Sunday, 14 September 2014

MMRPC Week 1

As I started a week later, this is my first post of the challenge. Unfortunately, it's been a hectic week here (and this week will be as well - I am out campaigning for a Yes vote after work for a couple of days and the final couple of days I have as leave from work to help out full time).

Anyway, constitutional politics aside, I got the basing mostly sorted for the current backlog. I've still got the details to do (in the form of grass clumps and flower clumps). One of the trucks also still needs decalling and  a matt varnish.




I tried a different technique for weathering the vehicles. I'm still not doing any 'chipping' as I always feel that for a chip to be visible at this scale it would have to be massive. I may try it at some point and see what sort of a result it gives - perhaps on my upcoming D7 Dozer build.





I think the results using the mud style pigment are a lot subtler and more 'natural' looking than the lighter pigment I had used before. I did this using a stiff brush and one of the Tamiya 'Mud' weathering sticks. I worked the brush on the end of the weathering stick them carefully applied it in a drybrush style. Then a quick dusting of matt spray coat.

I have started prepping the next lot of mini's - these will be my current stock of Sherman I's (5) and Fireflys (3), Humber Scout Cars (2) and a D7 Bulldozer - and maybe a Sherman V as a observation tank for Battlegroup Overlord - but that's not on the painting chart so may have to wait.

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  1. Looks quite sharp. I originally based my FOW tanks on large stands, and then tore them off later. I think partly because they were more difficult to maneuver on the table (with regard to lumpy terrain and base to base contact), and also my storage bag only had so many large base sized holes. I do like the look of based tanks much more though.

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    1. Thanks Daveb - I've talked about my decision on basing my tanks quite a bit. I know it's a bit of an oddity but I do have several reasons for sticking with it. 1) I hate that FoW 'carpark' look in games. The base gives natural spacing. I know that the scale on the tabletop means that even touching tanks are hundreds of yards apart, but it just looks wrong to me. 2) Scale - if my Universal Carriers come on bases, my tanks have to be as well - else they are out of scale. 3) Transport - I have steel paper on the bases of my minis to store them in magnetised boxes. 4) I like it! 5) I also use these mini's for Battlegroup Overlord (great game, really worth a look) and while they don't need to be based for that, again it comes down to scale and presence on the tabletop. I know what you mean about lumpy terrain though!

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  2. Looking good, I like the weathering subtle like that. The challenge has got you up and running, so I'd say it's a result already! Speaking of results, good luck with the big vote.

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    1. Thanks Paul, i have to say the support we have had and heard about from New Zealand has been great and is much appreciated amongst my fellow 'separatists'.

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  3. The Tamiya weathering products are great. I use a weathering master set for lots of my dust. The models look good. Try some chipping on the next ones! It may be out of scale but it really pops out on the models.

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    1. Thanks Cameron, I have a couple of the little compacts and two of the 'sticks'. At the moment it's very mush a case of trying different techniques and seeing what I like (and what I can do!). I will give the chipping a shot when I do my next lot.

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    1. Much more to come tomw! Thanks for leaving a comment.

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  5. New mud effects are way better mate. Looking very cool.

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    1. Thanks Dai. As you know the weathering thing is an ongoing trial for me. While it is dark, I liked it more as a thick dust look rather than caked on mud. Will see how it progresses, I already have some ideas to use the lighter colour one as a surround for the dark one.

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  6. Aye those are really grand Jamie!

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  7. Fantastic painting, and I couldn't agree more about the "tank carpark" aggravations with a lot of FoW game boards. I love what you've done with the bases!!! Just out of curiosity, have you heard of, or had a look at, I Ain't Been Shot Mum by Two Fat Lardies?

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    1. Thanks FD! I've heard of the game but not tried it. We mainly play FoW and Battlegroup Overlord, but I see that I Ain't Been Shot Mum seems to be getting pretty popular as well. I'll keep an eye out for it during the conventions next year and see if I can find a demo.

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