Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Year's Progress

Not a whole lot of work has been done so far this new year. The crappy weather, which prevented spraying miniatures, and having to prepare for a new semester meant that I've had little time to engage in hobby activities. A few things have been completed nonetheless.

First up, a M113 (CinC) with a Panhard AML 90 turret (GHQ). Even though GHQ models are slightly larger than CinC, it seemed to work pretty well.

I started this project before Christmas break, but finally finished it off the other day. Among my purchases over break from Games Plus Hobbies in Chicagoland, I bought some various washes to test. For this model, I used Secret Weapon Washes:

It was way too opaque straight out of the bottle! So I diluted it with some Future floor finish. Even then, I had to go back over it with some light strokes of the original olive green paint. An interesting and unexpected result was that the wash dried flat.  I also bought a bottle of Vallejo wash and plan to experiment with that soon.

Next up are more Bovatopian 1/600 vehicles. Until the last day or so, its been either near zero temperatures, or been raining around here; neither optimal conditions for spraying outdoors. A brief letup allowed me to spray some new figures with paint and spray some finished ones with Dullcoat. From left to right: Swedish Pvpj 90mm recoilless rifle mounted on a TGB 111 light truck (looks more like a golf cart to me), Bofors 40mm AA in action mode, Bofors 40mm in travel mode, Russian GAZ 66 trucks.

Not shown are some 15mm fantasy figures that I prepped using Vallejo's primer. I am always looking for an alternative to spray primers, which I prefer but weather is an issue. Last week, I broke down and ordered one of those static grass box applicators. I am not overly optimistic, but videos I've seen of them in action make me think that maybe I can finally use up that big container of static grass that I have.

Friday, December 29, 2017

New Years Gaming Resolutions

This is probably my last post for 2017. Tomorrow, I am heading off to Louisville, Kentucky for my daughter's USTA Junior's tennis match. While visiting my family in Chicagoland, I went to Games Plus Hobbies in Mt. Prospect, Illinois and bought about $80 of stuff I probably don't need. I also scored a can of Krylon Olive Green from a nearby hardware store. Why they sell this stuff in a Chicago suburb but not in rural Tennessee is beyond me.  Anyway, on to resolutions.

My resolutions? I have only one:

Play more games.

Happy New Years to all!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Shapeways 15mm Fantasy Figures

I thought I had posted this a while ago, but I only posted one of them. Here is the complete set of 15mm fantasy characters from Small Ox Miniatures all painted up. Small Ox Miniatures is a Shapeways shop that specializes in 15mm and 28mm figures.

L to R: female paladin, dwarf, male magic user, female thief/assassin
Not too bad looking. Their heads seem sort of big. Something about how they are "sculpted" seems different from traditional miniatures, but I can't put my finger on it. Nonetheless, I like them. My bases didn't turn out well. They are supposed to be on cobblestone, but it looks like crap. I bought two more that will be character figures.

Monday, December 11, 2017

News From Bovatopia

Headlines from Sunday's paper:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

T-34/85 in 1/600 scale

My project continues much slower than expected. This has not turned out to be the quick slap on the paint and get them on the game board project I had thought. Part of the problem is that the weather has not been conducive to spraying. It's been either too cold or too humid to spray paint outside. The biggest issue has been flocking. I can't put my finger on why it is, but it's a pain in the you-know-where to flock them. Here is some finished T-34/85 tanks ready to go.

I am using Krylon and Rustoleum Camo spray paints. Originally, I painted a few of them khaki, but at that size, it didn't look any different from the pale green (Rustoleum's Army Green) that I am using for the opposition. Krylon makes a camo olive, which I would have preferred over the pale green, but none of the home improvement stores nor Walmart sells it. So, I used sand instead, and is now the official colors of Bovatopian ground units. Frankly, I am not in the mood to be all that picky.

Notice that the flock is rather uneven on the stands. I used PVA glue (Elmer's white glue). In some places the flock stuck; in other places, it didn't.

On a positive note, I found that Krylon clear flat is almost as flat as Testor's Dullcoat. Around these parts, Dullcoat is hard to get. A can of the Krylon is the same price as the Dullcoat for more than double the amount of paint.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Rethinking Bridges

As much as I like the bridges I made for my 6mm moderns, they are limited by the fact that I can't put them anywhere. They are part of a river segment. So, what that means is that I have to lay down the roads to conform to where the bridges are. Originally, I wanted bridges that I can place anywhere, but I couldn't figure out how to integrate them with the river banks. At the same time, I didn't want them suspended a few scale feet above the water.

Schorote, a contributor on the Facebook 6mm wargaming and terrain group  (also has a website: BK (budget) Wargaming), has made bridges for his games. When I saw his pictures, it was one of those, "Doh! Why didn't I think of that?" moments. He kindly let me post them here:

According to Schorote, "the bridges are 6 cm long, 2 + 2 +2 cm, and 1,5 wide. the river top is 5mm below board surface while it is again 5mm deep."

A few years ago, I bought one of those profile or contour gauge. Now I have a use for it. My rivers are pretty uniform in width and the banks are not particularly variable. I think I can build some that will do the trick.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Figure Bases for 3mm Figures

I thought about using rectangular bases, but I decided to go the cheaper and faster route for basing my 3mm figures. I found some washers of various sizes that I can use at the local home improvement megastore. Each were a box of 100 and were around $5 each.

The #6 is a little too small, plus it is thinner than the other two, as well as the penny. I will probably go with the #8, the 1/4" and if need be, the penny. The #8 and 1/4" are about the same thickness as the penny. I didn't notice it until after I bought them that they were made out of zinc. So much for storing them on magnetic sheets.

I will fill the holes with cheap plumber's epoxy putty and then follow the way Just Jack based and painted his for his 3mm armies.