Friday, December 31, 2010

All in a days work

On the Guild Forum they are running a Winter themed build with a deadline on 2 Jan.  When it was announced I thought it would be a good chance to do some of the Ardennes SS I have.  But the excitement of Christmas (and painting the para supply units and 21 Independent Coy) got the better of me and no more thought was given.

Until this morning when I noticed it again.  As a ribbon was up for grabs - I dug into the lead pile and found one of the wonderful Lamercraft Miniatures sets "Ambush at Poteau".  It is a set of 5 figures based around a famous set of photos, including the one below:

So at 12:35pm I gave three of them a shot of Citadel White and waited patiently for the recommended 2 hour drying time.  35 minutes later had a few base colours on:

It was my first go at doing SS camo so tried out an Oak Leaf pattern (Spring I know - but they would have worn anything they could get their hands on) with Italian camo pants.

Here is the result.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

British Airborne Supply

Over the past year I have painted a British Airborne Airlanding Brigade (1st Airlanding Brigade actually). 

I am gradually painting out the remaining units of my British Airborne forces. First up are the beginnings of the supply units.

Wicker baskets and canisters - AB

Brittania canisters

Handcarts - AB and Battlefield

Monday, December 27, 2010

A return to my favourite period

When I was younger I exclusively collected and gamed with 6mm or 1/300th figures.  A work sojourn to the UK for a few years in the mid 1990's meant that I met up with Adler miniatures and I fell in love with them.  Initially I was only going to collect armies to do the various battles in the 100 Days campaign.  But over time this has grown to encompass may other armies.

While I have continued to slowly build these armies, since then I have wandered off into many other periods and scales.

With the coming of the 200th anniversary of the Napoleon's campaign into Russia, I decided it was time to move back to the unpainted lead pile and get the Russians done so I can game various battles in 2012. 

Here is the unpainted Russian stuff I have found this morning - I am sure there are a few more divisions in a box somewhere and I have no cavalry or artillery in this pile - they too are stored somewhere else.

I will chronicle the painting of these over the year.