Saturday, June 25, 2022

54mm AWI riders

After months of avoiding them, I finished the last three mounted AWI figures I had. These are plastic figures from (I think) Armies in Plastic. I lopped off the tricorns and put some smaller helmets nicked from a HaT SYW Prussian infantry set.

These aren't meant to be any particular unit. The green coats are generic enough to be used on either side. Just trying to finish off some extra figures that were laying about.

Not my best paint job ever. I always forget how much surface area there is on a 54mm figure!

Up next: Maybe some board gaming figures for a friend.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

3-D printed Cylons

Awhile back, I painted up some Cylons from Crooked Dice. I noticed that Tangent Miniatures was also offering some 3-D prints so I bought both sets. 

These were pretty nice figures with lots of poses. I left out the two pilot poses and I also seem to left one fellow on the painting table when I snapped these figures.

With the exception of Centurian Powerpoint (top left, what is that guy supposed to be doing?), the poses are pretty good and there is a mix of rifles, pistols and swords.

They fit in well enough with the Crooked Dice Cylons (left below).

The Tangent plastics (left below) are a bit beefier but also have finer details than the Crooked Dice metals but, on the table, they are hard to tell apart.

They all fit in with the Tangent Miniatures Colonials pretty well.

Up next: Who knows: 54mm AWI cavalry? 

Saturday, June 11, 2022

More British regulars for the Crimea

This is the rest of the Foundry British regulars in field garb for the Crimea.

There were some extra guys standing at attention plus two command sets.

Not my best painting ever but passable.

Up next: Cylons.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Random sci-fi clean-up

My goal this summer is to get the top of my painting table cleaned up and perhaps all of the figures off of it. This week is a random selection of sci-fi figures.

 Crooked Dice released this dagget and Twiggy combination. Always a sucker for BSG, I bought it. 

The dagget fits in nicely with the Colonials I have from Tangent Miniatures.

I discovered this lone Star Wars droid. It is plastic and likely a micro machine? Pretty close to the metal West End Games 25mm one I have.

Since my Crooked Dice order had some room left in it before the shipping went up, I opted to add in this Xena figure. Meh. Arms were separate with the join in the middle of the bicep (which sucked). I worry her arms won't survive first contact with my gaming buddies ("Easy here, Lenny"). Tangent Miniatures looks to be offering its own Xena plus friends.

Up next: More Crimea.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

28mm Crimean British regulars

I finished off the first half of a huge group of 28mm Foundry British for the Crimea. These appear to be regulars with some kind of field cap and coat.

These sculpts are from 1993ish and no longer appear in the Foundry catalogue as far as I can tell.

Up next: Random sci-fi clean-up.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Last few baddies from Imperial Assault

 Last of the Imperial Assault 28mm. first up are some baddies. Greedo flanked by two generic hired gun.

I was leery of the palette for these but they turned out okay.

Greedo I figured would be very hard (I hate painting green skin--I can never get the colour right) but the sculpt made it easy.

Maul posed two challenges: bent light sabre (I tried everything to get it to straighten out) and dark palette with red tattoos.

Basically I'm happy. The base is totally kick ass in person but looks like garbage in this photo for some reason. I wonder if the camera is struggling to reconciling the dark skin and lighter rocks.

Up next: Crimea British, I think.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Outer Rim Imperial Assault

Yes, still on with the Star Wars but it is coming to an end soon. Back to Crimea.

First up are droid friends on Tatooine. Then some bounty hunters (and hunted) in lusher climes.

I was super stressed out by Bossk. Turned out to be dead easy.

 Up next: A few Star Wars baddies.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Imperial Assault Hoth

This week, some more 28mm Imperial Assault figures.

 From the snowy wastelands of Hoth we have two troopers, Leia and an Imperial baddy.

I spent a stupid amount of time trying to get the tone right on Leia's jacket. Paint, paint, perfect. Add wash. Crap. Remove paint, cursing wildly. More painting. More cursing.

What was most interesting was examining the movie stills to sort out the details on the rebel Hoth troopers. A completely different colour palette than my 1980 Kenner action figures had led me to believe.

Up next: Droids and maybe some bounty hunters.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Star Wars Imperial Assault

Painting progress has been slow as work absorbed too much time. But I'm back on track and doing some 28mm Imperial Assault figures for a friend.


I'm always a bit nervous about doing character figures because people have very definite ideas about what they should look like.

IG-88 was dead simple. I spent some more time looking at images of Han Solo to try and get the colours right.

Up next: Some friends from Hoth.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

More 28mm Crimea French

And a second unit of 28mm Foundry French/Sardinians for the Crimea.

A different pose than last week's unit but about of the same level of cursing and fiddliness!

Up next: Some 54mm AWI horse if I get ambitious!

Saturday, April 2, 2022

28mm Crimea French

 Missed a week of posting due to some work distractions plus nicer weather (hello, summer bicycle!). But today I finished off from more 28mm Crimean from Foundry.

These are French/Sardinian troops. There are four command and eight troopers. Not sure I got all of the details right but close.

Nice figures overall. Need to find an appropriate flag.

 Up next: Some more 28mm French!

Saturday, March 19, 2022

ST:TNG Klingons

I finished up 7 Klingons and 1 Norsican this week. These are plastic toys from the Strike Force series and are more 25mm than 28mm.

I have some other ST:TNG Klingons from Space Vixens from Mars. They are a bit chunkier and more 28mm (although the basing exaggerates the height difference).

Up next: I am grinding away on a bunch of 28mm Crimea figures (some French troops). Very colourful but lots of details to fiddle with.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Trek crews finished

To the extent that any gaming project is ever finished, I have completed my ST:TNG era crews.

First up, we have the Enterprise D crew. Mostly these are Monopoly pieces. The Worf and Ro Laren (left) and Tasha Yar (right) are from the Last Unicorn Away team set.

Then we have ST:DS9. Again, mostly Trek Monopoly pieces with paint job conversions. The Ferengi are from the Strike Force toy sets and Garek is from Space Vixens.

Finally, ST:VGR. These are all Monopoly (some with putty conversions) except Neelix, who is a converted Ferengi from the Strikeforce sets. I also have about a dozen generic ST:TNG era crew figures from a variety of manufacturers.

Up next: More Crimea (so much detail painting!) and some Trek baddies.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

28mm British Crimean command

I have four British command from Foundry done this week. Some came painted while others needed a matching job. I also need to find a flag.

Overall, nice figures. Lots of detail but cleanly sculpted.

Up next: Some ST:VGR and ST:DS9 figures.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

28mm British Crimean cannon

After a brief hiatus, I got back to work this week and finished off two British horse artillery cannons and crew from Foundry.

After some dithering about what to do with the basing, I chose 40mm frontages and put as many of each crew as I could on the base. The remainder, I based separately.

Overall, a nice enough piece. The endless lace and braid was tiresome. Looking forward to some more basic troops next!

Up next: Some British command and then some Trek.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

ST:TNG Red Shirts

I've been putting together ST:TNG, ST:DS9 and ST:VGR crews but lacked an adequate number of cannon fodder figures.

For Christmas, I got these 7 generic Star Trek Strikeforce figures (circa 1997). They got some touchups, details, and a wash. I think they fit in well enough with my current troops, including a Doc Zimmerman (monopoly), Worf (Last Unicorn), and Data (monopoly).

Up next: Probably some more Crimean troops.