Thursday, 11 August 2016

Hunt Class

Just finished painting a group of 3 Hunt class destroyers from GHQ's 1:2400 naval range. Again completed in the Northern Approaches camo scheme. Great casting and nice little models. The masts are a bit fragile and I suspect will snap off. If I were to paint any of these again I think I would change out the soft metal mast for some brass rod or something. 

I'm not really pleased with how the bases look on these though, they just didn't turn out quite right, I think the white caps are too big and a bit "sploggy". But they still look okay at gaming distance. 

Group shot of the flower class ships I painted the other week, all now based. My intention is to add a label along the bottom edge noting country, ship type and name. 

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Flower Class

Having recently finished reading one of my favorite novels, The Cruel Sea, for what must be the 100th time by now (possibly not but you get the idea) I decided to finally scratch a Naval modelling itch that has been tickling me for years. 

I purchased a pack of Flower class corvettes by GHQ along with some other GHQ models, and made a start. I have painted up all four of these in one evening and enjoyed every minute. The other 3 will appear in a future post as they are not based yet.  

 I was quite concerned that I would struggle with these as despite painting a lot of 6mm figures over the years I have never touched any 1/2400 stuff at all before, and certainly not naval. I went for a classic western approaches camo pattern, albeit simplified somewhat for obvious reasons. I'm very pleased with how they turned out and have already made a start on my next batch of ships.
 The basing was a quandary for a little while, I toyed with buying one of the realistic water products that several other bloggers seem to have used, but didn't really want to wait on the delivery. Equally I didn't fancy using filler which was also recommended as my personal experience with filler is it either takes an age to dry or cracks awkwardly over time.

In the end I simply painted the base (laser cut mdf) in varying shades of blue with some black inks then carefully stippled white around the bow and wake to show whitecaps on the waves. All in all I like the effect, When stood back at "game distance" the effect is very nice, and even up close its not to bad.
Pictured with  2p piece to show size (couldn't find a penny) really is quite tiny. 

Sunday, 24 July 2016

More Germans

Just finished painting another two early war Germans from Crusader Miniatures pictures came out a little dark, not really sure why to be honest. I took the time to paint the German flag flashes on the helmets, and the collar tabs on the figure that had a collar that they would fit on. 

Overall I'm pretty pleased with the results, another two on my workbench at the moment, I imagine I will finish a full squad before moving onto something else. 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Early German

I decided to paint up some early war German figures. These are from the Crusader and Artizan Range, available from Northstar Miniatures. Both are really nice castings, detailed without being fussy or "cluttered". I have actually previously painted the officer with his hands behind his back, there is a picture on the blog somewhere. 

I decided to go for a stereotypical early war type camo, and took the time to paint the German flag on the side of the helmet for the other figure. 

Pretty pleased with these, more to come assuming i'm not distracted by some flight of fancy.  

 Trying out some new basing materials at the moment, not sure whether I like the results at the moment.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Double Swords

Possibly the final Highlander, I have two left but i'm not sure if I'll do them or move onto something else. I suffered with a loss of tip to my smaller brushes on this one so some of the lines are a bit "blobby" in places. I know I know a poor workman and his tools and all that, but I think I need to invest in some new brushes as my current ones are getting a bit knackered out.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Wrong end of the Musket

 Another highlander finished, I did this one using my favorite tartan pattern to paint. The effect of the pattern is really nice, and it looks much more complicated than it actually is. I can't remember if this is a real tartan or not, I think it is but I really don't recall where I got the pattern from.

In other news I'm eyeing some 15mm Napoleonic at the moment for a new project.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Jug o Ale

 Another week in and another Warlord Clansman done, I think this ones from the "Arrant Scum" packs or something like that. I actually started painting this guys kilt about 2 years ago and gave up as the tartan wasn't going how I wanted it.

For this iteration I painted over the older, paler tartan with a darker choice, again fairly happy with the results, though I think the shirt needed a few more highlights.

I wanted that "been drinking awhile" look so added a red glaze to the cheeks and nose of the figure, not sure how visible that is in the pictures but I like the effect.

Working on more of these at the moment, really starting to enjoy painting tartan and as before just one figure at a time.

In other news my wife and I have become obsessed with the Magic the Gathering card game, surprisingly simple and complicated at the same time. We gave it a go as something easier to setup and play than a full board game. So far very enjoyable and as there are thousands of cards lots of options and all that with updating decks etc.