Just finished this addition to my Van Saar gang and I’m rather pleased with it.
Basically it is a mining robot that has been… repurposed as an assault/ melee weapon.
Hopefully it should give my gang some close combat capability, something that they are currently lacking at the moment.
Given it has been the summer holidays for school kids across the UK I have been doing my ‘Uncle Pete’ bit and have started to teach my nephews (11, 9, 6) how to paint.
The oldest has wanted to get into Warhammer recently after playing it with friends at school and his younger brothers have expressed and interest too. So I dragged my paint across town to help them paint some figures they have picked up.
The oldest has started collecting Space Marines and did this character figure.
The middle one prefers fantasy and work on this Lizardman.
The youngest just wanted to do the ‘cool bad guy a cloak’ so painted this Nurgle Plague Marine.
I did this Age of Sigmar figure whilst I was there to show them some techniques.
A great day introducing the next generation into the hobby.
Just finished this modest expansion for my 6mm Cold War collection: two battalions worth of M1 Abrams for 5core: Brigade Commander. This are the first production models with the 105mm gun.
For those ‘Cold War goes hot’ games I think that for tabletop games the balance of forces is ‘best’ in the early 80s, much later and the mix of 120mm APFSDSDU tank shells, MRLS and Apaches skews the balance too much.
I added some roads on the bases of one battalion to differentiate it. Also I went for the plain forest green paint job on these as that way they could be easily distinguished from the M60s (in MERDC) and the later M1A1s (in NATO 3 colour).
A trio of M1s on smaller bases rounds out this little force.
Recently I treated myself to some figures from my favourite range of old figures: the 1990s vintage Copplestone designed ‘Future Skirmish’ now sold by Moonraker.Back in my teens they got used when I used to run RPG sessions of Cyberpunk 2020*; I always loved their ragged post Apocalypse look.
Here they are painted:
The figure on the left is more modern: a Casting Room cultist with a weapon swap that I have done to use as a medic/ Rougue Doc (he is painted red and white with a Plague Doctor mask so works for me) in Necromunda.
I’ll add them into Necromunda as hired guns or use them in other Sci- Fi games that come along.
A nice trip down memory lane….
* Which will return as a tabletop RPG to tie into the release of the Cyberpunk 2077 computer game.
Apologies for the nearly month long silence… been busy irl- all of it good thankfully.
Anyway here is a little something I’ve finished a Hobby Boss IDF Merkava IV MBT to give me a pair in 1/72nd.
As usual it was painted by brush in acylics them weathered with oil paint and pigment powders. I need to find a suitable figure to go in the commanders hatch that I left open.
First up is the compound that I made with the parts from Maenoferren which he had 3D printed. I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. Should get lots of use from Colonial through to 21st century. A big thanks to him again.
I also got some paint on the last bits of Ainsty Casting‘s Sewer section that I had sat about undercoated for at least a couple of years.
It is a nice system don’t get me wrong but it has been a bit of a white elephant costs wise. Today, knowing what I now know I’d go for printed mats but there is still an tangible tactile fun manipulating the resin blocks, not dissimilar to Lego really.
For a couple of things I’ve done in the past with it see here and here.
A fellow member of The Wargamers Forum had put up some pictures of the 1/72nd/ 20mm African themed terrain he was working on. Some of this scratchbuilt stuff he cast in resin for himself, I sent him a cheeky message seeing if he was willing to sell a few castings.
A week later, after money was sent via paypal, these arrived in the post:
Here they are finished:
I gave them a very quick paint job, the cast texture really took to the sponge, wash and drybrush techniques I used. They shall be very useful for my long running Rhodesian Bush War games.