Archive for the ‘28mm’ Category

Don’t hide your miniatures and models away in boxes ,showcase them.”

This was the quote on ebay that sold me. £11.99 and £2.82 postage gets you a

customisable display board for your miniatures. Its made of laser cut MDF and

comes with a display piece ,a rear piece and frame.It holds up to 18 figures for

25mm and 32mm bases depending on your choice.

All you have to is decorate it to your choice. I decided on a grassy background to

blend in with my British Bolt Action Troops ,but its totally up to you what

you cover it in.

Basically ideal for displaying figures ,transporting figures, photographing figures

and selling them(I saw two people at the Newbury Colours show using these bases

to display merchandise).

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Had the pleasure of painting a single 28mm figure from

the Stoessi`s Heroes range the other day and I have to say

what a fantastic high quality figure you get for your money.

The character in the pictures is Canadian Highlander Sergeant

Harold, a scout and sniper.

 

If you want an extra special figure to add to your Bolt Action

army then this is the place to come.

 

What’s more there are some excellent step by step articles

on the web site showing how to paint your figures and a

brief background to each individual character which is

a really nice touch.

JTFM is a Canadian company specializing in 1/56 scale and

28mm vehicles that are ideal for Bolt Action wargaming. The

company trades under the name Die Waffenkammer and can

be found at the following link: JTFM

This particular vehicle is a Stug iii with the late 75mm gun. The kit

comes withy various options allowing 3 types of guns, Schurzen, different

Mg manlets and loads of stowage. You also get two crew figures.

The kit is resin and compared to the Bolt Action Tiger which I

assembled in a previous post its a much better fitting and offers

a lot more detail.

Overall it was a really easy kit to assemble and the most detailed

at this scale I have seen to date.

One minus point and its worth mentioning. I got hold of this kit

via a swap with a friend who basically wanted shot of it after

the trouble he experienced buying the model in the first place.

Apparently customer relations are not what they should be at JTFM

and it would of been quicker going to Canada and getting the item

himself via canoe than waiting for it to come by post. Perhaps

something to work on JTFM ?

Anyway leaving that aside an excellent model.

Enjoy the pictures of the Stug stalking the Normandy hedgerows:

My boys have suddenly got into Dungeons and Dragons

and I got the job of painting up the figures.

So far I have only completed two but it lots of fun

painting them up and getting a blast from the past

at the same time.

Redgar is a mighty Human Fighter and Jozan is a cleric.

I shall attempt Lidda and Mialee next.

28mm is not my usual figure painting size and I think it

still needs a bit of work ?

Its been a while ,but finally the tanks are rolling out across my battle board again. The dust is being blown off the paint pots and the brushes are being nursed back to life.

Anyway just a quick picture update on what is on the painting table as it pours down with freezing rain outside.

First up as you can see a friend has got me painting his tanks from the Gale Force 9 board game.

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Two 15mm basic plastic Shermans from the board game.
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Three, 15mm plastic Panthers(2 for the board game and a Zvezda model).
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Three, 15mm metal Skytrex Pumas.
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A 1/72 scale Revel jeep and 15mm plastic Zvezda Sturm Tiger.
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1/72 Revell American lorry, wrecked.
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A 15mm metal Citroen car by Loic.
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An O Gauge train for a Bolt Action diorama.
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Hopefully now that I am back in the swing of things you should get some more updates shortly.

Well its a SS Panzer Abt 101 Tiger in Normandy but as

to who is commanding it is anybody`s guess?

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Final thoughts on this model was that it came out really
well especially as its a different scale for me from the
normal.
As to the model quality itself I was a little disappointed,
with certain parts just not lining up correctly.

Next up I am painting a JTFM Stug which is apparently 1/56
scale at its best ? We will see.

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I have been after this book for a while and
finally managed to win an ebay auction at a
reasonable price(£30). Its sounds expensive but
its out of print and highly sort after by the modelling
community.

For your money you get 288 pages of mouth watering, glossy
pages. The first 34 pages are broken up into describing in
simple detail the techniques used in the book and it is all
supported with easy guide pictures and steps.

The remainder of the book is divided into eight sections, each
section covering a build of a different vehicle, showing the
painting and weathering.

I have read a lot of guides and books covering afv painting and
weathering techniques but this is simply the best so far. This book
describes everything in steps and pictures where other books skip stages
or keep back vital information like it is one great secret. Plus you
don’t need to be an expert as its written and explained so well anybody
can learn from it.

My only complaint is that there is so much stuff in this book I
don’t know where to start lol.

This is a must buy for any afv modeller and there are 3 other books
available as well but sadly also out of print. The remaining books
cover allied armour as well.
Hopefully these books will be re-printed in the near future and
everybody can get their hands on a copy.

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You might of noticed that my previous post called,

More completed Loic Neveu 15mm terrain” had a hint

of something more to come ? Well about 3 months ago

I noticed that I had been using a large amount of useful

information(tutorials and painting guides) from a few select

blogs and websites. One particular site I am very fond of is

Modeldads and as a way of saying thank you for all the

excellent posts on that site I decided to give something back

in the way of a painting tutorial for the Loic Neveu 15mm building

pictured below.

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So happy Christmas modeldads and thank you Justin for allowing

me to contribute to your fantastic site.

Please check out the tutorial and the other great posts

on modeldads.

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Its not 2016 yet I hear you say ! Well, who cares I have

downed tools for this year and decided to look back at

what I managed to get completed.

Here is the quick list:

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

12 Normandy terrain boards.
11 Backdrops.
10 Curved walls.
9 Normandy houses.
8 Model trees.
7 Horsehair hedges.
6 Stained glass windows.
5 Tutorials.
4 Ruined houses.
3 Infinity Order Sgts.
2 Normandy Tigers.
1 and a Bergepanzer in a pair tree.

Ok enough of the gags just check the pictures

out and see for yourself.

Just click on a picture to enlarge.

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Highlights of the year personally for me was getting those

Normandy terrain boards finally finished and really getting

my skills up to scratch on painting buildings. If I had to

choose just one thing from the whole year as my all time

favourite, it would be the Infinity Ice Diorama

picture which was so much fun to do.

Happy Christmas to everybody and may your New Year have

less models to paint than what I have planned.

Oh finally aims for next year ? Well I aim to do a lot

more dioramas and I must get that Infinity terrain finished.

For my Infinity project I have been trying to get

the feel and atmosphere to a certain whaling station

called Leith in the South Atlantic. I have micro zoomed

in on a still standing building called the, ” The Managers

house” in an attempt to carry across some of the feel of the

place. Now its not exact(I am no expert scratch builder by a long

way) and I have used artistic licence but I hope its in the style

of Leith and what I trying to bring out in the terrain ?

The 1st picture below is the original picture of the “Managers

House”. All the pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them .

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It not yet totally finished and I have just placed it on

a bit of empty terrain to check its suitability. Eventually it

will be surrounded by scrap metal. Also all the roof sections

are easily removed so the interior is playable.

One thing I have learnt is that I take my hat off to scratch

builders as the amount of patience needed to build these things

is nearly beyond me lol.

Enjoy .