Here are the finished pictures.

 

 

 

With the amount of progress on my 900 pt armies and free time I’ve have in until the road trip I started thinking about auxiliary things I’ll need. Last year,at Historicon, I forgot to bring a tray to transport my (large) Canadian Rifle company. This proved to give me quite the head ache – this time around I won’t make the same mistake. So I started looking around and found the
extra pink foam I still had from building a Blood bowl Pitch (which I’ll post about later). I started brain storming ideas and layout. The main features I wanted were:

– had to be big enough to be use able for more the 900 points but smaller then the 8 sq. foot board I already have. (picture)

– had to have more the two levels so that it didn’t feel flat and static – I wanted the slopes to be
smoother and more realistic

– I wanted a road like area

– later decided  “I have to have a tunnel!” Here are some in progress pictures

The size ended up roughly 22 X 16

above you can see I started with a 1 inch thick base.

for the hill slopes I used 1/2 inch pieces

On the left outside walls I started with 1 inch base and where I wanted higher section I added another 1/2 inch but on the right side (where the tunnel is) I added another 1 inch thick section.

below – recently I’ve been using wood filler as my primary ground texture, however , I found two tubs of tile adhesive and thought this would be a good cheap alternative.

the appliation was easy – I started with paint plastic paint scarpers to apply it but quickly decided i need to get my hand dirty.

as you can see below – after the adhesive had dried there were a number of significant cracks. I was a little disappointed, fearing that i had ruined the progress but I realized I could use the wood filler I normally use it fix the problem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will be applying paint later tonight in the next test of the adhesive.

 

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Terrian/Tables
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The is the second part of what I am painting for the 900pt EW Adepticon tournament.

First,
– Cleaned the models, scored the bases, and glued them down.
– Then I used wood-filler to even out the base and give a good ground texture
– Black primed
then I start with painting the bases
– Base with Scorched Brown (GW)
– Dry-brush with German Camo medium Brown (Val)
– Dry-brush with German Camo beige (val)

then i started block painting,
– Jacket/Coat – German Field Grey (Val)
– Pants – Adeptus Battle grey (GW)
– Helmet – German Camo Dark Green (Val)
– Flesh – Tallarn Flesh (GW foundation)
– Rifles – Beastal Brown (GW)
– Boots – retouched Chaos black (GW) I also retouch the metal parts of the rifle (and in the case that these are Pioneers I painted the shoulder bars
– Rifle – dry-brush boltgun metal for the barrel, chamber and bolt.

  • With the major of the model painted, I turn now tot he netting and kit- which take longer to do then the rest of the model.

Since I didn’t know what was all influenced in the German infantry Kit I used the FoW German infantry guide (http://www.flamesofwar.com/hobby.aspx?art_id=289) as huge reference source – I followed some of the colour guides it recommend. I used a few photos I found online to give me a better idea of what I was looking at.

-for the Cook pot and drinking cup I used German Camo Dark Green (val)- and then a light highlight with a little green grey(val) to bring it up
-The bread bag – Green Grey (val)
-The gas mask canister is German Camo Dark Green (val) and the cover/flap on top i did Green Grey (val)
then I use Dark Flesh (black is the norm but I want some better contrast and a brownish leather is not unrealistic) for the Y straps, belt, and another kit straps – like on the cook pot, tent roll and flask/drinking cup
-for the flask its self i used German Camo Medium brown (val)
-its was important to do paint the straps on the tent roll first since I knew i would likely ruin the camo pattern if tried doing the straps after – this way the tent roll gets painted over any poor brush strokes I make.
– as for the camo on the tent I used a three colours – German Camo Beige as a base, then spots of German Camo Medium brown (val) and Luftwaffe Camo Green (val) for the pattern.

  • For the helmet I painted small black shields shapes for the markings on both side

-then using Mechrite red (GW foundations) I painted a single small red dash on the bottom the the right side
then using the Astonomicon grey put a small dash just about the red one – I found I didn’t have to worry to much about making mistakes here cause the touch ups are quick and tend to make the lines look even better.


– on the left side of the helmet was a difficult – I painted three vertical lines for the eagle and try to put a dot at the bottom of the middle line – the key was to make sure the paint was the right consistency and that there wasn’t too much water in my brush.

At this point I was worried about how they looked – it was all chunky and not very pretty but I made a few touch ups and then inked everything. I used a tank brush to liberally apply the wash – Devlin Mud (gw) – and used a standard brush to soak up and excess ink that was building up where I didn’t want it too.

after the wash was dry is where it started to really come together. at this point all I was doing was highlighting everything.

the way the wash darkens everything the first thing i do is repaint sections of the model with the orginal base coat.

for example for the jacket – i would paint German Field Grey (val) over all the flat sections, making sure to leave the cracks and dark section untouched.

-then i would use a combination of either Bleached Bone (GW) or green grey (val) (depending on the tone of the base coat) to mix with the base coat for highlight
-so again on the jacket I mixed a small amount of Green Grey with German Field Grey and applied to the corners or edges (for my 28mm I would do 2 maybe three highlights here but for 15mm i think 1 is ok)

oh and for highlighting black I use Charadon Granite (GW foundation) though i feel like i have no idea how to highlight boots well (good thing the flock overs most of that)

  • The key to this was really making effective use of the GW washes and using a tight pallet of colours. I still spent the greater part of three days painting these – close to 20 hours or more for one platoon.

For anyone not who hasn’t tries using the GW washes – they are amazing – making the models look good and in less time its a win win

Here are some Pictures of everything together

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Flames of War, German
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The spring I am making the trip to Adepticon, in Chicago. I was originally hoping to attend the MW FoW Nationals, however, I didn’t manage to qualify this year. I then made plans to play 900Mid War tourny that is also being held on the Saturday. There is also a 900 EW tournament on the Friday.  Well I was given the opportunity to start and build and Early War Panzer Company

So the list came out as

HQ – 155
– pz Bf wagon
– 2 pz 2s
– pz 1

Leichte panzer platoon – 200
– Bf wagon
– 2 Pz 2s
– 2 pz 1 s

Leichte panzer platoon – 115
– Bf wagon
– 2 Pz 2s
– 2 pz 1 s

Leichte pioneer platoon 220
-3 squads ( 9 stands and Cmd)

“Heavy” panzerspah platoon 95
– 2 8 rads

Limited Air support 115

900 pts

12 tanks
2 armor cars
10 stands of infantry and
air support

First I had to decided on which paint scheme i was going to use – there are mixed opions on if the germans had camo patterns at the time and the sorces that say they did have yet to be widely accepted as accurate.

-After all the models were preped and primed (black) I base coated with GW’s Adeptus Battle Grey from there foundation paint line (they apply easy and in one coat)
– then I washed using Devlin Mud (though in future I’m goign to try a mix of Devlin Mud and the drabb(?) black (also from GW) which Watts suggested). The wash not only shads but also brings down the tone of the grey.
-Next I did a light dry bush of the orginal base coat to the edges and that has the majority of the tank painted, however, I spent as much time working the details as i did on the rest of the tank

– For the details I started with the tracks – retouching them first with black, then a dry brush of boltgun metal.
– Then I painted the exauhst with Dark Flesh (GW) which is a redish brown – which can also make a great rust colour
– Then I painted the national and divisional markings:
– I used Astronomicon Grey for the “white” details – key step here was to not worry about being exact I knew i had to do touch ups anyway (no to metion the touch ups give sharper smooth lines) so i just push through any mistakes and fixed them all at the end. One step that took me a long time was to try and accuratle place the markings which a spent a alost of time on google images look at phortos trying to get real examples to base them off. I am thinking about goig nover the markings again with a briger white but im still undecided.
– I have a book on the panzer division of Wehrmacht http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Weh … gain+Books and I flipped through it seeing which division I would do – went with 1st panzer division and and the focus on the Polish invasion – that way i could try and focus on the early part of early war. So I decided that I would use the solid white crosses (which turned out to be targeting crosshairs) and the oakleaf as the primary markings division markings.

-The last step is/was to drybrush the weathering – I used a but of dark flesh on the tracks.
then german camo brown from the FoW/Vellaho(sp) line, which im drybrush liberally on the lower half the tank and then lightly on the top half – I find doing the light wheathering on top make the model look dirty and more realistic, not like a factory showroom.

The Pioneers will get there own post.

First Post!

Posted: March 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

Welcome to my  blog,

I’ve been war gaming for about 8 years now and recently taken a strong interesting in Military history. Over the the last two years I’ve become almost exclusively a historical gamer. Primarily, Flames of War have been my drug of choice but as my circle of fellow gamers have influenced me. Now also sample Field of Glory (for Ancients) and Lasalle (for Napoleonic’s) – as well as many others.  I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with most of my hobby time spent at Dueling Grounds, where the club Toronto Historical Miniatures Gamers (THMG) meet.

This blog will be a medium for me to show some of the projects I’m working on or have completed in the last year or so ( which will hopefully give me more reason to actually complete some projects)