These Boots were made for walking.

Hey so I am only half delivering on what was promised with some painting and no battle report. Let me start with why I have no battle report. I did play a game of Dystopian wars today with my Kingdom of Britannia naval fleet, but with not having played the game since the previous addition of the rules I forgot to take any pictures of the game. That said I got crushed by a Prussian Fleet in 3 or 4 turns. Re-learnt just how brutal that game can be. Still had a good time.

Left: Mid war Right: Late war

Left: Mid war Right: Late war uniforms.

So I acutely went to start painting late last night, but when I went to compare the fresh paints I brought earlier that day to the American rifle color guide. I quickly became confused with the shirt color looking more like the pants color and the pants color looking more like the shirts and then I remembered the book me and the store owner looked in was for the late war therefore it was for the late war uniform. This left me at in a bit of an awkward potion with me making this army to be used for Mid war. Today after talking with some of the other guys I decided to just go with a late war paint scheme.

Not quite as neat as I want it to be but have not painted in a while.

Not quite as neat as I want it to be but have not painted in a while.

Only done a little painting so far, the boots on 7 teams (1 team per stick) and the Anklets on one team. Would have gotten more done but I  got distracted and then tired so figured I would get this post up and go to bed. I will talk more to my methods and reasoning in future posts, but for now as you can kinda see is how I am trying to leave black in-between colors and in crevasse. Hope fully with a strong highlight on each color the models will have a lot of contrast. For now its nice the have started painting, just trying to think how much I still need to do before Cancon.

Any way I am done for tonight, coming up over the next week or I will look at putting together a bit of a painting guide and more progression pictures.

Later.

To WAR!

Hey so probably should have read some other people’s blogs some more before making my first post, but for now I will just go with what I feel like. So I really wanted to get this first post up a few days ago but kept leaving it until well after midnight to both set up the blog and write this first post.

Just over a mouth ago a good friend of mine had his yearly invitational Flames of War late war tournament. I decided to take my British infantry that I have had for just over 4 years now and are my only army for Flames. That said the reason I started my Brits was so I could have and army that I use a lot of the miniatures across early, mid and late war. Which they have done me well, I have come to truly appreciate the power of 8 25pdrs when used correctly and just how tenacious their infantry is.

Any way enough about my old army, and on with the new so before my friends comp I was playing around with mid-war American amour lists, but quickly came to the conclusion that it’s going to be very hard to make a competitive list that I would feel comfortable running. After speaking to a few of the guys I regularly game with and getting the advice to look at a more combined arms army. So I started playing around with lists for a Rifle company and ended up with a something somewhat similar to my mid war British army. The similarities are instead of 8 25pdrs, 4 105mm and 4 155mm instead of commandos, paratroopers and 6pdrs replaced by 57mm, but more on the army’s compensation later.

Nearly ready to spray

Top Left Para Troopers, Bot Left Weapons Platoon, Mid and Right Rifle Platoons.

So after ordering my first section of my army a few weeks a go it came in on Wednesday.  In this first order I got a Rifle company, Field artillery battery (105mm) and Paratrooper platoon; leaving still to order Machine-gun Platoon, 57mm At guns, 2 M15 CGMC (AA), Field Artillery Battery (155mm) and a Cannon Platoon (T30 75mm HMC).  So currently I have 5 of my 10 platoons which includes all the infantry platoons. When every I get new flames of war figures the first thing I do is sort out and organised the figures in to platoons, the important part about properly sorting your figures is making sure you have gotten the correct number of figures which I thankfully did. After sorting the figures I clean them team by team using my hobby knife and lightly gluing them to Popsicle sticks ready to be under coated.

Lables

Each stick has one team on it with markings for which platoon and which squad the belong to.

Thanks for taking the time to read my first blog post, tomorrow I will be posting hopefully after starting to paint my army and having a game with a borrowed army that I am representing a few figures so I can start to learn how to play Americans. If not I will get a game of Dystopian wars so either way tomorrows post will be more interesting.

Later