Flames of War M4 Sherman Tank Platoons (Battlefront Miniatures) (June-it ’18)

These ten M4 Sherman models are some of Battlefront’s early product – resin shermans with metal guns. I picked up these two platoons secondhand, and so they lack turret MGs (if these early models even had those). I picked these up as two sets of 5 tanks for £15.00 each back in 2012 – they were old and long OOP even then.

And that’s where this story ended. Or took a rather long intermission until very recently. While I was looking for something else, and had Marouda helping me look through the boxes and tubs of figures in storage, I spied the two sets of Shermans, and then decided to pull them from the shelf, and also grabbed out all the plastic Open Fire! Shermans as well (sadly, they’re the dodgy ones from the first edition of OF!) Thanks to Just Needs Varnish, and his endless stream of cool looking 15mm stuff, I decided it was time to get a few little tanks painted up.

They’re really nothing special. I got two versions of OD spray made up at the local paint store (I’ll need to get a Brown Violet match made as well, but I need to get the Vallejo paint first!). I used the darker as the base, then the lighter as a zenithal shade. I used the Battlefront decals (they’re fucking awful to use – they take forever to lift off the sheet, they’re thin and crinkle and tear easily) as I couldn’t get the PSC ones. I can out of Allied Stars and so found a larger-scale sheet of them from Warlord, and used the smallest ones. I’ll have to buy a bunch more of the Warlord ones, as they were great decals to use.

The ten Shermans have been painted in a rather generic style. I’ve gone for all-Allied Stars to save the ringed stars for later units. I figure I can use the turrets with top-stars on them as Platoon leaders as needed. Not that I’ve played Flames of War in many, many years now. Not since 1st edition, in fact. While I can recognise a lot of WWII armour in it’s basic forms, I don’t know them well enough to know where exactly to place all of the optional markings, or which of the many variants that these Shermans are.

Battlefront Shermans imitate the start of a typical round of World of Tanks.

What will I do with these? Well, I have a few different 15mm armies worth of figures and armour to build and play with one day. There’s obviously Flames of War out there, and plenty of other WW2 rulesets besides for that scale. At one stage I hoped to play Bolt Action with a bunch of 15mm models, using cm for inches, but it never happened. I have a DAK army that’s been in storage for well over a decade now that could probably be a project for both “Finishing Units” months as well as, obviously, Neglected Models. The problem for me is painting 15mm troops. Because as cool as they can look when complete, I find them painfully boring to paint.

I painted the turret ring area to visually represent destroyed/burned tanks.

I’ve been considering picking up that TANKS! game by GF9 as a bit of a light game. It would certainly give me an outlet to use some of these tanks with, not to mention potentially giving me some motivation to paint some additional 15mm armour. I suppose there’s also the Bolt Action side-game, Tank War.

Assembly April ’18: Community Round-Up

Ann’s Instant Chaos Army

April’s hobby challenge seems to been reasonably successful, with quite a few models combining into existence.

Ann from Ann’s Immaterium has put together a whole lot of stuff – I see Daemonettes, Chaos Hounds, Raptors (or maybe Warp Talons?), Possessed, as well as some Plague Marines and of course Big Daddy himself, a Great Unclean One.

Roberker, Juggerbot and friends.

Mark Morin completed Roberker and Juggerbot, who aren’t a musical duo like Simon & Garfunkel or Hall & Oates, but a pair of death-dealing combat droids. …who only moonlight in the music industry.

The Bureaucultist.

Interrogator Klien Inson

Countess Mandelholtz, of the Mandelholtz House of Imperial Finance.

Kitbasher and converter extraordinaire, Krautscientist from Khorne’s Eternal Hunt has created a trio of Inq28 models for his Ordo Scriptorum retinue. First up was “The Bureaucultist“, followed by Interrogator Klien Inson, and then Countess Mandelholtz.

Here it touches down on a lake of coffee and icing sugar.

Steinberg, of the associated Shed Space put together and also painted a rather cool and impressive looking Steam Wars MDF model of a US Navy Steam Wars Skyship.

Barik Farblast. Ready to blast. Or do some Tromboning.

Faust from Doubledowndice assembled and painted (painting stuff as well is completely fine!) a custom-kitbashed version of that Classic Bloodbowl Dwarf player, Barik Farblast. I initually thought it was a new Forge World model of that character since I’ve not kept up to date on all of the new Bloodbowl stuff, so, you know – great job there!

Wild at Heart: A David Lynch Film starring Gor Half-horn.

Wudugast of Convert or Die put together this pretty amazing rendition of Gor Half-Horn, the newly-released Forgeworld Necromunda Beastman Bounty Hunter. I think in many ways Wudugast’s model is superior to the official Forgeworld model and is a model I’m very likely to rip off draw inspiration from in the near future.

My own limited output was (sorta) shown in yesterday’s post, though I don’t have any group shots.

Did I miss your assembled models for this month? If so, please leave a note in the comments and I’ll add them in. Even if I’ve seen them on your blog, I can’t remember stuff like that by the time I do these round-ups!

And now, back onto getting those Neglected Models of May done!

Renegade Armiger Warglaive.

We now have a late addition from Krautscientist (posted after I went to bed last night but after I scheduled the auto-post for this round-up). A Renegade Armiger Warglaive for and of the World Eaters.

Arthrand Nightblade, Wood Elf Sergeant

The Imperfect Modeller created this fantasy diorama for April’s challenge. Arthrand Nightblade, Wood Elf Sergeant. Since there was no link to the April Challenge post, I missed it until today as I’ve been scrolling through posts from the past few weeks that I may have missed while having foot and knee issues and missing stuff. It’s a lovely and evocative piece that works really well with the Wood Elf, so it’s a shame it missed the initial posting – but better late than never!

 

 

 

Chronopia: Sons of Kronos Hunter, Barbarian and Blade Maiden.

Chronopia Sons of Kronos Hunter, Blade Maiden, Barbarian Heartbreaker Models, HM1058 Brabarian Fighters II, Harlequin Miniatures, Black Tree Design, Kev White

Here’s a triad of Chronopia models, all from the Sons of Kronos faction.

Chronopia Sons of Kronos Hunter Heartbreaker Models

Another of the models I’ve recently completed was this guy – who some googling tell me is a Hunter from the Sons of Kronos range of models from the sadly-departed Chronopia game of the 1990’s. There were some real corkers amongst that range, but sadly at the time I didn’t have the funds to buy all of the models that I’d have liked to. I did pick up a few figures which I occasionally insert into the paint queue (sorry Chronopia Collectors – they’re not for sale!)

Chronopia Sons of Kronos Hunter Heartbreaker Models

Chronopia Sons of Kronos Hunter Heartbreaker Models

I started on this guy alongside the three Citadel F3 Barbarians that I completed earlier this year, but in the final run, the Citadel guys got completed while the Chronopia guy got put to one side temporarily. Now he’s reunited with his fellows.

Chronopia Sons of Kronos Blade Maiden, Barbarian Heartbreaker Models, HM1058 Brabarian Fighters II, Harlequin Miniatures, Black Tree Design, Kev White

Quite a few years ago in 2011 – the early days of this blog, I painted this pairing of Chronopia Kronos models – A Blade Maiden and a Barbarian(?) The photos from back then are a bit rubbish, so I’ve retaken them now alongside the Hunter, as these two are now being put together with their Kronos-buddy. The different skin tones really stand out amongst the two sets of models, though with 7 years between them, it should be no surprise!

Edit: Kev White (the sculptor) and following that, commentator Dreadaxe tell me that the Barbarian sculpt on the right were done for Harlequin Games (AKA Black Tree Design), and not Heartbreaker. In fact the model is still available today in a blister called “HM1058 Brabarian(sic) Fighters II“, alongside some other models I’ve never seen before. I’m not sure what the story is there, I could have sworn that I got that particular model in a Chronopia pack, but who knows how I got a single model 20 years ago?

Chronopia Sons of Kronos Blade Maiden, Barbarian Heartbreaker Models, HM1058 Brabarian Fighters II, Harlequin Miniatures, Black Tree Design, Kev White

There’s a few other Chronopia figures to get painted and go in with them, along with odds and ends from a variety of other manufacturers like Avatars of War and Reaper, along with anything else that works, from the aforementioned GW models to Shieldwolf’s Shieldmaidens.

Chronopia Sons of Kronos Hunter, Heartbreaker Models, Citadel F3 Barbarians Oldhammer

As well as the other Chronopia models, I’ve also reunited the Hunter with the trio of F3 barbarians that I started painting him alongside.

Chronopia Sons of Kronos Hunter, Blade Maiden, Barbarian Heartbreaker Models, Citadel F3 Barbarians Oldhammer, HM1058 Brabarian Fighters II, Harlequin Miniatures, Black Tree Design, Kev White

Combined, they work well enough together for my own little group of miniatures in that kinda-Conan-fantasy-Viking-ish-Barbarian genre. The Vallejo-Frazetta models that spawned everything from Games Workshop’s Chaos Marauders to Adrian Smith’s HATE. While I’ve got any number of plastic Chaos Marauders to paint (and a couple of boxes of Marauder Horsemen now – thanks Krautscientist!) Plus the Conan Kickstarter’s contents and possibly that HATE Kickstarter coming one day, I feel like I’ll keep the overtly-Chaotic models at least somewhat separate from the more Cimmerian-looking models much of the time.

Review: Dungeon! The Board Game

5 Years on, I found this review while repairing some more posts that Photobucket killed. Since the game is still available (it’s had a cover art revamp) I thought it worth re-sharing our thoughts on it. Clicky for the full review.

Oh, and that place in Bentleigh closed down (name was later bought and reopened under new, better management). Karma’s a bitch, eh?

Azazel's Bitz Box.

Something a little different this time. A mini-review of the re-released Dungeon! board game, by Wizards of the Coast. I’d played the original (Jedko Australian Edition) many times as a young’un, back in the 70’s(?), 80’s and 90’s as my older brothers were into D&D briefly back in the day. I’d also picked up the 1989 (giant board!) edition from TSR when it came out, though I may be missing some pieces from that one now.

So when I saw this one for the low price of AU$24 from Games Empire,* I grabbed it within a few days. (2018 edit – it’s $28 now – still worthwhile!)

This edition carries the full Dungeons and Dragons branding on the box, something that neither of the other versions I played have, despite the historical links that both games have. The components and cards have some nice artwork on them…

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Hail, Theoden King!

Just found this rather old post, and presuming that very few of my current followers will have seen these before, I’m reblogging. Remember to click the title below or the “…more text” to see the rest of the post and pics.
…I should find my remaining one of this model and paint it up. Hopefully I can still do as well as this older effort.

Azazel's Bitz Box.

Citadel Miniatures Lord of the Rings Theoden

This figure was painted late last year, for another charity auction at work. Much the same as the original Savage Orc from the first few posts, in fact. This time, instead of forgetting to take a few nice photos of the finished product, I forgot to take WIP pictures until almost the end of the process, so there was little point in showing them here.

Citadel Miniatures Lord of the Rings Theoden

For this charity figure, I chose Theoden on foot from the Citadel Lord of the Rings range. I chose Theoden for a couple of reasons – those being that he’s a very nice model, has a nice pose, is a somewhat recognisable character, and because I’d ended up with a spare of the figure (which always helps!) This figure is of course, a metal version, and from before they bundled it together with a non-matching sculpt.

Citadel Miniatures Lord of the Rings Theoden

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

The Imperfect Modeller’s post featring his US Willy Jeep got me thinking about my own limited assembly of WW2 plastic kits. I then found that this post was still Photophucked, so I repaired it, noticed it was nearing 4 years old, and decided to shine the spotlight on it again, however briefly.

Since this is a reblog, there are a LOT more photos if you click the link below for the full post.

Azazel's Bitz Box.

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.

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Assembly April: Monthly Hobby Challenge

Diorama created by Michal Tafil. More of his work can be found at afv-diorama.blogspot.com

Something a bit different this next month for anyone who cares about these things. Not actually a painting challenge this time – the “theme” of April’s hobby challenge is to build or assemble something. For quite a few of you, this is like second nature, for others (aka me) it’s something I rarely get around to doing much of, since I seem to always be trying to finish off the painting of older models, painting one-piece casts, or working on models that have very little assembly/creativity to them, like building a few Space Marines.

Photo from www.scalemodelguide.com. I would have linked to their article, but my browser says "site not secure", so...

Here are some examples:

  • Build a large kit that’s been sitting around, taking up space for ages. That Dreamforge Leviathan, that Baneblade, that Big Bertha, that Promethium Refinery. (Yep, scenery/terrain is fine!)
  • Kitbash or convert a larger model for an army centrepiece or your mantelpiece.
  • Copy I mean be inspired by another hobbyist’s work and create your own version of something you’ve seen online.
  • Kitbash a cool trooper, or hero, or commander.
  • Finally crack open that Start Collecting!/game-with-models/boxed set/ancient blister pack/zip-lock baggie from eBay that has been sitting around forever and assemble (at least some of) the stuff inside.
  • Create a diorama. (Obviously doesn’t need to have all the painting completed or be fully assembled!)

Too many boxed kits. Possibly.

For those of you for which assembling or kitbashing stuff is second nature and also have some time off for Easter that’s not already pre-filled with commitments, you might want to consider a stretch from what you usually do. Or not. Just a thought. 😉

As always, the open and flexible nature of this thing is designed to fit in with a lot of people might be doing or thinking about anyway – and just give that extra boost of motivation.

Me?

I hope to build at least one “inspired by” figure as a hero for one of my armies and also assemble something of decent/centrepiece size that’s either made of resin or plastic that’s been sitting around here for long enough to become annoying. Ideally one each of both resin and plastic, but you know how it goes. But yeah, I’ll personally be happy if I get 2-3 builds done. It’s not supposed to be a chore, after all!

Upcoming Challenges: 

May will be completing Neglected Models again.

June will be finishing Squads/Units again.

July will be paint a centrepiece/cool big thing. Maybe the thing that you assemble in April? 😉