Dismal Weather

Apologies, there might be a slow down in photos.

As you can see the weather is rubbish – the light levels are very low inhibiting painting and photographing.

Which is a shame as I have a lot of stuff ready to go. Even stuff already painted is not able to be photographed.

Must work on that Photo booth !

Should I be concerned ?

Carpet offcuts

Got a random call from Byakhee JP yesterday, mid afternoon:

We’re clearing out the loft and found some carpet off cuts. They’re about a foot square, thought you might want them ?

Well now, the Dark Tower in Carcosa might not be a chic fashionable establishment but I don’t need any small off cuts of carpet.

No, JP was offering these offcuts as potential scenery for fields to replace monochrome green grass fields !

That someone else has now been infected with my own deviant thoughts on turning household items into scenery for AVBCW/BOB is somewhat worrying. Though the cats were quite pleased with them when I got back home today and tried to photo the offcuts:

I started the first one – I haven’t got to hand any brown sprays (and I have other plans for a cornfield), so I grabbed a can of green spray and set to work. I didn’t bother to ensure it was an in depth cover of paint, as this would make it look more natural with yellow/brown stalks, with green leaves on top as the crop grows.

Then I highlighted the tips (see below for more tips).

It won’t win any prizes, but starts to break up the green grass mats I have – they’re ok when its 6×4, but when using larger tables it does make it monochrome, boring and unrealistic. I’ll have to find a lighter green to spray it with, or simply do a very light green spray over the top and highlight to ensure it stands out more from the green mat.

Then I looked at this blog rolls’ stats

In particular the search terms used to identify it. Somehow, I didn’t think it would be found using the term:

anonymous online sex

AFAIK, other than some mild profanity, there’s nothing on this site so far that could generate a hit from such a term.

But maybe that’s because, its all done in the best possible taste.

AVBCW: BUF Air Corps

My latest acquisition:

Ah! Tally ho, then! Back to the bar. You should join the Flying Corps, George. That’s the way to fight a war. Tasty tuck, soft beds and a uniform so smart it’s got a PhD from Cambridge.

NOT painted by me, but by one of my delinquent mates Ook! who I have met via AVBCW Big Games in Evesham and Tring, and at the bar at Colours. Normally I don’t buy stuff other people have painted, as it often doesn’t fit in with my painting and basing styles. On this occasion however, having seen Ook’s work, and not having to worry about the basing I went for it, and when it arrived this morning I was very pleased.

Never played a game with planes, so will have to check out some rules for them, the A World Aflame rules book has some basic rules which look up to the job. The Bombardier, JP, Tym & I are planning an AVBCW game in November, so I guess that might be a time to try out these rules. Now I need to paint some of those nice Copplestone (BC5) and Artizan pilot models (PLP015, PLP039 and PLP048.

An amended quote…

BUF Adder:
No thank you. No thank you. I have no desire to hang around with a bunch of upper-class delinquents, do twenty minutes work, and then spend the rest of the day loafing about in Madresfield drinking gallons of champagne and having dozens of moist, pink, highly-experienced young British farmer’s daughters galloping up and down my . . . Hang on!

AVBCW: BUF Artillery

One of last Xmas’ presents was a Great War Miniatures British WW1 Artillery piece and crew that I have got round to painting up for my BUF force, possibly for use at Evesham BG5 at the end of the month:

A good number of crew servicing the gun.

You can’t see them well, but there are also piles of spent shell cases on the ground as well, they come with the crew pack.

Hopefully I’ll get a couple more of these artillery sets so I can do more BUF and MHC artillery.

‘Artillery brings dignity to what would otherwise be an undignified brawl (Sid Meier)’

A Godevlan’d Mud Emergency… Or Washes Then and Now

I reached for some Devlan Mud wash when painting some barricades today, and found there was none left in the paint racks. Ok, time to break out another from the stasth. Shock ! Horror ! There was none. Now I’d done a stock take earlier this year and back in March I had about 6 bottles of the stuff plus the one on the go…it seems I have gone through all 6+ of them.

Ok, what’s this I mused ? A bottle of Citadel Brown Ink back from the dim and distant past, let’s use that. Hmm, within seconds of applying it to the boxes in the barricade section I was painting I realsied the difference between the washes back then, and now.

Realising that virtually every figure I have on the table requires a brown wash at some point between now and Sunday (when I normally go shopping and can get to GW), I realised I had to do an EMERGENCY paint run as I can’t waste 4 days not painting anything to completion. A startled GW Manager had to do a double check and exclaimed:

It’s Wednesday not Sunday !

Three bottles of Agrax Earthshade (the replacement for Devlan Mud wash) later he had recovered his poise…
On returning home I broke open the first of the new Agrax wash and applied it.

The box on the right was done with the old Brown Ink. Despite a vigorous shake, the ink was much more dense and cloudy than the Agrax wash which I used on the left hand boxes. I even had to remove some with a tissue the old Brown Ink was so thick.
(The barricade is a resin piece by Hovels, ideal for BoB and AVBCW)

I dug out some of my other old brown washes (the original brown wash, and then Chestnut Ink) and the coverage was similarly not as good as the current washes (either devlan Mud, or now Agrax Earthshade).

Now I haven’t had the chance to use much of the latest Citadel range, but I have a feeling that this experience will be replicated. So it seems that the last 15-20 years has seen a great improvemnt in the technology and ofrmulation of paints and paint techniques.

Shame its going to take a long time to confirm this as I have rather a lot of paint to get through.

WHFB: Dwarf Juggernaut TA2 – Part Five B

Well Rich had a go at the cunning plan for the juggernaut – place a sheet of steel cut in to the shape of the main deck, cover the greenstuff and sculpt to make it look like the wooden deck.

He did two templates, one from thin sheet steel – this was on the edge of working.
He did a second template using metal tape – this was not really working.

So he’s gone back to the sheet steel option but using liquid greenstuff to make that layer even thinner.

In the meantime, as you can see I have been starting to paint the crew and passengers. I’ve tried to work in a common theme of blue clothing and some brass work on all the models to keep the putative army colour scheme going. Cloaks/ponchos are dark green, not least because the norse looking dwarf with axe was one of the first models I bought and originally painted with an (enamel) green cloak.

WHFB: Dark Elf Sorceress

Along with the DE Chariot crew and Beastmaster’s, Byakhee Rich’s Intensive Care & Pinning Unit took in a Sorceress I painted a few years ago and has been neglected on my painting desk after suffering an accident that rendered her ‘armless ! This is the option with a short hydra headed magic wand.

She’s an Avatars of War miniature. Comes with separate head for her dragonette familiar (!), head and two arm options. And the arm is connected at the elbow, so they really need pinning. If any sculptors out there read this, please make arm options join at the shoulder if possible with good strong surface areas and or deep joints to pin them !

In time, I will build the other option with outstretched hand