I nearly put the end is nigh as a title, but it sounded a bit ominous… anyway this evening I did some more work on the 6mm Italian wars arqubusiers for the Tercio. As expected the Speedpaints reactivated, but I just plowed ahead regardless.
This is all I have left to do …I think and hope! The ones on the left are finished, apart from potentially adding colour to the plumes.
The eight bases on the right need hats and flags doing. Then this lot and will need sand adding to the bases before joining eighteen more stands that need paint adding.
That will be my 500 point army finished. I really, really hope I don’t find anything lurking somewhere that I had forgotten. 🤞
Remember this lady with the 5 o clock shadow… well I went to repaint her tonight and actually the grey colour was indeed just that, a shadow. Either that or some wierd light reflection from her grey fur… either way, I don’t care as she will do as she is.
One of these days I am going to boot the printer up and do some more of the Rohirrim, but probably not for a while as I have so much to paint as it is.
This evening my plan was to paint a couple of things. One in Contrast and One in Speedpaints. I managed to get the Contrast mini nearly done…
Please note although I mentioned Italian Wars in the title, I still haven’t found any literary mention of ogre Doppelsoldners, nor any visual evidence either. He is therefore unlikely to have taken part.
He took a lot longer than I expected, but I am quite pleased with how he looks so far.
He is one of six I printed last year…
I will do one in Speedpaints tomorrow evening, well that is the plan anyway.
Funnily enough after saying it was weird that nobody had mentioned the reactivation of the Speedpaints, I am beginning to notice it appearing more. Part of me wonders that these are the People who bought their own?
We had a couple of power cuts this evening, well the wind was rising over the afternoon and by time we brought the horse in it was pushing 65 mph. It threw me about and also sent a half ton horse shooting sideways by a couple of metres. Although as a community we are pretty set up for wind, there have still been some issues, we had a door give way. Luckily a couple of screws kept it shut. We also have a fence that has a wooden post that has snapped.
I wouldn’t fancy being on the ferry to the mainland this evening. We really thought that they would be off, but nope they are going late… the one coming North is taking 17 plus hours instead of the usual 12!
The power did come on at about 20.30 so I managed to get some painting done.
I did another skirmish unit for the Italian wars… it won’t win any prizes but it is done. Funnily enough these seemed a lot easier than the last set of three bases. I honestly think it was mental state rather than difficult miniatures. The 15mm monster hunter miniatures probably cleaned the palate for want of a better term. I want these finished and out of the way. I think the destruction of two Pike blocks put a downer on the whole project. I also brushed on an undercoat for my two ‘Spanish’ Officers as well making a start on the terror birds…
As you can see from the above photo, I have another set of three skirmishers ready to go. I made a start on the two Rohan characters a while ago and to be honest I really can’t be bothered with them. They are lovely miniatures, but I think that right now I need something that I can just slap some paint on. The Keleken will be ideal for that.
Today I got the Doppelsoldners and skirmish arqubusiers printed and stuck on bases.
As the original skirmish troops are quite fragile, with or without high speed cable reels dropping in them, I have decided to replace them. I literally just binned any unpainted ones and will replace them with the newly printed ones.
So here we have the remains of the army…
In the rear are the skirmish troops. Bottom left are the attached skirmish screen for the Pike blockandbkttom right are the Doppelsoldners. Technically I only need two, but as I have four Pike blocks then I can choose to have them as Landskecht or Tercio. It just gives me that bit more flexibility on a force.
So if we take the above and add the ones done yesterday, then we have the remaining miniatures left to paint…
These will be added to this lot….
The unpainted bases are to be replaced by some of the new ones above.
I am hoping to the new ones sprayed tomorrow and then started on Tuesday.
Yes, I got my flexible arqubusiers sorted today, only to find that I am short. It didn’t help that I got carried away doing ranked ones. The rules state 8 Pike and 8 guns. I reduced the size of the Pike to half size, but forgot with the arqubusiers…
They can be used in an army list so there is no loss there, plus I now have more pikes than I need so they could be used in that.
I am however, short four bases of skirmishers to cover the Landskecht Pike blocks. I will do some more tomorrow. I also need the base of Doppelsoldners for each one too. I will have to slice these and get them printed.
I took too long collecting the second lot from the drying off basket… All I can say is that I a glad it is flexible resin…
The straightish one is my first set which I cured after about an hour to get the ISO off… the others was about two days!
I wish I could have written cows with guns there, but never mind. I worked on the 6mm Italian wars artillery this evening and got four of the six guns done. To hide the base I added some terrarium sand. This needs sealing before painting which is why it is still a natural colour.
The cows need a nkt of work on them.. things like the horns etc, but I am going to leave them pretty much the same colour that they are now.
This evening I putted guys together… I don’t need them all, but it gives some for me and some for Joe if he needs them.
So from left to right we have heavy, medium and light artillery. Each of the pair is slightly different to make them easier to spot mid game. I bet you cannot tell which light gun barrels pinged across the room never to be seen again!
At the rear are a couple of herds of cattle. All of these apart from the medium guns and gunners are dropped from 28mm.
The others are dropped from 10mm.
I also got the German Ironclads undercoated today. These are white, so no worries about some weird green base coat like the British.
As you might have guessed, I am a little bored of this project… it honestly seems to be going on FOREVER…
Anyway I cracked on tonight and worked on another three sets of strips, getting them quite a long way on…
On the up side I do seem to be getting faster, I think. These need hats, feathers, Pike spikes and base to do. Hopefully I will get these done tomorrow and get a start on the next three set of strips.
Now these and the ones I finished yesterday seem a lot brighter than some of the earlier ones, but it might simply be that I have used different amounts of paint on the brush, I know that I am doing one at a time rather than spreading the same paint over a couple of models, the other possibility is that I have shaken the paint pots really hard over the last couple of days. For whatever reason, I really do like them.
This evening I got another three bases put together…
I also made a start on another few bases worth…
Ye gods this project is beginning to drag a smidge. The under coated ones above are the mix of flexible and ordinary resin, so they should be a bit more resilient. I doubt they would take a direct hit from a filament reel, but to be honest I don’t know what would. From what I remember I can do six strips in four days, or something like that so this lot should be done by the weekend. I will then assess whether I need to do any more. Hopefully my bristle pikes and a few extra miniatures here and there will sort out the damaged ranks of the original set.