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You Sir, make me sick, next you will be telling me how easy it is to get that effect and that it took no time at all, swine!
Looking good! I was very tempted by these when they first came out as a cheap (but effective) entry into Napoleonics, still not gotten around to it but one day maybe
You mean like this:
and as for my Blood Bowl stuff it would be rude not to have a splash of claret here and there:
Then yes, but mainly on fantasy stuff or casualty markers, and not excessively
I thought UK Fighter squadrons numbered 12 aircraft, but im no expert, and I have no idea about the others sorry
Great summary, thanks for posting, particularly liked the look of the Battle of Foy game, and whilst its not my period those Swedes look great, you cant beat 6mm for massed ranks, I’m assuming they are Baccus minis?
I’m still not a fan of MDF. I’ve painted a couple and they seem to need too much work for my limited ability.
I never thought I would be, having always preferred resin buildings, but I have come around to MDF, its far cheaper, easier to store, and relatively easy to mod to your own tastes, I made a decent sized 15mm sci-fi colony set up, at a low cost using mainly plain adobe style kits, with the bonus of most of the buildings being enterable, the same size set up in resin would have cost well over £100 and would not have had the same accessibility
Thanks guys, Greg954, I can’t recommend the whole process enough, I can easily do 3 cars in a night, having glued and sprayed them the previous day, so in no time at all you have a good few vehicles to be playing with, its really cheap, brand new cars are rarely more than £1 each, and all you need is some gubbins to stick on which can be any old piece of junk, the painting side of things is also easy and not in anyway galling unlike some projects I take on and to top it off the games great fun too!
I have added some more vehicles to my garage,
Loads more pics over at my blog:https://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/gaslands-6-more-vehicles-including-some.html
Yeah I reckon with a bit of rust and dust it’ll work nicely, I have been hoping to find a use for it for a while now, it nearly got recycled recently so Im glad its finally found a purpose
I have been meaning to update this thread with my latest Gaslands stuff, since my last update I have two new Gaslands posts on my blog:
And here’s a few pics from those posts:
Thanks OldBen1, and yes, the stone buildings were undercoated black, but the thatched buildings were undercoated in brown which I find is better for both the thatch and the wattle and daub
Wow, great work again, a period ive always wanted to have a go at just put off by the painting involved.
Absolutely stunning! great work, how big are the squares you have attached the buildings etc too?
@Mike, you picked out the one mini I did not paint – this was given to me by the talented Richard N at Perfect 6
@cmnash, oh course you can, steal away
@DSG, I have nt gotten enough games under my belt to give a it a comprehensive review, but its quick, easy to learn and fun, plus you can use whatever mini you want, which is always a plus
@Thad, I took ages mulling over that before gluing them on, even conferred with a couple of mates, and Copplestones picture seems to back me up: https://www.copplestonecastings.co.uk/prod.php?prod=362, but I have had a sneaking suspicion that they are the wrong way round!
Whilst I keep reasonably upto date with the news of new releases. I’m not really influenced by whatever the latest shiny new greatest game evah, is, I buy into what I like(with the usual considerations of cost, space required etc) not what is necessarily popular, sometimes these crossover, more often not.
No official minis that Im aware of, but their are few non official (ochoins probably pointed out the best ones) and im sure someone made a conversion kit
Not much hobby-wise this year, a unit each of 15mm Ral Partha Elf Spearmen and Archers, plus some of their leader/personality types, and some more Alternative Armies 15mm fantasy buildings which finishes of this project- purchasing wise anyway. I did treat myself to the Gaslands full bundle just before Xmas so I suppose that counts too
I have updated my blog with a more in depth tutorial with pics etc: https://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/gaslands-3-custom-conversions.html
Great idea! Maybe try it in 6mm: https://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/6mm-old-west-1.html
Ive been busy with a few more vehicles:
I don’t have any real tips, other than do it for yourself, don’t set yourself unreasonable goals(IE posting targets), and don’t get concerned about views/followers. I started mine purely to focus my painting and sort of catalogue my stuff, and it has worked quite well in that respect forcing me to get on and paint rather than procrastinate
Hi Gone Fishing
in answer to your first post:
- Yeah I dry brush the entire model in gun metal, the bits that will be bare metal get a heavier dry brush, the bits that will be paint work a lighter dry brush, I then water down the base colour to avoid obvious brush strokes and paint the bits I want as paintwork, not worrying too much about being tidy as the weathering will cover any mistakes
- Rust = GW Vermin Brown, Dirt = Vallejo Tan Earth (874), after the wash stage I do a very light dry brush if I think it needs it and have been using a weathering powder here and there to add a dustier effect, and some brighter rust spots(though its not really needed, I just wanted to try them out having had some for years with no real use for them til now)
- Sorry I have no idea where this came from I have several different “gauges” of this stuff, mines plastic, but apparently fly screen or bodywork mesh from somewhere like Halfords looks the same
- Plastic so far, mainly chopped up armour plating from larger scale plastic model kits(airfix, Tamiya etc) as this has rivets and other features on it, you can pick up part built/incomplete kits very cheap(I was lucky in having been given a load a few years ago) and use almost all of it – turret rings, drive shafts, spare wheels, armour plate, the red car with the driver for eg uses 1:48 scale WW2 british webbing ammo pouches as part of the guns, even the sprues themselves have a number of uses(the yellow bits of sprue on the red ferrari in the tutorial part of my blog post are chopped up Kerplunk straws!)
This was my first go at this sort of stuff, I consider myself an average painter and honestly its quite easy to get a decent effect, plus the cost is fairly minimal.
Second post, currently Gaslands does not have rules for pedestrians, your crew are part of the vehicle and can not leave it voluntarily or otherwise, we have already come up with rules for pedestrians(not the leaping from vehicle to vehicle part though), the rules are easily modded, and I have heard rumour of an expansion which may well cater for this anyway. I heartily recommend these rules for a fun, cinematic and relatively quick game, having tried several different rule sets over the years, these are certainly the best I so far(im not saying they are perfect however but which ruleset is), but for the price(providing you’re happy to print out all the templates etc) its well worth a punt.
Thanks guys, I have now updated the post with some pictures in the “Tutorial” part that I meant to add in the first place doh!
Mike, try regular household Dettol(the brown stuff) it will remove all the paint and soften old glue too, just leave the minis over night in some pure Dettol, and then scrub lightly(do not use warm water when scrubbing, as you will end up with sticky blobs of paint everywhere) I have done this on 30+ year old models painted numerous times with enamels and they have all come up as shiny as new:
That’s some serious dedication, when you’ve finished that floor can you come round and look at the tiling in my bathroom :-p
Thanks guys, the few 15mm dragons I had seen just didn’t seem big enough, hence the choice of 28mm. The Orc idol seems much bigger than most of Alternative Armies other stuff which is more of a true 15mm compared to the mainly 18mm stuff I have, but even with the small size difference their fantasy scenery range is worth plundering
Thanks for the kind words everyone, as for the shields I agree Stroezie, I don’t mind the plain wooden ones so much, but the others that appear to be covered in hides – meh! Considering the orcs have decent armour, clothing etc the shields seem a bit out of place, but I do like the overall look of them, I think they have a look of the orcs from the LoTR’s films03/11/2017 at 22:36 in reply to: Starting New 6mm – Post-Apocalyptic Car Combat Project #75554
ill be following this project with interest as I tried something similar using the Car Wars rules but then remembered how clunky they are, here are some the cars I did a few years back: https://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/mini-mad-max-6mm-post-apoc-vehicles.html
also if you search for “Noch N gauge road tape” you might find it useful for quick and simple roads
Hey! You managed to get a pic of yours truly beside the Minas Tirith game which I was helping out at in the morning. A good show as ever, but I’m bound to say that as its my clubs event. Bit disappointed at the lack of any 15mm stuff, but did pick up a great Reaper Bones dragon that will work with my 15mm fantasy, along with some other minor odds n ends
all the minis are from Ral Partha Europes Demonworld range, most are available individually as well as in multi packs, incidentally they are having a 20% sale til tomorrow if you enter the code HEEBIEJEEBIES at checkout
Alexander, the shield symbols are decals from the Skaven Blood Bowl Team set, I cant paint shield designs at all so pretty much always resort to decals or leaving them blank
Thanks, from left to right they are Perfect 6(6mm), Copplestone(10mm), Ral Partha (15mm) and GW(28mm)
As above really, they are are a great fun rule set but if its realism you’re looking for, keep looking! I’d suggest TSR’s Boothill (you can get a pdf of it easily enough) or Gutshot if you want something more involved
Its always nice to beat the Vikings with Saxons, great re-fight one day I might try these DBA rules I keep hearing about
I recently finished my own 15mm Sci-Fi Colony project, I initially looked around for resin buildings which had lift off roofs, but the lack of and price of the few I found put me off, I then somewhat reluctantly turned to MDF and i’m really glad I did.
I found a shop on e-bay that sold 15mm desert/old west buildings from £2 upwards, they were not the best quality but a little work with the craft knife and they were fine, I also bought some stuff from Blotz http://blotz.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=23 and The Miniature Architect https://www.theminiaturearchitect.com/ , the Blotz buildings are really cheap too.
To make them more interesting I simply added various bits from the bits box, mainly old plastic tank/AFV parts from larger scale models, plus any old pieces of suitable household junk, for some variety I bought some GZG accessories(Vents etc) and was given a load of Antenocitis Workshop vents/doors etc(you can still find these for sale here and there).
The results can be viewed here: https://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/gruntz-15mm-sci-fi-project-11-colony.html
And if you go back over the previous Gruntz project posts you will see the other buildings I picked up from e-bay/blotz
Its a possibility I suppose, and I have found some suitable birds, but the green-stuff aspect is probably beyond my abilities, I expect someone somewhere must have made something like this, searches keep pointing to Foundry but I cant seem to find anything in their Dark age/Norse lines
NM Can you post a larger (and maybe rotated) copy of thise images. Thank you. Stephen
Their are load more pictures on my blog here: https://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/bkcii-project-part-1.html
and if more if you look at the other posts on that project
I use 20mmx40mm bases with the troops facing the long edge, and I place 9 infantry on each base(inc an MG figure) or 7 if they are elite infantry, each base represents a platoon
I have always been a 1 base equals a squad or fire team, 1 tank=1 tank, 1 weapon=1, etc. kind of guy. I like the smaller engagements. What material are you using for your bases? Thank you.
I use mdf or plastic bases whatever I have in stock, as for unit size if I want to play smaller actions I simply count the base as a section rather than a platoon
hopefully there should be a couple of pics below( not tried direct from my phone before)