Thursday, March 26, 2020

Kavil Scum Y-Wing - X-Wing Miniatures Re-Paint

This was a quickie painted at the end of my stream tonight. I'm a big fan of Kavil as a scum Y-wing pilot. They've raised the points for the veteran turret gunner crew, but on Kavil, I think it might still be worth the points.  I fly Kavil enough that he deserved his own painted ship. The card art for him is pretty atrocious. I've seen a few Kavil re-paints in dark green schemes that I liked, so I went with a variant of that for mine.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

28mm Macedonian Thorakatai & Homemade Basing Materials

These two stands of Thorakatai based up as soldiers for Hannibal at the Gates. These ten figures are part of Warlord Games SPQR line and are one piece resin figures with separate shields (with spears cast on them) and metal main hand spears/javelins. I have been very pleasantly surprised at how much I've enjoyed painting the SPQR resin figures. They take paint well and are nicely detailed. Additionally they don't have all of the assembly hassle that most plastic miniatures have.

The box comes with twelve figures, but I only painted ten at this time as that's all I needed for these two units. To complete the division I'll also need to paint up three stands of Thureophoroi which I haven't even purchased yet, so they'll be done much later. These ten figures put me over 100 figures for the year. I'm on a much more productive pace than last year for sure. I think this is 100% due to my painting regularly, three days a week on my stream.

I get a lot of questions on my stream about my basing process and materials. One item that I use on most bases are jagged rock pieces. These look intentionally 'fake'. I've tried all manner of real rocks and they just don't look correct on the bases. What I use is chunks of coarse cork, broken from a larger sheet of cork from the craft store.

Each piece is broken and shaped quickly using my fingernails and a sanding stick. They're lightly glued onto Popsicle sticks, sprayed black with flat hardware store spray paint, then dry-brushed in various light greys and light browns. When finished I carefully cut them off the sticks and store them in a container for easy retrieval when basing.  I can make a whole container's worth, enough for over 100 bases in about an hour's worth of work. Sometimes making your own basing materials is the best answer....doubly so when you're socially distancing yourself!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

X-Wing Quad Jumper Re-Paint

This was a quick project tonight that I painted mostly while watching Luke's stream from the Gold Squadron Paintcast.

This is a simple re-paint of the Quad Jumper. There's a blue stripe on the side of the hull, so re-painting the accent panels to match is a pretty easy choice. This will be my Unkar Plutt ship for my scum squadrons where I fly Unkar and a generic Quad Jumper.

Below are some additional photos showing the re-paint next to an original version. Total painting time was about 90 minutes, although I wasn't really rushing as I was enjoying watching Luke's stream almost as much as I was painting.

Friday, March 13, 2020

28mm Macedonian Cataphracts

Three units of Macedonian Cataphractoi based up for Hanibal at the Gates. I still need to do one more stand of three figures to complete a full one-point HATG division command.

These are Warlord Games resin figures. I have to say I really enjoyed painting these figures. The sculpts are crisp and the riders and horses are each one-piece. Clean up was quite easy. The only complaint I have is the horses that don't have all four legs on the ground are flexible enough to be unsettling. I'm counting this as 18 figures in my annual painting totals - nine horses and nine riders. Painted entirely on my stream over the past week and a half. Next up on the painting table is a couple of bases of Macedonian Thorakiti.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Serissu M3-A Interceptor Re-Paint for X-Wing

Small (nearly) instant-gratification project that I tacked onto the end of tonight's stream. This is the M3-A Interceptor re-painted to match the Serissu unique pilot card art. I took some small liberties in the cockpit coloring and by adding some additional details. Besides those it's my attempt at replicating the card art. After finishing I think I could have gone a bit heavier on the panel wash and darkening of the light areas. Hindsight is always 20/20. Still for about an hour's work I'm satisfied with another unique X-wing ship for my fleet.

Monday, March 9, 2020

28mm Republican Roman Infantry Command

I've had these figures finished for about a week, but I've been busy painting other figures and neglected to base these up. I finally got some time to get them based this past weekend. These are mostly Old Glory figures, except for the Titus Pullo character figure and the Warlord 'Blood Sacrifice' figure which came free with the purchase of their SPQR rule book.

The two round stands are infantry command stands. the yellow shield stand completes my third infantry legion. The green-shielded stand starts my fourth legion.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

28mm Ruin for Saga, Generic Barricades

This is a 28mm 'ruin' that I've scratch built to use in Saga games. The two larger pieces are 'Ruins B' and 'Ruins D' pieces from Renedra Ltd. The rest of the pieces are scratch built from hand-cut foam blocks, loose stone and sand. The entire piece is also over-sprayed with sand-texture paint to make it look a lot less 'plastic'.

The two larger walls are magnetized. They can easily be removed for transportation, or to accommodate figures during play. The entire piece is just over the minimum size for a ruin as prescribed by the Saga rule set.

These are the Battlefield in a Box Wartorn Village Barricades from Gale Force Nine. These come pre-painted, and to be honest, can be easily used as-is out of the box. I took a little bit of time to re-dress some of the pieces. These come factory painted in four basic colors with a white dry-brush over nearly the entire piece. I over-brushed this white dry brush on all of the wood pieces using varied colors. I also re-painted the fence piece and put a wash over all the stone pieces to tone down the over-done white dry brush. Easy job, to turn a piece that was a solid 7/10 to 9/10. I didn't have good barricades in my collection and these easily work from dark ages all the way through WWII. Since this was only a touch-up job, I'm counting these four pieces as one 'terrain/misc.' in my annual totals.