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.
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.
A slow month but some progress in filling the gaps in my developing Belgian force. Still quite a few more bits to do but getting there… So these are the new additions:
GepardsJagdpanzer KanoneM109s with HQ stand. The latter having a rough attempt at a M108 VBCL. It’s OK but was a bit rushed and the added boxes need to be more clearly defined.And some more M75s to finish off the Reserve battalion and provide transport for engineers along with the HQ stand.And finally, the rear view showing the little Belgian flags they all have! 🙂
I’ve been trying to sort out my masses of microarmour and actually FINISH some! I have a LOT of British waiting to be based but no infantry. I had done a few Challenger 1s ages ago but the colour scheme is very dark with not much difference in the camo but on the table does it REALLY matter? So I finished basing them and added a command stand from a different batch (hence slightly different colours…)
Now I have the bases I need I’ll be doing more Brits but I also wanted to get the Belgians finished so… having a LOT of infantry from a trade ages ago that looked like this:
I rebased them all and painted up 10x M75s so I can use these as a reserve unit. I have a few more M75s on order and still need to do some HQs but they are coming out OK:
It’s been a while since I’ve fully completed anything. Mojo has been on walkabout for a while but the New Year has seen a new plan (which I still need to detail!) which has at least got things moving.
So, first up, 6mm ImagiNation. Last year I got Ian Willey of the Blog With No Name fame to paint some Baccus 6mm as opponents for the 6mm versions of my ImagiNation forces. He did one unit for me back in September and I was rather pleased with the results so in trade for some 6mm buildings I got him to do another three units. Now these were finished and delivered months ago! It has taken me until now to paint the Adler mounted officers, the flags and then base them all. But, finally they are done! Here are all four units. The units are all French themed with grey coats and then turnbacks and leggings in a facing colour. The four so far are red, green, blue and orange. The first unit had reversed colours for the drummers. The other three have them in blue. I shall sort out a logic for that later!
I’ve stuck with the original plan of a unit command stand but have added a couple of extra figures to the new units. This does at least give me a starting force.
And although not part of my 666 Plan I also painted up a unit of T34-85s for my Syrians:
The models are all GHQ from a recent purchase from the States that had been stripped. I did a white undercoat, Russian Green base. Lightened Russian Green heavy dry brush, Pale Sand pattern, Sepia wash, Pale Sand highlight, then detail with a white gel pen. Tracks were just painted dark grey. Bases were painted Canadian Maple, then PVA and bird cage sand with a watered PVA to seal.
I almost have enough for another unit but three tanks have broken barrels so I may need to just buy a pack at York or try and beg round the forums for spare barrels/models.
Well, the final batch of my Russian micro armour arrived today courtesy of Martin (aka Slug Balancer on TMP). They were, as expected, very well packed and not a single item or barrel was bent never mind damaged! Here’s a few pics:
The first lot have a pile of OT-64Cs which will be forming part of a Czech force. And a interesting selection of missiles! Some good possibilities for diorama bases there I think.Then we have a lot of BMP-1s which will either go Warpac (more likely) or as they have a seperate turret I may look at these as a base for doing BMP-1Ps? Also, ferries, BMDs and assorted odds and ends.
Transport, BMDs and T54s.
ASU-85s, and a few odd companies of armour.Overall a nice little(?) haul and now I need a little time to plan what to do with it all!
The following shows what assorted Soviet kit I have waiting to be dealt with! You can also see the pile of bags of unpainted kit! Apart from some T-64s that is mostly assorted recce stuff and models to add to HQ stands and specials.So, what is the plan? To be honest I’m not 100% sure. Having done a lot of T-80s recently and with at least four battalions of T-64s to do I’m thinking of moving my T-72s and T-62s to Warpac forces and then using the bulk of this lot (the older kit and APCs, OTs) to provide the Mech and Motor stuff. Some of the OT models are quite nice. The T-54s may get shipped to the Middle East in ’73 though!