Sunday, January 8, 2017

'Armour' from ByronM: 28mm APC for Sedition Wars

For the first of the Fortnight Theme week entries, I had planned to paint up some 28mm Bolt Action vehicles, including a bren carrier. However, I realized at the last minute (last weekend) that I still had a vehicle kicking around that I have meant to paint for at least the last 2 years and one that I really should get done, so pulled it out and got to work.

The vehicle is a 28mm Caiman APC from Khurasan Miniatures and it is huge!  It is a bit over 19cm long (about 7 1/2" for the metrically challenged) and about 10cm wide (4").  It is a solid resin hull with a resin turret and it weighs a ton.

The finished transport with a squad of Vanguard troopers.
Anyone that has ever watched any Aliens movies can tell, it is a pretty close copy of the Marine vehicle from Aliens and I was very tempted to paint it that way.  Here are pictures of the miniature painted up from the Khurasan site in a close approximation to the movie and a clip from the game of the movie, you can see how close they are (I am actually surprise there has been no legal action).

However, I actually grabbed it for my Sedition Wars force as a transport as I thought that the overall shape and lines would make it fit well with them.  Therefore my paint scheme was very different than the movie.

The Vanguard are a high tech fighting unit, and therefore don't really worry about passive camouflage as they have electronic active camo and stealth systems to deal with threats.  With no need to blend in their armour is clean glimmering pale blue / white.  I wanted to go with the same look for the vehicle, however that would make for a very plain looking miniature.  To spice it up a bit I decided that I would have to chip and weather it a bit, but in a way that still made it look fairly clean, a tall order. 

That idea led me to look back at some of the cell shading effects used in games such as Borderlands 2 for their vehicles.  I didn't want a pure simple colour though as I thought at this scale that may be too bland, even with chipping and some dust, so I faded in some pale blues and greys as a base.

The base coat was all done with airbrush, blending in some blues and greys to start with, then going over them on all the flat areas with a very pale white/blue mix.  Then going over them again with a thinned down translucent white to provide a bit more white while still allowing for the undercoats to show through.  After all that was done, I went on to chipping it with a dark German grey, and then applying a hard line white edge highlight to make some of the sharp corners really show up and pop.

This being for Sedition Wars (which is a board game much like Space Hulk) there were no decals for anything so I had to figure that out next.  I tried some test stencils since I knew I wanted the numbering to look like military stencils, but had little luck with that as the numbers were too small to get accurate cuts with the exacto blade.  Therefore, I had to freehand all the numbers and logos, but make them look like they were stenciled.  I am not very good at freehand work, but I think they came out decently enough to work.  If you look closely some of the numbers and letters and not exactly even with each other, and the star on the logo is a little off, but overall they work.

After all that was done it was time to dirty up the tyres a bit (add some grey dust) and to add some dust to the side panels as well.  I tried to keep it fairly sparse and not too grungy, after all these guys are high tech and would keep everything clean, but dirty enough that you can tell it is used and out on a mission.

'Armour' from AdamC: Schneider CA1

To my pleasure a box of miniatures I had ordered in November of 2015 finally showed up in my local gaming store. Its Was Brett's Brawlers the AEF box set from Battlefront for Flames of War great war. One of the goodies in side was a Schneider CA 1 that seemed a perfect entry for this bonus round.

 As tank designs go this one is about as primitive as they come and has some serious flaws.  The protruding "nose" is one of them.  It was intended to help it clear a path through barbed wire but had a tendency to to get it suck in trenches, shell holes and similar obstacles.  This one you can see has had a close call and some sticky western front mud is stuck to its nose.

 I also applied a good layer of home made mud (glue, brown paint and basing grit) to the treads, I tried to strike a balance between making it muddy and letting the pain job show.

 You may have been wondering where is the gun?  Here it is a very small one on the right front corner of the vehicle. Yes its very small, even by the standards of the day the short barreled 75mm gun was considered very light for an armoured vehicle.

Taken form Wikipedia 
You can see the gun in the foreground next to the vehicle it was mounted on.  Its small, probably good for taking out gun pits and small bunkers but might even struggle against of other primitive armoured fighting vehicles of the day

A top down view to show the camouflage patter, these colors seem almost too bright on the museum example above.  Mine also seemed very bright until I hit them with a fairly heavy coat of wash.  I like the over all effect I am inclined to be skeptical about its effectiveness as camouflage but similar pasterns were used into the Second World War so some one professional thought it worked. 

In addition to the small cannon the tank had two side mounted MG guns, I can't help feeling some one should have thought to put one in the front as well but... I guess they figured any one it was coming straight at would turn tail and run (a wildly optimistic assessment in my opinion). This was a fun little project to start off my foray into the Great War. While researching this project I discovered that one of these venerable beasts is still in "action" almost 100 years after its construction, how cool is that?

The Schneider CA, at the Musée des Blindés in Saumur, is also the world's oldest tank in full running condition

'Armour' from AlanD: Armoured Bears

There could only be one choice for the armour round for me - some heavily armoured dwarves on grumpy armoured bears from Scibor Miniatures. So, I duly waited until they were on sale, then robbed a bank so I could afford them, and behold! Here they are in all their preposterous gloriousness. They are truly massive hunks of resin.

There are lots of  lovely details on these figures that make them fun to paint. I particularly like the Orc head hanging from the saddle of the dwarf with black horns on his helmet, and the nasty wound on the hindquarter of his bear. No wonder he looks so grumpy.

Tamsin last year sent me her nicely painted figure of Frank from Shameless. Here he is picking a fight he isn't going to win.

'Armour' from AledC: Minas Tirith Archers

Here goes with my submission for the Armour bonus round. I have decided to use this opportunity to focus on my upcoming force for use in Dragon Rampant, an oh so lovely game. I'll be theming my force around the soldiers of Gondor from the last parts of the Third Age in Lord of the Rings.

These models are the fantastic plastic sculpts by the Perry Brothers from Games Workshop and they had been collecting dust in a box for many years before I thought of using them in recent games and of painting them up in this Challenge. They painted up nice and quick too which is always good. So quick in fact that I dreamed of having another batch done in time for the armour round to submit alongside them.... but, alas, they sit about 90% done whilst work calls me away from my paints and I shall not get them done before the deadline.

What I realise I didn't do in my first post, which I will go over in my next, is a small rundown on the method of painting for my Arab Spearmen. However, today I will do so my these little fellas. I am a big fan of using washes and drybrushing to paint models with a speed that is comfortable for me (I'm not the fastest brush in West no sir) whilst still having models that I am proud to call mine.

I started these models with an undercoat of the Army Painter 'Plate Metal Primer' which I am still unsure was the best move. Not because it had an undesired effect on the models, but because the was so much black to paint on too that I though perhaps that would have been better. Next, as you may guess was the matt black of the cloth and gloves and the leather brown for the belts and boots. A 'beastie brown' for the wood on the bow and then detail in gold, white for the arrows, and flesh on the face, the excellent skin tone 'cadmium skin'. With all the colours in I gave figure a liberal coating of the 'Nuln Oil' wash by GW before on to basing with sand. The ground was painted with the Army Painter 'Fur brown', washed with GW's 'Agrax Earthshade', and then drybrushed with a mix of 'Leather Brown' (the same as the belts/boots) and Vallejo's 'Yellow Ochre' in a rough 3 to 1 ratio. Final touch was a bit of flock (not sure which brand I've had it so long in an unmarked container)

Twelve figures in 28mm for a base of 60 points, with the bonus, should be a nice 110.

There we have it, another submission made, more points on the board, and most importantly more figures ready for the table!!

Cheers, Aled.

'Armour' from AlexS: Armour of God

When I thought about the proposed theme of by Curt, I realized that I was not able to paint so well in tanks or armored knights in armor. And I remembered the phrase from the Bible: "Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand aganist the wiles of the devil". Especially because I had two beautiful miniatures, which enable precisely this interpretation of the proposed topics. Their author - sculptor, painter player and a good person Veniamin Mikov, the owner of the company, "Our dear friend Venichka LTD" I got a lot of fun while working with these miniatures, and I think you get a lot of fun looking at them. 

'Armour' form AndrewB: 31st Century Armored Conflict

On Telos IV, MechWarrior Jackson Adair carefully scanned the war torn ruined city for any signs of a Kuritan ambush.  As the vanguard unit for his lance, he stepped his 50 ton Enforcer forward through the rubble, looking for resistance fighters. 

As part of the Davion offensive into Kurita space during what would come to be called the War of 3039, the 22nd Avalon Hussars had quickly captured the world of Telos IV.  However, even after a halt to formal military operations had been declared, the Davion occupiers were surprised by the amount of guerilla resistance offered up by the planet's population. 

Then, the Kuritan relief force arrived.  When the 2nd Benjamin Regulars made planetfall, the battle for Telos IV really began in earnest. 

Battletech, a Game of Armored Combat, Fourth Edition was my introduction to the world of miniatures some twenty plus years ago.  So, it seems fitting that a Battlemech should be my first entry for the first theme bonus round: armor. 

This is the first Davion mech I have painted for a Davion v. Kurita skirmish that I am putting together to play with my sons and solitaire.  The new Alpha Strike rules released a couple of years ago have helped rekindle my interest in Battletech as a game.  My interest in the Battletech fiction never really went away. 

Shown here with a 6mm truck (unpainted) to get a sense of scale and perspective.  This shows you just how big Battlemechs are in the fictional Battletech universe.

The white numerals are decals, but the yellow caution stripes are hand painted.  I also painted on some rust, dirt, and other damage on the lower legs.  I'm pleased with how those turned out.

More rust, dirt, and yellow caution stripes visible on the rear.  Thanks for looking!

I'm not sure how to score this.  Battletech is 6mm scale, but the Battlemechs, like this one, are giant walking tanks, taller than most 6mm buildings.  Battlemechs are close to twice the height of my 28mm LOTR figures.  So, perhaps they should be scored like 54mm figures?  I will happily defer to whatever ruling the judges come up with.  I included an unpainted 6mm GHQ truck in these photos for comparison purposes.

I'm happy with how this Enforcer turned out.  The basing is something new that I am trying.  I also hand painted the yellow caution stripes above the weapons and jump jets on the back.  I'm happy with how those turned out, too. I was also experimenting with some rust and dirt effects on the legs, especially in back.  That was a fun experiment, but I'm going to continue to tinker with how to do effective weathering.

Thanks for stopping by!

'Armour' from AnthonyO: French Laffly AMD 80

This vehicle is a French Laffly AMD80 Armoured Car and is going to provide some light support for my Vichy French WW2 project. I am not 100% sure who the manufacturer is so rather than risk getting it wrong I will just say it is a nice resin kit in 1/56 scale.

In Bolt Action game terms that are hardly inspiring but are an accurate vehicle for my force and have a Mad Max type of feel to them which suits my band of plucky Legionnaires.

The painting was done, after an initial base coat with a brush, by using foam from blister packs to createlayers of brighter colours from Desert Sand up to Bone White. The overall effect hopefully has created a subtle weathered look and fits in with the way I have painted my troops.

'Armour' from Barks: Mephisto (and friend)

The A7V was introduced in the last year of WW1. Only twenty Sturmpanzerwagens were built, compared to the well over 1000 British tanks which fought.

These tracked and armoured fridges are 15mm A7Vs from PSC. They are very precisely sculpted pre-built models and I recommend them. I made up the camouflage and markings based on an amalgamation of historical vehicles. You can see the origins of the iconic Hinterhalt (ambush) colours. I stippled it on using an old brush. The crosses are decals I picked up from eBay- I would try to freehand one, but not a dozen!

Of the twenty A7Vs, only one survives- No. 506 Mephisto. It was stolen by Australian diggers (Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!) and is currently in our national war memorial (unmissable if you are in Canberra). Fellow Aussie blogger Kaptain Kobold has plenty of info and pics of his visit here- here's one showing the 'nose art'. The demon Mephisto is cheekily running off with a British tank! I tried to replicate this freehand, along with the name. Mephisto has a lot more green to it than mine, but I can live with that.
Photo by Kaptain Kobold

I confess I haven't seen Mephisto in the flesh, and I would love to do so someday.

'Armour' from BenitoM: German Kitten in Iron Clad

My submission for the first Bonus Round is this Pzkw V Ausf G "Panther" ready to fight the Yankees in the Ardennes forests.

This is a resin Warlord model with some metal parts;  I suspect is now out of production, being replaced by the new plastic range. A pity because the quality of the Warlord plastics is in my view not very good, I'm inclined to continue my collection with Rubicon Models in the future.

I have chosen the three colour cammo scheme with the discs pattern used (if I'm correct) first fter the summer ´44, widely in the Ardennes and then to the end of the war in April.

This model will be the perfect companion to the small little Hetzer that I posted in the Challenge last year. Humm... I foresee a Chain of Command Ardennes game coming soon...

'Armour' from BillA: Hochmeister and Army Standard

First of all, forgive me my typos - the cat is on me as I type this, and won't be dissuaded by threats nor bribes.

I've recently joined a wargaming club that focuses on Warhammer Ancient Battles, the now-unsupported version of Games Workshop's famed (and now equally-unsupported) game of fantasy battles.  As such, I've begun building an army of Teutonic Knights for the game - I figured an army of heavy cavalry would result in fewer models to have to paint, plus the Teutonic Order had easy heraldry to paint - black cross on white surcoat or shield, who could ask for simpler?

So here are the first two models from that army, my general - the Order's Hochmeister, or High Master, armed with a lance and astride a warhorse, and the Army Standard Bearer.  With these two among the ranks, I needn't worry about morale failure!

These were made from the Fireforge Games' Teutonic Knights plastic boxed set; each box makes 12 knights, and my two units of Knights both number 10, so I had some extras to play around with.

Here are a few more shots of the Hochmeister, including the freehand on his shield - the most elaborate freehand I'm going to do for this army, I think! I must have redone that eagle four or five times!

I realized as I was painting these figures that these are the first cavalry I've ever painted as well.  How about that.  Anyways, here's a few more shots of the Standard Bearer, whose lance needs a touch-up now that I see it in pictures.  Funny how things get past the naked eye but not the camera...

Bases are done with Army Painter brand medium brown grit, winter grass tufts and Army Painter snow effects.

So that's two heavily-armored knights down, another 34 Brother Knights to go, plus Livonian allies...