Friday, 19 July 2019

15mm Stalingrad Panzer III

Hi all!

Sorry for this month without activity! I have been travelling for 2 weeks, in Russia... Moscow, Tula, Orel, Kursk (including Ponyri and Prokhorovka) and Volgograd (aka Stalingrad), so I have come back to my dear España in a WW2 mood... I have painted a test model of Zvezda Panzer III model for my Flames of War armies.  

I am building a small Panzer force for Stalingrad, with a dozen Panzers and some infantry and artillery. 

The rest of the panzers are mostly basecoated and highlighted with the airbrush, but a I wanted to finish a model as a test... here is the result after all the weathering part using filters, oils, pin washes, chipping paint, streaking grime with oils, dust and earth enamel washes and pigments :)

In my opinion, I have weathered it too much... In the next models I will not chip them so much. The panzer is from 14 Panzerdivision, which fought in the battle along the better known 24 Panzerdivision... It is so dirty because of the dust and mud of a destroyed city during the autumn.

What do you think ?


pd. Off topic: I put here some pics of my trip to Stalingrad!

 Grain Elevator

 Panzer III in Vadim Zadorozhny Museum
 Fountain at Stalingrad Train Station
 Univermag Department Store (Paulus HQ)
 Ruined Mill 
 Pavlov's House
 German equipment at Panorama Museum
 Red October Factory
 Volga River
 Battle damage in houses near Barrikady Factory
 Ruined HQ of Gen. Liudnikov
  Ruined HQ of Gen. Liudnikov

Paulus HQ 

Monday, 17 June 2019

Marauder's GIANT: Warhammer Monster

Hello guys,

After  month of painting, I have just finished (yesterday!) the mighty Marauder's Warhammer or Oldhammer Giant! I bought him second hand a couple of months ago, and I could not resist start painting him in that very moment.

This miniature is from 1990, and despite its age, is a real gem, is my favourite Warhammer Giant of all time, and will be the centerpiece of my Orcs & Goblins army, or an independent monster to fight with in Warhammer Quest or similar.

In order to paint it, I opted for a classic paintjob, very "Oldhammer"

The way for painting it was the usual;

clean all the metal parts, build the miniature partially, in order to paint it easier than full built,
prime it in grey

then I airbrushed the skin, using citadel Bugsman Glow, and the mixing each time more Vallejo Panzer Aces Flesh, and Iraqi Sand, then a light wash of Reikland Flesh Shade... and repeat the lights in several seeeeveral thin coats of highlights with brush...

Next steps were very straight forward; just basecoat, and highlight each color, it was not as fun because it was very time consuming due to all the different colours of the fabric of the clothes, and all the details.

After the all the details were painted, I attached the right arm and the wooden barrel, after painting them with all that wood grain, time consuming technique, but I think it well worths the effort. I also added a couple of decals and painted over them.

And then I airbrushed matt varnish and then brushed on gloss varnish in metal areas and glass (bottles), then base him with beach sand, tufts and static grass... Here you have the finished product:


Tuesday, 11 June 2019

28mm Dutch Gardes du Corps, late XVII c.

Hello there guys ! 

Today I update my blog with some old stuff... I took some pics last weekend of my "Gardes Van Zijne Majesteit" a Dutch troop of horse designated Garde du Corps van Zijne Majesteit (His Majesty's Life Guards), placed on the English establishment in 1689, ranked as the 4th Troop of Life Guards, and returned to Dutch service in 1699. The unit fought in Flanders during the Nine Years War.

I had some Wargames Foundry out there and decided to depict them as Dutch Gardes du Corps, inspired by the pics of Mr. Barry Hilton in his web page;

As these were painted some years ago, the paintjob is not as good as it would be today, but still nice enough to post it here. And the miniatures despite being Perry sculpted, are very "Hobbit" style for my taste, too small, I have to say I much prefer the Front Rank sculpts than these earlier and smaller figures.
I wanted to have some allies to my Spanish Army of Flanders, I will add some Imperial, Dutch or Bavarian regiments to fight either in the Franco-Dutch War or League Of Augsburg War :) 

Friday, 7 June 2019

Fantasy Village PART II: house finished

Hello guys,

Today a quick update of my village project... I have just finished a 28mm house. It is Games Workshop "The Hobbit" laketown house, slightly converted with filla, and a chimney added to add more medieval or renaissance flavour.

I built it, added the filler or stucco and then primed it black. Then I airbrushed in grey blue the roof, and different shades of brown for the rest of the structure, after that, I sealed the job with satin varnish, then the oil washes, oil faded dots of color in the roof for sone tone variation... 2 days later drybrush everything in its colours, some details and voilà, Quick and Easy house finished!

I think it looks nice enough for a big base with multiple buildings. Now 4 more to go!

Thanks for watching!

Friday, 31 May 2019

New scenery project: Fantasy/Medieval Village! PART I

Hi guys! 

Sorry for the lack of posts these last few weeks, I have been busy painting my Warhammer/Marauder Giant (I'll finish him in a week or so...). I want to make a village in a big single base, with 4 or 5 houses, and out of that single base, I have my already painted 2 cottages (resin and plastic), scrachtbuilt Tavern, and the Warhammer manor, all of them finished. 

the project will include:

- Laketown house from Citadel, converted
- 2 laketown houses from Citadel, converted and joined into a bigger single building.
- Tabletop Workshop plastic townhouse 
-Tabletop Workshop plastic slightly kitbashed.
- small fences all around/ a couple of barricades

this will make a small village, "modular" with some additions out of the big base featured in this post.

I got some inspiration from this blog:

I will do a similar sized base, but changing all the buildings of course.

the plan is this :

In the "blank" place there will be the double Laketown houses from Citadel.

Some of the slightly modified houses from the extinct Tabletop Workshop:

And a couple of barricades made of various bits in 28mm:

And out of the village base, there is a scrachtbuilt Tavern:

I built it from scracht, but using plastic bits from the Warhammer Manor house...

This Manor House:

These two big buildings (Tavern and Manor house) will complete the Village set I am building right now!

Additionally, there are a couple of cottages around, the first one, in resin, unknown manufacturer, and the second is plastic Renedra.

I hope you like it!!