Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Orctober Fest - The Flintloque Orcs - part four

Once again the painting has progressed quickly, I find that by challenging myself to paint a small group of figures each month (The Pledge) that the build or builds move along apace.

As you can see I have painted all of the detailing and it is only a matter of painting the groundwork and varnishing before the minis will be finished.

I have purposely painted this group in a miss-match of colours and uniforms to make best use of the available miniatures and show that the gun was undermanned.

Throughout this build I have noticed that my eyesight is not what it used to be and although I regularly wear spectacles - I do not wear them when painting minis (or for that matter reading). I'm sure this situation will change and because of this I am less happy with the painting of these figures than usual. In addition I feel the blue is a little too dark and the yellow a little too weak; a problem more to do with the available paints and using a black undercoat to paint over than anything else.

My view may change once the bases are finished.

However the Orctober Fest theme has prompted me into painting up another group, a group that would have otherwise remained in my 'too-do' box.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Wargames Illustrated - issue 324

I received a WH Smiths gift voucher for my birthday - a present from my Mother earlier this year. The voucher allows me to purchase magazines and/or books whenever I see a product that I would like to buy and as such gives me an excuse to regularly browse the shelves at WH Smith's stores.

I have already written, that I am not a regular buyer of any one gaming or model making magazine, but prefer to check-out the content month-to-month to see what is on offer and more importantly what appeals to me. October 2014, was, in my view a bumper month. I have already posted a review of Wargame Soldiers & Strategy (see my earlier post). This was my second gaming purchase this month.

Wargames Illustrated issue 324 - October 2014.

For me the highlight was an eight page spread by Nick Buxey entitled Four Churches and a Meeting House in which Nick details some of his scratch-built models. As a keen model maker (a terrain maker) this one article was enough to justify the cover price alone. A truly fantastic array of wargame terrain built by a true artist. I would recommend this tutorial to anyone looking to build centre piece gaming terrain for their gaming table. A great article which has some stunning pictures of both work-in-progress and finished models.

The article has inspired me to build a large church, centre piece model, usually I try to limit my tutorials to smaller models which have a nominal foot print of 6 inches x 6 inches but I really must try to make a larger model.

The magazine is another one that likes to produce themed issues. I have my doubts about the logic of doing this, as should the theme NOT be something you are interested in, then the magazine could be rejected as a purchase. However many publications are now doing this, so who am I to criticise. The theme this month was Modern Warfare.

The magazine has very high production values, a good stock of glossy paper and colour illustrations throughout, but I found content a little light. Apart from the terrain building article already detailed above my favourite was another model making article - Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks, by Phil Lewis in which the author details the steps necessary to convert a 15mm Flames of War Vietnam-Era M113 into the M113A3 or more modern derivative.

The remainder of the magazine contains loads of gaming 'eye-candy'. But WI and the earlier WS&S both featured La Haye Sainte. In fact WS&S featured two models of this iconic Napoleonic terrain piece - one from Warlord Games and the second from 4Ground. "You wait years and two come along together!"


Monday, 20 October 2014

Wargames Soldiers & Strategy - issue 74

I recently picked up this magazine and thought some quick comments were in order.  The magazine Wargames Soldiers & Strategy is not a regular purchase of mine, mainly because of it's themes issues. However this months diorama cover and the article on building the display was enough to tempt me into buying the magazine.

This months theme (if it is not already obvious) is Operation Market Garden - the World War Two attempts by the Allies to secure bridgeheads in their advance into Germany. In truth, not a period or genre style that is one of my main modelling or gaming interests. There were however a couple of articles that I felt were well worth the cover price.

The first is Defending Hell's Highway an article on building the diorama display featured on the front cover. The three page article was just the sort of feature that I enjoy, a step-by-step tutorial on how Ruben Torregrosa planned and built the display piece. The model is built to 15mm scale, but the superb painting and attention to detail, fools the viewer into thinking it is in a larger scale. As you can tell. I enjoyed the article,

Later in the magazine is a second article on terrain building - this time by Stephen Tunmore. Another three page tutorial on how to build better terrain. Once again I found the article to be very well planned, written and I gained a lot from the hints and tips.

The articles and gaming scenarios based on Market Garden were a great read, and although I have little interest in gaming this period, I found them interesting and very well illustrated. Apart from the two terrain articles my favourite was the four page article by Richard Lloyd 'A Song of Plastic and Poly Cement' or converting miniatures to A Game of Thrones.

Production values are very good and remind me of the format and layout of older publications, this is not a criticism, more of a comment on the style of the magazine - I happen to like it.

Overall, I am pleased with this purchase, but realise that with themed issues, the content can be a little hit-and-miss. Wargames Soldiers & Strategy remains one of those gaming magazines that is/will be picked up on an add-hock basis rather than a regular purchase.


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Orctober Fest - The Flintloque Orcs - part three

The painting continued with picking out details of the uniform decorations and colours. I am not too happy with the Blue and Yellow on these miniatures, believing the blue to be too dark and the yellow not intense enough. This is a regular issue with my figure painting and something that I have experienced on previous occasions/models.

I find that I have difficulty in painting blue - either making it too dark (as in these figures) or to light, (a sky blue colour). I was wondering if any follower/reader had some advice as to which brands and colours I should be choosing?

Similarly, yellow has never had the coverage of other acrylic paints, for these minis I have used Leaprous Brown mixed with Badmoon Yellow as the base and Yellow from Rackhams for the first highlight. I am sure that I will go over these colours before the group are finished.

Apart from the issues stated above - the figures are moving along and I can see no issue with having them finished by the end of Orctober.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Roger Willcox

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Uncle Rogipoos one of the most prolific contributors to The Notables Flintloque Yahoo Site. link

You will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.



Monday, 13 October 2014

Kronan Stone Man for Flash Gordon

Here is the latest addition to my 40mm Flash Gordon miniatures collection - a Kronan Stone Man from the Marvel Plastic Collection. The model stands a whopping 60mm tall and dwarves my 40mm Graven Images Flash Gordon/Cliffhanger figures.

Photo Three - Shows the basic miniature, still on it's original Clix base.

And here you can see the gaming card/stats. The model was bought from e-bay for less than £4.00.

Photo Four - I cut the figure from the original base and mounted him on to a 50mm round, plastic base with the groundwork built up from broken cork and Milliput Fine White. I sprinkled some sand and sieved stones over uPVA glue to add texture to the base.

Photos Five, Six and Seven - Show the finished model. Most of the painting was done with washes, however I did have fun painting the glowing eyes. This is a real brute of a figure and given the lack of any futuristic weaponry, could be used in a number of settings/genres.

I hope you enjoy reading about this latest FG figure that featured in the recent Blast-Tastic display (see earlier posts).


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Orctober Fest - The Flintloque Orcs - part two

This image shows the first real colours added to this group of 5 Flintloque miniatures. I wanted a miss-match of uniform colours to show just how run-down this particular batch of Albion Orc Artillery are and have used different Blues for the main batch and Red for one of the soldiers who has obviously been brought in to supplement the crew. The final figure is working in shirt-sleeves.

I have painted the trousers in various Greys and Grey/Blues.

My usual painting style is to layer the colours from dark to light, for example the figure in shirt-sleeves has his shirt painted in a Snakebite Leather and Skull White colour, which is then highlighted with more Skull White and then pure Skull White on the highest sculpted detail.

At this stage of painting there is little to see, but the image does show the technique that I use to paint my miniatures. It should also be noted that I tend to exaggerate both the colours and highlighting on my Flintloque figures. I feel that this works well with the 'cartoony' sculpting style of these models.

If you have any questions, please post them here and I will try to answer them.