Saturday 24 June 2023

Week26 Updates

A bit more progress over the last few weeks, although I still am not getting out the brushes as often as I would like / need to.  The legionaries are finished up for the moment, pending completing their basing and a matt coat.
I have moved on to some skirmish options for the Romans in Infamy Infamy, using some Strelets figures from M037 Roman Velites.  First up are some javelin equipped skirmishers, which appear to be the Velites named in the set.  I believe these are probably anachronistic by the time of the Cesarean legions, but I figured I would paint the up and possibly still use them.



Helmet and Shield Boss

VMC 70.998 Bronze

Wolf Pelt

VMC 70.869 Basalt Grey with a drop of black

Drybrush with 50/50 Basalt Grey and VMC 70.837 Pale Sand


VMC 70.845 Sunny Skin Tone


VMC 70.837 Pale Sand

Mail and Javelin tips

VMC 70.997 Silver

Scabbard, straps and boots

VMC 70.871 Leather Brown

Sword Hilt

VMC 70.818 Red Leather

Javelin Shaft and Inner Shield

VMC 70.843 Cork Brown

Shield Face

VMC 70.817 Scarlet / VMC 70.841 Andrea Blue /

VMC 70.970 Deep Green

Next up are some slingers from the same Strelets M037 set.  These will defintely get some use accompanying the legions.




VMC 70.950 Black


VMC 70.829 Amaranth Red

(my bottle of this is quite runny, to the point where it need to leave it on wet pallet overnight to get it to a consistency where it provides any coverage)

VMC 70.998 Bronze for the cloak pin


VMC 70.860 Medium Skin Tone


VMC 70.837 Pale Sand


VMC 70.816 Luftwaffe Uniform / VMC 70.821 German Cam Beige / VMC 70.819 Iraqi Sand

Scabbard, Sling and boots

VMC 70.871 Leather Brown

Sword Hilt

VMC 70.818 Red Leather


VMC 70.816 Luftwaffe Uniform

Shot Bag

VMC 70.821 German Cam Beige

Inner Shield

VMC 70.843 Cork Brown

Shield Face

VMC 70.841 Andrea Blue /

VMC 70.970 Deep Green

And this is the overall progress in the Roman Legion Box to date.  The Slingers and Velites still need their dip to get up to the same stage as the legionaries, but I am holding off to do them in a batch with the next lot of troops......

...which are eastern style archers also from the same Strelets Roman Velites set.  Hopefully I'll get them knocked over this week and get them dipped and we can move on to finishing up the basing.


Tuesday 25 April 2023

2023 Week 19

 Still trying to find time to finish up these.  

Saturday 18 March 2023

2023 Week 12

 Going to see if I can get back into the swing of this after such a long absence.

Aim is to try to paint more this year so I’m going to post some weekly progress to keep myself on track.

Tonight I applied some “goop” to the bases of a mixed batch of Hat and Strelets Roman figures.  

These are command and final legionary troops for some Romans I’m putting together for Infamy Infamy.

Here’s what has already been blocked in over the last 6 months of my glacial painting speed, and also what needs to be completed.

Monday 2 September 2019

Irregular 6mm Chinese

A question came up on the ColonialWars Yahoo Group about 6mm Chinese troops for the period.  As luck would have it, I happened to have one of the Irregular 6mm army pack of Imperial Chinese that I picked up on a whim on eBay a few years ago.  However I found that some ants or other bugs had nested in the box I have them in.  It took a while to get them cleaned up, and you can still see some discolouration in the photos below.

First the Z38 Imperial Chinese Infantry.  These make up the bulk of the army pack that I have, with 3 units each consisting of a command base (with the flag below) and 7 regular infantry bases.

The next picture if of the cavalry in the pack.  I assume these are the Z41 Manchu Light Cavalry. There are 4 bases of these in the pack I have.  There is also a foot command base.  I’m not sure what code this is.

Finally the Z39 Imperial Chinese Tigermen.  There are two units of these in the pack, each consisting of a command base and 5 regular infantry bases.

None of the Z40 Imperial Chinese Artillery appear here unfortunately.

Wednesday 18 April 2018

A long overdue update

August 2015 was the last time I posted here.... almost 3 years ago!
I finally got the shed to the point (after 4 years!) where everything could be moved into it back at the start of this year.  The layout has continued to evolve, but here are some pictures from the end of my Christmas break after the final push to finally get the pile of boxes out of the spare room in the house and into the shed so that we could accommodate some visiting relatives.

Unfortunately, I managed to get it to a point of near completion a couple of weeks before a massive spike in work that has me travelling a lot.  If only it had an accompanying spike in pay!

One of the big things that I am happiest about though is being able to have a space where I can leave my printer set up.  I haven't had much of a chance over the last 3+ years to set it up and tune it to where I'd like it.  I still don't have the time to get it tuned in properly at the moment, but having the space means I can let it run on jobs without disturbing the house or risking enquiring little fingers.

Before I took off on this most recent trip, I printed one of the ruined houses from 3d-print-terrain's Normandy Range.  This company is the result Jens from Najelwitz Modellbau moving from resin terrain to 3d files.

I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out.  It's scaled for 1:72 / 20mm.

I'll need to try to get some paint on it over the next couple of weeks.  Unfortunately I didn't get pictures taken of the rubble piles and ruined internal level that are part of it. 
I'd like to hope that I blog a bit more in the coming months - we'll see....

Tuesday 8 December 2015

StuG IV puzzle models

I ordered a Panther and a StuG IV model from eBay recently.
There are 1:71 scale 4D puzzle models that just clip together.
Unfortunately I received two StuG's instead of the Panther, so the Panther is still coming.
I like that they have some paint on them already, but it doesn't really match any of the camouflage patterns you see and they need some decals. 
So not quite table-ready, but better than bare plastic, and very quick to assemble!

Saturday 14 November 2015

Delivery Saga

This turned up today. 

Still no copy of the game though. Apparently it starts shipping locally in Australia the week after next.

Sunday 8 November 2015

Fairytale Games figures

Just some quick pictures of the figures from the Fairytale Games Kickstarter.
These are "30m" figures, definitely larger than the Mantic figures I've been showing over the last couple of days.  They are all nicely done.
I'm hopeful that they are probably a scale match for my Confrontation pre-paints.

Apologies for the blurry pics as I didn't want to go through the rigmarole of removing the shrink wrap at the moment, as I need to store them until I sort out my hobby space (more on that soon).

As always, clicking on the images should get you a larger version of the picture.

Saturday 7 November 2015

Dungeon Saga - Black Fortress contents

And finally the contents of the Black Fortress box I picked up as part of the Dungeon Saga Kickstarter.

No figures this time, as Black Fortress is simply a terrain expansion.
As you can see, it's a block of tiles, plus the doors and furniture in 4 bags.  Unlike the scenario expansions (Warlord of Galahir, and Infernal Crypts), the furniture is in resealable bags, which is handy.
Not pictured is the second bag of tile clips I received.

First up, the furniture proper.  As you can see there is a well, two  bookshelves, a lectern and separate book, a rack of weapons, a dias of some sort and a coffin. 

 The interesting thing about these is that they are cast from a soft rubbery plastic, similar to some that I've seen used for 1:72 scale plastic figures.  They are not a hard plastic.
Next up we have 4 barrels, 4 chests with separate lids and two tables.  Again, these are in a soft, rubbery plastic.

Finally we come to the doors.  There are two each of 5 different types pictured below.  Unlike the other furniture, these are cast in a hard plastic.

I didn't pick up the Tyrant of Halpi expansion because :
  1. Dragons are rather silly
  2. I didn't feel it provided value for the money (probably influenced be the first point)

Well that wraps it up for Dungeon Saga; at least until the actual game turns up some time next month!

Friday 6 November 2015

Dungeon Saga Infernal Crypts contents

Time for the Infernal Crypts contents.
Basically everything was identical in many aspects to Warlord of Galahir (WG).
Unlike WG, the tiles, booklet and playsheets were all shrinkwrapped in a single bundle in my copy of Infernal Crypts.

Once again there were 3 bags of minis, two of abyssals in red plastic and one containing the figure of Drech'Nok in grey plastic, plus the card deck.
Once again we have two copies of 9 unique sculpts, plus the Drech'Nok figure.
No broken figures this time, although the Drech'Nok figure is a little underwhelming.  He's not as imposing as I would have thought, and with his wings and being positioned on the rear of his base, he has a lot of trouble staying standing up.  I may need to rebase him, or weight the base somehow.

I also had a bag of tile clips (for keeping the scenery tiles secure) in this box for some reason, along with a second bag in the Black Fortress box.  Not sure if this is standard or not.