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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.

Friday, 11 July 2014

A Memory of Paint

I do apologise for the lack of posts this week. I had hoped to get some painting done during my extended weekend, but this didn't happen as I was feeling somewhat under the weather. Not ill, just a little bit off, enough to not feel like painting anything. I did pick up my brushes, but that was to clean them.

I have been feeling fully recovered since Wednesday morning, but I still haven't done any painting. There is a reason for that. Ian and maybe some others might have guessed where this post is going from the title.

Pic from Orbit website

You see, a good few years ago I bought a book. And then I bought all the following book in the series. In March I finally found out that the paperback version of the 14th and final book in the series was out and snapped it up. Yes, you did read that right - the fourteenth and final book. It turns out it had actually been published in paperback several months before, but I'd never seen it on the shelves of any bookshops I browse in until March. It has been a long and bumpy ride with one moment that set all the fans into a panic.

For those of you who don't know by now what I'm talking about, the books are the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. The panic moment was that he died in 2007 with the final book still to come. Fortunately before his death, Mr Jordan had sketched out (in quite some detail) "A Memory of Light". His widow found a great young author, Brandon Sanderson, to complete the series. However, it soon became clear that the final volume was too much for one book or even two books (most of the books are about 900 pages long). Thus "A Memory of Light" ended up as three books - The Gathering Storm, The Towers of Midnight and A Memory of Light. Luckily for the fans, Mr Sanderson has done a superb job of these books.

And now we return to the reason for me not having done any painting over the last few days (and probably not this weekend either!). Over the past few months I have been re-reading the series from the start. On Tuesday evening I finished reading the 13th book. I couldn't resist starting A Memory of Light and proceeded to read the Prologue.




I had a major nerdgasm just from reading the prologue and have been in nerdgasm territory ever since then. I'm currently about two thirds of the way through and finding it very hard to pull myself away from reading. I should finish it this weekend.

Ohmydog! I've just realised I probably won't finish it this weekend as on Sunday I'll be out for most of the day doing a big FoG game of Tannenberg.

Once the book is finished I will get back to painting.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Eureka 1920s Jazz Band

The moment you've all been waiting for is here. Pics of the finished Jazz Band.

First of all, some shots of the whole band:

And some shots of halves of the band:

These were great fun to paint - I can't wait for the next "special" for this project.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Paint Table Saturday #35

It turns out last week was indeed #34, so that makes this


Having gone all the way through spraying with matt varnish then touching up parts with gloss and satin varnish for the cops, G-Men and gangsters, I had a horrible thought a couple of nights ago. Part of my plan is to use these for participation games, so they'll probably get handled quite a lot. Will the spray varnish be enough to keep the paint jobs safe from handling? Discretion being the better part of valour, I decided to play it safe and give them a coat of Klear. Of course, this means that I'll have to go back and repeat the matt spray and brush-on gloss/satin for the 36 figures I've completed so far.

Well, what's on my paint table today? The Jazz Band are almost done now - just metal highlights left to do and the "stage" part of the base. They will get a coat of Klear as well.

Tomorrow I will start work on some collateral damage civilians for gaming. As there are twenty figures in that pack from Blue Moon, I've split them into two groups - male and female. A while back Fran and Ray were asking where their "molls" were, so I'll do the ladies first.

I'm also hoping to finish the corner store and warehouse this weekend (it's a long one for me - I've booked Monday and Tuesday off work!). I might also make up a stage for the band to perform on.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Finished: Named Gangsters

The weather was quite good this morning, so I got the various bits of spraying done. Once the matt spray varnish was dry I did my usual trick with brush-on satin and gloss varnish. That means it is time for finished pics of the Named Gangsters for my gaming collection.

I haven't done any work on the jazz band so far today, but there are still a couple of hours before I go to bed so I should get some bits done. I might just do the job I hate - painting the eyes!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sunday WIP: Eureka Jazz Band

I've finished painting the Named Gangsters, but the weather earlier wasn't conducive to spraying, so they haven't been varnished yet. I'll do that tomorrow and post pics of the finished articles.

As the title of this post suggests, I've begun work on the jazz band, having finally decided on the colour scheme for their uniforms. So here are a couple of WIP pics to keep you going.

I've got tomorrow booked off work, so they should see some good progress. I'll also be doing some more work on the corner store and warehouse.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Paint Table Saturday #34

I haven't done this for a couple of weeks. I think this is #34.

I still haven't quite finished the "Named Gangsters". There isn't much left though - just touch ups, a little bit of detailing and varnishing. I will get that done tomorrow.

Earlier this week I reported that the Eureka jazz band are primed. A couple of nights ago I did the flesh basecoat (German Camo Black Brown) on their hands and faces. A couple of the figures have open mouths, so I carefully did those with Panzer Aces Shadows Flesh.

I've been steadily working on the warehouse and corner store this week, mostly doing the interiors. This afternoon I have done the exterior brickwork using FW red earth ink (diluted 50% with 10% flow aid). I will need to touch up some of the window frames where the red ink caught the white.

Corner Store:


Tomorrow I'll only do a little bit more on these - spraying the roof wells with textured grey paint. I might do the pavement areas as well. I'll also be making a proper start on the jazz band. That is assuming that I've actually managed to decide on the colour scheme for the band's uniform!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Sarissa City Block Corner Store

No progress on the "Named Gangsters", but the jazz band have been primed:

In other news:
1. I've finished prepping all of the gangster figures. That just leaves the Blue Moon vehicles to prep.
2. The loading bay doors of the warehouse have almost fully dried now. I've glued the pieces correctly this time and I'll leave them clamped until the MDF is completely dry before gluing the support pieces (which allow you to have the doors open or closed).

I did get some work done on the Corner Store on Sunday as well as hitting the spray cans. That turned out to be a bit of a mistake. I discovered after spraying that they were enamel. They also turn out to be gloss. Oh well, lesson learned - don't buy those again. It did mean that I needed to go over the gloss with some matt white brush-on paint to provide a suitable base for colouring. I also used my old, el-cheapo external mix airbrush to spray white primer on the removable floor layout of the warehouse.

While I was waiting for the enamel to dry, I had one of those silly thoughts and decided to try it. The thought was to try using inks for colouring the MDF. I chose the base of the Corner Store to do some test patches and find out how the colour works on bare MDF. I also tried this on some painted MDF. I did patches of undiluted ink and with it diluted 1:1 with 10% flow aid.

I will be going over this with a matt spray!

I also tried some mixes to find a suitable colour for the brickwork.

Most of the inks provide good colouring, even when diluted. They also provide pretty good coverage by volume.

Last night I did the matt white painting on the window/door panels and inked the areas of the inner walls of the corner store which aren't covered by those panels.

The steps and railings aren't glued on yet.

I've used plastic putty to fill in the gaps on the angled joints.

You can just see some test patches for brickwork colours.

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