Happy Veterans Day - More Force on Force Minis

Historical – A little while back I painted up some 20mm minis for Force on Force. You can read more about it here. I guess the game is also played at 28mm so my client had me paint up some American Troops in that scale.

Gun Fighters Ball - Legends of the Old West

Historical – Cowboys are such an American icon. While Westerns come in and out of popularity every few years, there always seems to be a new miniature game popping up set in the genre. One of my clients went whole hog with Knuckleduster’s Gun Fighter’s Ball. This is a skirmish game that works for 2-12 players, the game has cards that detail out the stats for each mini and they come sold in packs of gangs like the Earps and James Gang. The production quality of the cards is pretty basic, but the figure are amazingly detailed metal models. Gone are the days or blobby lead cowboys, these models are crisp and well defined.

Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers

Historical – Band of Brothers was a pretty decent HBO show from back in the day that followed the exploits of Easy Company across the European Continent. I believe it was based on a book and the series was directed by Steven Spielburg. That late 1990’s series was part of HBO series really taking off and changing the face of television.

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WWII Waffen SS Miniatures

WWII Waffen SS Miniatures

Historical - My second batch of historical miniatures are some Waffen SS soldiers for the German WWII army. With this batch my client started painting a few models and soon realized he didn’t have the patience or time to do the detailed camouflage work that he wanted on this set. Lucky for me he was using Scale 75 paints and gave me the set of paints he was using. I’ve never had a chance to use Scale 75 since most of my projects veer more towards the bright end of the spectrum so a bunch of greens and browns aren’t in my wheel-house. I do have to say these are really nice paints. The dropper bottle is useful and they thin down beautifully,

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Outlaws and Renegades - Painting Revolutionary Patriots

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Historical - As a country founded by immigrants, rebels and outlaws it’s pretty amazing the place this country is at today, for good or ill our founding fathers made this all possible by standing up for what they believed. (of course now-a-days they’d just whine about it on Twitter and Facebook … ) So it was a pleasure to get my first batch of Revolutionary Patriots to paint. While I have no interest in playing out historical battles painting them for someone else is pretty fun. My understanding is these tend to be HUGE armies with ranked up models so my client was looking for something inexpensive and easy for my to replicate on 100’s of models.

While the first batch is only 24 models, I’ve been told there with be many more. To make painting easier I used a tiny dab of super glue to stick them to some Mantic bases I had laying around. PROTIP: If you use super glue for temporary bonds you can put it in the freezer and the models will pop off easily.

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To get these painted quickly and affordably I started with a grey primer. I then did a quick base coat of a bone color since the majority of the model would be cream and blue. (Obviously blue covers cream better than vice-versa so I start with the light color) Once that has dried I painted the coats with Kantor Blue, as one of GW’s base paints this cover in one coat and thins pretty nicely to flow over the deep fold in the arms. Next up I fill in the face and hands with Kislev Flesh, and then paint the gun in a silver, followed by a chocolate brown on the boots, gunstock and hair.

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Once that dried I did a heavy wash of Agrax Earthshade to bring it all together and give the figure some depth. The bases on these models are temporary, as my client likes to do the basing himself on these, which is why they look so sloppy. They’ll be popped off the base when i turn them back over.

Using this method I was able to paint all 24 in one sitting while binge-watching something on Netflix. I’m very happy with the results and look forward to the next set.

Hogan's Heroes - WWII Miniatures

Hogan's Heroes - WWII Miniatures

Historical - I’ve never been into historical gaming, while I find it interesting reenacting actual battles with actual forces never really appealed to me. So this is my first “historical” post, since one of my regulars has decided to get a variety of World War II models painted. Sticking to an “accurate” representation of uniforms is new to me so it might take a bit to get used to, with most of my other projects its a simple matter of I want it blue and red, match the box or whatever you think looks best you’re the artist (my personal favorite).

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