The resin Chain of Command "Jump off Points" I bought when I ordered the rules consist of two British and two German items. I also wanted some American markers as well so I had a look around to see what I had in my spares boxes. I had a set of resin crates and three oil drums which just needed a couple of bits adding to them to match the style of the others. I even managed to make the same mistake with the Jerry Cans and gave them German styled ones. The German bases have US style cans. The Tarp was made out of some Lead sheet.
Monday, 20 April 2020
A friend asked me why I wasn't updating the Blog more often while we are under Lockdown?
There are really two reasons for this the first being that I am only making a slight increase in production. I am currently supposed to be working so I have to do some online training for half the day which leaves a few hours for doing some prep work, but I have also been using the time to work in the garden or other chores. I don't usually paint during the day as I prefer to do that at night. The second reason is that I prefer to leave some time between updates as they might be missed by casual viewers.
The first week of Lockdown we were left alone and I prepped quite a few things so I don't have to do that work at night and will just paint. I have taken a few photos of items waiting their turn.
|Artizan PAK40 and extra crewmen|
|Crusader Tank Busters|
|Smith Gun, 37mm AA Gun and Armadillo for Dads Army|
|US 76mm Guns and CoC Jump off points|
|US Gun Crews|
|Sci-Fi Cars and bike|
Thursday, 16 April 2020
First of all I'd like to say that I am trying a different location to take my photos. The issue I have now is that I have to rest my camera on some pillows and did not notice some of the photos are a bit out of focus. The reason I am doing this is I had a look through my Robin Hood photos and noticed how clear and colourful they are. Those photos were taken in my old games-room using an older camera and using a different application to load them on. I may try and see if my old camera will work and take some test photos at some stage.
These figures are from Black Tree Design. I really like them as they are nice and chunky and full of character. I bought way too many of them to use in DBMM so I am thinking of using the left overs for SPQR which means they will be individually based. These will be based in threes once I can order some MDF bases.
I really did not want to paint the Tattoos as the last time I tried I used an Artists pen which wasn't totally successful and had faded over the last five or six years since I painted them. However if any unit needed Tattoos it would be this one so I looked online for inspiration. What I found was a mixture of really expertly painted illustrations and rather rough looking re-enactors. I thought that the Tattoos would most likely done in a hurry by people who were not artists helping a mate out to prepare for Battle. I started off trying to copy a few illustrations and then just started to doodle. One of the Fanatics has a meat and two veg tattooed under his arms, I wonder if anyone will notice?
The Shields were hand painted as the ones I got with my Victrix Chariots are a different size and I cannot order any under the circumstances we find ourselves in.
Wednesday, 8 April 2020
I have been meaning for some time to add some more US Infantry with the intention of expanding my Motorised Infantry to use as Foot Infantry. These figures have been in my lead pile for years so I did not need to buy any. I also have a Platoon of Infantry in the pile to use as warmer weather equiped Troops. These Winter Troops are from Artizan which do not duplicate the other Troops I have already. (Sorry one is an old Bolt Action figure which was produced before Warlord bought them out). I was fortunate that I had written my colour choices down on an old Battlefront US Paint Set box, but did have trouble getting the Greatcoat to match as I could not work out if I had used a wash or not. Turns out I probably didn't. The flesh colour is also long out of production. The figure on the lefthand of the first picture is an original figure painted about 13 years ago. The photos makes them look much shinier and washed out than in real life.
Wednesday, 1 April 2020
This is not my idea as I first saw this done on Lead Adventure on a Judge Dredd thread. In Reality's Edge there is mention of using crowds of Bystanders to block line of sight and hinder movement. I have only done half the figures I have collected for this as I was impatient to get them on the table to see how effective they are. I also kept forgetting to take some photos and should have posted them a lot earlier on the Blog. These are 1/48th scale railway figures bought from Ebay. The Frosting caused by Super Glue is not really visible when the figures are on the table.