Monday, 23 May 2016

Miniature Wargames June 2016 - issue 398

Issue 398 of Miniature Wargames with Battlegames includes a three page article written by me showing how I scratch-built and painted this 1/100th scale Fokker EIII Eindecker.

Regular readers of the magazine will know of a short two part series of articles written in previous issues by Chris Russell. Eindecker part one - reviewed and gave details of this iconic aircraft, while Eindecker part two published a set of WW1 wargame rules.

In Eindecker part three, I show how I built this model.

The Eindecker is not my only 1/100th scale scratch-built air plane - here you see the Eindecker chasing a DH2 flown by Lanoe Hawker.

Once again, Henry (the editor) has produced a very well illustrated article full of large and useful photos showing the stages of construction and painting. Well done.

Miniature Wargames is currently on sale in WH Smiths. The cover price is £4.50.


Sunday, 22 May 2016

Pax Bochemannica Boche - part five

The painting continues.....

Tvacii has been given a more orange skin tone (all that spray sun tan) while the leader Issvace now has some stripped trews and a scarf. The bulldog (Patch) has the main skin colour laid down with a brown eye patch and Cheesy has his trews painted. Mandii has been painted in much more sombre colours than her 'twin' with grey hair and sallow skin tones.

More to follow.


Friday, 20 May 2016

Pax Bochemannica Boche - part four

I have added many more highlight layers to the flesh areas, building them up with lighter colours and a tiny touch of Stonewall Grey then applying 'washes'. It should be obvious, but Tvacii has been painted in a completely different scheme - much more ORANGE!

Tvacii as a dedicated follower of Boche fashion has decided to have an all-over orange tan, The tan colour is a mix of natural clays applied with a palette knife. The only problem is that it tends to 'run' when it rains!

"The things that these young Boche do in the name of fashion!"

Image Two - Shows the fabric areas started.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Out with the old and in with the new.....

It is with some regret that I have finally moved on from my much-loved Spitfire mug and over to my new Panzerfauste mug.

Just look at that chip in the rim of the mug bought for me from the RAF Museum Cosford.

A changing of the guard.....

Thanks Rob.


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Buried Treasure - Uncovering Hoards

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham University has a new exhibition - Buried Treasure - Uncovering Hoards. The Barber Institute has 48 Hoards and this display shows eight from around the world, including two from Britain.

This was the first time Sue and I had visited this gallery - a hidden treasure of art and antiquities. We had a grand day out and I would recommend both the art gallery and the exhibition to anyone who can make it.

Details of the exhibition can be found here.


Sunday, 15 May 2016

Pax Bochemannica Boche - part three

With the basing done - I undercoated the figures with a dark brown/charred brown mix. I have been moving away from a 100% black undercoat over the last couple of years - I'm not saying that I won't go back to it at some time. It's just that my preferred undercoat (at least for the time being) is dark brown.

Image Two - This dark brown base was further detailed with a rough mid brown 'wet-brush' (like drybrushing, but with more paint on the brush). I think it it obvious to see just how well sculpted and full of character these particular miniatures are - they all but paint themselves!

I should have mentioned in an earlier post that the sock windsock has been 'pinned' with a short section of paperclip before being glued in place with superglue. I have also used a tiny bit of Milliput to hide the join and strengthen it.

Stay tuned for more updates.


Friday, 13 May 2016

Pax Bochemannica Boche - part two

The bases were built up with standard Yellow-Grey Milliput.

I then added texture by sprinkling sieved sand and small stones over uPVA glue.

I prefer to base and texture the bases before painting - even before undercoating the figures.