Saga: Baggage for “The Escort” scenario

•March 25, 2015 • 1 Comment

I finally got round to painting and ‘dipping’ my Saga baggage items.

Here’s the article I posted on the

There’s also some bits of news from around Saga….

The new look Gripping Beast website is now active – so be warned if you go to older articles and find the GB links broken. I will do my best to go back and fix them.

Saga – Welsh update

•March 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I found some time to get more paint on to my six points of Welsh Saga models from Gripping Beast. Nearly there now!

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Altar of Freedom – more units for Union

•March 16, 2015 • 1 Comment

I decided to quickly bump the number of infantry brigades to 18 by making six more bases.

This time I just glued the strips of line infantry and skirmishers to the base with the “hard as nails” glue gun. This stuff sets pretty quickly and keeps the metal bases firmly in place.

I also decided to change the talus on the base to something lighter in colour and less uniform in size.

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Saga: Review of Gripping Beast Milites Christi 28mm metal models

•March 10, 2015 • 1 Comment

Here is my review of some of the Gripping Beast models for the Crescent and the Cross faction “Milites Christi”… LINK.

Painting the first Union Troops for Altar of Freedom wargame

•March 9, 2015 • 1 Comment

I managed to get the first batch of ACW Union troops completed for the Altar of Freedom game. The only thing left for these guys is to take a felt tip pen to the edge of some of the paper flags to get rid of the white (where the fiddly edges didn’t go together quite right!).

Painting in 6mm is hard on my eyes – I don’t know how I am going to go back to finish off my GW Epic Space Marines (!)

The first batch is for the Union – Three Generals, three HQ’s (using some horse holders and pices of triangular balsa wood for tents), one cavalry brigade, six artillery brigades and 12 infantry brigades. All were completed using Vallejo Game Color acyclic paints, flexible filler, MDF bases, PVA to hold talus and static grass. Finished with a matt varnish spray and paper flags added (from baccus).

Next time I don’t think I will put the figures on the lolly sticks – just stick them straight to the bases and paint, strating with the Trousers and then working up – paint the base brwon last (carefully near the figures).

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Paint guide:

Base – Desert Yellow (72063) with brown game ink wash (number has gone off the bottle!)

Horses and muskets – Tierra Earth (72062).

Saddlebags – Dead Flesh (72035) and Magic Blue (72021).

Uniform Jacket/Kepis – Night Blue (72019)

Uniform Trousers – Electric Blue (72023 not 007 !)

Round Hats – Black (72051)

Banner pole tops and Gun barrels – Glorious Gold (72056)

Drybrush on all figures – Ghost Grey (72046)

Flesh – Pale Flesh (72003)

Artillery men trouser piping – Scarlett Red (72012)

Gun carriages – Sombre Grey (72040) with a drybrush of Wolf Grey (72047)

Preparing the units for Altar of Freedom

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I weighed all of the little strips of models I had for my ACW armies. A fraction over 2Kg of 6mm scale metal that required very little cleanup.

The strips were sorted into which side and then into type. Each was given a light undercoat of white Primer spray.

After that I took a dozen brigades worth of Union infantry, and a few supporting units – enough for the First Bull run scenario in the ‘Altar of Freedom‘ supplement for the Eastern theatre - and then tacked them to lollipop sticks for painting.

The next job is painting (followed by the Confederate force!)


Update: Flames of War plastic tanks – undercoating

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A basecoat was applied to all the tanks I had left to do. Vallejo Dead Flesh for the German tanks (dark grey for the older model one I had kicking around). Brit Stuart tanks should have been Vallejo Cayman green but that bottle was all but used up so  I settled for the same colour used on my old US tanks, Vallejo yellow olive (it’s a bit darker than it should be for me, but I will see what I can do with it). Not much progress but tanks come on quickly once the basecoat is done! I hope…. Edit: new bottle of Cayman  green paint found in spare tub – nice.




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