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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 and haven't looked back since. I must admit that I seem to be more of a painter/collector than a gamer, but do hope to correct that at some point in the near future. My gaming interests span the ages, from the "Biblical" era all the way through to the far future. I enjoy games of all sizes, from a handful of figures up to major battles (see my megalomaniacally sized Choson Korean and Russian Sever Years War armies).

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Wednesday Workbench 11 December

As I'm mostly in the midst of doing figure prep, there is no overall "on the workbench" photo today.

Since Friday's post I have done a little bit of work apart from prepping figures. I used up the last of my basing gunk mix (I've since made up a new batch) to coat a bunch of bases:

After painting them, I took the 75mm ones and added some cushion stuffing using hot glue, then airbrushed them with various greys and finally white before touching up the base edges where there had been overspray:

Et, voila! A good load of smoke markers for Chain of Command. My plan is to use the 50mm bases to make barrage markers.

In the first photo you will have noticed the cavalry alongside the bases. Here's a better shot:

All the barbarian cavalry have been assembled. Most of them came as separate torsos and legs and I'd spotted during dry-fitting that there would be gaps so I decided to use a small amount of greenstuff to attach the two parts - the excess squeezing out would fill the gaps. Since taking that photo, I have fixed the broken standard using a length of steel paperclip and greenstuff. I will need to buy some nails to mount them on for painting (I thought I had some, but couldn't find them). I was a little concerned about how strong the bond would be, but I needn't have worried - it's strong.

There was a bit of greenstuff left over, so I made some sandbags.

Dredd Miniatures

No photos today! I have finally decided that I will be mounting them on acrylic bases once they're painted so have been removing their integral bases and drilling holes for pinning them. I've also cleaned up the metal figures. I'm a little disappointed with the special edition "Dredd vs Death" miniature - there are quite big gaps which will need to be filled. I've also removed the integral base of this one so that I can mount it on another one.

Now I just need to decide what thickness of acrylic bases to go with.


Some goodies arrived this afternoon:

You might be able to see what the figures are, but I'm not going to provide close-ups or identify them just yet - a couple of them will be for a very early entry in the Challenge.

As for the wet palette, I had decided to give one another go and was looking at the ones from Redgrass games when I saw the Army Painter one being advertised - it was slightly cheaper, so I went ahead and ordered one. I have used a wet palette in the past, but wasn't happy with it - it was one designed for use with thicker artist acrylics. These new ones have been designed for use with model painting acrylics - we'll see how it goes. My main concern is about the size - I'm not sure how many colours (and mixes) I'll be able to fit on there at the same time - hopefully enough for painting the Dredd and Stronty figures.


  1. Handy smoke counters Tamsin, hope all your prep goes to plan for the painting challenge

  2. Hope the wet palette works well for you Tamsin - I've been using a homemade one for a while and I'm fairly happy with it.

  3. Id be really interested to read your review of the wet palette. I use a home made one which is OK. I wonder if a proper one would be better.

  4. @ Dave Stone - cheers! It's the painting, not the prep that might not go to plan! :)

    @ Bill - I've used one before and it was helpful, but my painting technique has developed since and it will be interesting to see if this helps improve things like blending when I paint "character" figures :)

    @ Codsticker - it might be a little while before I review it; I won't be able to compare it to a home-made one as I've never gone down that route :)