Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Canyon Diablo: Mexican Banditos!

It's been two long years almost to the day that I posted anything for my "Canyon Diablo" Old West project. It's been a real scorcher around here this past week, and when the weather gets hot and nasty like this, I always sit around with a cold beer and listen to The Refreshments and RCMP a lot...which inevitably leads to me wanting to pick up some western miniatures to paint. 

These rabble-rousers are Knuckleduster Mexican Banditos that I bought at Adepticon 2015, based and primed, and never got around to painting! To be honest, these aren't the best sculpts - especially in the Knuckleduster line - but the price is right and the two minis on the left below are really fantastic. I tried to give this group a more colorful appearance than I normally do with most of my Old West figures. As usual though, Burnt Umber, Territorial Biege, and Khaki colors still feature prominently.

I'll leave you with this excellent Refreshment's song to set the mood...

Monday, July 25, 2016

Death on the Danube: Hungarian Border Guards & Hussar Statue

Finally got around to finishing up some new Hungarian minis in anticipation of the upcoming World at War tournament this Saturday. First up, is a 12-man squad of Hungarian Border Guards made from Brigade Games' WW1 Austrians. Models are basically right out of the box, with the exception of the machine gunner. I used a Reaper BAR with some modifications to represent an older Madsen LMG. This LMG saw extensive use by Hungarian troops during the interwar period, slowly being phased out of standard use by the Solothurn and MG34 models. However, they were retained by some rear-echelon units and were brought back into regular issuance after 1943.

As with my regular Honved troops, uniform color is VMC English Uniform with some midtone Green added, almost similar to Reaper Worn Olive. Kit is mostly VMC Red Leather, with some Territorial Biege for canvas and Reaper Dark Leather for strapping. Helmet color is VMC Brown Violet, "whitewash" done with Reaper Misty Grey/White reverse crippling.

Weapons are Pavement, highlighted with Pewter Grey, extreme highlights in Light Grey, then washed with P3 Armor Wash. Wood is VMC German Brown, with highlights/grain done in Biege. Glass is Admiral Blue, gem effect highlights in Cool Blue, flare in White.

Of note to button counters - I painted the collar tabs as the early war "Madder Red" color, as I wanted this force to primarily be used for early war battles. However, the border guards did see action during the late war period, but would have had the standard Honved infantry green collar tabs at that time.

Last but not least I also made an objective - a statue of the Hungarian Hussar Andras Hadik that stands in Budapest. This is an excellent article on what the statue means and why it was erected just before WW2 broke out. Big, huge thanks to Eureka USA who helped me get this particular miniature as it is the closest I've seen to the real-life statue. The plinth is built up using wood and plastic "prone" bases.

This was also a new approach to verdigris painting for me. As usual, I primed everything using a zenithal spray technique of gray and white primers. I started by painting GW Tin Bitz in the "shadows". I then washed everything with a basic bright green, then started drybrushing the "light" areas with a verdigris mixture (mostly a 50/50 mix of bright green and light blue, almost turqouise). I then did a highlight with the verdigris and some basic white. The plinth is Pavement, drybrushed with Granite Grey, and finally highlighted in basic White.

Still more to come! I have an 1ZM armored car (doing double duty in my Italian force as well), a Pz38(t), and one finally unit of regular Honved troops!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

More Lledo cars

Another batch of slightly repainted Lledo cars in 1:56 scale for early 20th century gaming! 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Asphalt Roads from Linoleum Tiles

These asphalt roads made from Linoleum Tiles aren't actually my idea. I believe I saw this over on the Lead Adventure forums, it just isn't something you would think of. They have good flexibility and will conform to most gentle slopes, are durable, and look very realistic in 28mm.

The process is very straightforward. I bought several 1' square seal-stick linoleum tiles at Menard's for about $0.60 each. They were a plain glossy black, with a slight undulating texture, and a removable adhesive backing. I made my roads 4" wide - this will allow the road to be divided into two lanes of 2" each, wide enough to accommodate most 28mm civilian cars. First, I cut everything to size - seven 12" long straights, four 6" long straights, three four-way intersections, one three-way intersection, four curves, one roundabout, and two damaged sections (not pictured!). I didn't remove the backing. Then I gave them all a rough sanding to remove some of the glossy surface, but not enough to remove the undulating texture. After that, I sprayed them with a light spray of clear flay varnish and drybrushed them with some dark greys (as well as painting the edges to blend in better). Lastly, I marked the dividing lines with a white paint marker.

Quick, easy, and highly effective!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sarissa Chateau and Power Station

A quick post for today - here's the Sarissa Chateau and Power Station I completed recently. These kits are very nice for the price and go together relatively easily. Each took about a day to paint and assemble, but could each be done in an afternoon . My one complaint (and it is a minor one) is the lack of interior detail and that it seemed impossible to make the attic's roof on the Chateau removable due to the angles of the supports. The Chateau is BIG and could easily fit 4 large squads of infantry on both floors! I made some minor changes in the Power Station. I cut away a small section of the railing, cut the ladder in half, and placed one section on the side of the wall for ease of access to the roof in-game. I cut away the outer portion of the roof, glued some MDF scrap pieces inside the walls, and added some 1/48 fuel drums as a handhold to make the roof removable. I also used some scrap plasticard pieces to make a small boiler door by the smokestack.

These are great pieces and could be used for multiple time periods from the early 20th century to the Post-Apocalypse.