Saturday, November 17, 2012

BoBo the Giant

 This is the second of Two Giants that I have in my War hammer army but the first one i finished painting.  I liked the impromptu helm.  I named this one BoBo.  BoBo is an out of print Citadel giant.  One of the many old metal figures I have collected for this army.  BoBo will also be the Behemoth in my Orc army for HoTT. 
 In War hammer, the tattoos are considered WarPaint.  It aides in their protection.  I just wanted the Wode to be added for some decoration.

Thursday, September 13, 2012


 Needed a waterway to go with my terrain set.  Next up is the road crossroads and river bridge sections.  Gotta be able to have the road cross either another road or a river, right?
 I chiseled the wood away to create the water portion of the pieces and then putties on some wave shapes.  The paint helped alot to get the illusion of waves going.  I used the fingernail polish again for the water effect.  Works great and is cheap as heck.  No worries.  besides I have been married long enough to know how to get fingernail polish off stuff it was not supposed to be on..:)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

DBA game terrain and Board

 Some Palmyrans exploring the new terrain on the work table.  I just wanted to make sure that the slope on the edges of the terrain did not make the stands wobble.  For the most part, no.  I did realize that since I make raised terrain, I need crossroad pieces and maybe a river crossing for the road to cross.  I will add that to my to do list right after a waterway is finished.  I am more apt to have a littoral army then to use a river in a game anyway.
 My friend Tony Banks changed the look of his game board over the past year or so.  He has used a plywood board for some time but refined it.  I took that as the inspiration to build one of my own.  Took awhile to get the wood cut to the right size.  No Home Depot or Lowes in Korea...go figure!

The Board is 5/8" plywood.  I sealed it with a thin varnish so that I could try to keep the Korean humidity out of the wood.  Not sure it was required but thought it could not hurt.  I smeared Elmers Wood Putty around the entire thing in a thin layer.  Should have thought that part through because it made me run out of the primary troop base material I use with no where to get resupply without ordering from the states, opps.  I have since found a local art store that has it on the shelf here in Seoul.  After that dried, I realized that some of the ridges where to high and would be subject to chipping...Off to find sand paper.  Sanded the board lightly and then primed the board with the same base Dark Brown I use for the stands.  Another thin I should have thought through, I ran out mid way.  I found a another kind of Korean paint that was close and finished the job.  I wanted it to look like my stands do, better matching and that way my troops will blend into the board and you infiltrators would stick out and better a better target for artillery:)
 The circles are 60mm wood bases that I have made different terrain.  This way I can just switch them out on a flat terrain piece and change the terrain type in a flash.  I have woods, rough, and marsh represented here.  I have dunes, oasis, and palm woods in mind in the future.
 The most recent projects were the roads and river pieces.  They were much easier then I thought when I started.  The difficult part was chiseling out the river bed from the piece of wood I used.  Much fun and few close calls with my trusty xacto knife...and finished.  The water effect was added after the pieces were complete and sprayed.  The water is clear finger nail polish.  The smell goes away after a day or so.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

II/5g Phokian

I got to finish up these awesome Xyston figures.  I really like painting this brand of figures.  I wish they had all ranges.   Guess they have work to do.  I really wanted them to look more like their allies, the Spartans.
 I tried to get the stands to look some what mountainous. 

 Man , I love artillery.  Two is better then one.
 The two SP.  I hope to use these with some success in 2.2+.  The general will be my stability element in the unit.

Monday, July 30, 2012

II/74 Palmyran

 I picked up this army on ebay.  I was not planning on buying this army but it tempted me.  When I received it, some of the lances were broken so I replaced them all with a Sassanid length lance.  Probably not historically accurate but it gave the figures the look I wanted.
 I wanted the army to have a flag/banner.  I decided to make something similar to the Syrian flag.  I just added some Palm trees to the ends of the sabers.
 I really look forward to playing the Cataphracts in 2.2 +.  Should be a great army to use with the new rules.
 LH.....well I love LH so it only makes sense to me to have a few.
 These figures did not come with the army pack.  I did not like the ones that came with the army and replaced them with some bare chested afghans.

Friday, July 13, 2012

I/22 New Kingdom Egyptians

I have finished my NKE army.  I intended to paint this army along with a commissioned BBDBA army for Spencer but my luggage got hosed up on the way to Korea....I only have about half of his figures here now so I figured I would finish mine and make sure he is happy with the eventual look (minor changes will happen even if I intend them to be the same)
I decided not to go with the typical bleached linen look with cow skin shields.  I though they needed a little flare.  The Pharaoh looks light in the loafers anyway.  I added the red on the bosses cart as an after thought.  Still not sure I like it, but there it is.  I used the grass tuffs again but this time added some static grass for a different look.  Egypt is not as desert as one might think.
You probably noticed the rocks and grassed circles behind the army.  These are part of a modular terrain kit I am slowly building.  Seems I need more and more pieces for it to work...Should have stuck with one color grass and I would be complete...
 Typical Essex.  I got 6 of each kinda BW figure.  I would have preferred two stands of baldies and one stand of regular guys.  So I decided to give each baldies stand a boss, someone to keep them in line.

Spencer, I  promise yours are coming

Friday, July 6, 2012

IV/55b Ottoman

I Picked up this Ottoman army from one of Dave Crenshaw's cleaning out the lead pile sales.  What Dave does not know is that his posts saved the very army he sold me.  I got antsy and spray coated them while it was raining outside...the base semi gloss went on fine but when I sprayed on the dull coat the whole army transformed into ghosts.  Great hour down the drain.  Then I remembered reading his post about re-spraying and it clearing up. It kinda worked for most of the figures.  After three tries, it is "good enough"  noting is as bright as it was once and seems to have one to many layers of coating on the figures.  Oh well,I am not re-painting the darn things.  So be it.  Call it extra armor.

 By the way, Sorry Spencer.  I should be painting NKE but needed something to play with in the mean time.  All my armies are with my family in TN and I needed to have something to destroy Tony Banks with.:)
 This is my first try with the grass tuffs.  I like them, easy to use and look nice.  More expensive then a container of static grass though.  Maybe a combination of the two will work better in the future.
 I have already painted up most of the figures to convert this to RRR.  I just have to paint up one more CV and the separate General.  I will re-post with the new figures.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

IV/61 Italian Condotta

This army was started a long time ago when I was going to play Italian Wars RRR. I used some of the Mirliton Condotta figures to make up the Italian Wars Florentine army. To complete the 2.2 list I painted up some CB and more KN. The end result is thta you will see some familiar figures, if you have been following along.

I added three KN stands to round out the army. I have been trying to paint the Mirliton KN for almost four months and finally cried uncle. I just was not happy with the miniatures. Clean and detailed but not for me. I makes me want to sell the figures i bought for the Crusades from Mirliton rather then paint them. I fell back on the OG figures I bought for RRR. Old faithful, wins the day.
OK, call me lazy. I painted up soe Mirliton CB and really hemmed and hawed over how to mount them. I was concerned about DBA 3.0 making the 8BW stands go away, I was worried about mounting them all to a 40mm stand, and I did not want to paint the SP. I win, I mounted the CB and left a ledge for some PK to stand on. Looks good to me. Maybe not the best troop to take in the woods but will look nice on the game board.

I think all the figures are OG minus the; ART and crew, LH, PS, and the CB figures which are all Mirliton.