Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hay!

Hey All!

Pretty much ready for the Salute 2012 - Finished painting and basing all the necessary teams and even had some time to paint a few extra terrain and marker pieces. Pictured above are a Soviet GHQ, a couple 1st Line and Reserve Squads, twine haystacks and an abandoned Maxim MMG based on a penny.

One FiB fellow (with DP-LMG) with a BF head (helmet thing) included on the left team. While more realistic in stature than BF, they need to work on weapons, helmets and faces. Colors are my regular choices but changed up a few things to add interest. Painted the Nagant rifles a lighter wood color that I have seen in pictures.


DP-LMG Gunner on right base has had a head replacement and turn to add interest to the team. The firing figures are BF late-war Soviets that have been moddified to early war (collars and shoulder boards cut down). Sticking with the minimalistic basing for this early war batch of Soviets, I may do a later war company with grassy bases but not until I paint up a late war German and Canadian one.
Above and below are a few LMG teams posed with scratchbuilt twine haystacks. The gunner on the left is a Forged in Battle figure and a BF loader. I added a scratchbuilt bipod as the one molded is just too thick. Not really happy with the FiB figures but they do look ok when painted and do add interest and a few missing figures to your BF Soviet teams.
The left gunner is a BF converted ATR figure with a scratchbuilt DP-LMG.

 
 Above are markers for abandoned MGs. I based these on pennies. I think these will be nicer than counters and such - if I had more time, I was going to paint up some markers with dead soldiers that you could use for eliminated squads or teams that have suffered a casualty.

Cheers!

Troy

15 comments:

  1. Nice work Troy. You need to show us some pictures of whole army! How did you make those haystacks if I may ask?

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    1. I will try and put up a group shot soon. The haystacks are twine cut to 1/4 inch and mixed with PVA. I ball this messy mix and form into the rough shape. Let them dry and then brush with more PVA and flock with tan colored static grass. Once dry, paint an appropriate hay color and drybrush a highlight.

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  2. Very nicely painted, the basing is great to.

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  3. I've long since run out of adjectives to describe your painting Troy: excellent as always, up to your usual standards.

    CdlT

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  4. Very nice stuff. The remade bipods do add a lot.

    What rule set are you using with "reserve infantry" and "abandonned MGs"?

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    1. Schwere Kompaine rules - here: http://www3.telus.net/Ritterkrieg/schwere.htm
      Troy

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  5. How did you make the spent shell casings on the MG base?

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    1. Hey (Hay?!) Chris.

      They are simply 28 gauge brass wire, cut to length and glued down with PVA.

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  6. Awesome painting. How did you scratch build the LMG?

    -- George Krashos

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    1. Yes by using the ATR as a startinG point, the conversion was pretty straightforward .

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  7. Wonderful work. The details are fantastic, especially all of the character that you add with your scratchbuilding and extra effects. The lighter colour wood does provide nice contrast and variation.

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  8. You really need to do a tutorial on faces. Yours are the best in this scale.

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  9. Awesome stuff as usual, just a nitpick though, Maxim type HMGs eject the empty shells forwards, so most of them should be in front of the gun.
    http://youtu.be/KBFSo-nG8Wk

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    1. Yes, thanks for that, I watched the video and was surprised to see that is the case! As most of my maxim 1910s are based close to the edge, the pile should be off base. Doh!

      Well at least they are loading from the proper side!

      Troy

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