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LAM (4) – Her Majesty’s Task Force

I just finished these lads up.  I’m a huge fan of the British figures in the Lead Adventure Miniatures 1881 line.  They are a bit intimidating due to the amount of detail and general awesomeness of the figures.  I’m really happy with the lad with the fury coat, but I’d have like to have chosen a few different colors on the guy with the mechanical arm.  But I think they will be great additions to the team.

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BUF (3) – Command

I’ve been wanting to add this command group for a while, so I’m really glad to have finished them.  The models are great and lots of fun to paint.  I added a spare British Regular command figure and just painted him in BUF colors.  I think it’s fair to assume that he might have had an old army uniform that he altered to wear with his new organization.

This is the first flag I’ve ever worked with in 28mm.  I like the way it came out.  The flag is from VBCW enthusiast 6mil Phil and was offered over on his blog.

Over all these figures should help to keep the rabble on track and lend some much needed support.

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Mohawks (5) – Warpaint Time

So, I’ve had these lads sitting around for some time.  I currently have 120ish models from the Galloping Major and that includes NO doubles of the same figure.  Pretty impressive.  When I began to order from the Major, I made a small purchase and decided I love them then made a larger purchase, which happened to be one of everything at the time.  So I had an extra pack of Mohawks around and I could never bring myself to paint them, and this has bothered me for a long time.

Many painters and gamers buy impulsively and have LARGE amounts of lead laying around ready to be painted.  I am not one of those guys, due to a young family I have a very SMALL stipend available for purchases each month, so small that I can easily keep up with painting them and have no left over pile that I won’t ever get to.  That being said I never found the time to paint my “doubles”.  I made a deal with myself, I would paint them but I would do it quickly and dirty, something I can’t normally bring myself to do!   Many period painting show large amounts of the natives in black warpaint covering their entire bodies.  I have two such painted guys in my collection already, since the Native flesh takes me the longest to accomplish, I thought this is where I could shave the most time off.

I think they look a little odd taken as a group by themselves, but once I mix them with the 30 others that I own, they should fit in nicely.

I also painted this guy a while back and I’ve been waiting to have some other FIW stuff painted so I could add him to a post.  This is the last of the Soldiers Fee from the Galloping Major.  You can never have enough club wielding Indians in the forest.

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Judge Fire and Judge Fear – Dark Judges (2)

This is the second round of Dark Juges.  I really like the Judge Fire figure but the Judge Fear figure leaves me a little cold.  I wasn’t really inspired while working on it and it shows  I think.  I tried to strip the paint from Clix figure but that didn’t work, so I just primed it and painted right on top of the old thick paint job.  As a result, there wasn’t much detail to work with and the figure didn’t even fit together properly.  On the other hand I’m very happy with Judge Fire and he was a cracking figure to work with.

I wanted to talk a little about painting Judge Fire because he caused me the most hesitation.  Painting fire is something I have never been able to do very well.  I’m really happy with the way that the flames turned out this time.

I have painted another figure with a flaming skull and I’m not happy with the way that he turned out, but I have to say that I very well may go back and repaint that part of him, something I’ve never done before.  My inspiration for this project was the great work done over at the Sho3box blog.  When I asked him how he painted the fire on Judge Fire he showed me a tutorial which he used, it turns out I was familiar with it.  I had previously tired it with DISASTROUS results, so I had to come up with another way to do it.  Here was my method, I hope it helps someone.

I started off with a base coat of white.  This helps to make the bright comic book colors even brighter.  Then I painted all the flames bright red.

So next I wet brushed on some orange.  What I mean by wet-brushing is, I pop a dollop of orange onto my painting tray, don’t water it down.  Then I put an OLD brush in and wipe it across a paper towel ONCE to remove some paint. Then I swipe over the red as if I was dry brushing, but there is still quite a bit of paint on the brush.  What you are hoping for is that the paint lands on all of the raised surfaces and some of the recesses.  Kind of a ‘reverse wash’ effect.

Once this was done, I painted all of the white surfaces black.  I knew I’ll have major touch ups to do, but this will make sure I won’t have to work so hard when I do them and I won’t have as many nooks and crannys to get my brush into in the final touching up.  So, now he looks like this.

Now it’s time for another wet-brushing, but this time with bright yellow.  I really tried to make sure that I fully covered the base of each flame where it touched the body.  As this is the last coat of paint on the flames, this took the most time as when I finished this coat, the flames would be finished and there would be no more opportunities to cover any mistakes.

Now it’s time to clean up the effects of all that dry brushing.  Not a tough task thanks to putting down the base layer of black earlier.  Here’s the final look of Judge Fire before I put some final highlights the burnt and crispy bits.

A fairly simple technique that more basic painters like myself can pull off for some reasonable fire effects.

 

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Rolls Royce 1920 MK 1

I found a nice vehicle to accompany my British troops in the IWI or VBCW.  It’s a very nice Rolls Royce 1920 MK1.  It’s from Company B, but at the time that I ordered it they were out of stock and I had to order from Brigade Games.

This was a tricky model to put together, luckily they give you a great little guide to show you where everything goes, mostly. I pinned the heck out of this model, especially the front axle that holds the two front wheels, seems like this would fall straight off if you didn’t give it some extra support.

I had very much the same issues I had when painting the Crossley Tenders, I don’t much like painting vehicles and never really put to much effort in, so I go for maximum effect and I think I’ve put out an acceptable tabletop paint job with a spray, quick drybrush and simple touch up.

 

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Fresh B’Hoys – IRA (3)

Just finished popping the paint on some new B’hoys.  This is the second group of the Musketeer IRA Advancing models that I painted.  I swear I ordered the IRA Shotguns pack, but I’ll roll with it.   I’m going to need multiple packs of each before the end.

I’ve tried to paint each group with a dominant color, then when I have 5-6 groups they will look like a random mix.

A few shots of all the lads.

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Judge Death and Judge Mortis – Dark Judges (1)

I have been eying these models for a long time, but never really got around to ordering them.  That is until I saw the awesome work going on over at Sho3box, he’s done a fantastic job showing off his work on various Judge Dredd models.  It gave me the inspiration and push I needed to make a go of it.

These models were pretty intimidating for me as a Judge Dredd fan. I leaned heavily on the paint schemes used by Sho3box but added a lot of my own opinions to the colors.

I’m not sure if they will ever see a games table, but they were a lots of fun to paint.

I’ve also made quite a bit of progress on Judge Fire who will be appearing soon with Fear.

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British Regulars (2)

I’m becoming quite addicted to these Musketeer Miniatures.  It seems they are incredibly fun to paint, I just wish there was less cleanup involved in the process.  It seems that the mold lines take quite a bit of work to get rid of, and there are some blemishes on many faces that I dare not remove or the facial detail will come off.  At a reasoanable table distance (2-3 feet away from the eye) it will never be noticed though.

When I started these I couldn’t remember what colors I had used for the webbing, so I will be putting up my painting guide in very soon.  Not so much because I’m an expert, but because I will be ordering more and don’t want to have the same problem.

Here are the lads in groups, I’ll have some more specific comments on a few figures as well.

Overall, I really like the way they came out.  It’s really strange for me, I’ve never really been a fan of painting British troops for anything other than opponents for troops that I do like to paint.  Though I have really enjoyed painting up the officers for this lot, I mean had fun. I suppose it’s the cool mustaches.

This is also the first time I’ve ever tried to paint on some Sergeants stripes.  Now I usually work in the basement and my reference material was upstairs and I didn’t feel like going to get it and just painted them as I thought they would be.  Extra points to anyone who notices the problem with them.

And last buy not least, I picked up some of the great VBCW models from PMC games on ebay.  It’s a pretty bush league way to go about ordering as you never know what will be for sale on his “ebay store”, but at the end of the day, they are affordable and really look the part. Here’s a small unit that’s tracked their quarry down and found them in the pub, very British.

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Crossley Tenders

I’ve been watching these little beauties on other peoples photos for a while now.  These trucks are called Crossley Tenders and they carted the Black and Tans and Auxies around Ireland during the Irish War of Independence.  There’s lots of great footage of the troops packed into the back of these trucks and tooling around in black and white.

There aren’t any 28mm wargames models of them that I’m aware of.  Most folks seem to buy the MATCHBOX MOY Y13 1918 CROSSLEY where ever they can find them.  I found a couple on eBay for a reasonable price and painted them up.  Thing is, I hate painting vehicles.  I mean, I really hate painting them.  I see every minute spent painting them as a minute that I’m not painting miniatures.  I think I made the most of these those.  I spray painted them with can of Krylon flat green camo paint, with a lighter green dry bush.  Then I painted the seats and wheels.  My next move was going to be a wash, but I started it and thought it wasn’t really making much of a difference, so I stopped.  A couple of coats of sealer and bob’s your uncle.

These lads are on the painting table at the moment, I can’t wait to see how they paint up.