Tuesday, 3 May 2022

OMWB: WIP Conversions

Pearson's ride that I've rebuilt to improve the pose still needs a few more grab rails and a roll-over cage to finish. This repose required a fair amount of cutting and fitting with a bit of sculptingto fill the gaps.

I've also started cleaning up two more pairs of legs. The top one is a pretty rough casting from a mould slippage.

The other pair of legs was better cast, but I've had to re-sculpt some detail to punch them up. Again, still a work in progress.

And finally a better picture of the running pose showing off the work so far.

Still procrastinating on what weapon loadouts for the four suits.

Thursday, 28 April 2022

OMWB: Combat Androids

And here are the figures for my North American Confederation androids. These are Ral Partha Europe Blockhead mercenaries, which in my mind capture the look of the robots from Elysium.

These are ready for painting, but I want to finish the rest of my current mecha conversions before starting because I only have room on my workbench to make or paint, and I know how to easy it is to spend time clearing models to switch between each.

So that's all for now. Catch you on the bounce.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

WIP: Running CASE-2XC-Mod 1/2


Work on this project is progressing slowly. The conversion has generated a few surprising challenges.

The first problem being from reversing the orientation of the backpack. I chose to have my mecha backpacks to have the engine cylinders facing down, because my feeling is it's better to lower the center of gravity.

This meant I have to add the butt plate to the lower body.

This required some radical surgery and sculpting to fill the holes from the supporting rods, and the gap created from angling the butt plate.

I've now got to make the weapons to mount on the backpack, and attach an autocannon to the right arm before I can begin applying paint.

Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Big Little Wars: Platoon Primer

I realize that what I know versus what I think other people know are often at odds even when we share the same hobby of wargaming. So here is an explanatory video on what is a platoon.

Important because the rules I've written are based of players fielding a platoon.

There's a lot to digest, but consider this a primer for the command and control concepts behind Big Little Wars that outlines the origins, concepts, with examples for context.

Monday, 7 March 2022

OMWB: Running CASE-2XC-Mod 1/2

Above is the start of assembling my running RAFM Jager from the the Azure Devils set. I base my CASE-2X Dogs conversions on these models as they're just the right size to go with 15mm infantry. This model inspired me to repose a standing Hunter into the running CAS-3-Mod-1 Ape: the model I recently painted

The boxes within the pictures shows that the flexed knee was miscast.

Therefore, the first thing I needed to do was fix it. I started to sculpt a knee, but it didn't look quite right. Fortunately, I have spare Jager legs to that I could get a replacement knee.

Once that was corrected, I drilled out leg and torso castings so I could magnetize the model.

And here's a shot of where I've gotten to.

So, this post shows that this conversion is very much still a work in progress, which has taken far longer to get to this stage than I first thought.

Monday, 28 February 2022

Subatduku Alien Force

Maneuver group.

I've finished painting my Khurasan 15mm Entomal aliens, aka the Stikk. I'm using these in my Bad Dog universe as Subatduku. They've yet to appear in a novel, but will appear in Big Little Wars wargame rules.

Support teams and command team.

I have another ten figures to paint, which will make for a second maneuver group in due course.

I've decided to take a break from painting to build up some more combat armor suits that have been sitting on my work bench waiting for me to get back to them.

Thursday, 24 February 2022

WIP: Robots Rally!


I got my set of Robot Rally circa 2002. Still haven't played a game either, so these miniatures that come with the game have sat on the lead mountain for eighteen years.

Ironically, I managed to paint the robots below below a friends as a Xmas present in 2004.

So, I'm painting my set in a different combination of colours, because why not? And, who wants to be boring and paint an identical set again? Not I. Which, also probably explains why I'm so terrible at painting armies.

Anyway, all the colours of the rainbow still seems to me to be the right choice for fun, happy robot rally mayhem. So here they are with the base coat laid down.

 
I mounted mine on British pennies for weight and for ease of transport as they can be secured with a magnetic sheet in a box. Pro tip right there. But interestingly, for definitions of interesting that may vary, you can see that the moulded round bases aren't.


So, these are a work in progress. Something light and fluffy, painted for fun.

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

OMWB: Scaling the Mountain of Lead

These ABC Warriors have sat in the lead pile for more years than I care to remember. And it has to be said that sat around in primer for nearly three years too. Okay, let me put that into perspective for the younger followers who may be reading my blog.

My guess these were bought circa 1988.

Unpainted figures in the lead mountain lie. Given enough time, may even appear in a game or two.

So I've laid down the first coat of green with some wash to increase the depth of the shadows, and next is the mid-tones and highlight shades. After that, I'll add some red to make them pop.

And, my Martian Metals K'Kree that have also sat around after being primed waiting for me to notice them too.

As I've said before, these K'Kree are rarer than rocking horse shit. I picked them up circa 1984 on a trip to Toronto from a store on Yonge  Street. Along with my Zhodani marines that I posted here, which can be found in the side-bar under Martian Metals.

It has only taken me four years from noticing that they needed to be cleaned, then another year until primed before they finally wandered onto my paint table. Slow is steady, I guess!?

Monday, 17 January 2022

OMWB: New Year: New Figures

 

 Bugs Mr Rico. Lots of bugs.

These are still a work in progress. The big mother bioweapon I had to strip and redo, but the models below only need a little more work to finish.

 

These figures are the Entomal aka Stikk aliens from Khurasan.

They are beautiful castings with enough variety of poses, but with reasonably consistent weapons and battle rattle to satisfy my needs.

Spoilers, these are the models I will be using as aliens in Big Little Wars, which have yet to appear in any novel.

Yet...