Tuesday, 20 March 2012

By the left...quick...PAINT!

Paint lots of vehicles fast? For most of us not a problem. Big brush, one colour and slap, slap done. But if we want load of stuff fast and yet want it to look like we spend a year detailing we need a trick or two. You're all grown ups (tuck your shirt in and sit straight) you all do your own thang...but this is what I do and I hope it helps.
 20mm WW2 Sexton SPG mounting the QF 25pdr gun/howitzer by Skytrex. Metal kit in about four parts with a crew of three. Superglue it together...
 Slap on the green of your choice...but it will get lighter as we go...and black undercoat the crew.
 Blob flesh where it should be. 4 to 6 blobs on head and 1 or 2 on hands...Very slightly thin the black and run over the tracks, grills joints, equipment, etc.
 Sand blob webbing first then brown uniform second. Tip: don't try to cover everything, be quick, any bits you miss become shadows (trust me). Silver the muzzle, spades and brown the handles, weapons and such. Do the tracks brick red...no, it won't look silly, we've not finished quite yet...
 Paint helmets green...then take very light grey (no, lighter than that) and dry brush...now I've told you before about screaming and crying over a dry brush...here, blow your nose...it'll be fine...Now, take a thick OLD brush and dip it in the grey, wipe it of on a tissue, run it down your thumb to reveal a really clear thumb print and then scrub the model all over....see.
 It gets lighter and more weathered looking and it takes the edge off the quick lining process
 The effect is not ruined by transfers before or after because in applying transfers you put a clear gloss patch where the decal will go, apply decal and then matt over the top...makes it look like you painted the decal on...really, no silvering effect even when held to the light.
 You just have to get it straight...oops.
 Never paint one when you can do four at once...is the essence of speed painting.
 It produces a consistency of style in your unit and gets the whole unit done with no waiting to field it because one is in the box.

Any old acrylic paint you like will do...and never let anyone say you got the wrong shade unless they painted, fought and lived in every vehicle of that type during its life....exigency makes a mockery of uniformity.
...and finish with eye candy...always some eye candy.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Dumfries War-games Show 2012

 Small but perfectly formed the Dumfries Show was a very pleasant day out. The sun shone, so we all went inside away from this weird phenomena.
 The Gentleman's War-game Parlour fought the fictitious British Civil war of the 1930's using obviously the VBCW rule set.
 A giant ambuscade was set....
 ...and played out in 28mm.
 The Glasgow Phoenix Club staged the equally real life cliff hanger of the Star Wars attack through the brand new and picturesque Alderon Asteroid Belt (...what?...too soon?)
'I haven't felt this presence since.....that dodgy kebab'

 Blood, sweat and dice 'Black Powder' rules 28mm game of a 'what if..' action during the Anglo-Sikh War of the Victorian period.
 ...and all that carnage could have been avoided if we'd just asked for the recipe...
 Another BP game this time by the SESWC. Part of the Battle of Oriskany, August 6th 1777 with impressive terrain and 28mm figs. Fetching fort...
 Faux fur fields fashion fine features for firing from fences...
 ...and roads...
 A very scenic set up.
 Next was a very impressive game played on the next table I didn't get the club or action details as I was too busy ogling the game and scenery...
 Romans and Gauls in 28mm fighting on more faux fur terrain matting...
 Me rikee...
 ...me rikee velee much...
 The Gaul...the absolute Gaul...

 Glasgow and District presented a VBCW scenario.
 ...with their usual attention to detail...
 All spiffing 28mm stuff...
 beautifully laid out.
 The 1916 rising was still going strong and as amazing as ever.
 A painting competition was held. In my opinion there are not enough competitions any more and it's nice to see them. There should definitely be more encouragement to all age groups to participate. It was good to see single figures, units, 28mm, 20mm et al.
 Nice WW2 British Armour...
 Medieval...
 ACW...
As I said, small but friendly, intimate and compact. Numbers were up on last year so, on its way to a popular future. A bit wider advertising, a few more traders and they'll be looking for a bigger venue.

Spent some cash...would've liked to spend more. Saw Under the Bed Enterprises and bought more Frontline stuff...chewed the cud with Aventine Miniatures from Ulster and drooled over their Roman 28's and nosed around the small but healthy bring and buy. Picked up extra D10 and average dice. All in all a good day.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Operation "Bagration" 1944: The Rout (Part Six)

 No, there will not be a 'Part 7'. This part of the war between the non smoking Charlie Chaplin impersonator cum Great Dictator mit der wee 'tash guy and the heavy smoking wee dictator with the squeaky voice and the big 'tash chap....is over.

The action came to a crescendo last night. The German remnants causing great losses among the Russian hordes....
'I'm your commander! Get out of the way! Can't you see I'm panicking!?'
 The town held out to the last man. Usually in RF somebody will break eventually but this infantry battalion lost every element of support destroyed or driven off and yet the dice were with them the entire game.
 A final coordinated assault...
 ...right around the town....
 ...forcing the remaining Germans to scramble into the buildings away from the walls they had held...
 ...T 34/76's are mauled by the company of Panthers holding the valley floor north of the town...
 ...assisted by the dwindling PAK40's on the hill...
 ....finished...
 Mortars keep the pressure on the assaulting Russians. It cost them three battalions of infantry and a shed load of tanks and SPG's to take the place...
 ...scrambling...
 ...they're in...
 ...but taking a beating...
 ...enfilading fire from 20mm Flak...
 ...very effective...
 ....against infantry in the open...
 German HQ finally over run...
 ...no prisoners taken...(it was a waste of time me painting any)

 ...last of the mortars still in action..
 Main part of 2nd defensive battle group STILL waiting for orders...
 Top end outflanking move punished heavily...
 ...chaos impedes Russian movement...
 At last, the return of the close air support...
 ...with very specific orders...
 ...a hit...
 ...and again....
 ...bye, bye bridge...engineers...ear drums...
 Elements of the Russian top outflanking force reach the river....game over.
 HQ truck takes direct hit...
 Russian main force arrives....just in the nick of too late.
 ...vain defence keeps up...
 ...but towards the burning town the main force rumbles.
 Here come some very old (33yrs) IS3 playing the part of IS2's (because in the olden days you could never get IS2's)
 ...more arrives from the six position...
 Yes, this is my Berlin stuff...
 They think it's all over...
 well, it is now...
 These heavy weights just push the detritus of war aside...
 ... on to the river...

This is what got away. Roughly, 1 and a 1/2 battalions of infantry (60-70 figs) 1 coy Pz IVH's, 1 STUG IV, 3 Recce and 2 Nebelwerfer's. Corps, Div, Regiment and most Bn HQ's destroyed or in the bag.

ENDEX

Terrific game. Thanks to all the chaps. Next, a break while we change the blond sand for the much better red sand.
'Well comrade...maybe next time we'll get to shoot.'