Mounted Arqubusiers

Tonight I set to work on the mounted arqubusiers … I simply threw different coloured paint on the clothing to simulate the propensity for a gaudy look. Some of this will be covered by a metallic breast plate, or mail on at least one of them…

They don’t particularly look like much at the minute, but I am hoping that they will improve.

I have a parent meeting tomorrow evening so I won’t be home until late.

Here are the photos from my Norse Quarry Steatite

Italian Wars… Progress

Tonight we had our friends over so I wasn’t expecting to get much done. I did manage to finish the knights and general’s…

I didn’t really have time to make a start on anything else, so as I had been showing them the 28mm Italian Wars too, then I thought I would make a short ten minute foray into doing them.

Alongside them are the remains of the metal cavalry. Two units of mounted arqubusiers, one or Reiters and a unit of Genitors. I have two metal wagons primed, with the base textured too, but that will be the metals all done when these are finished.

Hopefully tomorrow morning we are off to find a Viking Soapstone quarry. I will share the results tomorrow evening.

More Knights

This evening I worked on these two units of knights. These are going to have different coloured pennants on their pointy sticks. A bit like they have different coloured plumes on their heads.

I would have got more done, but quite frankly my bum had gone to sleep, so I packed in for the evening. I got some more done on the two general bases too.

We got the news today that my son’s PCR test had come back negative so I was allowed to go and buy some milk.

I also brought in my next lot of printed pikes… somehow I managed to squeeze two of them together… in hindsight it might have made my printing job a bit easier if I had done something similar from the start.

Imperial Knights

So another day of working from home has been and gone and still no PCR result, so it looks like tomorrow will be another day in house arrest. This evening however I managed to finish my knights and civilians as well as make a start on my general’s. Here we have said knights and civilians…

I know that them all having the same banner is probably historically inaccurate, but it does make them easier to recognise at a distance.

Hopefully I will get on with some more of these tomorrow

Spanish Pike and Baggage

Well today I have been under house arrest for at least 48 hours as my son developed a cough, he has Asthma, but he got sent homefto school yesterday so we were being careful and got him a test. The guy turned up at 12.30. So it is likely I won’t be back to work this week. Problem is I am not ill so I still have to work, so sadly no days of painting miniatures.

I was late getting dinner, so didn’t manage a huge amount of painting done, but any progress is still progress… funnily enough the pikes were a lot easier to paint tonight.

I still cannot get over the weird heads, but never mind. I also found time to slap some paint on a baggage cart…

It still needs a bit of work, but it is over the hump.thisvsmall cart is actually from the fantasy range.. jt’s designation is a ‘dwarf cart. I was going to try and get four bases of knights done, but it wasn’t to be. I even gota couple of civilian bases out too.

The printer has churned out eighty Pike strips so far. I reckon it should sort out my extra needs.

So my thought was to stop taking dates for finishing this weekend coming. This is not a catch and I reckon I can get a parcel pretty much anywhere in the world. So if you fancy joining in then give me a date. If you win, we can discuss what is of most use to you.

Landskecht Front Rank

Tonight I thought I had better crack on with things so I put Dredd on Netflix and did some painting…

So here we have the front rank for two Pike blocks.

I then made a start on the Spanish Pikes…

Now to differentiate the two lots I did these in less flamboyant colours on the whole. There are some bright colours in this lot, but also a lot more browns. Some of the heads on the Spanish are weird, they have a sphere with two holes in it. I am not sure whether it is some kind of weird helmet or if it is meant to be an unhelmeted head. To me a Spaniard wears a Comb Morion or something similar.

The one thing I was correct about… I already hate painting pikes! Only about 600 to go😬

Painting and Out in the Verse

We got another Firefly game in this evening and this time Joe’s luck improved, managing a good win.

I had a bit of time, so I got a wiggle on with the Landskecht, by wiggle, please read darkened the armour and cloth with a wash….

Since taking the above photo I also got the hats painted. They need to have the feathers repainted white and then some colour added. I can hopefully get these ones finished tomorrow. I will make a start on the Spanish tomorrow too. I have now printed another forty pike strips to add in the rear ranks. I will do another forty and see how I get on. Joe will probably need a pile more too.

I will start recording the finish dates tomorrow and will close the competition at the weekend, otherwise someone could honestly say tomorrow sometime in the future.

Making a Start

Today I got the metals undercoated ready to start painting.

The wind and rain stopped long enough to throw some white undercoat onto them. To be honest that was all I could be bothered to do, but I put District 9 on Netflix and made a start on the Landskecht….

Still along way to go, but a start is indeed a start. These will get a dark wash over them, or at least the armour.

So when do you think I am going to get the whole lot finished…let’s have a little sweep stake… closest gets a little prize. So for full disclosure, it will likely be 3D printed. In case you missed it… this is half the infantry…

So get your thinking caps on, how long will it take Stephen (the painting butterfly who flits from project to project) to get his 6mm Italian Wars army finished. The only thing not visible in the two photographs above is a couple of artillery pieces and crew.

I will have to do a bit of a diversion to paint up my 28mm Imperials for a game sometime in October, I hope it isn’t September!

If you recall, I decided to blast through the rear ranks by sort of just doing them simply to speed up the process.

If you want to join in add your finishing date in a reply. I am happy to answer any questions before you decide on a date.

Twenty Minutes at Gas Mark 8 & New Reading Material

I have had a bit of an easy day today. I nipped into town to get my new book that the book shop had ordered in for me…

When I was a kid my parents got me a subscription to Look and Learn. The one main thing I can remember about it was the Trigan Empire. That and somewhat spurious articles. So when the kids and I were in the book shop last week I saw volumes two and three so just had tofrt the first one.

I managed to get the cavalry put knto bases and some sa d put on for texture… now this is where I almost had a mishap. I was cooking dinner in the oven and the pva wasn’t dry and I wanted it to be… can you guess where this is going?

So I popped them and their Cork tile on a tray in the ovenfor a couple of minutes…yeah right…about twenty minutes later I looked to see if the PVA was dry and realised to my horror that they were still in the oven…. luckily everything survived the process…

Here they are after their spell at gas mark 8. There were a couple of big bubbles of something, either superglue or basing glue, but a poke with a nail flattened them out. I will try and get the whole lot sprayed tomorrow morning.

Out in the Verse.

Tonight we played the Firefly boardgame. We started off with the first mission for new players. This was pretty much over in an hour… I managed to win the first game by some totally legal means…

As it was over so quickly we moved onto another set of missions, this one took about two and a half hours. We had to be the first to get to $12000. Joe managed it, but unfortunately still had $6000 worth of jobs outstanding. Luckily I had just finished two of mine so actually ended up winning by default. To be fair his dice rolls were spectacularly bad, anything but a one, produced three ones in a row….

The game was a laugh, so it is something we will probably play again sometime.