Saturday, 31 May 2014

Inquisitorial Scions (TW / W40K)

I've been temporarily diverted off my Tomorrow's War jungle colony project this week by all the great 15mm-scale Warhammer 40,000 conversions I'm seeing out there - especially Dan's Tau, Orks, & Sisters of Battle on Gunners Wargaming.  So I've been putting together some Inquistorial Scions (Stormtroopers) using Rebel Minis Titan Marines.  I've been thinking for a while that they would look good for this purpose, & after a simple paint-up, I'm pleased with the results.
As my first-ever attempt at converting 15mm infantry, I had a go at Green Stuffing a couple of grenade launcher figures, plus a plasma gunner.  I'm most pleased with the plasma gun.  The grenade launchers came out a little big (although it's 40K, so not really a problem!) & they're not as cylindrical as I'd like.  I may try to smooth out the launchers. 

If I get round to using these for gaming, I'll be using the excellent Tomorrow's War rule system.  Below are some photos of the minis before painting, showing my amateur Green Stuff skills...

Friday, 30 May 2014

Liebster Award

Recently I was kindly nominated for a 'Liebster Award' by Barks, which made my day, thanks Barks!  I'm new to the concept of the Liebster, but I feel I should do my best to follow the informal rules as I understand them.

There are so many great wargaming & miniature hobby blogs out there, it's such a fantastic community we have.  I'm going to find it hard to pick nominations, so I'll start by directing the reader to the list of blogs that I follow down the right-hand column of this page.  I really enjoy the updates from all these great bloggers.  Have a trawl!

However, if I had to pick some current favourites/Liebster nominees, they would be as follows (in no particular order):

█    Gunners Wargaming. Dan has been putting out some outstanding 15mm-scale Warhammer 40,000 conversions, including Tau, Orks, & now Sisters of Battle! Stunning conversion work at this tiny scale.
█    Dave Taylor Miniatures. Dave churns-out fantastic Warhammer 40,000 figures, including many intricate kit-bashes.  His recent Mechanicum models & Gaunt's Ghosts are absolutely amazing.
    Imperial Armour.  Tacobat produces gorgeously realistic paint jobs on modern & 20th Century tanks, AFVs, & infantry.  So much eye-candy.
    Modern Wargamer.  Gunrunner paints lots of ultra-modern & sci-fi 15mm-scale minis & scenery to a really high standard.  Great stuff.
    Monty's Wargaming.  I really enjoy reading about areas of wargaming/miniatures that I'm not familiar with on Monty's blog - such as Vikings/Normans, 28mm-scale WWII, & Judge Dredd.  Also there are the occasional thoughts on wargame-fodder movies & computer games.

I would have included Wargaming with Barks as well, but he's recently been awarded a Liebster anyway, & it seemed silly to pass it back!

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Tents (TW)

This weekend I've painted-up six tents for 15mm-scale Tomorrow's War.  These are 'Sahadeen Hab Tents' from Rebel Minis.  They are nice solid resin sculpts, & very straightforward to prepare & paint.  I've painted them up in a generic military green, to be used as either UMC or Colonial Militia tents.  To help tie them in with the jungle bases of my scenery & figures, I drilled a few holes here & there to glue-in the tiny stems of aquarium plant leaves.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Jungle cliff & small foliage scatter (TW)

This week I finished off the cliff with some lichen & small ground plants, & made another dozen small foliage scatter pieces.  In Tomorrow's War rules terms, these small-base jungle pieces will be usedt o designate areas of Light or Average Woods.  I will make irregular-shaped bases for the areas of jungle, so that the footprints are clear.  The scatter foliage will define the type of vegetation, but can be moved as needed to accommodate units moving through the jungle.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Jungle cliff (TW)

This weekend I made my first terrain piece (other than scatter foliage) for my Tomorrow's War jungle colony setting - a cliff.  I'm pleased with how it's turned out, but I don't think it looks finished yet - I'll add some lichen & dark green Gale Force 9 flock for ground plants, & pick out some small loose stones in grey, which should break up the patches of earth & grass a bit.

The cliff / outcrop is built from 2 ragged chunks of polystyrene, glued to an unwanted stand from the back of a picture frame.  I added a few real stones in places as boulders jutting out from the cliff, then textured it thickly with all-purpose filler.  After that it was a case of several coats of drybrushing on the dark blue-grey undercoat, whilst I marked out the areas of grass & earth with paint before flocking using Gale Force 9 flock.  The foliage is snipped from plastic aquarium plants.