Friday, December 27, 2013

Stone walls for Flames of War

Today, I will show you some pictures of a few small stone walls I recently built. They are sized to fully conceal infantry for Flames of War. They would also scale well as waist high walls for 28mm models. The walls are built from cardboard bases and depron foam. With this addition, I have enough terrain to cover a single Flames of War board to a medium terrain density. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

11th. Armoured Division Painting Chart

Inspired by Admiral Drax’s painting charts, I decided to make a painting chart for my 11th Armoured Division. I thought that a painting chart would be a good way to track my progress towards completing my force. My painting chart here was inspired by the great painting charts over on Admiral Drax’sblog. I would definitely recommend checking them out. Continue reading for some pictures of my painting chart and some pictures of my 11th. Armoured Division Sherman Company as it currently stands.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Scratch built 15mm buildings

I recently set up my new gaming table and discovered I did not have enough line of sight blocking terrain. As a I prefer playing Flames of War with primarily tank based forces, utilizing line of sight blocking terrain is an important part of my tactics. My other limitation was that money was a bit tight for purchasing nice premade terrain like more trees and the lovely Battlefront houses. Therefore, I decided to try and build some houses and buildings to bulk out my terrain collection for Flames of War.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Showcase: Universal Carriers

These models gave me as much trouble as any other models I have painted. Don't get me wrong, the Universal Carrier models from Battlefront for Flames of War are nice little models. My issues with these models stemmed from some new techniques I tried and trying to make the models match the rest of my 11th Armoured Division company. In this post I will share some pictures of my finished platoon of Universal Carriers.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Foldable game board

Low on space but still want a nice 4x6 area for your wargaming needs? Does your spouse/significant other/roommate not want a huge permanent gaming table set up in your living room? Need to play but low on cash? In this short tutorial I will show a few pictures of the set-up I recently built for playing games on in my home without taking up much space or costing much money. Read on for some pictures of my board, game mat, and terrain storage solutions.

Monday, November 18, 2013

101st Airborne platoon finished at last!

At long last, I painted the last two stands for my 101st Airborne Division paratrooper platoon. Like the command shermans I posted last week, these models have been waiting since the tournament in July to be finished. You can see some pictures of the earlier progress here and here. Over the intervening months I have tried some new techniques for painting 15mm models so the latest stands are fairly different from the earlier stands. Regardless, my first infantry platoon is now totally finished (sort of, for now). With this platoon done, I have now painted the entire Allied force from the Open Fire starter set.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Showcase: 11th Armoured Division Command Shermans

At long last I have finished painting the command Shermans for my 11th. Armoured Division tank company for Flames of War. One of the models is a plastic Sherman from the Plastic Soldier Company and the other is a Battlefront Resin tank model. The models were painted with a little bit of panel highlights using the airbrush. The washes and streaking were all done with oil paints. With these two models (and two more stands on my painting desk that are finished), my 1780 point tournament army is fully painted (I think). Sadly, the tournament I used this list in happened several months ago... The shame...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Showcase: PSC Panzer IV J platoon

Today I have a 15mm Panzer IV J platoon that I have finished painting. The models are from The Plastic Soldier Company, but have a few small conversions to turn them from Panzer IV Hs to Js. I painted these models in a late war factory applied hard-edged camouflage pattern that is similar to my silly putty tutorial and the Panther G I recently painted. I still have another platoon of these and the command for my Ardennes Panzer Lehr panzer company.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Showcase: Winter T-34 platoon

I've finished painting a Flames of War T-34 platoon in winter whitewash camouflage. The platoon is the Battlefront SBX-01 T-34 obr. 1942 platoon. Initially I played around with some colour modulation of the green colour but it ended up too bright. To fix it I decided to paint the models in winter whitewash. I used the "hairspray method" to chip the whitewash and varied the thickness using the airbrush. I added weathering and definition over top using oil paints.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cribs: Hobby Spaces Edition

I've recently moved house and set up a new hobby space. In today's post I thought I would show you my current set up. My previous apartment was very small. In the new apartment we have an office/space bedroom so I have space to have my table set up well and a closet to store all of the extra things. I also invested in a few new storage solutions to try and keep everything organized. In this post I'll show a few pictures of the space and how it is working so far.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Showcase: PSC Panther G

I've finished painting the Panther G I was working on in my dunkelgelb colour modulation tutorial. The model is a 15mm Panther G from Plastic Soldier Company. In this post I will show a few pictures of the finished model and some work in progress pictures of how I painted the camouflage.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tutorial: Dunkelgelb Colour Modulation for 15mm

In this tutorial I will demonstrate how I airbrush dunkelgelb (German WW2 Europe tan colour) on German tanks and vehicles for Flames of War. In this tutorial I am using Vallejo Model Air colours roughly corresponding to the new Vallejo AFV Dunkelgelb Colour Modulation paint set. In this tutorial I am painting a 15mm Panther G plastic model from Plastic Soldier Company. In the second part of the tutorial I will show how I painted the camouflage pattern onto this Panther and the finished model.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Tutorial: How I base my Flames of War infantry

I've gotten a lot of comments about the bases of my Flames of War infantry. Although there is nothing overly original about what I have done, I thought I would show a quick step by step process for how I have based my models. The infantry and support platoons for my 11th. Armoured Division company have been based for some of the open fields in Holland in September during Operation Market Garden. Looking at the area on google maps I saw lots of open fields and tried to recreate the look of the company attacking in some of the open fields in the area. For some of the models I created small emplacements to represent teams that had dug in or were slightly further back in hastily prepared positions.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

British Heavy Mortar platoon

In this post I will show some pictures of my British Heavy Mortar platoon for Flames of War. I tried some new techniques and recipes compared to the first two stands I painted a few weeks ago. I have a new recipe for painting flesh and painted the webbing and helmet scrim slightly differently. I have two mortars, the observer, and command stand painted and so have enough for a short platoon to game with. I'm pleased with the results of the latest two stands. I just need to refine a few small things and work on my neatness on the last two stands and the rifle platoon...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tutorial: Painting "Mickey Mouse" WW2 Camouflage

This tutorial will show a step-by-step method for how I painted my Bedford QLT 3-ton lorries in a version of Mickey Mouse camouflage. This pattern was found (I believe) primarily on transport vehicles. I used an airbrush and masking to paint the camouflage. You could easily paint the shapes you wanted by brush. I used the airbrush and stencil to get a uniform coat and to have more regular shapes for the black areas. This method looks pretty slow but I think it took me about 1 hour in total to paint the green and camouflage on two models (and this was my first time doing it).


Monday, September 2, 2013

Showcase: British Bedford QLT 3-ton lorries

In this post I will share some pictures of some Bedford QLT 3-ton lorries I painted as transports for a lorried rifle platoon in my 11th. Armoured Division force for Flames of War. The models are from Battlefront. The models are in an approximation of Mickey Mouse camouflage, which is primarily found on transport vehicles. The lorries will serve as transport vehicles for a rifle platoon once I have painted them. I'm not sure how often I will use them in games but I couldn't resist painting them up. I was pretty excited to try Mickey Mouse camouflage on a set of models and spent a bit of time experimenting with different ways to do it.

Friday, August 30, 2013

British 4.2" Heavy Mortar WIP

I've finished painting the first two stands of my Flames of War British 4.2" Heavy Mortar platoon. I spent some time experimenting with painting schemes to successfully make British Uniforms look acceptable. Not too much to say about them, so I'll get straight to more pictures after the jump.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

101st US Paratrooper Platoon

Command stand.
I've finished the first seven stands of a platoon of 101st Airborne Division US Paratroopers for Flames of War. These models are the plastic Open Fire starter set paratroopers. I still have two stands to complete before the full platoon is finished but I can field them with only seven stands.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Flames of War Stug

In this post I will share a few pictures of a Stug I recently painted for Flames of War. The model itself is from the Open Fire box set. I painted it using the airbrush and oil washes. Not too much else to say about it, lets get on to some pictures.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hetzer

Here is a Hetzer I painted for a friend a few weeks ago. The model is the Battlefront Flames of War German Hetzer model (15mm). The friend I painted it for wanted me to try to replicate a colour scheme from Blood, Guts and Glory where there is a bit of green around the dark brown spots. This model was lots of fun to paint. The Hetzer is pretty interesting looking. The decals are from Dom's Decals and are based off of a picture I found of a Hetzer with this number and cross location.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Destroyed vehicles markers

Here are some pictures of some blast markers I made for destroyed vehicles. The blast markers are built from small pieces of metal, paper clips, clump foliage and lots of PVA glue. They were pretty quick to make and work well for destroyed vehicles in Flames of War or vehicle damage markers for Warhammer 40k or any other building that uses vehicles.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

101st Airborne US Paratroopers

At long last I have painted my first team of infantry for Flames of War! I have completely finished painting and basing a single team of American paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division. The team has been painted with the uniform used during Operation Market Garden and been based to roughly fit that location and time. The models are the plastic infantry from the Open Fire box set.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tutorial: Painting Me262 camouflage

In this tutorial I will show you how I painted the camouflage on this WWII German Me262 airplane for Flames of War. The model is a bit smaller than 15mm I believe. I painted the model using an airbrush and used tape for the masking. The Me262 was the world's first operational fighter jet.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Discussion: Painting 15mm German WW2 "disc" camouflage

After a lot of discussion on this blog and the forums on the disc camouflage panther I posted this week I thought it would be interesting to have a bit of an open community discussion about the best way to paint this interesting camouflage pattern on 15mm models.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

15mm Disc Camouflage Panther

This paint job was an experiment. I have seen a few attempts to recreate the disc camouflage pattern in 15mm scale but none that I feel have really created the feel of the distinctive pattern. This model was my first attempt to recreate this pattern across an entire model. The Panther model used is the Plastic Soldier Company 15mm Panther G model. The model was painted using an airbrush and a variety of masks and stencils.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Showcase: Turretless Stuart Jalopies

I've finished painting my turretless Stuarts for my 11th Armoured Division company. I built the Stuarts so they can be used both with turret and without turret. The models are based on the Battlefront M5A1 Stuart and the British Stuart V. A few months back I wrote a short tutorial on converting turretless Stuarts.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tutorial: 3 Colour disruptive camo with silly putty

Yesterday I posted pictures of a completed Jagdpanther painted in three colour camouflage. In this tutorial I will quickly show you how I painted the camouflage stripes. This method was pretty fast. It took me about thirty minutes or so to paint the camouflage on this model. I used silly putty for masking. This tutorial uses an airbrush for most of the camouflage painting steps.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Showcase: Jagdpanther 302

A friend asked me to paint a Flames of War Jagdpanther up for him. The Jagdpanther is a tank destroyer built on the panther chassis. In Flames of War it is a formidable adversary with thick front armour and anti-tank 16 (same gun as the King Tiger!). This model was a pleasure to paint. I really like the boxy look of German tanks with fixed guns. I didn't assemble this model but all of the parts seemed to fit well and there was minimal flash and no miscasting on the model.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Train tracks

Here are some painted train tracks. The tracks are HO scale. I intended them to be used for 15mm scale in Flames of War but they will probably work decently in 28mm scale as well. The tracks are some plastic tracks I found at the hobby store. Each section is 9 inches long. They were simple to put together, will be easy to store, and clip together nicely for use on the tabletop.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Showcase: Tzeentch Chaos Cultist Sorcerer

After a bit of a hiatus I have painted another chaos cultist model. This model was built from the plastic chaos sorcerer lord body, a slaanesh lord head, and a chaos possessed arm. I painted this as part of a kitbash challenge on the DS forums. I painted this model fairly quickly by using the airbrush to do many of the larger areas and the more difficult blending. As this was a one off model I didn't worry too much about what colours I chose, which really helped to speed up the painting.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Trees

Continuing on the scenery building spree, I have completed three tree sections. I was inspired by MSUG on the Flames of War forum who used the Open Fire tree terrain bases to build some woods. I had a set of Citadel trees from a tournament prize from a few years ago. I decided to try and magnetize the trees to allow troops to move through them easily. The woods are scaled in such a way that they could be used for either 15mm or 28mm games.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hills and fortifications

I've built and completed two hills for use in 28mm and 15mm games. Shockingly, these are actually the first hills I have built since I was 13 or so. I think I had some tiered styrofoam hills I painted green. These hills are a little better. The small hill is styrofoam based on an Open Fire cardboard woods. The large hill is pink foam based on some hardboard. Both were cut to shape, covered with PVA and ballast, painted and flocked.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

15mm Fences

This week I built and painted some fences for Flames of War. I recently purchased a Citadel Battlemat, so I decided to build some scenery to fill it up. These fences are built using matchsticks, thin balsa wood, and tongue depressors (large popsicle sticks). In total there are about 6 feet (a little under 2m) of fencing. The bases were flocked with Army Painter Green static grass, Woodland Scenics clump foliage, burnt grass and a yellow static grass. I also added Army Painter winter grass clumps and flowers.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Painted Wirbelwinds

Just a quick post to show some completed Wirbelwinds. These models were painted for a commission. The client requested just a basic paint job and didn't want any decals or weathering. The models are Battlefront's Wirbelwinds. Assembly and painting were fairly straightforward. Some of the parts are a bit fiddly (like the back fenders) but there wasn't too much flash to clean up. I painted the guns separately  The crew are molded into the turret. I painted the crew heads on the metal sprues and then glued them on after.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Tutorial: German disc camouflage 1

In this tutorial I will show two different methods I used to try and paint German "disc" camouflage from WW2. For these two methods I used a 1/8" hole punch to create a stencil for painting the camouflage pattern. Tomorrow I will post another method for painting the disc camouflage using dots as stencils and creating a pattern of dots to spray over existing soft edged camouflage.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tutorial: "Corn Chip" German Camouflage

In this article I will show you how I did a quick test of the "corn chip" camouflage shown on the Flames of War website. I hadn't realized until after I had done it that this was an attempt to recreate "disc" camouflage.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tutorial: Painting Ambush Camouflage

In this tutorial I will show you a quick way to paint a German World War II ambush camouflage pattern using an airbrush. This method is pretty quick and should work nicely over entire vehicles. I built some schurzen (side armour on German tanks) out of plasticard to test different patterns and techniques. The Flames of War website has an excellent tutorial on Panther camouflage on their website that inspired a lot of my experiments.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tutorial: Turretless Stuart Conversions

In this post I will show how I converted turretless Stuart jalopies out of Flames of War Stuarts with turrets. I used parts from the new Open Fire box and M5A1 and British Stuart V tanks from Battlefront. The turretless Stuarts are an option in the new Market Garden 11th. Armoured Division lists. Battlefront has a model for US turretless Stuart conversion kits, but they cost $12 in addition to the base tanks, use .30 calibre instead of .50 calibre machine guns and come with US crew. So I decided to slightly convert them myself.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Showcase: FoW M10 Achilles

I finished painting two M10c Achilles Tank Destroyers for my 11th. Armoured Division squadron. The models were painted in a similar manner to the Open Fire Shermans I have already painted. These models were a lot of fun to paint and have been quite successful on the tabletop so far. More photos after the jump.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Fantasy fountain

In this post I will show you some pictures of one of my first pieces of terrain, a fantasy fountain for Mordheim. I used this model to try painting verdigris and to experiment with using water effects. At the time, I was pretty into Mordheim (I don't think I played many games, but I did enjoy making scenery for it).

Monday, January 21, 2013

Showcase: Flames of War Sherman Vs

Here are another four Sherman Vs for my 11th. Armoured Division armoured squadron. I painted these models in a similar fashion to the other platoon I posted. With these models complete I now have the HQ and two minimum mandatory platoons for an armoured company. All of these models are the Shermans from the new Open Fire starter box for Flames of War.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Showcase: FoW 11th. Armoured Division Sherman Platoon

I've finished painting the first Flames of War models for my 11th. Armoured Division. This platoon is a platoon of two Sherman Vs and two Firefly Vcs for the British 11th Armoured Division during Operation Market Garden. These are my first actual Flames of War and 15mm models. All of the models are from the excellent new Open Fire starter set.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

2012 review and goals for 2013

Painted for 2012 Prisoner Exchange.
Another year complete. Although it is a cliche, I'd like to post a quick year in review entry. This blog will review my goals from last year, the models I painted this year, and will preview what I hope to achieve in my hobby pursuits in 2013.

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