Just to prove that I have not been idle for the past 4 weeks, this is what I have been preparing for various wargames. I must remind readers that I am a wargaming butterfly, in that I have may projects active at all times. However, my priority is to keep the “Market Garden” campaign active for my five on-line Generals.
So, what have I painted and modelled since Christmas? For reference, any photographs below on a gridded board are displayed on a 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm) grid.
Painting and modelling projects in the last four weeks
WW2 German 6mm Adler Panzer Grenadiers.
16 Platoons of 4 figures each. To be painted in late war camouflage smocks.
26th December: Models sorted, bases labelled.
27th December: Figures glued to 2cm square plastic bases using UHU contact adhesive. Snipped corners from some bases to indicate weapon type. Milliput added to bases to help strengthen the contact.
28th December: Basecoat (Vallejo WW1 German Field Grey) applied to figures.
29th December: Bases painted for urban setting. Uniform Grey overall, sprinkled with fine sand, then “splodged” with Vallejo Green Grey.
30th December: Flesh tone added to faces and hands.
31st December: Repainted hands and faces with lighter flesh colour (Coat D’Arms Flesh). Rifle barrels painted with Coat D’Arms 142 Gun Metal.
1st January: Stippled smocks with Vallejo 70.875 Beige-Brown. Stippled smocks and some helmets with Coat D’Arms 209 Dark Green.
4th January: Brick wall ruins on bases painted Coat D’Arms 509 (Brick Red?). Black leatherwork painted Coat D’Arms 102.
6th January: Gas mask cases painted Coat D’Arms 142 Gun Metal. Army painter Matt spray paint applied. Unit Finished.
WW2 1944 Polish Parachute Battalion
16 Bases of 4 Infantry; a mix of Adler British Paras and British Marines.
15th January: Glued troops to bases. Painted bases Coat D’Arms Grass Green . Base Coated Figures Coat D’Arms 537 Faded Khaki.
17th January: Rifle stocks painted Coat D’Arms Horse Tone Chestnut. Helmets painted Vallejo 382 Reflective Green. Faces painted Coat D’Arms Dark Flesh. Dabbed smocks with Vallejo 70.782 Chocolate Brown. Dabbed smocks with Coat D’Arms 223 Chestnut. Trousers overpainted Coat D’Arms 225 Khaki. Weapons painted Coat D’Arms 142 Gun Metal.
Blindheim Project. 6mm Irregular Miniatures troop blocks.
Lt-Gen. Horn. Mounted General with 3 footsoldiers carrying a flag)
31st December: Horse painted Vallejo 70.875 Beige-Brown. Coats painted Coat D’Arms 211 Light Grey. Base painted Coat D’Arms 209 Dark Green.
1st January: Musket barrels painted Coat D’Arms 142 Gun Metal.
17th January: Faces and hands painted Coat D’Arms Flesh.
Danish Foot Brigade. 3 blocks of 18 musketeers + 3 man flag base.
6th January: Black wash to all. Diluted Coat D’Arms Black 102. Command base. Boots painted black. Faces and hands painted Coat D’Arms 213 Flesh.
7th January: Coats painted Coat D’Arms Grey 236.
17th January: Musket Barrels painted Citadel Mithril Silver
American Civil War 20mm Plastic Figures.
Two Union Regiments of 5 bases (15 figures each). Part-finished.
31st December: Repainted musket stocks Coat D’Arms 225 Horse Tone Brown
1st January: Repainted musket barrels Coat D’Arms 142 Gun Metal, Touched up bases with Coat D’Arms 209 Dark Green.
4th January: Backpacks, cartridge boxes and belts painted Coat D’Arms 102 Black. Sprayed with matt varnish. (Will be resprayed gloss for a “toy-soldier” appearance.)
3rd Maryland Regiment 8 bases of 3 figures each.
9th January: Musket barrels painted Coat D’Arms 142 Gun metal, Card bases painted Coat D’Arms 209 Dark Green. Sprayed with Rustoleum clear matt varnish.
13th January: Bread bags painted Vallejo 886 grey-green. Trousers painted in various greys and browns. Bases touched up with Polyvine Acrylic Enamel 52 Brunswick Green.
Terrain for “Market Garden” campaign.
City river bank hexagon tiles.
Five existing river hex tiles masked and one point sprayed with grey stone effect paint. (Will need a touch-up by brush – stone effect spray cans only work well the first time).
Two railway sloping embankments started. Cork tile sections cut, glued and clamped.
5th January: Tried to cut cork embankments to form slope. Failed. Designed similar shape for 3d printing and printed two sloping embankments. A partial failure as the bottom of the piece was curved, so I inverted them.
7th January: Overpainted the city river banks with light grey “tester pot” paint.
14th January: Glued Leven Miniatures rail sections to sloping embankments. Re-glued rail sections to sloping embankments! Ordered more hexagons from Kallistra. (Plain Blue single tiles). Spotted new half-hex tiles, and ordered them too. Made side slopes of rail embankments from Milliput.
15th January: Painted and flocked railway embankments. Added streaks of PVA to blue hexagon tiles for wave/river effect. Glued railway sections to polder/swamp tile for rail crossing with embanked road.
16th January: Discovered I was using the wrong bridge for the Arnhem Rhine rail crossing. Dug out different bridge and added Leven Miniatures resin rail sections.
17th January: Black washed rail sections on the sloped embankments. Railway sleepers (railroad ties) painted Vallejo 70-872 Chocolate Brown. Rail track tops painted Coat D’Arms 142 Gun Metal.
1940 3mm German force.
Two SIG33 15cm Self-Propelled Guns.
6th January: Black wash overall with diluted Coat D’Arms Black 102.
Sinking destroyer token (3d printed)
6th January: Black wash overall with diluted Coat D’Arms Black 102. Deck painted Coat D’Arms Flesh 213. Bottom of hull painted Coat D’Arms 509 Brick Red.
7th January: Superstructure and gun turrets painted Coat D’Arms 236.
17th January. Repainted hull and superstructure darker grey. Repainted deck with a darker tone.
HMS Warspite (prepainted model from Axis & Allies Naval)
13th January: 3d printed base (2 x 6cm hexagons adjoining, 2mm deep). Repainted hull and superstructure with Vallejo 886.
15th January. Spray-painted base with 2 shades of blue.
WW2 1/600 Aircraft
De Havilland Mosquito, Focke-Wulf 190d.
6th January: Painted all aircraft Coat D’Arms 211 Light Grey. Poor coverage. Maybe the models should have been washed first?
6mm Commission Figurines MDF
French Revolutionary War, 24e, 56e, 90e de Ligne. Part finished.
13th January: Painted white coat turn-backs and breeches.
That’s all Folks!
And now back to the painting table…