Sunday, July 4, 2021

Neo-soviet NBC suit squad

Recently neo-soviet war bot has been painted but we all know without invantry support all war machines are easy targets for anti-tank squads, partisans etc.

I've been big fan of old EM4 / Mark Copplestone's models so while looking for proper candidates for pos-apo troopers I've check future skirmish line. Until now I've painted several gangs based on EM4 models and in my opinion they are just supercool:
not overdone, but full of character and oldschool spirit.

As for red stars these are decals from Bolt Action - I had 2 or 3 but thank to Marcin (4generals commander) I got enough of them for whole squad. Thanks mate once again!
Hope you like the final effect, now I'm looking for proper transport for da boyz:



Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Eldritch Jeep

A while back I painted some Jeeps to support my Bolt Action US force. It turned out there was one more model left. At this stage I have more Jeeps my army can use, so decision was made this one is coming back where it came from - to the manufacturer 😊

Obviously it wasn't supposed to be a "normal" gaming model (more like a souvenir) so it got unusual paintjob and some eldritch junk inside: I imagined it leaving some excavation site or maybe ancient graveyard, loaded with robbed stuff.

Must say I really like the final result - working on model was quick and pleasant (the piece is pretty simple) and adding the bits was just fun (these also came from Warpainter btw). Pink color is pretty unusual on tabletop battlefields but I've painted such models before: Italian Autoblinda and German Brummbar. Choosing unusual colors is ton of fun every time.

So here it is. 
Below - some pathetic christian priest trying to stop grave robber from stealing ancient tomes and mysterious flask (split-second before getting bullet in the stupid head):


And the wheeler in the full grace:





Monday, June 14, 2021

38.M Toldi

So after dealing with several models from fantasy and dark (yet pretty pointy-teeth and vivid) future range World War II theme stepped on my painting desk once again. This time it's something rather unique: hungarian light tank 38.M Toldi from Warpainter's range

I must say I got this cute model a while back but couldn't find decals for Hungarian armor. But thank to Marcin, who's running Bolt Action dedicated blog - 4generals (there're tons of supercool photos and scenarios - definitely recommended!) shared some spares with me. Which means long waited painting process could be started! 🥳

Painting was pretty challenging - Hungarian army ain't very popular among Bolt Action players, so there's not much pics of painted miniatures in the webspace (compared to US, Soviets or Germans that is). Basic idea was to give a try to camo pattern. What you see below is the very first WW2 camouflage from under my brush, but I really like the final result. Hope to test it also on 40.M Turan.

After model was sealed I had that strong urge (once again...) to add some mud effect but my experience is after the mud jar is opened I can never stop before model is at least half-dirty. So in order to make it look kinda "clean" I used only dry pigments. Which actually makes perfect sense: the tank got dusty while running away from the soviet front 😊

Hope you like the final result:






And here's the answer to big question: 
why Hungarian army got ass kicked in Soviet Union... 😋😉

Monday, June 7, 2021

Rad zone troll

Recently post-apo killa kan has left my hobby desk. Since it was supposed to be start of home skirmish game the plan was to paint squad wearing hazmat suits, but paints I needed dried out so had to find some new target while waiting for the delivery...

I wanted another generic creature for gaming so decision was made to repaint oldie Moria troll. The model is pretty simple - not much more above bare flesh and crude melee weapons, so painting was quick and easy. To make it look modern wrecked M3 Stuart tank from Bolt Action range was added on the base. Me likey, although looking at the pics I think flesh should have been highlighted stronger 🤔

Encounter in the radioactive zome:


Dealing with blood-hungry Scavvy gang:


Picking the wrong battle 😁





Hope the paints arrive any day now...

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Post-apo war bot

Hey,

This time it's something different yet something I wanted to paint for quite a long time. A while back there was a plan to create post-apo gang based on classic Valhallans sculpts. 
Sadly all I've managed to do was war bot heavy support, which was based on 40k killa kan. 

Never liked the result and was looking for an opportunity to re-do it, which just happened.

First I replaced that silly cannon with napalm drum - flamer ain't most economic weapon after all. As for painting I finally gave a try to warning stripes: the result is just cool, and I kinda regret it hasn't been painted also on other surfaces (front plate or maybe oil drum).

As for red star - the idea was to make the first neo-soviet model for skirmish game my friend's been preparing for a while. There will be swamps, nuclear glow, eldritch creatures and post-apo arsenal so apparently megaton of fun is coming! 👽






BOW DOWN BEFORE THE COLLECTIVE, ELDRITCH SCUM! 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

War wyvern #2

Hey again,

Few weeks back I've finished bare war wyvern, and now it finally got the saddle but most important - greenskin rider. Although I am really glad I got whole piece done, painting the orc turned out pretty exhausting. 
Mean, while working on the wyvern was just ton of fun, painting it's master was a tar pit.

My guess is, the reason was the sculpt. Without any doubt it's supercool piece of middlehammer history, but all those details made the model kinda "messy". I think it would look much better without all those skulls for example - it's not Khorne's servant after all 😉

The beast was supposed to be painted oldschool style - which means vivid, candy colors. Similar tones were used on orc's flesh and details, but to give it some contrast saddle, armour and banners were painted bit darker. At first I wanted to use original banner but it was just way too much cuteness for my taste.
Besides black and white banners fit skeleton chariot and mecenary ogres - they are all mecenaries serving mighty von Carstein vampire lord or even maybe Nagash himself...





(Pics are oddly cut because I don't have photo background larhe enough - sorry).

Next stop:
turning Valhallan-o-killa-kan-o-mortar into something more neo-soviet and post-apo... 👽

Sunday, May 2, 2021

War wyvern #1


Apparently once again I got myself time travelling.

A while back I washed some oldie junk from the mysterious box I possess. It was pretty random mix of miniatures from the 90's. Sadly I've never seen any of those on the game table but always wanted to see them painted in the display case. Mid 90's was my very beginning in the  hobby, so I keep lots of heart for that sort of oldschool gems (check Carnifex or ogres if you also like such stuff).

This time my victim was Marauder's orc war wyvern and it's greenskin rider.
Orcs and goblins armybook was my first contact with Warhammer (thank you Marek for luring me into that tar pit 😉), so models from that period still make an impression on me: 
wavy paper banners, vivid colors but mostly those supercool sculpts. 

Assembling the piece was quite a challenge - it's 100% metal, heavy model, so to make sure it wouldn't fall apart during painting I gave it double pinning. Originally it came with standard size square base, but it surely deserves more! On custom made base I could give it some elevation and I got something solid to pin the leg to.
Besides I could use the last gravestones I had in the bits box. I have a secret plan to paint and use all minis and bits I have before I leave this planet (that's the reason of Sherman turret on Carnifex' base btw).

As for painting I am not sure I wanted to make it similar to the official paintjob, definitely wanted to see it bright and vivid - it's 90's model after all!
Don't really like posting unfinished stuff but the work pressed me strong enough I had to put the brushes away. The shaman has to wait - looking forward too see it sitting on the wyvern's back, casting spells on enemies of Gork and Mork!

Some pics:

The pile ov magic:


The beast:



Ready for painting:


The wyvern:




See ya in the past!


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

M16 MGMC

After providing German army with the pink love machine the time has come to get something nice for the US force. Especially because I want to try something new on enemy Italians...

The general idea is to save some precious points by replacing "normal" tank by mobile AA battery - Italians use mostly light vehicles so HMG battery supported by anti-tank gun should be enough for them. And once again I've found something cool in the Warpainter's offer.
Must say the model available there is much better then Warlord's - much sharper and better detailed. There was some spare space around the gun so I also got stowage set - just to add some shames and colors to make whole piece look (hopefully) more interesting.

The turret you can see has been salvaged from the failed Krautmower project - that model has never seen the battlefield anyway so it became perfect candidate for parts donor. 
The turret is metal (Warlord) and I prefered some extra weight on the back, instead of printed battery. The barrels have been replaced with thin rods - original barrels are just way too bendy for safe transport and gaming.

I was pretty satisfied about the paintwork - it was pretty clean and bright, but when weathering came I just got carried away... Again... On the other hand war is a dirty hell 🙄

That's it for now, time to roll the new toy out and shoot some nazis... 💀









Saturday, April 3, 2021

M8 Easter egg

Some quick bloggy feeding before bringing something more serious 😉
Easter daemon is nearly here but looks like the video game I ordered for my kid won't arrive before middle of May 😑 Stupid thing, but none self-respecting dad can leave the kid without a souvenir on Easter, Xmas or any other similar occasion, correcto?

Several times before he mentioned he likes M8 Scott I painted recently so decision was made the model needs new home and new master. It was painted for gaming purposes but it actually never seen game table which makes is even better gift: no bullet holes etc. 

And since the howitzer got promoted to the special gift, it also recieved special display base - it simply makes storing easier and looks much better from a distance. Besides just like in case of Mordred the Damned I put some special dedication on the bottom.





The piece is attached to the base by 2 cut screws - this prevent model from falling off but at the same time it can be taken off any time to stand against  boy's LEGO horde 😊 


Merry Easter lockdown!