Friday, 27 March 2015

Terminator Hunter Killer

I have to confess to being rather exciting about the upcoming release from River Horse ......... Terminator Genisys, the miniatures game.  The thoroughly talented Alessio Cavatore is at the helm so it promises to be good.  There's a Facebook page too if you're looking for more info, chat or just gossip.

Whilst getting excited I had a rummage through the foothills of my lead and plastic mountain and found a Hunter Killer model from Pegasus Hobbies.  It went together like a dream, the instructions were pretty good and the parts fitted together beautifully.  It was really very easy to remove the parts without too much need for filing etc which was a refreshing change after some other kits that I've tried recently.  I'm not too happy with the paint job (messy dusty drybrushing), it was harder than I expected and the first large "vehicle" that I've tried in ages.  I hope that it will fit in nicely with the miniatures in the game, if not then it was a fun day of modelling and painting.  Hopefully I'll make a better job of the miniatures that come with the game when it's released........ assuming that I've ever finished the Zombicide 3 lot that is heading to me in the next few days of course!


Sunday, 8 March 2015

Blockhouse & Palisade for French Indian War

I think that this might actually be the fastest that I've ever gone from ordering some MDF scenery to having it finished!  It's certainly very quick to paint.  I assembled it a few weeks ago and undercoated then got the blockhouse and all the Palisades painted in a little more than a morning.

 The blockhouse is from 4Ground and the Palisades are from WarbasesWarbases do make a blockhouse but I didn't fancy it for one reason or another and so opted for the 4Ground one.

The 4Ground Blockhouse comes pre-painted.  My paint job isn't as good as this and many might ask why I promptly re-painted a pre-painted model.  Put simply I wanted the blockhouse to match/compliment the palisades.

There is a distinct difference in levels of detail between the 4Ground and Warbases products but then there is a corresponding difference in price too!  It's a shame that there's no detail of boarding or similar on the walkways.  Given more time I would have reached for the balsa and added it but wouldn't this have rather defeated the object of buying MDF scenery in the first place?  I spent a while considering adding some sort of texture but decided against it in the end.  Unless I was to build the palisades into say a polystyrene base to represent earthworks then this would probably look worse than they currently do.  This would allow me to get rid of the ramps which are by far the weakest part of this range with no detail at all to be seen.

I guess that the palisades represent excellent and affordable gaming scenery but they are in a different class to the higher cost 4Ground product.  All that said, I've now got a fairly flexible "fort" that will hopefully provide for everything from small skirmishes to the most that my 6x4 table can hold!

Saturday, 7 March 2015

AWI Continental Infantry 2

Memsahib was working last night so I got a bit more painting done than normal.  As such I finished the AWI Continental Infantry from the Perry Brothers.

Perry Miniatures AWI Continental Infantry Rifled Muskets
These are nice miniatures, well sculpted & easily assembled.  They are rather uniform in pose but lots of nice subtle differences between the uniforms which fit nicely with the historical image of the Continental infantry being a little more rag tag than the British Infantry.  I've got some of the Wargames Factory Continental Infantry on order.  Hopefully I'll find some time in the coming weeks to get them done.  They look like they have a greater variety of poses than the Perry's but to be honest they don't look quite as well posed. 

Perry Miniatures AWI Continental Infantry Rifled Muskets
The very sharp among you will notice that the hats are not right on these chaps, I was too far down the line when I realised my mistake.  Never mind, I'll pay more attention next time!