Monday, February 17, 2014

Prussian Landwehr Cavalry, Americans for Flames of War, Manlets, and a Bad Pizza

Hello Dear Blog Viewer,

Today I finally finished a unit of Perry Prussian Landwehr cavalry.  They're good enough for gaming.  You'll notice the lack of the little flags, or fanions, or whatever they're called.  I dislike attaching them very much so.

Running from the scary castle.

Don't look at their faces, I may have overdone the wash.
Only three of my eleven Prussian cavalry units remain left to be painted:  Ulhans, Dragoons, and Death Head Hussars.

Here's a size comparison with a Wargames Foundry Landwehr.  It appears to me it is also sculpted by Alan Perry, as well.   I wonder if he's the one with only 1 1/2 arms.  Regardless, I'm going to add a one armed Perry brother to my next artillery crew.

My color continuity is abysmal.  I think the jackets are different colors and I can't make up my mind what color paint makes the best spears.  If you look at my bases, no two units ever seem to have the same color dirt.

Next up are some more American troops for Flames of War.  The models are made by Command Decision.  Command Decision minis can be purchased for half the price of Battle Front's minis, by buying them from Old Glory.  They're even cheaper at a web site called War Web.

Here they are running away.  They actually lost their first two battles last weekend.    I played in a tournament;  tournaments aren't as fun as I thought they'd be, go go go, quick games, too much quick thinking.

Here's a size comparison with official Flames of War minis on the left.  Command Decision look more anatomically correct, but the chunkier Flames of War minis have a nice look, as well as being easy to paint.  And with FoW minis, you don't have to make your own bases.

Next up, I based some manlets painted aways back.  They look ugly as I was experimenting with different dip techniques on them.   They'll do as I really don't stress out on painting pieces of wood.

Here's most of my manlets shielding cowardly crossbowmen.

pew, pew, pew, pew, pew

At this angle the castle looks empty

Here's some junk for city fight debris piles:  A Mac, a microwave, a pizza, and a beat up little toaster.

Till next time, when I hope to bring you more bad grammar, Prussian infantry, a few turn of the century Africans, and maybe even some Space Marines.  By not having any sort of painting plan, I practice good Operational Security while painting; the enemy must not know your plans.



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Oldhammer Wizards, Flames of War Parachutists, 2 Jagdtigers, a 40K Rhino, 2 Nappy Officers, and an 11 Year Old Diorama


It's been a few weeks, so I have alot of random stuff for you.  First up are some old out of production   Citadel Wizards from the late 80's or early 90's.  Some are from their old AD&D line, designed to show character progression.

The one in the tan dress is an female illusionist.  I once painted another one of the three illusionist model set;  it was such an ugly sculpt I painted a mustache on it, thinking it was a man.  Illusion complete.
Here's what I think is a pre-slotta base Citadel Wizard with a much larger plastic wizard from either a Dungeonquest or Heroquest edition.
The white paint I use is crap.  Not real crap, just not so good.  I don't sun bake dog terds till they turn white, crush them up, add water, and brush it on models.   It only looks like I do.

I painted up more Flames of War Airborne infantry (from the Open Fire starter set).  They are much less shiny than my last batch, but I didn't do a good job on the washes.

Here are some Jagdtigers I painted for friend.  I took a picture with the phone, so you couldn't see any of the tedious detail work.

Look, now here is fairly modern 40K Rhino.  I painted it similar to the GW IG Steel Legion camoflauge pattern.  The variation is craftstore dark grey and Vallejo Dead Flesh, instead of GW rotting flesh.   The paint looks rough because I put a clear matte coat over an oil wash which only appeared to have finished drying.  The effect is similar to crackle paint.
Due to excessive GW prices, I only buy used models, the ugly rust spot was where I had to remove some moronic looking space marine emblem.  

Action shot with some Rogue Trader era beakie marines.  The may not be sculpted as well as today's marines, but I like them better.

Here are two Napoleonic Officers.  A dismounted French Hussar and what I'll be using as an officer for my British Rifles.
They look much better from far away, when you can't see the parts I forgot to paint or painted sloppily.

Most of the above pictures were taken on water mill diorama my eleven year old daughter built.  The only thing I did was supervise power tool use and heat the water beads on the oven.  And paid for all the damned trees.

Windows aren't set well and you can't see they have clear plastic panes.

I was sure she'd get an A, but her school does something called "Common Core".  No letter grades, just numbers.  She got a 3.  Every kid got the same score, even the kid that glued a Tootsie Roll to a folded up piece of orange construction and called it a canoe.

The daughter said kids can't get 1s or 2s so early in the year, otherwise they won't show improvement by the end of the year.   A Tootsie Roll canoe would have been easier; that kid is a genius.

lazy child couldn't be bothered to paint the interior mill components and grain bags she hand sculpted

She should have a been given a 4.  Look at all the stupid bubbles in her water; can you say, "a severe beating followed by several months of standing in the corner"

Till next time, when you'll be forced to see more terribly taken photos of mediocre miniatures!  Maybe some Prussian Cavalry.