Sunday, 22 June 2008
I need a hand with something: what the deuce am I going to put on the shoulder pads of my Hardened Veterans? On the ordinary Guardsmen, the left shoulder has the number "24" (the regimental number) and the right has the imperial aquila - both white transfers on the Dark Angels Green armour:
But what ought I to do for the Vets? Seriously, I don't know, and I'd really appreciate your comments on this one. I have very little imagination, and even if I kept the aquila on the right pad (which would make sense) I haven't a clue for the left one. But I would like to do something different for them.
The only constraint is that I'm not very good at painting small details.
Any offers? - Please help!
Saturday, 21 June 2008
After a brief exchange with The Inner Geek, I have decided to post the 2nd/24th Cadian Light Infantry's mascot. He's small, warlike and somewhat Napoleonic, and he almost always accompanies the Lieutenant who commands 2 Platoon in battles:
Faithful readers, I give you 'After the War':
And here he is with his master, OC 2 Platoon:
And here's the little blighter in real life:
That's right - After the War* is a scale representation of our own faithful corgi: Cadfael. Cadfael is technically my wife Kate's dog, having followed her over from Chicago, and a few years ago ahe presented me with my own 28mm version, made out of Fimo, a kind of modelling clay that you bake to set.
After the War has appeared on the field a number of times, and although he usually trots faithfully after his master, he has also made a characterful objective marker a couple of times. He has no game rules.
I'm pleased to note that Kate has also made and/or painted some of my scenery too, for which I'm eternally grateful. She takes no active participation in gaming stuff, but it's always lovely to have her with me when I'm painting on a lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon. Thanks, Kate!
NB: Kate has her own blog of daily(ish) photos which I recommend, too, entitled 'The Nicest of the Damned': I have blog title envy!
* His name is a reference to a song: if you don't get the reference but want to, do an internet search for "Paul Simon" and "After the War". Incidentally, I'm a big Magritte fan, too.
Monday, 16 June 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008
- This is very true, and following hotly in the footsteps of my fellows I'm delighted to draw your attention to some of the other individual blogs I enjoy - most of which have Imperial Guard content which I fully intend to explore further. Of course, all of these can be found in the links section on the right, but for simplicity's sake, I commend the following to your notice:
Col. Gravis's Praetorian Imperial Guard;
The Inner Geek;
From the Warp.
There really seems to be a lot of cross traffic between these blogs which we all benefit from, and as I'm pleased to have discovered these pages, I'm sure you will be too!
What's even better is that I know if I'm checking my blog but I haven't been able to post for a couple of days, I can always see what these other fine contributors are up to instead!
By the way...for those of you who are in the UK and will understand this: my school's had the OFSTED inspectors in this week, and as the inspections are over I'm a damned sight more relaxed and happy now...Yay!
Thanks for your time; more models soon,
Saturday, 7 June 2008
Hooray! Thanks to suggestions from Col. Gravis, I have now completed the autocannon squad (to go with the missile launcher squad and, soon, the hvy bolter squad) for D Coy's 1st F/Sup platoon.
This lot oughtn't to require much explaining, so here they are:
Two things of note. First, the bases: each is a normal 40K 25mm base halved and stuck either side of a Warhammer Fantasy 25mm base; the gaps subsequently filled in with greenstuff. As I say, thanks to Col. Gravis for this, because I'd tried lots of different approaches previously, and wasn't happy with any of them - especially in gameplay. If you look carefully, you can see the joins.
The other thing is the 'sniper' - as was. A very early attempt at converting a trooper into a sniper, this guy somehow found himself in one of the fire support platoons. Don't ask.
So there you go...enjoy!
Friday, 6 June 2008
I'm going to try to outline why I base and varnish my models as I do - you may have noticed by now that it doesn't always actually look that good; not least on my earlier efforts!
Firstly, basing. I've never relished the idea of basing an army - I find painting the models time-consuming enough and just painting them black or (for a long while) dark green seemed to do a good enough job. However, I figured I ought to try to grow up, and the release of Cities of Death persuaded me that rubble might just be within my grasp. It turns out that it is - just about - within my grasp. I don't like applying it, I don't like basecoating it black, I don't like what drybrushing it does to my brushes (even the old ones!) and I think the end result is - frankly - flat and boring.
BUT it has to be said it's better than the bases staying blank. AND it does make the models look finished. AND it does give them a little more character. AND with a 200+pax army I can't afford to be too fussy. So I guess it works out for the best!
Also, I really like the flashes on the reverse of the bases (see 1Pl HQ medic, below) - it's hard to express just how useful this for identifying units in the field and in storage!
As for the varnish? Well, I do this purely and simply to make the models more hardwearing - especially given the amount of them I'm obliged to store and (sadly not often enough) transport. If it's not painfully obvious, I use spray-on Purity Seal. It also seals the transfers on superbly well.
So there you go!
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Roughly 150 hits;
One comment (thanks, seemyinnergeek!);
The vague manipulation of html;
Some links to other great sites established;
My first ever attempt at freehand design painting (see below, and post 015);
4 units fully finished because of the impetus of this blog, including: 2 sentinels, 1 missile launcher squad, B Coy comd squad, and even one of my autocannon squads (which will be posted this weekend) - so that'll soon be five units in a month: unprecedented! And that's with a week travelling!*
I have to say I'm pleased with the start we've made - and thanks to all of you for your patience and support: I really appreciate it!Now I'm going to (a) post this and hope that the 'comments' option appears this time, and (b) start possibly thinking about a possible entry for the BoLS competition to design an IG regiment for their Macharian Campaign . Yay!
*Incidentally, I really enjoyed the two days I spent at my new school in Devon, and my wife and I have found a lovely cottage to rent too...ahh!