Friday, 21 June 2013

28mm Napoleonic British at Waterloo

Hi there!

As promised, I've finally managed to take a few photos of the British that I have managed to get painted up so far! They are all Perry Miniatures 28mm models and the infantry are plastics and the cannon and crew are metal. So without further ado, here they are:

2nd Battalion Coldsteam Guards

95th Rifles

 A Royal Horse Artillery 9lb cannon

Most of the above models were painted using GW acrylics over a white undercoat, followed by a brown wash over the top. Quick but effective! Useful when you know you've got several hundred models to get through! The exception was the Rifle companies who were painted over a black undercoat due to the large areas of black and dark green. I also too the opportunity of having the camera set up to try out a few dioramas to set them off nicely! And here they are:

Members of the 95th Rifles advance in a skirmish screen ahead of the main infantry line.

As the french close in, the Guards form a square to protect themselves from enemy cavalry.

The plucky brits hold their fire, waiting for the optimum moment to fire on the advancing French columns.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Napoleonic Frenchmen WIP

Hello there!

In recent days I have been getting pretty excited about Napoleonic wargaming. Specifically the Perry Miniatures range of miniatures and the Warlord Games Black Powder rules set. These look like simple but effective rules, and should be a lot of fun to game with! All I need now are some models to play with...

So I've been working on some! I have recently completed some british models which I will blog about soon (when I have found the time to get some decent pics!) but in the meantime, here ar a few shots of the first French battalion I've been working on:

Due to the fact that I'm going to need to paint a fair few of these fellas I've gone for a style of painting that should mean a decent finish in a reasonable time! I've gone for a white undercoat and then filled in the tunics, boots, hats etc with blocks of colour. (For those interested I used Runefang Steel for the metal, the tunics were Kantor Blue, the hat covers and brown great coats are Steel Legion Drab, the skin Kislev Flesh and the black was Chaos Black. Other great coats were painted using Space Wolves Grey and Bleached Bone. Any gold trim was Burnished Gold)

The 3rd Fusilier Company of the 2nd Line Regiment

I've then washed the whole lot with Agrax Earthshade to put in the shading and done a little bit of highlighting on the white straps and faces. The flag was a piece of paper cut to size, folded in two and stuck together using some wood glue. I then gloss varnished it and, using a home made waterslide transfer of the flag I wanted, added the detail. Gloss varnished it again and sprayed it with matt varnish to seal it all up. Basing is just Mournfang Brown with a Steel Legion Drab drybrush, edged with Mournfang Brown. The grass is a mix of GW static grasses and a little bit of the big fat 'ol flocky stuff!

All in all I think they've turned out pretty well! Now, to get the whole battalion finished so I can start some cavalry...


Just a quick addition as I finally managed to get the second company finished! More to come:

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Blood Bowl Orc Team - Update 2

Hello again!

Well, not only have I managed to finish the Skaven Blood Bowl Team, I've even managed to polish off an Orc team for them to line up against! And here they are!


They consist of the Orcs from the Blood Bowl boxed game with a few converted additions to add a few more tactical options. They faced my Skaven team (Queek's Headtakers) yesterday and were soundly beaten, but I have high hopes for them! A bit more of a play around with troll and goblin tactics and I think they could be formidable... Anyway, here they are in all their individual glory:

Number 02: Lobba Litepants

Number 73: Ungul Face-smasher
Number 51: Morgut da Grinda
Number 54: Bogga Slowpoke

Number 94: Bugrit Fublefist
Number 90: Bentstil Git-splatter

Black Orc Blockers
Number 63: Urguk Face-sitta
Number 72: Big-gob Grunta

Number 13: Gribble But-scratcher
Number 16: Pickit Finger-licka
Number 81: Arthur the Git
(All three are conversions using gnoblars with imperial guard shoulder pads)

Number 60: Thicky Trout-breath
(A river troll and green stuff conversion with plastic rod rivets and paperclip face cage)

Well, there they are! I hope you like them (and their shiny helmets. Well, they are Evil Sunz after all so have a lot of teef to spend on shiny things!) and I'm looking forward to seeing how they fare in the future! I'm looking for games, so if you're in the east london area and want a match, leave me a post! Now, I'm off to get started on the boxed games human team...

Skaven Blood Bowl Team Project - Update

Hi there!

Bit of an absence recently I know. Apologies! However, I have some updates to share so without further ado, may I present the complete (well... full strength anyway!) converted Skaven Blood Bowl Team!


They had their first game yesterday and did me proud getting me a 2-0 win against the Orc team I've also been working on (wielded by my good friend Matt! A cunning adversary). A handy MVP and casualty combining to get me my first upgrade for number 90, a lineman, who is now the proud owner of the 'Kick' skill! Hurrah. Anyway, here are the team in all their individual glory:

Number 01: Chuckit McFlashpants
(A green stuff, imperial guardsman shoulder pad, stormvermin and ogre punch dagger conversion)

Number 62: Sneelitch Snaggletooth
Number 65: Rustik Lofar
Number 67: Burk Vermintide
Number 69: Adrian Brown
Number 74: Sneeki Kakstep
Number 90: Benjaminty Stillk
(All stormvermin, imperial guardsman shoulder pad and ogre punch dagger conversions)

Stormvermin Blitzers
Number 38: Morslick Krakskull
Number 55: Skleet Krittersplat
(Both stormvermin, imperial guardsman shoulder pad and ogre punch dagger conversions, with added 40K Ork shoulder pads and arms)

Gutter Runners
Number 11: Skquik Ikistep
Number 18: Bazflem Skitterleap
(Clanrat, imperial guardsmen shoulder pads and green stuff conversions)

Rat Ogre
Number 50: Masskil Vart
(Island of blood rat ogre, greenstuff and 40K Ork shoulder pad conversion)

Now to get some more games! If you're in the east london area an play, leave me a post! Now, off to doa post for my Orc team...

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Imperial Fists Legion Army WIP 1

Hi all!

Just a quick update to show the rest of the tactical squad, pre-undercoat and before I break out the air brush. Ever wondered how a marine with a powerfist holds a boltgun? Now you know! Looking forward to getting on to painting that plume! I love plumes:

Note: the things they're standing on are just bits of old cork heat proof mat. Easy to hold when airbrushing. However, they do make good rocks too, FYI!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Imperial Fists Legion

Hi all!

All happily married now thanks (it went very well, ta!) and have found a little time to finish of the Imperial Fists that I showed a few (shoddy) WIP shots of in my last post. So, without further ado, here they are.

First of all, here are the first 5 of my first Legion Tactical Squad:

And here's the Contemptor, front and back:

And his base, complete with guardsman who really chose the wrong place to take cover:

And here they all are, hanging out together and having a lovely time:

And in profile:

If you have any questions about the models or any of the techniques I used, scribble a comment and I'll see if I can help :)

I'm off to start gluing together the next 5 tactical marines, including the squad sergeant with his plumed helmet! Nothing says "I'm gonna conquer your planet, so be afraid" like a plume!! I'll post them up here when they're done.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Pre-Heresy Imperial Fists WIP

Hi all! Sorry about the wait! So, I got an Aztek airbrush and compressor... OH MY GOODNESS!! Why did I not do this years ago! It has revolutionised my modelling life!! Here's how, with my imperial fists which I am currently in the middle of working on. (Sorry about photo quality! I'm in the middle of getting hitched so not had a great deal of time! I'll get some good ones soon.)

I'm painting 5 MkIV marines and a Contemptor pattern dreadnought. Here's how:

Undercoated black and then oversprayed with a rusty brown colour (bestial brown) and then given a layer of matt varnish (Testors matte coat). This is to seal it for the next stage where I gave it a spray of hairspray (any old cheap stuff will do!) and sprinkled some large grain salt over the model so it sticks to the wet hairspray. When dry, I then basecoated over the top of the salt with a brown/yellow and then a brighter yellow on the top. When dry, using my thumb I gently rubbed off the salt, taking the paint with it, and leaving the rusty colour showing beneath creating a GREAT paint chip effect! Here it is:

Realistic ruggedness or what?! More to come very soon!