Flames of War British Motorcycle Platoon

A quick update of the motorcycle platoon, my first Battlefront miniatures purchase – a hasty one too as I thought naively that I could use them as reccy in Market Garden. So my intention now is to sneak these early war models in my company as transport for my pioneer platoon.

I’m not overly impressed with the quality of the models, they look like the master was lost a long time ago and these have been cast from nth generation seconds. The metal is very soft and disregarding the inevitable flash that I can cope with, the overall finish gives the impression that the different halves of the molds were misaligned. I am however assured that they will look alright once on the table top, maybe it is just me coming from 28mm into a smaller scale..

Anyway, to improve their look on the battlefield I have added some features to their bases. Taking the wire tree idea from the Opal Blitz objective marker and hopefully achieving a look of large bush on the bases to give the models a bit of height and break them up a bit when they move together as a unit. I have also made some fence out of mounting board off cuts and a sign post to go along side the narrow cobbled road laid on 2 of the bases.

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Skaven Warlock Engineer

Had a lot of fun time limiting myself to painting this old Skaven model, total paint time was about 8 hours! I must have bought this model a long time ago when I was younger as its no longer in production and had a dirty half hearted attempt at starting the cloak as red, which I have continued. Today I managed to pick up some new basing material from the local model shop which you can see below near his paws.

I am really tempted to attempt to put some OSL on this model.. will see if the mood takes me in the new few days..

Please vote for this mini on CMON: http://www.coolminiornot.com/369625

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Massive Voodoo – Bananalicious!

A new online competition announced from the Jungle!

Bananalicious BannerThe prize pool is set to be epic, along with the entries. I will have to get thinking hard on something to enter. I entered a diorama to their last competition, “Forged Hope”, I used a lot of new techniques to me and learned a lot. Hopefully I will put some new techniques under my belt this time around and better some of my existing ones.

Gebirgsjäger

Small scale diorama work in progress.

These German World War 2 soldiers, “Gebirgsjäger” are specialised at fighting in mountainous areas. The models are from Zvezda and in 1/72 scale – will be the smallest scale I have ever painted!

A couple of websites which explain more about the Gebirgsjäger and that will help me to paint them in more accurate colours:

http://www.2ndgebirgsjager.com/

http://www.gebirgsjaeger.4mg.com/

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