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About the Project

This project has no reason or purpose. It is just a collection of stuff that I've been painting. It might be linked to other projects I have running or it might not. It also exists to track my tackling of my pile of potential.

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Closing out 2023

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I didn’t get as much finished in December that I had hoped. I’ve still got quite a few models on the painting bench that are close to being complete but just haven’t quite got there.

I did however finish off some MDF terrain that has been sitting around for a while.

Closing out 2023

I also finished off the rest of my Cult of Yurei starter force with, in order, Risu, The Pennagalan, Mo Ises and Ibara.

I was lucky enough to get some more models for Christmas, so this added to the pile of shame resulting in the pile growing in December rather than shrinking. But over the course of 2023, I painted up 107 models, which given that I’m a particularly slow painter, is pretty good going. The pile did however gain 204 models, so it has grown during the year. Maybe 2024 will bring about a reduction in the pile….

The Scores on the DoorsThe Scores on the Doors

October and November Update

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Just posting an update on what I’ve got finished. All of this for our Bushido set

Firstly, some terrain. A batch of trees, something that I have never made from scratch before. And some terrain pieces that can be bought as part of your Bushido warband

I 3d printed a couple of temple lion statues

October and November Update

And the Cult of Yurei models Umeka (in blue) and Yama Uba (in red)

I also spotted that my spreadsheet was wrong. The number of models supposedly on my painting bench according to the spreadsheet seemed far too low compared to the groaning that the bench was giving out under the weight.

October and November Update

Italian Houses

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I have a project running here that I started some time ago to build an Italian hill village for Flames of War. It’s taken a bit of a back seat for a period of time. Early in the project, I designed some buildings firstly out of laser cut mdf which I wasn’t happy with and then using a cad package, I made some STL files that I got printed. I wasn’t really happy with any of these but they did create a set of test subjects for a colour scheme for that actual buildings.

I wanted to see if I could paint them quickly and after much searching of reference photos, I settled for a light sand colour. I found a cheap rattle can paint online which I’ve used to paint the walls. This was a mistake as the paint was poor and splattered out of the can. For the real buildings I’ll use my airbrush and some proper modelling paint.

The roofs went through a series of experiments before I settled on a white primer and then a Sienna ink applied over the top. I’m quite happy with the result and will be using this on the final buildings.

The doors and shutters were just an elf green that I had lying around.

This is all 15mm scale and I couldn’t help digging out a sherman tank to give myself some idea of what the games will be like when I finally get round to finishing the project.

Italian Houses

September

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First up, this is now a multi award winning project.

September

I’ve still been very much on the Bushido path this month and completed Mokoti, some Japanese lanterns, a drum, a sake display rack and completed some bamboo scatter terrain.

And some actual progress on the model count this month, with both the pile of potential and the number of models on the painting table going down, albeit by a small number.

September

July and August

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More Bushido stuff got painted up over the last few months. We have Taiyo.

Next up the ghost wielding Hozumi Maha

The fox like Ryokeen

And some 3d printed plague rats

My spreadsheet tells me that I’ve completed 6 models in the two month period. I’ve also had the 3d printer working overtime and I’ve added 23 new models to the pile and started painting a further 17. This puts me behind where I was in June. But, the good news is that a number of the models that I’ve started are close to completion, so I hope that I can turn the numbers around over the coming months.

July and August

June's Effort

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I should probably change the description of this project as I’ve said that this is stuff that I’m painting that isn’t linked to any other project. But everything this month is linked to my Bushido project….

This month, I’m going to start with the numbers. This is because I’m very proud that I went a whole month without buying anything new. The Models added to the pile column kept a zero, so well done me! This meant that the total pile actually reduced in size and, while not back to the size at the beginning of the year, it has shrunk. A step in the right direction.

June's Effort

This month I have managed to paint up,
2 Shisa models (effectively bronze temple statues)
1 Torii gate
1 Shinto shrine
7 bits of fencing
1 measuring stick
1 prisoner transport

I also got rid of an old V1 rocket for Flames of War that was never going to get finished

Lots of terrain

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This month, I have mostly been painting terrain for Bushido.

So May was quite a productive month in tackling the pile of potential, with 26 separate models completed! Down side is I also picked up some FoW models with the new Berlin book and added 27 to the pile, so that’s an increase to the pile rather than a decrease, albeit by just 1. Maybe June will bring about a decrease…..

The spreadsheet of truth. Maybe I should add some graphs and charts.....The spreadsheet of truth. Maybe I should add some graphs and charts.....

Warpstone and Mortars

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I rounded off April by finishing off some models that I’ve had on the painting table for some time for different reasons.

First up, we have a very old Grey Seer. I started painting this chap years ago before he got discarded and forgotten in a shoe box of other half painted figures. I fancied trying some blending from the grey into the green using glazes as part of the overall job. I think it’s turned out OK but could probably have done with some more glazes to really smooth the transition.

The base does need to be finished off by removing the excess basing material and painting the edge but otherwise all done.

Warpstone and Mortars
Warpstone and Mortars
Warpstone and Mortars
Warpstone and Mortars

I’ve also completed four 12cm Heavy Mortar teams for my FoW German forces. These will add a little bit of punch to the support teams and, as I’ve modeled them behind earth works, I surely get permanent cover and bullet proof cover don’t I????

These have also been on the painting desk for a while. I started and got a little bored with batch painting various shades of field grey, khaki and other drab colours.

Warpstone and Mortars
Warpstone and Mortars

So that’s another 5 models removed from the pile of potential. However, I and my son decided to give Bushido a try and have dived in head first. I’ve started a project on it here:

https://www.beastsofwar.com/project-entry/1815678/

This has pushed the pile of potential in April completely in the wrong direction, particularly as I have 3D printed a lot of terrain for the game. Here’s the latest update but the pile has grown by a net 73 models in the month. Still, just means I will have to work harder at getting things painted – and I’ve already started a lot of the painting for the terrain with 45 models getting at least primed in April with some further along, so I hope to get the number down quickly.

Warpstone and Mortars

Blood Bowl star players

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I’ve now completed three Blood Bowl teams on this project (the Human and Ork teams from the box and a Wood Elf team). Time to add some star players to be rostered.

This first star player is a 3d print and I’m going to use as Lord Borak. The base idea is stolen straight from a Gerry Can, so thanks for showing how to actually use crackle paint as I had given up on my bottle!

Next up we have a really old metal miniature. I can’t actually remember whether this was just a generic ogre or was the old model for Morg’n’Thorg. Either way, I will treat him as The Mighty Zug as he’s not really ogre sized when compared to the current models – scale creep for you.

Not the most dynamic of poses and I’m also not sure who goes on to a BB pitch wearing a nappy but I like the model. He also clearly never skips leg day either.

Last up we have another 3d Print which I’ve scaled up a little to look even more imposing on the pitch. This will be my new Morg’n’Thorg.

I’ve painted the white vest using oil paints. It takes a long time to dry but I’m really starting to like using the oils for blending. The rest is all acrylic.

I tried to splatter mud over his lower half using a MIG enamel. I’m not entirely convinced with the result and something I need to continue to work on. I copied an approach by Nightshift, a scale modeler on YouTube but he works at a different scale so I maybe I should have taken this into account first.

To update on the Pile Of Potential tally. One model got added to the pile in March. This was not my doing and was a present from work colleagues. They don’t know that I paint models but at a previous team event, I mentioned that I would really like to own a tank, preferably a Churchill. Such lofty goals are out of my price range. As I’m changing roles soon, I was presented with a 1:35 scale model Leopard tank, which was gratefully received and has been added to the pile.

The three star players do however reduce the total slightly.

Blood Bowl star players

"What's that Bob, more Blood Bowl?". "It sure looks like it Jim."

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I’ve always liked Blood Bowl and still have my 2nd edition boxed version hidden away somewhere. So when GW released an updated version in 2016, I got myself a copy. I had no-one to play with, but that didn’t stop me!

I painted the Orc team up some time ago along with the counters and templates. I’ve also painted a Wood Elf team (all here on this project) but the human team lay languishing in the box, just bare blue plastic. But no more, I got myself some spare minis to make a full team (because GW obviously don’t provide the full 16 players in the box) as well as a lovely ogre to add some punch.

For colour schemes, I went for a mix of my two favourite football teams, Southend United and Brighton (don’t ask). So while it’s not the most original, I like the look.

I had a real challenge with the blue. I was trying out some Scale 75 paint. It’s gel based but I found it very chalky and inconsistent in its coverage. It took several layers to get right but then looked really thick. I did consider stripping them and starting again but just didn’t have the time. These models were also the first time I tried out speed paints, in particular the white. It worked well but I’m not overly sure I’m happy with the final look. What I have learnt is I need to experiment more with both Scale 75 and Speed paints.

And here’s the team photo for the calendar

Most of these are even in focusMost of these are even in focus

Which now means, 7 years after getting the boxed game, I’ve painted everything in it. Well done me. Here’s a recent match which the Orcs won 2-0 thanks to some violent actions from their Black Orcs that left a number of the human team needing a good chiropractor.

 

And now that I have a model tracker, I can update some of them as completed. Eagle eyed readers will spot that the total models in the pile has increased from last time. That’s because I’ve found some more stuff hidden away and I’ve yet to even open two boxes of WHFB models that I have. I also bought some more FoW stuff (German 12cm mortars and 88 Flak and 88 AT guns – I’ll be painting these shortly).

But I’m only 9 models away from breaking even on the pile for this year.

Pile Shaming Myself

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I have a pile of potential that is, like my waistline, only going in one direction – expanding. Like my waistline, I would like it to go in the other direction, so I need to take action. I’ve decided to publicly shame myself on the size of my pile of potential in the hope that this will push me toward reducing it. This is also where the comparison of my pile and my waistline stops – I’m not in any way advocating body shaming here! 🙂

I don’t have a permanent painting station but rather a wheeled painting set of drawers that hides, out of sight, under the stairs. Alongside this, are some boxes that contain unpainted models that are supposed to be painted next. This is just part of the pile of shame and there is more in the garage. But here are some pictures showing what I’m talking about

Now I expect that my pile is not as extensive as others, but it is too big for me. The obvious answer is to actually get a paint brush out and start painting but I decided to procrastinate some more and to catalogue my pile. In this way, I can track progress and see what’s outstanding and hopefully feel a bit more positive about get things completed.

To manage this, I created a spreadsheet because everyone loves a spreadsheet. In it, I have listed all of the models in the pile. By model, I have chosen to make this either an individual model (like a FoW tank) or a base (like a FoW infantry stand). This does create some disparity in the size of effort – for example, one of the entries is a High Elf riding a dragon, which counts as 1 model whereas a FoW German Infantry HQ (2 bases made up of 6 15mm men) counts as 2 models. But it’s start.

I’ve not finished cataloging all of the pile yet as it is buried away in places, this will happen over time so I expect the Pile number will grow, but I’m keen to focus on the Completed number. So, as I progress, I plan to update the spreadsheet and keep a tally of the numbers. Here is the state of play today.

Pile Shaming Myself

As you can see, a current pile of 405 models. Nothing completed so far in 2023. But I do have 84 models in progress. By progress, I mean undercoated as a minimum. I don’t count models that are built otherwise (as you can see from the pictures above) this number would be much higher! The negative net gain shows that I have bought more models in 2023 than I have painted, which is akin to eating lots of cake and not going on a run (to return to the waistline analogy!)

I’m also hoping to add some nice graphs to my spreadsheet because that will also help get the models painted!

Feel free to drop in here and leave pile shaming comments in this project to spur me on to get the number down!

Bridges and Balls

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I’ve had this mdf bridge in my terrain box for ages and thought it was time to give it some colour. Didn’t think it would take too long to paint and I could squeeze it in around work.

It’s not brilliant but looks better than an unpainted mdf bridge.

I’ve also been working on some Blood Bowl stuff and realised that I did not have any painted balls to play with. As they’re so small, this was easy to rectify!

Terrain and Hans with his phallic ammunition

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Painting my scenery and terrain is something that I’ve always been meaning to do. It really enhances the in game experience. So as a change of pace, I tackled a couple of terrain pieces.

First up, we have an MDF chateau. I sealed the MDF first with PVA but this was a royal pain in the arse to paint. It took multiple layers, the paint was blotchy, the paint ran and several other irritating things. The upshot is I probably didn’t seal the model well enough. So this took ages to paint to even get it vaguely close to tabletop standard. I eventually got to the point that I’d had enough and it was good enough. Not the most motivating painting experience.

Next up, I 3d printed some tyres as a test print for some Gaslands terrain. The scale was way too big and better for 28mm so I mounted it on some plasticard, added some acrylic paste and painted away. Suffice to say, this was a lot easier to paint than the MDF chateau and cheered me up after the previous frustration. Not sure what I’m going to do with it now that I’ve finished it but I’m sure that I will figure it out.

While I was painting the PaK40 guns in my last update, I found a loader model who looks like he’s not holding regular ammunition. Not quite sure what Hans is holding to load into the gun, but the enemy are likely to get a surprise.

Dirty HansDirty Hans

More guns

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My previous entry here was the initial deployment of my US 1st Armoured Division. The arrival of these new tanks into my Italian forces set up has the defending Germans a little worried and they have called for some additional firepower. So, to plug the gap in the lines, I’ve painted up some PaK 40 Anti Tank guns. The punch on this should easily penetrate the thin armour of the M4A1 Shermans!

These two guns are the Battlefront plastic kit. Easy to put together and reasonably quick to paint. Colour scheme is a simple dunkelgelb with some brown and green airbrushed on to create a camo effect. Chipping is just applied quickly with a sponge and gunmetal. Crew are a standard German Field Grey with a wash. A quick and easy approach.

The bases are polyfila mixed with a brown paint (to avoid the issue of any chips leaving a stark white patch) over which I sprinkle some sand and small cork chips. I pile the polyfila up at the front to create a ‘dug in’ look. The sand bags are home made from greenstuff.

Lloyd shot first for a changeLloyd shot first for a change
What the US 1st Armoured will see (if they get close enough)What the US 1st Armoured will see (if they get close enough)

Old Ironsides

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Back to painting 15mm and I’m turning my attention to some tanks. As I like my ww2 Italian campaign (see my other projects!) I’m going to start building up some US forces. In this case, some tanks for the US 1st Armoured Division otherwise known as the Old Ironsides.

This Division was landed at Anzio and spent several months dug in there while the US and British army groups to the South tried to crack Monte Cassino. While they tried to attack out of the beach head, they also had to repel a number of German attacks, most notably from the Herman Goring Division that was across the battle line from them.

During late May 1944, as Monte Cassino finally fell, they did lead the US break out of Anzio.

For my US tanks, I wanted to differentiate them from my British VIII army ones in painting style. My British tanks are muddied and chipped so I’ve opted for a much cleaner look for the US tanks. I’m also going for a dusty look rather than mud – not entirely historical given the heavy rains and mud during the Gothic line fighting but again, something different.

I’m also trying out some enamel paints here for the first time. Everything is base coated using usual acrylics but I’ve then applied an enamel pin wash. I liked this and it was very easy to use despite the smell. So this might become my go to method.

I’ve also used an enamel dust effect. This I found harder to use and get right and I’ve been a little heavy handed in places. I definitely need more practice here.

So rolling off the production line, we have,

2 M4 Sherman 105mm tanks

2 Platoons of 5 M4 Sherman 76mm tanks

1 Platoon of 4 M5 Stuart tanks

The Whole LotThe Whole Lot
105mm Shermans105mm Shermans
1st Platoon1st Platoon
2nd Platoon2nd Platoon
StuartsStuarts
Old Ironsides

Old Ironsides

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Back to painting 15mm and I’m turning my attention to some tanks. As I like my ww2 Italian campaign (see my other projects!) I’m going to start building up some US forces. In this case, some tanks for the US 1st Armoured Division otherwise known as the Old Ironsides.

This Division was landed at Anzio and spent several months dug in there while the US and British army groups to the South tried to crack Monte Cassino. While they tried to attack out of the beach head, they also had to repel a number of German attacks, most notably from the Herman Goring Division that was across the battle line from them.

During late May 1944, as Monte Cassino finally fell, they did lead the US break out of Anzio.

For my US tanks, I wanted to differentiate them from my British VIII army ones in painting style. My British tanks are muddied and chipped so I’ve opted for a much cleaner look for the US tanks. I’m also going for a dusty look rather than mud – not entirely historical given the heavy rains and mud during the Gothic line fighting but again, something different.

I’m also trying out some enamel paints here for the first time. Everything is base coated using usual acrylics but I’ve then applied an enamel pin wash. I liked this and it was very easy to use despite the smell. So this might become my go to method.

I’ve also used an enamel dust effect. This I found harder to use and get right and I’ve been a little heavy handed in places. I definitely need more practice here.

So rolling off the production line, we have,

2 M4 Sherman 105mm tanks

2 Platoons of 5 M4 Sherman 76mm tanks

1 Platoon of 4 M5 Stuart tanks

The Whole LotThe Whole Lot
105mm Shermans105mm Shermans
1st Platoon1st Platoon

High Elf Griffon Rider

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This is a model that I have had in my collection for years. I base coated them but then stopped as I found it too daunting to take it further. This is a centre piece of an army and I wanted to do it justice, but didn’t have the confidence to take it on. So it went in a box and stayed there.

But you don’t get better if you don’t try. So I gave it a crack and went to work.

High Elf Griffon Rider
High Elf Griffon Rider
High Elf Griffon Rider
High Elf Griffon Rider
High Elf Griffon Rider
High Elf Griffon Rider

Skaven Warlord

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I’ve got a lot of grey plastic skaven and high elves sat in a box, a lot of it from the Warhammer starter set. I find painting whole units tiresome (although with the release of Speedpaints, I may have found a solution) but I do enjoy painting single models. One thing I have never tried before is non metallic metal, mainly because I’m not sure that I really understand the concepts of doing it and the angles that light shines from to make it look realistic.

So, after consuming a few youtube videos, I gave it a crack. I selected a skaven warlord to be my trial subject and decided to try this only on the weapon blades and paint the armour in my usual way. Here’s the results.

Skaven Warlord
Skaven Warlord
Skaven Warlord
Skaven Warlord
Skaven Warlord

Miniatures for RPGs

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In the run up to Christmas, I though I’d introduce my 10 year old son to some RPG action. I’m old and never progressed beyond AD&D 2nd edition so I dug out my old rule books and we set about creating some characters. My son opted for a fighter, liking the idea of running around with a Katana to beat up the monsters, who duly got named Yo. I plucked a dwarf cleric who my son named Gromli and I also created an Illusionist/Thief called Veron. This small party of three covers all of the bases.

 

Miniatures for RPGs

My son has never played an RPG which is great news for me, as I don’t have to think too hard about coming up with adventures and encounters. The old tropes for me are fresh for him. So, we started our adventuring life in a tavern, as that’s where all good adventures start and off we went.

Just to get to grips with the mechanics, the tavern owner had some problems with some giant rats in the cellar. We duly dispatched these before being asked by the captain of the guard to investigate some strange happenings in a local cave. This all went well and my son really seemed to be enjoying it, really getting to grips with the story and his character, Yo.

Next up, we headed for a ruined temple complex to assist a Knight who was searching for a lost holy hammer. There, we encountered a Rust Monster, which I thought would be amusing to see how my son dealt with this as his sword and armour disintegrates. After losing his sword, he said “So my katana has just turned to rust? And the monster is just eating the rust on the floor?”

“Yes, that’s right.” I replied. “What do you want to do next?”

“I’ll pull out the metal spikes that we bought in the village and throw those on the floor. Does the monster start eating those?”

The little sod worked that one out quickly! But I’ve yet to try a mimic!

 

My son is quite a visual learner and it quickly became apparent that having some miniatures to focus on while playing would really help his experience. I’m aware that there are some out there who, incorrectly, believe that miniatures should not be used in RPGs. But then why own miniatures if you aren’t going to use them?

To get what we wanted, we hopped over to Hero Forge and got to work. Here’s the models of Gromli, Veron and Yo.

Miniatures for RPGs

I got my son to work on painting Yo. It’s the first miniature that he has painted fully.

Gromli got a standard paint job, at least for a dwarf cleric.

I thought I would try some OSL for Veron. I’ve never tried this before but I’ve always wanted to. For this attempt, I painted the model in its base colours first, then shaded and highlighted as you would do for any model without OSL.

To create the shadows, I then glazed a midnight blue over the areas that I thought would not be getting light from the torch. After each glaze dried, I added another glaze but slowly reducing the area to the most shadowed parts.

I took the opposite approach for the areas that would receive light from the torch, using a yellow/orange glaze and gradually building this up. I think I may have slightly over done this but overall, I think it looks OK.

And here’s the three merry adventurers together.

Miniatures for RPGs

Shameless self promotion

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