Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kansu Braves!


Still plugging away at the seemingly endless stream of Boxers for my 55 Days at Peking Project.
This batch of eighteen Kansu Braves, armed with a variety of hand weapons and half a dozen rifles will form higher quality enemies for the legation troops.



I tried something I don't normally do and used a pen to outline the yellow borders on their clothing, rather than try and paint thin black lines everywhere. Overall I'm not unhappy with the outcome although drawing even lines across bumpy folded fabric isn't necessarily much more "clean" than painting. However, you can't argue with the time required which is about 25% of that required to achieve the same result.


Next up... finish the Boxer artillery sitting on the painting desk and then a diversion into a commission job for a couple of weeks. Hopefully by the time that's done my US Marines should have arrived and I can paint something different for the project instead of Boxers.

Cheers,
Millsy

Sunday, June 25, 2017

More Boxers and more Finished Boxer Terrain

More progress on Boxers and terrain to go with them this weekend. I've managed to finish off the bamboo stands, cherry trees and template dogs I started last week. I've also completed another 12 Boxers with melee weapons and 12 with firearms. Just basing to go on those which is a doddle and will get done through the week.



In total I have 10 cherry trees and 6 stands of bamboo but I've saved about 25% of the bamboo for inclusion on various other terrain items like gardens. The cherry trees seem pretty fragile and the blossom falls off quite readily but I can save it up and re-glue later I guess.


Next up painting-wise I think it will be some Kansu Braves and maybe the cannon. I need a break from painting so much variation. It takes a lot longer as you're constantly switching colours, cleaning up and checking you're not duplicating colour schemes too often. Something uniform will be a pleasant change!

Cheers,
Millsy

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Paint Table Saturday


Inspiration and consequently perspiration has been somewhat lacking at Chez Millsy of late. Nothing especially wrong, just whenever I stand at the door to the room where I paint I can also see the couch in front of the telly. And, well, the rest as they say is history.

Today, however, things have been different. A couple of packages du jour this week have perked my interest and I'm back into the 55 Days at Peking project with a vengeance. Today I've been painting up more Boxers...


And also some Temple Dogs from Ainsty Castings...


I've also put together a bunch more greenery and er pinkery(?) in the form of stands of bamboo and cherry blossoms, having seen Mr Awdry's wonderful effort on same...




Finally I've picked up a handful of beads which will do nicely as planters and/or lanterns...


That's it for today. Back to the paint table!

Cheers,
Millsy

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Epic Armageddon City Terrain Repairs

Last weekend Russ and I played a game of Epic Armageddon and it was quite apparent that our city terrain was looking the worse for wear. It was based on thin card which had then had sand, black paint and a dry brush applied. In theory all good but the card was splitting, turning up at the corners and some of the building were coming free and suffering real life damage.

I decided I needed a break from all things cork so I spent a couple of mornings and afternoons pulling it apart, fixing to new timber bases and redoing the groundwork that surrounds it. There's still some work to go with some form of weeds / grass but otherwise it's good to go again now.






I've also sold off a couple of units of Empire plastic knights (for a great price!) and reinvested in a new Imperial Guard army. It'll be either Steel Legion or Minervans... or probably both depending on my mood :-). I had no plans whatsoever to do this until Russ and I played a single game. Obviously being on leave with too much thinking time is a dangerous thing. Like I didn't already know that...

So now its back to the Boxers, at least until some teeny tiny tanks arrive in the post.

Cheers,
Millsy

Sunday, May 28, 2017

55 Hours of Pain-ting

OK, maybe not quite 55 hours but it sure felt like it!

Having decided to pile up the buildings from my 55 Days at Peking project and paint a fair few in a batch it turns out maybe that was biting off a fair bit more than I expected. It's a pretty boring job overall and with things needing two coats plus a dry brush or three that makes for quite a lot of work.

Still, I think the results are overall pretty positive. I now have a decent sized village worth of stuff, plus a small temple, some statues and some trees. Enough for a trial game or two in the near future and certainly enough that I can now start work on a legation or three, knowing that they won't be the only thing on the table when complete.

Loads of photos now so you can tell me what you think...






The trees are meant for fish tanks but when based look pretty cool and certainly feel right. They're a bit bright and shiny but that can be sorted out easily enough down the track. They'll do for now.






That man with a horn will surely disturb the tranquillity of the morning and we all know what happens when you do that!



At the same time as this terrain painting was going on I was also working on another two units of Boxers. There's yet another two on the painting table at the moment about halfway finished so those should also be done by the end of the week. That will take me to 60 all up, nearly the mid point of the Boxer horde. Phew!



So... back to the cork tile now to work on a first legation. There's a pair of temple dogs, some cherry trees and bamboo plus a few extra "set dressing" items in the post now too so lots more terrain on the horizon.

Cheers,
Millsy
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