Friday, 18 January 2019

15mm WW1 French infantry and support

Completing my WW1 French, these are soft plastic figures from PSC. My painting technique was heavily influenced by James White's lovely Peter Pig French. I've based them on 15mm washers and used Vallejo Dark Earth Paste with a VJ US Tan drybrush.

First, les poilus.

Squad supports: Elites, grenadiers, marksmen, and Chauchat LMGs.

Hotchkiss MG teams on 25mm washers. I redid the front tripod legs using green stuff and 1mm plastic rod, as the original sculpts just had a flat triangle.

Crapouillot ("Little Toad") 58mm Trench Mortar teams.

Flamethrower! I hadn't done this before- I soaked some foam foliage in black paint and PVA, then drybrushed white/ yellow/ orange/ red.

Ammunition handler and engineer.

Officers and spotters.

Staff Officer- this is a metal figure from PSC's original Kickstarter. I based him on General Foch, and think he came out well!

75mm artillery- two white metal pieces from Battlefront on 40mm bases.

On ne passe pas!

Monday, 14 January 2019

15mm WW1 French tanks

From my previous post showing comparisons and how I did conversions, these are the PSC Schneider CA1 and Saint Chamond, and the two Battlefront Schneider CA1s. I made up the camouflage based on other schemes, and am happy with the appearance. The colours were:

  • Army Painter Ash Grey
  • Vallejo Model Color 394 Russian Green
  • Vallejo Model Color 984 Flat Brown
  • Vallejo Game Color 72.097 Pale Yellow
  • black
Then Army Painter Strong Tone wash and drybrush Vallejo Model Color 70884 Stone Grey, and add mud! (Vallejo Dark Earth paste drybrushed Vallejo US Tan)

PSC Schneider CA1 and Saint Chamond

PSC Schneider CA1

PSC Saint Chamond

Schneider CA1s: PSC on left, Battlefront centre and right.

Schneider CA1s: PSC on left, Battlefront on right
You can't really tell the Schneiders apart at a glance, I need to compare the rivets and MGs.

I'll put up my French infantry at the end of the week.

Friday, 11 January 2019

15mm Schneider CA1- PSC and Battlefront side-by-side comparison

PSC and Battlefront both make 1:100 models of this characterful early tank. I've compared them to each other, and made some minor additions.

The PSC model is pre-assembled and undercoated green straight out of the box. It comes in a pack with a Saint Chamond, and is available from PSC for £16.50 at time of writing. Neither model has machine guns, so I drilled 1mm holes with a pin vice and used some poly cement to add 1mm plastic rods which I then cut to length. I added a wire-cutter from some Evergreen H-column styrene. (This had been cannibalised by me from another project, so it is painted rather than the original white plastic.)
PSC Schneider CA1 with added wire cutter and MGs

PSC Schneider CA1 with added wire cutter

Battlefront's model
is a resin hull with white metal tracks and MGs. The resin didn't need any clean-up, but the tracks needed work. (My trick is to cover flaws in mud post-painting). I added the wire-cutter in the same fashion. You get two for US$30.
Battlefront Schneider CA1 with added wire cutter

Side by side, the models are the same size. There are subtle differences in the placement of panels etc. The details are a little more exaggerated on the resin model- panel lines, front grill, and rivets. The white metal MGs are nicer than my plastic ones, but more fragile.

Watch this space for painted pictures!

(Here's the St Chamond with added plastic MGs)

Friday, 4 January 2019

What a Tanker- France '44

I had my first game of What a Tanker this week, in the heretical scale of 15mm. The models and scenery were provided by my friend Gorillamo, and I took a Tiger against three Shermans commanded by Gorillamo and Lims.

I'm not very good at my Sherman identification, but there was a 75mm, a 76mm, and an Easy Eight.

I've been playing with a new app on my phone, LensFX, which allows me to add explosions and dinosaurs etc. to my photos. I think it helps tell a story, but let me know if it is it a distraction?

The Tiger spots advancing Shermans.

 An overview of the battlefield.

75mm, 76mm, and Easy Eight Shermans

The Shermans spread out around the crossroads

The Tiger fails to hit

The Tiger's armour deflects all shots!

The Shermans outflank the Tiger...

...which manoeuvres down a lane...

...and jostles past the Easy Eight before spinning around.

The 75mm Sherman rams the Tiger and has to bail out!

Caught in a crossfire, the Tiger crew bails out!
A fun first game which lived up to my expectations. It was a delight to play on this terrain with these models. The Tiger only hit once, doing optics damage, but shrugged off over half a dozen hits. Being rammed reduced my command dice options, and I wasn't able to recover them before taking a hail of fire that convinced the crew to bail out and fight on later.

Friday, 21 December 2018

Blood Bowl Slann

From Slaanesh to Slann- these are the last things to come off my painting queue before I knuckle down for the Analogue Challenge.
Blood Bowl Slann- The Dunwich Hoppers

This team was a true crowdfunder by a fan (J-Bone) rather than a company, and they are an absolute delight. They're single piece white metal with a variety of poses and distinguishable positional players. You'll recall I did a frog referee as a test a few months ago. It's an added painting challenge to prevent greenskinned players from blending into the pitch.
Slaan Blitzers

Slaan Catchers

Slaan Linefrogs

Slaan Linefrogs

I've never played them, but I've got my hopes really high that they will suit my crazy risky playstyle*.

I've still got a few more staff and star players to finish off, but will leave them until after the Challenge.


Friday, 14 December 2018

40K Slaanesh Chaos Marines

These are from GW's Assassinorum game, which I picked up relatively cheap second hand. They may see some Kill Team action. I quite like the hot pink, it will be delightfully obnoxious on the battlefield. It was a bit refreshing to do a quick and nasty job on these.

The Terminator Sorcerer had been assembled but not de-flashed to my liking, so I tore him apart and cleaned him up before reassembly and painting. There was much swearing in the disassembly. He comes with a familiar, which is used as a turn marker in the game.

I'd painted one of the marines before, and his similar brothers now join him.

I've got a small horde of cultists to get through, and will aim to get some done before the Analogue Challenge kicks off.

I still haven't settled on a chapter or cult name.

Friday, 7 December 2018

An important spray undercoat accessory, reforged

A few years ago I made Excalibur out of balsa wood and magnetic tape. She was used to hold washer-based figures for prepping with spray undercoat in a rotisserie style, as it really helps the spray reach all the nooks and crannies.

Unfortunately, I broke her by ill-advisedly using her to beat the dust out of a carpet...

With the Analogue Challenge IX approaching, I'm in full prep mode again (I hate prepping). I visited my local hardware store and got some self-adhesive magnetic tape and a metre of wood. I also got a steel post for use with figures with magnets under their bases.

I thus present Narsil and Andúril!
Andúril and Narsil

Narsil and Andúril

I've kept the tape central on Narsil, so that I can hold it at either end and get the spray where I need it.

Cue goosebumps: