Italeri 6087 Walls and Ruins – For my vignette

My current project is a King Tiger from SS-Pz.Abt.503, who fought in Berlin in the last days of the war. I picked up Revell’s Tiger II, as it is one of the best 1/72 kits out there.

I thought to make a little vignette also, and when I came across this set from Italeri, I knew it will save me a lot of time.


In the box there are two sprue of brown-yellow plastic, with many useful stuff: different type of building walls, bricks and sacks. For a little vignette like mine, I will use about half of it, so plenty will remain for future projects.

And this how it looks together with the tank and some figurines from Zvezda.

In conclusion, this is a lovely set, quite affordable and a real time saviour for those who don’t have the time or skills to scratch build walls and ruins. You can buy the set here.

Blood Bowl – High Elfs Team. Mou-Drith CBB

Blood Bowl – High Elfs

Just finished my latest commissioned work, some beautiful minis for a client/friend who allows us to publish them here. A High Elf Blood Bowl team ! (Note: Blood Bowl is a funny Games Workshop game, give it a try !)

Team is formed by 13 minis, although number 13 it’s not numbered here, by client demand, and it haves one Quarterback, 2 Blitzers, 3 Receptors and 7 Line men.

This team is formerly named Mou-Drith CBB, a tribute to Real Madrid C.F by client demand, and because this are painted in a white-black scheme and yellow-black for the Quarterback.

All figures are white metal cast with a good detail level, although some mould marks must be cleaned.

Paint Guide:

The yellow Quarterback is painted with Iyanden Darksun, Regal Blue and Ice blue for lights on black plates. The rest are painted with Astronomican Grey as base and highlighted with a mix of Skull white + Astronomican Grey.


I hope you enjoy these !

Airfix 01746 – Waterloo British Artillery

Hard to believe that this set came out in 1972!!! The 14 man crew, 2 guns and limber, all go to make a gun in action and one being towed. The following figures are from my private collection and are painted in Acrylics by my own fair hands 😀

It is one of Airfix´s better sets..although for the serious Napoleonic collector there are a few errors.

The guns...Why did they add rivets to the wheels!!? Apart from that the guns are accurate representations of 6-pdrs (?), even down to having small ammo boxes attached to the axle to the left and right of the barrel. The barrel doesn´t clip or peg into position but it simply lays on the trunions. This means if it were to be used for wargaming, the barrel needs to be glued or pinned to the carriage.

The gun carriage ( Limber) ..It has the correct number of six horses but they are not connected to each other although the one rear horse is attached to the limber and addition of traces isn´t impossible (see photos of the based set)

The Crew…Apart from the guy with the two buckets who seems a pretty odd pose and is therefore getting entangled with his scabbard, the whole crew look busy and engaged with the job in hand. Uniforms, of both crew and riders is correct. One notable point. The officer is holding his telescope with BOTH hands, which is correct. Most other telescope using figs seem to believe they have pirate ancestry and hold it with one hand.

This was at the time and still is a lovely set…and still the best representation of the Napoleonic RHA in plastic. It is however hard to acquire these days but it is well worth hunting down.

The figures and equipment painted but not based

The pictures have made the blue look a bit too light blue…

The painted figures..Based

I have added traces to the Limber and horses
The gun barrels have no holes to represent the bores. I´ve painted the "hollow" effect in.


You can try to find the set here.

Italeri 6068 German Elite Troops – Revell 02584 German Mechanized Infantrymen

Italeri Set 6068 German Elite Troops & Revell Set 02584 German Mechanized Infantrymen



This set was first issued by Italeri and then it also was issued by Revell.

Most poses looks quite correct, except the man firing the Panzerfaust and the mortar one. All seems to be equipped for winter time.

Wrong position to fire a Panzerfaust :).

Clearly, set is designed for late war years, showing several MP43/StG44 and high differences in equipment. Most of the soldiers don’t wear all the equipment and many of them have wrong position for the shale and canteen.


Overall set is quite well sculpted, maybe the worst figure is the mortar one, a bad base and just one server.

You must correct the angle of some MG0’s bipod, which have been rotated because mould problems, but it’s not a hard task.

Paint Guide.

·Coats: Base coat WWII German Field-grey (Vallejo), Devlan Mud (Citadel) washed and then highlight again with German Field-grey.

·Trousers: Basecoat German Grey (Vallejo), Devlan Mud washed, highlighted with Green Grey (Vallejo).

·Camouflage: Middle brown base coat, dark green dotted, the light olive green and latest dark yellow. You can wash it with Devlan Mud.

·Metal on weapons: Dry brush Oyl Steel (Vallejo) and Babab Black washed.

·Bazooka y Panzerfaust: Tausept Ocre (citadel) and Devlan Mud washed.

 

About the bases you can take a look here.

A very interesting set, you can buy it here (Italeri Box), and here (Revell Box).

Dragon 7370 Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E Sd.Kfz.181 Tiger I Initial Production

When I started this kit, many said it was the most correct Tiger tank in braille scale, with only one “fault”: a single decal option: Tiger no 100. But what an option! This legendary tank was captured by Russians and was exhibited in Gorky park in the summer of 1943.




I opted for the winter version of this famous tank, when I came across this image:




The distinguishing of Tiger 100 are:

1. Massive exhaust pipe extensions, rising up to 700mm above the top of the rear hull.
2. Unique side mounted turret baggage bin.
3. Horseshoe mounted on the left side hull front.
4. Bent front left track mudguard
5. Improvised rain shield over the gun-sight.
6. Unique camo pattern with a large dark area above the driver’s vision port.
7. Spare tracks on front hull.

I just had to bend the left track mudguard and improvise the rain shield over the gun-sight. The rest came with the kit.

 

After assembly, I sprayed two layers of Tamiya white primer, very useful for brush painting.

Then, the Panzer grey, from Vallejo Model Color range, applied in four layers with a brush.

Next in line was the specific camo of Tiger 100.

And finally, I placed the Tiger in little vignette; the snow is very easy to make: just a mix of water, white glue and baking soda. I will not call this project done, as I plan to return with some proper figurines.

In conclusion, if you want to build an accurate Initial Tiger tank, this might prove an excellent choice. Dragon even released a sequel based on this kit, with more decal options.
Buy the Tiger #100 set,
Or buy the sequel.

Strelets Roman market

All I can say about this set from Strelets (comissioned by and exclusive to Linear-b) is that it is superb. The variety of poses, the sculpting and subject matter are excellent. There is very very little flash to deal with and the figures themselves are attached to the sprue mainly by their bases which means very little carefull knife work when detaching them.

street scene using one of my old roman scratch built houses
The Slave traders and their "wares" The one sitting comes seperately from the small gold laden table in front of him.
Traders. Not quite the butcher, baker and candlestick maker but Baker, potters and the butcher
A couple more traders. The bread maker. The cloth trader and cobbler. The bread maker comes with the table and if you look closely you can see that the cobbler has a nail in his left hand.
The rest of the set. Buyers. The arrogant stance of the paired figures....great stuff. The guy bidding..not only does he appear a bit annoyed but he seems to be indicating his annoyance with the all to familiar two fingers ;-D The last fig...this is IMHO the only small mistake in the set...the size of the goose´s head!!!!!

This is a wonderfull set that can be used for street scenes, camp scenes or to add to the two roman transport set.

Did I mention street scenes???? Here´s a couple more 😀

Remember that this set is exclusive for Linear-B

1/72 Hät 8179 Gatling Gun

1/72 HaT 8179 Gatling Gun

This work have been included in the Hat’s contributions page.

I love the colonial age… don’t know why.
These guys are my first colonial paint work, so they would be considering as a test painting.

The first mistake, the red coats’ trouser, which are too blue. Although there are some variants for these guys none is so blue, you can choose a dark blue as the royal artillery, a very light blue or a sand colour, but not so blue as i did.

Second mistake is the use of red coats and sand uniforms, these guns were allways crewed by the royal artillery guys, which worn a dark blue, but a for a test painting i wants to try these colours too.

Probably there are some other mistakes, figures has cuffs but i didn’t paint them in all the teams, as i haven’t see pictures of the royal artillery with cuffs in other colour.

About the guns itself i also paint one green, which is not correct, seems that all was painted in some blue.

About the set, we only can say that you get 4 Gatling gun fully crewed by just some Euro, i reserved one gun for the ACW project, although i must remade the munitions barrel. All the set is Ok, gun parts fit quite well, and there are a lot of figures which can be useful for other sets/uses. The only odd for my taste is the figure who stands close to the wheels, his pose only allows this usage and sculpture is quite strange, too big shoulders. Maybe he is just a very strong man.

Paint Guide:
Sandy: Vallejo Iraqui Sand + “Quick Shade”.
Red Coats: Vallejo 70957 Flat Red + Unknown Citadel Blue (Sorry, i don’t remember which one i used) + “Quick Shade”.
Royal Artillery: Vallejo 70925 Intense Blue + Citadel Black Wash.
Used in all the figs, white, Citadel Snake Bit leather, Gold and silver colours.

The novelty for this work is that i used The Army Painter “Quick Shade” Medium tone for the Red Coats and Sandy ones, and i quite happy with this product. The only odd is that you must use matt varnish after use the “Quick Shade” as it is terribly brightness, but it shades quite well over a lot of colours, most for light or brightness colours, such sandy, red, light “all” and so. Is curious how it works with the varnish, brightness go off, but also they look less shadowed after varnish… i don’t know… i will try this product for next works, we will see, but by the moment i like it more than Vallejo or Citadel washes.
I must said i didn’t use the “dip” method, i brushed the product, and you must carefully clean the brush after it, as product is more like a varnish than a wash. The other question concerning this product is that it took an eternity to dry, if you use it in the afternoon you could forget the figures until the next day. Also, and i don’t know why, this products works quite bad if you try to highlight figures with dry bush after apply it, so it demands other way to work: Base colour – Highlight – Quick Shade, while i usually use Wash – Highlight.

I hope you like it.

Buy unbuild and unpainted this excellent set here.