Digital Camera

Messing around with the digital camera last night. Here’s an experimental snap of some FOW vehicles in progress. Still wondering how the devil to base that 25pdr gun. White balance is a bit off in this photo as it was taken under a table lamp without a flash – the vehicles aren’t really that pinkish. Also wondering what I’m going to use to make that Stuart ‘Honey’ a radio aerial. Apparently black nylon scrubbing brush bristles are the thing to use.

FOW vehicles

The photo also shows the new cutting matt I picked up from Gordon Harris in the weekend. White primed 5 Zombies and 5 Ghouls to paint for WHFB as well as the FOW Humber Mk II armored car. Checked those 40k Cadians that were painted with the French ink and they still look pretty good. So might keep using that ink for them. Possibly because the ink wash is applied over a brown toned base the fading is less noticeable?

Competition?

Broke out the GW inks and inked/based/drybrushed the Stuart ‘Honey’ – came out quite nicely. Also progressed the 25pdr gun + carriage and another Universal Carrier. GW inks aren’t effected by the Clear floor wax and give a nice ‘hard-coat’ to paint over. Just remembered I painted some of those new Cadians with the French ink so will have to go back and see if they’ve bled/faded. Picked up another can of Helmar’s Matt Spray varnish from good old Warehouse Stationary in Newmarket. They charge $12.99 for a can and I’ve seen up to $19 at Paper Plus!

Picked up a Canon Powershot S50 digital camera from a parallel importers in the weekend as well. $949 for the camera plus 2 x 128MB memory cards. Amused ourselves most of the weekend by taking AVI movies of our baby boy doing various things (hand clapping, talking, emptying the contents of kitchen drawers). Haven’t tried it for miniature photos yet.

Painting competition on at GW that closes on the 28th. My wife reckons I should enter a few pieces. I’m only really interested in entering if there’s prizes of any sort. But might hand in a few spare painted figures I’m currently not gaming with out of curiousity. Oops! 28th is today! Ah well, maybe I’ll enter the *next* painting competition they run then…

Inks

Three more Zombies assembled. That gives me 20 Zombies in total to paint. Picked up some paint as well as a selection of inks (Flesh Wash and Chestnut Ink) from GW last night. They look like they’ll do the trick. Considering the volume $4.50 isn’t a bad price for the inks. Whitcoulls in the city used to charge around $8 for a smaller glass bottle of Windsor & Newton ‘Chestnut Ink’. Might dig out the FOW vehicles and try them with an ink wash tonight.

Mixing Sprues

Three more Zombies assembled. Marvellous how well the WHFB Human Militia and Zombie sprues mix. Three more Zombies and I’ll have another 10 assembled. Then I’ll patch them with green stuff and start painting them up a rank (five figures) at a time while assembling the last 10 as well. Hopefully that will give me 30 painted Zombies by the end of this year. They’ll be pretty handy actually. They’d be great for a Mordheim Undead warband not to mention general “Dawn of the Dead” or “Diseased Mob” type scenarios in Mordheim as well as my Vampire Counts WHFB force of course.

1000pt Vampire Counts

Assembled 2 Zombies last night from a combo of WHFB human merc and zombie parts. Resurrecting my old Mordheim Zombies. Will strip them back and start repainting them for WHFB. Eyeing up the Ghouls for some easy painting too. Put together a 1000pt WHFB roster. Definitely have all the figures required, just have to paint another 45 figures of various sizes. Probably get that done by the end of this year I reckon.

Bleedin’ Ink

Discovered that the cheaper ink I’ve been using from the French Art Shop in Ponsonby has two problems with it. First, it bleeds through acrylic paint slowly but surely. Second, it’s not colour-fast! Don’t know if the ink is just crap, or the floor wax I’m cutting it with (to get a harder coat) is effecting the pigments. For example the chestnut ink I’ve painted all of the Undead force with is slowly fading to a purple-red! After experiments on paper with uncut ink I think it’s just cheap pigment in the ink.

Fading to purple-red isn’t actually bad on the Undead. Skeletons gradually get a bloody-purple tinge in their recesses which looks quite nice and the Grave Guard are based green so it fades to a blackish colour. The annoying thing is I’ve painted three FOW Universal Carriers and two Quad gun tractors with this ink and I suspect they’re going to bleed down to a purple colour! So they’ll have to be stripped back and re-painted and I’m chucking away that ink and going back to Windor & Newton chestnut. I can’t find any locally so might have to resort to using the GW chestnut ink. Games Workshop paints are just re-badged Windor & Newton anyway so hopefully it’ll be the same consistency.

Bit of a wasted effort on those FOW vehicles, but they’re easy to repaint. In the interim I should concerntrate on painting FOW infantry as I’m not using inks for them – and I am trying to build a Rifle Company! Lent Ben the FOW rule-book to peruse so we’ll see what he thinks.

Played a couple more games of WHFB with Griff last night too after my wife’s birthday get together in the afternoon. It was one each again so we’re both two for two (although technically Griff did win the first game as well but he didn’t press the issue). We both discovered a few things:

– The Banshee is worthless against Brettonians. She needs low LD troops to scare and the peasants are always going to be close enough to Knights or Generals to have access to a decent LD stat. So it’s back into the gaming cupboard for her.

– Small unit sizes and specialist units are brittle. My Ghouls fared a lot better when there was 14 of them rather than 7. The Grave Guard continue to do poorly as there’s only 10 of them. They’re particularly bad at receiving Knight charges but fare much better on the charge.

– The core units are actually pretty good. Griff fielded a core unit only BP list and caused me a lot of grief with two units of Knights dashing around. I anticipate he’ll stay with that list for a while and I need to paint up a big horde of Zombies! I can field ~20 in a BP force with 16 Skellies and 4 Fell Bats which isn’t bad. Sigh, back to the painting table!

Cupboard

Painting details and track work on two more Universal Carriers. Started painting Carrier and arty crews. Inked the second Quad gun tractor. Thinking I’d like to put pins on the 25pdr base so the gun and trailer can actually be removed from the base and ‘towed’ behind the Quad tractor when moving. Might be problematic fitting the gun around a fixed gun crew though.

Universal Carrier crews Vehicles in progress

Rearranged the garage cupboard as I foolishly put all rulebooks and WD magazines on a middle shelf – which of course has proceeded to bow under the weight. As an aside here’s the view from the new Snapperfish office this morning (it’s an x-apartment in Ponsonby). Not bad eh? My desk faces the french doors as well.

Rear Window

Priming FOW

Primed and Tamiya spray based another Universal Carrier, the Stuart ‘Honey’ tank, the second Quad gun tractor and the 25pdr artillery piece. Primed 2 UC crews and the 25pdr artillery crew. Cut down a spare infantry officer to place in the Recon command UC. Still trying to figure out how to detail the infantry bases – so I’m busy painting vehicles as they don’t require bases. Did notice a large pot of gib stopping skim plaster in the garage left behind from the last owner so might crack that open and see if it’ll do. Also picked up another UC blister which completes the UC’s I need for the recon UC unit and artillery observer team and a MkII Humber armored car for UC support. Must paint up the UC crews so I can finish these vehicles.

Played a game of Mordheim with Griff and Brent last night. Griff walked away with the game although not technically winning. He’s a bloody cunning bugger when it comes to placing terrain. I played Rieklanders who as usual (being humans) did dismally. I swear the non-human warbands definitely have an edge and archer fire is almost totally a waste of time in Mordheim. I’m sick of playing Orcs and Brent’s just started Undead, so maybe I should paint up some Skaven.

Mixed Progress

White primed and then Tamiya desert yellow sprayed three Universal Carriers and a Quad gun tractor for Flames of War. Ink wash and dry brush them tonight.

Stripped back the old 5th Ed Wight Hero and remaining 6th Ed Grave Guard for repainting. Lined up the three Grave Guard I have left to paint and they just look pathetic standing there. Must finish these guys.

PVAd and gravelled the remaining part of the Mordheim Coach House ground floor. Will paint it tonight and call these two floors complete. Must repaint woodwork on upper two stories and complete this piece of terrain.