Archive for Vehicles

Honneur et patrie

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on January 18, 2016 by Sean

My French army for Bolt Action grows, slowly. I’ve finished more infantrymen, completing a pair of 7-man Sections. Despite being metal, they have a lot of variety in posing and details.

The army gets some armored support in the form of a Renault R35, a light little tank. For early war, the Renault was well-armored and relatively well-armed, but was already feeling outdated versus anything rolling out of Germany. As I plan on playing the army versus early-war forces (like my own German force) that won’t be too much of a problem. The lack of variety from Warlord means the Renault will stand in for other tanks as well, including the R39, R40 and Char D-1.

The Renault got a nice tricolor camouflage pattern, based off photo sources. The base color was Vallejo German Dark Green, with a black wash and Dark Green/Cruiser Tank Green highlight. The brown splotches were Vallejo Flat Brown, with a highlight of Flat Brown/German Camo Brown. The yellow splotches were GW Balor Brown, with Vallejo Dark Sand highlights. I added transfers of a red club to designate the tank as from 3rd Company, 1st Platoon. An additional roundel of the French colors finishes the tank off.

The tank commander has popped himself out of the turret. I like the uniform, which makes him almost look like a cavalryman or pilot.

More to come- Avant!

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In Death I Serve

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on December 2, 2015 by Sean

 

 

I’ve gotten back to work on the Black Templars Space Marines. The next arrival is the Venerable Dreadnought.

He is nicely decorated, with plenty of skulls and campaign honors, as well as the ubiquitous litany text and purity seals on some armor panels. I opted for the exposed pilot helmet over the sarcophagus to make him visually separate from the army’s other (regular) Dreadnoughts.

The Dreadnought has alternate weapon swaps; either an assault cannon, lascannon, or plasma cannon. The assault cannon has its own arm, while the other weapons clip into the same arm. The left arm is a power fist. I used the ‘hand-like’ version of the first, again to distinguish him from the other Dreads.

More Templars coming soon!

Zeal and Honor

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , on May 14, 2015 by Sean

I return to the the Black Templar Space Marines after a brief hiatus…

The Marshal is one of the old metal Captains, with a plasma pistol swap and extra Templar purity seals. I like the no-nonsense style of the sculpt, compared to more recent ones. I kept the decoration to a minimum as well. He got an axe campaign symbol on one knee, a basic Templar cross banner, and the Chapter-standard cross on the left shoulder.

Accompanying him is a Dreadnought. It has swappable arms for every occasion (via rare earth magnets), either a twin-linked lascannon or an assault cannon. The left arm with the power fist is also loose, to allow some posability. The Dread gets plenty of decoration to honor his years of service. Like the army’s other vehicles, he gets some battle scarring, but I avoided too much (too much looks messy). I haven’t written anything on the scrollwork on his sarcophagus yet, waiting for a name from the client.

Panzer!

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on May 5, 2015 by Sean

The Panzer is here! The Panzerkampfwagen IV (Pz.Kpfw. IV) Ausf. D rumbles on to the table alongside the Heer infantry for my Bolt Action army. In the few games I’ve gotten in, it’s helped catch enemy targets in the open, with a combination of speed and long range firepower. It’s not tough enough to go toe-to-toe with other big tanks, but it will threaten light tanks and infantry nicely.

I painted it in early/mid-war colors. It got the same German Grey (from Vallejo) as the Hanomag, with the addition of some simple camouflage. Splotches of GW Rhinox Hide, stippled with a Vallejo Flat Brown/GW Rakarth Flesh mix give it a nice look. I added a few crosses on key points. References for the color and placement of the crosses was contradictory (as usual) so I went with what looked good. Here I used the ‘open’ cross from France and Russia. The Hanomag uses the filled-in cross instead.The tracks and wheels got some dusting to make them stand out, and the engine got plenty of exhaust staining, but I kept the tank overall pretty clean.

I might purchase a Panzer III for variety at some point. The lighter tank is cheaper points-wise, which will give me opportunities to play with other toys in the army, while still having some firepower.

Panzergrenadiers

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , on May 2, 2015 by Sean

The German army for Bolt Action is nearly complete.

Here is the army’s Sd.Kfz. 251, aka the Hanomag. So far, there is only one in the army, for rapid deployment of a squad or acting as moving cover for infantry. In a recent game, the Hanomag ferried an Infantry squad from flanking reserve, weathering some sniper fire, before deploying them on to the enemy objective. The added speed and protection impressed me enough to keep it around (previous games had not impressed me).

The Hanomag is in early war colors, the basic German grey (using Vallejo German Grey). I wanted it to look pretty clean, to match the troops. I added a few bits of stowage, but again kept it to a minimum (both for aesthetics purposes and speed of painting). A couple of transfers finish off the insignia.

I also have a pic with the Heer infantry as they deploy from their transport. An interesting thing about Bolt Action is the odd scaling of vehicles, compared to infantry models. Vehicles are maybe true 25mm or even 20mm, as opposed to the 28mm scale of the rest of the models. This gives vehicles smaller footprints on the table, which I think is better for play.

Finally, an MG43 medium machine gun team sets up to cover the advance. This is the one group of models that aren’t technically early war. I unfortunately misread the package and bought them before I realized they don’t match the rest of the army (I should have grabbed an MG34 instead…). The crew’s uniforms are mid-to-late war, with added camo nets on the helmets and leggings. One member got a head swap to a bare helmet to help them sort of match the early war look. Oh well, close enough right? For Bolt Action, a medium machine gun is a medium machine gun.

The Raven’s Storm

Posted in Miniatures with tags , , , , , on April 10, 2015 by Sean

The Raven Guard are getting more Marines for their force.

However, I’ve digressed to paint up a Contemptor Dreadnought for the Chapter. This nice fellow from Forge World is the Raven Guard-specific model, with cool symbols and Celtic knot work carved into its armor plates. His color scheme matches his Marine brothers, with black, white, and red being the only real colors, with bronze and metal as additional colors. A few transfers gave him the final iconography.

Contemptors are a much cooler design than the standard Marine Dread, though they really do stand out stylistically from the rest of the vehicles and equipment.

ACK ACK ACK ACK!

Posted in Miniatures with tags , on November 22, 2014 by Sean

The Mars Attacks!!! miniatures game hit the stores recently, and I’m painting my FLGS’s copy, with all the little Kickstarter extras. First up is a Giant Stompy Robotâ„¢!

This sucker is actually quite huge, measuring ~7″ tall, towering over 28mm minies in a proper menacing fashion.

For the color scheme, I went with a compromise between sleek futuristic and scary evil, so coal black armor plates and plain metal machinery were the result. This kept it looking scary, and the red accents stand out even stronger. The pilot in his bright blue and green armor is even more pronounced. I added some weathering and battle damage on the edges of plates; this robot’s been busy.

Details in the second pic include the pilot (in his cool plastic canopy), the glowing coils for the heat ray, and a couple human soldiers, victims of the Martians’ shrink ray (the kit actually comes with 15mm scale versions of the normal Human Soldiers minies).

More to come! Watch the skies! Ack ack ack ack!