After taking last week off, club members have struggled out of the holiday slump with details of what they have been working on (there’s actually a lot going on but the club members are being hopeless at taking pictures!)
First up Marcus’ son has been trying a bit of miniature painting. We think these sci-fi troopers are a very good start.
Then Sean surprised us with pictures of his 6mm Viking raiders. These most definitely look the part, even more so when we learnt the ships are actually paper models.
And lastly for this week, I’ve done some more work on the pieces of plasterboard I acquired (ahem) with a wash of black paint to give that real ruined look.
Hopefully the club will continue coming up with projects in 2021.
During this holiday period we still have a bit of progress being made by club members.
John continues building up his Zona Alpha city with some more progress on the warehouse.
But John has also teased us with the beginning of construction on a mill/ironworks.
Feeling like I should also be making stuff, I’ve turned to that icon of art and crafts, the egg box.
Despite looking like some sort of sci-fi power station I’ve never bothered to use egg boxes for fear that on the tabletop they still look like egg boxes. But having used this one over the holiday period I felt I should see what I can do. It was a box of 15 eggs so avoids the dozen/half dozen look. But lets see what I can do with it.
And finally Steve has almost finished his new Dwarven army most likely to be used with the Dragon Rampant rules.
That’s it for 2020’s WIP Wednesdays. Let’s see what 2021 projects the club members can come up with.
This week Steve puts us all to shame with his continued hobby output.
First up he has already finished painting up his dwarves and heavy support in the form of a giant bear.
And out of the blue he has also found time to make himself a neat dice box. Bought for just £2 from the shop ‘The Works’, Steve created some compartments and a tray insert.
Next up John’s Zona Alfa city continues to expand with the start of a new warehouse. I’m sure this will look as good as the previous office block.
And finally I’ve started the plastering stage for my 15mm Tudor style buildings for Wars of the Roses games. As per my normal method they are made from EVA foam with the wood beams cut from coffee stirrers.
I thought I’d go for bathroom sealant to plaster in between the beams but it’s a nightmare so will need a rethink as I have seven buildings to do.
Given the current lockdown status we may well have another WIP post next week.
The club is definitely slowing down production as we approach the Christmas Holidays. And quite right given this year, although I suspect a few hobby related presents might see a resurgence in the new year.
First up Mark has made more progress with his Panzers.
And out of the blue mark also mentioned starting to slap some paint on a hundred years war project.
Steve shared this picture of a dwarven force on the painting table, but there was no mention of last weeks 6mm sci-fi force. After saying he had nothing to paint it seems Steve is queuing the projects up.
It was troopers and gaming aids for this Wednesday.
Steve finally managed to get around to rebasing some troopers, as Steve himself says “A while ago I decided to strip and re-paint some EM4 plastic colonial marines. I also cut away the old guns and bought some replacements.
John L has also been painting troopers in the form of a group of Spetsnaz he actually won in a Zona Alfa competition.
And finally this week Tony F has created for himself some stat trackers for Lord of the Rings.
Tony explains these far better than I could: “I’ve made some gaming aids for Lord of the Rings games; these are stats trackers to record the special abilities of heroes and commanders using small D6. The original was 3D printed and then I’ve made moulds and cast them up in resin. The lettering and army badges are raised to make them easy to paint. I’ve painted some in appropriate colours for each army, and I’ve painted the ‘W’ for Wounds in red to differentiate it from the ‘W’ for Will (the other stats are Might and Fate).”
It will be interesting to see how these work. Tony is still looking at how to add the heroes name to the tracker.
This week has seen a marked slow down in progress reported from the club, typical given this week I’ve actually done something.
Therefore first up I’ve been using some old branches from the garden to make a petrified forest. I’m going for a selection of tree stumps to represent either the remnants of a dead forest or one after shelling or some form of barrage. I’ve got 19 trees and a few fallen logs.
And finally Andy continues to make further progress on his dark ages figures. Once he’s done I might well show each of these stages together from start to finish.
Let’s see if next week shows an increase in productivity, if nothing else I should have finished my forest.
It’s another Wednesday and the club seem to be as productive as ever.
First up we have Mark J taking a quick break from his WW2 Germans with this 6mm Slammers Zaporowskiey tank from Brigade Models. Mark says he’s been experimenting with a paint scheme based on the cold war British Berlin Brigade.
Next up Tony F has managed to get some paint on the mountain of Lord of the Rings Figures he has accumulated. In his own words “I failed my one-a-week Lord of the Rings target last week, but made up for it with two this week. On the left we have Rumil, an Elf from Lorien, brother of Haldir – he gets a brief mention in The Fellowship.”
Andy has lined up a selection of dark age figures, undercoated them and started with the skin basecoat.
Eric continues to assemble his Zona Alfa miniatures with another member of the crew.
And last but not least Steve has gone back to building scenery, or in this case a nice set of ruins.
Let’s hope the club members can keep up this level of painting and modelling. If you would like more information about the projects you see just let us know and we will quiz them on your behalf.
It’s Wednesday again so that means a chance to see what the club members have been up to.
Mark J has made some good progress on his 6mm panzer companies.
Mark says “a tale of two companies; 1 panzer grenadier company with heavy weapon support and a light tank company. I’ve used two shades of dark yellow on the tanks, I wish I could say this was done intentionally but it wasn’t; never trust what the spray tin tells you. Anyway I feel it gives the unit that cobbled together look, which was what was going on at the time, each platoon was usually responsible for applying the dark yellow paint and camouflage, so there were lots of variations. I used contrast paint for the camouflage striping. Two more light companies on the go at the moment.”
Mark also had this to say about his great basing for 6mm infantry that can sometimes get swamped by flock/grass. “I use the Baccus basing system, very fine sand applied using PVA, then apply a red brown wash followed by dry brushing 3 shades of sand, dark medium and light. I use a thinned PVA wash for the static grass, the grass is dropped onto the base using a small plastic bellow.”
Next up we have some Scavengers from Eric. These are from Copplestone Castings and painted up for use in games like Zona Alfa.
Saved from last week we have some 1:3000 ships from Marcus apparently for Guadalcanal, I’m not sure I’ve seen Marcus running WW2 Navy games but maybe he is branching out.
And last but not least Steve has put together some more miniatures for Frostgrave. In his own words we have “Using some old, and some unused models, I’ve put together a party for what I’m calling ‘Dark Grave’.
Here’s Rollo Magwitch and his apprentice, Edith Blackthorn, and their band of treasure hunters…”
That’s another WIP Wednesday from the club members, do let us know if you’re managing to make progress on your own projects.