Friday, June 19, 2009

Status report ....

Hello Fellow Troops ...

I got some painting and such done today !

The command squads are complete and ready for flat varnish.

The bazooka troops are being based as we speak with the fine sand that I mentioned earlier. I also tried a new way to base. Originally I would place a dot of white glue and then use water on a brush to thin it out. This time I tried mixing water and glue like you would paint. It has seemed to give nice control and seems to work alot better than the previous methods.

I have also finished the filing of mold lines on the rest of the support troops and got them on sticks ready to paint.

Only bad thing is I am still looking for my digital camera card reader to download my work.

I apologize for the delay. I would like to welcome the new troops whom have joined us. Feel free to leave comments or suggestions.

Be safe .....


Monday, June 15, 2009

Yes ... motivated and moving ....

*** General's note .... I can't find my equipment for getting my photos off the ditigal camera, so the pictures will be posted when I can find it. But relax .... the painting has returned. Enjoy the post .... ***

Greeting troops,

Last night was very productive. Paint was flying and motivation was high.

I was able to get a majority of the support troops painted .... helmets, shirts, pants and webbing/gators. I just need to touch up the boots and weapons before placing them on bases and getting that completed.

I have tried a couple of new things with the support troops that was not done with the command figures. One ... I tried a "speed" painting if you will. Steve had mentioned that he strives for "looks good at distance but sort of messy up close." It's not a accurate quote but the message remains the same. So once getting past my perfectionist habits I attempted it. I believe it looks good not to toot my own bugle. I placed the two different styles of painting so you can compare.

The second change will be the use of play sand instead of the sand basing I have for 28mm figures. The command troops are based with the thicker sand, it looks OK. The finer sand should look more to scale with the 15mm figures. I was also contemplating hitting the figure bases with the same brown I use to paint the sand flock. My hopes are to help out with the overall basing. If I miss some small areas near the figure bases it won't be as obvious as black primer showing through.

The troops on deck are the rest of the support squad consisting of the machine gunners and mortar teams. I will say that the new method of painting is quicker and gets the troops in production faster. Time and experience will make presentation even better for future painting.

One idea I do have for the support troop bases is make the scenery unique. Support teams were and are a major concern for enemy forces. Thus with that in mind, most teams seek good cover to deploy. It also makes for interesting brain storm to come up with some ideas.

Well .... thanks for understanding my lack of post. Keep stopping by and feel free to comments.

Be safe, keep the paint flowing and the dice rolling.

Joe Mezz

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Report from the lost battalion

Greeting Troops !

I have been extremely busy with family and work to say the least ....

I am still here and looking forward to getting back into the hobby. I just wanted to let everyone know ... we all have been in this spot for sure with this hobby.

My honey to do list today has allowed me a couple of minutes to stick my head out of the trenches and make this brief but important report. I plan on (hopefully) sealing my command troops today and then moving to the support platoons initial coat of paint.

Please check back in the next couple of days and I am sure to have some pictures up and running.