Monday, August 20, 2018

Commission Work: 6mm "Tau" Army #2

Following up on the heels of my last Epic-scale Tau commission, here's yet another one in the same scheme! The client wanted a very simple white-grey and red scheme. Like the last army, these are all Onslaught Miniatures "Okami Technocracy Combine" pieces taken from assembly through final painting.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Gebirgsjager Squad

Finally completed these excellent Gebirgsjager from Brigade Games' "Ends of the Earth" line. I had actually done a small squad of them for my Hungarians awhile back and was going to do a small Bolt Action army based around them, but ultimately decided to move on to other squads for my Germans (notably my Volkssturm from 2017). This is another project (much like the American Woodland Indians I finished awhile back) that had been sitting half-complete in my paint queue for about a year. I tend to be fairly scatter-brained when it comes to painting, in that I'll start a project only to get bored with it halfway through and move on to something else. It's actually rare for me - outside of painting done for commissions or tournaments - for me to complete a project from start to finish without stopping.

What attracted me to these figures were the unique anorak snowsuits and I wanted a squad that moved away from the complex and colorful camouflage patterns of my other German minis. The snowsuits themselves are Vallejo Blue Grey mixed with progressively more and more Reaper Misty Grey and finally Misty Grey and pure White. I've debated whether or not to give them pure White highlights but ultimately decided against it. To mimic the darkest shadows, I lined with Army Painter Wolf Grey. In the past, I've been unsatisfied with my normal painting technique for black leather, so I went with a Vallejo German Grey base, highlighted with Vallejo Dark Grey, and (at the most extreme) a 50/50 mix of Dark and Pewter Greys - though I used this very sparingly - and I think it worked better. Canvas kit was done in Battlefront German Camo Beige, highlighted with a mixture of Battlefront (darker) and Vallejo (lighter) GCB, with a final highlight of Vallejo GCB and Dark Sand, and washed in GW Fleshshade. Red leather kit is done in Vallejo Red Leather, progressively highlighted with a mix of Vallejo Orange Brown, and washed in GW Fleshshade. Brown leather is based in Vallejo Brown Leather, with a very light highlight of Brown and Red Leathers, and washed with GW Earthshade.

The biggest problem with these minis are the Kar98s, which aren't molded well and required that I file off the cleaning rod to look decent. It's a pretty small quibble and they actually slightly resemble the Hungarain FEG 35M now, which was used by the Germans under the designation G.98/40. The MG34 sustained-fire tripod is probably another semi-ahistorical piece but only because of how I painted it. I found pictures online that showed it in a very light green, almost olive color (rather than the more common dark grey or beige colors) so I decided to paint it that way. I used a mix of Vallejo German Camo Uniform and Vallejo Medium Olive, with highlights in Medium Olive, and washed with GW Green. I actually quite like the color.

Basing on these is probably the weak point. I wanted the snow to look somewhat melted, so did a very light layer of scenic snow and PVA, then brushed on some Vallejo Gloss, and finally a heavier layer of scenic snow to top it off. For some reason, my snow always tends towards a grey tone, which I'm starting to suspect is the Elmer's Glue I use, so I may try a different brand in the future.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Gaslands Vehicle: "The Gun Truck"

This is my son's first vehicle he designed specifically for Gaslands, named "The Gun Truck". He picked out all the parts, designed it, and painted it; while I helped with the assembly. The base model is a Hot Wheels '83 Silverado. We stripped it, gave it a new set of tires ("with blades on them!"), a modified tarp over the bed, a roof-mounted recoilless rifle, and mesh windshield.

Gaslands really is a great family game. I did get his permission to post this. Positive comments and constructive criticism is welcomed and I'll be reading it to him.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Glow-In-The-Dark Gaslands Gates

Since April, I've been doing a lot of Gaslands gaming because it's so super cheap, easy to set up, and accessible to every member of my family. But I did realize that I needed some proper terrain for it, rather than simply borrowing stuff from my old 15mm stash. Luckily, I was able to find these Death Race gates from tabletop-terrain that are 3D printed. With the help of a friend and their 3D printer (thanks B!), I was able to get these basic gates printed up. While Gaslands is essentially "Mad Max meets The Running Man" and the gates themselves reflect a style of racing entertainment, I wanted to do mine more like a lookout for bandits in the style of the Borderlands video game, so I added some plasticard scrap, bitz, and 20mm "Urban Resistors" from Caesar Miniatures.

These are painted very quickly, mostly being primed black and then sponge painted with a variety of browns, reds, and oranges with a light drybrushing of Vallejo Oiled Steel. The letters themselves are thoroughly painted with leftover blue glow-in-the-dark spraypaint I had left over from another project. The key to getting vibrant glow-in-the-dark pieces like this is to do multiple light coats over and over again. These took about 15-20 coats but the effect is very bright in even low light areas. Finally, I added some graffiti and dry pigments for a dusty, dirty look.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Eastern Woodland Indians

I finally finished a group of Warlord/Conquest Eastern Woodland Indians that had been sitting in my paint queue for (no exaggeration) over a year now. I bought this set after flipping through a copy of Sharpe's Practice with the intention of making a French and Indian War army. Of course, my attention span being what it is, I moved on to other things and left this group sitting in the back of the painting tray. Additionally, My apologies once again for the almost 2 month hiatus in posts here. Between post-Adepticon burnout, my birthday, and the usual work/family craziness; there hasn't been much time for hobbying or gaming. I should have some more projects coming later this month.

In any case, this was really just an exercise in doing some Native American skintones, which I've never been much good at. In my opinion, it's much more difficult to get a really eye-catching skintone in darker shades, which really speaks to the skill of those who can do so and is likely the reason many amateur figure painters shy away from the subject. With this tone I started with a Vallejo Red Leather base, highlighting that with successive mixtures of Vallejo Orange Brown and Vallejo Skin Shadow, with a GW Fleshshade wash over it. The "stubble" effect on their shaved scalps was achieved using a midtone Grey mixed with Vallejo Glaze Medium. The "warpaint" was achieved using thin diluted coats on paint in various colors, with only one or two coats for coverage.

Their clothing is a hodge-podge of various colors, with browns and reds featuring prominently. Normally, I would add some wood-grain effect to their weapons, but I really wanted a worn, darkened wood so I left out the wood-grain and stuck to highlights in dark browns and umbers, with a wash of P3 Armor Wash. As I wanted to make this group look like it was crossing a fen or grassy marsh, the bases are in browns, tans, and greens with tall grasses and low patches of flowering shrubbery.

I'm not sure if I'll ever get around to the rest of the force, but these guys were fun to paint and a nice departure from my normal projects.