Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Sunday, 28 August 2022
In retrospect, I probably went a little too far with the drybrusing, but was trying to match the warm greys of the cover art whilst still making the miniatures the star attraction and yes, I realise making the sniper team stand out goes against all aspects of their fieldcraft, but I felt it looked good! With the team then glued into place the whole thing was give a coat of gloss varnish, before a spray with a matt varnish.**
**Note to self, remember to thin the gloss coat next time.
Those that have been patiently following the progress of this project will know that I had yet to decide on a snow solution for my wintery army. I had a couple of options in mind, but in the end have gone for 'AK Interactive Terrain'. There is a mind boggling array of products in their range, mostly aimed at the serious hobby painter and they are certainly not the cheapest, but I have to say that I am delighted with the results. The initial effect is created with 'Snow Acrylic (AK8011)', a white acrylic medium that will hold small peaks and obviously coloured white. While this is still wet, I sprinkled on 'Snow Microballons (AK8010)' which give it that freshly fallen powdered snow look. Now I have no doubt that there would be cheaper alternatives involving cornstarch and PVA glue, but this worked for me as I could do a small base without any waste then put the lids back on and store ready for the next group.
Monday, 22 August 2022
Wednesday, 17 August 2022
Just three more posted today, but these will finish my second, eight 'man' veteran squad. The chap in the rather natty sheepskin jacket, originally from a command group, will be taking on the role of NCO, whilst the other two have metal elements from the Siberian Veterans boxed set. All armed with Sub Machine Guns and Light Machine Gun support this is another expensive unit, but one that should be hugely explosive on the tabletop, if given the chance.
Attention now falls on the remaining rifle squad, which should then allow me to tinker with a few more characterful pieces in the remaining time that I have; fingers crossed.
Monday, 15 August 2022
Despite the stifling heat down here on the South Coast, not that I am complaining you understand, I have managed to paint up 'most' of the second veteran unit for my wintery Soviet Army. I had hoped that the 'Warlord Games' Siberian Veterans box was going to account for most of its number, but I just wasn't happy with what were effectively the same sculpts that I was using for my other two rifle sections; fortunately a solution was found when serendipity played her hand.