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About me - I'm a Christian (Pentecostal), Married to Wendy, two step children Thomas and Natalie, dog and rose-crested cockateel(Beauty). I've been a miniature hobbyist for over twenty years; I occasionally wargame at my local club or at home with friends. I set up my commission painting service in 2014, so I spend a lot of time painting!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

15mm Ground Zero Games - Colonial Shack Set Completed

Hi All,

With my new Clearhorizon minis begging for attention, I decided I must get these GZGs shacks completed (otherwise they may never get finished). So I've cleaned them up a little & added some varnish. I'm looking forward to gaming with them.

Now to get some paint on me new Gruntz!

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Thursday, 28 January 2016

15mm Ground Zero Games - Colonial Shack Set, Rust Revealed!

Hi All,

After yesterday's excitement of getting new minis, I wonted to push on with terrain-side of my project, after all minis need terrain to play on.

I started work on some stone walls (more on them when completed). I also decided to have a go at chipping the paint of my shacks. Before going into that, I guess I should explain about the paints I used (which will be getting scraped off. I used the same five Warcolour's Marine 4, Yellow 4, Green 5, Red 4 & Turquoise 4. Each shack was predominately one colour, with others added here & there for that patchwork look.

I have to admit, I wasn't looking forward to scraping all that lovely paint off. I spend my days painting miniatures & the thought of scraping paint of perfectly good minis made me cringe.

The process is straight forward enough, choose your weapon (tool to remove the paint), I used various brushes, tooth pick & most importantly water. Water activates the chipping medium, so use it sparingly. Use too much & your whole paint layer comes off.

At first I wasn't to sure about the finished result but its growing on me. I still have a lot to do before these shacks are finished though.

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

15mm Clearhorizon Miniatures - Minis!

Hi All,

Today my Clearhorizon Miniatures order arrived from stateside, exciting enough, then I clapped eyes on them & WOW! They look fantastic, crisp sculpts, lots of detail/character, very few duplicated minis & the resin parts are so smooooth! So yes, I'm really happy with these.

I took some pics of all the minis I got & of course I will post more when they are painted. All I can say is my pics won't do them justice.

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Sunday, 24 January 2016

15mm Ground Zero Games - Colonial Shack Set, Rust!

Hi All,

Today I continued work on my Gruntz: Spec Ops project. These fantastic Colonial shacks from GZG were based/assembled last night, in preparation for painting today. So far I've added rust, my intention is to use Vallejo Chipping Medium over the rust before the main colour scheme. The paint can then be chipped away leaving a (hopefully) satisfactory weathered look. I have to say though, that even at this stage I'm really impressed with the overall look, I hope the additional colours don't take away from this.

The process I've used is as follows:
  1. Undercoat with Vallejo Black Surface Primer
  2. Basecoat (all but the inside walls) with Warcolours - Metallic Silver (slightly thinned)
  3. Apply the darkest rust areas with Vallejo Panzer Aces - Dark Rust
  4. Apply the lighter rust areas with Vallejo Panzer Aces - Light Rust
  5. Wash the whole area with Vallejo Model Colour - Light Rust Wash
  6. While the area is still wet from the wash, use a cotton bud to scrape off some of the rust revealing the fresh metal
  7. Apply a coat of Vallejo Polyurethane Matt Varnish
This whole process was completed using an airbrush. I leave them for four hours to dry before adding another coat of varnish. Once this is dry I can apply the chipping medium, followed by some colours.

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

15mm Brigade Models - Checkpoint

Hi All,

In my continuing mission to have a game of Gruntz: Spec Ops, this is my newest piece of terrain. This checkpoint consists of two resin blockhouses with metal rotary guns & two resin barriers. I've built it onto a piece of mounting card & added various basing material to help set the scene. I also have a 4Ground sic-fi fences set on its way to me; these will complete the compound. I can then add my GZG's colony buildings to provide a centrepiece on my gaming table (once made). I like the idea of running many various missions in & around this terrain.

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Friday, 22 January 2016

15mm Armed Civilians/Colonists from GZGs

Hi All, 

It's been a couple of months since I updated this blog, If you check-out my Commission work blog, you will have a better understanding why (needless to say I've been very busy). Yesterday was my birthday though, which means I was justified in giving myself a couple of days off. Of course this means that I'm still painting, but their my own minis.

Having previously got my hands on the Spec Ops rule supplement for Gruntz (from Clear Horizon Miniatures) & recently ordered appropriate spec ops minis from CHMs; I thought I'd use my spare time to prepare 'stuff' for my first game. Stuff includes spec ops helicopters, various terrain (including a colonial base) & the focus of todays post GZG's Armed Civilians/Colonists pack B.

I got these guys over Christmas, they were actually free, as part of GZGs annual giveaway. I've taken part in this over the last couple of years (cos who don't like free stuff). At the same time I got back into sculpting & saw these minis as an ideal opportunity to polish my skills, create minis I needed for my game & add some individuality.

The pack of eight minis has four individual sculpts duplicated. So I decided to keep four as is & convert/customise the other four. These were fairy simple changes, made with cutters/files & green stuff.

The results gave me (as you look at the second set of pics below) a construction worker with hard hat/holster, a leader with beret/improved pistol & lastly, western looking guy with turned-up hat & a sic-fi'ed rifle, my favourite SAW gunner (Rambo style).

I've painted them as a colonial militia, some wearing full uniform, others only partly. For those of you familiar with the Spec Ops supplement, I plan to you these minis as one of the militia groups opposing the spec ops sniper team in the first supplement mission. I will add a unit of my EHTC forces to make up the other group.

I hope you like the pics & stay tuned for more developments as I prepare for my first game.

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