Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Progress...a little at a time


Howdy everyone,

As the title says, sometimes it is hard to feel like you're making progress, but it is a little bit at a time.  Sometime around late January and into February and March, I finished the last 2 officers from the Imperial Assault core box as well as a 'gimme' figure from my buddy Mike.  He had bought into one of Mantic Kickstarters and received a few extra figs that he, most graciously shared with me at some point last year.

The Imperial Assault officers were fun...as a trio, they unfortunately do have the same pose, however this just meant I had to find a way to differentiate them all.  The first officer was completed back in November and was painted as a deck officer on a Star Destroyer.

The last two needed something special to set them apart...I have been somewhat intrigued from the various and recent Star Wars movies and wanted to find out the difference in uniform types.  Inspired by my research I chose to paint up a Stormtrooper Officer (in black) and an Intelligence Officer (in white tunic and black trousers)...they seemed different and dynamic enough to work and it seemed obvious to have either officer attached to a section of troops that I based them to fit in line with my previous Stormtroopers.

 
 
The figure that Mike ended up giving me was a Zombie Troll...and to be brutally honest I did not really expect much from this figure...it was a plastic type resin model...big and troll-like as well...it was only after I put the base layer of colour on that the figure started to reveal itself.
 
I am pretty happy with how it came out...the colours and tones were very challenging and definitely something that I OCDed over...then to top it off, I could not get a decent photo...I tried three times and settled for some 'okay' pics...however on Monday I deleted them all, brought the mini to my sunroom for some very natural lighting and tried again...these pics are definitely much much improved over my last attempts.
 
I hope you enjoy.
A variety of fleshtones and guts and a little gore...I wanted to emphasize the tension on the wound areas...dimpling and scaring where it looks like old weathered, 'dead' flesh has lost all life and hydration...

 
Lead Mountain Progress - Expedition 2018

Painted:

28mm: 13 (+3)
15mm - figures: 5 (+5)
           - vehicles: 10 (+6)
           - terrain: 1

Purchased - 1 (15mm terrain)

Progress - +28
 

Friday, 13 April 2018

An Overdue Painting Update - Battlefront M113 APCs

Howdy folks,

Well, as the subject says, this post is overdue!! Bigtime...as of my last post my thoughts had turned to prepping for running a game at this years Cangames...as of the 30 hours of online training crammed into 10-ish hours over the past 2 days, my thoughts are turning more to: oh God, please let me get back to my painting table!!

The past 6 weeks have been a little more of a kick up to high gear than what I was forecasting at the beginning of the year.  Way back then, I was looking for any reason to be distracted and partake in the hobby...here we are now, and to be honest my GAF factor has increased, a few opportunities have been thrown my way, and I know I will reach even keel with commitments in the future...it's just the time it takes to get there.

Nonetheless, I have been turning to the painting table...albeit at a much less pace than I was hoping for.  Now the good news out of this is that I have continued to push ahead with my 4 CMBG force and have started painting up the horde of 15mm Battlefront M113s that I foresee requiring for my force...I have no Battlefront or Team Yankee guidance to go by, but I think I've got a good grip on the actual TO&E that my rifle company would have had.

To start, I put together a rifle platoon of carriers, a section of TOW carriers, and the old man's track...these came up pretty good and for the most part I am waiting on the finishing touches until BF comes out with the infantry.  I'm using crew from the M113 Vietnam boxes, the Leopard 1 box, and some from the British Sherman box...for the most part these all mix well...such was the clothing reality for Johnny Canuck in 1985.  What I have yet to include are crew members for the TOW, and dynamic looking passengers for the infantry carriers...once I have a look at BF's releases, I'll then decide between those or Armies Army.

I hope you enjoy all the pics.  Thanks for the views and, as always, constructive comments, advice, and critiques are welcome.

Cheers.

HORDE OF M113's

The first platoon of the first company of Canadian infantry in 4CMBG...depending on the timeframe, that is either the Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR) or Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and of course the Van Doos. There are a lot of great reference pics you can see via google...

The first platoon, 11 - platoon commander, 11A, 11B, and 11C


Close up of the platoon commanders track...once I decide which company to purchase my Canadian infantry from, I plan on having the Plt Cmdr in the hatch complete with map and FN
One thing I have done is take a few liberties on extra kit and vehicle modifications...for the most part, external tanks didn't hit the Brigade until late 1980's...and the ACAV gun shields weren't used until the Canadian UN mission in Former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR)...they were quickly added to the tracks because of snipers during the Sarajevo siege.  My logic is that if there had been a CWGH, then the Brigade EME's would have built these up for the grunts...in true Canadian fashion, I have intentionally limited the number of these per platoon, as there is never ever enough extras/spares to go around... 

With all cam nets out, 11A has gone dark and is not showing any numbers...although they were lucky enough to get an ACAV gunshield...

Track 11B...buttoned up waiting for the action...

11C, nets out...heads out on a swivel...

An element of the Armoured Defence platoon...2 x M113 TOW carriers...I snagged these TOW from the Marine Hummers that just came out...again, I'm waiting to see what the gunner options are from the various companies before I commit to a model...

You might notice on track 55C, the .50 cal looks to be laying on the top of the hull...I've modelled the TOW carriers to show that they had a different hmg mount so that the 50 wouldn't interfere with the TOW shot...you could have the HMG in a normal position and when you went to launch missiles you could lower it so it wouldn't obstruct the launch.

Lead Mountain Progress - Expedition 2018

Painted:

28mm: 10
15mm - figures: 5 (+5)
           - vehicles: 10 (+6)
           - terrain: 1

Purchased - 1 (15mm terrain)

Progress - +25

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Latest Terrain Additions

Hello folks,

So, I'm thinking of trying to run a game for the local con in May, so I took that as an opportunity to rummage through my WIP and lead mountain stores.  There is currently a hole in the schedule that I know of that is typically a placeholder for a gang of us to get some Force on Force gaming...well, on.

In recent years we have gamed mostly modern type scenarios including invasion of Iraq, special ops raids in Africa, Mogadishu, etc.  This year, with the increasing footprint of Team Yankee and the models used for that, I was thinking that Cold War Gone Hot circa '85-87 could be in order.  In this case, taking some inspiration from First Clash...elements of a Canadian Battlegroup holding the line from some Soviet belligerents.

So, we have the opportunity...if we're going to Europe, we are going to need some buildings...I have a bunch of these thanks to Battlefronts Premium Property schemes...what I don't have is battle damaged buildings.  Looking into lead mountain, I found a blister for a JagdPanther that included a bombed out building, GBX22

...looking at BF's terrain, it is also the very same house you can purchase, pre-painted along with some craters from their Great War line.

I liked the idea of painting up some terrain...it has been a while...and getting a house and some large craters for a reasonable price seemed quite...reasonable.  However, when I pulled the house out of the box, it was as depicted on the cover, and was entirely too shiny and clean for battle damage.  So, I took the opportunity to brush up and improve what BF's folk in Malaysia had started.  The terrain is fine, the craters look good, but I just didn't want the shine of the new building.

I hope you enjoy the pics...next post I will probably have my first platoon of Canadian M113's...sans grunts...but they're coming.

Take care.

The ruined house is exactly as advertised...crisp white shutters, nice clean walls, shiny floors...not at all a respectable location for ruin or damage...BUT a nice piece of terrain all the same...
 
Extreme Miniature Makeover...Driver! Move that tank...oh my GOD, it looks so ruined, its amazing...thank you Ty...you know that kind of response... 
 
The unpainted version of the above house, from GBX22...painted according to my imagination... 

Lead Mountain Progress - Expedition 2018

Painted:

28mm: 10
15mm - vehicles: 4
           - terrain: 1

Purchased - 1 (15mm terrain)

Progress - +14

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Keep on Walking...Dead, that is...

Howdy all,

Having recently joined the ranks of the Walking Dead...at least Mantic style...I am happy to have another batch of post-apoc, TWD completed.  I recently had some success and enjoyment with this game, getting through one of the expansion packs and a prison-set game.

The Lori Pack

The Prison - Battle Report

While I have never been captivated by the show, I can certainly appreciate the artwork and original story that inspired the television portrayal...I can also appreciate the portrayal of the various characters by the actors.  Some I recognize from other works...others I do not...but I must say, there are few characters that while "I don't know"...I kinda "do know"...but Negan is certainly one of those that I have no idea, but boy I sure know of this character...and I do like the actor.

The Negan pack has 7 different pieces in it and was a lot of fun to paint up and experiment with the different schemes for each character.  The pack has Negan (of course), Abraham, Michonne, 2 walkers, a bag of guns (awesome loot token), and Rick's badge (for game play, this is used to signify who has initiative).  All in all, each piece was pretty fun...also because I have no real context for the show or comic, I had to head over to Mr. Google and get some research in...which does bring its own brand of entertainment.

I have a bunch of pics...I took the chance to dig up my 'real' camera...an older Canon and take pics with that and my phone to try to work on my photography work...I think my lighting was definitely better than before and I have a nice stable platform for taking pics...I just have to work on focus points...

Enjoy the pics...and as always, got something to say, add, or help me improve...always welcome.
 
 The contents of the box and the crew...2 game pieces, 3 survivors, and 2 walkers...
 
 
 
 Negan... 
 
Abraham
 
 
Michonne with the Kill Bill sword... 
 
The walkers...these guys do provide some challenge getting skin tones that are believable but also varied enough so that all my zombies don't look just brown or green toned.  For these 2, I used browns and greens in layers along with normal flesh tone to try to get a sense for rotting flesh that is transitioning from live...not sure how well I captured it, but I'll have more practice as I slog through the main box 
 
The game pieces...I have seen a few nicely painted Sheriff badges online...either a really nice bronze or silver...maybe gunmetal? But I wanted to try something different and searched to see what Harrison Country badges currently looked like...it was an interesting collection of metal and cloth badges/patches...from there I settled on a scheme and went to work...I like the traditional bronze badges that I've seen, but I do really like how this one came up and really makes the eagle pop... 
 
Lead Mountain Progress - Expedition 2018

Painted:

28mm: 10
15mm - vehicles: 4

Purchased - 0

Progress - +14