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A happy new year

A year ago today I saw this picture (although it said 2020).

Back thenI thought it was pretty funny. Little did we know that some of these might not be that easy for some of us.

In this sense I hope that along you and your families made it through 2020 safe and sound. Wishing you all a good and healthy 2021! Take good care of yourselves!

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2020 in General

 

Next batch of minis for Marvel Crisis Protocol

Next batch of minis for Marvel Crisis Protocol

Right now I am immensely enjoying painting minis for Marvel Crisis Protocol so this is the batch I started before our holidays and finished afterwards.

As promised in my last post, I took some better photos. Unfortunately I forgot that this meant I should rather dust them off before taking photos. So if some of them show fibres and the like… those are not baked into the paint job.

Black Widow, Agent of Shield
Black Widow, Agent of Shield

Up first is Black Widow, Agent of Shield. This is her second version in the game. Having painted the first one on classic colours (black suit with yellow trim and red hair) I wanted this one to look different. So I went with the look from the movie Avengers: Endgame. And I have to say… I like how that turned out.

Hawkeye
Hawkeye

The mini for Hawkeye is based on the comics, but I felt the bright purples did not really fit it. So I went with dark purples going burgundy, like they did in the movies to give him a more subdued look.

Killmonger
Killmonger

Up next is Killmonger. First things first… I did away with the Panther statue he comes with, since I could see absolutely no reason, why that would be standing in the middle of the road. Resting his foot on the curb only makes him lean forward to slightly, so that was an acceptable alternative for me. The mini is pretty bare, except for the weapons and necklace, so I gave him Multicam pants. Makes him look a little more interesting and gave me a chance to try out a new paint set.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

I have to say, I really loved this mini. Again it is based more on the comics than the movies, making the details a little bare at times, but the cape was a joy to paint. And I was feverishly awaiting the right time to fit those aftermarket spell rings to the mini.

Wong
Wong

The other mini from that box, Wong, left me a bit struggling. I envisioned him in bright, but otherwise bare clothing. In the end I feel he is a little too bare. But I am unsure if I should really crank it up. Maybe a few mystic flames embroiled into his sleeves and legs?

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider was a bit of a conversion effort. While the original pose of him doing a wheelie was not bad, I felt him sliding his bike was more iconic. So I converted the mini until one leg was resting on the ground and added more flames. Contemplated keeping the chain metal in some spots, but he end decided to make it flaming hot. I also thought about painting on some OSL, but there is so many flames on this mini that a lot of it would have been covered in OSL and I felt that this would be overdoing it.

Ebony Maw
Ebony Maw

This minis seems to be a hybrid look between the comics and the movies somewhat leaning towards the later. But with the colour contrasts it was rather nice to paint. I know a lot of people have gone really elaborate on this basing, making him hover inside a whirlwind of debris, but I rather liked him just hovering.

Black Dwarf
Black Dwarf

Up next is his brother Black Dwarf. Again I converted this mini a little bit, sculpting on a pair of abs to raise him from the hunched over pose. I struggled a bit finding a good colour for him and went for an orange brown on him. Unfortunately, after filters and oil paint washes he turned out rather orange for my taste. By a twist of fate I have a second Black Dwarf (first pack I bought was misplaced), so I might eventually end up converting and painting another one.

Corvus Glaive
Corvus Glaive

The next member of the Black Order is Corvus Glaive. Great mini and a magnificent pose. I decided to go with a very dark green, which is almost black to the naked eye. Looking at pictures from the comics, I often had a feeling, that was rather painted in greens, so that felt right to me.

Proxima Midnight
Proxima Midnight

And last in this batch is his wife, Proxima Midnight. Again great mini, although it took me a while till I had the shading the way I wanted it.

And that is actually the last mini from this batch. But… there is already 13 more finished minis on my workbench, just awaiting their basing and varnish. So there will be more.

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2020 in Marvel, Marvel Crisis Protocol

 

More Fallschirmjäger support weapons

More Fallschirmjäger support weapons

Before we left for Scotland in September I wanted to start on something small, that could possibly be finished fast after our return.

It turned out I actually managed to finish them, including the basing, in under four days (including two days on the day job). Not actually sure how, since Splittermuster camo is not exactly a fast subject.

Up first is the 8,8cm Racketenwerfer 43 Püppchen rocket launcher. The launcher, as well as the loader and gunner are from Westwind. Not sure if it is still the same, but back when I bought it the minis came with those terrible cartoonish heads. So those were replaced with Fallschirmjäger heads from Westwind.

Fallschirmjäger 8,8cm Racketenwerfer 43 Püppchen

Now when I had finished the Team, I felt it looked extremely bare on the base and if I remember correctly the Püppchen team is three men in Battlegroup Overlord. So I added a NCO from Victory Force Miniatures. Usually I would say that VFM look too large next to Warlord, but with the head swap on the other minis, they blend quite well.

Fallschirmjäger 8,8cm Racketenwerfer 43 Püppchen
Fallschirmjäger 8,8cm Racketenwerfer 43 Püppchen

Up next is the 2,8cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41. Unfortunately there is no official slot for them in Battlegroup Overlord, but I always loved the looks of this gun, so I could not do without it. And since there are stats for the Panzerbüchse itself, one can always come up with a price for the team.

Fallschirmjäger 2,8cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41

As with the Püppchen, this one is a Warlord set and again, I replaced the heads with Westwind ones.

Fallschirmjäger 2,8cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41
Fallschirmjäger 2,8cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41
Fallschirmjäger 2,8cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41

Up last are two 8cm Granatwerfer 34 mortars. Again these are by Warlord. In this case they even retained their heads. The faces are not cartoonish and some have their hands moulded to their heads, so it would have been a lot of effort to remove them anyway. But I replaced the mortars with mortars from Victory Force, which I still had lying around from a few conversions I did ages ago. The Warlord ones looked too tiny for my taste.

Fallschirmjäger 8cm Granatwerfer 34 mortars
Fallschirmjäger 8cm Granatwerfer 34 mortars
Fallschirmjäger 8cm Granatwerfer 34 mortar
Fallschirmjäger 8cm Granatwerfer 34 mortar
Fallschirmjäger 8cm Granatwerfer 34 mortar
Fallschirmjäger 8cm Granatwerfer 34 mortar
Fallschirmjäger 8cm Granatwerfer 34 mortar

This is it for today. Looking at these photos though, I think I will have to put more effort into my photos again in the future. These were taken on my iPad, as I have done for months now. I think I need to switch back to my DSLR.

 

Rounding off my Americans

Rounding off my Americans

I recently realised, that my WWII American infantry only need very few additions to make them plyable as either an Infantry Division or an Armoured Division. So I started fleshing them out. The biggest problem though was (and still is) that virtually all my other Americans were painted nearly two decades ago. Since I mostly used self-mixed paints back then, which have long dried out, and my style of painting changed a bit, this was a challenge. But I think I have found colours that nearly match the old ones and have managed a style close enough not for them to stand out. Only when it came to the faces and eyes I stuck to my new style completely.

M 101 105mm Howitzer
M 101 105mm Howitzer
M 101 105mm Howitzer

Up first is a two gun battery of howitzers. I always love to add some artillery to my forces and these were actually quite fast to paint.

Next is the .30cal machine gun team. Like the artillery before them, they are by Warlord Games. Really liked the composition of the minis, although the ammo bearer taking the knee feels somewhat strange with the rest of the Team being prone.

The .30cal, .50cal and mortar teams above were not painted now, but only rebased. Under the rules we used in the past, it made sense to base the teams as single miniatures. Under Battlegroup that is not necessarily the case and I rather want them based as teams these days. But, I think these minis (by Victory Force Miniatures) actually show, that the new ones blend in well with those painted almost two decades ago.

When I decided to paint and rebase these minis, my eyes fell upon the Greyhound above. It had been sitting assembled but unpainted on my shelve for years, so I decided to paint up up as well while I was on it.

 

French Village

French Village

Now on to the second large project for this summer and even a larger one, than the modern US terrain.

Over the past few years one thing became increasingly clear to me… I wanted build up areas, that actually felt like a village or small town, instead of just some MDF buildings tossed onto the table. 

Now long term followers of this blog will know that I have never been too happy with my 4Ground buildings due to them being easily recognisable and their proliferation across the world. Other buildings rather have a feeling like they they fit a loose hamlet. Yet others by Sarissa simply lack the footprint to give the weight I would like to see on my gaming table.

While I do have a 3D printer that I use for terrain and vehicles, I often still prefer MDF over prints. Now over the years I have grown increasingly fond of Charlie Foxtrot Models for several reasons. Colins models are fairly cheap, yet well thought out and detailed. And most importantly they all have individual features and offer a realistic footprint. So for that reason, the majority of models for this project came from Charlie Foxtrott.

But let’s start with those that did not. The first is Sarissa Precision’s Café Gondree from the Warlord Games Pegasus Bridge set. The kit itself is nice, but took a lot of work to get painted, due to all the small trim and such. I left the majority of the shutters off. While the sheets had been complete, I was still missing one shutter. So in the end, I decided to leave most of, instead of a single half shuttered window stand out. Main problem for me is the size of the building. Having been there I know that the original building is not gigantic either, but this one feels just too small (and I think caters to the short ranges in Bolt Action). But it should make a nice addition to my Pegasus Bridge as well as serving as a generic building for many western European set ups.

The other one is by Sarissa as well, this time their La Belle Alliance for the Waterloo campaign. I bought this, when I still had the time to paint Napoleomics, but have now decided to use it as a rather generic building. Maybe for the edges of a village or as part of a farm complex. Anyway, not wanting to use it in its historical role, gave me some liberties. So I added a fieldstone foundation and door / window beams, plastered up the walls and gave it all a good weathering with oil paints.

Now before I start with the completely new additions, I also made some addition to the last buildings of Charlie Foxtrot Models, namely some backyards. Again, the walls were plastered up (where appropriate) and weathered using oil paints. The plaster and oil paints will be a feature on all the following models as well, so I am going to omit that from here on. The sacks are from Stronghold Terrain if I remember correctly. The pile of firewood is simply cut up twigs.

When I did the shops the other year, I only gave them some light airbrush weathering, But I liked the oil paints version better and wanted to tie them all together, so I brought their weathering up to date as well.

When I bought the first batch of Normandy row houses from Charlie Foxtrot, I left the Brasserie out. Not sure why. At first look I did not like the building, but in the end I decided to add it to the collection. Which was a great idea, since it is as great as the other shops.

What is left now are the row houses. Obviously every village needs space for people to live in and I really liked the row houses from Charlie Foxtrot. Getting four of these is supposed to give my village what I am aiming for… gravity.

Obviously using the same large building four times means that I run the risk of it all looking cookie cutter style. To reduce that effect I made sure that all the backyards look as different as possible. The outhouses and sheds are by Charlie Foxtrot, the cold frame and chicken coop, as well as most of the chickens, are by another of my favourite companies, Warbases. And yes, I know that brick walls were not too common in Normandy, but I simply liked the brick version so much better than the plain one.

My favourite part though, is the Desire Ingouf. Once I had started on it, it became apparent that this would be a special piece. So in addition to the plaster, I also added a stone base from pink foam (which replaces the original laser engraved ones), roof tiles and custom signs / roads signs (not designed by me though)

To round it all off, I added new roads to it all, which you can see all through those post. Almost exactly a year ago (funny side story… while also on holidays in Scotland and staying in the same place I am writing this now) I stumbled about really nice cobblestone roads by Slug Industries. They were originally a Kickstarter, but if you contact Phil, he still has the moulds and sells them. They are really nicely designed and were easy and fast enough to paint. I also made some connector pieces to allow me to connect them to my existing hardened and dirt roads.

So all in all, I hope to have achieved my goal… to create a village that looks substantial and has gravity.

 

Modern US inner city terrain

Modern US inner city terrain

On the heels of last weeks Marvel characters, here is some terrain for them. You could actually see some as the backdrop for the minis in the previous post, but this one is dedicated directly to the terrain.

Yes, I know the first shots look a bit bare. But this is larger than the recommended playing area for Marvel Crisis Protocol (MCP) and I simply wanted to show more of the road tiles.

So once this gets condensed to the normal table size, these will be pretty well filled. Plus I also have some 3D printed terrain that I still need to (print and) paint. So there will be even more options.

With the exception of the dumpster, which came with the MCP core set, and the cars, all the terrain is from Multiverse Gaming.

I already bought these a couple of years ago. But with the exception of the road tiles, which were already finished nearly three years ago, all the rest was assembled and painted this summer. Which was the first of my two big terrain projects for this summer.

So far everything is pretty clean. I have long contemplated the addition of graffitis, but eventually decided against it, since I was in no mood to paint them all. But I have recently bought some graffiti decals, so there will be a more lived in look soon.

The left one of these stores is still missing it´s going out of business sign.

Not sure why I forgot to take a closer photo of the chinema in the background. For the Movie titles I picked „The Green Mile“, which to this date is still one of my all time favourite movies. „Batman Begins“ is in my humble opinion part of the best Batman movies ever and Imfelt that in the Marvel Universe, Batman could well be a fictional movie.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2020 in Marvel Crisis Protocol, Modern, Terrain building

 

Marvel Crisis Protocol… my first batch of minis

Marvel Crisis Protocol… my first batch of minis

As some of the long term followers of this blog will know, this is actually not my first venture into superheroes, but my second one. But when Knight Models returned the Marvel license that game essentially went dead (for me), IMHO mostly due to the fact that there was virtually only the good guys and that I found the sculpts somewhat flimsy.

The license was sold on and last year Atomic Mass Games released a new Marvel miniatures game. The rules are sound, easy and fresh, so this should be fun to play even in the long run. And best of all… the sculpts are great and the minis are a real joy to paint. So let’s see what I got finished so far….

Captain America
Captain America

Tried to go for the more classic comic colours on him, instead of the darker colours seen in the later MCU movies. For some weeks I was not really happy with his shield which I had done in quite a plain manner. So I went back to it recently, adding some light effects and now I am really happy with the overall result.

Red Skull
Red Skull

I am usually not a big fan of OSL, but with Red Skull and the Tesseract, this seemed mandatory. The mimi is still missing its varnish, but once that is applied, I will add some satin varnish to the Tesseract, which should really make it pop.

Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

All in all I am happy with how this one turned out, maybe except for her skin, which turned out a little dark.

Ultron
Ultron

Ultron was a bit hard to paint, with the metal / Vibranium skin being a bit hard to contrast, but with the orange glow, that mini still provided an interesting result.

Iron Man
Iron Man

Iron Man has me struggling. He definitely needs more contrast and I am quite unhappy with the result. Right now I am just unsure if I should go and continue work on this one, since I feel that artistically I have moved myself into a dead end. Or, and this being more likely, I will simply start from scratch.

Crossbones
Crossbones

Now this mini is absolutely lovely. He is based more on the comics, which is a shame, since a different helmet and an armoured plate to his chest would have allowed for the white crosses on them, giving a break to the monotony of an virtually all black mini. So I decided to borrow from the movie and give him camo pants. It is subtle on the mini, ut really makes a difference.

Spiderman
Spiderman

Very flimsy to paint, but still a real joy. Did not like the way the mini was positioned on the original iron girder provided for the mini (now being used on Ultrons base), so I placed him on a fire hydrant I had lying around (as we all do).

Doctor Octopus
Doctor Octopus

Did not really have any big ideas about this mini. So I decided to paint this mini first to get a feel for these minis. In the end he was the sixth mini I painted. But no matter where he was in line, I am really happy with how he turned out.

Black Widow
Black Widow

Not much to say about her. Tried to break up all that black with an olive holster and the belt. Atomic Mass have already released a second version of her (which was delivered to my home address a day after we had left for our holidays) and I am really looking forward to painting that version. This time in the white suit you can see in the trailer to the upcoming Black Widow movie.

Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo

Went for some classic colours on him. While it finally gave me a reason to use those five purple colours I have, I still find I am struggling with that colour. The leather bomber hecket was fun to paint though. He also finishes off the ten minis from the core set, so now on to the minis for the single packs I have painted, too.

M.O.D.O.K.
M.O.D.O.K.

Initially I was planning on even buying M.O.D.O.K., but I had so much fun painting the minis from the core set and since everything was sold out at the time I bought him anyway. And to be honest he was great fun to paint. This huge face of his was a completely different experience to paint.

Ronan the Accuser
Ronan the Accuser

Ronan put me through some problems. I was very torn between the comic and movie colours since the sculpt is close to the comic version I went that way. Compared to the other minis for the game he seems to lack detail and the contours are a little soft.

Drax the Destroyer
Drax the Destroyer

In my opinion Drax is suffering from the same problem as Ronan (the both come in the same box, so it might be a question of the designers style)… lack of detail and soft contours. He is also sculpted closer to the comic version than the movie version. Since I found the comic version quite boring, I tried to bring him closer to the movie looks. Not entirely happy with him (or Ronan) so I might go back to them later. A part of me is also hoping, that Atomic Mass releases a version based on Dave Bautista, so I could simply repaint him comic style and have a more detailed version.

Black Panther
Black Panther

Now Black Panther was a real joy to paint. I painted him on the weekend the news of Chadwick Bosemans death was released and it seemed to be the right mini to paint that weekend. The purple energy effects on his suit look better to the naked eye, but I guess I will still blend these in a little more later.

Shuri
Shuri

Up next is Black Panthers sister Shuri. Again top mini to paint with lots of details and crisp contours.

Okoye
Okoye

Continuing on the Wakanda theme, here is Okoye. Just like Shuri, this was an absolute joy to paint.

And this finishes this post. I still have a few minis at home that are assembled and still unpainted and as I said, there should be another parcel when we get back home, so there will be more to come soon.

For those interested in the terrain… I will cover that in my next post.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2020 in Marvel, Marvel Crisis Protocol

 

Two 12,8cm PaK 44

Two 12,8cm PaK 44

Turns out Corona did not have the effect on my blogging habits that I expected. While I did indeed play less in recent months, I did not blog as much either. But this was mostly due to most of the projects being bigger and taking more time.

One of the first one projects I tackled were two 12,8cm Pak 44s. The models themselves are 3D sculpts by the very talented Richard Humble printed in resin in 1:48th scale. (Anyone interested in these… the models are now being sold in 1:56th scale by Rubicon.)

Since these came without crew miniatures, I had to build some myself. I used plastic minis from different Warlord Games sets for them. These lend themselves quite well for these kinds of conversions.

12,8cm PaK 44 Kanone 81/2

Up first is the 12,8cm PaK 44 Kanone 81/2. This one actually saw action very late in the war. I wanted it to be manned by a Wehrmacht crew and to give them a look reminiscent of the last winter / spring of the war. So they are all wearing greatcoats.

12,8cm PaK 44 Kanone 81/2

The painting is also meant to represent this period of the war, with a Resedagrün base and Dunkelgelb and Schokoladenbraun camouflage. The camouflage was intentionally airbrush with a little too much pressure leading the feathering, to make it look like a fast and sloppy paint job.

12,8cm PaK 44 Kanone 81/2
12,8cm PaK 44 Kanone 81/2

The ground is meant to match with very muddy ground and dried out winter grass.

12,8cm PaK 44 Kanone 81/2
12,8cm PaK 44 Kanone 81/2

The other gun is the Rheinmetal version of the 12,8 cm PaK 44. Now while a few prototypes of this one were build, they never saw action (as far as I know), but it simply looks cool.

Rheinmetal 12,8cm PaK 44

For this one I chose an SS crew. Again going for a late war look they are wearing a mixed assortment of clothing. Greatcoat, regular uniforms (both in Feldgrau and Erbsenmuster), smock and Zeltbahn.

Rheinmetal 12,8cm PaK 44

The paint ob is quite simple. Just red primer for the gun and Dunkelgrau for the barrel. From what I have read, barrels were often primed grey, even till the end of the war, due to the grey paint being more resistant to the heat of the gun.

Rheinmetal 12,8cm PaK 44

The paint job got some streaking grime and rain marks to show that the gun was exposed to the elements. There is a tarpaulin hanging over the barrels to break up the guns silhouette. The tarpaulin was born out of necessity. When I had just assembled the gun, Sami accidentally swept the model off the table with his tail, breaking the gun. After I glued it back together , the barrel had a slight bend. Not much, but it was slightly noticeable where the barrels broke. But the tarpaulin is masking that quite well.

Rheinmetal 12,8cm PaK 44)

For the base I went with an urban look. This way it could the urban fighting seen a lot during the last few months of the war.

Rheinmetal 12,8cm PaK 44

That is it for today, but since we are off on holidays, I will have more time posting in coming days. So there is more to come.

 
 

A song of ice and fire… Targaryens

A song of ice and fire… Targaryens

Following on the heels of the Lannisters and neutral I did show you before, here are the Targarney I have done so far. Do not fear Lannisters and Targaryens with Neutrals to beef them out are the only factions I have, so there will not be another faction post in a few days.

Again… simple paint jobs following the colours described in the books. And just photos to seal for themselves.

Khal Drogo
Khal Drogo
Illyrio Mopatis and Daenyris Targaryen
Ser Jorah Mormont
Ser Jorah Mormont
Dothraki Screamers I
Dothraki Screamers II
Dothraki Outriders
Dothraki Veterans
 
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Posted by on June 15, 2020 in Targaryens

 

A song of ice and fire… Neutrals

A song of ice and fire… Neutrals

Following on the heels of the Lannisters I did show you before, here are the Neutrals I have done so far. Again… simple paint jobs following the colours described in the books. And just photos to speak for themselves.

Vargo „The goat“ Hoat, Peter „Littlefinger“ Baelish, Lord Varys and Walder „The Weddingplaner“ Frey
Roose Bolton, Ramsey Snow „The Bastard of Bolton“ and Theon „Reek“ Greyjoy
Brienne „The Maiden of Tarth“ and Bronn „Lord of lofty titles“
Tycho Nestoris, Dario Naharis, Jaqen H‘Ghar
Bastards Girls
 
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Posted by on June 14, 2020 in Neutrals