Sunday, May 30, 2021

Gretchin Tank for The Armoury AHPC


This isn't how I had intended this little tank to turn out.  I had wanted to paint a mock Caunter camouflage pattern to echo back to a 10mm Western Desert collection that I did nearly 20 years ago.  But then the tank talked to me.  It said "Paint me liken Italian Racing Car.  Paint me like a Maserati 250f like Moss and Fangio drove".  Far be it for me to question the Words of Wisdom beamed into my skull by the Mothership so here we are.

This is a 3D print gifted to me by fellow challenger JeremyM.  Cheers for that Jeremy and have have other item from you in progress  on the bench.  I have no idea exactly what back of which truck this fell out from but it's a goofy little tank.  It painted up quite nicely in a very simple and basic job, but I had fun with it.

The inspiration

Points wise I think it's 20 points for a 28mm vehicle and 20 points of the Chamber, pending Minion approval.

Friday, May 28, 2021

AHPC LumberJill Curtgeld

I need to pay off my entry fee, so I am offering up one of Bad Squiddos Lumberjills as my Curtgeld.  I've had two Challengers offer me up reward figures so I better off up one myself.  

As with the rest of this range it's a lovely figure and really nice to paint.  I encourage allChallengers to find something to but on the Bad Squiddo site, Annie does terrific figures and is highly worthy of support.  

I will leave the destination for this year's Curtgeld up to the Snow lord himself as long as he finds her a good home.  Ideally it would be someone who could use the figure on table either in her original homefront role or in a pulp setting.  There has tone a good home for a fine lass with a big heart and trusty axe that she's not afraid to use.

Thats's 5 points for the figure plus 20 for the Curtgeld.  I could also use her to appease the Sorceress and have her teleport me but I'm knee deep in female figures and my next destinations are in easy walking distance.

Annie does sell some lovely female miniatures, and her WW2 home front models are a particularly good range. 25 points it is.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

AHPC Williamite Wars in Ireland in 10mm

New year, new project, new scale (mostly), new era (mostly).   If the title has left you at se at bit, it's a reference to one of the early challenges.  So far back in the primordial mists of time that it was before I worked out that I lived only 1km away from the Snowlord!  On that particular challenge Ray had a tremendous come from behind victory largely on the strength of pulling a never ending stream of Fresh cavalry regiments from the Nine Years' War out of his backside in the final week.  Fear not perky if un-balanced Stewardess I'm not planning anything like that.

Leveson's Dragoons Dismounted 

This is the first regiment from a new project on the Williamite War in Ireland, aka the Nine Year's War, aka the War of the League of Augsburg, aka the War of British Succession, aka the events that caused all of those divisive Orange Order marches during the Troubles.  I am planning to use the League of Augsburg Beneath the Lily Banners/War of Three Kings Rules using Pendraken's excellent 10mm range.

This was my not first time painting 10mm, but it's been over 20 years and there's a big difference between lace wars and desert rats in this scale!  These are 16 dismounted dragons representing Leveson's Regiment from the the English army (later these became the 3rd Kings Hussars).   In BLB these fight as loss order troops dismounted or as second rate cavalry mounted, and look to be very useful on table top.  I've used a flintlock firing line pack plus a drummer and an officer cribbed from a pikeman figure.

I was very impressed with the Quality of the Pendraken figures.  Barry Hilton tells me that there are the same sculpts as the 28mm ones he sells as Warfare Miniatures just shrunk.  Working in a different scale is always a learning experience, but that's what life should be.  It was mostly a matter of working out what worked, what doesn't and what you can cheat on (which in 10mm is a lot).  Overall I'm right chuffed about the results, but I've left myself room for improvement.  I also need to work a bit on basing.  The unit late is colour coded Orange for the Williamite side, but the  photo makes it look too yellow so I'll darken the next set up a bit. 

Points wise I am continuing to erode away at my target at a snail's pace.  This week's death by paper cut damage is 16 figures @1 point a pop for 10mm = 16 points.  Heck that's the same value as 8 1/2400 battleships! 

Not another person infected by this rate everyone will be going Donkeybrook! Very nice work on these little chaps.


Friday, May 14, 2021

AHPC Lumberjill for the Sorceress

After my most recent trip to the Dungeon I had the Sorceress transport me back to the Aquifer so that I might take the water route to the lower level.  With my normal level of focus i've now decided that I should go to the Gallery of Ancestors on the second level.  To that end I have a single Lumberjill from Bad Squiddo Games Women of WW2 range in 28mm.  No need for any magic, I think that this strapping lass can chuck me over her shoulders and cart me there like a sack of potatoes. 

Not a lot to say about this figure that I didn't say about my earlier Lumberjill posts.  it's a lovely figure, paints up a charm and a really interesting bit of history.

Points wise that is 5 for the young lady plus potentially another 20 for the Sorceress' bonus.  This will be my third time with the Sorceress and I don't know if this counts against my 1st or 2nd level usage of the weird sisters' services.  I'll let the Cap'n work that out.  Seems to me that those in command never have enough paperwork to keep them busy.


The Cap'n hates paperwork Peter... :-(

Thursday, May 13, 2021

AHPC WW2 Italian Destroyers


It's been a week since my last post and all I've got to show for myself is these four little ships worth a whopping 8 points.   These are 4 1/2400 scale Italian destroyers and torpedo boats for my WW2 naval project.  The original plan here was to model all of the ships that took part in the actions over a 6 month period from destroyers up.  We'll see how far I get with this plan but at least I'm getting a good variety of escort vessels for a decent campaign.

Closest to the camera are two GHQ models of the Soldati class Aviere (aviator) and the Poeti class Alfredo Oriani.  Both models are sold as Soldati class but the Soldati were only slightly different from the preceding Poeti class.  Leave it to the Italians to name one class of ships after poets and then name the lead ship of the next class after the Blackshirts!  Both of these ships were heavily engaged in the convoy battles.

Now we have the Spica class torpedo boats (or destroyer escorts) Aretusa and Cigno.  These are CinC models.  With both navies mining classical mythology for ship names its not surprising that there could be both an Aretusa and HMS Arethusa on table.  At least it's not Trafalgar with two Neptunes plus a Neptuno!  

So that is 4 hulls at 2 points each for a grand total of 8 points for my overall totals and my Naval Side Duel total.  I think I need another 25 hulls or so to catch Adam assuming he stands still for a while.  Don't hold your breath on that happening.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

AHPC WW2 K Class Destroyers


On my dungeon crawl I used two Lumberjills to transport me back to the Aquifer so that I could take the water route to level 2.  I'm not sure if it's required but here's a naval themed post to mark my second trip to the Aquifer.  I have 4 1/2400 models for my ongoing WW2 Naval project - three British K class destroyers and another dummy radar blip in greyscale.  The K class models are GHQ and the other is by CinC.

Group Sot.  Still working out how to use my lightbox so not the best photo.

HMS Kelvin, Kimberley and Kipling (the K class had the most Victorian Imperial names possible)were all heavily engaged in the Med all served in the Med.  Kipling was sunk by the Luftwaffe off Mersa Matruh in May 1942 but the other two were the sole survivors (of a class of 8) on VJ Day.  I picked up a copy of Mal Wright's book on WW2 British Destroyer Camouflage and had some fun putting some of the patterns on 1/2400 models. 

I couldn't find a mid war pattern for HMS Kelvin so used a typical Med pattern based on that worn by HMS Javelin.  These close ups show the fine detail on these 1/2400 scale models, which come up nicely with some washes and dry brushing.

HMS Kimberley sports a 1940 era pattern.  Mal notes that this was unofficial and created by the crew using what ever paints were available in the lockers.

HMS Kipling wears a 1942 Admiralty scheme with a typical mix of colours.

CinC sold this as a L class AA destroyer which it most certainly isn't.  So it's become another  radar blip.

As I get ready to post I've noted that I need to go back and add Pennant numbers on the hulls.  (G37 for Kelvin, G50 for Kimberley and G91 for Kipling).  In past posts people seem to like my basing so I thought I'd share my recipe.  I should note that it carries by batch of ships and also I use different base colours for different projects (i.e. a much greener tint for my Dutch Wars ships).
  1. I base the ships prior to priming on 2mm pdf  60mm by 20mm in this case.  The corners are rounded for my own protection.
  2. A base coat of ultramarine blue.  I think that the Med needs bright Azure tones even if it could often be an ugly grey.   I try to get close to the hull edges but would rather leave an outline of primed base than paint the hull blue and have to fix it up.
  3. An overcoat of Payne's Grey thinned down so that the base coat shows through.  If one was being really correct you could paint bands of the deeper colour to indicate mid-Ocean rollers, but that's too much bother most times.
  4. Typically I do the base edges in Payne's Grey at the same time as the overcoat.
  5. Wave highlights using a mix of Payne's Grey (or ultramarine blue depending on what's on the palette) freehanded resemble bow waves, wake and Ocean waves.  Typically I'll use a mid blue mix followed by something close to white for the crests.  At this stage I try and fill in any gaps around the waterline left in step 2.
  6. Glue the label down with PVA.  Labels are banged together in word using text boxes with  pictures inserted representing the naval ensigns.
  7. Give the sea a coat of Acrylic Gloss medium to get a shine.  This can be unnerving at first as the medium goes on milky white but dries clear.

That's 4 hulls at 2 points a pop (compared to Adam's 30 points for one hull earlier today).  

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

AHPC Lumberjills

Another pair of Lumberjills from Bad Squiddo.  Lovely sculpts in 28mm they were a joy to pose and paint and very realistically done.  This is a three part casting, with the two lumberjills and the the log each being separate.  The hand of one Jill is cast on the saw and fits nicely into a socket on her arm so easily that even I couldn't mess it up. 

This set, like many of the figures in the range. is based on a wartime photo as shown below.  It's an obviously posed phot for propaganda purposes but the overall effect is good.  

 Points wise that's two 28mm figures for 10 points plus I believe 20 points for the Sorceress plus a teleportation back to the Aquifer please.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Painting Challenge WW2 Naval Ships


One half of Force K - HMS Aurora and HMS Penelope

This year I've been re-starting my WW2 Naval Plans that I put on the back burner about 6 years ago.  Next off of the work bench we have two British Cruisers and three Italian destroyers/torpedo boats.

By late 1941, the Royal Navy was running short on ships but had temporarily managed to get ahead in the Mediterranean.  By early 1942 the RN was thoroughly knocked for 6 and on the defensive everywhere, especially in the Med.   But for a short period, Force K composed of the small cruisers Aurora and Penelope and two destroyers ran the table against the Italians.

I've had fun researching camouflage patterns.  The cruisers of Force K used a rather natty two tone grey pattern with light upper works and dark hulls.

Inter-war naval treaties limited each Navy to a set tonnage of cruisers. For most Navies this emanate building as many big cruisers as possible within your cap, but for the RN and its Imperial responsibilities the number of cruisers was just as important.  The 4 Arethusa class cruisers were small with only room for 6 6" guns but did sterling service and were hard worked.  

HMS Aurora may have been the best shooting ship in the RN.  Penelope  was nicknamed  first HMS Pepperpot after a heavy bombing left her a lot of splinter holes, and then HMS Pocurpine after the holes were plugged with timbers that extended outside of her hull.

The cruisier models are both GHQ and I'd forgotten how fiddly these could be.

I also have three Italian escorts the Soldati class Alpino, the Freccia class Fulmine and the Spica class torpedo boat Calliope.  The first two are GHQ and the Calliope is CinC.

This ships will count towards my total in the Naval Side Duel as I inch along incrementally.  They will also give me a squirrel point in the Squirrel challenge once I amass a full 25 points for the WW2 project (currently I sit at 20 points).

Back again, Peter? So soon?

Those ships are rather spiffing. I'll go along with your suggested points (I'm sure they are based on scoring from previous Challenge years), so that's another 10 points for you.


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

AHPC Entry The Mimic


The blurb for the Pit and the Pendulum says "Something Terrifying" and in my own world I am constantly beset by vicious attack furniture.  As I quietly go about (ok noisily go about as I seem incapable of doing anything quietly) my daily business I run in constant danger of being impaled or bludgeon by seemingly innocent tables, chairs, door knobs, walls, bookcases, cabinets...the list of horrors goes on for ever.  You are not paranoid if the furniture is really out to get me...I swear it's got nothing to do with my own gross motor skills or level of distraction.

I am pretty sure that this is a Reaper Bones Mimic in 28mm.  It has a distinct Harry Potter or Muppet feel and was a lot of fun to paint.  It's also the first time I've ever painted a tongue on a mini.  Assuming that this meets the Terrifying criteria enough this nets me another 5 points for the mini and 20 for the Chamber.

*knock, knock*

"Ahhh, come in Victim #7, errmm, Peter."

Oh, yes, the mimic. I definitely think that counts as terrifying.

25 points it is.


Monday, May 3, 2021

Hidden Dangers

Another AHPC entry


Smaller English men-of-war carefully sail through shoal waters.

Having ben transported to the Hall of Traps, we need to take out our lead line and test the depths.  For a sailor hidden dangers means shoals and reef and that's what I have for the Hall of Traps.

The Anglo Dutch Wars were fought in the Thames Estuary and along the Dutch coast, waters with many shoals and sand bars and some serious tides.  Tactics and maneuvers were often limited or controlled by these features.  The Dutch ships had an advantage s their ships had shallower draught and could sail where the English could not.  

Admiralty Chart of the Thames Estuary.  For lubbers, yellow is land, white is deep water, blue is shallow water and green areas dry out at low tide. 

On the third day of the Three Days Battle, the English lost one of their biggest ships the 92 gun Prince Royal when she ran aground on Galloper Sand on a falling tide.  In normal times they would just wait for the tide to turn and float her off, but on this occasion she was acting as the rear guard for an English fleet in full retreat and had to surrender to the Dutch.  The Dutch got her off the sand but her rudder was damaged and they doubted they could sail her and so burnt her.

Prince Royal surrenders.

Shoal markers seemed to be a good idea for my Anglo-Dutch Was project, so I banged these four together fro spare pdf bases, paint and some traction sand for the front walk.  I have no idea on the points value but it can't be much.  Treating them as terrain gives me 4 pieces which are 2" by 1" in area and maybe 1/4" deep for a wapping 2 cubic inch in volume, or 0.925% of a Standard Terrain Unit 6" Cube.  I'll leave that to the Snowlord's discretion but whatever points it nets me will go towards my Naval Side Duel.