10mm Romans

Well I stated on the 11th that I was trying to ensure I painted at least 15 mins each day to keep on top of things and so far so good, I may not have quite hit 15 mins every day, but there has been at least 10 mins. Tonight I’ve even managed nearly an hour as Izzy is fast asleep for a change and not on me!

I’ve managed to build the 38t, construct the T-34 and primer and start work on some Roman republican Hastati in 10mm as well as almost finishing the warhammer Giant. The ancients have been a bit of fun as not only am I trying out 10mm, I also wanted to take the opportunity to break away from my reliance on citadel primer. Based on some lead adventure suggestions I popped down to Halfords to get a couple of cans of grey and white primer and I am so far mightily impressed with them. Usually I use black as that’s how I’ve always done it and I have painful memories of painting in my teens with white and never seeming to be able to get it all painted over. Times have moved on though and my skills one hopes have improved so I felt it was time to try a lighter colour which is more important for such small minis. After priming a selection in white and some in grey, I’ve found that grey gives me a much more contrasted surface to paint with and just feels so much nicer. It takes some metals without the need for a black base and doesn’t stick out too harshly if missed in a gap.  I’ll save the white for another project I have in the works.

Grey Primed 10mm Ancients

Grey Primed 10mm Ancients

White Primed 10mm Ancients

Giant Almost Done

 

A quick update with progress on the giant, it’s almost done now – I could probably keep on highlighting and tweaking for ages but I need to move on to something else and tabletop wise I’m happy with the quality. Added tattoos tonight and did some more base work.

I have also managed to get a bit of painting done every day so far, even if that is 10mins putting the uniform onto a marine at 11:30 at night, it still counts.

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A slight diversion

Having spent the majority of the last few months either moving house or painting germans, I felt I needed a little change. And as I’ve just finished my German army (excluding the Panzer III Ausf J I “accidentally” ordered) and with getting a little frustrated trying to pin down the paint scheme for my USMC force, I thought I’d finish up the Orc Chariot my wonderful wife bought me last year.

It was nice to focus specifically on one model and the freedom of having a more open palette for colours was tremendously refreshing, ironic considering that a freer palette in itself can be a burden when trying to come up with a new scheme for something. I also cracked open the kolinsky brushes I’d been sitting on since buying them at Fiasco last year, they are a joy to use but I’m feeling rather nervous about ruining them like I do with so many other brushes. I’ve ordered some Zest-It – Acrylic Brush Cleaner & Reviver in the hope of keeping more of my brushes on the cleaner side.

Late War Germans

It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally finished all my germans! Here’s some photos of all my guys – it’s 95% late war, but theres a few things in there for early war if i want to re-use the force. The Sdkfz 221 and the 5cm mortar for one. The last thing for me to finish was the nebelwerfer as I bought that while we still played Bolt Action, but since moving to Chain of Command it’s become somewhat redundant due to the rules not categoring for large artillery like Bolt Action does. Anyway, Andy’s come up with a scenario for us to use the nebelwerfer as a centrepiece so it’s only fair I got it finished so it would at least look good on the table!

What’s been going on?

So November last year I moved house, and with the distractions of solicitors and a rather long list of DIY, the blog ended up at the bottom of the things to do list. The hobby however did continue and my painting list has been updated rather substantially, especially with regard to my WW2 Germans. Sadly I’ve been extremely lax in taking photographs so I have nothing to show for work in progress.

In other news, as the german army is almost complete and I’m reaching the end of my painting backlog, we’ve started to investigate other periods/scales. Baccus minis were kind enough to send us some 6mm models to trial out, but Andy absolutely hates painting them and I’ve got to say I wasn’t a major fan of it either but I’ll persevere for the moment. We’ve also asked for some samples from Pendrakon which are 10mm so hopefully easier to paint while still having a relatively similar cost ratio to the 6mm.

Periods we’re looking into? Well, everything pretty much – my prime interests are smaller scale for a change of pace on the painting front (i’ve done 28mm for what seems forever). And preferably historical of some kind. We’re currently focusing on two areas, with Andy researching ancients and myself researching 18th century conflicts, mainly the 7 year war.

Hopefully I’ll get into the swing of taking photos soon and will get some in progress shots up onto the website.