Wednesday, 29 December 2010
I purchased the pieces via their ebay store, and when they arrived only a few days later, I immediatly bought more as I was so happy with the quality. The pieces are cast in urethane resin and their vacuum degassing process leaves a near perfect, bubble free, finish. The detail is exceptional and, in my humble opinion, is probably the best I have ever seen.
When it came to painting the Sci-fi modules I decided on a grimy, industrial look. For my inspiration look at the PS3 game Killzone 2 or the film Blade Runner. The paint job was
very simple. Citadel Chaos black spray paint undercoat followed by a heavy drybrushing of Citadel Boltgun Metal. Once dry the models were washed in Citadel Badham Black and when dry, Citadel Devlan wood. Finally I dipped into the depths of my paint box to use a (glass) jar of Miniature Paints Metalic Bronze to highlight the tube, cable and wire details, which I then washed in Devlan mud.
Below are some of the goodies in their final painted form:
1) Sci-fi atmosphere processor (£5.99) The figures are Kolony Militia from Pig Iron Miniatures.
2) Sci-fi engineering module (£5.99) Again the figures are Pig Iron.
3) 1/55 scale street furniture bio hazard barrels (£3.25 for 10) The figures are zombies from Coldwar miniatures range - perhaps we have now found the cause of the epidemic!!
Sunday, 19 December 2010
I was able to knock these up in only two nights (it's amazing what I can achieve when I have no marking to do!) and was chuffed with the results. Sadly though, the bloody weather has meant that our club night has been cancelled! Still I'm sure the family will get their chance crack some zombie skulls in the new year!
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
When I received the figures in the post I was immediately struck by two things - firstly they looked like WW2 German troops - Space Nazis! and secondly, they look like the Helghast from the PS3 game 'Killzone 2'. With these observations made, I decided to paint them as a combination of the two.
First my usual method of basing figures - glue them onto 1p coins on the Queen's head side (it must be my Republican side coming out); level the bases using poly filler and then cover with pva glue and sharp sand). Next the figures are sprayed black using Citadel Chaos Black.
The following paints were then used:
Uniform Trousers: Vallejo German Field Grey WWII
Overcoat: Vallejo Medium Sea Grey washed with Citadel Badham Black.
Overcoat Lining: Officers - Vallejo Scarlet, Other ranks - Citadel Kommando Khaki
Helmet, gloves and Body Armour: Vallejo German Field Grey WWII, washed with Badham Black.
Officer's Hat: Vallejo German Field Grey WWII; Vallejo Scarlet; Citadel Chaos Black, Citadel Boltgun Metal.
Boots, belt and pouches: Citadel Beastial Brown, washed with Citadel Devlan Mud.
Helmet optics: Citadel Boltgun Metal, Badham Black, Vallejo Scarlet and Citadel Blazing Orange.
Hood: Vallejo Luftwaffe Uniform WWII.
Gas Mask: Citadel Vermin Brown washed, washed with Citadel Devlan Mud, Boltgun metal, Vallejo Scarlet, Badham Black and a dot of Citadel Blazing Orange.
Weapons: Citadel Chaos black, Citadel boltgun metal, Vallejo Luftwaffe Uniform WWII and Vallejo Scarlet.
Base: Citadel Scorched Brown, Graveyard Earth and Bleached Bone.
I have always been disappointed with the finish of spray varnishes, so I use Vallejo Mat Varnish and use one of my good lady wife's old makeup brushes to apply it.
Below are the officer and a Militia man with a flame thrower.
Next, more troopers and some scenics...
Sunday, 21 November 2010
After base coating the models in Citadel Chaos Black , I then picked out the exposed face area with Citadel bronzed flesh. once this had dried I washed the same are with Citadel Ogryn Flesh wash.
I then painted the whole figure in Citadel Catachan Green.
Next I added the camouflage; first large patches of Citadel Graveyard earth; then smaller patches of Citadel dark flesh - ensuring all the dark flesh patches ajoined graveyard earth patches; finally I added small dots of Citadel Cammo green.
I then painted the webbing pouches in Graveyard earth and Catachan green.
Next I washed the Helmet, armour and webbing pouches in Citadel Devlan mud.
The next step was to paint the weapons and boots Citadel Chaos black. The weapons were then dry brushed with Citadel Boltgun metal. The foresights and buttons on the guns were then painted with the same Boltgun metal, as were any headsets and optical equipment.
I then added Catachan green to the weapon stocks and painted the visors with Citadel shining gold.
The red unit patches and optic lights were made using Vallejo Scarlet.
Finally a vertical stripe of Catachan green was added to the shoulder of officers and a vertical stripe added to NCOs.
The bases were painted with Scorched brown and drybrushed with graveyard earth and bleached bone.
Overall these figures were a joy to paint and I am delighted with the results!
Now to start on the Kolony Militia!
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Now that the club's Zulu all dayer is out of the way, I can at last get onto painting the 28mm Sci-Fi figures I bought from Pig Iron Productions (www.pig-iron-productions.com).
The figures are really nicely detailed, are in a good range of poses and had zero flash on them. The service from Pig Iron was superb, with the figures delivered within 2 days of ordering.
I bought the figures for use in a 'Starship Troopers' Campaign, but having got my hands on them I will now be purchasing some of their Kolony figures (the enemy of the Heavy Infantry).
So on to painting - as ever I first glued the figures onto pennies, then used 'no more nails to bring the base level up to that of the figures. I then used PVA glue and sharp sand to cover the base.
Thursday, 26 August 2010
More bunker pictures to follow...
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
On Sunday night we re fought the engagement with two 'what if' differences. Firstly we fought the battle during daylight, rather than twilight, and the pre-dreadnaught 'HMS Canopus' also joined the British force - back in 1914 it did not arrive on time.
The German force, commanded by Stu, deployed in two squadrons - the two armoured cruisers forming one, the three light cruisers the other. The British, commanded by myself, also deployed in two squadrons - again, the two armoured cruisers and the light cruiser forming one, SS Otranto and HMS Canopus forming the other.
The British Armoured Squadron, led by Good Hope steamed north, keeping the approaching German fleet on their starboard side. The Canopus, leading the Otranto, headed East bringing the Germans onto their port side.
The German squadrons headed south and as the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau came into range they pounded HMS Monmouth who took two critical hits to the engine room, significantly slowing her down and effectively removing her from the battle. Monmouth left the formation and limped west out of range.
The Scharnhorst and Gneisenau then started taking fire from the Canopus, causing the German pair to focus all their attention on the old battleship. The German light cruisers then steamed towards the British Cruiser squadron in order to shield the Scharnhorst and Gneienau.
Immediately the gunners on the Good Hope went to work and after only two rounds of fire SMS Nurnberg succumbed slid beneath the waves - first blood to the British.
Meanwhile, HMS Good Hope turned it's guns on first the Dresden and then SMS Leipzig. The Dresden exploded and quickly sank and the Leipzig finally succumbed to the flames of the multiple fires burning throughout the ship. Chalk up two more ships to the Good Hope.
The remaining German ships swung around and headed straight for the Good Hope with revenge in mind. Although their gunfire was accurate, it caused little damage, however a critical hit on the main battery of the Scharnhorst caused the ship to explode and quickly sink. The Gneisenau, seeing this, took the opportunity to turn east and steam rapidly away from the battle.
A major victory for the British, with medals a-plenty for the crew of HMS Good Hope! The inclusion of HMS Canopus had quite a major effect on the German battle plan, drawing all the fire from the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, allowing the Good Hope to take on the German light cruisers at optimum range.
We used the rule set 'Naval Thunder', which both commanders agreed, played out really well.
Saturday, 31 July 2010
I took my dremel to a duplicate of the Scharnhorst, cutting it in half at about a 45 degree angle. After filing a flat edge I glued each half onto a square of plasticard. I then followed the same procedure, as per a normal model, as described in a previous post, for making the sea effect on the base. I also glued another model at an angle on it's side to simulate a capsizing vessel. I'm quite pleased with the results:
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Step one - Using plasticard, cut a base 30mm wide and 10-20mm longer than the model to be based. I always file down the edges and round off the corners using one of my wife's emery boards (sorry dear!). Next superglue the model centrally length wise, but one ship width to the right of centre width wise. I then paint the base with Vallejo 'Dark sea blue'. Step two - I use vallejo water effects to create the look of waves. Vallejo have a different water effect for different seas. To represent the Atlantic and the North Sea I use Atlantic blue. The product is a thick acrylic gel which I apply with an old brush. The colour is a little disconcerting at first as it is a bright, most un-sea like, blue - don't panic - it changes colour as it drys. Once applied you can create waves using a tooth pick or similar tool. Now the blurb on the bottle states that you should leave it 24 hours to dry - in my experience this should be extended to at least 48 hours, depending on how thick you apply it.
So what to do in the meantime? Well there are five more ships mounted on my painting block and i'm also going to take my Dremel to a couple of duplicate ships to make some sinking ship markers - pics to follow.
Monday, 26 July 2010
Stage Four - Paint the decks using Citadel Desert yellow, being careful to avoid turrets etc. Again it's back into the oven for 15 minutes at 150 degrees. For German ships I use vallejo desert yellow - it's slightly darker than citadel and differentiates them from the British.
Stage Five (above right) - Finally pick out the lifeboats in Citadel skull white and the tops of funnels in Citadel chaos black. Return to the oven (same time and same temperature) and the painting of the ship itself is complete. Tomorrow we start the basing...