Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Quick Paint German Imperial Marine Infantry Painting Guide

I've been experimenting with different ways of getting figures on the table quicker but still making sure they look good from a gaming distance.  Here is a technique I used recently for German Imperial Marine Infantry from Copplestone Castings; all paints are Vallejo unless otherwise noted.

I used for the primer Rust-Oleum Flat Brown Protective enamel.

 One coat of Dark Flesh for the faces and hands.

 Next use a watered down wash of GW Ratskin Flesh.

 Highlight with Dark Flesh.

 One coat of Green Ochre for the jackets and pants.  Touch up any thin looking areas of the uniform.
 Flat white for the helmets and the shoulder boards.

 Flat black for the webbing, buttons, boots , helmet straps and Imperial eagles on the helmets.

 GW Shiny Gold for the buttons, Imperial Eagles on the helmets, buttons and the officer's sword. Flat Black and then GW Golden yellow inside for the cockade on the helmet. 
Flat black for the bayonet handles and Flat Red inside the yellow cockade. Silver for the metal parts on the rifles.

 I use pre-cut bases and use Elmer's glue (PVA white glue) to affix the figures to their bases.

 I use the "glob" method of using watered down PVA glue to put regular hobby sand on the bases.  Once dry I put on another coating of watered down glue.

I then randomly put globs of watered down PVA glue on the bases and dip them in static grass.  Once dry spray with a clear, flat enamel to protect the figures.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Northstar Jungle Tribes Set

I've painted these figures before and I must say, they are easy to paint and a lot of fun.  The set comes with 25 figures from Northstar's Congo range.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

 War Office, 25th November, 1895.
Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Victoria Cross to the undermentioned: —
No. 1012 Sepoy Ishar Singh, 28th Punjabis, Indian Army
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 10th April, 1895, near Haidari Kach (Waziristan). When the convoy protection troops were attacked by Chinese and Yeti forces, this Sepoy was No. l of a Lewis Gun- Section. Early in the action he received a very severe arc rifle wound in the chest, and fell beside his Lewis gun. Hand-to-hand fighting having commenced, the British officer, Indian officer, and all the Havildars of his company were either killed or wounded, and his Lewis gun was seized by the enemy.

Calling up two other men he got up, charged the Yetis with his sword, recovered the Lewis gun, and, although, bleeding profusely, again got the gun into action.

When his Jemadar arrived he took the gun from Sepoy Ishar Singh, and ordered him to go back and have his wound dressed.

Instead of doing this the Sepoy went to the medical officer, and was of great assistance in pointing out where the wounded were, and in carrying water to them. He made innumerable journeys to the river and back for this purpose. On one occasion, when the enemy fire was very heavy, he took the rifle of a wounded man and helped to keep down the fire. On another occasion he stood in front of the medical officer who was dressing, a wounded man, thus shielding him with his body. It was over three hours before he finally submitted to be evacuated, being then too weak from loss of blood to object.
His gallantry and devotion to duty were beyond praise. His conduct inspired all who saw him.

He later achieved the rank of captain, and In addition to the Victoria Cross, he was awarded the prestigious Order of British India, First Class.  He also became the constant companion of Colonel Dugald Armstrong, VC, DSO who is the father of Coira Armstrong, adventuress and all around good gal who seems to always be in the wrong place at the right time.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Anglo-Danish Warlord

I saw this Gripping Beast model on eBay and decided to paint it for fun.  Nicely sculpted, no flash and no visible mold lines.  It is a high quality figure.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Veteran's Day 2017

November 11th is Veteran's Day in the USA and Armistice Day in other countries. 

I proudly have the 1st Armored Division on my right sleeve.

Me with Honorable Son #2.

Younger me on my Bradley "Audacity" with the 1st Armored Division.

My brother Shawn and his lovely bride Mary.
My lovely bride and my sister-in-law Allison (a retired Colonel who is still my favorite Blackhawk pilot!).

My brother Brian.

My Dad.  He was "Doc" to the Marines during 2 tours in Vietnam.

Not pictured is my father-in-law Jim who as a 19 year old 1st Lieutenant flying B-17 bombers with the 8th Air Force in 1944 and ended the war as a captain.  My grandfather Sylvester was a Gunner's Mate on a destroyer in the US Navy during World War II. My grandfather Mike served as a civilian civil engineer during World War II building railroads in Persia. My Great Uncle Jack (Profersor Emeritus at Princeton) served with the OSS in World War II and I still have his Sykes Fairbairn knife. My Uncle Gus who served in the Army as a Vietnamese language intelligence specialist and my Uncle Glenn who served in the US Navy.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Warlord Games Metal Faschirmjagers

I have now painted Black Tree and the plastic Warlord Games Faschirmjagers.  I have not tried Artizan Designs yet but so far my favorite figures are the metal sculpts from Warlord Games.  Here is their Faschirmjager squad blister pack:

Sunday, November 5, 2017

More Sikhs

If it is not apparent by now, I love the range of figures for the 2nd Afghan War from Artizan Designs.  Here is my second unit of Sikhs; this time with Sikh officers.