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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.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Of Spaceships and Challenges

I've had a grotty old cold all week so there wasn't much to post until now. Whilst I might not have done any painting until this weekend, I wasn't doing nothing. The nelliephants have been stripped and reassembled - I'll be painting them with the howdahs off this time, then gluing those in place later (before the Klear/ink and matt spray).

As well as stripping the nellies, I also stripped the FSE intro fleet which I'd painted about this time last year (but hated the paint scheme). After a bit of fannying about, I repainted them over the weekend.

How they were:





Hmmm, I guess I never took pics of them in the finished state.I had picked out weapons and some panels & pods in white, red and yellow.

And how they are now:




Some close ups:

Frigates


Destroyers


Light Cruisers


Heavy Cruiser



Battle Cruiser



These were quite quick to paint up:
Sprayed with grey primer
Basecoat of slightly thinned dark-grey
Wet-brush of ultra-marine/dark grey-blue
Heavy dry-brush of dark blue-grey/dark grey-blue
Light dry-brush of dark blue-grey/light grey-blue
Panels picked out with flat red
Weapons and engine grilles picked out with natural steel
Weapon ends picked out with fluo orange
Exhaust: deep sky blue, sky blue/white, white, washed with fluo blue
Spray with satin varnish

These ended up somewhat darker than I originally envisaged, but I'm pleased with the result. I was also reminded of the problem with my photography set up. For some reason the matt black boards and my lighting combine to white-out the ships in my photos, so I ended up going with the glossy white boards.


As well as this, I've done a bit more prep - the NAC intro fleet I won in Seb's prize draw and some grav tanks and grav APCs from Critical Mass Games. The tanks have been washed and assembled (apart from the gun barrels - I'm still trying to work out whether to fix the barrels or go for magnetisation so that I can swap them out). The APCs are currently soaking in soapy water to remove any release agents from the resin.


Planning for the Challenge

I'm still trying to work out a running order for what I'm going to paint this year. Curt's introduction of fortnightly specials has thrown a bit of a spanner into my intentions from before the call went out. I can't see myself entering for all of the specials, but I should be able to do something for the non-combatant, vehicles and casualties.

I'll also need to find something for my entry fee. I had thought of doing a certain iconic vehicle from a certain iconic film developed from a certain song but haven't had any joy finding a model in less than 1:12 scale! This means I'll just have to find a 28mm figure that would fit the requirements (inspired by a Peckinpah movie).

So, I guess you all want to know what I'll be painting for this year's Challenge.

Camp scene for use with my Swiss army (and as my entry for the non-combatant special)
"Arrrrrrr! There do be pirates on the horizon Cap'n!" Yup, my 15mm buccaneer army will be hitting the painting table. Lots and lots of bloodthirsty, cutlass-wielding, grog-drinking ne'er-do-wells.
6mm ACW - it's been just over 2 years since I bought the base armies so it's about time I painted them.
15mm Korean arquebusiers - so I can use my Koreans for FoG:R as well as FoG:AM
15mm SciFi, as Curt is allowing non-historical minis this year. I haven't decided which ones to do yet (so many to choose from!). I will probably try to tie this in with the Vehicles special and do a reinforced platoon sized force.
28mm Coureurs de Bois - the FIW figures for the Bloggers For Charity game (if I haven't painted them before the Challenge).
15mm 30YW - I've got 6 limber teams, 32 casualties (24 men, 8 horses) and 10 battalion guns to complete my army. Guess which special I'll try to tie these in with!
28mm Vikings - 4 berserkers,  a warlord and 2 wolves

If I manage to get through all those, I do have some more things waiting in the wings, but I haven't prepped any of these.


19 comments:

  1. Greaat stuff T. Like the blue engine/glass spot colours.

    I still have that NSL fleet you bought for me sitting there, maybe they'll get the treatment during the painting challenge!

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  2. Very nice Tamsin. A definite improvement over the old paint job and something I've been doing too of late (as if we don't have enough unpainted lead to begin with!)

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  3. Very nice, i think the ships are much improved, I like that color scheme.

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  4. Big big Improvement, nice work Tamsin.

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  5. Very nice ships! I'm looking forward to the contest, esp with most of the bloggers I follow throwing their hats, er brushes into the ring. Should be a grand contest this year!

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  6. I just finished painting my FSE and NSL fleets as well! I really do need to get around to actually playing FT, probably with the Cross Dimensions version.

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  7. nice re work of those space ships and have to agree the look nicer now :) Good luck in the challenge Tamsin I look forward to seeing your work

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  8. That looks a nice pile to work through

    Ian

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  9. I do like the FSE fleet. And you seem to have been a lot more organised than me with regard to the challenge. I wish you luck.

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  10. Love the FSE fleet - I did mine in your original colour some years ago, with similar thoughts on the outcome!

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  11. Very cool. I find it so hard to repaint stuff, so good on you for getting motivated. Looking forward to seeing your output for the challenge.

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  12. Looking forward to seeing your entries in the Challenge. Maybe we can collectively beat the sandbagger back into last place this year?

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  13. Sorry to hear you've been suffering Tamsin, but the space ships look rather splendid.

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  14. The space ships look cool, I like the darker look. I look forward to your output for the challenge this year.

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  15. Cheers guys - glad you all like the ships!

    @ Vladdd - I should get round to doing my NSL shortly. It will be good to compare our two fleets. And then I need to do my Japanese....

    @ Michael Mills - I really disliked the originals so I just cracked on and stripped & repainted them while I had a chance and the impetus to do so

    @ Ferret and Chris - cheers! It's definitely an improvement. I was originally planning a lighter look, but this works well.

    @ David Bromley - the Challenge this year is shaping up to be pretty good fun. I don't know how Curt is going to manage to keep up with 60 of us this year though.

    @ Brian - just popped over to take a look and left a comment. Nicely done with those fleets!

    @ Andrew - and good luck to you too for the Challenge!

    @ Ian - yup, quite a pile to work through

    @ Clint - any semblance of organisation on my part is purely coincidental!

    @ Paul - the blue was (I thought) a thin coat over a black-dry-brushed-with-grey base (as pre-shading) but it dried to a solid colour over the top. I thought it looked awful and I guess you had similar thoughts.

    @ Dan - if something looks wrong, there'd no choice but to go back and re-do it.

    @ Lee - well, my own target is twice what the budgie-smuggling badger has said he's aiming for. As for collectively beating him into last place, you and a few of the others will just have to pull your fingers out and aim higher!

    @ Michael Awdrey - thanks, almost over it now!

    @ Sean - and I to yours! :)

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  16. "you and a few of the others will just have to pull your fingers out and aim higher!"

    It has been 'suggested' I raise my target.

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  17. Lovely work girl and good luck this year and I'm not pulling anything out!

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  18. Spaceships everywhere... :-)

    It reminds me of a Battlestare Galactica I can use as shuttle for my 28mm Sci-Fi troopers...

    Marzio.

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  19. That looks like a fair amount of stuff set up the challenge, look forward to seeing it.

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