Frustrated with lack of progress, and feeling a bit stressed by work and home at the moment. So I've decided to try and get a bit more organised and set myself a target of getting at least 30 minutes painting and modelling every couple of nights or so. Mel and the little miniature went down to Rutland last weekend to visit her Dad, so I took some time (after catching up on the rarity with a small child in the house, sleep!) to prep a few miniatures so that I'd have good supply to work on.
The result has been some actual paining done!
First up, finished that PSC Stuart.
Lovely little model, pleased with how it's turned out. The other two from the set have now had a basecoat of US Armour Sprayed on and are awaiting their turn on the painting table.
Next, some Brit paras from the old hard plastic Esci set. Nice sculpts and poses, paint up pretty well (apart from a couple of somewhat misshapen faces).
Here they are with just the undercoat and a black wash, to show the detail.
Also been working on some more late war germans, including some of the PSC heavy weapons. Pictures to follow.
And here's some of the pipeline figure that have been prepped.
Some of the 'older' GW metal handgunners.
A selection of villagers from Hasslefree. I've just realised where the dwarf on the right of the image appears to be looking...
Experimenting with colour schemes for chindits using the Airfix Australian Infantry. Main colours are GW Loren Forest and Straken Green. One has been painted up as a member of the Nigerian Regiment, who fought as part of the Chindit operations. Definitely from Airfix's best period.
Progress on a British Stuart light tank from Plastic Soldier Company. A great kit. Needs some markings.
After my airbrush problems I had to go a different direction with the Panzer IVs. German armour camouflage wasn't particularly standardised, with the brown and green added by individual maintenance crews using whatever was available: sprays, brushes, rags, etc. In the end I decided to go with a 'hand applied' look. Quite pleased with the result overall.
EDIT: Just realised that I've but the back piece on upside down!
I've fixed this on the remaining two panzers, but to late for this one
Still too more to do. German armour takes much longer to paint than British, flat green is much easier to do!
The PSC panzers are a lovely kit though. Still a fast build but more complex than the Churchills were, and the instructions could do with improving. Other than that, highly recommended.
Had some time off work recently, so whilst Mel took the little miniature to various baby groups (I believe dancing and singing is involved, which is why she does it rather than me!), I decided to get out the airbrush and get some camo on those Panzers and Stugs that have been half finished forever.
It did not go well...
Even using VJ airbush paints, the result was far too speckled to be usable. Unfortunately re-doing the base coat only made it worse:
Oops. Good job I only practiced on the one Stug! Back to the brushes then (as shown in the test on the left of the photo).