Today, apart from my regular daily update on World War Two as a documentary and a map gaming project I managed a little painting and preparation.
First I found the 1/600 Lancaster models that had failed to successfully acquire a magnet to attach to their flying stand and tried a new application. This is a particularly difficult prospect, fighting the strength of “Gorilla Glue” against the desire of every “rare earth” magnet to fly off and find the nearest piece of steel.
Then I applied a wash of “Coat d’Armes” Russian Brown paint to several 1944 allied tanks, including the failed 3d prints of Cromwell tanks that I now intend to use as destroyed tank models.
I have had a major clear out and tidy up of the Shedquarters, because tomorrow a group of young local lads will be visiting the Shedquarters to try their hand at a wargame for the first time. I am chucking one of them in at the deep end, as he has one company of Polish paratroopers with a 20mm AT gun against three companies of PanzerGrenadiers, one company of recruits and three batteries of medium/heavy artillery.
But they are hiding in the ruins of what used to be Arnhem. some pictures follow:
But still somehow this all looks too neat and tidy. I have to leave room to place the troop bases, but I would sill prefer a more “organic” look, especially after the destruction. The “aerial” shots make it look like the bulldozers have been in and it’s at least a month after the battle.
This morning I have spent an hour painting the windows of 1/300 model buildings. I only spent an hour on the job because I detest painting the windows of 1/300 model buildings. And the reason why I detest doing it is because I am no bloody good at it.
That’s why there is no accompanying photograph.
Apart from trying to fit the paintbrush within the framework without wobbling, trying to get a realistic look eludes me. Normally I use a metallic gun metal paint. Today I tried darkening with Coat d’Arms “Magic Metal”, but it’s still not right. I was sitting in the garden comparing my efforts with the windows of surrounding houses. They are a sort of reflective dark grey, lightening a little when the sun comes out.
What they are not – and I can never understand the use of this on models – is blue. I frequently see this and have bought professionally painted models with glaring blue models, so I am guessing it is a convention amongst painters.
The most outrageous example was on the timber temporary buildings used at the Waterloo 200th anniversary re-enactment, where full-sized windows were painted bright blue. Why?
But, until I can get it right, who am I to criticize?
Back into my 6mm gaming mode I am setting up the battlefield for the next game in the Market Garden campaign.
About 1/6 of the table is a built-up area and I have populated it with a set of model buildings from my store. Some of these are most inappropriate for the Netherlands, particularly the Kentish oast houses, but I am taking the opportunity to paint every building taken from the box before replacing the wrong’uns with more geographically relevant structures.
So for the time being, the area looks like this:
This is a mixture of buildings from Various manufacturers and some home printed models.
I cannot remember if it was Bob Cordery or Chris Kemp who recently alerted me via their blog to the board game Santorini. Anyway, I ordered a copy forthwith.
Forget the game. In the box there are component to make buildings:
22 ground floor/level 1 square pieces;
18 first floor/level 2 square pieces, which can also be stacked together to make higher structures or sit on the ground as houses in their own right;
14 second floor/level 3 octagonal colonnades with a square base;
18 hemispherical cupolas.
That’s enough for a decent sized town, and for less than 25 quid!
All the sections are hollow and the first two will take a 2cm x 2cm base of 6mm figures inside or on the roof.
In the photo’ below are the four components and one full building. A 6mm Irregular Miniatures unpainted insurgent is added for scale. Incidentally, each face of the first two levels is different, to add some variety to the street.
A lick of paint and these will do nicely, thank you.