ESCI 1/72-scale 25 pounder yesterday so I will turn to painting that along with some American casualties in 54mm.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

1/76 WW2 Desert Brits

The heat wave drove me to the basement and I managed to finish off some more Matchbox kits.

The Stuart was a nice kit. The treads were just starting to degrade but I managed to make them work. Apologies for the yellowed photo--still fiddling with camera settings in the light box.

I also built the Humber armoured car. Both are decaled for the desert rats and posed above with some foot I finished awhile back.

Up next: I have a bunch of 54mm AWI casualties I discovered while cleaning out my hobby room. I have primed these and will get down to painting them this week.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Last of the 1/72 WW2 German infantry

I finished off the last of the German infantry for Memoir '40. My camera seems to still be struggling with these guys. No problems snapping an AFV earlier this week. I wonder if it is the ambient lighting or perhaps some combination of the dullcoat and all of the curved surfaces is the cause?

Anyhow, three boxes of Zvezda German platoons I got on Amazon for $15. This should be enough with which to take on the French?

Up next: I have some 1/76 Matchbox British kits I'm building for the desert.