Friday, 29 February 2008

Figometer

Well, started 4 figures this month, and completed two of them (the Prussian Napoleonics). The other two are not far behind. I was away last weekend and have been busy during the week so didn't get the chance to finish up. I spent rather alot of time working on the Sd Kfz 251 though which surely counts for something... but its not a figure is it, and its not quite finished! Spending some time with the wife and some DIY this weekend coming, so things will be on the back burner until next week probably.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

SdKfz 251/9 Schutzenpanzerwagen Part II

SdKfz 251/9 Schutzenpanzerwagen Part I

Ok, this is something else i've been working on. Vehicles have never been my strong point as I think i've said before. but I wanted to try something different and to get some armour to beef out the German and US infantry i've been painting very slowly over the last year. I thought i'd put together a guide showing the highs and maybe the lows of my endeavours in putting a vehicle together. I've always been a bit fond of the classic German halftrack design and one with a nice gun perched on top of it would suit me fine.

With this in mind, the Bolt Action Miniatures Stummel was the vehicle for me. Here's the first part of the guide. I've almost finished the halftrack, but it may take some time to post up the rest of the guide.

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

The Prussians arrive at last...

... just like Waterloo, in dribs and drabs. As if I haven't enough long term projects going on! Here's a WIP shot of some Prussian Infantry. I have been itching to start a Prussian brigade and having recently bought the final mini's to start it, on we go. Am trying to be disciplined and paint 4 minis at a time (we'll see how long that lasts!). Its tough because you can't totally devote all your energy to one at a time, but it does mean you seem to get more done, working on them in production line fashion. I'm really happy with the blue, as I was trying to get it very Prussian and dark. Citadel Regal blue has done the trick, highlighted with Coat d' Arms Shadow Grey.

My sample Brigade will be the 2nd Infantry Brigade from I Armee Korps, including IR Nr 6 (1st West Prussian), IR Nr 28 (1st Berg, mostly in their white uniforms), and the 2nd Westphalian Landwehr (Minden-Ravensberg).

I'm also painting up a battalion of IR Nr 10 (1st Silesian), they were not part of this brigade historically, but I do like yellow collars and that's that!

Monday, 11 February 2008

Work in Progress

Here's a sneak peek at the Bolt Action 251 Stummel i'm working on. My first 28mm vehicle this is. This pic was taken just after i'd applied my weathering wash. I'm fairly happy with how it went on though it was difficult to control, but next time I won't use such a dark wash. There are still several other stages to go but the interior is all but complete in this photo. Chipping, blending and 'dusting' etc all yet to go on the exterior, as well as the gun mount and gun itself... If i'm truly happy with the finished product, i'll post up a stage by stage tutorial if anyone out there is interested.