Sunday, January 19, 2014

Egyptian Marine Slingers and American Paratroopers for FoW


I've got two small units done.  First a group of of Egyptian Marine Slingers.  The manufacturer of these minis is quite unknown to me, having bought and unpackaged them probably 15-20 years ago.  I wish I knew who made them.

The slings are their only weapon, they don't even have a club tucked into their skirts.

The models are quite beefy.  I don't believe the Egyptians had big shield bosses and the hat things they wear seem to be sculpted wrong. I also think I painted their hat things wrong.    Perhaps, I'll be able to use them for Osprey's "Of Gods and Mortals" game some of the local gamers sound interested in.

Next are the first 15mm troops I've ever painted,  Flames of War American Airborne troops.  They're from the "Open Fire" box set, of in which you get nine of these little US infantry stands.

I forgot to put some matte on them and they're very glossy looking

I've recently acquired an airbrush, so I've been experimenting with spray painting models instead of painting the troops waiting patiently in line for their turn.   Airbrushes make painting tanks fast!  So you'll be seeing old Games Workshop tanks with fresh paint in the near future.

base colors done in less than 1 hour, awaiting details and washes

Till next time when I when I hope to have a pack of long out of print Citadel wizards finished, and maybe some more FoW infantry.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Perry Burgundian Handgunners, Some Appliances, and First Flames of War Game


Today I've got a small unit of plastic Perry Burgundian handgunners painted.  I've based them singly but will magnetize their bases for games requiring larger bases.  60 more points for the Not Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

front view

another frontal  view

Here's what they'll probably look like on the battlefield, running away

Here's a little bit of junky homemade post-apocalyptic furniture and appliances, two plastic metal legged chairs and a thoroughly beaten up washer and dryer set.

a trooper putting his gun down so he can wash his dirty clothes
I played my first Flames of War (FoW) game ever and took pictures with the plan of an AAR.  Sadly I didn't know what was going on, my camera sucks, the photographer is even worse,  and the flgs Active Imagination was kind of dark.  Regardless the battle was so chaotic I don't think I could have explained it very well.

Here's what it looked like before everyone died
Some German Anti-aircraft guns that were shooting my infantry as they were attacked by colored cotton

Tanks blew up and disappeared like musical chairs

a blurry pic near the end of the battle, I've managed to kill all my offensive vehicles and spread my infantry all over the place for no good reason

FoW is quite fun, something I didn't expect.  Afterwards, I broke down and bought a FoW starter box set called "Open Fire".

Till next week, when I'll have some Egyptian marine slingers and some more junk.