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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 

Saturday, 23 March 2019

It's Hammer Time

I'm getting close to completing my squad of Terminators, Shields and Hammers! How cool do these guys look, yes I'm slightly biased but they do look hardcore! I forgot how good GW's stuff looks and how much I rate their stuff. Now price is sometimes an issue but for the pure pleasure of seeing these guys up close and full of detail ,makes it worth it!

       The first four completed.

The Shields and Hammers really make these guys look like trouble, I added the yellow to the shields to make them pop a tad more. 

 I've still got a couple more to paint, although one is my Space Marine Commander in Terminator armour and the other is getting equipped with power claws! I think the leader deserves to armed slightly differently. 

 I'm still toying with adding a few more bits of detail to the bases, I like the ripped up cork but I think it needs breaking up a tad with something. 

 so that's about it for this post, I will finish up with a few shots of the individual figures 

So thanks for looking 
  Cheers for now Russ 

Saturday, 16 March 2019

40k Terminator and a few marines

I've finished a few bits and pieces this week and here they are. It's more of a mixed bag then it sounds, I've not painted anything 40k for a good while so I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. 

    40k Terminator 

Games Workshop make some cracking models and although I'm not a die hard fan I do enjoy making and painting some of there stuff from time to time. I know I have a soft spot for certain things within ranges and Terminators are one of them, so I suppose it shouldn't really be a surprise I chose a Terminator to kick things off! 

 I went for a tad of colour on the shield just to add my own touch to the model. 

 I really do think these models have a real true hard arse look to them, not the kind of guys you'd want to meet in a dark alleyway.

 The base is ripped up cork tile and a piece of plastic H beam.

 So this guy will join my collection as the first in a squad of 5 close combat Terminators. 


Now on to the marines, and no not space marines but these guys 

 28mm Warlord Games US marines, once again plastic figures and although I'm no expert I think they pretty good! I mixed up the colours a tad, I do enjoy mixing it up a bit. 

 The camouflage was a challenge, I did enjoy myself and couldn't resist trying both green and brown versions. The brightness of the base green looked a bit OTT until I added the different colour blotches. 

 Now more are on there way but so are more Red Devils, more Soviets, more Germans! I'm guessing by now you've got the picture. So absolutely anything could be next! 

Well that's about it for now! Keep looking and I will posting 
Cheers for now Russ 

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Plastic crates a quick how to

I was asked how I made the extra stowage for my tanks and vehicles so I got a bit of time today so I did a quick how to on the boxes and crates. Please bear with me it was a tad rushed.

I use plastic strip, rod and card to make these these and sizes are normally just judged by what look rights. Crates and boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes but these are mainly based for ww2 onwards.

Picture 1, various sizes of plastic card, and strips and hollow bar.

Picture 2, the hollow bar has being cut roughly 14mm lengths .
Far left plain hollow bar, centre as being capped at one end with thin plastic card, right side plastic card to stick on to the far end of the hollow bar. This creates the solid box shape for the crate.

Picture 3, bottom hollow bar shows area to be cut out to create an open crate, top picture shows the area removed and cut to size.

Picture 4, shows one end capped and the other piece of plastic card ready to cap the other end.

Picture 5, cut short lengths of thin bar to stick on the end both open and closed crate. 

Picture 6, thin bar stuck to the end of the crates. 

Picture 7, cut and glue a second bar to the opposite end.

Picture 8, thin bar stuck to both ends on both open and closed crates. 

Picture 9, cut two strips of plastic bar for the bottom of each crate.

Picture 10, the two strips stuck in place on both the crates.

Picture 11, the solid crate now as the two strips of bar stuck on the opposite side.

Picture 12, shows the lid cut out of plastic card and the two strips of bar cut to stick on the outside of the lid. 

Picture 13, the thin strips of bar stuck in place.

Picture 14, the open and closed crate completed. 

Various crates and boxes made using the above method, adding different bits and pieces of thin plastic card and bar. 

Hopefully I've explained it well enough, and the pictures give you a rough idea to go by.

So thanks for looking and hopefully it's of some use. 

Thanks again
Cheers for now Russ 

Fresh Soviet troops arrive

I'm cracking on with my Soviets and here are the latest additions I've managed to muster. I decided to add a bit more detail to the bases! Hopefully it worked but I will leave it up to you guys to decide.

I enjoy building plastic figures, the scope to build figures that are unique as always appealed. Swap and change bits from other kits and mix and match. I get a chance to mess about and chop bits up.

So on to the figures

 the figures are again from both kits the winter box set and normal Soviet infantry set. 

 the bases are built up of odds and ends of plastic card, plastic strip and anything else I have hanging around. 

 the bandaged hand on the figure firing at the front was due to a slight error on my behalf, I mixed gloved hands and bare hands by accident! The mittens tucked in his belt kind of threw things out a bit. I could of just painted the figures in but the bandage idea got me round it. 

 Hopefully the bit extra effort with the bases show up.

 so there you go all done dusted and ready to join there Soviet brothers and sisters. 

So thanks for looking and i will catch you all again soon 
Thanks for looking 
  Cheers for now Russ 

Saturday, 23 February 2019

German Armour from Warlord Games

Two days two posts, I'm definitely on a roll. This time I've finished up some German armour, it's taken a while to finish up the very last few bits but I got there in the end.

I started these months ago but like some projects they stalled in favour of other things! On saying that I've still a commander figure to paint for the Panzer 111 but apart from that I'm calling them done.


 Every tank needs a commander so I decided to add a bit more detail! Helmet close at hand just incase, map, compass and binoculars just to add that bit more detail and interest. 

 I don't like side armour on tanks so I decided to add some logs instead,  they turned out pretty good to be honest although I must admit I did a trial run on a couple of the old airfix kits just to see if it would work. 

 The stowage is a mix of homemade crates and rolls and of course bits from the warlord games stowage set and the Tamiya 1/48th set. Add them all together and I think it works quite well. 

 the open crate on the back is simply thin plastic card with spare bits thrown in. All the traps and sheeting is made from tissue paper soaked in PVA and rolled up or stuck down. 

Hopefully I haven't overdone it but I couldn't resist adding that bit more detail. I'm not saying the kits needed it but I enjoy adding bits to me it's all part of the hobby I love. 


I picked up the zug box set but only managed to get one built! Which promptly got sold. So now I've finally finished the other two! 

 I decided to be boring and add more stowage but I did decide to build two different versions! Short and long barrelled versions to describe them more easily! 

 sorry but the phone was short on battery so I didn't get as many photos of these as I did the stuGs. 

So that's about it, I'm attending Hammerhead for the tabletop sale! In an attempt to thin out my collection, make some muched needed room and win some brownie points with my lovely wife. It will also give me an excuse to buy something new to paint. 

So keep looking and I will keep posting!
 Thanks again, cheers for now Russ