I’ve been unable to post for a while because we’ve been preparing for, and undertaking, a move to Germany. Maybe it’s the change of scene but I’ve found myself sliding back towards Games Workshop’s IP over the last few weeks – some sort of comfort zone thing perhaps. It doesn’t help that they are making it particularly easy with a pretty stellar launch of 8th Ed 40k and the guys in my local GW store here in Karlsruhe being very chilled and helpful. I had an English copy of the new starter box delivered and I’ve been raiding other bits and pieces since.
So, this is the first output after the move. Feels like a bit of a milestone to be painting again even if I have a much-reduced paint and brish selection right now. I used GW paints more than usual on this. Partly to test them (they are mostly very good) and also to maintain colour consistency as I go forward (I can get them close to work).
Always liked the concept of Space Wolves … largely disliked the figures which usually just looked a bit silly. This is closer to my vision of space vikings.
One of my favourite poses this time – a really tense ‘advance to contact’ look. This figure is still from the first wave of Late War Americans, but I have the second wave (and some extra goodies) due in the post any day.
Sorry but lots of poses with this one. All sorts of additional kit makes this quite an interesting task to paint.
Paul has also shared early pics of the Kreigsmarine crew for the Empress U-Boat this weekend. Suddenly I find myself gripped by a strong urge to watch Das Boot again …
Another Empress 28mm GI complete, this time my first squad NCO. Pretty standard stuff but this time with British-supplied brown trousers (no joke intended). Looking at a lot of colour footage from 1945 shows a lot of these still knocking around and it gives some nice variety to a squad. Also a handy way of making the NCO stand out on the table in this case.
I’ve got the second wave of these due to arrive in the post at any second, along with initial casts of the new 1/50th Willys Jeep. Very excited to get my hands on those and will get to painting them as soon as I can. There are some great new patrolling poses in the second release along with heavier weapons. The theme of this first squad will be an alert patrol, with subsequent squads being either contact or gone to ground. I like to theme squads and sections this way and have a group of figures reacting logically as a group.
I’ve also suffered a slight 20mm distraction while waiting for other things to arrive. The result is this Dragon 1/72 StugIV. It’s only just had base-coat, pin-lining and light streaking at this point with all the fun stuff still to come.
So, First World Problems.
When I decided to start this blog I picked WordPress mainly because almost the entire ecosystem at work uses Google products (which Blogger is a part) and I’m usually logged into those with ‘work’ credentials. That’s a different world and things there stay there.
I had one or two friends using WordPress and it seems decent enough. The main downer seems to be that a large number of the blogs that I follow are on the Blogger platform … pretty much the majority. Following them in a browser is easy enough – they are all bookmarked, but it does make it a little harder to share these because I don’t seem to be able to add them to the blog-roll on my home-page. On the plus side I’ve found some hidden gems on WordPress, on the minus it’s harder for visitors to find some of my favourites.
With this in mind I’ve listed below five blogs which I consider absolutely essential for various reasons. All utterly compelling in my opinion, and each an overload of inspiration and content. I could only aspire to produce something even close …
I won’t describe each one, but I can’t recommend enough that anyone (of the dozens :-)) who spends two minutes here spend considerably longer on these.
Each one of these taps directly into the mother-lode as far as I’m concerned and a post on any of the above is enough to make my week.
On the miniatures front I’m tackling a few things. Westfalia Miniatures, Dark Sword, Otherword and some randoms. I’ll aim to post a WIP or two in the next few days.
So, he’s finished for now. Had a terrible time trying to get photos this evening and sort of gave up when I managed to get anything remotely useable. Sometimes these things just don’t work out.
The base is cork and grit built up in a flat-topped mound. I then used one of the excellent Greenstuff World rollers to get the stone floor pattern. This was fiddled a bit with to make the edges a little more logical and add some sharper cracks etc. Whole lot painted to match the figure, pinned and glued.
So, for now, some sketchy pictures. I’m hoping to takeadvantage of a friend to help out with some better pictures of the whoe group (henchmen a well) in future.
I’ve spent today figuring out a pallette for my late war GIs. The M43 uniform is slightly elusive (at least to me). It’s green, but with a very specific tone that tends to change under different lighting. Same for US webbing. The uniform itself ended up getting a repaint. I origianlly used AK Interactive’s ‘M43 uniform’ from their Figure Paint line but found it very grainy and difficult to get on with. it can glaze amazingly and holds pigment at really high dilutions, but always seemd to chalky when dry.
First of many new Empress Miniatures US figures. Paul absolutely killed it with these (if I do say so), particularly the faces. Slightly dodgy phone snaps as usual. Apologies for overdoing the angles and the size, but these pics are for sniffing out any problems before I crack on en-masse.
Painted as 41st Armoured Infantry Regiment.
Just a quick post this morning to show that things are moving on.
I’m on a complete Copplestone-fest right now, and in two scales to boot! I’ve always found Mark’s sculpting style to be the ultimate ‘palette-cleanser’ and a great relief after painting many other figures. His choice of theme is always a perfect match for this style.
So, 15mm Copplestone Baarbarians (Barbarica?), a Giant, a Copplestone Wizard and one of Mark’s old Grenadier Fantasy Warrior fighters converted to carry a shield (new arm, bits of tabard, shield etc.). No real plans, just something RPG-ey, Frotgravey etc.
Something about these figures pushed me towards nermenerm (NMM) for the metals. The cartoon look just feels right. It’ll be a lot ‘righter’ when I get better at it.
Shoddy pictures for now – just phone snaps for the time being. These were taken in very low light too, so the colours have become a bit blotchy. Good enough to give some idea how they look though.