Friday, August 12, 2016

Summer Project at an End

I have more or less finished the summer project. The objective was to get some starter American Civil War figures and terrain done and I have accomplished that. Other than a few odds and ends the packs I purchased from Pendraken are painted and based. So what's next? Well I am not sure. I want to expand on these but time will become much more limited as we move into the fall. Overall, these are very nice figures and now that I have them painted and based I really am enjoying them. A few pictures of the completed starter forces:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summer Project: An end in sight?

It has taken me longer than anticipated but I am almost finished with the starter forces I purchased for the American Civil War. This was meant as a summer project and with August quickly slipping away I guess I am going at the correct pace. I painted the confederate cavalry pack and some civilians yesterday and am in the initial stages of getting the bases done. These are fantastic figures and were a lot of fun to paint.

The cavalry and civilians on the painting sticks.

Basing step one. Hopefully will get them finished by tomorrow.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Summer Project: Roads?

I usually draw roads into my ground sheet or use sand/flock to represent them. However, this is time consuming and a pain to clean up. In the case of the sheet I have to wash it several times to usually get the pastels off. Consequently, I thought I would try out some roads from Monday Night Productions for the Civil War project. I used the method described on this fantastic blog: The roads come in a light beige color. I dry brushed the beds in a black color and then added flock. I think the result worked well. Now I just have to find a place to store my new road system.

The top two roads are untouched the last road the bed is painted light black. Finally the completed road:

And a test in context I think looks good. I still have to flock the bases for those trees!!!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer Project: The first Union figures

I got started with the Union figures this week. I painted the figures in my usual block method which was a nice change from the Confederates. However, some of the caps on the Union figures looked a bit off to me in respect to being a small or even slightly miscast. I was somewhat surprised by this because the ACW is a newly sculpted range. I also never experienced this in the few figures from the old ACW range I painted in the past. This made it a bit difficult to paint the figures. That being said the figures in general look good and I think that when they are finally based will do the job nicely.

I added a few photos of the figures. They look a bit shinny in the pictures because I just used the army painter wash on them. I will dull coat them tomorrow and hopefully they will look right. Also some trees and a few of the millions of Austrians I am constantly working on in the background. I figure you can never have enough trees or enough Austrians!!!

Friday, July 8, 2016

The next batch

I was away for about a week so painting took a break but am back and was able to get the marching confederates done and ready for basing.

I have the next batch, the figures advancing, ready to go. I will use some advice from the Pendraken forum and use a color system with these. I hope it makes the process somewhat faster. Also based on info from the forum I will likely paint this second group a bit more uniformed.

So hopefully I can keep the momentum and get some real units together soon.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

It was a pain but a start......

I was able to experiment on the first batch of Civil War figures. I have seen some of the newer Pendraken American Civil War figures online and bought a pack or two in the past but this was really a first impression of the range. These figures are really nice and once primed the details really come out. Overall the quality I have learned to expect and appreciate from Pendraken. Here is a picture of the poses from the two Confederate marching packs. As you can see a good variety of poses and good detail on the figures.

I started with the marching figures by putting them on sticks. Now my usual mode of painting 10mm is to try and do batches at a time. I like to keep it to 20-50 figures at a time so I can keep focus and eventually have a finished product. I paint the batches by color blocks. With these guys I immediately ran into the problem that I wanted them to look like confederates, that is less uniform that say 1866 Austrians. I also wanted to experiment with all the grey and brown shades I purchased. Looking back a smart move would have been to develop some kind of system like grey pants every third figure or brown tunic every second. But instead I just kind of went about it randomly. Long story short it took me forever to get a batch done. Added to this the details are great but encourage me to paint them and even more time consuming to fix them when I screwed them up. Every once in a while I stood back and looked at the figures from a distance in order to convince myself that I was not destroying these fantastic figures with my terrible painting skills. Nonetheless after more time than I would like to admit I finished a first batch. All that's left is the Army Painter wash. I hope this will bring out some of the details and somewhat hide the mess I made on these. So next batch should be up soon and this time I am going to create some kind of system.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What is Butternut anyway?

In getting myself moving on the Civil War project it would have made sense for me to start with the Union. The uniforms are much more uniform than the confederates and in 10mm I could probably get some troops done rather fast. Nonetheless I decided to start with the confederates. So I bought the following from Pendraken:

Growing up I always thought confederates more or less wore grey. Yet researching online shows that it is actually is much more complicated. Grey, brown, blue, green and something called butternut!!!

I was thoroughly confused and decided to settle on what I thought looked like my conception of confederates and would translate to 10mm. I went with the following pictures as inspiration:

Also purchased these paints to add to my colors. These are recommended as standard for ACW. So wish me the best. 

Within the next few days I will get started on the figures. Wish me luck!!!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Project Prep?

My father was a Civil War and American Revolutionary War buff and as a result good portion of our family vacations were spent driving down south to visit American Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields. My brother used to joke about how we were going on vacation again to look at more tipped canons. Obviously I developed some of my interest in military history from these excursions as well as perusing my fathers book collection. Strangely however, when I started painting miniature toys I never gravitated towards either of these two conflicts. It may have been some over saturation because I always found the wars in Europe to be more exciting.

While I still gear towards the European conflicts some recent YouTube videos and Wargame AAR's have ignited an interest in the American Civil War and Revolutionary War. This video is especially inspiring I was thinking either would be a good project to start this summer and that perhaps by charting my progress on the blog I could actually stick to it and have something done by September. I decided to start with the Civil War. When it came to scale I was split as usual and considered 6mm, 10mm and 15mm. I ended up deciding I would go with Pendraken 10mm because a lot of my stuff is Pendraken, I have some 10mm terrain that could work and I generally really like the look of the Pendraken Civil War range. To get started I decided the first distinct thing about Civil War battlefields is fences and lots of trees. So I got started on these first. I purchased and painted some very nice fences from the Baggage Train and put together some tree bases with trees purchased on ebay. So its a start. Next few days I hope to get started on the figures. So the start:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

More 20mm WW2

I keep plugging along with the 20mm WW2 stuff. I am chiefly interested in early war and the lesser known fronts. These are some Slovaks from Axel miniatures and Soviets from SHQ. As far as I know SHQ is the only company in either 20mm or 15mm to make Soviets in the correct early helmets. I think they are accurate for fighting the Japanese in the 1930's and Poland 1939.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Some Prussians and Austrians

I continue to dabble on the outskirts of the Napoleonic period. I think the overall mass of the wars intimidates me. I have several interests that fit into the time frame and have made minor starts and stops throughout the years some of which are evidenced on the blog. In general I am drawn to the revolutionary period, 1806 and the 1809 campaigns. 1809 is the least interest to me so obviously this is the period most covered by manufacturers in 10mm and 6mm scale. This is understandable because I assume it draws the most sales. The question of scale is also an issue. I know I would like to go 10mm or 6mm but seem to go back and forth between. Below are a few pictures of my latest 6mm efforts 1806 Prussians and some 1809 Austrians. As usual no continuity forces from different times that never really fought together or each other.