Thursday, July 23, 2015

2015 Holiday Painting

Family, work, and a few other minor distractions have really slowed down my painting and gaming over the past twelve months. There's nothing like a vacation in a sleepy town to rekindle interest in the hobby. My family indulges me by allotting an entire small suitcase to my hobby. This year as I packed my painting bag, I threw in every color I could fit as well as a host of lead stragglers from half completed projects. As well as my ongoing interest in the Great War, I've been working on miniatures for a Second World War game - primarily featuring late-War US Airborne, British paras, German Fallschirmjager and SS. Last summer I worked on the US paratroops. They were relatively easy to paint up. However the FJ and SS with their intricate camouflage proved more of a challenge. Just yesterday I test-painted a British para, and I was amazed at how quickly I did it, and how pleasing the result was. It helps to be working with Bolt Action's superb sculpts. I've also been trying Citadel washes, and think I may have hit on a new era in my painting. In the days ahead I'll report on methods and results, but here are a few images in the meantime.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fifth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge


As I look up and down the the trench I can see familiar faces, and a few new conscripts. Many of us have been here before, and we know what to expect. Some stare fixedly ahead, forming in their minds the determination to survive at all costs. Others glance furtively at photographs of loved ones, before tucking them away in breast pockets. A few compulsively check and recheck their kit, just to ensure their ammunition pouches are within easy reach, and their bayonets firmly fixed. Our breath condenses in clouds around us in the icy air. Our captain emerges from his dugout, looks nonchalantly at his fob watch, and holds the whistle just a few inches from his lips. Seconds to midnight - we know it can't be long. A flare arches over our heads in the pitch black sky, we hear the whistle's scream, and we scramble up the ladders, over the top of the sandbags and into the inferno.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Through the Mud & Blood Simplified

Actually Through the Mud and the Blood Very Lite. I finally got my "crew" to the painting table. The results won't win any competitions, but you have to start somewhere.



And here are some that I've been working on - for way longer than I care to admit. But they are almost finished.



Then it was off to the gaming table for an expedited version of Through the Mud and the Blood, aka "Patrick's Rules". I guess you could say the game comes with a lot of sound effects and relies on the development of special characters that seem to have unlimited access to "The Luck of the Devil" card that provides them with immunity to snipers, tank tracks, heavy machine guns, gas, barbed wire, bayonets, bullets, and shelling. These characters also seem to benefit from the "Storm Trooper Move" borrowed from Flames of War, allowing them to traverse extraordinary distances along trenches, over sodden stretches of No-Man's-Land, and shell craters.
You'll find a short excerpt below.