Monday, August 22, 2016

Bolt Action: Universal Carrier (Part Three)

Continuing right where we left off I continued to apply color to the tracks. I dry brushed on a brighter metal color over the raised surfaces, but liberally so.

Metal drybrushed on tracks
 Next up, I used an old Citadel color called Jungle Green to thinly highlight the edges of the vehicle.

Jungle Green highlight.
 To add a bit more weathering I mixed brown and orange ink together which I used with a dab of water to wash over the all of the track assembly and the under carriage of the Universal Carrier.

Weathering applied
 Also I mixed green and black ink together which I used to darker the joins and grooves on the main hull. I also applied this onto yhe track wheels as these components were often painted to protect from weathering. I imagine these bits would have to be repainted often during maintenance due to the obvious wear and tear these machines would endure.

Next I popped in the part that I assume is this thing's engine. It fit so tightly that I didn't even take it back out to glue it, instead I only glued the piece that goes on top of it which will hold it in place just fine.

I decided that with the variously equipped troops that would be occupying the back of this thing that the paint would be pretty scuffed up. And the floor plate would be dirty as well.

Scuffed and weathered.

After some touch-ups, the crew are now done. The only thing left to do for them is to afix the patch decals to their arms and the decals on the vehicle before adding on the final parts.

Almost there! 
Next, the decals were transferred onto the hull.

Yo Joe!

Gosh, this vehicle looks WAY too clean! I will definitely need to dirty it up a bit before it's done. In it's current state it reminds me of an old '80s era G.I.Joe toy. This is the current state of the thing, next to add the final bitz and dirty it up a little and it's done!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bolt Action - British Infantry (part four)

Work continues on this army!

Finished Mortar Team.

 This post will focus on pretty much just these two models that form my Mortar Team and will function as a step-by-step guide for my own reference in the likely event that I set these asside for a year again and struggle to recall how I painted them...

Let's start from the base-coat: After applying a brown base-coat I then painted  the grit on the base.

After that Vallejo Model Color English Uniform was applied. However, looking at the models that I worked on last year, it seems that I used a brown ink wash to give the models more depth. So I repeated that with these guys and here is what they looked like at that stage:

Brown ink wash over most of the model.

Next the Vallejo Model Color English Uniform was added on the clothing, and Citadel Dwarf Flesh was applied to the skin.

A dab of Skull White was mixed into approximately 5 dabs of English Uniform to be used as a highlight color

Next the belts were painted using Applebarrel Linen. The grit on the base was finished off with a layer of Country Tan and highlighted with Sandstone.

After that came the application of Bleached Bone as a highlight to the fleshy areas. The helmets were painted using Apple Barrel Forest Green. The belts and pouches were highlighted with Delta Ceramcoat Raw Linen.

Next the wooden parts of the guns were painted before turning my attention to their helmets.  I highlighted helmets and then painted the leaves an assortment of leafy colors.

At this point these chaps are mostly done. Although some touch-ups scream out to me and I will address them soon enough.

Decals were added to their arms for insignia and rank. My only complaint about Warlord is that neither their BA books nor Painting Guide PDF had any clear info on British Army rank badges or insignia. So I winged it on what I could find online.

After that it was time to flock the bases. I used a combo of static grass and grass tufts to complete this look. And presto: they are done!

Did I mention that I was finishing the Infantry Division at the same time? I haven't flocked their bases yet, so they'll get their own post, but I did finish the PIAT Team. Here they are:

Feels good to get these guys done. The Infantry Division will be following soon.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Deathwatch: Killteam Neverness

With all these exciting Deathwatch releases that have came out (and as of this writing, still coming out) over the past year, it was finally time to break out my Deathwatch guys. I started this killteam back in 2004, when Warhammer 40,000 saw the release of it's 4th edition. It wasn't long after the core launch that 4th ed's Tyranid Codex was released. To coincide with it White Dwarf, in one of the last Chapter Approved articles, did an article on the Deathwatch and all of their snazy Specialist Ammo. So began my work on these guys, but that work languished due to a lot of factors and ultimately they were packed away for another day.

The Deathwatch Vets. In their disarmed state.

As some long time readers of this blog might know, this wasn't the only time I dabbled with the Deathwatch. Back in 2013 I modeled up my player character for The Doctor's Deathwatch RPG campaign, Erik Axegrinder. I used him in a few 40k games as either a Lone Wolf or a Wolf Guard Pack Leader.

Erik Axegrinder.

Along comes Death Masque, the starter set I just can't resist. A perfect little force for Deathwatch and Harlequins (recall my recent clowning-around, part one and part-2.) both are armies I would like to build up, but as small forces likely to be used primarily as allies.

Over the weekend I bought the new Deathwatch Codex and with that came the flood of ideas that spring forth while reading this new book. Oddly, I am confused by the game designers decision to exclude any special characters  considering the Killteam Casisus models and the new Artemis model. It seems like a new turn fro GW. But reading through the rules, I am quickly moving past that.

Deathwatch Librarian.

The Librarian above was selected to be the leader of my Killteam. And he is sure to have a role in the upcoming allied force that I am constructing. True Grit was still a thing when I started building him, thus the one handed bolter idea. Not that the rule would have applied to him so much as I just thought that it looked cool.

Heavy Bolter marine.

One of the reasons I wanted to make some Deathwatch marines way back then was that it would give me an excuse to paint up some marines from different Chapters, even if all I would be painting is just their respective shoulder pads. A Chapter that I always thought was cool but I knew I would never do a proper army of, is the White Consuls. This guy in particular is the heavy bolter trooper. Oddly, this model came missing his left arm so I constructed one using some bitz.

White Consul badge. 
I hand painted this icon, but it was so long ago that I can't recall if it was difficult or not. Sadly, I may have to repaint it and according to the background in the new codex, animal/beast Chapter icons are stated to be painted facing forward as a show of vigilance and bravery. So that's something to consider...

After Death Masque arrives I will be able to maximize all the extra bitz I will have on the 3 guys that don't have arms yet. I am looking forward to pretty much completing 2 small armies with this one boxed set.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bolt Action: Universal Carrier (Part Two)

While working on my British Infantry it only seemed natural that I would also work on this model as well.

I chose to base coat the crew with a dark brown color while they were still on the sprue. I did this more for the need to keep track of the parts, pieces and bitz than anything. These Warlord kits have a lot of them and I really don't want to lose any of them, especially now that the Spawn of Neverness is crawling all over the house these days.

Brown basecoats applied!
Brown ink wash applied.
I decided to give these chaps a brown ink wash as I thought they would contrast better against the vehicle with the extra depth that the darker shadows would create.

...Looks like a massacre doesn't it?
I then seperated them from the sprues, cleaned off the flash, and gave them another drybrush of Vallejo Model Color English Uniform. An asside: the guy on the left really looks like a wounded guy in that position, I can't help but wonder if there is a bitz market yet for Warlord models? If so, I have some ideas...

Anyway, I then clipped off the bitz I will need to begin the main hull assembly.

I painted the track assembly black, but I did this liberally as I don't mind if a bit a green shows though as I want this thing to look like it's been in the field for awhile.

Now, for the assembly:

Making tracks!
To get more of rugged look I used a slightly watered down dark brown which I liberally applied to area where the tracks will go prior to gluing the track assembly into place. I gave the tracks a wash the same color paint but with more water added to the mix.

Next I put together the main hull. The model itself is really easy to assemble by-the-way.

Test fit. 

While test fitting the model I felt some validation by deciding to paint this as I assemble it. Trying to paint these guys after assembly would have been tough!

Masking tape applied.
It became obvious that I need more of the green base coat painted on. In order to avoid destroying the work I had already done to the tracks I used masking tape (artist tape particularly) over the tracks.

Additional spray added.

The added spray worked out well. After it dried I added the back piece onto the model. And now it is beginning to appear more and more like an actual vehicle.

As you can also see in the above pic, painting on the crew is coming along as well. I will have them fully painted prior to fitting them into the Bren Carrier.

With the appropriate amount of determination, this model will be finished soon!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Bolt Action - British Infantry (part three)

Work progresses on these guys, as I find myself being pulled into the details that these wonderful models have.

Here you can see where I added a highlight color to the khaki backpack, straps and other khaki items.

I use Folk Art Linen on top of the brown base-coat before highlighting with Delta Ceramcoat Raw Linen. Incidentally these are also the colors I use on my Empire troops for WHFB and other fantasy figures. (To see examples of them scroll down on the other-armies page.)

Next, I highlighted the helmets. I used an old color that came from the Epic Paint-set that GW made in the early '90s, although I don't recall it's name. It had turned into a weird mix of plastic slime and something akin to liquid greenstuff with the separated medium pooled on top of it. I was able to mix it up enough to get a working paint out of it though and it worked as a great highlight color on top of the Forest Green Apple Barrel paint. I suspect I may have to seek out a replacement color for this at some point.

Also I applied a color onto the guns that's even older: the original Bolt Gun Metal from the Space Marine Paint set of '89. This was still the best version of Bolt Gun Metal ever produced as it was darker and had a more 'forged iron' look to it. It looks fantastic dry brushed over FolkArt Metallic Sequin Black. Sadly, my supply of this amazing color is running low and I hope Coat D'arms has it still but with a new name.


While working on the Infantry Section in the section of this post, I finally decided how I wanted to finish up the remaining plastic models I have left over from the boxed set (unlike GW kits, Warlord kits will allow you to make a lot more units!). Need for more support teams seems obvious and the killing potential of even the 2" mortar seems worthy to try out (particularly in the upcoming new edition which will introduce templates). So here is what I pieced together last night:

Before the helmets. 
If you are a regular GW player/modeler, all I can say is that you've been spoiled. Spoiled by simplicity. This kit is not for the speed modeler, as a lot of the accessories are tiny and require patience and skill with glue application to get them to go where you want them to go. I have a pair of tweezers that I keep on hand in my modeling toolbox and I found them to be very helpful with assembling these models.

With the helmets. 

I have since  added grit to the base and they are ready to prime!

More soon!


Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bolt Action- British Infantry (part two)

...yeah so these guys got neglected for a year. Not on purpose, it just happened that I put them up to make room for a different project and all but forgot about 'em!

Something put the inspiration into me to finish these guys, since they are mostly done and it's all detailing from here out. Most likely I just needed a break from painting red and/or black space marines.

The devil is in the details with these lads, so much so that I had to break out a new, and finer-tipped, brush in order to get to it all. These details are their guns, accessories and clothing elements that stand appart from the rest of their uniforms. I used Folk Art Metallic Sequin Black on the metel bitz, as this makes for a good foundation for a dark metallic color. This color tends to look better on larger areas though, as it seems to look like gloss (or greasey?) black on smaller surfaces and parts like the weapons on these models.

In addition to focusing on finishing this Infantry Section I am also painting up the PIAT Team that I wrote a post on last year. They too are coming along nicely I think.

"He's in my sights Jenkins, it's time to show Jerry what for!"

With hope, these guys should get completed soon before returning to my blood-drenched chaos maniacs.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pictures from Games Day 1999

I can't believe it's been so many years now! 17 actually. Wow.

For those of you who may be unaware, Games Workshop used to have an annual event called Games Day. And in their primary markets they would hold one of these events. In the U.S.A. it was held at, for a number of years, in their U.S. city of operations: Baltimore. They had gaming, lots of gaming, registered events, demos for old and upcoming releases, sales including exclusive Games Day minis (it was a Space Marine Captain with a power fist that year, and I loaded up on about 4 blisters, 2 of which I still have), a showcase showing all the stuff about to come out or that the design studio was developing  (back then this alone fueled the rumor mills of the time, notably the 40K Mailing List and Portent) and finally, Games Day was the place for the Golden Daemon Awards. And that was primarily what prompted The Doctor and I to go that year.

Now none of our models made the first cut that year, and seeing our competition we were humbled by our peers  (although there were a few models that did make that first cut that had us scratching our heads). I brought the Legion of Damned (I finished them the night before in the hotel room) for Best Squad/ Unit category , Skippy the Bloodthirster  for the Best Monster Category, the Dark Angels Whirlwind that I painted for The Doctor for the Best Vehicle category and if I brought anything else I just don't remember what it was nor can I recall what The Doctor brought. But, we still had a blast participating.

We also got to interview Rick Priestley who was there to demo War Master. He generously gave us a good 30 minutes or more of his time and seemed grateful to get away from the noise (the near deafening screams of WAAAARGH! that seemed to erupt every few minutes have to be experienced to be believed). The interview was for a fanzine that the Doc and I were going to produce but the 40k and GW climate had changed so much from where it was at when we had started the project that we later had decided not to produce it. Still, it was an interview we were both proud of and it's a shame we were never able to transcribe it or we would share it for history's sake if anything.

A highlight of the whole experience, the main focus of this post, was the massive diorama that was set up in the middle of the convention hall. It depicted an Imperial Guard force defending a jungle shore line from a Dark Eldar raid, with the Dark Angels arriving to assist them. It was damned impressive for it's time. The Doc had just bought a new camera (crude by today's caliber) and snapped some pics, some of which he sent me. While recently cleaning I found them, and thought it would be fun to share them here.

It may have been covered in the White Dwarf of the time, and I apologize for my lack of citation or credit to those who worked on this project. Whomever you are, thank you for this and thanks for the excitement you generated in fueling our desires to create unique and interesting gaming tables.

"First rank: FIRE!!!"
A particular point of focus on this whole battlefield was the rank and file line of Praetorian Guard gunning down the Dark Eldar rabble advancing on their line. They looked awesome. They stand in defence of some very impressive scratch built trenchworks which are being held by Catachan units.

Further down the line we see what the Ogryns in the top are running towards. They are charging into the nearly over-ran trenchworks, clearly hoping to save the day for the beleaguered Catachans. The tanks in this diorama have all being lovingly converted and customized. The camo netting on the closest tank is particularly impressive.

Further back and behind the Praetorian line we can see more extensive trenchworks and tank positions. These were very inspirational back then and The Doctor and studied these models for a very long time while discussing how they did it and how we could do this ourselves.

Beachhead slaughter.
Here we see some Dark Angel and Dark Eldar casualties among the bloody survivors of the continuing firefight to take the beach.

Chimeras reinforcements enter the fray by crossing the bridge. Sadly this pic was way too washed out by the camera's flash.

These next pair of pics link together.

This first one shows the Catachan tank positions and supply dump with Jungle Fighters racing down the trenchline to support their comrades. On the right you can Dark Angel Veterans arriving to lend a hand...
Dark Angels sally forth!
...and they are arriving from a very sweet ride! This was the model on the whole diorama that generated the most gasps. Its a scratch-built Land Raider! At the time, the current kit was not yet available and the original one had been out of production for over 5 years and was going for ridiculous prices on the secondary markets. However Epic 40k had been out and it had epic scale models of new style Landraiders in it that had us 40k players salivating at the potential. It would be another year or so before the plastic kit that is available now would be released. But the model in this pic was pretty close to accurate.

Warmaster demo. 
Rick Priestley was there demoing Warmaster. It wouldn't be released for another year or so, and he was very enthusiastic about getting any, and every, one to play a game with him. It had potential but when the models came out I just didn't appeal to me. Still, it was the only time GW made Araby models and we got to see a Warhammer army that near came to be at 28mm scale. Another failure of Warmaster, and the pic above reminds me of this, was I don't recall them making scale terrain for it. Seems like a vital element to me.

Although I have no pics, another game that was soon to be released which was aggressively being played here was Mordheim. The writer, Tuomas Pirinen was there along with others with fresh copies of the rules. It was very exciting stuff to behold and still one of my favorite GW games.

It was a great weekend, and all theae years later I still look back on it fondly. If more pics are discovered, of course I will share rhem herw.