Friday, 2 February 2018

Stuff on the table - February 2018

Blimey where did January go? Here's what's on the go for February:

Zvezda 1/144th Ju-87 Stuka (2017)
Revell 1/144th Me-262 (2016)
Artizan/North Star 28mm  Dark Confederate zombies x4 (2017)
Artizan/North Star 28mm Jackalope (2017)
NewlineDesigns 10mm Roman Triarri x30 (2016)

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Stuff on the table - January 2018 UPDATE

Here's what I got up to in January:
  • Zvezda 1/144th Ju-87 Stuka (2017) - no further progress
  • Revell 1/144th Me-262 (2016) - assembly completed
  • Newline Designs 10mm Roman Princeps x30 (2016) - painted, varnished, based COMPLETED
Additional items worked on:
  • Artizan/North Star Dark Confederate zombies x4 (2017) - cleaned up and primed
  • Artizan/North Star Jackalope (2017) - cleaned up and primed
  • Newline Designs 10mm Roman Triarri x30 (2016) - cleaned up, primed, main painting complete
I've set myself the target of 30 10mm Punic Wars figures a month which means I should complete by October/November time. I'm slightly ahead as I'm just completing the details on the Triarri as we finish January. They'll be varnished and based ealy in Feb. Probably wise to switch focus and then gear up for another batch at the end of the month.

January Purchases
Privateer Press Cryx Bloodgorgers. These were an absolute bargain at £17.60 for a painted unit of 10. They retail at around £60! The paintjob is ok. I'll leave the metals and redo the skin and bases. 
6xArmy Painter washes. My stockpiled Citadel ones are finally running out so I thought I'd give these a go. I also restocked a few essential Vallejo paints and bought a set of Javis fine sable brushes to help with all that 10mm painting.
And that was it, quite restrained. I'm happy with what I've got on the go so no need to buy anything more.

Friday, 19 January 2018

First 10mm - Greek Hoplites

At end of last year I finally managed to complete my first 10mm figures. Here they are, a unit of Greek Hoplites from Newline Designs.

These were originally purchased back in 2015 as a test to see if 10mm were a viable option. During painting I got very fed up and they were banished from the painting desk to the drawer of shame. However, I had invested in over 300 10mm Punic Wars figures by that stage and realised I needed to grasp the nettle as it were and finish them off. 

After the basic painting was complete they sat there for ages while I mulled over how to do the shields. I initially looked at decals, but decided it would be torturous in this small scale. Therefore, I bought a set of very nice Sakura Pigma Micron Colour Pigment Fineliners which enabled me to do the shield designs. 

I then dithered about how to base them and was looking on the Warbases site when I came across the Minihammer range. As the only Ancients rules I own is the original Warhammer Ancient Battles set, these made perfect sense and I am really pleased with the consistency and quality of the bases. I've used circular Warbases for my Burrows and Badgers and Early War 28mm as well. 

Finishing this lot has set me up nicely for cracking on with the Punic Wars project which I first conceived in 2016. They'll be more of that later in the month and hopefully through the year.