Saturday, 19 June 2021

Elefants, wasps and PaK 40s....oh my!

 Something Done

I finished the painting and basing of my greatcoated PaK 40s this week. They've been sitting mostly done for ages and it seemed like it was thing I should just crack on with. 

Much to my chagrin, I have carefully packed away my weathering powder and I can't work out where I carefully packed it away to. I have a horrible feeling it's fallen down behind the bookshelf (so not carefully packed away) which will be an absolute pain to recover. But I will and when I do the helmets and gunshields will get a bit of a whitewash.

Works in Progress


Seriously though, four Elefants is DUMB and I love it. I've cleaned the snow off the 5th one with all his carefully applied Zimmerit and tidied up the colour and I'm really happy with how it's come up. Should blend in nicely. These four are a slightly newer (or different) sculpt to my original but not so much as you'd notice.

 Wespes are coming along too, with the crew being painted separately.

The crew has a rough base coat on it at the mo and that's it so they'll be a wee way away but I'm doing those with the crew of the truly hateful SdKfz 7/2 kit that's been assembled (and my fingers glued to things too) so making pretty good progress for the Panzershreck army, given that the event is only about a month away, I kind of need to get on with it!

Next Time

Club day. No idea what I'm doing but I'm going to *actually* try and take enough photos of whatever it is to write up a proper game report. Feels like a while since I've done that. I've also got a nice chap in the USA chasing down my foliage order so with a bit of luck, that might turn up and I'll be able to properly finish all these things!  

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Don't be too proud of this Technological Terror you've created!

 It is done. Pending the odd bit that I might like to add to the army in the future, I have completed the Scarif Beach Party: 

They're now lined up for a solid week or two in the hot water cupboard. I'm now utterly convinced that the gel medium I've used for the bases isn't entirely cured given how thickly I'm putting it on. It seems to take about a week to set clear but if I get the models out and leave them in my slightly colder games room some of the bases frost up again so long curing ahead.

To get there, the two things that needed finishing to complete the Beach Party got done too, the last of them just in time for this blog post. 

Zoom zoom, pew pew!

I didn't mind painting the actual speeder bikes but those Scout Troopers are a bit ugh. The casts are a bit worn and there isn't quite the nice definition of even the Storm Troopers from the starter box. But they are done.

Black armour = moar menacing right?

On the other hand, Inferno Squad is NICE. The multi-part plastics are lovely, if not at all poseable, but it's a sweet looking unit. I think I need to do a better job on the lenses but that'll wait till they're out of the hot water cupboard.


The Scarif Beach Party had an outing against some Rebel Scum as their first full game of Legion.

Turn one-ish
In the first couple of turns I rolled some obscene dice and gunned down both of Pel's AT-RTs by just rolling heaps and heaps of criticals and Pel couldn't save for love nor money. I wasn't being any better with my saves though - I think I lost a single trooper from any given unit at any given time. In the end, we packed the game in at the end of turn 3. Most of the Rebels were toast for the Imperial losses of Storm Troopers, Bossk and a miscellany of other troopers. Pel did finish the game in style though:

You can't quite see in the background as they'd done a runner by then, but a full squad of Storm Troopers were mostly deleted by Clan Wren and Sabine and her Dark Sabre rolled in to finish the job. Which she did. Easily. Pel finished painting them this week and they look AMAZING. He is planning on painting Sabine's hair a-la Star Wars: Rebels and that will look brilliant.

It was my first full game of Legion and Pel was excellent at answering all my stupid questions about how stuff is supposed to work, as well as dealing with my disgusting dice rolling in very good humour. I paid for this in two followup games of Flames with Scotty who beat me senseless by both playing better AND rolling better dice. 

It was an interesting post-game chat too about seeing how the lists came together for the both of us. Mine felt like so many non-choices - they were so straight forward for me that even with no idea what I was really doing, the list came together without really trying. I had to tinker with the bits around the edges, but the Shores and Deaths were just sitters, along with lots of the upgrades.

I still can't get over Storm Troopers having Precise 1. Although only Imperial Storm Troopers are so precise.....

Next Time

I've decided to at least get the painting done for Panzerschreck and if the foliage doesn't arrive in time (although surely it must!) I have some backup foliage that I can apply to the Elefants which will look different and will annoy me but I'll live. So that will be the focus for the next couple of weeks. It's a lot of painting dunkelgelb so might be a touch dull but at least you won't have to hear me swearing about assembling Battlefront's SdKfz 7/2 kit.  

Sunday, 6 June 2021

Pooch's May update

May is done now too? This is getting ridiculous.... 

1. Finish a table of terrain

Ooof. My plans of doing big pieces of terrain aren't really getting anywhere. But what I did do, was two sets of the Star Wars Legion barricades. That counts as progress, right?

They are barricades. Need I say more?

2. Play a game a month

This month, I played Flames of War at our club competition at Valleycon, playing 5 games over two days. I used my US Cavalry, so zoomed around Italy with Greyhounds and generally was about as effective as you would expect lightly armoured vehicles to be.

Stuarts and Greyhounds looking cool!

Some of Bob's excellent Tigers doing mean things to my Greyhounds

Overall, it was enjoyable, I do like Flames of War! It prompted all of the nerds to think about playing more FoW, which I think is a good thing.

3. Finish a 1,500 point 40k army

Probably my biggest disappointment of the month. I got a bunch of odds and sods done, but nothing really substantial. I finished....

Three Repentia- just needing their bases

Two Death Cult Assassins, repurposed and tidied from my Krieg army

Stained Glass panel from the Immolator, using Contrast paints

Some guns and bare heads

I guess the Death Cult assassins count as a unit finished, but it is a bit of a stretch! Need to make some serious progress on them next month, otherwise I won't be able to have 1000 points done for August's games!

4. Finish armies that I have part started

Ok, so not only did I finish what I needed to paint for my army for Valleycon, I painted all of the 15mm US that I own!

Six M10 Tank Destroyers

3 M3 Stuarts, 4 M5 Stuarts

8 75mm Shermans

3 76mm Shermans

I'd like one more box of Shermans, but I think these guys are done until the US later-late war book comes out sometime in the future!

5. Buy, build and play a new game

A terrible photo, but a very cool model of Asajj Ventris from Shapeways. She will be a 'counts as' Maul, for when I decide I don't want to use the double ended lightsaber loony, and instead want to use a twin lightsaber loony! 

Asajj Ventris- a 3d print from Shapeways

Not just Asajj, I also have yet more droids done!


Droid Specialists!

But I still didn't manage to paint the next batch of B1 Battle Droids. Next month maybe?

You had better get painting those sisters!


Saturday, 5 June 2021

Tidal Surge at the Scarif Beach Party

 This is definitely a workbench post for the long weekend in which I am bravely attempting to stave off an urge to acquire boats for Victory at Sea and new Necromunda Redemptionists by focussing entirely on finishing all my outstanding Star Wars: Legion models. 

 Shoretroopers II

Glad to have had one of these done already as doing the second one is always easier. And now I'll have two squads to go with the two mortars! Bonus! They are nice and easy to paint though so I should be able to knock these out quickly.

Inferno Squad

What can I say, black is easy. They're not done yet but honestly, it won't be much work to get them finished. Unfortunately it's also fairly cold here this weekend and the washes aren't drying at a particularly rapid rate so everything is going slow. Del Meeko and Gideon Hask are looking sweet too.

Speeder Bikes

I was a bit iffy about doing these for ages and I've just decided to suck it up and finish the last white-armoured models in the army. I do really like the beach armour of the speeder bikes and it really does make me want to do a sand coloured AT-ST.

I'm still missing one thing I'd like to have, Iden Versio as a leader, but I'm also vaguely tempted to ask my friendly local 3D printing friend to run me off a Seventh Sister, from Star Wars Rebels, to potentially play the role of Iden Versio. I'm also basing up my Rokkrassk from our Star Wars Edge of Empire campaign to play as Bossk in Legion as well. Basically an operative that isn't Darth Vader seems like it could be cool.

 Next Time

It's club day. I don't know what I'll be doing but hopefully getting the Scarif Beach Party out for a couple of games of Legion. I'm *still* waiting on foliage from the US so I can get into painting Elefants.