Saturday, September 27, 2014

Another Kickstarter on the List - Basius 2

I try not to get involved into to many Kickstarters, but good ones keep popping up. This one really has peaked my interest, mostly because of all the bases I need for my WWI Marines and the Amazons that will becoming from Crocodile Games sometimes soon. Now this is their second kickstarter for this product and I passed the first time, the shipping put it out of reach last time and I have regretted having to pass on it. This version is considerably improved so its high on my list of ones I want to jump in on.

Essentially these allow you to apply green stuff or milliput or a similar substance to a base and then press it into the "plate" and instantly create base texture. The "plates" are big so you could get a lot of original bases for a unit that are still similar enough to keep the unit looking like a unit.

I haven't committed yet but I think this one is worth looking at: Basius 2

This plate is double sided and measures 7"x7" with 6"x6" of usable surface area.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Kickstarter Loot! Bombshell Miniatures Counterblast

Another Kickstarter finally delivered, although to be fair they were only a month late which is practically on time in Kickstarter terms. They were held up by the plastic dome helmets that were produced in China, anybody that didn't have helmets in the order were probably delivered on time. 

Great minis and I have been eagerly waiting this bunch. I included one of the original miniatures from the line, Sally Starfield. She is one of the miniatures I have picked out for the competition at ReaperCon in April 2015. I wanted to start on a non-Reaper miniature for this just to kind of work up my skills. I have set some pretty lofty goals for the competition this time around.

Mostly I'm just looking forward to painting these.

Package in the mailbox!

Is there really anything in here?

Science Officer Helen Salinger

Lancer Sniper

Skip Westmoreland and Sally Starfield

Clear Domed helmets right out of pulp science fiction plus helmet rings

The Lancer Faction

Sweet stuff to paint!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

USMC 4th Platoon - Finished!

Wrapped up the 4th platoon tonight. Admittedly I was down to the easy stuff, a couple helmet touchups, a few grass tufts and then a coat of Krylon Matt. I think I need a bit of a break from the Marines. 45 Minis in three weeks is a pretty good pace.

4th Platoon in mixed uniforms

Great War Miniature

Great War Miniature

Great War Miniature

Brigade Games Marine

Great War Miniature

Great War Miniature

Brigade Games Marine

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

USMC 4th Platoon - Almost Done!

I went as far as I could with 4th Platoon tonight. Bases are finished except for the grass. I like to let the water dry before I apply the grass tufts. After that its just time for touchups and another 15 Marines join the force. I'm really liking the look of these Secret Weapon bases. I went for a charred, dead wood look to them and I think they are looking sharp.

Started the stumps off with Reaper Master Series Walnut Brown. I don't leave the house without this color.

They really stand out against the lighter brown soil I went with.

Stumps are finished and Blackened Brown applied as the outer finish. This is another Reaper MSP that I don't leave home without. Similar to Vallejo Model Colour German SS Camo Brown (I don't know the number off the top of my head, sorry).

Monday, September 22, 2014

USMC 4th Platoon

I did get a significant amount of work done on my Marines over the weekend. I was able to sit down and paint most of Sunday afternoon and evening. No post from Sunday as I didn't have any computer access, thank you Century Link. I also was able to spend some time on them this evening. If things go well I should be able to finish off 4th Platoon tomorrow.  I want to follow this up with some of the heavy weapons; MGs and Mortars. I may need to take a break though 45 minis in three weeks is a pretty good clip.

Started off with skin tones

I managed to punch through most of the uniform on Sunday and started working details tonight

4th platoon is another mixed uniform group, featuring Army colored jackets and Marine Corps Forest Green pants. I managed to get a lot of minis in the overcoats in this group.

Getting the first coat of paint on the bases. These are from Secret Weapon Miniatures, if I use them again I'm going to paint them first. They are pretty difficult to paint working around the minis. Although some soil color on the boots and pants will help everything blend in.