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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Last of the Red Devils for now?

So last of the Red Devils for now! Ok that could very well change knowing me, i do have another ten built up and ready to be painted! although I am half way through a couple of German vehicles so they may just nudge ahead on the paint table.
These are mainly plastic minis this time although a light mortar team as snook in which are metal. I think I'm roughly up to 40 minis so far and still more to do, I will try and get a group shot of them all in thier glory, ready to drop in and give Hitler's boys a bloody nose. 

                                              GROUP SHOT

The ten men include, 1 light mortar, 1 piat team, my number 2 for my Bren gunner which I've already painted, a sniper moving, 2 smg's and 2 rifles. Pretty good mix to add to my slowly growing collection.



 I've yet to add a spotter. 


 I can't take all the credit, these figures are cracking little sculpts and the detail is just waiting to be painted. 

 The plastic figures are slightly more chunked then the metal but not enough to spoil it. 

Despite the fact I'm a plastics fan and slightly biased I would recommend these figures to anyone, ok plastics can be fiddly to put together but anyone who likes to varie the poses and have no two figures look the same then plastics are the way to go. They are pretty good at being mix and match and very easy to convert! Especially if like me you grew up on converting metal figures. 

For some reason I don't seem to have a separate photo of the light mortar but hopefully there is enough of it on show in the group photos.

 So that about sums up my latest and possibly last red devils for now. I know I break from these guys is on the cards but sometimes I just can't help myself so we will see!

As always guys thanks for all the support and comments it means a lot, my view of things are slightly different from  post people in this hobby! Its not really about gaming to me, I love painting, collecting and converting. So thanks again for the support of my humble blog. 

Cheers for now Russ 

Sunday, 4 November 2018

A few more additions for Bolt Action

Latest batch of Red Devils ready to go! I've added a mortar team and several of the plastics I've being working on. I do like plastic figures, not just because of the price difference but it's amazing how they can be mixed and matched! The poses can be frustrating at times but once you get the knack of putting them together well the sky is the limit. Now Warlord Games have come on massively with their plastic sets, just compare some of the early kits to the more recent releases. Look at some of the other manufacturers! Gripping Beast, Perry, fireforge and Victrix they all contribute to the growing number of plastic sets.

So on to the figures!
                                              Mortar team

 The mortar team, a bit more support for tricky situations. 

The plastic figures 

 The plastics are a bit chunkier but blend in nicely enough with the metals 

 The plastic set includes Brens, rifles and sten guns. To start with I wasn't keen on the rifle slings but they certainly add that bit more detail. 

 There is a good selection of sten guns and the bayonet is a nice touch IMHO. 

 Finally a group shot of my latest additions, I may take a break from the Red Devils but you never know! Anything is possible?

So thanks for looking, feel free to comment and catch you all soon 

Cheers for now Russ 

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Next batch of Red Devils

Next batch of Warlord Games Red Devils based and ready to, I've added a few support weapons to give these guys a bit more punch. The bulk of the troops are going to be plastic, although I've still got a few metal models to go. I decided to start on the plastics sooner than I planned but I've yet to get any finished! They will have to wait for another day.

So on to the figures, I'm enjoying my painting more than ever at the moment and hopefully it will long continue. My butterfly mind could at any moment drift off on to a new project but for now it's still the Red Devils

 The addition of a Vickers, 2inch mortar, flamethrower and a bren gun should help keep the enemy at bay. 

 Bren gun team. 

 2inch mortar.

 Vickers Machine gun.

 flamethrower bringing up the rear. 

 plenty of Berets included.

 A few pics of the Vickers crew. 


So there we have it, my slowly growing collection of Red Devils! Hopefully I will post some photos of my next batch soon. 

So thanks for looking 
Cheers for now Russ 

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Warlord Games Red Devils

I'm enjoying my painting more than ever at the moment, so I have turned my attention to much neglected British Bolt Action collection.  I picked up a box of warlord games metal Red Devils a while back! Its must be ages ago because I'm sure I got them from Boyes in Bridlington. I'm guessing it wasn't popular because they seem to have scaled back to mainly Perry miniatures, Plastic soldier company and Games Workshop. Anyway I digress so back to the miniatures.

 Its only a nine man squad, I normally paint them in squads of ten but I messed up somewhere so it's a man short. Although I think they don't look lacking for the cost of one man. 

 I'm not really keen on the bright red colour for the berets so I opted for a darker colour. Although there are only a couple in berets it does add that slight dash of colour. The box does contain more berets so hopefully it will even things out a bit. 

 The box is quite old and didn't have any bases so I've used the pizza dish bases, except for the Piat team which I cut out of plastic card. It's boring and tedious but I just couldn't find a base to fit.

 The Piat didn't have a front rest so I borrowed one from the plastic commandos box, I also borrowed an amou case just to add a bit more detail.  The low wall was added from small fish tank gravel stuck together with super glue. I've used PVA before but takes longer to set and I wanted to be on with these guys. 

 I've played around with the colours slightly just to make them pop A bit more. It's nice to be able to paint camou on British figures seeing that it's mainly khaki, khaki and khaki! 

 Some of the figures had some flash that was awkward to remove but overall not to many issues, I forgot how difficult it is to remove flash on metal figures compared to plastic miniatures. 

So that about rounds up my latest post, the next batch are well on there way so fingers crossed I should be adding more to my collection sooner rather than later 

So thanks for looking feel free to comment and catch you all soon 
Cheers for now Russ 

Friday, 12 October 2018

Bolt Action Soviet Naval Brigade

I'm back to WW2 with Warlord Games Soviet Naval Infantry/brigade. I picked these guys up a while back but my WW2 stuff stalled and I got side tracked. My butterfly mind does drift from project to project so I suppose it was only a matter of time before WW2 drifted back onto the agenda.

Now I love plastic figures but with me wanting to add something different to my collection it had to be metal! Warlord Games do make some cracking figures and to be honest when I opened the box I didn't really feel inspired. To be honest this does happen quite often with me! Not sure why but normally once the paint starts to flow any such feelings fade away.

 I did intend to swap a few heads for heads with helmets but I didn't get around to it! Once I started painting I got carried away. It doesn't mean that in the future I won't revisit and rectify this.

 The set gives a mix of the typical sailor outfits, the heavier coats and lighter shirts and peakless sailor caps. A nice mix as far as I'm concerned, I've always liked the idea of sailors fighting land battles due to what ever reasons. The Soviet navy got used fighting on land and being put in fights that realistically they couldn't win. 

 They are based for city fighting, I think it adds that extra dimension to the basing! It gives me a chance to do something different to the normal grass and tuft basing. 

 The set even includes a figure in a quilted jacket which I think is a nice touch! I'm no expert on WW2 so I've probably made a few mistakes but I'm happy with the overall look of these guys. I used to have a really good site saved that covered Soviet uniforms but I've lost it out of my favourites and despite looking and looking I can't find it! So that's the best excuse I can offer if ive messed up badly. 
 Well that's my take on Soviet Naval Infantry, so thanks for looking feel free to comment and catch you all soon

Thanks again cheers 

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

In Her Majesty's Name

Today I bring you something different! Well for me anyway. Northstar have a huge range of games, figures and accessories to choose from. I've looked at the IHMN range a couple of times but never really had the funds to spare! Well this time I had a few pennies to spare so I jumped in and picked up the "Brick Lane Commune" and also the "Scotland Yard Company" boxes. The Scotland Yard Company are still waiting to be painted but the "Brick Lane Commune" are done.

 The set contains 11figures and a bag of bottle grenades, the figures had a few mould lines but nothing to spoil the figures. I decided the bases needed something different so I used milliput to sculpt some flag stones into it.  

On to the figures and make up of the set! 

 First up the Poltical commissar with the red bible in hand! A true political agitator. Flanked by two Anarchists with clubs, neither of who I would like to meet down a dark alley! 

 The commissar doesn't stray to far without a bodyguard or two, this time accompanied by Anarchists with fighting knives. The red and black  scarves give away their true intentions! These two would literally cut and run. 

 The working class hero takes centre stage flanked by Incendiaries with bottle grenades. The fairer sex play their part in the Brick Lane Commune! Not just standing behind their men but along side them on the front line. 

 Lastly the armed Anarchists, all armed with shotguns, some are more brazen then others and show their faces freely! While others hide their faces for other reasons. 

So they are capture the look perfectly, they are exiled Russian, Jewish, and German intellectuals who are willing to fight the class war!  

So hopefully I've done these figures justice, are they lovely little figures and paint up a treat, so as always thanks for looking feel free to comment. 
Cheers for now Russ 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Dead man's hand "The Outlaws"

I have finished up my Great Escape Games Dead man's hand Outlaws, once again I really enjoyed painting these guys. Lovely clean figures, a joy to paint and even in my opinion they look pretty good.
 Mean looking figures ready to rob banks and gun down anyone who gets in their way.
 I've strayed away from painting massed ranks of uniformed figures by painting these guys but I have enjoyed myself no end. 
 The poses of the figures aren't to way out and seem to capture the character of my idea of the West. Yep maybe my idea of the West is more Hollywood then realistic but I have spent many an happy hour or two watching westerns.  
 The boys begin taking pot shots at each other! No lead figures were harmed in the making of this post, Honest!!
 If you want to mess with these guys make sure you bring some protection, they don't look over friendly. 

So thanks for looking guys, feel free to comment. 
Keep looking and I will keep posting 
Cheers for now Russ