Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Workbench

Hey all!

Thought I would share... working on the next unit for my son's Christmas gift!  This is a unit of grenadiers.  These guys will take a bit longer than the other units... a lot more random stuff (packs and the like) and I will have to look it all up... I don't know what they all have to look like.  But at the end of the day this is for a four year old, and I am all about simple paint jobs, so if something is a touch off... what can you do?

I am planning on starting a new table soon... for naval games.  I'll share when I do!

Thanks for coming by!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Getting ready for some Space Rocks debris...

Hi all!

Well, I finally caved and ordered the base Armada set from Space Rocks!

For those who haven't seen this product, it is a set of resin pieces and clear bases that overlay your official templates.  They come pre-painted (simply, of course) and look super nice.  Here is a shot of a piece of theirs, from WWPD, who DID do a bit of extra paint work... those smoldering edges are f'ing EXCELLENT.

So anyway, four squadron expansions later, and I can't help but notice I have a few extra X-Wings and TIE Fighters around.  So I am using a bunch to add a bit more carnage to my asteroids and my debris fields... I did the ones above to mount on the actual pieces, sticking out... I think they will look pretty fantastic:)  I will do another TIE Fighter or two, an advance, and who knows, maybe one more X-Wing, if it needs it.

Excited for them to get here already... dumb ordering-from-overseas-slowness!:)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Finished 40mm AWI Militia

Hey all!

Sorry for the blog being so quiet; we were away for a time, and then I had a medical thing that took several weeks, so its been busy!

I finished these guys up a few weeks ago, and thought I would share!

This is the first unit of militia for my son's Christmas gift... there will be two of this size.

Here is the commander and the standard.  The face of the commander got a bit funky; I think I may retouch it.  Unfortunately I got the dreaded sandy black spray effect on the guy with the flag!  I think it isn't too noticeable, but it did a NUMBER to his face:(

Here is one of the militia, and a lady!  Yes, I know there shouldn't be a girl, but I figure it is a good example for my boy that girls can do anything.  I DID end up doing a tiny bit of green stuff work on her, giving her a stray strand of hair over her face...

And a ponytail in back.  I want her to look like a girl!:)

Here are the last two, including a guy kneeling next to his drum.

So!  I am halfway done with the grenadiers; I'll post some WIP shots soon!

Thanks for coming by!:)

Monday, July 27, 2015

AWI flags arrive!

Well, the flags have arrived for my sons project. Courtesy of Rick "The Flag Dude" O'Brien, I have all the ones I need, and they look fantastic! The American rifles and the Hessian jaegers won't get any, but the rest will.

The Workbench: 40mm AWI militia

Hi all!

Well, this is the next 40mm AWI unit for my son's army... A unit of six militia.  I did include a woman, even though I know that isn't very historical... But I want him to at least have ONE female figure!  I did a bit of green stuff work with her, adding a long ponytail and some hair strands in front of her face.  Hey, if he is going to have a girl figure, she should at least look nice!

This unit is actually almost done, so I'll post final photos in a day or two.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Star Wars Armada heroes

Hey all!

I recently realized something, as I was painting my Armada squadrons... unlike X-Wing, where EVERYONE is "special," for Armada I can actually paint the hero ships a bit different!

So I have started to do that with the Rebels.  Below you can see Dutch Vander (left) and Tycho Chelu (right).  I made their ships stand out a little, and also made their squadrons a bit more flashy, as befits the wingmen of a hero!  Note the white chevron on Dutch's ship... that represents a Victory Star Destroy that he destroyed.  I might change it up though.

Above is Soontir Fel, in his traditional blood-striped Interceptor.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

First 40mm AWI unit done

Hi all!

Well, the first of the 40mm AWI units for my son's Christmas gift is done!

Overall they were VERY simple to paint... the 40s REALLY take paint easily.  All the belts and details are SO large, it makes it a real pleasure to do!

Here is a shot from the back.

And one from the front!  I will say... trying to figure out the lighting in a new environment can be HARD... gotta keep messing with things, I think!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Test 40mm AWI figure finished

Well, here is the finished test figure for my son's 40mm AWI figure... a British regular.

I went SUPER simple with the paint job... just block paints, then a brown wash, and then a little work on the skin.  I think I might keep it this simple... I could do highlighting on the whole thing, but that adds a LOT more time, and frankly as a gift for a 4 year old I think it doesn't need it:)

So!  Working on the whole unit now... the 40mms paint up SOOOO fast!  It is lovely to do them.  I should have the unit done shortly:)

Thanks for coming by!

Started in on the son's collection!

Hey all!

Okay, the son's first collection is underway!

Now, I did make some changes to the original idea.  First, I went with Trident Miniatures instead of Sash and Saber.  While I hate doing that to a fellow Duke guy, and given that I love Sash and Saber so much, I ran into two issues.  The smaller one was cost; doing such a small collection (or should I say light on infantry compared to command) S&S was going to be a solid 60 bucks more.  More importantly, though, I really settled on the idea that a kid probably wants their toy soldiers shooting instead of marching.  Sounds silly, but I know that as a kid I liked the shooting poses a lot more than the marching ones.  When he gets older he can get those.

So... the numbers and all of that are staying the same as the last post.  Above is the unit of British regulars, all based up.  Since I took that picture I've gotten one guy fully painted, as a test... I'll post him later.  But the 40mms are HUGE compared to 28s, and paint up SO much quick... it seems like a fun project!

I'll have more later!:)  Got to finish this collection by Christmas!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Planning my son's first collection!

Hey all!

Well, my son is three and a half, and I figure it is about time he had his own toy soldier collection!

So the plan is the following:

Sash and Saber 40mm AWI... Chunky enough for little hands, simple blue and red colors, and good historical background, especially here in NJ.

I plan for these initial forces to be his Christmas present:

One unit of 8 british regulars with command
One unit of 8 british grenadiers with command
One unit of 5 jaegers
One mounted officer

One unit of 8 continentals with command
Two units of 6 militia with limited command
One unit of 5 rifles
One mounted officer

So I think that is a great start!  Now, I did email Chris to see if I could buy such odd amounts... S&S don't sell in those small amounts... Fingers crossed that he can do such a strange order!

So!  What do folks think?  Good breakdown?  It allows for expansion (cavalry, artillery, more infantry) but covers the basics pretty well.  Any recommendations?