Thursday, August 30, 2012

reinforce that position, private!

Just a quick update - I sexy'd up the trenches, adding more foliage, pigments and considerable amounts of planking inside. I also am planning on lining the edges with sandbags, but have to wait for them to arrive :)


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Jack of all trades, master of none

I've been all over the place of late! So many projects on the go has its benefits: I get to outlet a lot of creative energy in different mediums. At the same time, however, you've overall progress gets dragged down and you can be torn between painting a unit of evil dorfs or getting a lick of paint on a shiny new T-80U.

Ah well, one does persevere.

First up on the table this week is a Ragnarok tank for my Baran Siegemaster force. This guy was long in the making and I tested out several pigment weathering techniques I hadn't really implemented before. I felt that the scale warranted a bit more subtly and I am really happy with how he turned out. I also got to try out the scheme I will use on the infantry, blue grey is a new thing for me and I am really digging the vibrancy, particularly contrast against the webbing.
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In the same line I also pumped out a Medusa. Although I think this turned out well in terms of technical aesthetic, I feel that I suffered from modelers creep and the base seems out of place for my overall conceptualization of this army. I plan on doing another one with a more urban setting, and this guy will find a new home on ebay.


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I also got some more work done on my FOF gear, imparting my Iranians with a platoon of the venerable T-55: still one of the best looking tanks out there in my view.


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In addition my VDV boys got some new toys. If anyone has been paying attention lately the guys over at Ambush Alley released a new set of stats for vehicles and support weapons. Suffice to say the ATGMs got a big boost: a Metis now has a base anti-tank value of 7, combined with 2 for the crew and 1 for the operator. To give you a feel for the severity of this an M1 TUSK must face down this nightmare of 10 penetration dice with a mere 4 defence on the frontal arc, as ATGMs knock of a defence die. Yeoch
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a rare glimpse of the mythical Tacobat terrain(tm). I decided rather than buy a ridiculously expensive trench set for my Persian conscripts to sit in I'd just make my own for a few bucks. Still trying to figure out a way to zazz these up a bit, options in the desert are limited. Suggestions?




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And finally, in completely unrelated news: an update on my last post, the 10mm chaos dorf project is getting some steam.
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Until next time! :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Chaos dwarves??? In my Modern Warfare???

Just a little update for a side project I am working on. As previously mentioned my club has started up a 10mm fantasy thing and I decided to try out some kaos dorfs for something a bit different. We are using the Kings Of War ruleset, which from my reading seems far more appropriate to the 10mm field than the 28mm range they are marketing with it. Anyway, the 1,500 point army is now assembled and prepped.

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In there we've got:
1 big guy on a flying bull
1 unit of golem minotaurs
2 units of dragon/dorfs
1 fuckoff cannon
2 units of gun guys
2 units of elite 2 handed weapon guys
2 big units of grunts

should be a fun change of painting, I'm guessing lots of bronze and oxide pigments.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Air-dropped heavily armed IFVs? Supercharged T-72s? Lumbering siege tanks of doom?Count me in!

The silence over the past couple weeks has in part been heavy work, but also attributable to my general lack of a desire to set up my photo box, so please forgive me, I have been getting mah paint on!

The goals lately have been a tad decoupage: between 4 main factions in FOF, I've also decided to do some sort of warhammerish-style sci fi trencher army. Our local club has also decided to start up some 10mm fantasy, so chaos dwarves it is....somewhere in here I'm also supposed to be writing a PhD and working full time.

Anyway, this last couple weeks has seen the completion of most of the armor needed for my modern Russian federal army, starting up with these hybridized Revell/ACE T-90s

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I really love the look of these badboys. They are essentially a very modernized version of the T-72, that for political reasons managed to win the procurement battle over their bigger brother the T-80. Long story short: the T-80 became a big scapegoat for the failures of the first Chechen war, a factor that regulated it to the back burner of history. Meanwhile, the T-72 was continually innovated upon, ultimately leading to the T-90. Funnily enough, with level 2 Shtora these fellows are actually more survivable vs a Javelin in FOF than the Abrams.

I also picked up several Fabbri BMD-4s off ebay. Not the cheapest find, but when you have an airborne IFV with enough firepower (100mm ATGM-capable cannon, 30mm autocanon, 3 X PKM MGs) to singehandedly level Grozny, its difficult to say no. Although I really liked my BTR-Ts, I wanted to be able to put something down on the table in actual wide-spread deployment with the Russian forces, so the BMD was the obvious choice for the VDV.


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Somewhere in there I also found time to further flesh out my Iranian military force; this time bulking it up with some big guns. The ATGMs were a simple out of the packet build, but the getting a decent tripod Dushka in 20mm is actually a surprisingly difficult prospect (I love ww2-era carriage mounts as much as the next dude, but come on guys!). Ultimately I ended up combining a couple recoiless rifle mounts with Elhiem's guns.


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Finally, my trencher project continues slowly. I finished up the Ragnarok build and also put together a big Medusa-style gun from the guys over at HLBSC. They are now undercoated and ready to begin a long drawn out weathering process. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket