Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Friday, January 15, 2021
This is a long one, get your favorite beverage and put your feet up.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Monday, January 11, 2021
Since I had the airbrush out for the STuGs and there was some extra time I went ahead and added the basic camo job to the Jagdpanthers. I'm pretty pleased with them, although I didn't get the green quite right to suit me. I'm not going to go back and fix it. Next time I won't try using Nato Green as a base, I think I picked it up by mistake and didn't check the color before I started. These still need to be sealed before they are ready for decals. I'll just work on them as its convienent at this point.
Found a little time to get the decals on the STuGs and the STuH. I used the decals from the Rubicon Jagdpanther kit as those seemed to be a better match for the unit STuG battalion I'm modeling. I ended up having to splice some of the numbers together but I think they came out okay.
I did prep by applying a satin finish to the full body of the STuGs and the skirts. After I had the decals on I hit them up with another layer of the satin finish to seal the decals. I can finally move on to the fun part!
Friday, January 8, 2021
What a strange year 2020 was. I think my production went up a bit at least in terms of vehicles and I acquired and refined some new skills on the modeling front. I also was able to stay gainfully and quite busily employed. As an IT Consultant for a major healthcare provider to say I was busy would be an understatement.
We were in the midst of a major kitchen renovation just before the virus really hit and we were able to get that project finished. Fortunately isolation from the workers was already in place because of the dogs. We did make extensive use of our Jeep Gladiator (This is a pickup truck based on the frame of a 4 Door Wrangler and in fact from the front looks exactly like the new JL series Jeep, I have seen it referred to as a JLG in forums), hauling tile from the stores to home. Between two bathrooms and the kitchen I figure we moved about 3,000 pounds of tile, the Gladiator handled it all. I love that truck!
Like many of us I spent a great deal of time at home so the wood workshop say a lot more use and most of my major acquisitions for the year were tools. A new table saw, router, planer and drill press all took up residence in the workshop portion of the garage and all of them were used on various DIY projects that my wife was able to come up with.
In addition we removed the soft top from our 2 door Jeep Wrangler and replaced it with a hardtop. I have never seen a worse set of instructions written for such a complicated project. I know a new top sounds pretty simple but we went all out and bought one with a rear defroster, rear window wiper and washer. All of which required running another wiring harness, hooking up the electrical connections (correctly!) in the engine compartment and the dashboard and replacing various switches. I had no idea what I was getting into, you can count on a post for that little project.
I also delved back into Calamity a bit as the tools acquired for our DIY projects also give me the capabilities to build the basic sub-structure for the Calamity boards. Hoping to move on that front in 2021 as well.
On the model railroad front, that may stay behind the radar for a while as well. I have a solid design for the D&RGW warehouse row in Denver, now its just finding the time to put it into action, not to mention that I still want to model the C&NW narrow gauge line running up into the Rocky Mountains from Boulder, I'm still trying to get my hands on at least one Bachman On30 2-8-0 for that project.
I still don't see a lot of wargaming opportunities for the coming year or conventions for that matter. Maybe ReaperCon will be live this year, Labor day could be viable from a vaccination standpoint.
I think I can continue keeping the blog going through 2021 without a problem. Should be plenty of things to do! Oh and I did manage to finish the Christmas cards for 2020, we were just so rushed that I never managed to get a picture of them finished with the black ink.
Thursday, January 7, 2021
At the end of 2020 Rubicon was finally able to release their second wave of kits which included their new King Tiger kits with a full interior. Now I never really intended to purchase these tanks as they just don't fit in with my gaming style, but full interiors! So I bit and ordered one of each of the two Tiger II kits and another PzKfw III H/J/L/M/N kit and the PzKfw III Befehlswagen E/H/J/L kit.
The first of the Tiger II kits comes with the zimmerit and both the "Porsche" and "Henschel"(apparently what I thought I knew for years was incorrect and what I would have called the Porsche turret is in fact the first prototype turret made by Henschel) turrets. The Tiger II without zimmerit comes with just the production Henschel turret.
Here is a look in the box:
|The boxes for the Tigers are huge!|
|This is the one with zimmerit and the extra turret|
|So much plastic!|
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
I have been messing around with the town of Calamity again. Revising old thoughts and such, nothing worth writing about at this point. I have decided I need to do some painting though and I pulled out the Iconic Faction from Knuckleduster's Gunfighters Ball Kickstarter. I have cleaned them up and primed them and hopefully they will see some paint before the end of January. Rubicon Armor kits keep distracting me from painting minis it seems.
I cleaned these up and overall I'm pretty impressed. Of course there were a couple of figures with mold lines across their faces and in some really hard to reach spots as well. Some of the details are a bit soft but I think that's just related to the 3D sculpting and printing process rather than a mold flaw. They looked considerably better after I primed them with the gray primer (Badger Stynylrez).
Nothing identifies these minis as specific characters but if I had to put some names to faces I would go with: Rooster Cogburn (the John Wayne version), Maverick, Shane, Marshal Dillon (Gunsmoke), the Rifleman and maybe William Munny.
Monday, January 4, 2021
Back from the holidays. Just setting up a few posts to get 2021 off to a fresh start.
Here are the Jagdpanthers in their base coat of dunkelgelb. They will probably sit like this for a while till the STuGs are done.
|In progress, starting off with the darkest shade of Dunkelgelb that I have.|
|Blending in the mid-tone to get the contrasts going.|