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.

Neglected Model May ’18 Painting Challenge – Community Round-Up

Wudogast’s Unforgotten.

Wudugast from Convert or Die set himself a task this month, to complete an impressive selection of models which he dubbed “The Unforgotten“. Throughout the month’s regular updates, he managed to get every single one of his models completed, as well as a bonus cultist! Kudos, mate!

 

Dave Kay’s Neglected Nazgul, Ratskin, Bounty Hunter and Wizard.

Next, we have Scent of a Gamer‘s Dave Kay, who selected a selection(!) of his models that weren’t started, but had been neglected for years and turned them into a nice little collection of completed work. Dave’s even continuing to work on the neglected models in his collection after the theme month, which is always cool.

 

Bonecruncha’s Death Guard Helbrute… Done!

Bonecruncha, one of the co-bloggers at Slow and Purposeful completed this Death Guard Hellbrute, which from the look of it could also be called Bonecruncha.

 

Tyger, Tyger, burning bright…

The Japanese Type 92 rolls on down the road.

Justneedsvarnish from, err.. Just Needs Varnish showed that he’s also a William Blake fan and a cat lover like myself this month with a completed Tiger first up, followed by a Japanese Type 92 Combat Car (I wonder how well that would go down in Gaslands?)

 

Ann’s Neglected Tankbusta with Power Klaw.

Ann from Ann’s Immaterium has completed an Orkish Tankbusta, with a rather nasty “can opener” attachment.

 

The Castle

The Shipwreck.

The Oil Platform.

Gabbi from The Childhood Pasttimes of Gabbi (new blog title!) completed three pieces of terrain for Dystopian Wars. What’s even more impressive than how good they look to my eye is that two of them were originally from Games Workshop’s Dreadfleet game, meaning they’d usually be covered in skulls covered in skulls covered in skulls. I didn’t have a clue until I read that he’d modified them.

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s “The Search for Jack” vignette.

The Imperfect Modeller has created an atmospheric and evocative diorama involving Jack the Ripper, one of his fresher victims, and a rather (un)lucky Bobby on night patrol.

 

So, so many neglected Inquisitorial servants. Eternally hunting.

Krautscientist of the Eternal Hunt completed another of his Inq28 Inquititorial retinues, tying in neglected models with those completed last month. Each model an individual and a character, and there are so, so many of them!

Steam Wars – Biplane With Rockets

Steinbergs’ Shed Space completed this Steam Wars biplane, which I forgot to add in initially because I forgot and we didn’t have a link. Fixed now, though!

Then there’s my own stuff, briefly highlighted in my last post, and in detail across the last month of this blog.

 

Once again, I have to offer a hefty congratulations to all of the people who managed to get something done. While the kernel for these challenges are really for myself – to help motivate me, it’s a pretty powerful thing to see how so many of us can help to motivate one another each month. And yeah, I know monthly challenges can get tedious for some people – but like I said, I’m keeping them going to keep my own painting mojo going – as well as for anyone/everyone else that feels like/is able to join(ing) in on a given month.

and…

Did you paint a neglected model during May? Did I forget to include you? Did we discuss neglected models in the comments of one of the posts or someone else’s blog comments and now you’re not included here? Just let me know in the comments below.

Not to be a nagging bastard, but that’s why I ask you to link back to me. I don’t need the money or the fame of a trackback, but it makes it a million times easier for me to round up the community posts and make all of the links. 😉

 

Neglected Model May: Monthly Hobby Challenge – Personal Round-Up and May 2018 Painting Round-Up

May’s graduating class of neglected models, finally complete!

One post for my personal round-up this month instead of two – mostly because almost all of my painted figures in April were Neglected Models – which really does say something about the state of my collection and how much half-painted crap I still have here! Above we have the neglected models for the month. It does really feel quite good to have gotten those bloody undead off the desk, finally. And the same goes for those carnivorous plants. The Ork stuff represented something much more important and personal, even though I haven’t managed to post up the “completed” initial force yet (I took some photos, but they were garbage, so gotta try again!)

The WarZone Stuff.

The WarZone stuff was pretty much just plucking stuff out of a figure case that looked like easy wins. I’ll probably do the same with WarZone or something similar next time it’s Neglected Model Month. Which will be in…. um… August. I think. I’ll have to check.

And with the addition of the few models that didn’t need to be neglected to get finished this month.

Here’s the radically different month’s total photo. You can really see why I’m doing both in one post, can’t you? It adds in one large angry Nurgle Malifaux dude, 2 Conan figures, and four bombs. 38 models for May, all told. Those Snotlings really did their job in bumping my numbers for the month!

38, plus the 194 I had done at the end of April gives me 232 to date this year. Of course, it’s now the 8th (almost the 9th) and I’ve only completed those three barrels so far… need to get a move on to get my minimum of 30 for June done!

Edit – how bloody embarrassing – I had last month’s April stuff in the header for this post. That’s what happens when you’re writing updates late at night!

Small Scenics: Wizkids Keg Barrels and Uruk-Hai Siege Bombs

Uruk-Hai Siege Bombs, Wizkids Keg Barrels

Today we have a transitional post between May and June’s finished models, dealing with two small sets of scatter terrain, neither of which really warrant their own post. Let’s face it, they barely justify the one between them except that I’m making a point to post up everything I finish this year.

Uruk-Hai Siege Bombs

The first bits are a few more of the Bombs from Citadel’s Lord of the Rings Uruk-Hai Siege Troops set. I painted four of these a year ago (very close to the day). Not sure where they are now. I’m sure they’re somewhere very safe. And now I have four more. Exciting!

The second models are a trio of barrel kegs from Wizkids that I picked up very recently when ordering some other stuff and needed a bit more product in order to qualify for free shipping. So I got these.

Wizkids Keg Barrels

I mixed some browns for a dark-but rich, stained look to the wood. They should have use inside of any fantasy dungeon or tavern and in many a historical setting. Best used indoors, but I’m sure they’ll be fine if placed outdoors as well. In the end, they’re okay, I guess. They weren’t very good at all to paint, however.

The problem is here. They’re nicely-rendered 3d models – that have been turned into miniatures. They look nice and detailed in their rendered form on a computer screen. Unfortunately, all of those fine, subtle details just don’t come out when the things are produced at 28mm scale. The woodgrain on the sides disappears completely, and the space between the planks almost disappears as well. I have to say that as much as people like to shit on GW (often for any reason they can think of), one thing that can’t be faulted is their awareness of the scale these things are produced in, and the need for the detail to work in and for that scale rather than looking good on a 3D artist’s computer screen , blown up to 1000x the actual model size.

Anyway, they’re low-importance bits of scatter terrain. My four final completed models for May, and the first three for June.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur Hero with LMG: TG9823PB (Neglected Model May ’18)

Warzone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur Hero with LMG Conversion

This one is the last of the WarZone models I’ll be doing for the time being. Challenges like Neglected Model months are good motivation for me to poke around in the depths of old cases to see what can be dug out and revived with a lesser or greater amount of work. As this month winds down, I’ve gotten to the last of the WarZone models I picked out of the case, and I’ll save my next delve there for the next Neglected Model month. Plenty of other stuff on the table I want to clear out that’s been there for ages, anyway! As you can see, he’s a member of the nWo Wolfpac, and is specifically named Nash, after Big Kev.

Warzone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur Hero with LMG Conversion

This figure is a conversion of the original WarZone 1e Cybertronic Hero model (yeah, they only had one!) Originally armed with a shotgun, he’s had a bullpup LMG grafted and built around where the shotgun used to be, and his left arm was taken from a Chasseur Sergeant model, in order to completely change the “shape” of the model. Head is chopped off a metal 40k Techmarine, and the backpack is made up of some 1:35 scale military parts. Wires are just copper wire taken from that little handful of a bundle that I “found” in high school metalwork all those years ago… which I still have today whenever I need bendy wire that’s not guitar wire (I’d use guitar wire on him these days, but …1990’s conversion!

Here’s the original base model.

Again, this model is still available from Prince August. Well, the base model is, anyway. You can see how much chopping has been involved – this is how we used to do conversions in the old days before plastic kits became the norm. With metal and a saw. And yes, he’s very “flat” like a real mid-1990’s figure, though that’s largely due to the pose of the base figure and limited parts to draw from that fit Cybertronic in the rather chunky WarZone style if I didn’t want him to look like a Space Marine.

Warzone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur Hero with LMG Conversion, Atilla III Cuirassier, Cybertronic Chasseur

Here’s Big Sexy Nash alongside his nWo Cybertronic (Iron Warriors cult) buddies, Sting the Atilla and Masahiro Chono the Chasseur.

Warzone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur Hero with LMG Conversion, Atilla III Cuirassier, Cybertronic Chasseur, Agent Nick Michaels, Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist, Capitol Sea Lion Hero, Dark Legion Technomancer

The Neglected May ’18 WarZone contingent.

And finally alongside the other Neglected WarZone models I’ve finished over this (last) month: 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer, Agent Nick Michaels, Cybertronic Chasseur Hero with LMG Conversion, 1.5 Cybertronic Chasseur, Atilla III Cuirassier with HMG Conversion, Capitol Sea Lion Hero and Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist. Not exactly a cohesive force or anything, but bloody nice to have all of these figures finally completed.

Conan Kickstarter’s Demon of the Earth

Conan Kickstarter Demon of the Earth

Today we have another model from the Conan Kickstarter. This time it’s the Demon of the Earth!

A ferocious being from another plane. The earth demon can be summoned by both hero and overlord sorcerers to give them a huge punch in combat!

I took painting cues from both the box art as well as the painted minis by Martin Grandbarbe. Not trying to copy him directly, (the model isn’t good enough in my opinion to try that hard, though Martin’s work is absolutely lovely) but take some influence, as the plain greenshades taken from the art leaves the model more than a little plain.

Conan Kickstarter Demon of the Earth

Also a cue taken from Martin’s page is a hint as to what the hell this model is supposed to be – perhaps a demon vassal of Thugra Kotan, who is a Stygian sorcerer character from the story “Black Colossus“.

Conan Kickstarter Demon of the Earth

I initially tried to ape the box art, but the dapples in the green skin looked bad, and then when I tried to unify them with the rest of the flesh with a glaze and wash, they still looked sub-par. So then, influenced by Martin’s models, I added in some flesh variations – a ruddy flesh, and then added some ochre highlights and purple shading to give it some interest – because as all shades of green he was severely lacking.

Conan Kickstarter Demon of the Earth, Baal-Pteor

Baal-Pteor, Demon of the Earth and a Mentor Legion Space Marine for scale.

I’m still not especially keen on this figure, but what can I say? He’s done – and still looks decent for a boardgame model. Certainly good enough for me, once again. On to more and better models now!

WarZone 1st Edition Agent Nick Michaels (AKA Triple H dressed as Rowdy Roddy Piper) (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Agent Nick Michaels

Today’s post isn’t a newly painted, but it’s one that I’ve given a new base to as well as a little bit of touch-up, so it counts as a “Neglected Model” in that it’s now up to 2018 standard. It’s a model I actually thought I’d posted up here before, but it turns out that I can’t find any reference to it. The figure itself is a mercenary-type hero for WarZone 1e – in other words any Corporation could pay the points and have him in their force, excepting the Dark Legion, though they’re not actually a Corporation. Still, his stats aren’t important.

WarZone 1st Edition Agent Nick Michaels

Nevermind the sporran – Check that belt buckle!

What’s important is that I saw a cool model while I was busy painting my Cybertronic dudes as nWo wrestler, so what else could I do with a muscular dude in a kilt, a leather jacket and no shirt?

Roddy Piper with classic t-shirt and kilt design.

Roddy with Hot Rod design on black t-shirt.

Yeah, Roddy Piper, amirite? I painted him with the sandy-brown hair that he had earlier in his career, during the Rock’n’Wrestling/Wrestlemania 1-3 era. One thing I noticed when I painted him though, was a facial likeness to another, more recent wrestler of the mid-1990’s.

Trips, before it was time to play the game…

So that was an interesting find once I had him painted. A few other people have pointed it out over the years unprompted, so it’s not just me, apparently.

WarZone 1st Edition Agent Nick Michaels

Anyway, whether it was Piper or Triple H cosplaying, there’s still the jacket. I don’t think Roddy ever had a jacket with the logo emblazoned on the back of it, but since he had no t-shirt, what could I do? These days, Ronda Rousey is wearing Roddy’s actual jacket around the WWE as he gave it to her, along with his blessing to use the “Rowdy” moniker before his passing.

Roddy Piper’s Hot Rod! logo.

WarZone 1st Edition Agent Nick Michaels

So there it is. The leather looks pretty rough in spots here, but bear in mind the size it’s blown up to here. It’s worth noting that the freehand is all untouched, mid-late 1990’s work. I thought this would be a fun model to finish and post up since I’ve been doing a lot of the WarZone stuff lately. And yes, I know neither Roddy nor Trips ever joined the nWo in any of it’s incanations, but it’s a wargames model with wrestling crap painted onto it, not an accurate historical document of wrestling’s past. 😉