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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).

Friday, 16 April 2021

Finished: US Para Supports

 


I could (and probably should) have posted these yesterday, but I got a bit caught up doing other things. However, here they are now for you to admire or denigrate as you choose.


Tripod MG Team




The MG gunner and assistant are from Crusader, the rest of the group are Artizan. I'll be using them as either a .30 cal MMG or .50 cal HMG.


Assorted Supports and Jump Off Point


Jump Off Point



Medic and Engineer



Forward Observer and Sniper



These ones are all Artizan.

It occurred to me when I was taking these photos that I never took proper photos of the test figures I painted a couple of weeks ago, so I took the opportunity to do just that.


BARs




Bazooka Teams




The BARs and Bazookas are all Artizan.


I should have the next batch finished and ready for posting tomorrow.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Wednesday Workbench 14 April & Podcast

 


I've taken things slow and steady on this batch of US Paras. I finished painting them this afternoon; they'll be varnished tomorrow.



Next up will be a rifle squad from the 2nd platoon.


Podcast

I have kept forgetting to post a link to the most recent episode of "Seven Idiots Rambling", so it's about time I did. We recorded the next edition on Monday, which should be published on Friday.





The plan, now that lockdown is easing in the UK, is to switch to two-weekly recording with occasional specials recorded and released in-between. I suspect that the first "special" will be a discussion of the changes to ADLG in the 4th edition, once we have all received our copies.

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Finished: US Para Rifle Squad 2

So, that's another  twelve figures finished in quick time.


Squad Sergeant:






LMG Team:




There seems to be a casting issue with the LMG assistant. On this one, the left foot seems to have been damaged; on the one from the other pack the left side of the face was miscast. I didn't notice the foot on this one until I came to paint the boots.

Rifle Team:






With the HQ Team, 60mm Mortar Squad and two Rifle squads painted that makes the whole of the first platoon, so here is a photo of them all together:



Before I move on to the second platoon, I've decided to paint up some support elements:



The front row are a tripod MG team; the back row includes a medic & casualty as a Jump Off Point marker, a sniper, a medic, an engineer with demolition charges and a radioman who will be a Forward Observer.


As it's my birthday today (the second in "lockdown") I'm taking things fairly easy and I won't have this batch of figures finished quite as quickly.



Friday, 9 April 2021

Finished: US Para Rifle Squad 1


Well, that was quick. If I keep painting these at this rate, I'll have them all done two weeks from now.


Squad Sergeant:






LMG Team:





Having checked the US Para platoon list in the Chain of command rulebook, the rifleman (the chap pointing with his left hand) should actually be in the Rifle Team. I've just checked some photos and realised I made a mistake on the cartridge belt - the strip should be cloth, so I'll have to go back and repaint it.

Rifle Team:





 The uniforms for this batch have come out a bit lighter. That is down to one or both of two factors - I think there was less Brown Violet in the basecoat and I was also using Buff instead of Sand Yellow to mix the highlights.

I've started on the second rifle squad today.




Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Finished: US Para HQ and 60mm Mortar Squads

 


Well, that's the first batch of 12 figures finished. If you are wondering about the delay, I decided to take Sunday and Monday off. I will be adding tufts to the bases later on, once all the figures are painted.


HQ Squad

Lt, 2LT, Staff sergeant and 3 riflemen



60mm Mortar Squad





The chap on the square base is the squad's Sergeant (a Junior Leader for Chain of Command).


The next batch of 12 are already on the table - the first of two rifle squads for the first platoon:


Since taking the photo above, I have got the flesh done and added the base coat for the uniform. 


Doug asked in the comments to a previous post if I would post my paint scheme. So, here goes.


Flesh - Beige Red; Flesh Wash; Beige Red + Basic Skintone; + Basic Skintone

Hair - various colours

Beanie caps - Brown Violet; + Sand Yellow; + Sand Yellow

Uniform - Brown Violet + Middlestone; + Middlestone + Sand Yellow; + Sand Yellow

Painted Metal - USA Olive Drab; + Brown Violet; + Sand Yellow

Helmet Scrim - drybrush Desert Sand

Webbing - Green Brown; + Sand Yellow; + Sand Yellow

Leather - Flat Brown; + Cavalry Brown; + Cavalry Brown + Sand Yellow

Wood - German Camo Black Brown + Mahogany Brown; + Mahogany Brown; + Sand Yellow

Gunmetal 1 - Black; + VMA Gunmetal; + VMA Steel

Gunmetal 2 - Black; Grey Green + VMA Gunmetal; + VMA Steel

Wash - AP Strong Tone diluted 1:2 with Vallejo Airbrush Flow Improver

Base - Flat Earth; drybrush Tan Yellow


Paints (all Vallejo Model colour unless indicated)

Beige Red - 70.804

Flesh Wash - Game Wash 73.204

Basic Skintone - 70.815 (now called Fleshtone)

Brown Violet - 70-837 (now called US Olive Drab)

Sand Yellow - 70.916 (alternatively use Buff 70.976 or Beige 70.917)

Middlestone - 70.882

USA Olive Drab - 70.889 (now called Olive Brown)

Green Brown - 70.879

Flat Brown - 70.984

Cavalry Brown - 70.982

German Camo Black Brown - 70.822

Mahogany Brown - 70.846

Black - 70.950

Gunmetal - 71.072

Steel - 71.065

Grey Green - 70.866