Friday, January 11, 2013

From JuanM: 28mm WWII Panzer I & Soviet Infantry (30 points)

From Juan:
Another WWII entry...
The first one is an old Panzer I from "Anglian Miniatures" I bought some years ago (now available through 'Empress Miniatures' - ed). I have painted it as a late WWII Driver School vehicle of the NSKK, the Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps, a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party used to educate its member in driving and motoring skills. 
These members (and their vehicles) were pressed to serve in the Werhmacht and, in the Oder Campaing, some of them fought against the Soviets with their more or less modern vehicles. So I have also pressed into service my old Panzer I from the SCW to use it in our East Front project. 
Secondly, there are my first Soviet infantry in 28mm from "Warlord Games", old "Bolt Action" models I like a lot (I don´t understand why "Warlord Games" bought the Paul Hicks´ "Bolt Action" range and then concealed them to put for sale their new not so good figures...). 

These models are also for our East Front project, and I have painted them with a mix of green and brown colours because I don´t like the yellow colours "Warlord Games" shows in its web.

Very nice Juan. I really quite like that Panzer I. I'm eager to get a few Pz Is for my SCW project but I think I'll hold out to see Minairons' 1:56 resin kits, which are supposed to be released later this year. 

Yes, I too wish Warlord would make available their 'old' metal Bolt Action catalogue...

The Panzer I and the trio of Soviets will give Juan 30 points. Well done!

From KevH: 15mm ACW Mounted Command & Ronin #24 (50 points)

Kev is becoming a going concern for those at the top of the points roster. Here he leapfrogs forward once again with this great entry consisting of a  group of ACW mounted officers and his Challenge levy: Ronin #24.

From Kev:
These are 15mm mounted officers and command for ACW. There are 10 figures and all are 15mm Peter Pig castings. They are unbased as they are a commission to be based by the owner.
The owner is Andy Saunders, lol.
This is part of a large commission in payment for terrian he has made for my games room. I have already done a load of rebs for him, they are on his blog.
Here is my Samurai entry. 25mm Dixon Miniature.
I decided to go for a Black and Red look. I then decided to add a yellow pattern to his tunic and a Leopard skin scabbard. Black lacquered armour with a slight shine. Tufty base.

Excellent work Kev - I love the yellow pattern on the samurai (the scabbard is brilliant) - Thanks so much! The Yank mounted officers are great as well but I will need to adjust their score as they are not based.

Ronin #24 and the ACW Officers will give Kev 50 points. Well done!

From SamuliS: Ronin #37 (20 points)

From Samuli:
Here is my Ronin. A samurai from Perry Brothers. Painted using Vallejo paints and GW color washes on the armour. 
Nice mini to paint as a change. Quite an interesting facial expression on him too. 
This was painted quite quickly when I realised that I'm not going to be able to finish my next battalion of Brits for Waterloo before my 3 week snowboarding holiday at the Alps. So no more minis from me until February then!

You did a beautiful job on him Samuli - thanks so much! Have a great (and safe) vacation, it sounds like a fabulous time!

Samuli's Challenge Ronin will give him 20 points.

From PhilH: 28mm Pulp Adventurers (30 pooints)

From Phil:
Entry number three and more Pulp goodness. I am completely off the pace in the challenge and struggling to build up momentum in my hobby time - these should have been a quick two-night job but took over a week. First, a handful of Indian infantry. I attach a picture of what I was going for, no prize for naming the film!
They are Newline Designs sculpts, picked up in a recent sale. This was my first order from them and I was disappointed, more so because I ordered the wrong sculpts - Hindu infantry would have been better. The poses are a bit wooden, the details soft and the casting poor, with lots of filing and filling necessary to rectify some quite bad pitting. I won't deny that I am spoiled by usually buying excellent Perry and Artizan sculpts. Still, they were reasonably priced and will suffice to save our heroes from peril. I have no idea about the historical accuracy here, this is very much a film homage, what else is Pulp for?As with all of my entries, they haven't been varnished yet (I hate that job), so some bits may be a bit shiny. 

Next up, another antagonist to spoil our heroes' plans in a future adventure. A Russian or Eastern European hard man for hire, a fabulously menacing sculpt, but perhaps not an original paint job! 
Finally, what was going to be my first attempt at retaining the 'Sarah's Choice' award. Alas, you've tweaked the rules so this blonde warrior-woman won't qualify. She is an 'Hour of Glory' character and I have an alternate sculpt still to paint another day. I see her as an SOE agent, having been inspired by a small but moving memorial to them I accidentally found a while back in central London. Her uniform isn't ideal for behind enemy lines work, but it kept her colour-themed with my Commandos. 
Next up? Greatcoated Germans. Time to re-watch some Band of Brothers for inspiration! 

What great fun Phil! I know these took a bit of work but the final results are great. 

To all, please keep a lookout for a missive from Mlle Sarah as I think she will be tweaking her requirements for the 'Sarah's Choice Award'. Stay tuned.

These Pulp adventurers will give Phil 30 points.