Thursday 20 September 2018

Bolt Action Japanese & comission


Several posts this week ;)  today I bring you some tanks for Bolt Action I painted for a client recently. I rarely accept comissions in 28mm because of the time required to paint 28mm stuff... and I prefer painting for me and my collection.  I accepted this time anyway hehe. 

Here you have 3 vehicles, the first one is a  Type 95 Ha go from Warlord Games, in colors of SNLF (Japanese Marines) in Saipan 1944. painted to a  high TABLETOP standard imho...  Its not a showcase model, but  not  a bad paintjob anyway.

The second is from company B models, US based,  it is a Type 93 Sumida Armored Car, painted in SNLF colors too, inspired by some pictures from the Japanese raid or attack in Shanghai in 1932.
Again a tabletop level paintjob.

The third tabletop painted model is a Sherman, from an unknown manufacturer (probably a resin copy, I bought it second hand), its a major conversion, using some wooden planks and sandbags (metal accesory from Company B), painted similar to those Shermans from the US Marine Corps in Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Apart from the previous comissioned vehicles, I have more beautifully painted ones, like this scale model of a Type 2 Ka-Mi

Yes, I love Japanese Navy tanks...

And now some showcase of my painted Japanese "
Army for Bolt Action!

 Type 97 Chi Ha, Resin model from Warlord Games

 Zero fighter, 1/72 Hobbyboss "easy to build" line

 Warlord Games "Jungle Fighters"

The Assault Group, 28mm Japanese officer and riflemen

I hope you like this little update! 


Wednesday 19 September 2018

Early Byzantines coming !!

Hello fellows,

Some years ago, I started a project, armies of late antiquity in 28mm, I built a Sassanid army, almost completed, a Goth army (almost completed too) and a Late Roman, Patrician and Belisarian/Justinian army... the latter is my favourite, but, sadly, nobody produces proper miniatures for Justinian armies.

Inspired by venerable Warhammer Historical books, full of nice pictures of  Perry and Gripping beast miniatures I painted some samples for my upcoming Byzantines! I say upcoming because Aventine Miniatures and Footsore, have announced that range in the "near" future!

Until that moment, I have painted some units for my Late Romans that can be used for those Eastern Romans.

First, a test model for a unit of Belisarius' personal Bucellarii, as seen in one Kevin Dallimore's book, published by Foundry, with some pics of Foundry's Late Romans converted into Belisarian Byzantines... here you have my personal approach:

I also painted an "Army standard bearer"converting lightly a Foundry Cataphract, I just copied or try to emulate a photo of the book "Fall of the West" by Warhammer Ancient Armies:

Apart from those sample miniatures, I painted a "unit", based for Impetus, of Belisarian Bucellarii, using Old Glory Belisarian range. Their cavalry is not bad, but, in my opinion, the infantry is not historically accurate or even well sculpted. My inspiration was the book "Byzantium beyond the Golden Gate" from Warhammer Ancient Battles, which portrays some pictures of Old Glory figures.

Sorry for the quality of the pics...

Old Glory also produces some armoured horse archers, I think in their medieval Byzantine range, I "converted some of them using Foundry heads in order to make them look more "Belisarian" or Roman and less medieval...

I also love the sculpts of Foundry Clibanarii, so I painted a unit of "Sagittarii Clibanarii", mentioned in the Notitia Dignitatum, as a unit in the army of Egypt (I think...)  I only painted the buckler shields in the appropriate historical colours imho.  Two of the horses are Old Glory, all of them "half armored", they look Belisarian to me.

Finally, some infantry, Skutatoi or Legionaries, from Gripping Beast , painted several years ago, with a lower quality paintjob.  One officer is a converted plastic Saxon from Gripping Beast and a WestWind head.

I hope you like this project!


Monday 10 September 2018

28mm Spanish Cuirassiers / Caballos Corazas (mid to late XVII c.)

Hello all!

I have just finished a new unit for my Spanish army, a squadron of horse of  Cuirassiers, I have used the flag of (presumably) "Tercio of Mastaing",  a Spanish/Walloon Cuirassier regiment of the Army of Flanders,   Of course this unit is equally suitable for the Portuguese-Spanish war (the latter part of the conflict), War of Devolution, Franco-Dutch War etc.  I guess this soldiers could stretch roughly from 1660-85.

Please note that these Cuirassiers are NOT from any manufacturer, and its quality is average...(although the leader is a converted NorthStar 1672 line cavalry trooper),  they were sculpted by an amateur sculptor and casted just a few models for this little project.  The horses are NorthStar 1672. I wanted to match the style of Northstar because I love that range and a big part of my collecion is Northstar's.

The uniform is buffcoat or yellowish coat, with red cuffs over the elbow, a Spanish morion and breast and back plate. 

Their uniform also match the one used by Don Juan Jose of Austria Cuirassiers guards, in the ill fated invasion of Portugal in 1662-63.

The flag is scanned from the book "Spanish Armies from the League of Augsburg War" and included in an older book of flags captured by the French.

the figure on the far right is a cuirassier from this period.

the miniatures were painted in Vallejo and Foundry paints

The flag pole or cornet is a plastic arm from Warlord's ECW range.

I wanted to add a Piebald horse, typical of XVII c.

Cheers and thanks for watching!