Monday, 16 November 2020

another 3D printing post: siege work GABIONS

Hello guys, 

Today I bring you a short post, all of us who paint and play with miniatures from the horse and musket era, or renaissance, need gabions, indeed we will need a lot of gabions!  As I don't like the plastic gabions too much (Renedrea produces them), I have some spare metal gabions from several manufacturers, but the metal ones are a bit pricey in my humble opinion so I had an idea, albeit maybe a controversial one...

I decided to ask a friend for help, a good friend of mine is dentist (and an enthusiast wargamer), and in his own clinic, he has a VERY  expensive dental scanner and several high quality resin 3d printers, so I asked him  If he could scan a gabion for me and then modify the digital archive of the gabion so that we can expand or reduce the size...  and now I have an almost unlimited supply of customized gabions for almost no price (well, just a few cents). 

I also want to say that I am absolutely against fraudulent use of intellectual property, and historical miniature brands are usually small companies that invest large amounts of money in sculptors and material to produce their miniatures, so although the current technology allows us to reproduce miniatures in resin at almost the same quality as the originals, I will always prefer original miniatures in my collection, and in sacred metal!  That said, in some cases I think it is legitimate to use 3d printers and scanners, specifically to make spare copies of your OWN conversions in metal/plastic/green putty,  for your personal use only, or also small elements of scenery such as these gabions. 

 Beyond this boring legal disclaimer, I wanted to share with you my new gabions for small dioramas and pieces of scenery.

What do you think?


Saturday, 31 October 2020

28mm Dutch artillery late XVII c.


Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I am moving to a new house, so little time to paint these days, but nevertheless I managed to finish a small gaming piece, Dutch artillery for either Franco Dutch War or League of Augsburg War (more appropiate for the latter).  The gun crew is Warfare Miniatures and the gun itself is Ebor Miniatures.

According to Bruno Mugnai's book:The Army of the United Provinces of the Netherlands 1660-1687

you can find it here:

Dutch artillery uniform, like most nationalities showed a mixture of civilian clothes and uniforms (especially from 1680' onwards). The uniform of Dutch artillery, seemed to be blue, all blue but the cuffs in "Swedish style" in red, with black hat and shoes. I painted my crew 2 in civilian clothes and 2 uniformed, but with normal cuffs and more orange than red (yes, I moved from the strictly historical uniform).

The wooden parts of the gun are painted in brick red, I read that gun carriage was in that colour, but other sources state that was in grey...  I decided to paint  in brick red. The debate on the wooden colour does not seem very important to me, since at that time it was common to use any artillery within reach, including many pieces captured from the enemy or bought from third parties.

My plan for the Dutch army (mostly for 1672) in 28mm is the following

3 cavalry squadrons (maybe a 4th with the Gardes te Paard)

3 infantry regiments

a couple of command bases

a gun base

I already have painted the artillery and a cavalry squadron, and I bought painted 2 cavalry squadrons and 2 infantry regiments,  so "just" a command base a third infantry regiment more to go!

I will do a showcase post soon with the current finished units.


Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Late XVII c. Grand Alliance staff officers

 Hello guys,

I was in the mood of painting more officers of Grand Alliance era, so here you have my new command base for my Allied (Dutch, English, Spanish, Bavarian, Imperial...) army in the wars of Louis XIV...

The miniatures are from Casting Room Miniatures, I think they are part of Wargames Foundry,  but they are clearly miniatures of lesser quality than Foundry's original ranges; the miniatures are crudely sculpted (imho), short and beefy, but... I wanted this set because of the nice poses and the table with maps.

This miniature set is labelled as Marlburian/WSS or War of Spanish Succession, so they are intended for a later period than I paint and play, BUT with some changes and conversions here and there, you can make some decent late XVII miniatures with them.  I substituted their tricorns with floppy hats or broad brimmed hats, and added some shoulder ribbons to one of the officers in order to give him more flavour of the period.

The base is mdf with painted beach sand, static grass, tufts and flowers, and the miniatures painted in the usual way with successive layer triads (well not 3 but 4-5) with Vallejo and Foundry paints.

Some pics of the individuals:

I hope you like them!

Monday, 21 September 2020

Back into late XVII c: Spanish officer in Flanders 1670'

 Hello guys,

After some months of model making and WW2 painting, I have just finished a Spanish officer in the Spanish Netherlands in 1670'   It will be one of the commanders of my brigades/battalias in the gaming table.

The miniature is a civilian gentleman by North Star 1672, slightly converted. I added a spontoon blade to the tip of the model's stick, and also a sword under his coat.

The base is resin with a wrapped flag and a helmet laying in the ground, and some static grass and tufts.

As you can see, a simple model with simple painting. Next in the painting table, some more officers with maps and a table (WSS/Marlburian officers from Foundry/Casting Room Miniatures).

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Bolt Action Normandy '44: Panzer Hotchkiss H39

 Hi guys,

I am back again, after several weeks of painting holydays, in August I did not paint any 28mm soldier, but I built some model kits, a 1/35 German Midget submarine, 1/700 destroyer Z-25, and finally a 28mm tank, a resin one, by Rubicon Models,  "Panzer" Hotchkiss H39,  a French light tank in captured in laaarge numbers by the Germans in 1940 and then put into service.

As I already have a "completed" German army in Normandy 1944, I like adding new toys for them, and I fell in love with an illustration of an Osprey Campaign book, dealing with the battles around Cherbourg, where a column of Beutepanzers or captured tanks, advanced with some infantry:

In Normandy there were several Panzer brigades armed with obsolete French tanks, which gave initial support to the infantry divisions in the firsts hours and days of the invasion, so I NEEDED at least one of these beauties in my army !

I painted a similar tank (well, a tank hunter) 7.5 cmm Pak 40 auf Geschutzwagen 39 (f) a couple of years ago, you can see it here:

Well now lets talk about the model, It comes in resin, super high quality resin, indeed, the best tank model in resin I have ever seen, so highly recommended. The detail is crisp, clean and very accurate in my humble opinion, so I could´nt be happier with my purchase.

The painting was made by primming the model in dark grey with Ammo Mig spray can, and then airbrushed with paints of the same brand; dark yellow modullation paints, and camouflage colours in green and brown.

Then I applied gloss varnish with the airbrush, and applied the decals, just Balkenkreuzes in turret and rear of the tank,  another coat of varnish in order to protect the decals... and then the funny part, the weathering!

-tan filter

-oil dots fading 

-pin washes

-chipped paint in two tones

-streaking grime with enamels

-dust and dirt with enamels

-dust and mud with pigments

-oxide and smoke with pigments

-matt varnish

-grease and oil in enamels (as they are glossy, I applied after the matt varnish, because I wanted them to stand out)

-Graphite to the tracks.

I have not done the base yet, but I will probably do one to match the rest of the army, I hope you like it!

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Bolt Action: Manchukuo's Type 94 Tankette

Hello guys,

some months ago I decided to paint a small force for Warlord Games' Bolt Action, a defense force of the Empire of Manchukuo.  I know it is a rare subject, but I liked the idea of an auxiliary army fighting bandits, Chinese or Soviets in the steppes of Far East, with cavalry, outdated equipment and such. I started the project with a plane, a Japanese fighter in Manchukuo's service, you can see it here:

And next miniature is a "tank" well, a tankette, a type 94, also of Japanese origin, we know Japan supplied Manchukuo with at least 10 of these vehicles throughout the war, amongst other vehicles, but I found this one was the nicest of all (imho).

The kit is in resin and metal, by Warlord Games, painted with Ammo Mig paints and weathered in the usual way of enamel washes, chipping and pigments. This time I think I did too much dusting on the vehicle, but it is not a big issue given the dusty and sandy terrain of the north China/Mongolian plains.

I downloaded a Manchukuo flag from the internet and added it to the tank, following the Japanese way of attaching flags to vehicles, in order to give some colour to the little model.  It's not my best paintjob, but I like it anyway.

I also like to use a picture of me with the vehicle painted, It is almost a tradition in this blog, so... here you have.


Monday, 27 July 2020

Summer painting: Flames of War Sturer Emil (Stalingrad)

Hello guys,

Since late June I have not been painting too much, you know, summer in Spain is warm and it is beach time, also going out with friends, practice some sports... all that real life stuff that interrupts our hobby.

Nevertheless, I have been painting some random World War 2 stuff like this German tank destroyer, the "Sturer Emil" from Battlefront's Flames of War game,  I am slowly building a 1942 Panzerkompanie for Flames of War, Stalingrad themed, I also own a late war Panzerkompanie and an American and Russian armies.

I like to paint wargames tanks as If they were true scale models; with airbrush, oil washes, enamel washes, pigments, etc. I really enjoy weathering vehicles, I usually overdo this, but  mono colour tanks like this would be very boring with just its panzer grey paint applied.
For this one, I used paints from Ammo Mig range, very good quality products, I highly recommend them.

Sorry for the quality of the pics, I have a new iphone and I don't know how to use proper light for the photos with the new camera.

I have included a photo of me with the real vehicle in Kubinka tank museum in Moscow, in 2019.

Two prototypes of these tank destroyer (named after Max and Moritz) were built, both of which served on the Eastern Front. One vehicle was destroyed, the other captured at Stalingrad in January 1943, with 22 kill marks painted on the barrel (the one of my photo).

I hope to update soon again the blog with a Bolt Action tank (Manchukuoan Army) and Kriegsmarine stuff in 1/700 and Cruel Seas from Warlord games.