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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

(Not Quite) Finished: 28mm WW2 Aussie Jungle Fighters #5



I might have forgotten to mention that I'd booked yesterday and today as annual leave. Of course, that has given me plenty of time for painting more Aussies.

I finished painting the 6th batch yesterday afternoon, and got most of the basing done last night. This morning I dry-brushed the bases and matt varnished them. If they are looking a bit dirtier than previous batches, that's because I'm on a new bottle of Strong Tone which seems a bit thinner than the last bottle. That could be because the old bottle was about 5 years old and some of the water may have evaporated over time. I'm starting to get used to the new batch.

Anyway, enough blather, on with the pics!


Senior Leader, Radio, Bren

TAG, Warlord, Eureka





Junior Leaders

Eureka, Artizan, TAG





Grunts

Warlord, TEG, Warlord





The Chindits for The Assault Group seem to fit in quite nicely with the Aussies.


I've started work on the next batch - all the base colours are done. I took photos of them before the first Strong Tone wash:



This batch includes the first of the Foundry and Wartime Miniatures figures. For this batch and the next two, I'm using pairs of greens which I haven't used so far. That actually seems to have made things a little quicker as I'm only switching between two greens rather than three.

This batch will actually give me all the support options I need for now - a second light mortar team and a medic. The Major Lumley figure will probably be used as the adjutant.

I also did some priming:


These are some loose rifles, Tommy guns, packs and pouches from The Assault Group. I'll mostly be adding these to the bases of support weapon teams

And that's not all - I spent an hour or so today making tufts:


I still need to make some more sheets up, but those will be of very long (10mm) grass. I'll probably do that at the weekend.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

(Not Quite) Finished 28mm: 28mm Aussie Jungle Fighters #4



And another batch are finished. If I hadn't added so many extra figures since I started I'd be almost finished. However, with all of the additional figures I've purchased (speaking of which, the figures I ordered from Wartime Miniatures arrived on Thursday - a week to ship in from Australia) I've got a few more batches to paint up.

But on with the pics of the batch I've just (not quite) finished.

3" Mortar Team








Junior Leaders





I was originally planning to have junior leaders (corporals) mounted on 25mm round bases and mark them somehow to make them easily identifiable, but realised that might be a bit tricky. Instead I have decided to mount them on 25mm square bases. Of course, being about halfway through it means that a lot of the SMG toting figures are already on 25mm round bases so some of my corporals will have rifles instead.


Grunts







This weekend I've done a bunch of priming - the Militia figures and all the Wartime Miniatures figures.

I've also made a good start on the next batch of figures:


Just a couple more basecoats to do before a thinned Strong Tone wash and they'll be ready for highlighting. I should get them to that point tonight.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Wednesday Workbench 13 June




I've made good progress with the next batch of Aussies over the past couple of evenings and I'm close to finishing the painting - just the webbing, helmets, mortar and metal left to highlight; glaze on the flesh and strong tone wash over the rest. Then a quick Klear coat, and do the basing.



The Militia figures have been prepped and glued onto bases, ready for priming. There's another figure with them - it was meant to be part of the batch I'm working on right now, but when I started doing the flesh I found a big lump of flash that I'd missed, so I got rid of that then stripped the primer and will now need to re-prime it.

You might recall that I bought a Stuart tank at Broadside on Sunday. The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted that it was an M5A1. Which the Aussies didn't use - theirs were all M3s. Of course, I realised my mistake while I was prepping it. Hmmm. Maybe it can go with some US Marines?



Monday, 11 June 2018

(Not Quite) Finished - 28mm WW2 Aussie Jungle Fighters #3



And another batch finished. I had added the basing texture before going down to Broadside yesterday then painted and dry-brushed the bases when I got home and hit them with matt varnish spray. But waited until today to post the pics.


2" Light Mortar Team






Forward Observer/Senior Leader






Grunts










I've started on the next batch - I should finish them before next weekend.

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