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  • #85210
    John Treadaway
    John Treadaway
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    I started work on a big box of (mostly) 8 wheelers from Darkest Star, aimed at a Slammers force. The bodies of the vehicles – almost all of which (save the odd gunbarrel and turret) are in resin and need almost no work – were a breeze. Sure the odd axle hole needed drilling out with my Dremel and the tiniest degree of flash on some of the complex moulded turrets but: nothing really. Maybe twenty minutes, tops.

    The wheels… ahhhh: that was a different thing. Not because they were badly moulded: not at all. Each one had maybe a couple of whisps of vent metal on them: the sort of sprue I’d expect on any white metal casting. It’s just there were over 170 of them…

    Bare wheels

    Out came the trusty Leatherman Charge and the coarse file on it made ‘short work’ of the flash but not a short job: two hours later they, along with a couple of the hover skirts, got their first coat of grey primer and I went to the sink to wash the ‘lead’ dust from my fingers.

    Primed

    Christ that’s a lot of wheels….

    I will be assembling the hulls and turrets over the coming weeks while I’m pondering paint schemes so I’ll keep you all informed!

     

    John Treadaway

    www.hammers-slammers.com
    http://www.hammers-slammers.com

    "They don't have to like us, snake, they just have t' make the payment schedule" Lt Cooter - Hammer's Slammers
    #85218
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Ya… this is why I will not being doing many things with more than 4 wheels in the future!  However, you now do have endless opportunity to practice various weathering and “dirtying up” techniques!

    Thanks for posting, really looking forwards to what you come up with!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #85224

    cmnash
    Participant

    I knew there was a reason I had a bunch of hovertanks! 

    Will follow with interest

    #85272
    John Treadaway
    John Treadaway
    Participant

    Ta

    I’ve bought a multi-size, plastic circle template thing from Amazon (the sort I used to use in geometry) that I intend to airbrush through to do the wheel centres. So hopefully that’ll help…

    John Treadaway

    www.hammers-slammers.com
    http://www.hammers-slammers.com

    "They don't have to like us, snake, they just have t' make the payment schedule" Lt Cooter - Hammer's Slammers
    #87605
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    So how goes it?  Did the insanity prevail and send you gibbering into the wilderness?

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #87881
    John Treadaway
    John Treadaway
    Participant

    I have them finished. More will be revealed soon but the torture is over and I’ve not been broken by the wheel!

    Here’s a few shots but – as soon as I have access to the Slammers website (laptop with certain software is in for repair) I’ll do more (though I have done a play sheet for them).

    Clarks Commandos Infantry

    Clarks Commandos heavy assault Python and Cobra

    Clarks Commandos Infantry combat vehicles

    Clarks Commandos infantry close up

    Clarks Commandos Sniper

    Clarks Commandos meet the Slammers

    Clarks Commandos command tank

    Clarks Commandos Three detachments

    The unit is finished as a dedication for Jim Clark – a mate and avid Slammers gamer – who died recently: this seemed a perfect opportunity to use the nice vehicles Darkest Star sent me and I’m quite pleased with the results.

    The wheels… well maybe my masking could have been more accurate, but the rest – airbrushing a green pattern over an Army Painter Primer (Skeleton Bone), edge highlighting, future/black-ink dip, and then weathering with the airbrush and various washes – worked out reasonably well, I think. Certainly better than my last efforts with the Zaporoskiye Brigade where I over did the Army Painter Dip.

    The Federation infantry were – again – spray primered and dipped (this time using a thinned Army Painter Dip) and detailed with various colours including Tamiya clear paints. Decals for Clark’s Commandos were home printed onto clear decal paper.

    John Treadaway

    www.hammers-slammers.com
    http://www.hammers-slammers.com

    "They don't have to like us, snake, they just have t' make the payment schedule" Lt Cooter - Hammer's Slammers
    #87905

    cmnash
    Participant

    They look splendid John and (imo) seem a fitting tribute to your friend

    #88428
    John Treadaway
    John Treadaway
    Participant

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    Well, as I said I would, the new force is up on the Slammers website.

    This is Clark’s Commandos and – as I went to Jim Clark’s funeral service yesterday, I feel really privilaged to have been able to do this.

    Every time I get them out of the table (hopefully pitched against one of Jim’s legacy Slammers forces which carry on without him) I will think of him.

    John Treadaway

    www.hammers-slammers.com
    http://www.hammers-slammers.com

    "They don't have to like us, snake, they just have t' make the payment schedule" Lt Cooter - Hammer's Slammers
    #88438
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Fantastic looking force!  They really came out splendidly.  I love the look of the AAA turrets on the Scorpion chassis.  Going to make a section for just purchasing turrets for kitbashers now so people can mix and match on the fly!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #88442
    OldBen1
    OldBen1
    Participant

    Wow, that’s quite the force there!

    #88504
    John Treadaway
    John Treadaway
    Participant

    Thank you all. I got a real slice of joy doing them.

    John Treadaway

    www.hammers-slammers.com
    http://www.hammers-slammers.com

    "They don't have to like us, snake, they just have t' make the payment schedule" Lt Cooter - Hammer's Slammers
    #88920
    Hawk6L4
    Hawk6L4
    Participant

    Hi JT !  L4 here !  Has been awhile since I saw your work !!!!!     Absolutely Outstanding as usual !!!!    I see Brigade is doing more 6mm Slammer Mercs !  I may have to get some of those new 1/2Tracks, IIRC or the Thunderbolt Panzer Div. !   Again wonderful stuff  as always !!!!  

    "Cry Havoc ! And let slip the dogs of war !"

    #89842
    John Treadaway
    John Treadaway
    Participant

    Hi L4 – good to see you here. And thanks for the thanks!

    John Treadaway

    www.hammers-slammers.com
    http://www.hammers-slammers.com

    "They don't have to like us, snake, they just have t' make the payment schedule" Lt Cooter - Hammer's Slammers
    #89874
    Hawk6L4
    Hawk6L4
    Participant

    You are the Man, John !!!!    My 6mm Slammer TF here is based on all your guidance and Drake’s Slammer-verse !  

    "Cry Havoc ! And let slip the dogs of war !"

    #89878
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    Very pretty! I have been drooling over those Darkest Star vehicles for ages, wanting to pair them up with O8’s New Vistula Legion infantry, but I will probably never pull the trigger. I just have no space for the macroscales!

    By the way, if you’d done a Slammers force in 3mm, you’d have finished an entire regiment in the time it took you to do half those wheels. And you could play a battle on your desktop. And it would only cost you 20 pounds for the entire regiment at 1:1 scale. 😀

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #89883
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    You know TB, we have them in 6mm too… 

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #89889
    Northern Monkey
    Northern Monkey
    Participant

    You are the Man, John !!!! My 6mm Slammer TF here is based on all your guidance and Drake’s Slammer-verse !

     

    Where are those infantry from L4? CinC?

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/

    #89891

    Mr. Average
    Participant

    I do not lie when I say I envy people who can manage 15mm figures.  I just never got the hang of them.  But damn if that isn’t a beautiful setup there!

    #89900
    Hawk6L4
    Hawk6L4
    Participant

    Those are GZG NAC and so are the skimmers …

    "Cry Havoc ! And let slip the dogs of war !"

    #89901
    Hawk6L4
    Hawk6L4
    Participant

    Close ups pf mine … 

    "Cry Havoc ! And let slip the dogs of war !"

    #89904
    Northern Monkey
    Northern Monkey
    Participant

    Thanks, I knew I had seen them before but couldn’t place them, nice paint work by the way.

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/

    #89905
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    You know TB, we have them in 6mm too…

    Yeah, but except for Napoleonics, I don’t do the macro scales. : D

    The real problem is that there is no reason for me to play 6mm sci-fi, unless I was going to skirmish. And the problem with THAT is I can”t find an infantry force in 6mm that I like as much as the New Vistula Legion.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #89911
    John Treadaway
    John Treadaway
    Participant

    L4 – as I’ve said before – that’s an insane amount of detail on 6mm figures. The Slammers decals on the weapons is just bonkers…

    John Treadaway

    www.hammers-slammers.com
    http://www.hammers-slammers.com

    "They don't have to like us, snake, they just have t' make the payment schedule" Lt Cooter - Hammer's Slammers
    #89940
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    3mm not-Slammers force. This cost me about $2,50.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #89944
    Hawk6L4
    Hawk6L4
    Participant

    Thank U !  Here’s a pic of my 6mm GZG NAC/Slammer Skimmer Infantry …  close up …

    "Cry Havoc ! And let slip the dogs of war !"

    #89945
    Hawk6L4
    Hawk6L4
    Participant

    Very Nice  Thaddus  !!!!    Especially for 3mm  !  

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by Hawk6L4 Hawk6L4.

    "Cry Havoc ! And let slip the dogs of war !"

    #89958
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Love me some O8!  I have tons of their stuff for air war and Vietnam.

    What do you say John, a Crucible conversion for 3mm-6mm?

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #89959
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    huh, could have sworn this was the 15mm sci-fi forum…

     

    😉

    #89966
    Hawk6L4
    Hawk6L4
    Participant

    Well I was never very good at math … And all have is 6mm ! 

    "Cry Havoc ! And let slip the dogs of war !"

    #90027
    Hawk6L4
    Hawk6L4
    Participant

    Very sorry to hear that John … may he RIP …

    "Cry Havoc ! And let slip the dogs of war !"

    #90030
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Thaddeus Blanchette
    Participant

    Nyah, nyah, nyah! Mine’s smaller than yours! : D

    No, seriously, you could probably do The Crucible easily in 3mm, as is, by dividing all measurements by five.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #90032
    Hawk6L4
    Hawk6L4
    Participant

    That makes sense and should be an easy fix …

    "Cry Havoc ! And let slip the dogs of war !"

    #90106
    John Treadaway
    John Treadaway
    Participant

    I’d just use the 6mm sheets for 3mm and not bother changing anything. We regularly use the 15mm sheets for the 6mm games with no ill effect whatsoever

    John Treadaway

    www.hammers-slammers.com
    http://www.hammers-slammers.com

    "They don't have to like us, snake, they just have t' make the payment schedule" Lt Cooter - Hammer's Slammers
    #90120
    Hawk6L4
    Hawk6L4
    Participant

    One good thing about 6 or 3mm … the ranges are generally more “accurate”, IMO …

    "Cry Havoc ! And let slip the dogs of war !"

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