Monday, June 1, 2020

US Rangers (Bolt Action)


Looks like we've reached end of the local COVID panic.
Must say it was rather annoying period with whole that bullshit being streamed by media (mostly official media) and lots of people acting stupid.
Positive side of staying home for me was saving some models from the Pile of Shame, which for a wargamer is always something to be proud of.
And the last project labeled COVID-19 was unit of Rangers for my Bolt Action US army.

This unit is actually the last piece planned to consider US army project finished.
Sure, there are still remains waiting for some care and attention (eg. gen. Patton, M40 GMC), but those are contest pieces, gifts and other similar stuff - definitely nothing on the must-have war list.

The unit is mix of models from different brands: Artizan, Black Tree, Stoessi's Heroes and West Wind. To make them look coherent altogether I was painting whole squad same time - for the very first time in my hobby life actually. Wanted to check the painting quality drop caused by "speed painting" (which wasn't really fast in my case to be honest). 
I also practiced using airbrush for painting uniforms (like on US light mortar crew).

I think results are at least acceptable, which is good news for someone considering starting mass French army...

What I learnt is being careful (very careful!) with applying dry pigments on intantry models. From my experience the more of this stuff you put on vehicles the better, but in case of infantry pieces tuu much pigments may screw the paintwork. These below are supposed to be dirty (Rangers lead the way! after all) but colors were much more vivid before I blessed them with magic powder and pigment binder. 
Oh well, apparently it's never too late to leart something useful...


  1. Sadly where I live I'm not sure how is it going. Life won't be the same anytime soon I guess... No live music, no crowded pubs... Sad times for a drunkard metalhead.

    I like what you did with the bases, the figs look like the really belong to the environment, with different heights of vegetation and such.

    A scenic movement tray for those would rock as they already feel on duty.

    On a side note, I recently followed your tutorial for zombie skin... Might show the results 3 posts from now (damn queue!).

    Cheers 🤘

  2. Just realised I've scaled pics too much AGAIN...

    Drunkard metalhead, huh?
    Well guess what? You can have a beer and listen to metal also in the flat! ;-)

    How do you post emots in the blogger anyway?

  3. Wow, I love these. You made them all look as a coherent unit, which was the goal, I reckon, but not everyone gets to achieve it!
    Gorgeous work.

  4. Thanks Suber,

    Now I'm thinking about making nice looking army shots.
    It's kinda exciting...