With the house now empty and my loving wife's understanding, I have had time to hide in my cave. With the time at work and yesterday I completed 20mm 42 dudes. Painted, based, flocked, and sealed. That rocks!
All these are Stan Johansen's Jihads. I was a bit put off. As his examples on the web are painted up like ninjas. Bad pictures, bad examples, as they kick ass. A joy to paint. They have enough detail to keep you going.
Keeping with the theme; "Their heads are covered in towels, like those mugs in the CNN pictures
from Syria. I am trying to stick to all earthy business casual civilian
clothing type colors. Hoping to get that look of a mug so pissed, with
no military training picking up a weapon and messing with his government
or occupying force."
Some more mugs
A dickers with the daily paper.
Not so bad for a dip job!
With the exception of 2 Caesar's 20mm moderns.
I also finished up my downed chopper. One old GW crater and a 1/72 kit. The kit I put together rough and fast. Next I dropped in a bag, and dropped a brick on the bag. The big bits I picked out and laid about. Then sprayed railroad glue and dumped the small bits and flock.
A long term project. I brought a ton of Hat dudes to kit out some Black Powder games. I based up a bunch of Dervishes. Just today I got around to painting them up. The Force on Force 20mm painting got my kick started. Clearing off my painting table. While I wait for things to dry. 47 more done!
I know the dervishes had squares of blue and red on their man dresses. But paint all those squares would kill the project. I went for solid dyed man dresses. They will give the units separation and I can get away with using them in the Afghanistan dust ups.
Well we all know where a giant pile of money will be going this new year. And it is about time someone made Caesarian plastic. I am hoping for the same quality that the greek plastic have. No more of the straight up crap that Wargames Factory makes.
As far as metals, foundry's expensive and not that great. BTD's are pretty sweet and go on 35A% off sales twice a year.
I am all sorts of jammed up this week. The wife is still half broke. Her mom is back with us. Plus two friends are visiting. They leave and my parents arrive. Then they leave and 9 of her friends are coming for Xmas. Short is I am cleaning three times and cooking two Xmas dinners. All the while playing nice with her friends and not painting or touching of lead men. Yeah, yeah its a sickness I know.
So what is one to do. I say order a butt load of dudes. Then since work is slow and my customers are off burning up the last of their "use it or lose it vacation time." I'm painting at work. The most I have ever been paid to paint!
Now if I can only get people to stop breaking my tools, its full speed ahead.
More skinnies. I got a cubic butt load of skinnies and zombies. They are all 20mm from Stan Johanson, and Elhiem. The Elhiem are bad ass.
These are Johansen's Jihad dudes. Kind of cool. Dirt cheap. Their heads are covered in towels, like those mugs in the CNN pictures from Syria. I am trying to stick to all earthy business casual civilian clothing type colors. Hoping to get that look of a mug so pissed, with no military training picking up a weapon and messing with his government or occupying force. They are not meant to be area specific.
More of the same in black ninjas get ups.
I got so more in bound from Wartime Miniatures. Mostly US forces and civilians.
Some dude in the EU made these monsters. They are monsters, it is huge and very heavy. I think old boy had it cast in lead. I need two flight stand as it bent the first one. The base will need some supports added the weight is caving it in.
Very easy to assemble, clean cast. Only part I had trouble with was the transport arms and the middle to front section connection point.
The transport arms; The slots they fit in where too big. Also the part of the arm that goes in the main body was way too long. Check out the peg topper, outstanding idea. Flight stand, Peg toppers
The main body; The tail section was perfect, no gap. The cockpit to middle section was not flat. I sanded, filed, pinned it, green stuffed it. Three different times and it still does not look 100%.
Man if your calling in sick, just say your sick and unavailable to work today. There is no need to talk to me directly. A voice message or email is perfectly OK. I don't need some bullshit story, sick voice, coughing in my ear, nor do I need to know what meds you have taken or what time your doctor's visit is. We give ya all sick time for a reason.
There is sick and then there is sick. I am sick cause I want to stay home. I am sick cause I am actually sick. Cool, great, either way I don't care. I must likely will not even fill out the paper work saying your sick.
The only time I would even ever pay attention is if you always call in on Friday or Monday, after the super bowl/ST. Pat's day, before or after a holiday weekend. Don't create a pattern. Don't call in all the time. No one will know, no one cares!
This time we were at Pat's house for a game of Force on Force. George and Fred showed up. Both Jimmy and Larry had to cancel. We played the first demo off of page 112. With all of us playing the same game, I doubled the forces and the size of the table. Fred and George took the USMC fire teams. Pat and I were Hadji. We did screw up and Hadji was re-enforced after the first turn.
Quick game, we were done before 9. The USMC team kick the ever living crap out of Pat and myself. Even with Fred being trashed before the first turn ended.
The night's greatest moment was when George's dice throw completely missed everything, the tray and the table. The dice tray was against his belly!
We ate and drank more than we played. Which again leads to zero pictures.
Today some Stan Johansen miniatures 20mm Jihad came. They are just over a dollar a dude. Trucks with skinnies are 8 beans. Great deal. The guy ships the same day as you order. I had mine in my mail box the next day. Very clean casts. Mine had only heavy mold lines on the bottom.
Here you can see a picture next to a 1/72 Caesar's mini. The Caesar's look taller in the picture, but it is not true. The base of the plastics are much thicker. Which serves me just fine as, in my experience Africians are taller than us and we are taller than Hadji.
Again I am mounting them to nickles, 5 cents for a heavy base can't be
beat. Next the base will be filled in with pink stuff and off to be
What I like most about Stan Johansen's minis are that they look just like the Syrian fighters CNN loves to take pictures of. Just about all are shooting from the hip and none seem to display a proper firing position.
I continue to add to the Blood Angles as I find the older editions of armor. The older ones of course take twice the amount of time to complete. As each is covered with all sorts of baggage. These edition of armor does not fit with the lighting strike and air cav type deployment of the SM chapters. But they will do nicely for Armageddon/Ork slug fest.
A couple of Razorbacks and Vindicators. I had stamp cast the blood drops. Most every tank now has one for each door. I have also started to mount them to FOW bases. I saw someone else do it. So of course I had to.
Its 10:30 and nothing is happening. Nothing has happened for over an hour. Pour yourself a glass of some limited crap, grab a book, and collapse into a chair by the fire. Then every MoFo within 200 miles has got to try and retask your ass.
I now understand why the news is filled with people killin everyone.
The Skinnies were based and dipped last night. The trick with dipping is to stay calm. They will look like crap painted. Then paint your dip on, don't do the soak and shake method. Still be calm, as they look like better crap. Matt vanish and holy crap they are not too bad. Best part they took about a night or 3hrs to finish 20.
Some more US infantry. I chopped a few for SAW gunners. As every SAW was a laying down position. Then glued them to nickles and color primed. No Pictures yet.
These are 20mm plastics from Caesar Miniatures. Painting these soft plastics is a PIA. I wash them in purple power to free up the mold release on them. I don't clean the mold lines as Force on Force is a drinking and shit talking game for us. Just about all of them get super glued to a nickle and wall spackle is use to smooth out the difference between the nickle, the base the dude is on and his feet. After that they get a very light uneven shot of white primer. I go uneven and light as the plastic is flexible and will fall off before they get dip when handled too much.
I got the skinnies all blocked in. They look like crap now, but a swim in Army Painter's quick dip and they will be mint. The dip does two things. One it seals and keeps the paint on the other is that the painting process is faster.
Child soldiers, messed up huh? But it is true. You could not pass a day without seeing one and 9 times out of 10, he was high.
Why does not one single skinny wear flip flops? That is all those bastards wore when I was there, tactical flip flops!
A quick up date on my Customer's project, a Warlord and Reaver Titan. The Morning Star Titan's hazard stripes are about done. All that is left is black lining them.
Today I got the eyes on the Reaver and a base coat the head. The weapons were picked out in red and old gold. The rivets were black line and picked out. I also started the laying in lighter reds on the power cables.
The Warlord got the laser sights finished and the weapon details highlighted. The brick work in the ruins was picked out.
Being at Mom and Dad's for the holidays, the eyes will have to wait until Monday.
He was never very happy with his titan's paint job. He sprayed them dark green like you would see in the Armageddon rule book.
I was given total freedom with the redo. He only wanted about 3 hours on each. I choose the Astraman, Morning Star Titan, Legio. This way I did not have to strip them.
I have rebased the warlord and added some ruins.Then I started on adding the Legio stripes and detail the weapons. After which I will highlight and pick out the detail.
The wife's collar bone is healing. All this means I am no longer chasing my two year old all over the place. She has a touching problem. Any thing that is not hers or may cause injury, she has a need to touch. I am proud that after roughly a month I have not killed either mom or daughter.
Epic Space Wolves Terminators
Finally I was able to get back to painting. The first thing up was some Space Wolves Epic Terminators I agreed to paint.
This detachment is a mixature of forumware, GW metal termies/characters and the classic plastic GW termies. The Space wolves chapter badge was painted, but I did not paint the great company badge on this detachment.
The second detachment was done as Brad Redmaw's Great Company. The Redmaw Wolf's head and Space Wolves chapter badge were done.
Epic Blood Angel Termies and Dreads
These dudes are about done. I should be finishing them up tonight. The hazard stripes on the power fists and the helmets are all that is left.
I tried a BS assault cannon conversion. By chopping off the front of a couple of storm bolters and adding a plastic rod for the assault cannons.
I am slowly filling out the armor for the BAs. I am trying to get all older versions of the tanks. These have only been blocked in.
Green stuff blood drops have been added to the doors and other places of interest.
Force on Force
With my A.D.D. kicking in at full speed. I finish up 2 US troops in the 3 color DCUs and a pile of barricades.The sand bags I am not feeling so much. I think a few should be done field green or black.
I also based up a bunch of skinnies to get smoked.