Empress 28mm modern US

Have started working on these fellows-

Technique for this US cam is-

  1. Undercoat spray of chaos black
  2. base coat of tamiya deck tan
  3. regular stripes both vertically and horizontally of tamiya field grey
  4. was of diluted artists acrylic mixed with detergent- 10% paint mix with a squirt of dish washing liquid.

Boots came out a little dark and it needs some tidy up but this is the test paint for a batch of around 30. Empress make some outstanding stuff.

Status update- the GW infection continues

An exciting day on several fronts, firstly my 28mm moderns from empress arrived today and I have to say these are sweet minis. Doing them justice with my usual slap dash paint job will not do, these require attention to detail. Secondly, I have finished some Tau battle suits for Warzone Junior and I am really pleased with the results- GW really do make some excellent stuff that paints up without much effort to a table top standard that really impresses. Thirdly, I have finished some more Pig Iron infantry that will serve as either frontier troops or local militia. These guys are excellent and highly recommended. Finally to celebrate my unemployment I purchased a battle force of GW Cadians, and again these guys are impressive especially the Sentinal model.

I have made some changes in the painting technique and replaced my heavy home brew wash with a two stage process using GW Devlin Mud and Sepia Brown, the results are looking pretty good plus the Tau received their base color of Vomit Brown (who names this stuff GW?) using the long neglected spray gun and compressor!

Not having the pressure of Sony on my back for fourteen hours a day certainly frees up the creative juices, I only hope they didn’t lose anyone in the recent disaster. Working with the Japanese was always a pleasure and I am sure they will come through this tragedy bigger and better- it’s all about perspective, I complain if my local store doesn’t have the paint I need, the Japanese are wondering if they are going to get irradiated by a runaway power plant. Terrible times that if anything make you appreciate family and friends even more, we are definitely still the lucky country.

-Fighting Tomorrows Wars Today

Museings on the Traveller Mercenary

Something about the Broadsword class captured my attention as a youngster, hiring on to assault some backwater world or prop up some tin pot corporate security team trying desperately to hold back the natives. Running a company of mercs would be an expensive business and I suppose you would keep a cadre of key leaders employed at all times with wider pool of soldiers you could draw on as needed. To have access to a pool of experienced labour, a company would have to be based on a high population world preferably with a high tech level and a fairly low law level. Authorities would always be wary of a group of well armed and trained soldiers taking up residence so I guess the ideal place would be the starport, after all where else would you put 800 tons of cruiser? This throws up another question, do you hire or own your transport and gear? Standing units would need to have long term contracts to keep the money flowing, just thinking of the finance and logistics of mounting a company sized operation on another plant makes the mind boggle (make a great game though).

-Fighting Tomorrows Wars Today

Location:Probert Ln,Camperdown,Australia

Pig Iron System Troopers

Painting was a simple spray with a Tamiya Gull Grey and then Field Gray Striping. More goodnes from Pig Iron has just been announced in the form of leader figures, need to get a job first before I can give my guys some commanders. These fellows will make great Imperial Marines in combat armour, FGMPs and Gauss Rifles all round!

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Pig Iron Heavy Infantry

I wanted a gritty look to these guys- a base of Flames of War British armour with the uniforms under the rigid body armour painted a base of Tamiya Buff with stripes of Tmaiya Red Brown. Great miniatures with plenty of options including interchangeable heads. I have made a small sqaud with the caps to look like French Foriegn Legion a la 2300AD.

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Unemployed, time to blog and paint!

Well after four years at Sony it was time to go before being pushed, always leave on a high and I guess I managed that at least. Taking some holidays and definitely updating the miniature collection with stuff on order from multiple suppliers. Just about finished some 28mm Pig Iron infantry which I will post pics of soon. The job hunt adventure begins next week, where to now? Who knows! Anyone want to start a miniatures company?