Sunday, 29 May 2011

Steel Legion Platoon Command Squads

There is a limited range of metal Steel Legion minis. Here is progress with the 2 platoon command squads. Perhaps the Steel Legion will reappear as finecast.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Sisters of Battle Round Up

Painting and collecting a variety of 40k Inquisition and abhuman related forces gives a magnificent variety of models and figures to acquire and even to use in apocalyps type battles. But it means each force progresses so so slowly. Here is the sitrep for my Sisters of Battle force that has been in Gestation for 4 years. As you can see below. One HQ, 3 troops choices, one of which is not quite completed, 2 heavy support completed, one fast attack, one elite. It is possible that the whole force organisation will have to change in the face of a new codex come the autumn. Never mind the fun is in the collecting an completing.

Here they are :                                                    HQ

                                                                  Troops Choices

                                                                      Fast Attack

                                                              Heavy Support


Scary ladies. A bit like the lady I chatted with last night.

What next for the Sisters firstly there is an Exorcist on the painting table and after that I like the Inquisitor Karamazov mini as a second HQ choice. Then some more Seraphim. Competition listing has nothing to do with this collection.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Sisters of Battle Again and Steel Legion Commissar from Forgeworld

Painting has been glacial for a few weeks. Dog minding for a friend for a week and sightseeing in Prague for another week. Now its back to the bleak war is all there is 40k Universe and 2 of the on the table projects. The second Sisters squad is beginning to shape up or at least the end is now in sight. Finishing up is one of the pleasure of painting. Doing all those last details and touching up everything and every bit that has accidentally been forgotten. This is more fun that starting on a squad. Anyway here is where the 2nd Sisters Squad is up to at the moment.

Two heavy weapns have also been acquired and started. One for each of the Sisters squads. So only early progress with this one. Base colours are Knarlock green given a green wash to darken and tone. Boltgun metal given a wash with devlan mud to define the metal.

Finally a little bit of work on a Kreig Commissar from Forgeworld.  This is an exquisite mini and the plan is to paint it in with the Steel Legion project. Suprisingly it appears that a company command squad cannot be allocated a Commissar, only platoon command squads. A Lord Commissar as an HQ choce could of course join any squad. Being a Lord Commissar will suit this mini.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Simple Scenery

A lot of time and effort can go into making scenery. Battles can be fought with pleasure with minimal scenery.
If part of the pageant of enjoyment is viewing the minis that have been laboured over in a suitable setting then some scenery is needed. And it usually needs to be made quickly and easily from common materials. Here is some. Materials used were newspaper, kitchen roll paper, wall paper paste, aquarium plants, polyfilla (which in the UK is a fast setting easily available DIY shop wall and plasterwork crack filler), and some hardboard from discarded cheap picture and photograph frame backing. Here is what the results look like.

These bits are about 10 years old. OK, the tower of black rocks is newspaper torn up, mixed with wallpaper paste and squeezed in to the shapes seen. Shapes may vary. Then left to dry. Glued into a tower, or any other agglomeration of pieces. Once the glue is set sprayed black with citadel black spray and when dry, dry brushed up with codex grey. The bases are all the other bases is a bit of hard board cut with a large pair of strong scissors in to an irregular shape, sand glued on with PVA glue and pointed with goblin green and dry brushed yellow.

The bushes are aquarium plants fixed into mounds of polyfilla, then sanded and painted as above. Finally the trees. The trunks are kitchen roll sheets soaked in wallpaper glue and twisted in to a ribbed pipe. Once dry the trunks were set in to a mound of polyfilla with root like trails leading away from the trunks. The bases were sanded and painted as before. Small bits of aquarium plant were glued to the tops of the trunks. The trunks were painted red and washed with brown ink to produce alien type colouration.

Skill required to produce these bits was virtually zero. Hope you consider they are effective as I do.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Steel Legion Comany Command Squad

Finaly some more progress with the steel legion. All minis in the company command squad are conversions.
I will let the picture speak for themseves.

One sniper rifle, one heavy flamer and 2 meltaguns.

Some close ups of the company commader and below of the heavy flamer.