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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.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

AHPC9 Day 27 - Wednesday Workbench 16 January

I've decided to continue with 15mm for the next few entries. As you can see, rather a lot of Mongol cavalry is on the workbench at the moment.

I finished painting this lot yesterday evening and airbrushed them with matte varnish this morning, before making a start on these:

I should finish the horses tomorrow morning. I'll then split them into two batches for painting the riders. If all goes well, they'll all be finished (including matte varnish) sometime on Friday. Which just leaves the basing to do at the weekend. I'll then have plenty of time to get something else painted for submission on Tuesday, maybe some Ming Chinese rocket troops.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

AHPC9 Day 26 - 6th & 7th Submissions

I managed to submit two entries this week. The second entry was finished yesterday morning, so I would have had time to paint something else up for submission today. However, I decided instead to start work on a project which will probably take me a week to paint - the extra couple of days will be helpful in case things go belly-up.

The first entry was some Seven Years War Russians:

The post can be found at *this link*

My second entry was some Ming Chinese arquebusiers:

The post can be found at *this link*

These two entries have boosted my tally to 917 points and 4th place on the table.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

AHPC9 Day 23 - Saturday Workbench 12 January

Before adding gunk

I managed to finish painting and varnishing the 15mm SYW Russians very late last night.  I was out this morning, but when I'd got home and had a coffee, I cracked on with adding basing gunk to them.  Well, that was quite a job - it took me about 90 minutes all told.

Gunk added

The gunk will take several hours to cure and dry, so the dry-brushing and flocking will have to be done tomorrow.

Later on today I'll probably start work on painting some more figures. I haven't decided which project to tackle next.

As far as the Challenge goes, I'm currently sitting very near the top of the points table.  I'm also very much on track for achieving my 3000 point target.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

AHPC9 Day 20 - Wednesday Workbench 09 January

As you can see, I've been a busy bee since completing the early WW2 Aussies.  Also that I have switched to a 15mm project - additions to my SYW Russians.

Cossacks, artillery limbers and a howitzer as you can never have enough of those.  I finished painting these last night - they just need basing, which I'll be doing when the rest are finished.

Two infantry regiments which are close to being finished - just the whites, touch-ups/highlights, gold/brass and flags to do.

Two more infantry regiments plus some artillery crew and fusiliers.

If all goes to plan, I should have them all painted and based by the end of play on Saturday, leaving me free to paint something extra for Tuesday's submission.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

AHPC9 Day 19 - My Fifth Entry

...in the main part of the Challenge; it would be too confusing to include the bonus round entries in the tally.

Here's a teaser pic:

You can view the whole entry by following *this link*.

I've also submitted my entry for the second bonus round and have made a start on next week's entries. You'll get s glimpse of those tomorrow when I do my regular Wednesday Workbench post.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

AHPC9 Day 17 - Recon Bonus Theme Posted

Despite suffering a power outage at home, Curt resolutely decamped to a coffee shop with free WiFi to post all the bonus theme round entries.  All fifty-two of them (fifty-three if you include his own).

There are some great entries in there, so do pop on over to here take a look.  And vote for your favourites (you can vote for more than one entry).  You may find it best to use the links in the right-hand sidebar to view the posts as Blogger sometimes skips past posts.

I had my entry for this theme round painted, based and the draft post submitted before Christmas, which put me ahead of the game for once.  There was a good reason for that - I was able to paint the figures for this round at the same time as the figures for my second entry in the main part of the Challenge.  That's because it was some more Soviet women from Bad Squiddo Games, this time a section of scouts in amoeba pattern camo overalls:

My post can be found at this link.

Enjoy all the eye candy!

Saturday, 5 January 2019

AHPC9 Day 16 - Saturday Workbench 05 January

I've decided that during the Challenge I will be doing my weekend "workbench" posts on Saturdays rather than Sundays.  There are two good reasons for this:

1. The bonus theme rounds get posted every other Sunday, and I'll want to do a post when they are up for viewing.

2. I should have a bunch of stuff which is at various stages of being finished to show you.

Anyway, what's on the table (as seen in the pic above).

Two batches of almost finished 8th Army/1942 Aussies:

These are all Perry metals.  They have had their Klear coat and just need to have the basing done and a matte varnish.  As these will be for the militia, I've done them with green helmets.

One batch of just about finished 8th Army/1942 Aussies:

These are Artizan metals.  They just need the final wash and Klear coat to get them to the same state as the Perry figures.

One batch of just started 8th Army/1942 Aussies:

Artizan again.  I should be able to get the basecoats, initial flesh wash and maybe some highlights done this evening.  They'll be finished quite quickly tomorrow.

The Artizan figures have khaki helmets as they will be for the AIF troops.

If all goes to plan, I should be able to get all of the basing done on Monday.  As there are two steps which need curing/drying time, I should be able to get some other figures painted up for submission on Tuesday.

Although I have reduced the painting process for these a bit, what I have found is that it is probably taking just as long to paint them.  I think that is because without the initial wash on non-flesh areas it is more difficult to determine where highlights need to be applied, so I end up applying more highlights than I probably need to.  That was particularly true of the Perry figures which have so many creases, folds and wrinkles in the uniforms.

Once this lot are out of the way, I will probably switch to another project for the following week.  I haven't decided which one yet, but it is likely to be 15mm.