21 May 2016

SCW Republicans, part 3

The Spanish Civil War is occupying some time here on my painting table:

More slow progress on my Republicans - working on skin and webbing.  Next will be weapons and helmets.

I am surprised at how easy these 1/72 figures are to paint, although the hands are a bit of a problem so far.


19 May 2016

SCW Republicans, part 2

Another quick pic from the table:

This is most of the first section of riflemen for my Republican forces.  The wash that I used is making it difficult to snap a good pic of them, as it is glossy.  Typically, I paint the skin first, for almost all of my figures, but here I went with the uniform first as I gave the entire figure a coat of the wash.  Skin will be painted later and given a different wash.

At first, I thought that the fellows closest to the camera were too dark, but I think that a good matte coating will change that.  The fellows in the background are all wearing monos (overalls) and look about right to my eyes.


16 May 2016

Shén, part 6

Just a quick pic from the painting table:

The figures for the first element of the Legion of the City of Chrí are mounted, and the base is painted awaiting decoration.


11 May 2016

15mm pikes

As the Testudo 30YW pikemen did not come with pikes, I had to find a supply of weapons for the figures.  So, I turned to an old method of mine, by using plastic rod for the pikes.

Way back on this post on my blog, one can see how I used the same technique to make the spears for my Tékumel figures (and some of those pics are better!)

First off, some raw material:

This package dates back to sometime in 1999...

And, some processing:

The rod is cut into 50mm lengths by just rolling the edge of the knife blade on it, then snapping the rod at the cut.

After a few minutes of cutting:

Next, the business end of the pike takes shape.  I place one end of the rod into some pliers with a flat tip, and give it a good squeeze, and then trim the flattened part to make a point.

This poor pic shows the three stages:

The point is approximately 2mm in length.  Very simple, very easy.

With a bit of super-glue, the troops have a new weapon:

The 1mm diameter rod fits in very well.  Now, to prime and paint...


02 May 2016

Shén, part 5

Another quick pic:

The start of basing for the first element of Shén for my Tsolyánu forces...  It is too hot here at the moment (record-breaking for Seattle) to do much else.