Thursday, 29 August 2013

28mm Perry Napoleonic in the raw

Hi all,
  i have just received my order of Perry Miniatures they are Napoleonics from the invasion of Russia 1812. I have two boxes of twelve figures which are dismounted cavalry on the retreat from Moscow and a box of three mounted cossacks for the same time.
  As always they arrive well packed they have the usual run off on the figures from the mould proses but that is always easily solved, one of the cossacks has a couple of pin holes but only a couple and until undercoating that seams to be the only one . There were no broken weapons so on the whole very happy with what came out of the box.
  I love the sculpts they are very dynamic with lots of movement in them they look half frozen already i think i may paint these sitting in the freezer to get into mind sett ! The winter retreat in Russia 1812 has always interested me you have the endurance of the Russian army and people in enduring the invasion and the fortitude of Napoleons army in the retreat (even if he did abandon them just like Egypt).
   I put auto adjust on so its not that clear but you feel like shouting 'THERE BEHIND YOU'
The wind whipping through them (i must get that window fixed!)
Very nice sculpt now if i can only do it justice.
So now to get down to cleaning them up i hoped this has been of some help to anybody considering a purchase.
Enjoy your painting folks.
Regards Furphy.

Monday, 19 August 2013

28mm Warlord Games Companie de la marine finished at last !

Hi everyone,
i have finely finished my french Indian war French marines, if anyone out there ever reads this blog you know it was supposed to be a step by step tutorial. Well that was shelved next time i will have to put more thought into what i am going to post. So underneath the photographs i have put paint i have used (ok what i should have said is what i remember!).
 For my own humble skills they didn't come up to bad in the end but maybe if you enjoy a decent painted miniature then go to the Steve Dene Forum and take a look at the great work shown on there. As per normal they were painted with vallejo acrylic, i under coated with a car primer they then received two coats of revell matt varnish, the bases are plastic 20mm with a mixture of play pit sand, wood filler and pva. To finish Silfor grass and some army painter tufts.
  • Prussian dark blue with a little black.
  • Black red.
  • Khaki grey.
  • Buff/Khaki.
  • Shadow flesh.
  • Black grey.

These cover all the base colours for the red shirt and buckskin etc.
2nd colour
  • Prussian blue/intense blue.
  • Red(70926).
  • Khaki.
  • Buff/Iraqui sand.
  • Shadow flesh/Medium flesh.
  • London Grey.
3rd colour
  • Intense blue/Field blue.
  • Red/Orange red.
  • Khaki/buff.
  • Iraqui sand/ivory.
  • Medium flesh/Flat flesh.
  • London Grey/White grey.
4th colour
  • Field blue.
  • Scarlet.
  • Buff with a very small amount of Khaki.
  • Ivory with a small amount of Iraqui sand.
  • Flat flesh/basic flesh.
  • White grey/white.
Wood and other bits and pieces
The muskets were burnt cad red and German cammo brown, the other wood was leather brown. The metal was gun metal,oily steel and a touch of silver. Any brass also had a touch of polished gold the powder horns were Iraqui sand and ivory and all the straps were red leather or Khaki.
      I have to say it sounded great when i said i would do a tutorial but this has really gone down the pan so i apologise for the sub standard effort. Computers are really not my thing and this is all a big learning curve but in the words of the song 'things can only get better'.
As always stay safe and happy painting.
Regards Furphy.
The bloke in the white shirt isn't standing in a hole.

The leader by the look of his officers gorget round his neck the jacket would look better next to a darker background.

The sculpt of the face made this one a little harder to work on.

The sculpt offered some good poses

I didn't want the blue to dark so i went for the intense blue

it took several goes to get a buckskin look

The red came out nice in this one.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Book Review

Hello all,
  I thought I would add another book review to the blog, again I have had this book a fair while but took it off the shelf to check some uniform details for my 28mm air landing brigade miniatures. So what book I here you ask.'GO TO IT' TheIllustrated History of the 6th Airbourne Division, written by Peter Harclerode 2000 . It follows the division from its formation on the 23rd April 1943 to the end of the war in Europe where it would be found in the Baltic . Inbetween it would see action in the Normandy landings (seizing the bridges across the Orne River and the Caen canal and silenced the guns of the Merville Battery. The division would carry on the advance to the River Seine and then helped in the defence of the battle of the bulge. It would take part in the crossing of the Rhine and then pushed on to the Baltic at the end of the war in Europe one of the parachute brigades would be sent to the Far East whilst the rest of the division wheat on to Palestine .
   The Division was commanded by Major General 'windy' Gale OBE , MC it had two parachute brigades and an air landing brigade (gliders) as well as all the usual support services. As the title suggests there are a lot of photographs they are large and of good quality (all black and white). The book covers early parachute and glider training withe great photos of loading Hamilcar and Horsa gliders . Of interest for terrain builders are photos of Pegasus Bridge and the surrounding buildings again the pictures of the air landing Jeeps (massively over loaded) are great. There are many pictures of the men on exercise and in the field while the photos are not in colour there are plenty of uniform details to get your teeth into.
To sum up this is a very well written book with many photos I had not seen before I have to say my own interest follows the South and North Staffordshire regiments so I am usually reading up on the 1st Airborne Division (2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment), but this book is great for all the close ups of the air landing brigade. If you looking for clear order of battle for the units involved and a potted history of some of the divisions key brigade and battalion commanders this should fit the bill.
   The author should be commended for giving us a book that makes a great first stop before going on to other unit diaries the men who served in the 6th Airborne Division will never be forgotten they were and are heroes one and all.
I hope you found this review helpful, I would give this book 10/10 . Many thanks for stopping by .
Regards Furphy.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Vietnam War ANZAC Infantry

Hello everyone,
 i hope you are well today i thought i would put up some pictures of some Vietnam era ANZACS they haven't been based or varnished yet. The miniatures are from The Assault Group they are 28mm and well proportioned, i like the poses .i have another twelve to paint which i will do off and on when i have the time.
Things i liked about the sculpts:
  • Action poses.
  • Mixture of webbing (they used two different UK based webbing and any thing usefull off the Americans).
  • The bandoleer for the M60 machin gun ammo belts (the brown looking bedroll).
  • Very little mold lines or flash .
Things i didn't like about the sculpts:
  • The faces could do with a bit more character (my painting style needs all the help it can get !).
  • I would have liked to see the flash suppressor on the ends of the SLR.
  • There were what i call pin holes on most the sculpts.
Overall i would give the sculpts seven out of ten.
I have tried to show the miniatures in an in the field look, with the webbing showing an accumulation of dirt after many months slogging through the bush.

The lighter coloured webbing i think was 48 pattern this was a buff or light sand colour it was often mixed with 58 pattern and some American pouches and canteens. I will have to go back and edit the early webbing when i find out the correct date.

The SLR was the early pattern wooden stock version they came in a triangular and oval stock. The SLR would have been my weapon of choose yes it was heaver than the M16 and so was the ammunition but when you are hit by a 7.62 mm round you don't often get up . I have used the SLR and the Rifle 5.62 (SA80) (never in anger) . It might sound a bit morbid but look up Commander Rick Jolly Red and Green Life Machine book, he was a surgeon in the Falklands war and take a look at the wounds caused by 7.62mm ammunition . Its a sobering and thought provoking book.

I always think working on jungle greens is hard by their very nature the clothes and the webbing are supposed to blend in so its hard to bring out features without over black lining (that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it !)
And just to finish off here's some Warlord Games Bolt Action British Airborne straight out of the blister i will let you find the miniature with the pouch the wrong way round . These are the assault party, rifles, stens and a flame thrower.
I will show more of these at a later date, but for now that's all folks enjoy your day . Just remember no matter how bad your day gets theres always painting and gaming.

Regards Furphy.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Hows the tutorial going ?

just thought i would put a couple of pictures up of my french Indian wars figures. You know when you look forward to painting a set of miniatures and then after an hour or more the enthusiasm wheres off, well this has been one of those projects. It wasn't until is started the base colours i noticed how many pin holes were in some of the sculpts. Then i was going to do a warm white which turned the colour of warm beer i have also tried to vary the colour of the buckskin (how many times i have lost count).
  It shows when i need a break from certain figures because i throw others into the mix.Hence why i have four Australian infantry in Vietnam (jungle greens what can go wrong ?) in the que. So here's a couple of pictures for you to have a good laugh at, as for the rest of the tutorial when i finish these in the next few days i will add the colours i have used.
Well i hope your having better luck with your miniatures and gaming than me, until next time.
    Regards Furphy.


Monday, 5 August 2013

Furphy's Reading........

Hello all,
 thought I might try my hand at a book review (I can't be any worse at it than my miniature reviews). As I have said i am interested in most aspects of military history from early imperial Rome to modern  conflicts. One subject that always draws me back is Australia's and New Zealand contribution to the Vietnam war. They always punched above their weight and from first to last had very high moral, so a book I often take off the shelf is The Battle of Coral by Lex McAulay (1988 my copy1990).
The battle in question was the largest fought in Vietnam by ANZAC troops (long Tan was a two company battle with APC and artillery support) The battle of Coral and Balmoral envoled all arms including centurions tanks and M40 dusters the battle took place North East of Saigon between May and June 1968 operations would be undertaken for approx 26 days. Both Coral and Balmoral would be subjected to regimental and battalion size attacks, the gun battery's would be firing over open sites with the gunners having to defend them selves from a determined and courageous enemy.
  It cost 1ATF 25 brave men dead in area of operations Surfers but they helped stop major attacks on Saigon . The first time all arms had been envoled  together in operation since World War Two (including Korea).
Lex McAulay as with his book on the battle of Long Tan use mostly interviews with those who were there from privates to Generals and all arms are given their say. The diggers like British toms have the irreverent sense of humour at just the right time and it shows in countless anecdotes . You never get lossed in the book or sidetracked and you don't have to be an expert on the Vietnam war or the first Australian Task force  to enjoy this book.
 I hope this review has been helpful I am sure they must have books out there on Amazon.
Regards Furphy.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Painting update

Hi all,
Just a quick up date on on how the painting is coming along as you will see by the photo's most of the base colours have been filled in. There's a lot Khaki going on some is the base for some buff and ivory that will be going on later ( when you use black as an undercoat you will often have trouble with the black bleeding through colours like white and yellow) .
  So you could use grey or white as an undercoat but I usually go for black it's good for between straps etc. If you do need to put white or yellow the try Khaki grey, Khaki  or maybe Khaki with some buff added, then layer your lighter colours after that.
The base for the blue is dark Prussian blue with a little black. The red is red black (if that makes sense) most of the leather work is English uniform. The flesh is panzer ace shadow flesh and the green leggings are dark green.
  Well this was going to be a well thought out and a concise tutorial but as ever has turned into a bit of a ramble. Next time i will cover some various highlights, once the miniatures are based i will give a complete rundown of all the paints used.
Regards Furphy.