Thursday, April 9, 2009

Otto von Bismarck

It's me again... Contrary to my expectations I managed to spend some hours at the desk to paint a new miniature. I chose Otto von Bismarck, the official miniature of "Hamburger Tactica 2009" cause I wouldn't have finished a whole FOW-platoon in the few hours I had.

On this miniature I tried to do the highlighting in dependance to a fixed light source and added some blue to the skin colour to imitate more natural looking shadows. Considering, that it was my first attempt in this field, I'm really confident with the result.

By the way: Is the uniform I painted historically accurate? I really have no clue... My only inspiration were some black and white photographies.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Long Time No See...

I'm sorry, probably there won't be any pics the next three weeks... The pioneer platoon is nearly finished, but my work load doesn't allow me even to get a glimpse of my paints...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New Base Design

As I told you, I bought some basing material at Tactica 09. I couldn't wait using it and spent some time on the flak 38 again.I used "Summer Flock Blend" (GF 9 92007) from GaleForce Nine Hobby Scenics and several variations of autumn grass from MiniNatur.

What do you think? Does the new foliage fit or is it too much?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Flak 38 Platoon Finished

Strike... My first FOW platoon ever is finished.
I'm quite confident with my first try, although there are some things I'll try to do better next time.
In fact finding the right way of painting great amounts of 15mm miniatures is the most challenging part of the job...^^

After the criticism on the colours of my first miniatures (many said they were a bit too bright) I tried to darken them a bit, without softening the contrasts between the colours too much. My efforts to adjoin some more shades were not succesful. I used thinned down Vallejo shades but am not confident with this method. Next time I'll give the new GW washes a try.

The basing is not definite. I finished the platoon last week, but visited the Tactica (a german wargaming convention in Hamburg) on saturday and bought great basing materials there. I have to try it out on the next platoon.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

WIP: First Tries

Some first pictures of my Fallschirmjäger Army. The pictures are miserable, sorry for that.

These are the first FOW miniatures I ever painted. Don't have a close look on the details, I just tried to find a proper paint scheme. ;-) Im still not confident with the blank jump smocks... shouldn't they be more "green"? I used Vallejo "Green Grey" and added some white for the highlights.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sign of Life

As promised I started my work on the FJ yesterday. I already did some tests for the colour sheme of the jump smocks last week, but I guess that doesn't count...^^

I chose a more or less "generic" paint sheme: Fieldgrey trousers, jumpsmocks in Splinter camo or plain "green" (I used Vallejo "Grey Green", so it's rather "grey") and helmets in all kinds of colour. My plan is to field this force as a Mid War company based on the first FJ airlanding operations in Tunisia and I think this sheme will just work (as far as I know they didn't wear the tropical trousers in winter).
When fielding the company in Late War matches, the sheme will work for Monte Cassino as well.

Yesterday I painted the first 4 miniatures of the glider assault platoon... Well, I really have to increase my speed if I want to finish this project some day. Today two FlaK 38 followed. This weeks primary aim is to finish at least the FlaK platoon.

No pics today, cause I'm dead tired. Sorry for that.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Fresh Supplies

Hey, the first wave of new miniatures and paints arrived at Fin's Fortress of Solitude.

I'll spend the next months organising and painting a FoW Fallschirmjäger Army, but actually I have to finish my exams at university first... :-(

So, there's nothing new I could present.
My copy of the "Afrika" book and some more tin are awaited for tomorrow, but painting starts presumably on February 15th. (65 years after the destruction of the monastery Monte Cassino... well, that's mere chance...)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Star Wars - Alliance and Empire

Again some miniatures, that you might have already seen before at Kauzenburg or on the net.

The Rebel Alliance Commando Squad was the first unit I finished for SWMB. In preparation of the Kauzenburg I redid the basing and added some fern and mushrooms to the bases. My plan is to paint 2 more commandos so I can play them as 2 squads with 5 soldiers.

There are some conversions I did for representing the squads specialists. You may have already found the sniper levelling his gun. The the coloured female with the backpack is the squad's medic, whereas the girl with the antennas at the right is equipped with a comlink, which allows bringing in some off-board-artillery.^^

As the opposing force for the elite soldiers of the alliance I created an Imperial Army Squad with some armoured cavalry support.
Of course these guys are not "Emperor's Finest". I imagined them as some kind of local system garrison of a retarded planet somewhere in the Outer Rim. Forgotten by the Empire, they started feeling comfortable and let themselves a bit down.

The Imperial Army is famous for the firepower of its support weapons. So I had to add some Walkers and a heavy repeating-blaster. Because Grenadier never published a gunner miniature in army-uniform, I took a model of a Navy-gunner, filed down the helmet and parts of the uniform and used some Green Stuff to convert him to an Army Trooper.

The Walker support comes in shape of an AT-ST and his little brother, the AT-PT.
Whereas the AT-PT is an original Grenadier model, the AT-ST was a plastic toy I found at the attic. It was originally produced by Action Fleet/Galoob, but matches perfectly with the 25mm miniatures.

In ignoration of the Tarkin-doctrine I gave the vehicles an individual nose-art. I think it works very well on them, cause it gives them at least a bit of detail, which these "all-greys" are usually missing.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Star Wars - Villains

News from our current Star Wars Miniatures Battles project. Those of you, who have been at the Kauzenburg 2009 Con may have seen these miniatures already, but unfortunately I didn't find the time letting them see some action on the battlefield.

Jabba the Hutt was a perfect proband for using the new Citadel washes. The model itself is quite funny from our “modern” point of view. It is really flat, lacking detail and seems a bit small compared to the other miniatures of this range (which have only 25mm as well). Well, in fact it were the sentimental feelings I had about this fig, which made me paint it and not its incredible beauty.

When I started painting, most parts of the body were given a green priming. After that I used Thraka Green to wash the entire body and finished the green skin with some highlighting, using the base colour again and mixing some Pegasus Tanned Leather to it. The fleshy parts were painted similarly (using flesh tones and Ogryn Flesh wash).

Next miniature on my workbench was a Boba Fett miniature, who had some manufacturing errors. On account of this I tried to convert the damaged parts using some Green Stuff and gave him a custom paint scheme. As a result I got a nameless Mandalorian mercenary, who will be quite useful if we accomplish some roleplaying-based campaign games.

That's One Small Step for Mankind,... giant leap for Fin.

Hi everybody,

welcome to my first weblog. You don't know what this place is all about? Well, at least it's my own miserable attempt to create a space for introducing my miniatures to the world.
At the moment my main systems are Games Workshop's The Lord of the Rings and The Battle of Five Armies, Rebellion by Ebob Miniatures and the West End Games system Star Wars Miniatures Battles.
Of course this list may be expanded with some figs and systems the next months and I hope you'll find something of interest.