Wednesday, 15 March 2017

War of The Roses-A new 'non' project

Ok in January I decided to start a  'non' project on a period I have liked for some time.  The final push for this project was getting a great deal on some second hand unpainted Peter Pig figures from Stuart at Colonel Bills (  As an aside Stuart is a great guy to do business with, both buying and selling.

Whilst at Beachhead 2017 I picked up some more figures from Peter Pig and this great little book by Peter Dennis.  Whilst this book is a self contained game using colour printed cut out armies I bought it as it has a great colour reference for painting! Oh and flags you can copy!

What you get inside, coloured figures and lots of standards.


Sorry picture upside down but you get the idea....

So some WIP units.  I am doing these as multi based units, I am a convert to the look of the single bases, you use fewer figures which means I can make bigger armies and they will fit in with several rule sets that I may use.  I have given up on DBM and FOG so why go with their basing convention.
Also these armies will do double duty as I can use them in my fantasy realms.

Obviously these figures are all Peter Pig and are great miniatures. 
I have used my, now usual style, of block painting and then applying Army Painter Dark Tone.  I really do like the look.

A group shot of the three bases I have done so far.  Two bow, 9 figures each and one of bill 10 figures.
The photos, taken on my IPhone make the blue look purple but trust me its blue.
These are all retinue troops bows painted as Somerset and bill are Edwards, I think.

Now this project will be a slow one as I will be doing the painting whilst at home rather than when away at work which is where I do the vast majority of my painting.

More to follow

Sunday, 8 January 2017


The new year is here, I am back in my office in a country far away from home and I am back to painting!
2016 was quite a productive year with 2243 miniatures of various sizes and types painted, based and ready for the table.

I only manged to compete one project and that was one I had not even planned to do, the OpFor for the Hammer's Slammers, the Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Company but I expected no less.....

The league of Augsburg forces were nearly finished, I have a couple more allied and French regiments to do but I have been seduced by the pretty uniforms of the Spanish and am adding a small Spanish force for the allies, I suppose I will have to balance them up with more French now!

My Austrian army for the Seven Years War are also in the last phase with a few more foot and horse regiments to paint.

So 2017, what shall I do?  
1. Finish League of Augsburg(the bare lead I have already anyway)
2. Finish the Austrians for 7YW
3. Russians next for 7YW
4. Finish the ancient Spanish for the Punic Wars
5. Finish the ancient Gauls for the Punic Wars
6. Continue to grow my 15mm Fantasy collection (it is obvious that I love this genre and the project will never be finished, the figure makers keep coming out with new and better things! lol)
7. Add to my Macedonian Wars Persians, just because I have the bare metal available
8. Add to the Macedonian Wars Macedonians and Greeks, as I have the metal to do so

As you can see not much to be getting on with but I'll try and not get lead astray by other new shiny projects.....although I do have a massive pile of War of the Roses Peter Pig figures that I would love to get some paint on....Oh No!!! I've started already this space.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Corporation Task Force Completed

The completed Task Force, I managed to finish this little lot in less than two weeks and I am very happy with them.

The Task Force consists of two heavy tank companies, a medium tank company, two MICV infantry companies, two Legion MRLS sections, a Warlock Support tank section, a Ontos Support tank section and numerous command and observation Wizard jeeps.

MHIC Task Force
1st Sohei Heavy Tank Company
2nd Sohei Heavy Tank Company

1st Legion MRLS Section
MICV companies and support sections

MICVs and infantry
Task Force command car
Wizard Jeeps
Sohei tanks armed with L-R Twin Powerguns, Laser and Gatling weapons
Close up of Sohei heavy tanks

Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Corporation Pt2

Here are some work in progress pictures of the other companies that make up the MHIC task force.

They were all painted in the same style as the previous post.

Support Company

Magnus MRLS
Magnus MRLS

Close ups of the Ontos and Warlock support tanks

Warlock Support Tanks

Magnus MICV company, I have two companies of these vehicles

Wizard jeeps and a second battery of Legion MRLS

Medium tank company made up of Shaman and Shaman Firrefly tanks

A second company of Sohei Heavy tanks

Saturday, 19 November 2016

6mm SciFi Mitusbishi Heavy Indiustry Coporation: Quick Painting Guide

 I have been inspired by Brigade Models' ( release of 6mm Hammer Slammers.  David Drake's Slammers have always been SciFi favorite of mine and I have read all the books, so when Tony at Brigade started producing Slammers in 6mm (my choice for SciFi gaming) I was in! 

Now I already had manged to compile a reasonable selection of Slammers' vehicles so at Blastatic this year I picked up some opposition for them.

 I chose Brigade Models Merc minis, they are very nice looking models and would suite my background just fine.

The models represent the military arm of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Corporation, in the 20th and 21st centuries this was the weapons manufacturing section of the Mitsubishi empire.

 Below is a step by step guide to how I speed painted them. I am happy with the result and manged to complete the whole force in under two weeks.
Shoei Heavy Tank Turrets
Shoei tank bodies and a Wizard Jeep

1.  For the base coat I used Army Painter spray, 'Army Green'.  

I also painted the under side skirts Citadel 'Layer' Skavenblight Dinge.

 2. The base coat was followed by a heavy drybrush of Citadel 'Layer' Elysian Green 


 A close up of the lighter green drybrush.

3. Once  dry the turrets and bodies were given a wash of Army Painter Dark Tone Ink

I used the ink for the first time.  I chose it over the Army Painter Quickshade as I thought it might be too heavy for the 6mm miniatures.

4.  A second, lighter drybrush, using the same colour as before was added to bring out the details and edging of the models.  

The finished heavy tank company waiting to be based.  Once based they will be given a coating of Army Painter Anti Shine Matt Varnish

Next up I will show the other companies in my force.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Reichesarmee Infnatry

I love the Reichesarmee, they have a varied selection of uniforms and look great on the table....well painting table so far! lol
Even though everyone tells me they are really bad at winning

 Wurzburg Rot, apparently this was one of the better regiments in the rosta.

Regiment Pfalz Zweibruken from the Upper Rhine District.

Austrian Infantry....

Three foot regiments.  The mix of Austrian units Hungarian, German and Grenze...

 HIR31 Haller.  A Hungarian infantry regiment with nice blue trousers!

IR28 'German' Regiment Wied

Grenze Regiment Kalstadter-Szluiner