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  • #25130
    Avatar photopaintpig
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    I have been slowly getting some Dark ages forces together for SAGA and Impetus, I think we will have a Saxon and a Norman Impetus army, these are 2nd hand figures so I’m doing the calcs but I’m pretty sure I can get two 350 points armies.  The going is slow at the moment, always plenty of life getting in the way, because I have decided to do a bunch of conversions with the figures, first off it was just adding clothing but with the latest two I have cut off arms and repositioned weapons. I’m really enjoying playing with green stuff I find it more relaxing than painting at the moment.

    For SAGA I have purchased some Foundry Vikings, again 2nd hand, picked up new Saxons from Westwind, Footsore and Saxon Miniatures. A few from each to gauge the quality, they are all really very good, Saxon Miniatures is a pretty new company and the figures are jolly nice.

    Now I dont know if garden gnomes are a thing in the US (google if not) but take a look at this figure and tell me if the sculptor was not taking the piss.

     

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    #25132
    Avatar photoRhoderic
    Member

    I’m mainly working on terrain right now, two separate projects in fact. The first is jungle terrain intended to be sort of “quasi-realistic” (meaning, at least somewhat more realistic than the plain old unpainted, unconverted translucent plastic aquarium plants and cake topper palm trees that are a standard in miniature wargaming – although I’m still taking liberties and making some flights of fancy so I can’t call it “properly realistic” at all). I’m only doing underbrush/undergrowth at the moment, trees will come later. The second project is a set of weird alien semi-desert terrain based mainly on the background fluff for the Ikwen from Loud Ninja Games. Both sets of terrain are intended to be fairly scaleless. Frankly I don’t have much to show for my efforts yet. Much time has been spent experimenting with new terrain-building techniques, mixing paints, fretting over the colours I’ve mixed and then mixing new ones, fretting some more, making “failed” terrain pieces that I end up tossing in the trashbin, and so on. No photos yet.

    As for painting/converting figures, I have far too many separate projects on my table and need to decide what to shelve for the time being. There’s the 15mm Ikwen, the 15mm Ion Age figures, the 15mm Sengoku fantasy figures (for which reinforcements were just released) the 28mm Kai Lords, the 28mm Minifigs VSF Martians, and more. On top of that I’m wanting to get started with that 6mm sword-and-planet project I’ve been posting about, and revisit the Heavy Gear project that’s something of a constant “terra firma” in my hobby life. The upshot is that nothing is getting painted right now.

    #25133
    Avatar photopaintpig
    Participant

    Over the last 12 months I have seen some really quite interesting and pretty realistic jungle terrain using aquarium plants, they work well if you can put the time into them. Of course time is the most valuable commodity in wargaming… well any hobby.

    I’ve seen the Ikwen figures on Einar Olafson blog, they are beaut looking figures. Of course his painting brings the best out of anything.

    http://einarolafson.blogspot.com.au/

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    #25134
    Avatar photoA Lot of Gaul
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    All of my gaming materials are currently packed away for the next several months, in preparation for being moved into a new home that my wife and I are having built over the summer. On the plus side, our new house will have a dedicated hobby room, and once they are unpacked I am very much looking forward to painting up more Blue Moon ancient Germans and Caesarian Romans for my Hail Caesar armies.

    @ paintpig – unfortunately, we do have garden gnomes here in the US. And yes, it does look as if the sculptor of your pictured figure was taking the piss. 

    Cheers,
    Scott

    "Ventosa viri restabit." ~ Harry Field

    #25135
    Avatar photoNorm S
    Participant

    Putting together a few scenics to improve my game board, such as telegraph poles and buildings etc and also pushing a ahead to clear my final 3 packs of Kallistra 12mm ACW – I want to buy new forces, but I am determined to clear one lot of lead before buying more.

    I am also looking at the new Korea boardgame from Worthington Publishing.

    #25137
    Avatar photoPaul L’Idelle
    Participant

    6mm hedges right now, I’m halfway through and taking a break eating a banana.

    #25139
    Avatar photoMr. Average
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    I have three projects on tap at the moment. First is my Epic Scale 40K setup in 3mm scale, which is holding the majority of my attention, gamewise, at the moment. Then there are my two 6mm scale Quar armies.

    And on the back burner is a project I’ve been working on for some time, a 6mm skirmish set that’s morphed into what I’m calling my “Banana Stompers” game (if our South American members will forgive the turn of phrase). It’s aimed at small scale unit actions in a sci fi South American conflict, pitting the UN, South American governments and western Mercenary units against guerrillas and their Eastern Bloc backers, using the Silhouette rules from Heavy Gear and Jovian Chronicles and mechs from Microworld and Mecha Front, and a pile of as-yet unpainted tanks and infantry accumulated over the years, from wherever I got them.

    #25142
    Avatar photoSteve Johnson
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    Starting to sort out my AWI forces for use with Black Powder. I’d originally bought them for use with ‘Maurice’, but sadly I couldn’t get it to work for solo play. Looking forward to basing them up soon, then the daunting task of painting them!

    #25144
    Avatar photopaintpig
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    I hear you Lot o Gaul, most of my goodies are packed in a storage container while our house is undergoing renovations. Luckily I had my paints and brushes buried in the shed with one or two other bits and pieces, when I got my hands on the 2nd hand Saxons and Normans I just had to clear off a few square feet and do some painting, best thing I could have done, it has restored my sanity and shooed away the reno blues.

    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel
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    #25146
    Avatar photoPaul L’Idelle
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    The hedges are now done and the table set up for a Cold War period 1/300 scale battle tonight.

    #25152
    Avatar photoRhoderic
    Member

    Over the last 12 months I have seen some really quite interesting and pretty realistic jungle terrain using aquarium plants, they work well if you can put the time into them. Of course time is the most valuable commodity in wargaming… well any hobby. I’ve seen the Ikwen figures on Einar Olafson blog, they are beaut looking figures. Of course his painting brings the best out of anything. http://einarolafson.blogspot.com.au/

    I do have a fair deal of plastic aquarium plant (and cake topper palm tree) jungle terrain myself, so I’m also having a go at myself when I speak of this standard as something less than fully satisfactory. I mean to use some of the plants for my new jungle terrain as well, but it will involve converting and painting them to make them look more natural. I’m aware that painting plastic aquarium plants is quite unorthodox, and somewhat difficult considering the oily nature of the plastic, but that shiny, translucent effect of the unpainted plants doesn’t really do it for me.

    Einar Olofsson’s Ikwen are in a whole other league compared to the test paints I’ve done so far. Realistically speaking, I’m maybe one quarter the painter he is.

    #25153
    Avatar photoPaul
    Participant

    No painting or modelling for the past two weeks because i have a bad cut on my thumb (might have to have it cut open again to remove a piece of fingernail they suspect is stuck inside the wound – eek!), so I have been doing a bit of work converting Stangrunt 2 to a modern, solo play variant for use with regulars vs. insurgents. Have also spent time reading through a lot of rules I have bought but never read, and rereading a lot of reference material for post-WW2 conflicts in Africa.

    Those are brave men knocking at our door. Let's go kill them!

    #25154
    Avatar photoMcLaddie
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    At the moment I am painting up 15mm figures and vehicles for Chain of Command Spanish Civil  War.  It is my first foray into 20th Century warfare.  It also gives me a chance to use all the stray 15mm scale buildings I had not finished off in something Spanish.  I had a laser-cut English church that I am turning into a Spanish Church with a tile roof.  Of course, this has put on hold my other Napoleonic and Hungarian Revolution painting projects.  Oh, well. I’m excited to get into a new wargaming era.

    I’m waiting for retirement ‘spare time’ to kick in, but sadly it hasn’t yet.

    #25156
    Avatar photoWhirlwind
    Participant

    I’m working on finishing off the last bits of my 6mm Napoleonic armies – two or three battalions/squadrons/batteries for the British, Spanish and French, and finishing off some Perry WotR/European Mercenary figures.  But it is Partizan on Sunday, so I may have a look at starting a new project.

    #25163
    Avatar photoIain Fuller
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    Apart from my ongoing ‘Napoleonesque’ project I’ve just started painting a Cold War 6mm Austrian Panzer Grenadier Bgde for FFT3 rules. Next up, maybe more 6mm Cold War.

    #25164

    I’m getting more 28mm  Napoleonic french sorted for a Waterloo refight, they were damaged in an earthquake a few years ago and I didn’t have the heart to sort them out until now given the size of the job at hand.  Repainted 200 odd figures,painted another 200 since New years and then rebasing everything else (1400) next week.

    I painted a load of the 54mm Perry ww1 figures and all this napoleonics means after the refight I’m having a break and will be in the USA for a few weeks. Then I plan to sort out my WSS figures as Connard and others gave me a lot of useful info in another TWW thread.

     

     

    #25170
    Avatar photoRhoderic
    Member

    A lot of historicals and moderns, I see. Do historicals/moderns gamers outnumber fantasy/sci-fi gamers on this forum? Just wondering out of curiosity, not meaning to raise a fuss about it (I don’t think of it as that important).

    #25172
    Avatar photoMike
    Keymaster

    If we roughly group historical topics and sci-fi/fantasy topics on TWW we get: (ignoring the general forum)

    Historical 900 ish topics
    Non Historical 400 ish topics

    That is just topics though not gamers.
    It could be one gamer doing all the topics!

    EDIT: My gut feeling though is yes.
    Now at least.
    A few sci-fi guys left to use Facebook more regularly.

    #25175

    I do sci fi – Just not at the moment !

    #25178
    Avatar photokyoteblue
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    I went to 15mm about 25 years ago so all my figures and terrain work together.  I’m working on 1914 Germans French British and Belgian forces for FOW Great War, Moderns for FOW Fulda Gap which will be out later this fall.   Single moderns for 5 Core rules/ and Pulp games.  Looking at the DBA 3.0 rules as I already have painted Ancient and Middle Ages  army’s.

    #25181
    Avatar photopaintpig
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    If we roughly group historical topics and sci-fi/fantasy topics on TWW we get: (ignoring the general forum) Historical 900 ish topics Non Historical 400 ish topics That is just topics though not gamers. It could be one gamer doing all the topics! EDIT: My gut feeling though is yes. Now at least. A few sci-fi guys left to use Facebook more regularly.

     

    Facebook is going to make forums tough going for general chit chat which is where it shines, it is not designed for robust discussion of 3 or more with it narrow discussion box and options as it becomes too difficult to follow particularly when you want to reply to a section of a post, same with yahoo groups to my mind You’ll never be able to properly present an aar with fb either  but it is a useful tool for promoting and updating. Does tww have a fb page….. I know I’m on yours Mike.

    There seems to be a pretty strong sci-fi following on here, well the above seems to indicate as much. I’m a historical person myself but I do like looking at the sci-fi stuff (re the ikwen) the guys here are posting, some of it is staggeringly good! I was a little surprised to see the strong following for moderns, as Rhoderic pointed out, I shouldn’t be as I know there are some very good modern rules and figures available. Good diversity, for me it helps to keep in touch with what other gamers are doing. Vive la différence

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    #25183
    Avatar photokyoteblue
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    I like talking about moderns here. Hell I like talking about almost every thing here….except Nappys…..That’s a rabbit hole I don’t want to fall in!!!

    #25185
    Avatar photopaintpig
    Participant

    I do have a fair deal of plastic aquarium plant (and cake topper palm tree) jungle terrain myself, so I’m also having a go at myself when I speak of this standard as something less than fully satisfactory. I mean to use some of the plants for my new jungle terrain as well, but it will involve converting and painting them to make them look more natural. I’m aware that painting plastic aquarium plants is quite unorthodox, and somewhat difficult considering the oily nature of the plastic, but that shiny, translucent effect of the unpainted plants doesn’t really do it for me. Einar Olofsson’s Ikwen are in a whole other league compared to the test paints I’ve done so far. Realistically speaking, I’m maybe one quarter the painter he is.

     

    I made some terrain a few years back for a Vietnam game and the plants worked out really well other than the shiny look your talking about, I tried.. more like fooled about with the idea of painting them. I couldn’t seem to get it to work with that oily/shiny surface, a lot of tropical plants do have a shiny upper surface so some dont look out of place. I’ll be interested to see what you come up with so make sure you take photo’s, I’ll see if I can find mine they haven’t seen the light of day for many years.

    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel
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    #25186
    Avatar photopaintpig
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    I like talking about moderns here. Hell I like talking about almost every thing here….except Nappys…..That’s a rabbit hole I don’t want to fall in!!!

    Fair cop Alice

    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel
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    #25190
    Avatar photoRhoderic
    Member

    I was a little surprised to see the strong following for moderns, as Rhoderic pointed out,

    One of the things that make the online miniature wargaming community enjoyable to behold from a “meta” level is the fact that each forum has a “spirit” of its own, partially defined by the themes/periods/settings, scales and styles of gaming in which the forum users’ interests tend to run (and then, partially by other factors like the general attitude of the users and moderators).

    For instance, over at the Lead Adventure forums there’s a general predisposition for 28mm skirmish/adventure gaming, especially in the fields of “classic adventure” (Victorian explorers, Treasure Island-style pirates, Hornblower-style historical military adventures, pulp, gothic & Lovecraftian horror, traditional VSF, traditional Tolkien and so on). It’s not necessarily the very first place I’d go to discuss spaceship gaming or to ask for in-depth reference material on the Malayan Emergency or uniform guides for Wagram, but it’s a great forum for those who share its core interests.

    In that lens, TWW strikes me to some extent as a forum where there’s a particular interest in the microscales and in modern, Cold War and near-future settings. Also as a forum that, like TMP, has many users who are very interested in military history and in old-school “grand manner” wargaming (by which I refer to gaming the big battles of the “classic” wars like the ACW and Nappies, in what’s traditionally known as “the grand manner”). Where “fantasticals” are concerned, I think I’m seeing a significantly greater interest in sci-fi than in fantasy on this forum. I could be wrong about that.

    None of this is meant as negative in any way at all. While I don’t share all of the interests mentioned above as being (by my count) typical of TWW, I’m very fond of this place all the same.

    #25191
    Avatar photoMike
    Keymaster

    Does tww have a fb page….. I know I’m on yours Mike.

    It does, but it is just a portal to here.
    I only post the news on it and use that to draw people to this site.

    There is a FB button on the top right of the home page.

    #25198
    Avatar photoEtranger
    Participant

    I do have a fair deal of plastic aquarium plant (and cake topper palm tree) jungle terrain myself, so I’m also having a go at myself when I speak of this standard as something less than fully satisfactory. I mean to use some of the plants for my new jungle terrain as well, but it will involve converting and painting them to make them look more natural. I’m aware that painting plastic aquarium plants is quite unorthodox, and somewhat difficult considering the oily nature of the plastic, but that shiny, translucent effect of the unpainted plants doesn’t really do it for me. Einar Olofsson’s Ikwen are in a whole other league compared to the test paints I’ve done so far. Realistically speaking, I’m maybe one quarter the painter he is.

    I made some terrain a few years back for a Vietnam game and the plants worked out really well other than the shiny look your talking about, I tried.. more like fooled about with the idea of painting them. I couldn’t seem to get it to work with that oily/shiny surface, a lot of tropical plants do have a shiny upper surface so some dont look out of place. I’ll be interested to see what you come up with so make sure you take photo’s, I’ll see if I can find mine they haven’t seen the light of day for many years.

     

    A quick spray with a matt varnish takes away the plastic sheen.

    #25224
    Avatar photoRhoderic
    Member

    That’s very nice, Etranger. Of course, you’ve also taken the effort to cut the plants up and reconfigure them in more realistic arrangements. In fact, the new jungle terrain I’m building suddenly doesn’t look that realistic anymore.

    Thanks for posting, I can use the inspiration.

    #25227
    Avatar photoDon Glewwe
    Participant

    The hedges are now done and the table set up for a Cold War period 1/300 scale battle tonight.

     

    My (thought to be oh-so-clever at the time) method proved to be a dead end of tediousness…share the success?

     

     

    Oh, and to address the OP/topic:

    Putting off breaking/re-doing the gap on a scratchbuilt MF-7.  In the haste to “get ‘er done”, I assembled the pieces-parts in ignorance of the design decision to incorporate the material thickness of the wing material (hardware store ‘for sale’ sign material) into the final assembly.  The result: a .040″ goof…which for 1/300 modeling is stupendous.

    This is what it look like if you screw up

    #25228
    Avatar photoBandit
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    I’m working on a terrain mat for the battle of Wertigen in 1805.

    Mat drawn out before flocking.

    Mat partially flocked.

    Cheers,

    The Bandit

    #25234
    Avatar photokyoteblue
    Participant

    That mat is going to look great !!!

    #25237
    Avatar photoPaul L’Idelle
    Participant

    Don Glewwe said :- My (thought to be oh-so-clever at the time) method proved to be a dead end of tediousness…share the success?

     

    The hedges were just 48 cheap emery boards painted green and clump foliage stuck on, I’m happy with them though.

    Cheers,

    Paul.

    #25240
    Avatar photoBandit
    Participant

    Hell I like talking about almost every thing here….except Nappys…..That’s a rabbit hole I don’t want to fall in!!!

    Come… come to the dark side… embrace your fear!

    No dude, seriously it’s cool, just don’t foul up if the battalions of the Kalouga Musketeer Regiment had white, silver, yellow, gold, or brass buttons on their cuffs because then I’D HAVE TO [EXPLETIVE, EXPLETIVE, EXPLETIVE, EXPLETIVE, EXPLETIVE, EXPLETIVE]!

    No really though Napoleonics is a fine approachable period that makes everyone feel invited to participate…

    :-p

    Cheers,

    The Bandit

    #25243
    Avatar photokyoteblue
    Participant

    I’m too old to paint 15mm Nappy’s……

    #25256
    Avatar photoDon Glewwe
    Participant

    I’m happy with them though. Cheers, Paul.

    That’s the best/only measure, imo.  Thanks for the info!

    #25257
    Avatar photoDon Glewwe
    Participant

    I’m too old to paint 15mm Nappy’s……

     

    …but for some Sharpe Practice games, it’s perfect!  …after all, you’ve already got the 15mm terrain…

     

    Here’s your inspiration…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharpe_%28TV_series%29

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornblower_%28TV_series%29

     

    you can thank me later… 

    #25258
    Avatar photokyoteblue
    Participant

    Nope….still much more work and money than I want to do or spend…

    #25268
    Avatar photopaintpig
    Participant

    Nope….still much more work and money than I want to do or spend…

    Stop being a fuddy duddy and go to the dark side, send me a postcard

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    #25278
    Avatar photopaintpig
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    That mat is going to look great !!!

    Spot on Kyote, look forward to seeing how it turns out.

    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel
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    #25279
    Avatar photopaintpig
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    This is what it look like if you screw up

    I’d be pretty happy to screw things up and still have it looking that good, happy gaming

     

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