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Matthew HipkinParticipant13/12/2017 at 14:30 #7873508/01/2018 at 14:49 #8120014/01/2018 at 21:29 #81893
This photo-essay shows off 40 X 1/285 airplane models that I’ve worked on since fall 2017 and finally sprayed with the last shpritz of Dullcote during the most recent warm spell. I was inspired to productivity by playing in and GMing several entertaining games of Check Your 6! WWII air combat last year. Most of these models make up the core of an RAF Desert Air Force, but you can also see my Hobby Attention Deficit Disorder at work as I hop from theater to theater, like a squirrel driven to distraction by too many acorns.
I painted all these models my very own self. I like to paint, but I’m slooow, so I buy most of my toys painted, usually second-hand from gamers selling their collections. The way this works with 6mm airplanes is, some guy will sell me his 30-or-so painted models for maybe $50, and his 200 unpainted models for $20. Who could pass up such a deal? I put the painted models on the table, the unpainted go into inventory for later. Suddenly now it’s later.
Another thing these photos prove is that I’ll paint any casting that comes to hand. They don’t have to be the latest and greated sculpts, they don’t have to have exactly the right silhouette, they don’t even have to match each other. Given enough time, I’ll paint ’em all.
My painting style is basic block. I don’t paint panel lines or exhaust stains. I obsess on canopy frames, they take me a long time, and I go nuts with decals. Every model in these photos has between 12 and 16 individual decals applied, set and sealed. No one ever looks at the national insignia under the wings, but I know they’re there.
First up are half a dozen of the very best second-rate RAF fighters to round out my Battle of Britain collection, four Defiants and two Blenheim 1Fs. The Defiants are Collectair, the Blenheims I don’t know, it didn’t say on the bag. Pretty fair castings and I tried to do them justice.
Next are four Japanese Tony fighters for SW Pacific 1943. These are Raiden models. I bought them retail, which I hardly ever do, because I really like ’em.
Here are four desert Hurricanes. Three of them are Scotia Hurri Is, and the fourth, I dunno, but it matches pretty well except for the bombs under its wings. Henh. The odd one had a Vokes air filter, so I sculpted filters on the Scotias using Tamiya putty. No one will ever care but me, but it’s on my Lifetime Achievement List and now you too know that I did it. Yes, the colors are wrong. I was still figuring out the RAF Mediterranean scheme when I started this squadron and I erred, I used too light of a palette. Hi-ho. Consider them to be flying in really strong sunlight.
Five Douglas Boston bombers. I got the Med cammo scheme right on these. Four of them are Croissant Miniatures, a brand I haven’t seen recently, and the fifth isn’t. Again, there was no id on the package, but it matches the others pretty well. You can pick out the strange bird if you look close.
Seven Spitfire Vs. I have five more painted, but I ran out of decals. Seven are enough for now. Five of the models are Raiden and two are Scotia. You can see the difference without looking too hard. Jimmy crack corn, I do not care. The five waiting for decals are from two *other* manufacturers. One thing I did with all of the Spit Vs was drill holes in the wings and glue in bits of brass wire. I may have done more harm than good, but I need to see those 20mm cannon tubes on a Spitfire V.
Eight Tomahawks, Raidens, that I bought new because I really like the sculpts. I moved them to the front of the queue and painted them because I like them that much. I think I’ll buy eight more and paint them as Flying Tigers. They’re great sculpts.
Last, some Russians, because a friend wants to do East Front. Acorn! These are a bit of a cheat. I bought them second-hand with a ragged, worn, base-coat on them, but I applied all the paint you can see on them now, and the decals, and the sealer. Three I-153s are Scotia models. Three La 7s…might be Scotias, too. Most of the models I got from this guy were Scotias.
Currently on the painting table (among other things): about 50 X 6mm Italian planes, to fly against my Desert Air Force. I have a few Luftwaffe planes in desert scheme done and I’ll paint more, but I want bags and bags of Italians. I’m cleaning and puttying the models (most of them have surface pitting issues, but I’ll work with that), and plan to prime them come spring.
You'll shoot your eye out, kid!14/01/2018 at 22:40 #81900
Trees lots and lots of trees with some 15mm Barbarians and Pike and Shotte.15/01/2018 at 09:56 #81917
Finishing Kushites, then onto re-organizing Neapolitan Spanish then some Parthians to paint.
'The time has come, the walrus said...'15/01/2018 at 10:26 #81925
A band of Kern for me, just finished these ones from QRF. I added the shields.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/20/01/2018 at 09:24 #82268
Hi, new to this site seems friendly enough. I’m making a Black Hawk Down game, it was for a demo game at Plymouth show in February, but due to dates clashing can`t make it. Decided to do it in 20mm and buy plastic figures. The Caesar militia were fine but the Mars box of modern U.S were horrendous two sprues had like caught the edge of the mould. Boy what a mess. I’m making a UH-60 and bought a box of the li’l birds, surprised me to find had two kits in the box.
We can be heroes just for 1 day...............29/01/2018 at 19:31 #83042
It’s so unseasonably warm that the fig tree in my front yard is budding. I took advantage this morning and started spray priming 37 X 6mm Regia Aeronautica models that I’ve cleaned + puttied + filed. These are the sparring partners for my recently completed Desert Air Force. Now that I have primer on the Eye-ties, I see I’ll need to do more filing. The fighters are all Leading Edge miniatures, and I know why the previous owner sold them on to me. Silhouette and detail are very good, but they show a *lot* of surface pitting flaws, and some thick flash tabs that are tough to remove. I’m going to clean them up and paint them, ‘cuz I’m stubborn like that. 8 X Fiat G 50, 8 X MC 200, 9 X MC 202, 4 X Re 2000, 5 X BR 20, 3 X SM 79. If the weather lets me finish priming, I’ll start painting them before spring. I have a few biplanes too, but I’m trying to find motivation to build their strut-work. Behind them in the clean-up queue, another 30 or so models, an assortment of Russian, British and Japanese. Here’s photographic proof:
You'll shoot your eye out, kid!29/01/2018 at 21:03 #83044
ThuseldParticipant07/02/2018 at 15:40 #8387614/02/2018 at 12:16 #8450514/02/2018 at 12:37 #84507
Ruddy loads! Models from Darkest Star Games, Brigade and some Mecha Front walkers. Plus a 28mm big stompy robot.27/02/2018 at 08:17 #85450
I’m slowly getting this Roman Villa from Warbases done (28mm figure included for size)
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Carlists for me, mountain guns and a battalion of infantry.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/01/05/2018 at 08:49 #89712
Just signed up for the forum, so as some sort of introduction here’s my most recently finished figures, namely some 15mm Hittites:
I mostly play and paint 15mm historicals; sometimes find time for 28(+)mm skirmish games, e.g. Malifaux, Infinity, SoBaH.01/05/2018 at 09:29 #89715
Very nice! And welcome!
Reminds me, I have some 10mm Assyrians waiting to be finished somewhere!
Thanks!01/05/2018 at 09:31 #8971601/05/2018 at 11:44 #89726
Thanks 🙂01/05/2018 at 18:09 #89756
15 PCS T-55AM’s for my East Germans.19/05/2018 at 02:22 #90727
I’m actually right at the bottom of my lead pile. I am going through unused 6mm figures and seeing if I can make a few additional bases worth of troops, plus a few extra command stands, casualty markers and such-like. There are a couple of random 28mm figures in there too: mainly old Partizan freebies I think! Am I really going to get round to painting Mrs Marple…actually if there is anyone who desperately needs any of the more recent Partizan free figures let me know, I may have one going spare…
I am awaiting the arrival of a parcel from Baccus with lots of new Scots Covenanter foot in it.
https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/19/05/2018 at 12:59 #90745
Last weekend, I decided to start eliminating the little packages that were piling up on my painting table, so right now, I’ve got paint on 4x QRF GAZ66s, and a half dozen assorted 28mm scavengers for the post apocalypse. Additionally, there are 80 or so 15mm East Germans and another 30+ modern FFL based and primed, waiting for paint.19/05/2018 at 13:54 #90746
Colonel Wynne’s Dragoons above and Lord Abercorn’s Horse below. Both ready for action in the War of The Three Kings. The Williamite Dragoons are from Irregular and the Jacobite Horse are from Essex-an excellent fit in size and style.
http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/19/05/2018 at 17:12 #90754
A Star Wars New Order landing craft that I picked up for three dollars, being repurposed as a 3mm Spesss Mahrine transport.
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We get slapped around, but we have a good time!27/05/2018 at 12:21 #92082
Various Baccus Napoleonics being re-purposed as War of 1812 US Army:
https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/18/06/2018 at 15:36 #93529
Tribal warriors, pigs, sand worms, a watchman and an elephant…18/06/2018 at 17:40 #93534
My oldest Grand Son has moved in with us, so I have lost my hobby room and now everything is piled up in the garage…good thing I love my Grand Kids.12/10/2018 at 17:05 #101354
I haven’ t been doing much (any?) actual wargaming recently so I thought I’d have a dig around for ideas for when I get a chance to play again and to finish off ( no honestly) some armies, clear some bits and pieces so these are what I have been painting up lately:
ECW Infantry command 28mm
Irregular 6mm French Imperial Guard Cavalry
Museum Miniatures 15mm mediaeval spearmen.
The Imperial Guard and the spearmen have slots to fill in armies, but I got rid of my 28mm ECW stuff ages ago, so these will probably end up on Ebay. Ah well.
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I have a new-ish game room and painting some Eastern Woodland Indians for French and Indian Wars.12/10/2018 at 22:10 #101381
Jim JackamanParticipant13/10/2018 at 10:20 #101412
1/72 WW2 Russians
28mm AWI militia from Warrior
'The time has come, the walrus said...'13/10/2018 at 13:00 #101432
Love the Warrior AWI.13/10/2018 at 21:37 #101460
Going to end up with a fair few of those, I got one of their bargain bags so it’s a division sized force supplemented by some Perry figures. Or it will be when it’s finished. I know like me you are a Warrior fan so I’ll post a pic of the whole lot once done.
'The time has come, the walrus said...'16/10/2018 at 22:57 #101660
On the painting desk, is the new buildings in process sculpturing 28mm la haye sainte farm. the longest project I have ever worked on. cant wait to get the moulds done and get these painted up.
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