Saturday, May 21, 2016

SCW Republicans, part 3

The Spanish Civil War is occupying some time here on my painting table:


More slow progress on my Republicans - working on skin and webbing.  Next will be weapons and helmets.

I am surprised at how easy these 1/72 figures are to paint, although the hands are a bit of a problem so far.


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Thursday, May 19, 2016

SCW Republicans, part 2

Another quick pic from the table:


This is most of the first section of riflemen for my Republican forces.  The wash that I used is making it difficult to snap a good pic of them, as it is glossy.  Typically, I paint the skin first, for almost all of my figures, but here I went with the uniform first as I gave the entire figure a coat of the wash.  Skin will be painted later and given a different wash.

At first, I thought that the fellows closest to the camera were too dark, but I think that a good matte coating will change that.  The fellows in the background are all wearing monos (overalls) and look about right to my eyes.


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Shén, part 6

Just a quick pic from the painting table:


The figures for the first element of the Legion of the City of Chrí are mounted, and the base is painted awaiting decoration.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

15mm pikes

As the Testudo 30YW pikemen did not come with pikes, I had to find a supply of weapons for the figures.  So, I turned to an old method of mine, by using plastic rod for the pikes.

Way back on this post on my blog, one can see how I used the same technique to make the spears for my Tékumel figures (and some of those pics are better!)

First off, some raw material:



This package dates back to sometime in 1999...


And, some processing:



The rod is cut into 50mm lengths by just rolling the edge of the knife blade on it, then snapping the rod at the cut.


After a few minutes of cutting:



Next, the business end of the pike takes shape.  I place one end of the rod into some pliers with a flat tip, and give it a good squeeze, and then trim the flattened part to make a point.



This poor pic shows the three stages:



The point is approximately 2mm in length.  Very simple, very easy.


With a bit of super-glue, the troops have a new weapon:



The 1mm diameter rod fits in very well.  Now, to prime and paint...


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Monday, May 02, 2016

Shén, part 5

Another quick pic:



The start of basing for the first element of Shén for my Tsolyánu forces...  It is too hot here at the moment (record-breaking for Seattle) to do much else.


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