Pen, paper & paint.

Okay so gotten more painting done today, but that’s not the focus of the post my army’s compensation is. For those of you who have read some of my older post you may remember that I am doing this army to take to Cancon mid war comp. Since then there have been a few changes, Cancon for the first time is running a Late war competition. At first I had no interest in playing late war, especially after having a look at the revised points for Red Bear (pretty much all soviet army lists for late war) making them notably cheaper, and the heavy katiuskas having their price more than halved. So whats made me brave enough to risk having to fight against the soviet hordes? Air-con, its pretty simple the late war comp at Cancon is in the 2nd hall that’s got air-con. If you have ever been to Canberra late January you would understand, it’s still hot and its also started raining so there is a bit of humidity that’s killer in the main hall.

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I have been using Devil’s Charge to write army lists, mostly because it has a lot of deserve option that not all of the other books have, and because by the battle of the Bulge where this book is set the Americans where fully equipped with pretty much all of their powerful toys including AT (anti-tank) 13 M10’s. So here are a few of the lists I have come up with:

List 1: Garry’s Suggestion: (this one was suggested to me by a friend) HQ  C/V(15pts), Rifle Platoon + one extra bazooka C/V(205pts), Rifle Platoon + one extra bazooka C/V(205pts), AT platoon 6x Bazookas C/V(120pts), AT platoon 3x 57mm guns + 3x Bazookas C/V(160pts), Scrapyard Tank platoon 2x Priests + 2x 105 Shermans C/T(140pts), 4x 105mm artillery C/V(185pts), 2x 155mm artillery C/V(145pts), 2x M10 C/V(255pts), AA Platoon 1x Bofors & 1x M49 C/V(60pts), AOP (40pts).

Comes to a 1500pts on the dot which is the limit for the Cancon comp. Likes: 9 Platoons so I can losse one before I start losing match points, can combine the 105s with the 155s to make a 6 gun battery with AT 5 and has 2 armored platoons. Dislikes: quite a few small platoons that can easily be picked off, Bazooka platoon only has a short range so can be picked off at range, only 2 M10s, no recon.

105mm Guns

105mm Guns

List 2: Gun Line: (my version or Garry’s list) HQ  C/V(15pts), Rifle Platoon + one extra bazooka C/V(205pts), Rifle Platoon C/V(200pts), AT platoon 3x 57mm guns C/V(100pts), AT platoon 3x 57mm guns C/V(100pts), Cavalry Recon Platoon C/T(70pts), 4x 105mm artillery C/V(185pts), 2x 155mm artillery C/V(145pts), 4x M10 C/V(405pts), AA Platoon 1x Bofors & 1x M2 C/T(35pts), AOP (40pts).

Likes: 9 platoons, 4 M10s, 6 artillery pieces, 2 57mm AT platoons. Dislikes: to many gun teams, would like more mobility.

I think I will need more than one of these.

I think I will need more than one of these.

List 3: Bazookas!: HQ  C/V(15pts), Rifle Platoon + 3 extra bazooka + SMG command C/V(220pts),  Rifle Platoon + 3 extra bazooka + SMG command C/V(220pts), AT platoon 3x 57mm guns C/V(100pts),  Cavalry Recon Platoon C/T(70pts), 4x 105mm artillery C/T(140pts), 4x 155mm artillery C/T(210pts), 4x M10 C/V(405pts), 2x Calliopes C/T(80pts), AOP (40pts).

Likes: 2 full arty platoons, calliopes, rifle platoons are armed to the teeth, 4 M10s and recon. Dislikes: only 8 platoons, only Trained artillery. Possible change: drop Rifle SMG command teams and 3 bazookas for a 35pts AA platoon taking me to 9 platoons.

Well that’s all for now. Would be great to hear some other peoples thoughts on the list or some complacently different ones that may be comparative.

2nd Platoon progress.

Just a Quick post before I do some painting. In this batch I am painting more not only painting my second rifle platoon, but also the bazooka teams for each platoon, my Company Commander and Second in Command. What makes this batch a bit ambitious is that I am aiming to have it done before Sunday giving me tonight, Friday and Saturday to finish them off. 2013-11-21 22.57.20 I started this batch on Monday, so far I have done the base coating on the boots, pants, jackets and skin. Leaving me to do the base coating on weapons, helmets and webbing before I get on to highlighting the lot of it. At this point I know I am going to be a pushing it to get them all done, but its do able. 2013-11-21 22.56.42 My normal work flow with painting is to base coat a color and highlight it immediately, but with the number of small mistakes I made with the fist platoon when base coating on parts of the model I had already highlighted. So this time I am doing all the base contain first and highlights second. When highlighting I am much neater so hopefully wont end up having to do so much patch up work. That is it for now, tomorrow I may make a post about the army variations I am considering. Any way later.

First Platoon Ready!

It’s been way to long since I have made a post at all letter lone one for my painting, but it does not mean I have not done some painting! I will be making some more posts over this week talking about the changes I am making to my army and some stuff on the next platoon I am going to be painting. For now the Platoon I have finished!

This one was taken after I had base coated every thing other than the gun metal.

This one was taken after I had base coated every thing other than the gun metal.

Before I went on my base coating frenzy I had already highlighted the pants. After I did the jackets and a some what subtle highlight on them I wanted to get all the other base colors on them so I could get a better idea of how they would look finished. What had me concerned was how light and bright the jackets where looking in comparison to the unpainted parts on the miniatures. After I had painted the other colors on them I was much happier with how the jackets where looking.

Highlights done ready to varnish.

Nearly ready to varnish, just need to paint the metal.

I was really happy with out they are coming along at this stage, the helmet highlight looks a bit stronger than it actually is. At this stage I was still unsure how I wanted to handle doing metal for the army either with metallic paint which I would wash back to get rid of the shine or just paint them non-metallic using a dark grey  as a base and then follow it up with a light grey blue. I decided to go with the non-metallic option wanting to try something I had not before.

The finished models.

The finished models.

So I know this is a bit of a jump, but I did not take nearly enough pictures ounce I got into it. I know the shine from the low gloss varnish is coming off quite strong, but when they don’t have more normal lighting on them its a lot more subtle. I had the choice of 2 varnishes to use for the army either the low gloss that I went with or the no gloss that dulls the the colors on the models. Just another note I varnished the figures while they where still on there sticks.

The basing where to begin, so I originally started  with using chocolate brown (872 by Model Color) for the base rims, but after trying of it with Flat Earth (983) it was obvious it was the superior choice. Flat Earth had better contrast with the rest of the base and complemented the figures better.

The base soil was done with a black under coat, Chocolate Brown, Flat earth and a final light coat of a 50% Flat earth and 50% White. I considered doing a final much lighter color applied very lightly, but decided against it wanting to keep it quite dark.

So on the rest of the bases I have a lot going on, “Grass” flock by Games Work Shop, Brushes Medium Green by woodland Scenics, the foliage I believe to be German by the text on the bag and the wood from a dead plant in my back yard (I have collected more than enough to do the whole army and then some).

Less glare.

Less glare.

Any way that’s all I have for now; I will make sure to take more pictures, and will hopefully get around to put up more post about what I am up wargaming wise and more.

More Painting!

I know its been well over a week since I have done any painting, but today I did some. I have always been a fan of batch painting going back to when I first started war-gaming. The issue with batch painting 15mm scale figures (Flames of War figures) over Games Workshops 28mm scale figures is that batch painting them means your typically painting something like 39 figures (number of riflemen in a platoon) over some thing like 10 in a squad for warhammer. Where the issue arises for 15mm is the shear number that your painting at a time makes it easy to become absent minded, and missing parts of the figures. My way to combat this is to check over each stick ounce I think it’s done and then again after I have finished the whole platoon checking over every stick again with a new found energy knowing that I have nearly finished a color.

Progress: anklets, pants and jacket test.

Progress: anklets, pants and jacket test.

 

Really happy with how they are coming up so far. That said not having painted in so long my hands are not quite as steady as they use to be, so as a result some of the painting is not quite as neat as I would have liked it to been, but I can feel my brush control returning so at least from my second platoon onwards my figures should be up to the standard I’am hoping to achieve. I only did the jackets on 2 of the miniatures to test the paint order, and have discovered that I really need to do the sink before the jacket, so that’s what I am going to do next time I paint (hopefully less than a week from now).

After starting on my computer chair I opted out for the stall.

After starting on my computer chair I opted out for the stall.

Just a quick note on my working posture, so on my computer chair I was finding my self sitting to high over my figures and hunching over a lot so decided a switch out for the much lower stall putting the figures at a much more appropriate height. The moment I switched over I found my back feeling much better, and at a better height to work at.

That’s all for this for now Later.

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