Flames of War US P47 Thunderbolt

Air support is here for my US 7th Division. Managed to get my P47 Thunderbolt all done and ready to bomb some stuff. Painting an aircraft was sort of first time for me at this scale level. After much research for the colour scheme, decided follow the standard colour scheme as on the box itself.

The white silver body was first painted with Vallejo Chainmail Silver. Then I mixed white with Silver to sort of blend and tone the silver feel down for the body. The grooves were carefully lined with Secret Weapon Heavy Body Black wash. The red, black, yellow pattern were painted next. Once all done, I dusted with it some Secret Weapon Black Exhaust weathering powder for the fumes and carbon on the engine and gun area.

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fow p47 thunderbolt

The Fow P47 does not comes with any propeller. Just the propeller tip was provided. I just felt that the plane does not look dynamic in flight without any propeller. After much looking around, I got the propeller from PropBlur. It’s a site that sells model propeller for aircraft. Base it black and glued it on the P47, and wow, the plane now look dynamic and lively in flight!

The flight stand provided was kind of short, as I felt in term of proportion to the height where a plane would attack, it should be maybe higher or taller. Wanted to extend the stand, but changed my mind after much rules reading for the game, I decided to just use the provided standard one.

Now, let get ready for some bombing for my next game. The last game when the P47 was unpainted, it did not managed to bomb anything at all. Haha, we all blame when its an unpainted miniature… Cheers!

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Ice Blue Dragon

Happy New Year! With work subsiding during 2013 Dec end, I managed to find some time and pick up my brushes again. Managed to settle for a commission project from a client. Client had this 3D printed dragon. The sculpt was amazing and the details were good as well. These days, 3D printers are simply amazing. It definitely brings the design and manufacturing to a different stage of process.

The dragon is themed as an Ice Dragon. I had a reference from client to refer to. As it’s a Ice Dragon theme, it will be of a blue icy theme type of dragon. Started the dragon with the basic base coat black. Then it is followed by a base of Citadel Kantor Blue. Once dried, it is washed with Citadel Nuln Oil.

Next the highlighting portion, it is highlighted with a mix of Citadel Kantor Blue and White, then blended to the darken Kantor Blue with Nuln Oil. Finally, at the edge of each scale, it is highlighted with light mix of Kantor and White.

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Ice Dragon

The wings of the dragon is base painted with Citadel Dheneb Stone , followed by a wash of Agrax Earthshade. Once dried, it is highlighted by using back Citadel Dhenen Stone. The high areas are then further highlighted with Skull White.

Getting to the base for the dragon was definitely very exciting. I managed to order a suitable base Slate Wastes size of 150mm x 100mm from Dragon Forge base. Dragon Forge base for a dragon, definitely very cool! The base is then themed with snow. Mixed some Army painter snow with white glue and applied to the rocky base. Once done and dried, with the dragon pinned and assembled, I can feel the cold dragon’s breath! It’s simply amazing! Sure had lots of fun getting this dragon into action! Cheers!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sedition War Cpt Kara BlackWishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Managed to pick up my brushes and got some painting done just before I went on a long family gathering and vacation. Will post them after I am back from my long trip.

For the New Year, I guess I will target and push more painting done. As usual there is always so many miniatures and so little time… Haha…

Meantime, everyone have a good holiday and New Year! Cheers!

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So far so good…

dust tactics sturmpioniereBeen an exact of 30 days since I last post. Work had been busy, but things should slow down this Dec, then hopefully I can pick up my brushes again.

With the busy month and much thoughts on budget, I decided to skip Mars Attack and Wrath of Demons kickstarters altogether. For Mars Attack, I just felt it was like Deadzone with the Mars aliens. But for the Wrath of Demon, I was really tempted to pledge for it. I was just fascinated with the Chinese Mythology characters miniatures. The kickstarter did not offer the main characters in resin for pledging. The main resin characters was only available in the game set pledge itself. In the end, I made the hard choice and decided to skip the kickstarter and save my budget for whats next to come.

Before I could even hold my budget back, Black Friday sale was just too tempting. And my budget went to Flames of Wars. Had a quick 2 games of FOW a while back, and its bringing back all the excitement. Stay tuned as I talk more of FOW in the next posts. Meantime, hope as work slow down, I can pick up my brushes again… cheers!

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More Kickstarter – Mars Attack and Journey Wrath of Demons

What a month, its the last day of October already. Sigh, work has been loaded this month again and I still cant really squeeze time picking up my brushes.

Well, in the midst of busy work, I am still getting tempted with more kickstarter projects to pledge.

Mars Attack! This kickstarter is by Mantic, it hit its target almost immediately during its launch couple of while back. 12 days more to go, before it ends in 10 Nov. When it first launched I was fascinated with the Mar Attack theme. It made me watch clips of Mars Attack movie and added on the inspiration. I was already set on pledging, however, my interest sort of dwindle off recently after watching the gameplay movie. I felt that its style and such is a bit pretty much like smiliar to Deadzone or so, and it doesnt inspire me that much, even though I am looking forward to Deadzone coming soon. Guess in the meantime, I will ponder over the next few days and see how the pledge goes on…

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On the other hand, another kickstarter Journey: Wrath of Demons caught my attention few days back. Its a miniature boardgame by a Hong Kong company. The theme is base on the Chinese mystic tale of Journey to the West. The presentation, sculpts, artwork and design were pretty impressive. I was really capture and impressed! I must say it got me hooked on, but I am still waiting for the update for the gameplay video demo, before I decide to pledge or not. Meantime, check out Journey: Wrath of Demons

Journey Wrath of Demons Kickstarter

Well… these 2 kickstarters will keep me occupied and I will definitely be trailing it to come to a decision. Hole in my pocket gonna get burned again… haha… cheers!

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Raging Heroes Kickstarter Updates

Recently, when I received my update email for Raging Heroes kickstarter, upon opening my mail, I was lost for words. The miniature pictures rendering so far that is updated are simply amazing. I must say, I was really lost for words. First thing that comes to my mind, can I add-on more later when selection stage comes…

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Wow. I must say, Raging Heroes sure has done a very good job in their kickstarter planning and their design and visual presentation are simply amazing. It definitely inspires and attract the audiences.
For now, I guess it’s at the design and computer render stage, lets hope that at the production stage quality it is kept to its best as its computer renders. Meantime, check out more at Raging Heroes. For now, I just have to wait patiently… cheers!

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Its about time, Stormtroopers!

40k stormtrooperThough I am not so much into GW stuff of recent already, but the recent rumour and schedule line up for one of them really got me excited again, 40k Imperial Guards Stormtroopers!

Seems like the Stormtroopers will be in a box of plastic 5-man, which can be assembled as veteran or Stormtroopers. The Stormtroopers are definitely way overdued very long. Ever since the last Imperial Guards codex released, there was no mention of the Stormtroopers. I am a fan of the Stormtroopers. When Grey Knights got the Stormtroopers left out in the last codex, I was disappointed.

Now it seems like there is some hope for the Stormtroopers! Meantime, its time to save some gold coin for the Stormtroopers coming next year, as they don’t come cheap from GW. Cheers!

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I need time for my brushes

workspaceJust as kickstarter Incursion ended, with every stretched goals all hit, I was swarmed with work as anticipated. I was glade that I managed to finish my Flames of Wars earlier just before this busy month of workload hit. It has been a busy month, and at the end of each day, I wasn’t left with much energy to hold my brush.

Hopefully workload will get better this coming weeks and month then I can continue with my adventure and painting.

I was just looking the past kickstarter projects that I have pledged, it’s a total of 8 kickstarter projects and lots of money pumped into it. They are

  • Sedition War
  • Relic knighs
  • Bombshell Babes
  • Judge Dredd
  • Kingdom Death
  • Deadzone
  • Raging Heroes
  • Incursion.

Of the 8 kickstarters, so far to date, only Sedition War (wave 2 is still pending?), Bombshell Babes and Judge Dredd were delivered. Well, meantime I just have to trust and believe in the timeline and promises promised by the kickstarters starter.

Next week, workload might dipped a little, lets hope I can find time to hold my brushes again. Most probably, with my slight 40k motivation, I think I will continue to refurnish my Grey Knights and paint more. Cheers!

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Kickstarter Incursion

incursionKickstarter can be addictive as well. It can be just like collecting warhammer and wanting to add-on to more. Just got burned with Raging Hero kickstarter recently, now I am attracted to this Kickstarter Incursion! Honestly, the artwork really caught my attention. When I realised that it’s a Kickstarter, it was total chaos.

After much hesitation, I probably will hitch a ride on this Kickstarter. Incursion game followed a theme of WWII with Zombies, pretty much like the Secrets of the Third Reich. The game play is pretty much like GW’s Space Hulk. Besides attracted to the artwork, I guess with the game play similar to Space Hulk concept, it does seem like an interesting strategic game to invest and play. On top of that, there’s miniatures to paint as well.

There’s 4 days left to the kickstarter, I am hoping more freebies like all Kickstarter can be unlocked. Really looking foward to the plastic doors and the add-on Drop Troopers 200k! Meantime, do check out Kickstarter Incursion!

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Flames of War US 7th Armoured Division

My frenzy month of July I managed to get my entire Flames of War army completed. I am into the US army for Flames of war. Bought myself a box set of US tank company 7th Division, blisters of Tank Destroyer units and armoured mortar units. Before I could start, paint was an issue as I had to get the correct colour as close to the WWII US army. I followed the colour guide from the Flames of War articles as close as possible. Ordered online the Vallejo Model paint range to get things started.

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Painting the miniatures and tanks was a challenge. For colours, I had to constantly refer to the colour guides and recommendation from the Flames of War site. Unlike painting fantasy sci-fi miniatures where colours can be free flow and creative, colour choice in Flames of War I like it to be as close as possible to the real colour scheme in WWII reality. After all, Flames of War is a lesson in history through gaming.

Flames of War Tank Destroyer
Flames of War Armoured Mortar Platoon
Flames of War Tank Company 1
Flames of War Tank Company 2
Flames of War Lt. Col. Creighton Abrams and Thunderbolt VII
Flames of War M7 Priest Battery
Flames of War US Objectives

For most of the tanks and vehicles I painted in this standard way. First, it is based in black as usual. Then it is followed by a base colour of Vallejo Violet Brown, and after that it is washed with Citadel Nuln oil. Once the wash is dried, a mixed white and Violet Brown is used to dry brush all around the vehicle or tank. Some of the high area, I further highlighted with the mix of white and Violet Brown. The tracks are then touched up with black, followed random dry brush of Citadel Bolt Gunmetal on the sides of the tracks. The sandy mud weathering effect is added by dry brushing using Citadel Snakebite Leather. The tool handles on the tanks and vehicles are painted with Vallejo Beige Brown, where the metals portion of the tools are painted with a mix of black and Citadel Bolt Gunmetal. These are then highlighted with a mix of white to the base colour respectively.

The decals given by Battlefront is not enough for every tanks in the 7th Armoured Division box set. And to add to the short of decals, the blisters armoured mortar M3 does not comes with decals as well. If I were add decals to all the tanks and vehicles and considering ordering from Battlefront or Wayland, I think its way too costly. In the end, I decided to use decals from Dom’s Decals. Dom’s Decals makes decals for Wings of Glory with most variation in size for WWII 15mm miniatures, and the price is very reasonable and cost-effective. So, my final 7th Division had all the decals applied from Dom’s. With the decals applied, the tanks and miniatures definitely looked amazing!

For the US soldiers, I followed the uniform guide from the Flames of war site. After base colour of Khaki is painted, I washed it with Citadel Agrax Earthshade. Then followed by highlight using mix of white and Vallejo Khaki. The rest of the pants and others, I washed with Citadel Nuln Oil, followed by a mix of white and its respective base colour for highlighting.

Flames of War M7 Priest Staff Team

To base the soldiers, I used Vallejo White Pumice. Once dried, I painted the Pumice with Citadel Scorched Brown, followed by dry brush of Citadel Snakebite Leather and white. After that, flock the base with green flock and static grass. I had a lot of fun painting the crew from the M7 Priest, especially the staff team. As they were sitting around a table discussing artillery plans, I added maps on the table with green stuff so that it looked more realistic. With the scene painted, the Staff Team definitely looks more focus and engrossed in their discussion!

Overall, I sure had lot of fun painting the Flames of War 15mm miniatures. Definitely a fun 15mm experience. Just that it’s a history game, so colour choice was definitely a strict selection with lots of research. With most tanks I need all done, I am looking forward to painting some infantry troops. In the meantime, I will need to settle some case for transport for my 7th Armoured Division and get ready for a game or two! Cheers!

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