Saturday, November 30, 2013

PLA armor in digital camo

I've always struggled to get digital camo to look 'right' on armor. Previous attempts have left one dominant color with accentuations of others as lesser components, but to me that has never really grasped the aesthetic balance found in the real world article. With that in mind I decided to try a new technique: rather than rely on the mask to be the full under layer, I would instead use it as a periphery and fill in large areas with blue tac to give more of a balance to the various colors. I tried this on some PLA armor and I think the result is much better than my previous efforts.

on a type 99

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and a type 86 (not quite complete - tracks still need weathering)

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I also minimized general weathering to further emphasize the effect.

With the experience gained from this I may try an Urban scheme on T-90MS that I recently stripped. Regardless, more PLA gear in the pipeline for Tajikistan :)

More Israeli armor for the 73 war

Khurasan sent me a couple more Sho'ts, this time with canvas covered manlets. I stripped the old ones and redid the lot as a platoon + 1 in a more subtly weathered scheme.

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Got to also test out the stowage kits, which I think make the kits much, much sexier.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

And then, dropships

Ever since Dropzone Commander was released I have been intrigued by its prospect. While I tend to find sci-fi wargaming a fairly banal topic, a combination of concept (rapid redeployment of large forces), aesthetic and scale all tweaked my interest. In the run up I eagerly planned a combination of Scourge and Post-Human Republic (PHR) forces, attracted to their very distinctive appearances.

Then the prices were discovered, and I, along with many other wargamers, was dumbfounded. With tiny starter sets capping out at over $100 AUD I lost immediate interests and went on living my life. When I heard of the release of the even more formidably-priced resin buildings I rolled my eyes and promptly bought the cardboard alternatives at an exponentially smaller rate - great for modern 6mm wargaming.

This was all fine and good until I discovered Hawk's attempt at a semi reboot - the company now offers a starter set that not only contains 2 opposing forces, but also the rules, terrain and tokens necessary for a full game. This all for a price in the area of the original starter set; only with twice as many figures and all the material needed to jump straight in to the game. Needless to say, I was immediately hooked. Not only did I grab the set, but also many other cool gribbles in the range.

The plot of the game is fairly insipid and uninteresting. As a colleague of mine who is also highly interested in getting involved eloquently put it "A bunch of crap happens: thus drop ships". I think thats about all that needs to be said.

In particular I have been attracted to the Scourge. With an obviously Giger-inspired design, combined with what I can only describe as a foreboding sense of 'Reaperness' (Mass Effect fans will get me), their image immediately appealed to me.

So far removed from painting sci fi, I decided to attempt a scheme that had long eluded me; the gray/metallic theme of the master of biomechanics himself. In the past I had attempted to achieve this with little success, but I felt that with my skill on the airbrush what it is these days, it might be a tad more accessible. I also decided to plagiarist a design feature of the Reapers themselves, with glowing yellow eyes to offset the gray drabs of the overall construct.

First up to get the treatment was the Desolator

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Of all the scourge engines, this one is obviously the closest to the original Reaper design

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Next up was an Annihilator, an immense artillery unit that resembles some kind of deep-trench fish


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Finally, some smaller tanks, done through the same means.


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Jumping on the WW2 bandwagon with some T-34s

 With the upcoming fall of the Reich ruleset on the horizon my interest in WW2 has been somewhat rekindled.

Continuing my interest in all things Rusky I threw together some Plastic Soldier Company T-34s and busted out the old color modulation set to try and make plain green a bit more interesting. Fairly happy with dem results :grin:

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Given the awesomesauceness of the PSC kits, I was also able to do up 5 76 turrets to swap up depending on my mood

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Spetsnaz platoon ready to rock

Finished up the last of my Spetsnaz platoon - I think I've done as much as I can with the current UFM/VEPA range until some more come out :)

Decided to do the last three in full partisan

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group shot in all their multi-colored goodness

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