Today has seen quite a lot of time in the “shedquarters” catching up with painting.
I have been using my method of taking the next available pot of paint from my paint box and using it to catch up with the various projects “on the go”.
1. Coat d’Arms 509 Brick Red.
Added to the 3d printed outline townscapes for my 6mm grid games based on Bob Corderoy’s rules.
Added to the Irregular Miniatures “2mm” towns which I intend to use for my “Bomber” game (of which more below).
Base-coated some 6mm cattle – actual colour to be researched later.
Re-painted some hats, coats and trousers of 6mm Confederates to convert them into local militia for my fictitious 1879 game.
2. Coat d’Arms ??? Slate Grey.
Added several roofs to my IM tiny towns for “Bomber”.
Several boxes for a defensive 6mm Zulu War situation.
Tweaked the 6mm Confederates further to become civilian militia.
Added hair and whiskers to a 28mm Victorian General.
6mm medieval artillery woodwork.
3. Citadel Enchanted Blue (Gosh – that’s an old bottle!)
1 pair “Brand New” ACW Union infantry trousers in 20mm.
1 house for the 6mm outline town for a square grid battle game.
6mm Medieval Gunner tunics.
4. Coat d’Arms 505 Green Grey
More tweaking of 6mm Confederates to make 1879 civilian militia.
6mm “Zulu” British defense boxes.
6mm grid game outline tree trunks.
6mm grid game outline buildings.
6mm medieval crossbowmen breeches.
5. Coat d’Arms 107 Bright Gold
20mm ACW Colour pole finials.
6. Coat d’Arms 517 Dessert (sic) Yellow.
Bases for 2mm Colonial troop blocks.
7. Coat d’Arms 406 Muddy green
Bases for 6mm infantry of 1700 period.
I also made a start on the comprehensive illustrated rules for my WW2 “Bomber” game, representing an RAF night attack on Germany in 1943. I have written the basics of the game, up to the point when the first aircraft takes off.
In the style of the Meeples and Miniatures podcast, here is my confession for February 2019.
So, what have I been squandering my pension on?
In February, I bought or paid for:
Deposit for 2 players at the Donald Featherstone tribute game: £200
Plastic soldiers for playtesting the Sudan game for above: £112.39
Plastic palm trees for playtesting the Sudan game for above: £16.17
Bases for 6mm model trees (100): £13.95
Model for my character at the Donald Featherstone tribute game: £4.70
Replacement models for above: £13.98
Plastic bases for 6mm wargames: £35.00
UHU Glue: £5.98
Game (Santorini) for 6mm model houses: £24.81
Model cargo ships for Axis & Allies naval: £7.27
Total February wargame spend: £434.25
This is more than my pension will support, but almost £350 (80%) is unusual spending related to the Featherstone Tribute weekend. This is not only a once a year event, but this year I am paying for two players, and I needed a playtest. Whether that was worth spending well over £100 on models in a scale that I do not normally play is something to review later. They may well turn up in the Belgican Wars at a future date.
Further to my post of 31st December 2014 the seven houses that survived my attention with a hammer are complete and ready for occupation by the citizens of Belgica (my Imagi-Nation).
It seems that the urban planners of Belgica have strict rules about the design of town houses, but the owners have free rein when it comes to colour.
Here is the original Christmas decoration as illustrated in Marks and Spencer’s online shop.
I used a selection of acrylic pastel colours from Coat d’Arms and several coats were needed to cover properly. I was not concerned about a rough, slightly streaky look after taking a look at my own house that needs repainting. (For that job I need to find someone who can paint objects more than 100mm tall.) I finished with a couple of coats of Army Painter matt varnish spray, and here we see some of the fine Belgican regiments on parade in the town of Kortrijk.
Just before Christmas I spotted in Marks & Spencers store some white porcelain houses containing an electric LED “tealight”, intended as a Christmas decoration. “Hello” says I, “These look like they will work with my imagination of Belgica.” They are in fact a bit on the large size with dimensions 65mm x 65mm (ground area) x 105mm (to the roof ridge). The front door is 26mm tall to the apex of the triangular lintel. My 18th century Belgican troops are “Risk” playing pieces about 20mm tall including the base.
The price when I saw them was GBP10 each, on a 3 for 2 offer. I decided to wait for the post-Christmas sales to see if the price would come down. Being a sad wargamy person, I checked the prices on 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th December on line. (M&S stores would not re-open until 27th December).
24th December GBP10.00 Buy 3, pay for 2. 3 houses = GBP20
25th December GBP10.00 No offer. 3 houses = GBP30
26th December GBP10.00 at 07:00, GBP3.75 at 10:00, no stock!
27th December GBP3.75 no online stock.
We were out shopping on 27th so I made a detour to M&S (Bad move – wife bought shoes after about an hour looking) but I got 8 model houses for GBP30.
Next step (I would include step-by-step photographs but my PC says the memory card is empty!!!!!) Can I remove the battery container and lights? Unscrewing and probing with a knife says “no”. I tried the cave-man approach and hit one of the plastic battery cases with a small hammer. Perfect! It fell into the structure leaving a jagged edge which was quickly tidied up with a file. This worked well for the next two, but the fourth attempt resulted in shattered porcelain all over the workbench. I decided that 3 houses of 7 remaining that could be occupied was enough and gave up with the hammer.
And so on to painting. More photographs not apparently saved…
I hope to get a photo of the finished products that I can actually transfer to the PC