17 July 2016

Huaxtec, part 9

A little bit more progress with the Mesoamerican project:

Another 21 Huaxtec warriors awaiting primer, with another 17 awaiting their turn under the knife and file.

One issue that is bothering me at the moment is the final look of the base.  I have some ideas bouncing around at the moment - here is one:

This is just flock and rocks.  I am considering tufts, but have not really made a decision yet.


09 July 2016

Trees, part 3

And, now for some experimentation with the trees.  I found an old plastic sign that looked perfect for a base:

The sign is approximately 8" x 11".  It is fairly thick, but can still be cut be scissors.

These are the trees that I am playing with first:

Little did I know that there would be a secret in the selection of these trees...

Here are a few pics taken as I tried to arrange the stumps to be eye-pleasing yet game-worthy:

I settled on the last pic as I thought the others were too dense for easy game-play.

I rounded off the corners and glued the stumps down to the pre-painted side:

Just needs some filler to smooth the stumps into the base and flocking.

And, here is what the nearly finished clump of trees looks like with a Crann Tara musketeer and a Minden mounted officer shown for scale:

I think that it looks about right, and the spacing should allow the troops to move around without too much trouble.

The surprise that I found in the package of trees was not expected - the trees and their stumps are not all the same size.  There are two different sizes of mounting pins on the trunks and their associated stumps in the package.  It is not a major problem, but a bit of a surprise.  I wonder if the newest package of trees - smaller than these - has the same feature.


02 July 2016

Painting table, July 2016

A brief update and pic:

Quite the variety pack again  -  (from the left)  Slingers for Tékumel, 15mm pikemen, SCW Nationalists newly based and awaiting primer, Huaxtec waiting patiently for a final basing decision, and some of my newest figures in the center front, with Crann Tara Savoia musketeers posing for different basing styles, and a handful of Russian artillery and crew from Fife & Drum, among other figures on my table...


25 June 2016

New and not so new arrivals

Typically, I post pics of my new stuff to the blog, but sometimes I am lax.  However, this just arrived:

This is a great item, and I desperately need terrain pieces.  Hopefully, I can get these set up in an eye-pleasing way (to the eternal critic - me!) in short order.

Also new:

My first new brushes in ages.  These are from Rosemary & Co., a great little brushmaker in the UK.  The company was recommended by several painters across different forums, so I jumped in also.  The ones with black handles are Kolinsky sable, in sizes ranging from 2/0 to 2, while the fifth one (natural-colored handle) is a sable blend.  These brushes are not very expensive, with the average price of the group above - including shipping to the USA - being about $7.50.  It is hoped that these new brushes will help with my figure-painting output; they are much nicer than my other brushes!

And now, the not-so-new:

1/72 Nationalist infantry for the Spanish Civil War.  My Republicans now have some opposition!  One more infantry section, and some heavy weapons, will give me plenty of fodder for some games.

Last, but not least:

(Apologies for the poor pics)  

These are the most controversial group of all...  1/56 Savoia musketeers from Crann Tara.

Why are these controversial?  They represent the nucleus of yet another project.  I appear to be doing some retail therapy on myself, which I usually do not mind but typically it is pointed towards existing projects.  Life seems to be a bit outside of my comfort zone at the moment, and that has always led me to think in different directions for my hobbies.  Will this new project stick this time?  Perhaps, as my lovely wife likes tricornes and the period is more appealing than some others.  Right now I am trying to decide on single or element basing for what could be a major set-up.

To add some more controversy - I am intending to use these fine figures for Seven Years' War Russians...


22 June 2016

SCW Republicans, part 4

Just a few dabs of paint here and there on my first section of Republican infantry, but progress nonetheless:

Helmets are almost done, just need chin straps.  Also need to do haversacks and weapons of course.  I have tried to give a mix of helmet styles and colors.  The chap with the slightly bluish helmet is the assistant section leader, with my attempt at portraying an old WW1 French Adrian-style helmet.  Sticks out like a sore thumb, but one will always know which one he is.  With the section leader in a soft cap, the leaders should be reasonably easy to pick out on the battlefield during a game.