viernes, 19 de enero de 2018

Some 28mm Artizan miniatures

Hi , 
Today double entry, as promised in a earlier post, I took some picture of the U.S infantry from Artizan's WW2 range before sending them to their owner in Tenerife.
 I added some details to paint them as Free French of the 2ème D.B's to go along the Half-track, they suppose to represent the personnel of the 9th motorized company, almost  formed of Spanish republican exiles and famous for being the first ally unit to reach Notre Dame de Paris in 1944.

A few retouched pictures (I blended with the terrain the minis bases)


1/72 Nexus/Atlantic Ancient Egyptians update

Hi everybody, 

The second spearmen unit of my generic Egyptian generic army is done, I'm quite happy about the result. With the previous one they will form the core of the army. Next a small hand to hand unit, some archers and chariots. For the later, I've got already the chariots from Atlantic and Caesar. 

The Atlantic/Nexus one's is not bad, but the wheels are really a downer, so I bought the Caesar set, much better researched and done, I guess I will mixed both until I find a solution for the wheels. Once all of this they're painted I will started with their foes, the Sea People.

However after painting them and other stuff, a few lessons have to be drawn:

-The work on the base have to be more clean. Some figures got their legs and feet too "dirty" with the dry brush and the texture applied overlapped the bases, so I should be more careful.

- I've got to find a more appropriate set up for the next pictures, a mess and stained table can definitively be improved to a more neutral background or , as I will add some scenery a themed set-up.

I will probably add some more observations to that list. The two units are now in their box, which bottom is coated with a steel shit and the miniatures bases have some magnet rubber. I decided for once to invest some money on a decent storage system to preserve the painting work. 

Here the pictures:

The second unit:

The two units together:

viernes, 12 de enero de 2018

First Ancient Egyptians done

Hi everybody, 

First entry of the week-end, the first unit of Ancient Egyptian spearmen. In the background the first elements of scenery almost finished.

More soon.

miércoles, 10 de enero de 2018

Palm Tree

Hi everybody, 
First terrain entry on the blog, a palm tree base for a future Egyptian themed table.  The palm tree is a cheapo aquarium model coated with a mix of paint and white glue.

More scenery and the first Egyptian units finished soon.

lunes, 8 de enero de 2018

Walk like an Egyptian - Nexus/Atlantic Egyptian Army Set

Last year (I guess) in a moment of sweeping nostalgia , I bought two boxes of Nexus - Atlantic Ancient Egyptians, one the infantry , the other the chariots, I couldn't resist to rencounter those old friends as I bumped into them in a model shop.
I must confess that they didn't age too badly, not much flash and they looked better that I remembered: good proportions , not too much silly poses (For Atlantic Standard). Of course nobody can wait for a total accurate rendition of Egyptian soldiers, I would call it more a Hollywood version, overall I agree with the PSR, link, here.

Nonetheless, they fit the bill to start a few units for to game with some unknown, yet, rules. 

Below a picture of the miniatures (work in progress)

jueves, 4 de enero de 2018

HAT El Cid Spanish infantry 1/72 figures

Hi everybody,
I'm trying to start a medieval project to play with easy, simple rules. (I know, it's another project in the dreaded to do list).
I took the remaining of the Hat El Cid Spanish infantry figures to build up my first units. It's an interesting and useful set to anybody interested in early medieval wargames. 
First you got a lot of miniatures, 96 in total, light , medium and heavy infantrymen, with a great variety of the their arsenal (spear, bow, crossbow, sling, javelin,etc..). You can have a more detailed look here.
The majority of the figures can be used for others feodal/crusaders armies other than Spanish if you're not to picky. The only setbacks are the plastic, is too soft and certain pose with shield who are too flat. Overall is a great set.

Here is one unit of "heavies". Most of the spears have been replaced with wire.

Rubicon M3 Half-Track


I just finished a M3 kit from Rubicon, an easy and really nice kit. I tried to paint it to evoke the 9th company'a vehicles from the french 2 D.B a unit mainly composed by exiled Spanish republicans .
This model will be sent soon to Tenerife to a friend escorted with a dozen of Artizan GI's.

lunes, 1 de enero de 2018

Spanish Civil War Republican infantry 54mm-1/32

Happy New Year,
As mentioned in the previous entry,  the 54mm fever stroke hard. Below, you can find some pictures of some 54mm Spanish republican infantrymen in various stages of completion.
I used the WW2 1/32 Airfix figures reissued a few years ago, DAK (very useful set), Commandos and British infantry. I hope that I caught the overall look of the Republican army (EPR) during the Spanish Civil War

jueves, 28 de diciembre de 2017

Back to work. FPW in 54mm

Back to the brushes ! 

Painting and playing during the last year and half have not been done quite so often as I wish.
In another try to amend this situation, I will post, regularly, I hope, what have been done and what's on the "workshop" table at the moment. 
I must confess that my miniature, wargame crazyness have reached new peaks with a sudden interest in 54mm (I'm getting old maybe...)
With no further ado, a few pictures of Armies In Plastic(AIP) miniatures, worked out for a Franco-Prussian War (FPW) project.

Tirailleurs Algériens (AIP Zouaves)

Prussian infantry with a lone french line infantryman (AIP  WW1 german, russian  infantry set and AIP French foreign Legion Set with a scratchbuild head, a tad big I know...)

Unfinished Gardes Nationaux/Gardes Mobiles from (AIP Egyptian infantry, definitively a versatile and useful set for modeling infantry from 1860 and beyond... ).