Sunday, October 19, 2014

15mm WW2 French Infantry

This afternoon I finished 110 15mm WW2 French infantry. This represents the bulk of a commission I took on--there are just a few pieces left to base.

I'm pretty happy with the CnC base. As I mentioned in a previous post, late-war French kit looks like a total hodge-podge of US stuff mixed in with early-way stuff. I decided to go with a brown theme (assuming stuff could be painted or dyed) rathe than trying to paint each figure individually. As there were a mix of US and French kit in the figures, I thought the different helmets and gear would add enough visual diversity without switching colours.

There were a small number of support units (two mortars above). The "white" you are seeing on the base is actually a bit of glare. These guys are shiny--the owner can spray on a dull sealer if he wants.

There were a bunch of smaller bases. Some forward observers, command stands and anti-tank stands. I see someone has camouflaged the end of his rifle. Amazing what you see in a picture that is totally invisible when you hold the base in your hand--I will clean the stray grass from his gun!

I painted the bazookas in US green just to add some visual interest. I would imagine these were used right out of the crate so no repainting would happen.

The bulk of the painting was 18 bases of infantry, like the ones below. Apologies for the blurry photo--no manual depth of field adjustment on my camera so the guys in the back row are sharp and the guys in the front are blurry.

Up next: I have three jeeps and four HMG units that I'm just finishing. I ran into a little problem with the HMGs (missing a gunner--which was a major bitch to fix) but all is well in the end. Tuesday is also club night. Afterwards, it is likely onto more 15mm WW2--some Germans for a change.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

15mm late WW2 French Artillery

I'm diligently plugging away at a painting commission that news to on the table at the beginning of November. These are some late WW2 French in 15mm for Flames of War.

Today I finished the artillery. A few spotters and command figures are with the infantry in the basing process but the main components of these units are here. There is a four-gun battery of 105mm howitzers. There are US models--from what I can tell, the French forces at this point were a real hodgepodge of equipment and uniforms.

These were fairly good models. I normally despise artillery, ATGS and AA guns as they are fiddle, with poorly engineered and ambiguous joins, The 105s were okay. The 57mm ATGs below were slightly less okay--you have the guess a bit at the angle of the gun shield. One of the advantages of plastic is that the join can be designed in such a way that the angle is forced.

Nice enough figures. I like the guy (left above) with his arm raised and a hard bitten expression on his face. I struggled a bit to find a colour that seemed to match the French uniforms (which were anything but). After awhile I decided to simply go with a brown.

A model I have never built before is the 50 cal. AA trailer above, I've built a lot of the 50 cal turrets, but usually these are mounted in a half-track. This was a fairly straight forward model. Alas, the Bofors gun below was not.

The website described it as a precision model, which I take it is the Battlefront equivalent of airplane models described as "Master kit" (i.e., we didn't make a good kit so you'll have to fix a lot of stuff on the fly--hope you have a dremel and the nimble fingers of a five-year-old).

Eventually I got it together but not before resorting to finding instructions online. If your kit isn't intuitive for an experienced modeller, how is a 14-year-old kid you are trying to attract to the hobby gonna make it? In the end, a nice little gun, though. No gun shield but everything else looks great.

Up next: I have a buttload of French infantry that I am about to base. I also have a few last minute additions to the army (some HMGs and jeeps) to built and paint but this should all be done by the end of next week. We also have the club on Tuesday. After that, there are a pair of late-war German armies in 15mm that I need to build and paint.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hot dice and lucky cards... how you win at CCN. Or it helps anyhow. Bruce hosted me Tuesday night for a French v Russians match up. The French have some traffic issues and the Russians are in reasonable defensive positions. A fairly quick Russian win in game one so we switched sides.

I was worried about playing the French. But I needn't have. I moved into position and then jumped forward at double time on the right.

Yes Bruce, that is the hill I'm going to take with no losses on a single roll. It pretty much went downhill after that for the Russians as the French mopped up the right flank and managed to grind away on the left.

Continued unbelievable dice rolling made up for a card hand that started to crap up. Cavalry charge? But I've got no horses left?!? Bruce was a pretty good sport about a pretty awful and unfair evening.

Up next: I have some more 15mm WW2 French finished and more on the way. And then it is the club on Tuesday.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

15mm late war French armour

A commission came in on Thursday--three WW2 armies in 15mm. I started on the late-war French at the owner's request. There is a mix of tanks and infantry and guns. Since the tanks arrived built--I painted them immediately.

There were three Shermans with 75mm guns. The owner had tricked them out with stowage and two had air recognition panels to paint.  There were also a pair of the Easy Eight Shermans with 76mm guns.

Although I find it hard to believe, I actually ran across a tank I have not painted before. These are four M18 Hellcats. These were nice models with crew in the open turrets.

There were also a pair of armoured cars. I think these are M-20 utility cars (I always get these mixed up with the Greyhounds).

Up next: Some gaming on Tuesday and onto some 15mm late-war French infantry.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Some scifi troops and fantasy ships

I've just received a fairly large painting commission for some 15mm WW2 troops so I have pushed a few things out the past few nights to clear off the table.

First up are the last of the 10mm Dropship Commander troops for Craig. These guys are the Scourge infantry in brass and green. I even painted the goggle lenses green, although these may be hard to see in the photo.

I also painted up a long-standing fleet from Spartan Games Uncharted Seas range. I'm not sure exactly where these came from (trade for painting?) but they are iron dwarves.

There are two big ships. I believe this is a chain mail class battleship. I adapted the existing paint scheme and aimed for a blue French look.

The one below is an unnamed battleships. I also have the rule book and will post the lot for sale shortly.

There are three cruisers. I decided to add some decals (numbers, bow names, a fleet insignia) to all of them.

There is also a pair of frigates and a heavy cruiser. I think the heavy cruiser is supposed to have a ram but it was not in the box when I opened it (looked broken off maybe) so I would treat it as having a pair of torpedo launchers on the bow.

Up next: Some 15mm WW2 late-war French, by the looks of things! Then onto some Germans.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Record attendance!

We had 21 (and at on point 22) guys out at the club last night, shattering the old attendance record of 18. It was quite show.

There were a number of board games, including Twilight Struggle and C&C Napoleonics. Dave ran something with Swords and Spears in 1/72 and there was also Warmachine.

A new game was Clay-o-rama which looked bizarre but the guys seemed to have a great time. It was from an old Dragon magazine, of all places.

Up next: Some 10mm scifi then onto some 1/1200-scae fantasy ships and I am expecting a large commission of 15mm WW2. Should be a busy autumn!

Monday, October 6, 2014

More 54mm AWI

Over the weekend, I finished painting up the lot of 54mm All the King's Men figures I picked up on TMP. These included a Washington general figure. It was hard to find a base big enough for his pose!

I also painted a cannon and four crew. The crew turned out nicely, I think. I quite like the subtle differences you get painting the American troops. No standard dye lots with homespun!

The cannon was a pre-assembled six pounder. I left the barrel brass colours (as I liked it) and painted the rest to match. I see many of the other pictures of this piece has it painted as iron. Oh well!

I also painted four command figures. These are identical figures but you can get a bit of mileage out of slight colour changes as well as slight variations in their orientation on the base. I need to find some 54mm flags for these guys. Had to fashion the poles from skewers.

Up next: I ma finishing basing Craig's scifi infantry and it is games night tomorrow!