Warfare continued… (day ~5)

The trouble with big projects, is … its a bit boring. Another 60 infantry on the production line. I thought I’d do a strip to completion… so a zap of ‘Rail Match’ and the job is done.

Out of interest here is a before and after strip to show the difference the dip makes –

 New larger pictures!


Warfare – Day 2

The thing to remember with the dip technique is things will get worse before they get better! And here is testimony of this. When you put that dip on you are going to obliterate a lot of detail and get a horrible glossy finish. You’ve got to stick with it!  Things will get better… but it is test of faith.






Painting step (on top of the bone spray)

The flesh triad is –

  • Dark                    GW Tuskgor Fur
  • Mid                      GW Cadian Fleshtone
  • Highlight              GW Kislev Flesh

I’m warming the new GW paints now. There are a few duffers , but these 3 seems pretty good. Averland Sunset being a lovely warm ‘red’ yellow


 So blocking the colours in … Your mantra here should be NEAT NEAT NEAT . Thinking that the dip will cover things up is prone to disaster. If it doesn’t then you will have painful tidy up job. Better to tidy up here.



I’m trying to stick to natural palette of oranges and browns, but I can’t help slipping in a few blues and greens. Remember that you need to be painting everything in a register brighter than normal. The dip will tone it down.

I’m using Army Painter Soft tone , which is OK. Can only really be used for ‘light’ jobs. My tin is thickening a bit, which is annoying at at £18 a tin I’m only about ½ way down.  I’ve never had much success with thinning it down, the Dark tone anyway… lead me to abandoning in at as too expensive. When I thin it  down it always seems to coagulate and the pigment forms ‘bits’ which a really annoying to get rid of. If I use it again I’d probably limit it to a tin an army and dip the lot in one step , to avoid evaporation






Anyway, in a brave move here are blobby stage figures, things do look bad – do not SMASH IT UP at this stage – you need to persevere!








This one is my favourite., you can see the varnish destroying all your hard work! don’t worry it will run get better

Always paint the tip right down over the base. That way at the dip settles it can run down and has less friction to overcome as it runs away. That way you avoid collection around the ankles



In this sitting (3-4 hours) I finished all 48 cavalry and about 40 infantry. At this rate this stage will take about 3-4 days


Warfare – Day 1

One thing to learn is that after you’ve gone to all that trouble to de-grease you figures, you must try not to touch them with your fingers again! If you are trying to utilise a very ‘washy’ style then you need to avoid grease spots and water beading on a greasy surface.


So with a brush in hand its starting with blocking in the colour. With prep done so far the surface is ready receptive the the paint, and  you can go quite ‘thin’  The undercoat needs to be flat and no missing bits ( this is important)  You want the paint to do all th shading work in this method. No golden demons here – but practical for putting 300 figures on the table in a month.

Here you can see the shading starting to come out here. It does help if the figures are crisp and well defined … and we have a top drawer product here 🙂


Warfare …. a start

Warfare is a date restricted competition –800pts, 1562 to 1629AD. It was my original plan to use the Spanish, and they sneak in at their earliest point. However, when looking at the list its pretty drole.  You will be using later tercios,  you don’t get dragoons… nothing bad, but I just can’t face it. Combined with the fact that of the 20 players, I’d guess there will be 2 Samurai, 2 Quing ,a few nomadic horse type and probably  premier choice of Early Swedes. The 1629 just cut-off the ‘Early Swede’s, but does allow the Ealry Gustavian Swedish. Which really has all the toys. Not the cheesy commanded shot with regimental guns but all the good things. Probably the one to beat.
I umm’d and ahh’d for a while and couldn’t really come up with anything that took my fancy , so I went a bit ‘left field’ and thought about it as an army building exercise rather than anything that would be uber competitive. So with that in mind I thought I’d do a Lurkio army – it had to come sooner or later. So I could either pick Inca or Mapuche. Give that there is about 4 weeks to go (and I’m on holiday for 1 of those weeks), Inca was probably out. I’ve noticed that the armies PBI is quite low and maybe with a great commander getting a +2 might be enough to influence the terrain…. BUT I doubt it. The Inca list I did was OK, but against any amount of horse was really going  to struggle. I could buy a load of FFs but that’s not much fun. That leaves Mapuche, the latest range.  These guys have more subdued attire and have 16 bases of Cavalry (Rubbish), but with a GC can get to +3 on the PBI.  Gets me a reasonable chance even against the Tartars. Getting the terrain mould at least give me a chance.
The Mapuche troop types are actually reasonable against horse. A mix of ½ Pike, ½ Bow.. the Pike being HF !!  The normal ‘warriors’ are Bow* , Heavy weapon.   So against the Chinese and Samurai these guys would be OK.  The list I drew up didn’t have as many BGS as I’d like … I was aiming for over 20, but came in about 17 (bit but not massive) , that said 8 of those BGS are 8 strong.  The real bummer with all this is that none of these guys are superior… an average fest, it was never going to win, but let’s see if it is fun.
Planning the painting.
Given there are 350-400 pieces to paint it’s going to be a workman like job, rather than a painting masterpiece. That said given the detail on the figures I had to come up with a plan that would show the detail. So, here is the plan. Using a limited pallet of neutral brown and oranges use a block painting  method and use a dip to bring out the detail. Before you reel in horror, the AP can be used for good effect (check Phil Hendrys blog if you don’t believe me). There are trick to using it…
One step I though worth doing, that I normally don’t, is washing the castings. Going for a block paint /dip I need to give every bit of detail the chance to show! It kind of came around as I was cleaning my airbrush at the time, while the figures were being prepped. Having a ultrasonic cleaner is cool and really gets the gunk out.  So just water with a drop of detergent and a 20-30 min wash in the cleaner got the casting gleaming. It was a shock how much crud came off.
One other thing I did was NO cleanup … ie no cleaning mould lines, no de-flashing. This was going to show the figures warts and all. It would certainly show whether the money I spent on top drawer castings was worth it.
Once I’d organised the figures, and given them bath was the hot glue gun treatment to the lolly sticks. Next step a light dusting of white primer, not to cover, but a cutting the surface. Then investing in a ‘skeleton bone’ AP primer they all got the treatment.  All 400 done in one sitting.
I’d bought a GW triad of flesh colours, but really I don’t want to be going to this level of detail. A block coat and let the dip do the work.
The game is afoot!

1/350 Battle of Britain

I happened just by chance on a link over from TMP, to this source of planes. What attracted me was the fact that they are all in plastic…. and the cost was really low!


After a short email exchange with Ian he send me through a few sample and I’ve just knocked a couple up to see how they look painted

On first look they are a little flat, no panel lining etc. But thats no bad thing, some metal models can be a little over the top.

The ME 109  was my favourite. Seemed to capture the silouette just right





The Spitfire was OK. Just something nagging I can’t put my <perfectionist> finger on. Top down it looks great though.



For a size comparison – here with some 1/44 and 1/600 (all my 1/300 are long gone)

Unfortuanatley I couldn’t find any of my finished 1/600 (who knows where they have dissappered too!)  – joys of being so small 😉 All I could find was this ‘glossy’ B17!


1/350 is a unusual scale in wargaming circles. I would worry about decals etc. I used a couple of old trafalgar 1/300 ones – which are showing their age. I ‘d like to see how the ‘scale specialities’ sheets fit. The casting are nice… great being plastic (a big + IMHO).

If you went down this route you’d have to be all or nothing for this manufacturer. The BoB range is reasonably comprehensive, the Defense of the Reich ( my preferred theatre ) has a few gaps … all the ‘funnies’ … which envariably are my favourite.

But that aside the main postivite is the price!  For £20-£30 you are getting 80-100 planes, which really is a massive bonus, a fraction of the price of metal.

All in all I think they are a great product. If you want to pick up a new game – all in one – cheap, you can’t go wrong with these!

I don’t think Ian has a website (lest not one I can find) and seems to sell all through ebay (which is not a plus if you don’t like ‘the man’)



Catholic Spanish

At the Worlds (Derby), which brings up the list to 800pts, I’ve chosen a slightly later list where the Spanish Tercios are smaller, counting as tercio in name only. They are classified as a regular pike and shot regiment – so I’ll have to watch those flanks!

I’ve added a ‘foreign’ regiment of Germans , and some Croats