Saturday, 17 March 2018

6mm German Infantry with nice Static Grass.

I won a £20 voucher for  a couple of months back. Having looked at the range, I decided that as awesome as their 15mm space dwarves are, I don't really have a place for them in my 6mm universe. So I spent it all on their range of static grasses. It arrived, sat in a box for weeks until last night where I was able to flock my Germans. It turns out I really like the flock, and am now considering re-flocking all of my other 6mm WW2 miniatures.

Here are just a few examples.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

6mm German Armour

I now have some shades of static grass to experiment with. These will likely be applied to my german infantry.

I also want to work out what to varnish them in so they don't get scratched.

But for now, here are my completed German armoured vehicles.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

US armoured platoon.

In an effort to progress further on my WW2 project I have managed to get a few nights of painting in. My army is based on Battlegroup Overlord but it looks like it can be adapted for other rules.

 Above are three M 10 Wolverine.  I wanted a tank hunter squadron. I have one now.

 An ordering mishap meant I have ended up with all Sherman 76s. These will not see action as a group. Standard M4s are on order.

Here I have four squads of infantry. I also have a few other bases with 2 figures on. These are to help me track casualties.

I have four squads of German infantry painted with machine guns and other support. Things are looking up.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

2018 Goals and Reflections after some thought.

I have been spending this month gathering my thoughts and deciding what projects I want to press forward with and what to leave alone for a bit. I am thinking about various hobbies, my career and my family. What is going to go on this year? I am not sure. But I will try and talk about it.

Looking back at my blog, I cannot believe it has been over five years since I took up the hobby again. I also cannot believe how much I have developed as a model maker and miniature painter. I look at my first couple of posts, almost embarrassed that I thought the internet would be interested in that. Building Terrain? Sure, I have had a go at that with mixed successes. I am so proud of it all. However, I have things that have been left on the back burner that I want to bring up to the forefront again.

My main focus this year in terms of painting, army building and terrain creation will be my 6mm WW2 project. I will need another order of Heroics and Ros miniatures and may also order some stuff from Baccus, which will give me a chance to get their ACW troops who I will use for Starport Scum as space cowboys. But again, my main focus is on WW2. Terrain building will be tricky I think. I reckon I will resort to purchasing buildings, which may be a little pricey. I am investigating hedgerows and forests, roads and rivers. I look forward to building terrain.

Where will my focus lie in gaming? Well I have a Horizon Wars campaign on the go, with one battle fought and more to come when I find time. There is also a Starport Scum campaign currently going, with a third adventure hopefully appearing this week/weekend. I am running a Horizon Wars campaign/tournament during my school activities week in June which will be interesting. Once I have enough terrain and miniatures I intend to try out my Battlegroup Overlord rules. I feel like I can use them solo for a couple of small engagements to get the hang of things. Students in my school may find that more interesting than my Tranquil Stars universe. 

I don't want to be too ambitious because there is a lot going on personally this year. Well, I hope for a successful year.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

WW2 Project - A Fresh Start

Part of my plan this year, and having not made a "here is my plan for 2018" post this may come as a surprise, is to make progress on my 6mm WW2 project. I bought some Heroics and Ros miniatures at Colours 2016. I immediately painted up some Germans then stopped. Then over the summer of 2017 I painted up the US infantry and based a couple of squads of US and German infantry. Then it stopped.

However, I have been thinking about my dust-gathering set of Battlegroup Overlord rules and figured I would get back on track to actually use them.

Tonight this journey began. Four things happened:

1. I took the "finished" infantry and made a few final touches: I painted the rims of the bases black for normal infantry, red for NCOs and yellow for the BAR teams. They are now easier to spot on the table, and keeps my bases all a uniform round shape.

2. I based another two-ish squads of US infantry, then textured the bases. I will paint them at some point this week.

3. I based and textured the vehicles. You will see I have a grand total of four Sherman 76s. I ordered one of those and three standard M4s, but they gave me four 76s. I didn't really think to check and am not exactly complaining. I will order more soon.

4. I painted the buildings a light grey colour. I intend to get those ready for the table quickly.

My brother is currently painting up 15mm WW2 figures for Flames of War. I am encouraging him to play Battlegroup, but don't know if that will work. However, one thing I am inspired by is how simple his paint jobs are. I will be simplifying my 6mm paint jobs too.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Starport Scum Characters - Solomon Garrett

Solomon Garrett is on the run. Having escaped the Old Earth quarantine zone, it appears he managed to make it aboard an outbound space flight and managed to make his way across the known Galaxy to the edge of UCS space. His crime? Escaping the Old Earth quarantine zone. Living outside of the protected cities is a sentence to live in near poverty and constant fear for your life. How Solomon made it offworld is a question the Old Earth Authorities want answered. They will stop at nothing to have him returned and interrogated.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Imperial Knights.

Well I painted these guys to resemble the Imperial Knights from the Star Wars Legacy comics. I chose to paint blue blades as they would stick out more than white blades. The problem I am now left with is who they are, who they fight for, and if I have to come up with some kind of "the force"? Or do I just go crazy and turn my universe into Star Wars. 

Courtesy of Wookieepedia

If I turn it into Star Wars, then I need to source Star Wars vehicles (space craft okay, the miniatures game) and good Stormtroopers, soldiers I can paint up as rebels, then other factions.

If I keep my Tranquil Stars setting, I don't want to just shoehorn "the Force" into it, or some kind of evil empire. I don't have an Empire yet.