There’s so much going on in the workshop right now it’s getting hard to keep on track with any plans. It seems as soon as one thing has cleared the painting table another two arrive so I’ll keep it brief tonight. Recently added to the completed list is a pair of Yu Jing faction Remotes for Infinity. These aren’t the start of a new army list for Infinity or anything as I’ll be going pretty much with the two Operation Ice Storm starter forces of Pano and Nomads (If you follow my G+ page this probably isn’t new news as I posted them a while back). They are simply a box I bought a few years back just out of curiosity to see what the miniatures were like and then took no further. Now that I’m intending to have a dabble with the game I thought I would crack the box open and paint them up purely to get into the mood. I didn’t go with the traditional yellow/orange of the original Yu Jing, but chose the deeper orange that I’ve seen the more recent releases adopting. It was also a good opportunity to go back to the basics with my colours as I didn’t start with a pre-mixed orange as the base, but instead mixed dark reds and yellow browns to get the shades and highlights I wanted. To create a desaturated highlight I simply added more white and for the shadows increased dark red.
These were airbrushed on and then given a final edge highlight by hand. The underlying sub-frame was kept to a simple black-blue and I used a turquoise wash for the spot colour as well as help tie in the base a bit.
Also coming off the table over the weekend was yet another Panzer IV H combat platoon for Flames of War. As I got through the StuG platoon quickly I decided to keep pressing on with my Panzer Kompanie so I could field something other than the Fallschirmjäger in my next game. Again, with the airbrush doing most of the heavy lifting including the base colour, camo and varnishing there wasn’t a lot to do by hand other than the road wheels, tracks and the odd minor detail. That just leaves me the company HQ to do now and they are ready to roll out. One new wrinkle I tried on the Panzers was the Plastic Soldier Company weathering washes. I’m not 100% certain, but suspect these are actually manufactured for PSC here in the UK by ‘Modelmates‘ as they appear to be identical to the water soluble washes I have tried from them in the past. I’m really growing to like these new non-permanent washes as an alternative to oil or mineral based. They don’t produce the same warming effect or transition you get with oils but they do produce some unique and striking results in their own right so they have definitely secured a regular slot in my arsenal. Some things you need to consider if planning on using the Modelmates washes though. Although brushes and tools can be cleaned with water, the washes contain solvent so I strongly recommend testing them on the model first to ensure they don’t react in ways you later regret. Also, it’s highly recommended you protect any acrylic painting with a coat of matt varnish first. This is doubly true if you are applying it over any decals is the solvent will destroy the fragile transport film in no time flat!
Finally this week, the second (but not quite final) wave of items turned up from the Deadzone Kickstarter. No terrain this time around, but more Enforcers and the Forge Father faction starter (in part) along with the odd special character or two. The Forge Father Brokkr, basically the unarmoured half of the starter set are really quite nice and just that bit different in their somewhat utilitarian workers garb. The hardback book compilation is also a nice quality with only one minor criticism; non-sequential page numbering. Yes, it’s true it is a compilation and therefore just a hardback binding of the three main books with the addition of the short story fiction. I do however feel an opportunity was missed by Mantic from not putting in a little extra effort to update the files and page numbering to represent a single volume. It’s a small detail, but one which should have been attended to in my opinion, especially as the promised section on painting was dropped at the eleventh hour.
Overall quality of the miniatures in Wave two was a bit mixed in my view. I won’t lie, I personally felt some of them had taken a bit of a step backwards, the Enforcer upgrades and Bjarn Starnafall (in metal) were somewhat sloppily cast. In contrast the Forge Fathers and Eddak P’Mera were pretty darn good. It’s that inconsistency I think that Mantic need to get a handle on and to be fair the extras I selected appeared to have been sourced from a variety of producers judging by the different materials so maybe I am being a bit too harsh.
Gaming wise, X-Wing has definitely caught my imagination and has become a regular Monday night fixture for now. This Mondays second game was an absolute hum-dinger with me playing the Rebels and Kev taking command of the Empire’s finest (although, in the case of the Academy pilot, not so much when he misjudged a turn and flew straight off the table edge much to my amusement and his disgust). The game went Kev’s way with some inspired flying at a critical juncture dealing pinpoint damage to an overly aggressive Luke. Biggs more than paid him back in kind after some desperate manoeuvres whittled it down to his X-Wing versus Mauler Mithel. With only 1 point of hull left though and Mithel’s TIE on his six I conceded the battle and had Biggs exit the table. Word has it next week Kev’s bringing a B-Wing, so I will unleash the TIE Bomber in return. Painting however is firmly all about finishing up the last few platoons for my Flames of War Germans and pressing on with Deadzone, in particular the Brokkr (above).
As part of painting the Panzer Kompanie HQ I’m going to make a few notes and take some photos in order to throw together a more detail step by step, so keep an eye out for that in the not too distant future. Until then, happy painting whatever you are playing.