Saturday, August 20, 2016

Not dead

Hey there all,

So I'm not dead, just dealing with the realities of lecturing over here at Perth - I also only just got all my kit dropped off interstate, so its been a while since I've been physically able to paint :)

The new place and setting is great, and I mosied on over to my local FLGS here in downtown (its so nice to live in a place with a good FLGS again) and immediately jumped on the new Bundeswehr bandwagon - more updates to come soon, but as you can see below, things are progressing!



Thanks for bearing with me!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

SA-13: Fly the unfriendly skies

Probably my last post for this month - about to embark on a massive interstate move to a much, much better jerb. So, for now, enjoy some anti-aircraft goodness in the SA-13 'Gopher.'

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Eat all the Worlds

My first complete squad for the World Eater 30k project! A long time coming, but turned out quite alright!



Just love the 'poppiness' of the scheme :)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Khurasan Paper Panzers

While we bathe in the glorious clusterfuck of the current Australian election, lets take a little detour to something more interesting - hypothetical super heavy tanks.

These are all also for sale, either for $45 individually, or $120 for the lot. If you are interested, please drop me an email at tacobat@gmail.com

Jon over at Khurasan contacted me to do up some paper panzers for an upcoming release on the website. The specifications were a tricolor mix of yellow, green and grey. Ultimately, the latter color became quite difficult to see after the fading!

There were three 'types': a E-100-esque tank, a Jagd-type variant and something that resembles a Sturmtiger on steroids. I am something of a Luddite with hypothetical Nazi tanks, so you'll have to forgive my ignorance as to particular designations.

The kits themselves were quite lovely and came with lots of options. I think my one criticism, is that cupola-mounted MGs resembled the NSV HMG used on Cold War Soviet tanks and it would have been preferable to see the old MG-42 or a derivative thereof.

First up is the Jagd, or hunter type:


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As you can see, the side skirts are modular, and allow for the modeling of removed components.

Next up is the standard E-100 type, I decided to mount both AAMGs on the turret, although I think in retrospect this may make it look a bit crowded:

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Finally, theres the super-heavy rocket launcher tank. Big fan of this fellow, except for the peculiar solar panel/sight looking thing. Can anyone clarify whether this has some historical basis? As it really throws off the aesthetic of the model.

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Overall, a very fun little project. I'm always a fan of WW2-era German armor, as the colors tend to both pop and allow for some creative weathering which really stands out. This is also assisted by the big flat, featureless surfaces, which allow for lots of streaking and grit to be applied.

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Also, going on last time's post on progression, here's some panzers I painted about a decade ago:

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Motor Rifle Company

I hate painting infantry

No really, painting infantry is excessively time consuming for me, requiring techniques that are both repetitive and which can't be production-lined to the same level that one can approach armor. One of the main reasons this blog is so armor-focused is that I feel tank-painting is where my skillset really shines and one that I can produce is relatively short order, given my particular approach. In this regard, my World Eaters have been an interesting combination of armor and infantry techniques.

By contrast, any time I dedicate my energies to pure infantry, the turnaround is much longer and requires a great deal more patience and commitment on my part. Nevertheless, infantry remain completely integral to any period of warfare, so, like death, taxes and awful internet comments, there is no escaping them.

With that in mind, I approached the following subject matter with a fair amount of dread - A full Soviet motor rifle company. Not only did I want to paint these fellas up, but I also had a very particular scheme in mind.

As some of you may have gleaned, I'm a fairly massive politics/history nerd in my other life, a trait that has been with me since childhood. This manifested first naturally with an interest in WW2, in particular the Eastern Front, which was not taught about at all in schools down here in the antipodes. But as I progressed through my teens, my interest shifted more towards the post-WW2 period, and in particular the mid-late Cold War period. This was reinforced by numerous touchstones - books, movies, journal articles etc.

One particularity powerful touchstone during my development, however, was the game Operation Flashpoint, which was a hypothetical engagement between US and Soviet forces over a series of fictional islands somewhere in the vicinity of Finland. I spent many hours playing this game in my adolescence and it fundamentally left its mark upon me. Ever since, I've had a nagging itch to want to do a large force of Soviets modeled off the Sun Bunnies camo that featured in the game:



Now, obviously the uniforms presented in OFP were of a different make to those modeled on the Battlefront miniatures. Nevertheless, at this scale I felt such minor discrepancies didn't matter much (and hey the high boots look better imo), so I finally worked up the gumption to paint around 60 of these fellows in the scheme and jumped in.

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The major trick was capturing the bright green of the camo, I achieved this through a mix of Luftwaffe Camo Green and Lime Green, while the patches were Green Grey. Webbing was based around Vallejo Khaki, while helmets and RPG-18s were highlighted Brown Violet. In some instances, I also added patches to the helmets using Green Grey, as this seems to be a reasonably common 'field mod' by Soviet troops in places like Afghanistan.

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As usual, I went full ham on the bases, using a mixture of standard flocking materials alongside a liberal selection of Tajima bushes, flowers and grasses to give a sense of a forest floor/unkept field as theatre of operations.

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Overall, I feel the Battlefront Soviet infantry was qualitatively superior to the US infantry sculpts. A solid 7-8/10 effort, although not top tier when compared to the likes of Peter Pig and Flytrap.

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The PKM squads were modeled with two MMGs, rather than three. As far as I am aware, this is the correct number as per platoon during this period. Post-Cold War Russian doctrine would see the PKM and its successor, the PKP, become standard issue at the rifle team level, largely replacing the RPK.

Just to give you a sense of how far this blog has come, here is a series of troops I did under a similar premise close to a decade ago on this blog, back when Cold War wargaming was a weird niche hobby no one cared about. How time flies and things progress!