Saturday, October 26, 2013

Paint Bench 28mm Greeks from Black Tree Design and Sgt Major Miniatures (Vendel) Finished!!!

Paint Time: 21 days

My unarmored Greeks from Black Tree Design arrived this week. I have cleaned them up and preparing them for priming. They are on the list to paint, probably be starting on them in a few weeks. Meanwhile I am still working on my Essex Greeks. I also have another batch of Vendel Greek archers to paint with this round.

Part 1

48 Black Tree Design unarmored Greeks IA1201.

I think I am going to paint these all with red tunic...or white...trying to decide.

With all Black Tree Greeks you have to drill out the hands before you can arm them up. I have a small hand drill that works great for this.

Armed up and ready to be primed.

The Northstar Spears I use work perfect, I probably have bought almost 500 or so so far to date.

Part 2

The unarmored Greeks are now primed and I will begin fleshing them out tonight. Hopefully I can finish them in a week or two. 

Black Tree Design Unarmored Greeks primed

Vendel aka Sgt Major miniatures primed.

Part 3

Fleshed out the Greeks, should have them done in about a week I think.

Red, White and Blue...for Veterans Day!!!

Part 4

The Greeks are now ready to be washed, and then flocked, but still there are the shields to work. Making progress slowly.

Oh, and the spears tips need to be painted.....forgot that.

Part 5 

Finished the final set of Greeks I plan on painting for awhile. They turned out ok, still have to dull coat them, they will look better after that. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Paint Bench 28mm Halflings from Black Tree Design (Harlequin) Finished!!!

Paint time: 32 days

I decided to buy some Harlequin Halflings to add to my fantasy armies. Mostly so I can play some Mithgar battles in the Boskeydells in Mithgar. Anyways, got a great deal on ebay on a few. I painted them up in about 2 days, the pics are with the wash still drying so, they are a bit wet still. I have 24 more on the way. First time to paint halflings. They look a lot better in person, I got a little too close with the camera, plus the wash is still not dry. It was like painting 15mm again, but I think the detail on the figures are really good. I was going to take a pic of them just primed but I forgot. I will add some unpainted pics when the next batch comes in. I still need to flock and base these obviously. I was painting them on the side while I am painting my Greeks, for something different.

Part 1

The pic makes them look like crap because the wash is wet, but they really turned out better than these pics show, plus they are close up shots. I could give them eyes, but I am not much of a eye maker...except for horses. I can only do so much with my camera. Its funny one of them is drinking out of a mug and a few of them have pots on their heads for helms. Pretty funny batch. These halflings came from Harlequin under the Men of Averaign line. There are some halflings listed with them, listed as halfling scouts.

Eventually they will be joined by 24 more for a total of 40. I will have some battles in the Boskeydells one day. I can use all of my medieval buildings with them because they live in buildings not hobbit holes. Also I can use my skeleton cavalry ask Ghouls in the books called the Iron Tower trilogy by Dennis Mckiernan that I have been listening too. I know a lot of people do not like his books, but they get a lot better after the Iron Tower trilogy, especially Kraggen-Kor and Brega Path, my favorites, as well as Into the Forge and Into the Fire. His world gives me a chance to use my orc Horde in another world. I plan on making the Iron tower in a few weeks out of Styrofoam, at least the terrain for it, using my own castle parts.

Part 2

New Arrivals 
Three of 24 have arrived, Halfling Command from Harlequin of Black Tree Design

Part 3

Finished the first batch finally. They are all flocked and ready. Still waiting on 21 more to arrive.

Part 4

Finished the Command Halfling figures and added a flag, which I will probably do more work to. I also got the next batch of 21 halflings in from Black Tree today, and primed the up and fleshed. I am pretty much painting my halflings, Greeks and Dwarfs all at once to try to finish up faster. Everybody got fleshed tonight. 

The next batch of arrivals from Black Tree Design.

Part 5

Finally finished my Halfling army from Black Tree Design, they were fun to paint. I black lined them before washing. I think they turned out pretty good, being the first time I have painted Halflings. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Paint Bench 28mm Greeks from Essex and Sgt Major (Vendel) Finished!!!!!

Paint Time: 29 days

I had to put my current game of Carthage on hold to paint more Greeks or Early Carthaginian Hoplites as I am using them in my current Siege of Carthage with the Macedonians. I got a great deal on some 28mm Essex Greeks. I also picked some old Vendel Greek and Macedonian archers from Sgt Major Miniatures as well. I did not have enough archers on the walls of I thought I would even up the odds a little.

I have about 250 foot and 16 cavalry to paint up. I was not planning on painting any cavalry but with the batch of Essex Greeks I got, they came with some cool extras, so I said why not. Besides I am listening to a few audio books that I want to listen to, so I just kept on basing and priming figures so that I can listen to all the books I want to listen to while I paint. Helps me paint faster. I figure it will take me a few weeks to paint them up, probably less. The problem is, when I start painting I don't like to stop....a somewhat good habit, but I paint to game...but its hard to game when all you do is paint. 

I also have some Black Tree Design Unarmored Greeks on the way as well, about 48. Probably going to buy some more cavalry from Aventine soon as well.  See what I mean, it doesn't stop. Before you know it I will have 400 Later Carthaginians from Aventine in front of me.

Part 1 

Part 2

A small update, fleshed and bronzed up everyone on my first batch. Working on the leather parts now. I think about another week and I will be on the clothing. Maybe 2 weeks and I will be done with this batch, after washing everyone.

Part 3

Here is another update. I have completed all the archers, except for 16 that I just got in the mail. Those are in the next batch. Anyways, I think they turned out good to my standards. I have not flocked them, but that all comes last after I finish the infantry. I am still working on the Greek infantry about 96 of them. I should have them done in a few days, then the flocking begins. Oh, I forgot the shields and decals, that is my last step...about another 2 weeks, because I am mowing my mothers grass next weekend...4 acres and that cuts in on my paint time. Darn it.

The guy front looks like he is wearing shades...but he is not...funny.

And yes these guys will get a washing as well....not brightie whities in my armies.

I mostly want orange tunics, but just to be more realistic, I add in a few different colored tunics. Keeps me from getting bored.  I do not know why but I am so attracted to burnt orange and white.
Part 4

Moving right along, putting the final colors on and painting plumes and some minor detail. Almost finished, but I have been side tracked for a few days, dealing with this and that. Starting again tonight, after gluing and basing some new Greek arrivals from Black Tree Design. I am looking to forward to painting some of my Essex Greek Cavalry next.

Washing is next, and then a good flocking....but then I do the shields...which takes a little time.

Part 5

Well, the Greeks are done, and now they are washed. Moving along now to the shields and the shield decals, this will take some time, cutting the decals out. Then eventually I would give them some flock and that is that. I am pretty happy with the result. I use Citadel washes, and the wash I used on them was Seraphim Sepia shade. It tones down the white and makes it look dirty and weathered, what I would think white would be eventually on a long campaign or from long use. But that is just me.

I use Little Big Men Studios Greek decals. I use the 28mm Greek decals that are made for Immortal Miniatures. This size fits the Essex shield perfectly, as well as it also fits the Black Tree Design shields too. 

Part 6

Finally finished the shields, and now starting to flock the bases, then I will glue on the shields...almost finished, should be done tomorrow..and then on to the next batch. I still have to prime the other Greeks I just got from Black Tree Design. 

My attempt at some Greek lettering.

I am excited, they are finally come together...turning out to my satisfaction.

I tried from some advice to paint my bases differently, I like them. I almost want to repaint all my bases now...hummmm.

The shields turned out "okay", I had some problems with clouding for a bit, but clear coated them and it seem to go away. I think maybe I had left the decals on too long before I watered them off. A dull coat helped them out. The other set of shields that are more shiny, turned out better, but need to be dull coated to match. I did my best with painting on Greek letters, I used my imagination, they turned out good enough for me. Keep in mind I am no professional. I still like the shields, they have that weathered look. I have seen some outstanding shields from others, but I am happy with the bronze look.

I finished finally, the pics are before the final matte coat, but I wanted to take the pics before spraying, because I want to move on to the next batch tonight. I think they turned out well, for my standards anyway. I do not consider myself a pro, just your average paint job. I am just trying to field this army against the overwhelming Macedonian army that is invading Carthage, in my current game. It took exactly 29 days to paint up these 164 foot.

The shields turned out good enough for me, a simple shield. Maybe not as pretty as some others I have seen, but they work for my tastes.

Macedonian archers

Greek Archers