Thursday, 28 June 2012

Painting Update and More Cock-ups

I've glued the MDF buildings from Commission Figurines together now and made a start on painting up the detail. It's going to take me longer than I thought as there's so much detail on the models. But hopefully I'll have them done this weekend. Here's a couple of shots of the assembled buildings.





Painting up the buildings had to take a back seat for a couple of days as we had a big Operation Sea Lion FoW game planned for last night. It was two-a-side game with each player having a 1250pt force. I had to use my Germans instead of my usual Soviets to balance things out but I forgot to check I could make a 1250pt force with them. I only realised I couldn't make 1250pts with my normal Panzerkampfgruppe yesterday morning. So I made a quick trip to EasyArmy.com to see what I could cobble together.

I normally use eight Panthers at 1500pts  but they were too expensive to fit in at 1250pts. As I don't have much in the way of German forces I was limited in my choices. Then I remembered that Blood, Guts & Glory had Reluctant Trained Panthers. A quick check on EasyArmy.com confirmed this and my eight Panthers now only came to 1060pts. But I now had the problem of what to add to bring my force upto 1250pts. My normal choices of PaK 40's and Nebelwerfers weren't available so after a bit of thought I decided to use my Sd Kfz 10/5's as M√∂belwagen's and  I'd base up some of my PSC German infantry as a Volksgrenadier platoon.

Luckily I had enough spare bases to cover what I needed and I soon had the figures assembled and based. (I find it easier to paint FoW figures on their bases). This is where the first cock-up occurred. I planned to give them a spray of grey primer and then do the bases with PVA and sand so they wouldn't look too unfinished on the table (I wouldn't have time to paint them completely). But as I was rushing around trying to get everything done in time it wasn't until I started to paint the finished bases I realised I hadn't primed the figures yet. I thought about spraying them then but it would have meant re-doing all the bases and I just didn't have the time.

The second cock-up was similar. I'd finished painting my desert buildings from Kerr & King and they just needed a quick dry brush white to pick out the detail and then a spray of matt varnish to seal them. Of course in the rush to get everything ready for the big game I forgot to dry brush them before I sprayed them with varnish. Not the end of the world but still annoying. I guess I don't work too well under pressure!

Anyway here's a couple of shots from last night's game showing the buildings in action. The full report from the game will be up this weekend.



I'll do some better shots of the buildings next week. I would do them now but it's 1.30am and I'm knackered so you'll have to wait :-)

2 comments:

  1. They look good to me.

    As a 6mm player I'm always astounded by the size of other scales scenery. We chuck our buildings into a box file at the end of a battle - where do you store huge architectural elements like yours?

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    1. I use those plastic container boxes that can fit under a bed. They can also be stacked up in the spare room if need be.

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