Saturday, May 17, 2014

Time flies and Paint Table Saturday

Wow I can't believe it's been two months since I posted last. I think the weekend is not the best time to try now that the weather is nicer so will look for another day.

Well I haven't been idle during the two months. Here's what's on the paint table now. WWII in 28mm so I can try out Chain of Command. Having sold off all my unpainted figures I ended up buying more second hand to flesh out my collection.

On the Little Britons front two groups have been finished. The first the Royal Guards of Hawaii and second US troops from the Mexican Expedition.

Lastly because I have trouble staying focused are some Dark Age figures that I bought on impulse

Friday, March 7, 2014

Choosing a color for the troops

So I'm getting ready to paint my figures for the US Infantry during the Pershing Expedition. I can't quite decide on the color to use. Looking for some thoughts. Here's a shot of the figures painted with one coat of the colors of choice.

the paints are Vallejo 70.880 Khaki Grey, 70.913 Yellow Ochre, 70.879 Green Brown.

Some ideas came from here Wild Bunch For Dummies. I guess I'm leaning towards the Khaki Grey.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Finaly something finished

Well I've just finish my first unit a cavalry.

It was a little cold for spraying but I just had to get these done. In the photos I picked up the inconsistancy of the paint on the side of the base I'll need to fix that when the weather warms up. Also this guy was finished

I was able to start basing the 15mm figures and hope to have them finished by tomorrow.

Next up are these two units. It's too cold to spray prime so they'll get a coat of gesso.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Troops arrive.

I jusr recieves my latest order of figures from Spencer Smith. About Two weeks from time of order to recieving from England to NY, USA.
The figures are packed in plastic bags. Bodies arms and heads together with each bag marked by components.
Here's this orders contents
                            Cavalry galloping, Lemmon Sqeezer, Lance Upright
                       To be painted as R.C.M.P.

Home Service marching, Home Service at the trail, Officer Home service, German Full Dress Picklehaube,Flag,Sword at slope.
To be painted as Argentine Military School Cadets

Home Service NCO-Crew, Officer kneeling, Kepi,Prussian style Jager,Empty, Raised.
To be painted as Costa Rican and Swiss.

Ghurkha, Lemmon Squeezer, rifle at the trail.
To be painted as US Army 1916

Casting are pretty clean. I know the Kukri wasn't used by the US but this was the pose I wanted for these troops. Carving it off is an option but leaving it on will be easier. When this lot is painted I should have enough figures for a game, two months if I stay on schedule.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Paint Table Saturday 2/15/14

After all the shoveling from Thursday's snow I was thinking of just veging out but I remembered PTS so down to the table

Not much done Spent about an hour. I should reorganize/clean the work area but...

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Two scales/ One day Paint Table saturday

I've found this from Sofie's Blog to be good motivation for putting paint to metal.

first up 10th US Cavalry in 40mm
touching up some mistakes is all that's left for these.

And some work was done on my distraction project
15mm Carthiginian's from Viking Forge.

I'm off tomorrow so hope to finish up the Little Britons figures

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The next Regiment is ready

It was a good weekend for painting. I finished sealing the 2nd regiment for the Toy Soldier project. I'll have to do some research to come up with a name.  Progress has been made on the 10th Cavalry. An order was placed and is now shipping from Peter at Spencer Smith. I've ordered figures for the R,C.M.P. , Military School of Argentina, Swiss and Costa Rican Artillery and, 1916 US army.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

10th US Cavalry a WIP

I've been working on the 10th U.S. I hope to get them done this weekend. Overall I pretty happy so far. I black primed the jackets with gesso after spray priming white. This gave the jackets a good deep blue color and has kept everything else bright.

here's the paint table that I really should be cleaning up. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Distracted but Happy

Not much happening on the LB front. The first unit of red coats has been painted and based now I'm waiting on warmer weather to seal coat them. The 10th U.S. Cavalry are coming along  with most of the first coat done. Pictures next week.

The distraction has been Pulse of Battle Ancient rules from Piquet. I'm not sure what prompted me to order these as Ancients aren't one of my major periods but I got in on the pre-order and the price was reasonable. Well I'm pretty happy that I did. They're a well laid out set of rules, an Army builder and short history lesson for several periods and two card decks. I've been a fan of Piquet for years and this looks like a great addition to the family.

Of course even though I had some Roman and Numidian armies for DBA there wasn't enough command figures and I felt I needed some more units to make a balanced gaming force. So it was off to the Viking Forge to see what was available. I wanted the figures to match my existing armies. Viking Forge sell the figures individually at $.40 a piece. I ordered about 50 figures giving me 5 command figures per side and an additional 10 units. I have to say knowing that these figures have been around for ages I didn't have high expectations for quality of the molds however they were cleanly cast with out flash and few mold lines. In fact the lines are so negligible that I may just wash and prime. I'm very happy with my purchase. Communication with them was good and shipping was quick.

I'm not unhappy with this distraction so far as every part has been top quality and I cut my original Viking Forge order down from 110 figures to a more manageable 46.

Next week should see the next order off to Spencer Smith.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Army recruitment.

As I thought of how to build my army or which armies to model I looked at the models available from Spencer Smith. The obvious choice would have been British troops but there weren't any historical opponents. Next was Franco/Prussian War but I had that in 15mm. I then thought of a American Canadian conflict set in the 1890's. A little research showed that there was quite an array of uniform types available to both sides with the colorful City militias on the american side and dress uniforms of the Canadians. I ordered the first troops based on this.

However, while on vacation I saw a box of Britans figures in a museum in Uruguay  and thought why not build units based on countries I'd been to. I felt this would add to the interest of the units and be a souvenir of sorts. Back to researching to see how plausible this would be.  Well is seems most countries based uniforms on the British, French or Prussian model so figures were available and color guides could be found.

So there we have it. Units based on places I've been. Now it's off to planing a trip to Scotland because I want a unit in kilts:-)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

40 mm / 54 mm What to do?

Every few years I would thinks that I should build an Army in one of the larger scales. I'd surf the web and find blogs about the larger scale figures or manufacturers catalogs but nothing quite caught my fancy. I checked out Armies in Plastic and  Sash and Saber. The main problem was that I already had figures for most of the periods that they did. Now I'm being silly but I didn't want to have the same army in two scales. Then after attending a convention and seeing the 40 mm War of 1812 figures from Sash and Saber I decided that this was the period for me. I didn't have any figures from that period and we were approaching the 200th anniversary of the war, perfect.

Well I bought six bags of figures, cleaned a few and started painting. I then realized that I was looking for a more toy soldier look and that these sculpts were just too nice to not paint in the shading/highlighting that they deserved.  I sold off the lot and started looking again.

This next search brought me to the Home of Spencer Smith makers of the Shiny Toy Soldiers range. This range looked like the answer and I thought I could build a Mexican American War army with this line. Ordering from England took a few extra steps than I could find the motivation for so figures were never ordered. Then out came the Little Britons range. These hit home, the right size, uniforms, style and, variety.
The order for some samples went out. I painted them up and was ready for more. The first unit is ready

A second unit is ready to base and the third is primed. By mid 2014 I hope to have a game.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Start of the New Year.

Ok so it's a new year. Resolutions, goals, motivations and, dreams. I started painting the Little Britons range of figures last year but didn't get much done. Here's a few shots of the figures I bought as a trial to make sure I wanted to actually do this project.

I was pretty happy with these. So I ordered some more. Below is a shot of some non assembled figures. They are lbb06, lbh02, lba04.

The casting are fairly clean. Some mold lines have been tough to get at and the heads can be a challenge with their small size. I have to say that I wasn't excited about gluing figures together however the heads fit well and some practice has made it easier to attach the arms. I used a two part epoxy.