Monday, November 1, 2010

An Excuse for my Absence

Well, last week I flipped my truck. For that I received thirteen staples in my head along with much of my stuff destroyed, just wonderful. There was some things unharmed such as my 1853 Enfield Musket and thankfully my box containing my Orphan Brigade miniatures was unopened and unharmed. I cannot say the same for my box containing all my paints and brushes and an open box containing a unit of Warhammer Dwarf miniatures and a platoon of my American FoW Rifle company. I have yet to look through everything, so I hope I can find a few of them. But other than that, I am okay to a certain extent and hope to get back to painting on a regular basis. Soccer has taken much of my time this fall and it is finally over. Until next time.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My first Flames of War Miniatures

Well, I have finally made the leap into World War II gaming. I got alot of this stuff in June, but because of my job I had only till recently to being painting them. So without further hindrance, here is my beginning force.

Here is the first Platoon in my US Rifle Company:

Here is a close up of one of the bases:

The same base, but with a quarter to give you an item to actually see the scale of these miniatures:

And here is some Divisional Support I whipped up in between infantry squads:

That is all I have done at this point. But I will soon have another Platoon painted and based, then I can get cracking at the fun stuff, i.e. snipers, mortars, 105mm's, LMG's and the works.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Just wanted to post to let ya'll know that I am still alive. I have been taking a little break from painting to catch up on my reading. Currently I am reading about Bragg's Kentucky Invasion. A very interesting campaign that I would recommend to anyone.

I printed out some new flags today and put them on. Each regiment has a unique flag either their state flag or a flag they were known to carry or a flag that is known with their organization. I'll try to post some pictures soon, but I can't make any promises. Oh and I got another Union regiment completed to round off my first Union Brigade.

On the Warhammer front I am currently debating on how I am going to paint my Ironbreakers. hopefully I will get them started by the end of the week.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

My Grudge Thrower

Being the cheap guy I am I sat down for a day and built a grudge thrower for my Dwarven Throng. This is my first ever scratch build model and I'm quite happy with it.
I used some of the straight edges from the Warhammer sprues I always save. I also used some handy clay I always have around and a little cardboard and some super glue and I put it together.
I first made a base with a cardboard rectangle and outlining it with four lengths of sprue. Then I used some smaller prue to make a half square to fit over the base to create the stopping frame. I took some clay and made a "ammunition launcher" to attach to yet another sprue. Once everything dried I put it all together. I placed a cut off toochpick to hold the rope and the mechanism and I have it. After making some crew of some spare warrior and cannon crew I have if modelled. In the next couple days I will hopefully get around to painting it.

Tonight I am going to finish painting a Union Regiment having only the gun barrels and skin tones to do. Basing it later tonight or tomorrow, I should have pictures of it up by no later than tomorrow night.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Making Movement Trays

Because my friends have been asking me to post a little write up on how to build movement trays for little money, because we all know Games Workshop has enough of our money as it is, so here it goes.

There are just a few things you need to create good looking movement trays, one is just plain carboard. You could also use plastic, balsa wood or any other strong material, but this is about making them on a budget. The other stuff you need is some sort of glue, I use Elmers because it is cheap and in large supply. Then you need black and brown paint, you should have lying around and then some clay you can get at walmart, six bucks for a huge tub. And finally, the most expensive item is the flock you want to put on the bases.

You start with the cardboard. Make sure it is good quality, not wet, bent, cut or otherwise because it could fall apart with weight of the miniatures. Place the desired number of models you want on the card board and leave half a centimeter on each side and a choice on the length at the end. Cut it out with a hobby knife or some scissors. Then you cut three lengths of cardboard the length of the base and about 1/3 of a centimeter wide.

When that is done, take your handy elmers glue and glue the three strips down on three edges of the base leaving one side empty.

At this point you should step back for around 20 minutes to let the glue dry. Once it is you take the cheap clay and you place it on the outside edges of the tray filling in the gaps of the cardboard and creating some ground texture. You can also add it to the top of the edges if you want.
Next, now that the clay is dry, which should take around one hour depending on the brand of clay you use, take a ibg brush and douse the whole thing in black, sides tops, corners and everything else(you can skip out on the bottom). Let that dry then put a coat or two of brown paint, enough to see there is brown, but so you can still see the black underneath.

When that is once again dry, place drops of glue in strategic locations, or where you want flock and spread it to look natural. Quickly before the glue dries, dip the tray into your box O flock or sprinkle it over or however you flock something.

And that is my guide, it's probably no good but it's what I do. I made my movement trays in groups of four. This way when you are done with the last tray in one step, the first tray is ready for the next step.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

It has been a long time since I have posted, sorry about that, school, soccer and work have really taken a toll on me, I havn't really been painting much either. But I have put the soldiers back on the board and took quite a few photos.

Here is one of the only two Federal Regiments that are fully painted and based. This particular one is 15th Indiana from General George Wagner's Brigade at Chickamauga.

Below is a side view of the same regiment. I went with the classic sky blue pants and Union Blue sack coats. The Flag is unproportional and I need to print off another copy.

Here is the other fully painted and based unit, the 57th Indiana. I once again need to print off another flag for this unit.

I am currently in the process of painting the last regiment of the Brigade, the 40th Indiana. If all goes well I should have them done by next monday. Then I can get started on the Brigade commander to put this unit in the field. I can't wiat for the day where all my units are fully painted and fighting it out on the field of battle.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

A little Warhammer

Howdy friends, had a fun week of backpacking with the school work we all must do. I have been painting rest assured. Seeing as the parents have taken the camera, I cant take any pictures of the new union regiment I am working on. I have been able to in the past to take some pictures of my Warhammer Dwarf miniatures, and I thought I would share them.

This is not the first unit I have painted, but it is by far my favorite. My Dungeons and Dragons and my Warhammer name for the sake of roleplaying is Kildrak, so I have crisened this particular unit Kildrak's First Cohourt (KFC). I went with the red color mixing it up a little. Most of my units are green or blue. The color points out the unit on a battlefield.

And this is another of my warrior units. As I mentioned before this unit is a light green. The same models as above. I will be posting more on my warhammer units and hopefully getting some pictures of my new Union regiments and the terrain I have been making including buildings, fields and fences. Tons and tons of fences.
I would Like to say something about Dave Arneson. Co-creator of the amazing Role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. It was he who has the idea of having players instead of controlling huge armies but single characters. This is the cornerstone of role-playing. He will be sorely missed.