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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The 9th Kentucky

I have managed to complete my latest additions for my steadily growing ACW collection, this time its more Rebs. Just for a change they are Dixon Miniatures! Like every single figure in my ACW collection. I am a creature of habit and slightly OCD about certain hobby matters.

   The 9th Kentucky

 I decided I wanted to portray a earlier unit from the war rather then the usual later years that I collect. I'm no expert and occasionally I do get it wrong hopefully this won't be one of those times. 

 This is one unit which I havn't tampered with by adding conversions or even stripes for NCO's. Normally I cant help myself but these are literally a straight paintjob. 

 The boys charging hopefully to glory! 

 I'm pretty biased I'm afraid, the rebs in my collection outnumber the Yankees and I dont think that will ever change. 

So thanks for looking, feel free to comment
Cheers for now Russ 

Friday, 28 June 2019

40k chaos

I've painted a few more 40K bits and pieces for a small commission for a good friends 40k army. I like 40k and the wealth of figures it offers but I've never committed to chaos in the collecting stakes myself. So on to the figures, some are converted slightly although I only stuck the parts together I'm not sure who makes some of the parts.

Bring on the big guns

 most of the figures needed to be raised up slightly so the ammo belts sat correctly. They sat below the height of the base so it made sense to raise up the base rather than cut down the ammo belt.  As always ripped up cork was used, it's not as heavy as slate but looks presentable once painted. 

 I love the red and gold it suits these guys down to the ground. 

The beast! 

I've painted a couple of these in the past but this is the first one I've painted with tentacles. They are proper beasts, armoured and a mix of machine and living parts! Just how chaos should be. 

 The larger base gave me a chance to play around abit and go to town! 

The crates are Rubicon ww2 German accessories, with a few Space marine transfers applied. The rusted metal gives it a good contrast and a splash of colour, and the abandoned weapon and equipment the impression of a hastily retreat. 

So another commission completed, and hopefully a very happy customer into the bargain. 

So thanks for looking, feel free to comment.
Cheers for now Russ 

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Clearing the decks

I'm fast running out of room and I plan on adding more units to my ACW collection, so I need to have a clear out! I only paint and collect now adays so I only have a couple of collections I won't part with! Everything else is fair game!

WW2 Soviets

I have 4 x ten man squads, one is Soviet naval brigade (metal figures) all the others are plastic.

                                                           Squad one Soviet naval brigade

                                                              Squad two

Squad three

Squad four

I'm asking £60 for the naval brigade and £50 each for the other 3 plastic 10 man squads. If anyone is interested in all 4 squads I will do all 4 for £180. 


I also have a couple of peninsula Napoleonic units, one British and one Portuguese.

The Portuguese 

The British

Both beautifully painted and based, both are Warlord Games plastic figures  with metal command figures. I'm asking £85 each or buy both £150. Im advertising them on The Miniatures Page so if interested contact me either here facebook or TMP, postage/collection can be discussed. I'm willing to accept money order or cheque. 

So thanks for looking 
cheers for now Russ

Sunday, 9 June 2019

US Marines

I'm back to adding more additions to my ACW collection! This time its more Union forces and it's the turn of the Marines. Just for a change I've gone for Dixon miniatures, yes I know that's the bulk of my collection apart from a few conversions but hey they do paint up super nice. Sorry back to these guys they fought at Bull Run, and how dashing they must of looked in fancy white pants. I'm always reminded of Napoleonic French when I look at these guys, maybe it's the white belts and trousers with a blue jacket.

 These guys painted up a treat and with only a couple of small alterations with greenstuff they were pretty plain sailing.

 The officer as got to be one of my favourite figures from Dixon Miniatures. The bow tie, the map the stance of the figure it all ticks the boxes. The shoulder bars are greenstuff, and the bottom of the standard bearers trousers. I almost forgot about the sergeant stripes they are greenstuff also. 

 The pose almost screams US Marines but maybe that's just me. A single flag is all they carried so I'm more than happy not having to paint two. 

 So I now need to add another Confederate unit just to even things out! 

So thanks for looking, feel free to comment and I will post again real soon!
Well hopefully!
 Cheers  for now Russ 

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Soviet MG team

It's being a busy few weeks and real life as took over much more than I expected, but I've finished up a small piece for my BA collection. Once again they are plastic figures from Warlord Games in Winter kit. It's taken a good few weeks to complete, its basically being grab a few minutes here and there but I got there in the end.

 I decided to add a bit more extra detail to the base then I normally would, the upturned table Is plastic card and rod. The woodgrain is etched into the plastics surface, there was a time I would use balsa wood but plastic card holds the detail better and is a lot more robust. Ok balsa is easier to cut but other than that plastic wins hands down everytime. 

 The bricks are made from old vinyl floor tiles, scored and snapped to size. This gives the rough edges which I think is perfect for bricks in this scale. I've added bits and pieces of kit from both the Soviet sets and the German boxes. 

 The oil drum is from Tamiya but other then that all the parts that aren't scratchbuilt are ftom Warlord Gsmes. The rubble strewn bases help portray city fighting, which was both brutal and up close and personal. The entrenching tool is quite an effective weapon when it comes to hand to hand fighting so it only seemed appropriate to have one close to hand should the enemy get close enough. 

 A few grass tufts to help finish the base off and it's done. I'm still plugging away on another ACW unit which hopefully will be finished slightly quicker then this piece, although I'm not making any promises.

 So thanks for looking, I appreciate every visit to my humble! Feel free to comment and catch you soon with hopefully a new addition to my ACW collection.

 Thanks again 
                Cheers for now Russ 

Friday, 26 April 2019

The 10th Tennessee

Its been a while since I last added anything to my ACW collection and where better to start then a new unit of Rebs. I have a slight bias towards the southern states so I suppose it had to be a Rebel unit and an Irish one at that. I added an Irish unit to my Union forces so it's only fare to even up the odds.

As always my favourite Dixon Miniatures! I planned not to add any conversions but I couldn't find any suitable standard bearers so I had to convert a couple. So on to the troops

 24 little masterpieces, I'm talking about the sculpting not my painting. I'm a painter and collector so I only add units that catch my imagination or look different and despite the Blue and Grey backdrop to the uniforms there is still scope for some colour. 

 the rows of grey always need that bit of colour and what better colour to complement it than red. I've added a bit of variation in the uniforms rather than clad them all identically. 

 I have plans to add a few more units despite not having enough space to display them, but that's not going to stop me! I may have to have a bit of a clear out again. 

And finally a few pics of the guys lining up in front of camp. 

So hopefully Irish eyes are smiling, I know my eyes are smiling. I keep saying how much I enjoy my painting and yes once again I have enjoyed painting these guys. 

So thanks for looking, feel free to comment and I will hopefully post again real soon. 
Cheers for no

Friday, 5 April 2019

Savage Giants

I've being busy working on a small commission of giant proportion! Two Savage Giants from CMON for a Song of ice and fire. Really nice figures and a joy to paint, I've seen a few episodes of Game of Thrones so I was familiar with these guys. I didn't expect them to paint up as well as they have and to be honest I surprised myself.
                                          Big Red

  Big, full of muscles and red haired!  and of course just to show his soft side he has a pet mouse to keep him company 

 these guys to me really capture the look of savage giants, well at least in my eyes. 

Old Grey

 Older and perhaps wiser! But I wouldn't want to get close enough to find out! 

 the snow on the bases just adds that wintry touch to them. This guy doesn't have a pet unless you class his tree as a pet. Maybe its Groot in a previous life! Sorry bad joke I know.

I'm pleased to say they have arrived safely back home and the owner is well pleased! 

So next up I plan on finishing my Terminators and restarting an old project! 

So keep looking I will be posting again real soon! Well that's the plan.

Thanks for looking
                             Cheers for now Russ