Tuesday, January 12, 2021

"Workbench" Update - 2021!

Actually, I don't have a workbench per se, as I just use our dining table - which also doubles as my telework desk too. Anyway, just wanted to post a quick update to let you all know what I'm working on for the start of the new year. First up the Warlord Games British (captured) Mark IV tank needs finishing up.

So far, just dry-brushed a light gray-blue over a darker gray undercoat. A little bit of camo will be added, as well as crosses - once the decals arrive (hopefully, they'll fit as they are for 1/72nd aircraft).

Also, an ebay purchase of a 1/48th Pz.Kpfw KV-1 kit by Hobby Boss. A first by me with this manufacturer (made in China). It went together very nicely with few parts; similar in quality and build to Tamiya, IMO.

I cut the commander's hatch down the middle to have them opened, as I plan to add a figure there later. As you may see, there are also some brass parts included. The tracks are multi-part (like Tamiya kits), and nicely detailed with realistic sagging over the support rollers.

Finally, the start of a Napoleonic Russian army. The Perry Miniatures Russian Brigade Deal arrived yesterday. Incidentally, I placed the order on Dec 29, and looks like it was shipped just last Friday via DHL. It was tracked and only took 4 days to arrive here in Washington State - the left coast of the USA. Pretty impressive! And this was "Standard" shipping too.

As some of you may know, the "Brigade Deal" comes with 6 boxes of infantry - 240 figures total; and also 3 mounted metal commanders and two cannon/crew. However, one of the cannon was missing, so I sent them an email which I'm sure they'll end up sending me the missing item. I also added Pavlovsky Grenadier heads and 4 separate command sprues. I plan to have 10 24-man battalions; one of which will be Pavlovsky Grenadiers, one Marine, one Jager and the rest line infantry wearing a mixture of 1809 and 1812 kiwer. I will need to pick up a few more flags, as the set only comes with flags (2 per unit) for 4 different regiments. I can use most of them as there is a "Colonel's" flag on each sheet which can be used for one of the units, and another unit with just the two regimental flags. Makes me realize how much easier it is to "flag" French units.

Thanks again for stopping by and wishing you all a great start to the new year!

17 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks like a sizeable force of Russians there Dean...how long will 240 infantry take you, a fortnight?! Look forward to a steady stream of excellently painted infantry passing in review.

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    1. Lol! Thanks, Keith. I'm likely to take my time with the Russkies. Not too familiar with them, so will be researching them as I go along. One thing which seems to be the case is their uniforms were very standard. That is, pretty much green coats and red facings - for the most part. No fancy-schmancy stuff like the French. The Grenadier plumes (1809 shako) will be interesting to paint up as their quite huge looking. Thanks again for stopping in and leaving cool comments! Best regards, Dean

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  2. Dean, are you modeling while teleworking???

    your tanks are looking fab and you have a nice pile of Russians to work through. I received the first of two shipments of Perry WotR figures in yesterday's post. I hope the remainder arrive today.

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    1. Lol! Just during breaks :) One of the gamers here said he's still awaiting some Saga stuff from Gripping Beast. He said they shipped it the week before Christmas. I'm wondering if it was because Perry used DHL for my order; again standard shipping. Kindest regards, Dean

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  3. Super, look forward to your Russians passing across the painting table.

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    1. Thanks, Norm! Yes, loads of 'em, coming on the battlefield to face the French invaders! :) Kindest regards, Dean

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  4. That's a nice little collection. Looking forward to see the Russians painted up.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Ray. Planning to use a lot of Minwax stain on these guys :) Best regards, Dean

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  5. Oooh, looking forwards to the Russians. I have a side project of those in 6mm, but the big boys will look smashing.

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    1. Thank you, FMB! I was almost going to hold out to see if Warlord Games would add Russian & French Napoleonics to their recently announce "Epic Scale" range - about 13mm tall figs. However, couldn't pass up the deal by the Perrys, plus I already have French in 28mm. Warmest regards, Dean

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  6. That is quite the collection of Russians looking forward to seeing them take shape. It's amazing the prep you can get done whilst on Zoom calls :-)
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. Thanks, Stu! Lol! Yes, Zoom and Skype and all that noise! Kindest regards, Dean

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  7. Splendid work on the tanks Dean.
    I also do a bit of modelling while teleworking, usually over lunch.
    Looking forwards to seeing the Russian force evolve over 2021.

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    1. Thanks, Scrivs. I finally broke away from French and British Napoleonics-Only. :) Warm regards, Dean

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  8. Dean,
    Looks like you have your painting all set for you.
    Neil

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    1. Thanks, Neil. Yes, very much so - started gluing the Russian infantry together. Warmest regards, Dean

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  9. Nice looking takks,and that's a lot of Russians!
    Best Iain

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