Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Tanks, Tanks and more Tanks!


I think I finally have gone back to playing FoW in this new edition, our group was slow in embracing it and before the Rona hit we were getting in games again. So while stuck at home, I found this lone Panzer IV F1 that needed to be painted for my DAK force, so after sitting in the box for years unpainted, it hit the bench last Friday and got some new paint.

Panzer IV F1
 So I challenged myself to see if I could paint this one tank up during my lunch last Friday. One good thing about Arizona this time of the year, is that when you prime models they dry very quickly. So I was able to paint up this in about 30 min. Now decals and weathering took place after work, but the basic paint was completed on my lunch.

Panzer IV F1
Earlier in the week I decided to order a few kits from an online distributor to add some needed tanks for my Mid War Eastern Front German army. I had been using some older Battlefront models that were without side skirts. So being a fan of Plastic Soldier Company, I ordered a box of Panzer IV's and two boxes of Panzer III LMN's.

PSC Panzer IV's
 The tanks arrived on Friday and I got to assembling the kits. Now I had built the Panzer IV's before and have 6 of them in my DAK force, but this time I would be adding the skirting around the turret. The PSC kits are good kits, but the turret skirts were a bit of a pain. On the first tank the skirting was too low and rubbed on the lower hull and got hung up on the detail. I had to file down the skirting to get them to move freely. But one that was done, they were perfect.

PSC Panzer III M's
 This was the first time to build the late model Panzer III kits, as once again I have them in my DAK force but are the earlier model types.. I built these as M's and found that the turret skirting was going to run into the smae problem as the Panzer IV's, so I took care to make sure that they were glued on correctly to not interfere with the lower hull. These kits are awesome and I really love the look of the Panzer III's with all the skirting on them and can't wait to start painting them.

I also have been working on some late war German infantry that Robert gave me to add to this force and they are currently on the paint bench now, photos and a post will be forth coming soon.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Panther ready to Prowl


The other night I completed the weathering on the Rubicon Panther, used Vallejo environmental paints and did some touch up work on, it is now ready to hit the table to hunting allied armor.

All ready for battle

Read deck detail
Vallejo paints used

Toon tank vs Historical tank

Monday, May 11, 2020

WIP 28mm Rubicon Panther


I have had this Panther sitting on my desk for over a year now and I decided to get working on it and getting some paint on it. I was going to enter this kit into our local Hobby Expo, but that is on hold. So I figured this is a good time as any to do some work.

I primed the model in Flat black, then proceeded to brush paint the Vallejo Middlestone color onto it. I have an airbrush, but just don't like to clean it so its easier to brush paint items. I also painted the treads as well with Vallejo Track primer followed by a dry brush of Natural Steel by Vallejo.

Base Color applied
 Next up came Camo Brown from Vallejo which I made some splotches on the tank.

Brown Camo patern.
I then went with Vallejo Reflective Green, which I am almost out of, so will be picking up some very soon.
Three Colors now

Next up was a wash of Army Painter Strong Tone. Once I applied that I let it sit.

Dirty Panther
So there you go, WIP up until yesterday, hopefully I can finish it up in the next few days.


Thursday, May 07, 2020

Don't fence me in...


Time for some more Gaslands related projects, so for the longest time I have been wanting to make some terrain for Gaslands, specifically guard rails and barricades. So a few weeks ago I started working on some tire barricades using Nerf darts cut to the right looking width of tires and stacked them all together and glues to a base.

Nerf Dart tires!
Great barriers
 Well while surfing the old web, I saw someone post up a picture of guardrails made out of corrugated cardboard. The problem was the cardboard corrugation was too larger. Then I remembered that Drunken Sanurai gave me some corrugated cardboard for dollhouses for Spanish tile roofing. I found the scrap I still had left and it was the perfect size. Now the original poster actually peeled the backing away and glued another section to it to add strength. I just kept the backing paper of and I did not care that you can't see the ribbing from the back.

Glue, pile of sticks and cardboard.
 So once assembled I glued to some think plastic (which I ran out of after three!) and primed them up for paining. I made each section 4" long which seems to be a perfect size and I can then set them to form curves.

Paint and weathering was next and viola, three new sets of guardrails! Now I just need to make a bunch more.

New/old guardrails

For scale with my first ever Gaslands car.

Tires and rails.
 So there you go, another nice little project marked off the list.


Wednesday, May 06, 2020

For Mordor!


With the Stay at Home order still in effect in AZ, I worked on a few more figures this weekend. This time there were 15 Lord of the Rings models lurking at the back of the desk that I decided to paint.

First up, Nine Morgal Stalkers, I forgot ai had three packs worth (9 total) and I was planning on using these in a Minas Morgal list for LotR. Well better late then never I suppose!

9 Stalkers for Mordor!
 I also found that I had 6 Orc trackers that I had pulled out, so these guys fell to the paint brush and are now ready for action!

Orc trackers
 Now, all I need to do is talk a few friends into playing some LotR again! LOL


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

CAV Strikes again!


I love Robot/Mech games, one of the first games I played was the classic Battletech, I would always be buying Ral Partha Mechs and actually started selling these painted models to my local game store back in CA. But as things do, I drifted away from the game and startrd playing on the computer and many console games. BT was great, but it was more better suited for the computer then on the tabletop.

Then a few years ago I got introduced to CAV from Talon Games (was formerly with Reaper Miniatures). I worked with Jon Walker of Talon for a few years. But once my time working ended I drifted off to other games. But I had a ton of CAV models left to paint.

So this weekend I decided to paint up a few models just for fun, here is the results.

I have a few more models to work on, so I will be adding them here on the Old Blog so stay tuned.


Monday, April 27, 2020

A place for a swinging wake...


Another Monday and another update from this past weekend. So a few years ago I was able to attend Reapercon down in Texas. I had the chance while there to pick up a few items, this Crypt being one of them.

Reaper Crypt
I was going to use this for games of Frostgrave, but never got around to painting it and sadly Frostgrave doesn't get played that much now. But since I had time being stuck at home, I busted it out

Front door, I wonder if anyone home?
I wanted to play around with doing a patine roof, started out black, then dabbed Hunter Green paint into the cracks and roof panel lines. Then a steal color into the center of the panels followed by a Copper color over everything followed by a Strong tone wash. I think it came out rather nicely.

Patine roof

Necromancer and assistant trying to unlock the door

Inside of the Crypt

Someone is home!

All in all this is a great kit, I did have to alter the roof to make it removable, after painting it got snug again, but nothing that won't work. Now just to get this onto the table for some games.


Monday, April 20, 2020

Layout update


Also while I have been stuck at home I am slowly working on my home Espee switching layout. I decided a couple of weeks ago to start getting the rest of the track laid, so here are some shots. I have not been able to complete as I ran out of flex track.

Main Line and Siding total width 6"
This whole layout is going to be tilt up looking buildings as I am modeling this area off of an area along the 5 FWY in CA up near Buena Park. So nothing fancy, just plain own industries to switch out with a SW1500. This area was part of the Anaheim route in the OC and I used to take pictures in this area.

Mainline up front while runaround/team track behind with an industry tucked up in the corner.
Closer look of the industry in the corner.
Team track in use with freight on the mainline.
Below is the plan for the larger part of the layout, it will have more industries and is modeled after my buddy Bill Meyer modules from my old club in CA.

The Plan
Here is all we have done for this section, all the switches, but no track for in the middle.
Far end of layout, that is an 8' run. 
So there you go, I am slowly working on the layout and getting track down. Once all the track is down I will be dropping in feeder wires on each piece of track then wiring to a main bus line.


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Halloween Game of 2019 (forgotten post)


Last October 26, 2019 (on my Birthday) I ran a group game of Wiley Games Fistful of Lead Tales of Horror game for a select group of friends. I love hosting games and I had decided earlier in 2019 that I would host a game on my birthday and wanted it to be a themed Halloween event. I used to play and run Warhammer Fantasy Battles Halloween games here at my house years ago, but just never got back to doing it.

Wiley Games Awesome Supplement for FFoL
 So I set out to paint and model everything for the game, it would be a gift to my friends from me and allowed me to get back into hosting games again. All I knew is that this game needed to look nice and have that Wow factor to the game. I have been collecting up terrain and have used it in other games, so all I had to do was figure out what I wanted to use.

Table and groups of figures for the gsme.

Another shot of the board
So with the terrain and figures done I had to come up with a scenario for the game. I had Vampires, Werewolves, Cossack's and Monster Hunters among other groups. The scenario I decided to go with was modified from the Tales of Horror rules. Basically the Vampires were trying to protect their coffins that were scattered around the board so they could return to them at sunlight. While the other creature groups were their to create havoc and of course the Monster hunters were there to burn the coffins and kill all monsters.

Hunters and monsters prowl the graveyard
We had five players, Tom O, Rob B, Matt W, and Bill and his Wife from Tucson play in the game. Tom took Cossack's, Rob took the Frankenstein Monsters, Matt took the Werewolves and Bill and his wife took the Monster hunters each. I ran the Vampires as they were sort of a NPC group and the object of the game was to destroy them. I kept track of the turns stating that the coffins needed to be destroyed by turn 10, if any were left the vampires would get the victory.

Coffins burn!
I was worried that the Monster groups would over run the Hunters, but they held their own and it seemed that the natural hatred of Werewolves and Vampires was in full effect as the Wolves went straight after the Vamps.

Werewolf pack
Here are a few more shots from the game.

Frankenstein not as tough as we thought. 
Creepy woods with a forgotten coffin
The pumpkin patch hiding a coffin
the lower end of the graveyard
The scary road through the graveyard
All in all everyone had a great time, the FFoL rules are very easy to learn and the game flows very fast. I think many folks were sold on the rules after the first couple of turns.

So how did the game end, well the Vampires were able to survive, one coffin that was hidden in the forest went undetected through most of the game only to be noticed too late, I think one Vampire survived but all that mattered was the coffin was left untouched, because after all, we all know vampires are already dead!

Sorry about late post, I thought I had posted this here, but when I looked, it was only posted to FB group I am in.