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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‚Äôs 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 Resedagr√ľn 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 ‚ÄěThe goat‚Äú Hoat, Peter ‚ÄěLittlefinger‚Äú Baelish, Lord Varys and Walder ‚ÄěThe Weddingplaner‚Äú Frey
Roose Bolton, Ramsey Snow ‚ÄěThe Bastard of Bolton‚Äú and Theon ‚ÄěReek‚Äú Greyjoy
Brienne ‚ÄěThe Maiden of Tarth‚Äú and Bronn ‚ÄěLord of lofty titles‚Äú
Tycho Nestoris, Dario Naharis, Jaqen H‚ÄėGhar
Bastards Girls
 
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Posted by on June 14, 2020 in Neutrals

 

A song of ice and fire… Lannisters

A song of ice and fire… Lannisters

I am a big fan of a song of ice and fire… much more so of the books than the TV show (although the first 4-5 seasons were great). So when they announced a tabletop game to go with the books, I decided to pledge on the Kickstarter.

Unfortunately it took me a while until I found the time to start painting. But here are the first few steps. I tried to keep these simple and fast (no clean up before painting, simpler paint jobs with less detail), I still wanted to paint them according to the description in the books (with some artistic license), so I had to find they still took some more time to get done than I had wanted.

Anyway… here are the Lannisters I have done so far. No further comments. I hope the photos speak for themselves.

Tyrion and Jamie Lannister
The Great Sparrow, Grandmaster Pycelle, Cercei Lannister and Tywin Lannister
Sandor Clegane and Gregor Clegane
Champion of the faith and Mountains Men Captain

Horrible sculpt on the face of the left hand Mini to begin with.

The Mountain that rides
The Mountain that rides
The Mountain that rides
Kingsguard and King Joffrey
King Joffrey (back)
Warriors Sons
Poor Fellows
Mountains Men I
Mountains Men II
 
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Posted by on June 13, 2020 in A Song Of Ice And Fire, Fantasy, Lannister

 

Fallschirmjäger Heavy weapons

Fallschirmjäger Heavy weapons

The last few years have always been taken up by some big project that I wanted to paint in time for Crisis in Antwerp. As I said before, for the 80th anniversaries of WWII we want to do a game each commemorating a battle or campaign that took place 80 years earlier. So the last few years it was mostly early Germans and Poles for me. Now the Germans are done and two of my mates already have French so this year I am free to do whatever pleases me.

My project for this year is going to be mid to late war Fallschirmjäger. I decided to start of with the first batch of heavy weapons.

Up first is a PaK 40 from Warlord Games. I kept the paint job on the gun itself simple, with just a Sandgelb base and some green overspray on the lower half to mimic tall grass. I had seen a similar scheme on on a photo of a RSO in some museum and liked it. I actually painted a RSO like that and wanted the two to form a team.

Warlord Games PaK 40
Warlord Games PaK 40
Warlord Games PaK 40

Next is the artillery support. First a pair of LeFH 18. I found no manufacturer that does any with Fallschirmjäger crews in 28mm, so I created my own. The guns are from Warlord. I wanted them to look like horsedrawn guns. The original models came with the wheels for mechanised units. Since there were two types of wheels used for horsedrawn units (cast steel and wooden spiked wheels) I went for wooden wheels using some 1:48th scale wheels from Tamiya I still had at home. These make the guns sit a little higher than they should, but I actually like that look. The crews are mostly converted Warlord plastics, with the NCO from their metal range.

Warlord Games Fallschirmjäger LeFH 18
Warlord Games Fallschirmjäger LeFH 18
Warlord Games Fallschirmjäger LeFH 18
Warlord Games Fallschirmjäger LeFH 18
Warlord Games Fallschirmjäger LeFH 18
Warlord Games Fallschirmjäger LeFH 18
Warlord Games Fallschirmjäger LeFH 18

And last are two Nebelwerfer. These models are from Offensive Miniatures. Really liked these, since they came with lots of little items (ammo boxes and ammo) which allowed me to create two different scenes on the bases with little effort.

Offensive Miniatures Nebelwerfer
Offensive Miniatures Nebelwerfer
Offensive Miniatures Nebelwerfer
Offensive Miniatures Nebelwerfer
Offensive Miniatures Nebelwerfer
Offensive Miniatures Nebelwerfer
 

New additions to the Empire and a few pesky Rebels (Star Wars Legion)

New additions to the Empire and a few pesky Rebels (Star Wars Legion)

Work did not cease on Star Wars Legion. Up first , some time last summer was the Occupier tank for the Empire. Even though vehicles are often a dead end in Legion these days (since they can only score on some missions), I really liked its look in Rogue One, so this was a must have for me. Just like the AT-ST I did before I wanted it to have a worn look. So it received a good amount of faded and chipped paint, streaks and grime.

Up next on the list was Bossk. Not much to say about him. I as with the other minis, I went for colours based on the movies.

Last year, there was also a very fine gentlemen named Mathew Y. who had and extra Han Solo and Chewbacca and who was giving them away for free, as long as the recipient promised not to sell them on but paint them. By sheer luck I was the first to contact him and these minis started their long journey from Alaska to Germany. All in all these were nice models to paint, but also quite a challenge. It took me quite some time to find the right brown tones for Chewie.

Han on the other hand was easier (I went for the colours he wore on Endor), but his face was a challenge as well. Always felt that this mini looked more like Nathan Fillion in Firefly than Harrison Ford. But in the end he turned out fine.

The faces on the newer Star Wars minis are far better and this clearly showed on the Jyn Erso I painted at about the same time. Finding the right colours for her clothes was more of a problem though, since the light is quite different for ever sy planet Rogue One took place on, making the colours look different on every one of them. In the end I found some prop photos which helped a great deal.

Then there was quite some time when I did not paint any Legion problems. The retailer of my choice accidentally did not reserve my shore troopers and still has not received a restock. When it came to the Dewbacks, FFG delivered the first batch with the wrong size of bases. So I had to wait for them to restart delivery. Again I went for the classic movie colours. There are some really fine Dewbacks in alternative colours out there, but I still went for the classic green lizards.

And last are the new Stormtroopers upgrade. Again classic colours. Painting the these, I just wished that that FFG had added Pauldrons to the heavy weapon troopers in the starter set as well, since they really add some contrast to the minis.

May the Force be with you!

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2020 in Empire, Sci-Fi, Star Wars Legion

 

A Storch and a Stuka

A Storch and a Stuka

It has been a long time, but I have started to start posting again. We have been involved in a quite heavy car crash late last year and I had decided to spend more time playing and less time posting.

Now Corona has changed that. Suffering from asthma, I guess I will have to limit social contacts to a minimum in coming weeks and months, so I decided to return to my blogging (and maybe rekindle my interest in blogging). Not sure how frequent things will be.

There are a lot of minis I painted in recent months, but I am not sure how much will follow in the near future, since I am one of the lucky few to work through the crisis.

Anyway… let‚Äôs start with two models I finished this weekend. These are two 1:48th scale planes for WWII. Both are very old kits… one just slightly 1 ¬Ĺ years younger than myself.

Up first is the older one, a Fieseler Storch from Revell. For a kit from the late 70¬īs the quality was pretty good and the decals were almost as good as new. Given that the offering from Tamiya that was released just a few years ago coast around 60 Euros, this was a very good alternative.

The connection between the fuselage and the wings was a bit wobbly, but once the support struts were glued on, the plane itself became surprisingly stable.

Now this plane will have to serve in many lists both from early to late war. So I chose colours for the camouflage that were used for most of the war from roughly 1941 to 1944 (and since not all planes were repainted possibly till 1945) to give me the most mileage. For the same reason the areas painted yellow for recognition were kept to a medium level with just the undersides of the wingtips and a band around the fuselage.

The other model is a Stuka by Monogram. Slightly younger than the Storch. The. model itself was nearly as good as the Storch, but the decals were a pain in the behind, with the glue being quite slimey and them requiring a lot of Micro Set and Micro Sol to work.

This one is supposed to be used for the very early period. From Poland to Barbarossa, possibly even longer. I went for the same colours as I did with the Storch. These will not work for Poland or France, but should be fine Greece or Barbarossa, which will see nearly as many games.

In this case I went for quite large yellow areas, since this plane will mostly see use during periods when the Germans had air superiority.

Both planes were weathered with oil paints. I replaced the propellers with clear discs made from blister packing (although I might replace the one on the Storch with which I am not entirely happy) and added aluminium pipes so I can mount them on my homemade flight stands.

 

May 40 (early war) Fallschirmj√§ger review

So the time has finally come to do that May 40 Fallschirmjäger review I indicated some time ago. I was kindly given four samples of the first castings from the range.

Now first things first… the minis themselves. The anatomy is great. The proportions are accurate and the animation is realistic. What I really like is the level of detail. The level of detail is higher than the photos posted on the Kickstarter would suggest. There is lots of little details on both the uniforms and weapons. There is also little things strewn in, like the handgrenade tugged under the belt or the officer wearing extra long gloves. Especially the faces are great. They are sculpted well and strike a nice balance between detail and overdoing it. As such they should work well with classic painting and washing techniques. The equipment on the minis is period correct and placed realistically. The casting quality is very good. No mould misallignment and flash is minimal and will be easy to remove. At least on the samples I received, the flash is never running over the middle of the faces, which is a big plus in my book as well.

Four samples of the May 40 miniatures

Now how do they compare to other companies offerings. I had Warlord Games minis, both metal and plastic, as well the as the Heer46 Mediterranean Fallschirmjäger.

Size wise they compare very well to the Warlord minis (both metal and plastic), but are a little smaller than the Heer46 minis.

The heft though is compareable between them and Heer46. The Heft on the metal Warlord minis is thicker and on the plastic Warlord thicker again.

The detail is on about the same level as with the Heer46, slightly better than the Warlord metal and a good deal better than the Warlord plastic (which is no big surprise since this is one of their earlier plastic offerings).

When it comes to the size of the weapons, which is often the defining factor if you want to mix different ranges, May 40 and Warlord are virtually the same. Herr46 are smaller and shorter. But please bear in mind, that the equipment with the Warlord is is geared more towards mid to late war (although select minis could be used for early war as well). Heer46 is also geared towards later periods and the warm weather mediterranean uniforms.

All in all all ranges are close enough to be mixed with one another. Warlord even being close enough, that one could even put minis from the both manufacturers on one base. They would work with Heer46 as well, but I would recommend basing them seperately. But to be fair… the May 40 and Heer46 minis are for different periods anyway.

Left to right: Warlord plastic, May 40, Heer46, May 40 and Warlord metal

Now for those of you who think “this is all very nice, but it will be some time before I can buy them”… well May 40 is running a late pledge option in their store right now. Not sure how long that will be online, but right now you will still be able to get a pre-order in at Kickstarter prices.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2019 in May 40, Miniatures, Reviews, WWII, WWII: Germans

 

Early war Fallschirmjäger

As you will have noticed, I have been working feverishly on my early war Germans. Nowthis all regular Heer, but in the first years of the war Germany used their Fallschirmjäger as strike forces taking key positions during most offensives. Naturally this means, that I am also interested in sore Fallschirmjäger to complement my forces for those early campaigns. So far there have been no appropriate minis, as all minis on the market are geared up for the later years.

But there are some coming up in a Kickstarter:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/may40miniatures/german-fallschirmjager-1940-invasion-of-the-low-countries

If you want / need some early war Fallschirmjäger, I suggest you take a look.

Everything I have seen so far looks extremely nice, poses as well as detail. And there are some great vignettes as well.

They are also offering a DFS 230 glider as a pledge on the Kickstarter:

I would have loved to give you a detailed review of the minis as I was send some samples, but unfortunately they only arrived after we left for our holidays (thanks DHL), so the review will only happen after we return or in other words,after the Kickstarter has ended. Hope those pictures have caught your interest already.

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2019 in Battlegroup, Blitzkrieg, WWII, WWII: Germans