Sunday, July 5, 2015

Special Naval Landing Forces - Warlord Games

Picked up a plastic sprue of six Warlord Games WW2 Japanese to see how they were. The sprue has several head, arm and weapon choices. One of the figures is supposed to be in the prone firing position, but he's been converted into a casualty figure laying on his back. They are painted up as Special Naval Landing Forces troops, who wore uniforms in the same basic cut as the Army, but in a green shade. The figures went together very nicely and were block painted and given a Minwax Tudor Satin stain. A bit of highlighting was added over a Testors Dullcote finish.
Vallejo Brown Violet with a bit of Green Ochre and Green Grey was used for the uniform. White was added to this for the highlighting.
Overall they are nice figures, especially with the choice of different part options.
WW2 uniforms take to the Minwax Stain process particularly well; a full force for Bolt Action would be a nice weekend project.
The image below shows them prior to painting. They're on plasticard to raise them before attaching them onto metal washers. The kit is supplied with round plastic bases for the five standing guys, but weren't used.
A Type 95 Ha-Go light tank may be added in the future.

32 comments:

  1. They look very nice indeed Dean, I wouldn't have guessed they were from a plastic sprue either - great work Sir.

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    1. Thanks, Michael. They do paint up well and hide the fact of their origin. If I get any more for this force, I'll likely try TAG or Brigade Games for variety. Best, Dean

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  2. That is a stunning looking SNLF force Dean :)
    I to got a japanese army to bolt action ;)

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    1. Thank you very much. I think they're great for BA or any other skirmish game. The poses are varied and the plastic quite durable. Regards, Dean

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  3. Very nicely done Dean! Reminds me I need to get back working on my Japanese.

    Christopher

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    1. Thanks, Christopher! Yes, please do and post the expected splendid results. Best, Dean

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  4. Fabulous work, Dean, as always! Mine are still in the box... lots of inspiration here, thanks for sharing! - Cheers!

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    1. Thank you for the visit and kind words. Glad these were of use for your project too. It was nice to get the one sprue to see how they were - and they are nice. Regards, Dean

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  5. Wow - your painting skills continue to amaze me

    I've got a box of the Warlord plastic Japanese and really like the figures - the quality of Warlord's 28mm plastic lines have improved dramatically over the past few years.

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    1. Thank you very much, Miles. These are my first plastic Warlord figures from their WW2 range. They are quite nice. Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Thanks again, Mike! Warm regards, Dean

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  7. Another great group of miniatures Dean!

    You're absolutely right - the WW2 uniforms are especially compatible with all types of "dip" techniques. I was able to paint up almost my entire 28mm WW2 collection a few years ago in just a couple of weeks, and I'm usually the slowest painter I know!

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    1. Thank you much, Greg. Before I discovered Minwax, I used to use watered down acrylic for washes on WW2 figures. It wasn't as easy as Minwax as the washes tended to dry in the wrong places - i.e. high spots and not the crevices and cuts. Best, Dean

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  8. I have a box of these in my IJA Bolt Action army. They are pretty good miniatures. The plastic stuff continues to get better.

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    1. Thanks, John. I know TAG and Brigade Games make nice IJA/SNLF, but I wanted to see how these were, plus the ability to modify poses, etc. Warm Regards, Dean

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  9. Nice unit - very, very effective paint job :)

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    1. Thanks, Mike! Appreciate the compliment. The Minwax staining really did a lot of the work. Best, Dean

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  10. These are good, REALLY good. Plastics have improved out of sight these days, and the paint job more than does them justice. Great work, Dean!

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    1. Thank you very much, Evan. Glad you like them too. Warm Regards, Dean

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  11. Great looking figures Dean! I very much like the effect you got with the washes. I've not painted Japanese WW2 since I painted Airfix plastics as a young teen. I've just bought Chain of Command rules..maybe I should get the paints out again. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Jason. Your comment about Airfix reminded me that I too had the set; along with the US Marines - which I thought was really cool set - nice poses and details. Best, Dean

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  12. Well done.
    Pretty painting work
    Nice semi-group

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    1. Thank you kindly, MM. This 6-man sprue was a nice test. Best, Dean

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  13. Great job with the brush.These japanese looks very good.I like the shading.

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    1. Thanks, Ptr. The Minwax stain really is a nice start prior to the highlighting. Regards, Dean

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    1. Appreciate that, Simon! Best, Dean

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  15. Gorgeous work! At first, I thought the uniform discolorations (camo effects) were due to MinWax. Upon closer inspection and reading your description I see that it is paint! Nice!

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan! Actually some of the discoloration is probably the Minwax staining. Regards, Dean

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  16. Never too sure on the plastic minis from Warlord for skrimish games. The spruces I got from them as part of building or vehicle sets were a bit brittle for my taste. So I hope these will be sturdier, especially with the nice paintjob you have given them!

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    1. Thanks, Burkhard. These seem pretty sturdy for gaming. Although I don't foresee using them until I get a few more troops - mostly likely additions will be metals from TAG or Brigade Games. Best, Dean

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