Sunday, 21 August 2016

Bot Action German MG42 MMG Team - WW2 - Finished

So I completed the basing using my ground black pepper and herb method but it needed some additional colour as the pepper and herbs are very close in hue so I added some static grass to bring more green to the mix of colours and make it look better.

I am happy with the result but am still undecided about adding some weathering powder to the models.


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Bot Action German MG42 MMG Team - WW2 - WIP

I have finally got around to painting some of my Bolt Action models, after going to the Beasts of War Boot Camp more than a year ago, now.

As part of the Boot Camp we received a starter set with a tank, half-track and some infantry. Time was pretty short and the models were put together quickly in order to be able to play the game, no time for endless mould line cleaning etc. Needless to say after that weekend of great fun the models went into a box and stayed there until this week.
I decided to start small so picked my MMG team to work with. I broke the models off the base so I could paint them easier and cleaned them up a bit.

I painted the base colours using the same technique as the Flames of War miniatures I painted previously. Black primer, base colours of German Field Grey, Reflective Green, Graveyard Earth and some generic browns and flesh colours.

I followed this with a wash of 60/40 brown/black.

Then went back and highlighted with the same base colours. Apologies for the poor pictures and lack of pictures for the highlight stage.

I need to finish the base in my ground black pepper and herb method, then I will decide if I want to add any weathering to the models.

Stay tuned for the finished models. Will endeavour to take better pictures as well.


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Plastic Soldier Company Allied M5 Halftrack 1/72 Scale - WW2 - Finished

Finished painting the details namely the tracks, stowage and crew and these nice looking models are now ready to take their place in my Allied Army.


Sunday, 24 July 2016

Plastic Soldier Company Allied M5 Halftrack 1/72 Scale - WW2 - WIP

PSC make great kits and this was not exception, it was easy to build and comes with loads of bits to add to the model like stowage and crew etc.

A bit from Wikipedia:

The M5 Half-track (officially the Carrier, Personnel Half-track M5) was an American armoured personnel carrier in use during World War II. It was developed in 1942 when existing manufacturers of the M2 Half Track Car, and M3 Half-track could not keep up with production demand. The M5 was supplied to Allied nations (the British Commonwealth, France, and the Soviet Union) under the Lend-Lease.

The specifications of the M5 were almost identical to the specifications of the M3 Half-track. It was 20.8 feet (6.3 m) long, 7.3 feet (2.23 m) wide, 9 feet (2.74 m) high, and weighed 21,500 pounds (9.8 t). It had vertical volute springs for the tracks and semi-elliptical longitudinal leaf springs for the wheels. It was powered by a 142 hp (106 kW) White 160AX, 386 cubic inch (6,330 cc), 6-cylinder engine, with a compression ratio of 6.35:1. It had a fuel capacity of 60 US gallons (230 l), a range of 125 miles (201 km), and a speed of 42 miles per hour (68 km/h). It had constant mesh transmission, 6.5–13.5 mm (0.26–0.53 in) of armour, one 0.5 in (12.7 mm) M2 machine gun and two 0.3 in (7.6 mm) M1919 machine guns, and crew of three with up to ten passengers.

I primed the models in black followed by a spray of Army Painter 'British Tank'.

Next was a heavy wash of 60/40 brown /black wash.

I followed up with a dry brush with Russian Uniform and painted the base colours of the other details.


 I also painted the crew in GW paints namely Graveyard Earth for the uniform and Russian Uniform for the helmets followed by the wash of brown and black.

 Nearly done, so stay tuned.


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Badab War - Fire Angels - 40k

Continuing on with my Badab War project, I saw a very handy solution with re-purposing a Silver Skulls Marine I had painted up awhile ago. The colour scheme is very similar in that is is all silver with some different trim.

I cut off the skull and sanded the shoulder pad down. painted the pads silver ( see the Silver Skull post for the method) and the pad trim with Mephiston red then added a red ink for the gloss effect.

To complete the model quickly I did not try and replicate the Fire Angels emblem (cross) as this would be relatively straight forward to do by using some thin plasti-card, drawing the cross onto it and then cutting it out. At least that is the way I would do it.

Another good looking colour scheme and easy to paint. The pictures below look very cool indeed.


Sunday, 10 July 2016

Badab War - Astral and Tiger Claws


Now that I have the two miniatures completed I thought it would be good to show them together.



Sunday, 3 July 2016

Badab War - Tiger Claws - 40k

The obvious chapter to paint up next is the Tiger Claws!

I was using this picture as reference and started with a black primer followed by layer of watered down black paint.

I then painted the shoulder pad and legs with two thin coats of Shining Gold next I applied a heavy wash of a 60/40 black/brown mix

While I was painting the gold I was reading up on some of the background and realized that it should be orange not gold! maybe the name should have given it away..Tiger (black and orange) Claws.

I repainted the gold with a custom metallic orange I mixed up for my Chaos Reborn faction and followed with a heavy wash of a 60/40 black/brown mix followed by another drybrush with the orange. The plan for painting the legs was to stipple the orange and black to merge the join where the colours meet but that was abandoned in favour of a brush smudge.

The rest of the armour was painted with my custom mix of metallic black, also finished off the rest of the details, scrolls, pouches etc.

I used dried tea (redbush) leaves for the base to tie the model and base together. Not sure if that worked as well as imagined because the leaves are very orange.

Like the Astral Claws a very nice looking scheme if not better and also pretty easy to paint.