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Saturday, 9 February 2019

40k chaos

I've undertaken painting a small commission for a friend, I have in the past painted a few bits for him over the last few years and do it's nice to be asked to paint some fresh pieces for his collection. It's for his chaos army so the colour scheme is already set. It took a while to get into the style again but hopefully I've nailed it!

This time its was 5 chaos bikers and a converted chaos lord. I've built the bases up with cork, I used slate to make the first few for his army but I figured that the weight might of become an issue going forward.

                       The Models

 the 5 bikers all together! A few embellishments but nothing OTT 

 the leader popping the wheelie seemed to fit in ok so I went with it. 

 I haven't added anything to my 40k collection in quite some time! That may just change now, I forgot how nice GW stuff. 

 Blood for the Blood God! Liberal amounts of blood! 

 the chaos lord turned out pretty good, and I'm pretty pleased with the finished  figure. 

So that about wraps it up! 

Thanks for looking 
Cheers for n

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Soviet reinforcements arrive

I promised more recruits for my Soviet forces, and Mother Russia answered the call and sent more troops without hesitation. So another ten ready themselves for Not one step back!
       Now I'm a painter and collector so my mind does wander and I do get butterfly minded but my next post will probably prove that. Back to this post and on with my Russians. The rubble strewn bases are proving fun to do and hopefully they are capturing the look I was looking for. My mind always drifts to Stalingrad when painting these guys.

                            The Troops

 once again they are a mix of summer and winter uniforms although I have added gloves to try and balance out the look a bit. 

 I'm not sure how warm the quilted suits were but I'm guessing the Soviets were a pretty hardy people. The fur caps would certainly of kept out the cold but as for bullets and shrapnel I'm not so sure. 

 I love the charging pose, they add some real movement to the group. 

 a sight to strike terror into any heart! Soviet forces charging with fixed steel and flying lead! 

 so that's my latest recruits for my Soviet forces, I've still plenty more to go at but something else as tweaked my interest so we will see what wins! More Soviets or something new! 

Thanks for looking, feel free to comment 
All the best 
  Cheers for now Russ 

Sunday, 3 February 2019

The Russians receive reinforcements

I'm known for my butterfly mind when it comes to painting,  one day saxons the next Bolt Action Red Devils! So even I'm not sure what will take my interest next? I will confess to having more than one project on the go at once 90% of the time. This is where the Russian's come into it! I painted my Soviet naval brigade a while back, probably longer ago then I actually think but it sparked an idea to convert some normal Warlord Games Soviets into more naval figures. Although my plan didn't actually work out as I planned! It did getting me building some Russians. I picked up a box of the Soviet winter troops to help with another project I'm working on. So I decided to build the figures that aren't suitable for my other project into Soviets! Radical idea I know, well for me anyway.

So on to the latest recruits for my Soviets!

 the uniforms are a mix of cold and warmer weather conditions. Anyone who as the standard box of BA plastic Soviets will know the box is a mix of the quilted and standard uniforms. 

 I do like both sets, and yes they mix and match perfectly! Ahhhhhh plastics you got to love um! 

 I had already started with the rubble strewn base so it made sense to carry on and make them all look the same. Besides it's quite fun making them and they sure are a nice change from my usual sand and stone bases. 

 Hopefully despite the odd mix of summer and winter uniforms they still look a cohesive enough force. 

These are the first of two new additions for my Soviet forces, the next will hopefully be finished in the coming week! 

So thanks for visiting my Hubble blog, feel free to comment and I will hopefully be posting again real soon
 Cheers for now Russ 

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Back to the Red Devils

Well what can I say the Red Devils are back! I decided to add a few with looted weapons and a bit of support for slightly trickier situations in the form of some artillery.

I originally decided that when I did my airborne forces I would base them on A bridge to far scenario so they would be on rubble strewn urban bases! But I had already started basing my Soviets on urban bases so to add a bit of flavour to my Red Devils I went for the looted weapons to reinforce the dropped behind enemy lines and hold out at all costs.

                                                     Looted Weapons

The three on the right are all carrying looted German weapons! The arms from warlords Fallschirmjager fit perfectly! Just trim off the button on the cuffs and stick them straight on to the British para bodies! I think they work a treat. I love plastics and this is one of the reasons why. It makes conversions so very very easy! I love converting figures but sometimes easier is almost as satisfying. 

Much needed support

The artillery is much needed and very welcomed! I added a few bits from the plastic set to add that bit of extra details. I'm chuffed with the way this turned out, the base looked big and empty when I first laid it out but once finished it looks pretty balanced.

I laid out the full force so far and took a couple of pics, the lighting was terrible but I think one is just about passable 

There is a good mix of both plastic and metal figures, the metal are slightly more slender compared to the plastic but once painted and based they fit in pretty well. I don't think I've finished with these guys just yet! Although now I've started thinking about my Soviets I may just add a few of those next! 

So thanks for looking, and one way or another I'm pretty sure i will be adding more stuff sooner rather than later! 
Cheers for now 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

A mixed bag

It's being a while since I last posted so here we go. I painted some of this stuff ages ago but I'd forgotten about them! I dug them out and took some pictures of the Vikings. The saxons needed basing so I got some of them finished today, there are still more to do but the bases aren't finished yet. All figures are gripping beast plastics with a few head swaps with other manufacturers.

                                                   The Vikings
 first up the warlord ! Head swap with a GW barbarian head. It took abit of hacking to fit but I got there in the end, the severed head is a warlord games addition. I love the spares box! 

Group shot


Hirdmen with spears 

Hirdmen with swords and axes

The levy

                          I ran out of D A warriors to finish up my levy so I converted some of gripping beast Arabs.

The Saxons     
                                 the warlord in all his glory! 

                                  I've painted quite a few of these guys over the years but they still look bloody good to me. 

The archers 

                                 now these guys did look uninspiring before they were painted, but they do say don't judge a book by its cover. I reckon they painted up pretty well. 


                               these are some of my favourite figures! They just look spot on once painted.

                           the shields are a necessary evil but they do make a   impact when they are all lined up!


                             hearthguard with spears.

                            hearthguard with swords and axes 

                              the leader flanked by his best warriors, ready to die to protect him.

I'm still playing around with more stuff for saga so there will be more to come! But now I'm back into full hobby mode anything could crop up so keep your eyes peeled for more hobby goodies!

So thanks for looking 
Cheers for now Russ 

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