Friday, January 27, 2017

Merkava Diorama - Part 9 Finished

Hi everyone,

I have finally put the whole thing together, and I can now say that the project is finally finished.  It was a long road.  I had several pitfalls along the way - the oversized miniatures and the undersized building the main problems.  In the end I think it all came together.

Well enough talk, I have done enough of that in the previous 8 posts.  Please enjoy the pictures and if you would like to leave a comment or ask a question please don't hesitate.

So next week I think I will start the second phase of my Viking project.  Until then farewell and good health to everyone.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Merkava Diorama - Part 8

Hi everyone,

A quick update on the painting of the IDF soldiers for my Merkava diorama.  I have managed to find the time to paint up 3 models since last week.

The first two I finished were the soldiers walking on patrol.  The painting is based lightly on the paint scheme given by the Fate of a Nation supplement for Flames of War.  The paint does help bring out some of the character of the models and since a 1/72 diorama is meant to be admired from a least a metre away - the whole thing comes together.

To give an idea how the paint work begins and the result of the finished product, I took a picture of both together to give an idea of how the painting process transforms the model.

The third figure is the civilian being frisked.  I think he needs some more highlights on the red part of his shirt.  I have mentioned this before during the 1/72 Tiger II diorama, that I do not enjoy painting model figures at this scale to high standards - they are just too small for me!  Nonetheless, I am happy with the result overall.

Well, that is all I can manage this week, but the good news is that I am confident that this project will be ready by next week - so stay tuned.

Until then farewell and good health.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Merkava Diorama - Part 7 The Figures

Hi everyone,

So I am  finally back to finish this diorama - which let's face it - is very long overdue.  The problem I had this time was the figures.

The figures I originally bought for it were slightly on the larger side of the 1/72 scale and also periodically much latter than the Merkava 1.  With the building on the smaller side of the 1/72 scale, everything seemed a bit off.  Therefore I decided to hold off the work until I found models that were more appropriate for my needs.

The models I bought belong to a company called Ceasar Miniatures.  They are made of plastic and are mostly used for gaming rather than modelling.  The quality is average, but the size and period are closer to my needs.
At this point, I took what I could find.  I just wanted this diorama finished so I could move on to a new project. On the bright side the box did contain two models of a soldier frisking a civilian which was perfect for the scene.  So everything was not that gloomy. 

Besides the two models mentioned above, I picked another two models to a total of four.  I think this is enough to get the story through - by the way, I have decided to name this diorama On Patrol.

After spending several hours cleaning the models, carefully removing the bases, pinning them to paperclip rods and priming for defects. I began the paint work.
As always I block out the colours to see the overall effect and look of the paint scheme.  Everything seemed OK.  So I gave myself the go ahead to paint on!.
At least now the work is under way and hopefully I will be able to finalize this diorama once and for all in the coming fortnight.

Until then farewell and good health to everyone.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Bear Clan: - Part 4 Finished

Hi everyone,

So I have finally finished my first new unit for my Sylvan Army in decades!  I am extremely happy with my new found dedication to getting things done.  I hope this work-drive does not die out in the new year.

So all I had left to paint up was the leader.  This is a somewhat popular miniature among Wood Elf players, but hardly ever showed up in its own unit.  That changes today!

I painted this up over the period of two days.  I chose earth colours as a palette because I wanted him to blend in and not stand out.  I have more or less achieved that.

In my last post on this project I forgot to show an update of the ancient werebear I converted.   Here are some pictures of the chap up close. I gave him a different colour, but I stuck with the same colour for the armour and shield as the other werebear in the unit.

Afterwards, all I had to do was attach them to the base, paint the base green and flock it.  I made a small mistake here.  I should have painted the base a darker green - or at least a shade of green that is darker than the flock.  The shade I chose was very light and you can really see it on close inspection.  A bit irritating, but it serves as a lesson for the future.

Nonetheless, I am really, really liking this unit and cannot wait to field it on the tabletop!
The next unit I will build up is either an elf archer regiment or the Boar Clan unit - a tough choice.  I only have one unit of archers, so this choice would be more out of necessity than pure choice.  I will start posting up progress posts as soon as I decide.

Next week I might post something different like Vikings or a Diorama. I will have to see what takes my fancy!

Until then farewell and good health.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Another Round of New Year's Resolutions

Hi everyone,

I am back with a new set of resolutions and a plan to put them into motion...again.  I say again because for the previous two years I have actually managed to keep the resolutions I made. 
Last year I focused on building armies and I managed to complete my Algoryn force, the first phase of my Sylvan army and I am currently working on phase two and I managed to nearly finish off all of my 6 point Viking army for Saga.  A substantial amount when you factor in the free time I actually have.

This year I will do things a little differently.  I want this year to be the year of the diorama, so I will try to finish at least 4 dioramas or vignettes this year.  That will be my main focus this year.
On the army building side, I just want to complete the armies of games I am currently playing.  This means I have to continue the last push on my Vikings and start working on my Normans for Saga with the intent of completing the army before next December.
Last year I sold off my Algoryn and bought into Warmahordes with Skorne.  Coming the next errata this January I plan to learn this game and get some games in.  That also means building up a small and viable force.  So get ready to see some Skorne later on this year as well.

If I can, I also want to start working of my US forces for Konflikt'47.  This is a game I want to start playing.  I chose this system over Dust because I can change to Bolt Action if I get tired of Weird World War.
I also want to put some time aside to play more games.  During the last two years I have been a bit gaming-deprived and that needs to change.  So this year I want to try and get at least one game a month in.  That is a total of twelve games - I think I can manage that.

So that is all.  Those are my plans and I plan to dive straight in.  Until this coming Saturday, farewell and good health.



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