Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Go Pak yourself!

So with two tanks and a jeep, the Germans needed some equipment or it would be a very short war.

I didn't want to go straight for a German tank, I felt I need to learn the dunkelgelb stuff, and If I did a tank I  probably wouldn't do it pure dunkelgelb but some camo, and that to would need some testing.

So I did a Pak 40, still Rubicon models and still AMMO paints and effects.
I only used 3 out of the 4 dunkelgelb paints, as I felt it became to light when I can't airbrush.

The whole thing might be too dirty and gray?

Also, I'm not happy with the sumpfmunster camo smocks.

 A PaK all my it's lonesome. 
 The PaK is now happy with it's new friends.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Commonwealth Airborne jeep

The second kit I got from Sven for my birthday was a Rubicon Airborne jeep.

It was lovely to paint up, but led to some complications.

First, the instructions showed the airborne jeep with a Browning .50 cal I had glued it on, when Sven pointed out the airborne should have twin Vickers machine gun.
Well, I didn't see any Vickers, not realizing that it was, of course, Vickers K(I had completely forgotten those even existed. I thought those in the kit were Lewis Guns.
Well I managed to rip off the fifi cal without damaging the paint(the green part of the jeep was done by this point)

Now the second problem, apparently 1st Airborne never used the twin Vickers, they wanted to but the weight was too much, so the never got them. And the kit didn't come with the possibility of fixing a single Vickers on the dash. In the end, I used part of the getup for the fifi cal and the side mounted Bren/Vickers, and so managed to make a single mounted Vickers on the dash.

I'm very happy with this one, I think I got a nice look on this one, though I'm unsure about the Denison smock.

But this led to a second problem, I had more or less given up on painting those Warlord American airborne plastic figures as they are just horrible, they are also giants, next to my Jeep Rubicon crew, they look like grizzlies in uniforms.

And this had led to my hunt for actual 28mm infantry, and I also gave up that hunt, it was hard enough finding figures that are prone with an MG, finding none giant 28mm WW2 figures seems impossible.

I'm painting a PaK 40 now, and the heads of the Airborne figures have about 120% the volume of the heads of the Pak crew, the kneeling airborne is almost as tall as a standing PaK crew.....

Anyway here is the Jeep.

 A nice and dirty Willys Jeep
 Beret might be too bright.
 I'm slowly getting somewhat better at the decals
As I said, I'm unsure how well the Denison turned out.

Monday, April 16, 2018

There once was a firefly

That blew a giant hole in a Panther tank!

So I got a surprise birthday present from my friend Sven, a Rubicon Sherman and a Rubicon Jeep.
I was very confused, I hard ordered a Sherman and a Pack 40 from Fireforge games, but I didn't expect it(since they were shipped 4 days before I got the package (two of those days being Saturday and Sunday.) I was even more confused when there was a jeep in there.
But I quickly surmised that Sven had been sneaky!

I got working on the gluing and priming and did some work I did the first part of the tank on Friday then varnished it, and let it dry until today when I started on the weathering.

I did basically the same as with the previous tank, I added more dirt this time, to make it look proper battle tested. I had some more success with the decals this time(only 50% failure rate, compared to the 90% the first time I tried) I felt I did the streaking grim quite well now and the track wheels etc look better. however, the chipping is still far from what I want.

 I'm quite happy with the tank, I did not expect my first few tanks to look this good.

The decals are for the Irish Guards(cliche I know) But when your favorite war movie since childhood has been A bridge too far, you don't have much choice!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The undiscovered country

So, a very long time no see, I was working on some Swedish pikemen when I get this annoying scratch in the back of my neck, and naturally, I need to scratch it, and that scratch? Well, WW2 tanks of course.

One of those things I've said multiple times, I have no interest in at all and will never do, just as I did with Medievals, and we all know how that went.

It was my friend's fault who added me to the Rubicon facebook site, and filled my facebook feed with fantastic looking tanks! Not that I'm impressionable or anything.

So 3 weeks followed with research on the subject, which is rather confusing WW2 tanks is not a light subject.

I knew only the most superficial things, I could see what a Sherman was, I could see what a Tiger was, Churchhill etc. I could tell a German tank from an allied, but I had no idea about the difference between a Panzer III or a Panzer IV and stuff like that.

Nor did I know just how many Sherman variations there was, I might have been somewhat aware of the different size cannons, but I didn't know the difference between an American 76 or 17pdr.
So yes lots to learn and I've only scratched the tip of the first cm of the iceberg.

Besides the historical research, I had a lot of research on what tank to buy and what supplies I needed.  I planed on my whole project being centered on Market Garden, so I bought the "British Sherman" Sherman III, thinking well XXX Corps is British so they'll be using the Sherman III.
But no, they mostly used the V and V/c maybe a few I/c. Not a big deal this was a practice tank after all.

The supplies are all from AMMO, that seems to be one of the big ones, so with my birthday money I ordered various supplies, like plastic cement, acrylic and enamel thinner, streaking grime, filter, wash, dust, earth etc etc. As well as the actual colors. My shopping list was basically taken right from guides on facebook and youtube.

So I got the tank and supplies before Easter, but didn't do much, I did glue together the "spare parts" you got enough spare parts to make a second turret and you got a second top hull, so I practiced on it, and I think that was a very good idea, it did not look good.

But I had two days to work on it this week, I had primed it and tried to paint, it went a lot better than I feared.

So here it is.

It looks like it's finally spring, which means rain, so I had to make a photo box.

I don't have an airbrush, so I did the drybrush method, after the dry brush and botched attempts to get the decals on there, I did the equipment and added a coat of varnish. 
After 20 ish hours of drying, I started on the effects, filter, grime, chipping, wash, fuel stains and mud/earth/dust. 

Given it's my first attempt I don't think it could have turned out much better, I did a few mistakes, stuff could be improved across the board, I'm quite satisfied with the streaking grime effect.
But the chipping and dust/mud could be better. 

I did get a taste for it, and I plan on continuing on this project.

It's fun doing something completely different. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Prinz von Preußen

Well, I finished my first Prussian battalion, I got like 64-72 Prussian cavalry to paint, so I thought maybe I should get going with the infantry.
There is some inconsistency in the painting, half were painted over 6 months ago the other half now. so the newly painted ones are lighter in both the blue coats and the rose.

The Russian winter is blowing in over Europe, so far it isn't very cold here only about -10C but the wind is very biting and almost ran away with my figures when I was out taking the pictures.

 So bad lighting, as usual, this time of year. 
 Flags are Maverick cloth flags. 

I'm now kinda conflicted about what to paint next, I want to paint both my HYW and my SYW projects. We'll see what I do tomorrow. I did start on 6 HYW figures, but stopped halfway through and did the last 6 of these instead. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Austrian Grenadier battalion

Well hopefully on Tuesday DHL will deliver my Collectors edition of Kingdom Come: Deliverance a PC game I kickstarted over 4 years ago. This means I'll probably spend my painting time on that game and if I paint, it will most likely be my HYW figures as the game is set in 1403.

But I did manage to finish this grenadier battalion, it's taken some time, I started on it right after Young-Wolfenbüttel was finsihed, but I did those 6 Hussars between some of the bases and I also did a base of Prussian musketeers between the second to last and last base of this unit.

 The companies are from the regiments Kaiser, Carl Lothringen, Deutschmeister, and Neipperg. 

So there might be some time before the next blog post, if the game is any good, I might do a small review of it. Most likely the next unit on the blog is either the finished Prussian musketeer battalion or a HYW unit of mixed pavisers/crossbowmen that I've done 6 figures for some time ago.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Continuing my Austrian project with Baranyay Hussars, two squadrons worth, This is the only Austrian cavalry I had left to paint, but waiting on some Cuirassiers, I do have a crapload of Prussian as well as some French Cavalry.

Baranyay, of course, took part in the epic Raid on Berlin by Hadik. My SYW cavalry usually are based 4 to a base, but since the Austrians hussars weren't quite true battle cavalry yet(unlike the Prussian hussars) I've decided to base them 3 to a base to give them some more spacing.

The Hussars are always a colorful bunch of scoundrels, just how many died from battle vs dueling, alcohol poisoning and STDs? Who knows!

I do plan on doing 6 more, they are planned for the next order. Together with more infantry and cavalry.

 Proper Hussars here, colorful, with sky blue tights, apple green dolman, and pelisse, red braid that really pops on the green. The trumpeter is real dandy with so much cold lace I'm surprised the horse is still able to carry him.
This last pic captures the colors the best, the two others are to washed out even after some editing.