Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sneaking out to a show...

I usually try and keep show reports for special posts, but as this weeks update is insubstantial (intermediate work on some 15mm heavy fauns and the start of another group of faun archers) I thought I would share a little of a show I snuck out to today...

NJHMA Expo 2012

Immaculate Tamiya Super 7
I've been attending the NJHMA Expo for over thirty years and have been a member of at least 23. Back-in-the-day it was a predominantly figure club with a few modelers, toy soldier collectors and a few militaria folks mixed in for good measure. The Expo was a huge, multi-day affair. Now the membership is about 10% of its peak, the club is predominantly model builders, and the Expo is a one day show. Such are the ravages of a graying hobby.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Canvas Wings and more Fur Pants

Hey, hey! Had to do some travel for business and travel prep, execution, and recovery have kept me from the painting table. Here's where I go to before I boarded the great silver bird -

Here is a sample of the 6 faun archers that are now completed. I added some Silfor tufts just to break up things up from the usual static grass. Here's a back view -

I started on the next batch, some heavy infantry

And finally, got the antennae primed for the Blue Moon SF building.

Before I left, I also got to play a game with Krimso. As those of you you follow his blog may recall, he finished some WWI planes for a game at Historicon that did not get played. Krimso introduced me to Blue Skies, Wood, and Canvas. We played a few scenarios; I played Germans and Krimso played Brits. It was a fun game that I would like to try again. Most of my WWI aero experience is either from the old Avalon Hill board game Richthofen's War and the now out-of-print miniature game Hostile Aircraft. HA was basically a miniatures based version of Richthofen's and both were on the more complicated side. Blue Skies (etc,etc) is a relatively simple game; Krimso had us up and running in a few minutes, and that was a great change of pace. I got the itch to pull out the H.A. planes that have not seen daylight in a decade.

Well, time to get back to the painting table!


Sunday, August 5, 2012


This week I tried an experiment.

When it comes to figure prep, I can at times be.... let's call it "overzealous". After mold line clean up, I usually scrub the miniature, air dry for a day or so, prime (lately with Tamiya primer), and then start to base coat. This is a long process. I've read many posts on the web with folks successfully skipping many of these steps. For the Splintered Light fauns, rather than priming and then base coating, I tried using Rustoleum Camouflage Earth Brown to prime and base coat in one. Yes, I probably could have ordered one of those Army Painter primers, but no suitable tone was available at my local game store. Walmart had the camo paint.

So pros and cons:
Pro: Earth Brown is a very dark brown. It provides a great natural tone for shadows which I prefer over black.
Pro: Speeds up painting
Pro: Super dead flat. Flatter than flat. Fall off the edge of the world flat.
Pro: Cheap (under $4)
Con: Not quite as tough as real primer. A couple of high point rubbed off during handling.