DUST Bunkers (February Terrain ’19)

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker, Deep Cut Studios Beach Mat 6x4

My final February pieces today – a set of four Bunkers from the DUST games. They’re basically the Dust Axis Heavy Laser Bunker and the Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker, as I picked up wo of each when they were on clearance. I initially sprayed them grey in December, or January? …and then they just sat there for a period of time until one day in February I decided to just get the huge fucking things done and off my scenery painting table, so I went all out on them for the rest of the day, and then a little finishing the next morning, then done.

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker

The base coat is a darkish dirty grey, followed by several layers of drybrushing using (horrible to use) craft paints to lighten them up a little. Next was a round of varnish, followed by painting on some of that Vallejo Model Wash and then wiping it off. One more later of varnish, a little more drybrushing, more varnish, and then a heavy coat of Testors’ Dullcote in an attempt to dull them down.

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker

The doors were sprayed a darker grey, drybrushed a slightly lighter grey, and then a metallic with a subtle bit of rust, and then done. Grates in the middle of each done in a similar way. There are also a (large) number of artillery pieces that go with these (2 each, so 8 arty pieces), but I’ll paint those sometime down the line.

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker, Deep Cut Studios Beach Mat 6x4

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker, Deep Cut Studios Beach Mat 6x4

As you can see from the tabletop photos, I had a particular idea of how they can all be used – though they’re pretty versatile and could be used in pretty much any biome – from ice/snow to desert to temperate without a problem. I wanted to team them up with my Deep Cut Studios Beach Mat, which I’d planned to do a review of after buying it but haven’t gotten around to doing yet.

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker, Deep Cut Studios Beach Mat 6x4

DUST Axis Heavy Laser Bunker, Allies Heavy Phaser Bunker, Deep Cut Studios Beach Mat 6x4

So I just rooted around a little in some of my scenery tubs to get some suitable bits and pieces out to make up a beach invasion table, obviously inspired by Normandy/the Atlantic Wall. I couldn’t find my little trees, and there are of course a whole lot of other small bits and pieces like additional crates, hedgehogs and such that I either couldn’t find or are still WIP, but still, this quick and easy table looks pretty good, if a tad one-sided. It’d certainly be good for a scenario game with infiltrators, sentries and a bit of espionage!

Bolt Action! 28mm T-34/85 Tank Platoon

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

The T-34/85 platoon shows off their freehand slogans.

Well, I finished my first official Bolt Action models – a platoon of three Soviet T-34/85s. It took a little longer than I’d originally planned/hoped, since I wanted to get the markings more-or-less right, while still making the models look good. I found some information that the red star was used sparingly, (and that a white star was even used at times) and that individual unit markings were often left up to the company commanders, so after a fair bit of looking around, I decided that the red star added an attractive bit of spot colour to the models, as did the Guards Tank badge. I also added some freehand slogans, which was a lot of fun.

I chose to use freehand for the slogans because I wanted to have something a little more unique than the decals provided, and because I really enjoy doing things like that. I also freehanded the ID numbers on the obverse side of the turrets (but not the diamonds). I did those in freehand because I’ve seen many images where they were clearly painted on by the crew as well. I felt making them deliberately a little wonky also works well for what they are. I can paint more uniform than that – though not nearly as perfect as a stencil, obviously!

Now, LOTS of pics.

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

T-34/85 321 “Crush the Fascists!”

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

T-34/85 321 “Crush the Fascists!”

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

T-34/85 321 “Crush the Fascists!”

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

T-34/85 321 “Crush the Fascists!”

The commander is removable, he’s blu-taced into the hatch for a bit of variety, and for use in games where the “lead” tank might matter – to keep it obvious for the players.

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

T-34/85 322 “For Moscow!”

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

T-34/85 322 “For Moscow!”

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

T-34/85 322 “For Moscow!”

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

T-34/85 322 “For Moscow!”

One thing that really got me going with these tanks was their simple assembly. I often find myself getting distracted when working on models that have overly-complex assembly, as my favourite part of the hobby is really painting – and specifically completing painting – the detail work. Followed by gaming (which I don’t get to do nearly as often as I’d like). Modelling and assembly can be fun, but as much as I love multi-part HIPs figures and so forth, I’d be just as happy to have almost all figures come pre-assembled so I can just get to the painting. These really are very simple kits, so the assembly for all three was done in a day so I could get onto the fun of painting them.

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

T-34/85 322 “For the Motherland!”

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

T-34/85 322 “For the Motherland!”

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

T-34/85 322 “For the Motherland!”

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

T-34/85 322 “For the Motherland!”

These kits aren’t super-detailed, and won’t win any prizes in any modelling shows – nor will this paint work – but for the purposes of gaming they’re just fine. I also found I enjoyed painting these up with their military greens, rough damage and weathering more than I’ve ever enjoyed painting any 40k tanks.

And now – some action shots!

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

A glorious unit of Soviet tanks retakes the ground tainted by the fascists just a couple of years ago!

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

The sun shines on our glorious boys as they heroically push back the opressors! За Родину!

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

Commander of the unit, Starshina Yarik, beckons to his platoon to look beyond the dusty dragon’s teeth at their destination.

Warlord Games Bolt Action T-34/85

A ruined building provides no obstacle for the Heroic Liberators!

So yeah, I had a little bit of fun here. It also shows off some of the terrain I finished recently to provide some sense of their scale with the Bolt Action armour.

I guess now I need to get hold of a platoon worth of German Armour, so these guys have someone to fight. Panthers? PzIV? Both? Hmm…