Added highlights after the Minwax staining; I like the way the stain defines the details before going over with washes and highlighting.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
Not a gaming figure, but something to pass the time until my Perry order arrives (hopefully soon). Picked this resin kit up off of ebay for under $15 USD and free shipping, so couldn't pass it up. I see there a still a few of these still on ebay for the same price. It's painted in the usual method of block painting followed by a stain of Minwax.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Finally finished these guys - actually started on them a couple of weeks ago and then got distracted from picking up a brush until last night. They were actually quite simple to paint up using only two colors for the uniforms (except for the two in splinter camo). The pants and helmets/caps were painted with Vallejo Iraqi Sand and the shirts Vallejo Dark Sand. The equipment was painted in varying drab/khaki colors - can't really go wrong here. The camo smocks were painted following the old Resistant Roosters method which I've used in past.
Glad to pick up a brush again - I haven't gone without painting for this long in a while. Probably will start on the 120mm ECW Pikeman figure next. I was hoping to get an order of Perry WW2 figures already, but still waiting for their arrival. Well, thanks for stopping by and sorry for not stopping by your blogs for a couple of weeks too.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
As with the earlier Panzer II and Panzer III, still need to at a tank commander from a Perry order. The camo is based upon an example I found on the internet. Used an old can of Tamiya OD for the basecoat, and then applied brush on Vallejo Dark Sand for the other major color. Outlined the sand color with with and the OD with black - as per the online example.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
With the arrival of the very nice "lambda" shield decals from Veni Vidi Vici, managed to complete the Spartan project. Here are the 64 spearman along with the earlier completed command.
Monday, April 12, 2021
Just a quick post to show what I've been doing for the last week or so. Still waiting on the VVV lambda shield decals to finish the Artizan Spartans. In the meantime, built a few more movement trays - now have a total of 20 for 24-man units, and several others in different sizes - including two for the 32-man Spartan units. Also picked up a couple of 1/48th scale Blitzkrieg resin tanks and a box of Warlord Games Fallschirmjager in tropical uniform. The tanks are a Panzer II and an M3 Grant - both will be additions to the Western Desert Campaign. I picked all of these up from Sherwood Games on ebay. As you may already know, Sherwood Games is run by a Phil Vernon, who I had the fortune to meet at the WAB GT in 2013.
And whilst malingering on ebay, I also picked up a couple of 120mm resin figures - couldn't pass them up as they were only about $12 each and with free shipping. I actually have the German knight figure already, but had modified him so wanted another to build up per the kit.
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Painted these up while awaiting the arrival of the VVV lambda shield decals. These are from the Artizan Spartan Command pack - less one other figure. The "lambda" are hand-painted on the two shields; not hard to do, but didn't want to do this 64 times over.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Minwax stain over basic block painting. Left the linothorax plain white and allowed the stain to seep into the details. After drying and spraying with matte, I'll touch up the armor with white to make the areas stand out better. Otherwise, very basic painting with a little variation of color to the horse hair crests.
|Prior to the stain|
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Started on Artizan Spartans which I picked up last fall from the Panzer Depot - which sadly had to close up shop. Block painted the flesh, beard/hair, tunics (all dark red), spear shafts and scabbards so far. Need to paint the helmets, horse hair crests and spear tips/butt spikes. They size pretty closely with the Victrix Hoplites, but Artizan figures are mostly in slightly crouching poses so have a different look and probably wouldn't work well in the same unit. Quite a few wear the older Illyrian style helmet with tall crest - which again would look out of place with later style helmets which most of the Victrix guys are wearing. Ordered some lambda decals from VVV - so these guys will be Spartans in their own units anyway.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
These are the three I picked up last Fall when one of our local gaming stores was, unfortunately, having a closeout sale. As I'm still awaiting my AWI order from Warlord Games, I figured I'd go through the few odds and ends of stuff I have to keep me busy.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
While awaiting the Warlord Games AWI order (still shows "unfulfilled"), figured I'd paint up a few spare Napoleonic French foot.