6mm DPM Tester

I’ve been wanting to paint some infantry to go with the pile of British armour I’m gradually painting/basing but have put it off and off as I couldn’t decide how to paint them. Various people have suggested just painting them green as they would likely be in NBC suits. Others have said that at the scale and distance they would just look green anyway! Various suggestions of a green base coat and dry brushing sand and brown. However I wanted to see how a bit more effort came out. I had a strip of figures painted a plain green and tried stippling sand, brown and black with an old brush but I wasn’t happy with the result.  So, taking a page out of Dave Hall’s book (seek out his excellent 6mm Franco-Prussian armies on his Medetian Wars blog) I took a toothpick and used that to apply the colours. First the figures were primed white, then painted Vallejo Flat Green. Then dabbed Dark Sand on arms legs and helmet, followed by Flat Earth and then a few spots of black at the junction of the sand and brown. Dark grey for gun and olive green for equipment. And Flat Flesh. The Flat Green over the white is quite bright so I applied a Vallejo Umber wash over the lot to tone it down.

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Hard to really see with the pictures (poor light and phone camera) but I think they look OK. I rush the dabbing a little but will take more care on the rest to avoid large dabs!

EDIT: And as I forgot to mention and some have asked, they are Heroics and Ros Modern British, New Helmet as my Cold War stuff is aimed at mid-late eighties.

 

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Border Reiver Haul

Having spent the last week with the family up the coast at Low Newton, we vacated the cottage this morning and headed back to Newcastle. After dropping my daughter off at the stables my wife dropped myself and my lad Zach at Gateshead International Stadium around midday for Border Reiver. This is likely to be my last show of the year and despite my best efforts I’m going to have to work the weekend of the excellent Battleground Show in November. Zach was feeling a little off as last night as we settled down for a relaxing drink and movie on the last night of our holiday, he fell, smacked his head in the door frame and ended up in Alnwick hospital to get a nasty little cut over his eye steri-stripped. But I’d promised to take him to the show and he still seemed keen.

Border Reiver is a nice little show and being local I always meet a good few people there. However, like a lot of ‘sports hall’ shows it suffers from that horrible yellow lighting which is fine for the show itself but a nightmare for taking pictures. This, combined with having a 7 year old in tow meant I forwent the taking of pictures. There were some good demo games on though. The Whitley Bay 3D Gamers were running the 20mm Afghanistan game using a variant of Chain of Command. I’m quite keen to try this and also to see if it will work for 1980s Cold War. The Tyneside Club had a nice 10mm Waterloo game and… that was all I took note of really as I was dragged around the show in search of ‘space things’!

I did manage to pick up the few things I went for:

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It was nice to see Leven Miniatures there. I’ve seen a lot of their stuff online, mostly on Ian Willey’s The Blog with No Name, and have been tempted by stuff for a while so it was good to see them in the flesh. I was quite restrained and picked up some tents, supply dumps, fuel dumps and some Perfect Six Scenics wooden crates. These are all for scenic ‘specials’ for my assorted Cold War 1/300 armies. Eventually… Was nice to have a chat with Mr Leven as well.

Needless to say I had a load of MDF bases to pick up from Minibits. All for the continuing basing of my microarmour. It seems we have lead piles, plastic piles and now MDF piles!

And finally, showing great restraint and sticking to my plan of finishing off existing projects… I bought two Starter Packs from Tumbling Dice. 1/2400 Mid-Victorian French and British ironclad ships… This is to ‘expand’ my C19th Imaginations. No doubt in time for Ayton 2019 when we should be scheduled for our next C19th game! 🙂 (2017 will be Lion Rampant themed…)

Zach picked up a Chaos Marine and a Halo Heroclix figure. And on the way home a M1 Abrams 1/90 4D puzzle. 35 pieces that make a quite nice looking model. Quite usable if it wasn’t for the gap between all the pieces! 50p in a charity shop.

And when I got home the latest Wargames Soldiers and Strategy was waiting for me. Looks like an excellent First Punic War themed issue. I shall be discussing magazines again soon.

So all in all a nice little day. I now have no idea when I’ll get chance to paint anything again as the kids are back at school on Tuesday and it’ll soon be Christmas!

Nice to catch up and chat with a few people at the show. Thanks to the Border Reiver Club for organising.

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A Trip Up the Coast

Today we all went up the coast to Holy Island. I’ve been once before for a weekend Viking ‘event’ and the place was heaving and I didn’t get chance to get to the castle. Today was a little quieter and we managed a nice wander around the priory and then walked along to the castle. As ever, no dogs allowed in so the family went in while I pottered with the dog and then we swapped over. It’s a nice little castle with lovely views. The rooms, although small, looked like they would be rather cosy with a good fire going!

Some pics…

IMAG4633 IMAG4642 IMAG4640 IMAG4637 IMAG4634And seeing as we were then only 9 miles from Berwick it seemed daft not to pop in. I’ve only been to Berwick twice. Once to help with some surveying in my early archaeology days and a couple of years ago trying (unsuccessfully) to find somewhere decent to eat on a Sunday night when travelling back from Scotland. Was most impressed to find free parking so we then set off to walk around the outside of the walls and more by luck than judgement stumbled across Berwick Barracks. It was dead quiet there (we arrived at 4pm) but the chap running the shop was very chatty and helpful. There are three museums there. One focusing on the town itself (which I was less impressed with), the King’s Own Scottish Borderers regimental museum (which was excellent!) and finally the By The Beat of the Drum exhibition. This latter looked at the development of the British infantryman from the time of the Armada to the late 20th Century. The highlight for me was in the C18th room where a display cabinet housed a battalion on parade. In 25mm figures. With what looked like Hinchliffe X Range AWI by Steve Hezlewood. I only had my phone with me and the light was not up to much but…

IMAG4650IMAG4651 IMAG4652 IMAG4653 IMAG4654 IMAG4655They look like the figures to me. I had a chat with the guy looking after the regimental museum and he thinks the exhibit was done over 25 years ago and the figures done by Derek Sharman, who still runs tours of Berwick walls. Anyway, always good to see some nice figures. And if they ever get rid of them there’ a good few units there! Even better was that you could take dogs into the museums as well!

 

 

 

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