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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 Seven Years War armies).

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 69 - Wednesday Workbench 27 February

This pic shows my workbench first thing this morning:

These figures were for my "Fellowship" bonus round entry. I finished them this afternoon and the post has been submitted.

After a bit of a break, I have started work on the rest of the 15mm WW2 Russians:

I should finish painting the "in progress" board tomorrow morning, allowing me to make a good start on the other board, probably finishing them on Friday. That just leaves the infantry support weapons (Maxim guns and mortars) which I'll be doing over the weekend. Monday will see a big basing session and they should be ready to submit on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 68 - Tuesday Update 26 February

Only 22 days left of the Challenge! I guess I'd better keep the pace up.

After last week's disappointment, I have had three entries submitted this week totaling 403 points.

My first entry was some early WW2 Aussies:

My second entry was some 15mm WW2 Soviets

I finished up the day with some 28mm pulp figures:

These have seen me jump to 4th place with 2586 points, 414 points away from my original target (639 points if I exclude my bonus points from theme rounds). Once the results of the final bonus round are in, I will be increasing the target to reflect my bonus points total. 

Monday, 25 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 67 - Cor Blimey, Guv'nor!

Well, blow me down with a feather - this old rust-bucket came third in the "Water Feature" bonus round. I will admit that I thought (and hoped) I might get an "honourable mention", but never thought I'd garner enough votes for a top 3 spot.

You can see all the winners here: *linky-link*

Saturday, 23 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 65 - Saturday Workbench 23 February

The early war Aussies (well, the Warlord ones) are all finished and I've submitted the post for next Tuesday. I realised that I wouldn't have time to finish the Perry plastics as well, so decided to move onto something else that I could get enough finished for in time. As you can see, I went for the Wars of the Roses project...

...just kidding! I went for the 15mm WW2 Soviets.

Let's take a quick look at all the boards:

Two rifle platoons

AT rifles, "spares" two scout squads, "spares", Tank rider platoon

Mortars, Maxim guns, AT and infantry guns

Artillery crews
I started work on the two rifle platoons yesterday evening, and finished painting them this afternoon.

I've given them a coat of Klear and will be doing the basing once these are done:

I've started work on the guns (edge highlights and tyres). They should be finished quite quickly leaving me time to make a start on the crews tonight. I think that they should be done by lunchtime tomorrow. At that point I'll add stick the crew figures (and shell crates) to the gun bases. I should be able to add the basing gunk late tomorrow, then finish them on Monday. While I'm waiting for the gunk to dry, I'll be able to work on something else, probably my entry for the fight (and final!) bnus round.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 62 - Wednesday Workbench 20 February

Finished (other than basing) on left; WIP on right

Oh, heck! There are just four weeks left until the end of the Challenge! *whimper*

I'm getting rather annoyed by this virus. I was in full swing yesterday and first thing this morning, then "Ha! You thought I'd gone, didn't you? Here, have a large dose of lethargy and inability to focus.". As a result, I haven't managed to finish painting the third batch of Warlord plastics today. Hopefully I'll be OK tomorrow and can get them finished then.

I'm in a little bit of a quandary about which project to go for when the early war Aussies are out of the way. There are two good sized projects waiting in the wings, and I would like to do both but doubt I'd have time for that. The projects are my 15mm WW2 Soviets and my 28mm Wars of the Roses army. It might be the case that I do some of each over the next four weeks.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 61 - Today's Submission

As the early war Aussies weren't going to be ready for submission today (I finished painting the second batch of 10 this morning, and have started on the third batch this evening) I spent a couple of hours this afternoon painting up a couple of figures for my pulp collection:

The post can be viewed here: *linky-link*

Yes, two 28mm figures for a whopping ten points!

When the third batch of Aussies are painted, I'll do the basing on them before I start on the Perry plastics. All together they should add another 350 points to my total. I should be able to get a few other figures painted up for next week's submission, but I haven't decided what yet.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 59 - Water Feature Bonus Round

Today saw the entries for the fourth of this year's bonus theme rounds posted. And what a varied bunch they are.

You can view the full gallery here:


It is recommended that you use the links in the right-hand sidebar to move between posts as Blogger sometimes skips if you hit "newer post" or "older post".

My entry, as you saw in Wednesday's workbench post was a cargo ship:


Things I realised when painting this ship:

1. It would have been best to do the priming and base colours before assembling the ship.

2. Poundshop masking tape isn't just low tack, it's virtually non-existent tack. This caused some problems when I was airbrushing the white stripe on the deck sections (the stripes on the superstructure were hand-painted).

The ship is a 28mm MDF kit from TT Combat. I also painted up some deck equipment (not shown in the pic above) from Pulp Figures.

ps don't forget to vote for all the entries you think deserve a vote.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 58 - Saturday Workbench 16 February

With the cargo ship completed for my "water feature" bonus round entry, I started work yesterday on my next painting project - some more early war Aussies.

These are the Warlord plastics, bought long before they released their 8th Army Commonwealth pack, so no slouch hats on these. I do have a Commonwealth sprue which came with the recent issue of Wargames Illustrated, so those six figures with slouch hats will be added at some point.

I've been feeling a bit run down the past few days, so progress is a little slow on these and they might not be finished in time for my Tuesday submission. I might paint up a small set of pulp figures tomorrow so that I do have something to post this week; the Aussies can wait until next week which will allow me to include the Perry plastics as well.

When the Aussies are finished I will probably paint up a few sets of pulp figures for weekly submissions while I work on a rather large project.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 55 - Wednesday Workbench 13 February

As I promised yesterday, here is a WIP pic of what I'm working on at the moment:

Yes, it's my cargo ship from TT Combat. This will be my entry for the "water feature" bonus round. The masking tape on the deck sections is because I need to airbrush a white stripe down them tomorrow.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 54 - Tuesday Update 12 February

You've probably noticed that I've had quite a busy week. But what do I have to show for it?

Three Challenge entries in one day, that's what I've got to show for it!

The first post was all of my Strontium Dog miniatures:


The second post was some Waffen SS, for a certain Strontium Dog scenario or for historical games:


To round off the day's submissions there was this M3 Stuart tank:


I've started work on my next bonus round entry. You'll see some WIP pics tomorrow.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 52 - Sunday Workbench 10 February

Well...all the Strontium Dog figures are painted & photographed and the post has been submitted for Tuesday. So, no pics of them today; you'll just have to wait until they are up.

The figures currently being painted:

...are tangentially for the Strontium Dog project, but could also be used for historical games. I'm doing them as a separate submission.

You can probably tell that they are Waffen SS. I've just got the Sumpfmuster camo, some details, and highlights to do before they get a black wash, Klear coat, bases painted and matte varnish. Wish me luck with the camo!

I should have them finished today, which will leave me free to work on something else. I'll probably do my submission for the "water feature" bonus round.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 48 - Wednesday Update 06 February

An "update" rather than a "workbench" post today folks, although there will be "workbench" stuff.

I posted two Challenge entries yesterday, which have taken my tally to 1743 points. I'm quite comfortably sitting in 5th place on the leader board but don't expect to go above that.

My first post was some 28mm SciFi terrain:


The second post was the beginnings of a 15mm Kra'Vak force for Gruntz:


Some shinies came in today:

I'm kicking myself a bit though - if I'd ordered a week or so earlier, I could have got an extra free Pulp Figures pack as there was a 7-for-5 deal on. Drat!

OK, workbench time. After finishing the basing on the Kra'Vak yesterday, I started work on my next project - painting up all the miniatures I have (so far) for the Strontium Dog game:

I've painted nine figures since yesterday lunchtime (including one with quite a bit of freehand design), apart from the bases which will get done as a big batch later on. I will probably give the painted figures a quick airbrush coat of Klear to protect them in the meantime.

These have been fun to paint so far. I've been aiming for the comic/graphic novel look as far as possible on them, which is one of the main reasons I went for zenithal priming.

If all goes well, I should have 37 Stronty Dog and 10 Waffen SS* miniatures painted up for submission next Tuesday. I may even have time to paint up something else.

* Waffen SS? What the heck are they for?
Well, there's a certain storyline in Stronty Dog...

Sunday, 3 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 45 - Mercenary Bonus Theme Round

The entries for the third bonus theme round, "Mercenaries" are up and voting is open.

*Click Here* to view the entries. You might find that you need to use the individual links on the right hand side as Blogger sometimes skips posts.

My submission is a little offbeat:

You're probably wondering how this bunch fit into the theme. Well, if you follow *this link* to my post, you can read all about it.

And don't forget to vote for all the entries that you think deserve a vote.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

AHPC9 Day 44 - Saturday Workbench 02 February

Well, I've had quite a busy day today. Curt asked me to be special guest minion, so that he can concentrate on dealing with all the entries for the third bonus theme round. Which means that Senior Flight Attendant Tamsin has taken to the skies again, spreading mayhem along with all those chemtrails.

In between performing all my minion duties, I've been working on some of my 28mm SciFi terrain for Strontium Dog:

I've got a bit of weathering still to do, plus painting the ground texture and some detail painting.

As for the Kra'Vak:

All the figures have been stuck on bases. I just need to add some basing gunk and then paint and dry-brush it. That will be a job for tomorrow.