Sunday, November 5, 2017

Tank & bone

Hey again,

This time it's only quick update - since the last post I've only managed to finish another piece of armour for my Bolt Action US force:

M3A1 Stuart, light tank.

Initially I didn't plan to add this bit to my collection but while purchasing some paints I spotted it in the store and checked gaming profile. Dependable on version it:
- is rather cheap,
- has 2 MMGs + light AT gun,
- has recce special rule,
- can exhange recce and front MMG for flamethrower (!),
- not mentioning it's Italeri's production which always means top quality. 

There are several assembly options but I decided the basic one: no extra fuel tanks and early type of turret. Let's be frank: all I care about is that puker on the front...

Painting is no surprise:
exactly the same, well tested color scheme. Didn't even try to test anything new - it must fit well what's already painted. The only modification is some extra varnish protection:
before sealing it with matt model was sprayed with gloss varnish to keep dry pigments where I want them and also to prevent paint from scraping off during transportation. 
Here's the result: 

And some handicraft, or rather: "bonicraft".
Last summer I got section of some animal's (most probably) backbone found in a forest. Apart from dirt it was cleam piece. It was partially covered with greenish, pale olive moss.
First idea was to use if on scenic base (Plain of Bones in the Old World) but then I thought to make something more practical: pen holder.

All in all it was pretty quick job.
First the bone got chemical bath just to be sure it's safe for everyday use. Sadly that lovely olive color vanished revealing nice aged bone. It was varnished for easier cleaning.
Then I got ~10cm diameter round, wooden plith which was also covered with gloss sealer.
These were assembled with 1mm thick rod and voila!, already in use:

And since it's about old bones:
last week there was small discussion about oldie Nagash model, from Undead range.
Remember Bozo, the clown?

Veteran Warhammer players probably do, this model causes lots of emotions, mostly negative. But long story short - it turned out before it was released there was other version of that stupid skull, WAY better.
Anyway I realised back days I've never seen it in action and didn't manage to get the model until like a year ago? Somehow it looks like more fun and challenge that new placcy version.
Model is now being washed off so expect news from the grave coming with the next post.
And to make waiting more pleasant - have a look at brilliant Mark Gibbons' offical artwork...



  1. Ah, Nagash... good luck with the model! I think the major complaints about its design were that it looked so unlike the Gibbons piece and so much like a man in a rubber mask dressed for Halloween!

  2. Cheers mate, will need lots of it but I think I am finally 'nuff motivated to give that character what he deserves.

    I still kinda cannot believe this model looks like we can all see: both Mark Gibbons and Gary Morley are were and are great artists, and they were were already releasing tob stuff back in 90s.

    We'll see what can be done :)

  3. Nice work on that tank...and looking forward to seeing Nagash!

    1. Thanks mate, same here!
      I am shitfuckingscared of starting that model :)

  4. Fajny stuart, tylko czemu z brytyjską podpórką włazu dowódcy?

    1. Chyba jedyna jaka była w tej wersji wieżyczki w zestawie.
      Tj drugiej nie znalazłem =/

    2. Nic dziwnego. Amerykanie ich nie stosowali.:P

    3. Mój zastosował najwyraźniej, nie czytał książek :)
      Swoją drogą złożyłem go pod zasady: jeden karabin na froncie i jeden w wieży, z ciężkim sercem podarowałem sobie pozostałe karabiny =/

    4. Żałuj. W wersji z 5mmg jest świetny przeciwko armiom pieszym. Mój drugi najlepszy czołg po Type 97.

    5. Jakim cudem można takie coś wystawić w armii amerykańskiej? O_o

    6. Stuarta z 5 mmg w amerykańskiej czy japońskiej?
      W obu można go w takim wariancie wystawić, tyle że nie wszędzie... ;)

  5. Ta, już doczytałem: początku w ogóle nie rozważałem początkowego okresu stąd umknął mi ten wynalazek :)
    Tak czy tak nieco skopałem - po wszystkim zorientowałem się że zamontowałem nie tą wieżę co trzeba...