Thursday, February 14, 2013

From Samuli: 15mm WWII German Armour (30 points)

From Samuli:

A quick follow-up to my previous Napoleonics. These were painted with the redcoats to keep me from getting bored. The first 15mm tanks I painted, so I tested some different airbrushing and weathering effects on them. The K√∂nigstiger and Stugs are from Battlefront and the Sdkfz 251 is from Plastic Soldier Company. 

I was supposed to send in a PSC Panther but painting the German Ambush pattern camo didn't really work out and that bugger went into paint removal. I really like the PSC offerings a lot more than the Battlefront ones, eventhough they take a lot longer to build up.

All the minis have been preshaded before painting the camo pattern on top. Everything painted with Vallejo stuff again. After the basic painting I applied the decals and then a quick oil wash in some places to bring out the details.
The decals are from Battlefront and the mud is a product called Quick Mud from Marutechnics. Tried applying it by painting and splashing. Works pretty well on 15mm's too eventhough it's meant for bigger scale models. Not quite sure how well it will stay on the minis during gaming though. I'm not too happy with the quality of the decals and especially the crosses are clearly non symmetrical, but what can you do when nobody else seems to do decals in this scale.
Great work Samuli! Your camo looks very good and I particularly like the mud effect you've achieved with the tracks and wheels.

These five vehicles will give Samuli 30 points.

From Millsy: 28mm Arab Tribesmen (200 points)

From Millsy:
This time I’m submitting 40 x 28mm Perry Plastic Mahdists for a change of pace from complicated uniforms and basing.
I really must thank Curt for getting me motivated with the challenge! These guys have been sitting assembled and undercoated for the best part of 12 months I think. In our group we like to think of this as “letting the undercoat cure properly”. ;-)
I’ve painted them up as early period Nile Arabs and/or Khordofan rebels. I’ve been deliberately very generic with the clothing so I can mix and match them and not have them obviously out of place. Like Mr Awdry I couldn’t resist letting a couple of red fez type hats into play.
In total this gives me 120 (3 boxes full) of these guys painted up now. A decent sized force for TSATF so it’s obviously time to get back to some gaming in the Sudan now I can do something quite large.
If, as you say, languishing figures are termed as 'curing' then I have a veritable smokehouse of miniatures awaiting attention in my hobbyroom.

You've done a cracking job on these Millsy. I quite like the splashes of colour with their clothing - very dynamic.

This horde of tribesmen will give Millsy a very tidy 200 points to add to his tally. Well done!