Sunday, January 31, 2010


I've had these reinforcements finished for a little while for my German Panzerkompanie,but just haven't got around to posting them.The pictures came out a bit darker then I would have liked,but the tanks are painted pretty dark anyways.Unlike the figures,I like my vehicles to look beat up as if they have seen quite a lot of combat.Again,I didn't use an airbrush and choose to use a dry brush and blending style to achieve my look.

First two are a Sd Kfz 9 Recovery vehicle and Kfz Field car.I didn't add much battle damage to these guys as I viewed them more in the support role and not on the front lines.

Next three we have Sd Kfz 7/1 Armored anti-air support.These guys are essential to protecting your Panzers as allied air can punish you remorsefully if you don't.I really like the look of the quad barrels on these vehicles with the mounted crew.

The Last seven are panzer IV's and were the most difficult to paint and assemble.The shurzen skirts are real pain to put on,but really look great when finished.They also allow you some freedom to really do your own conversion work.
Next up for the panzerkompanie will be......Panthers!


Thursday, January 28, 2010

The painting lair

I told BIGREDBAT I would post a picture of my painting closet.As you can see,it's a complete disaster area and pretty much always is.

I have a hobby room in my basement where my models are on shelves along with terrain,building material and my tables.
The painting closet came about because my wife said if we don't have a painting area in the living room,then she won't see me anymore!This master stroke was her idea and it's great!It has shelves for reference material,built in daylight lamp and an extra lamp,paints,small supplies and some models not yet built.I can paint and glance at the the TV when something catches my interest or just listen as well.
The real great thing about it is the doors as I can start and stop my painting as I wish and simply close the doors hiding my mess which keeps my wife happy and my little daughter out.

P.S.I quit smoking about 3 1/2 years ago,but the cans come in very handy.The one in the picture actually holds basing grass!:-)


Saturday, January 2, 2010

American Colonial Church

This is my version of an American colonial church that I constructed from scratch.It's not based on any real church,but rather bits and pieces that I liked from other ones I've seen.I decided to close the church as the vicar expects nasty weather or raiders rumored to be abroad.
I felt the Bunker Hill scenario needed a church on the battlefield as that really helps add atmosphere and one is often displayed in the distance in various paintings and drawings depicting this battle.
Due to the size of the church,(I got carried away!:-)LoL!)I decided to forgo a scenic background and went for a complete blue background.
I also built and painted up some hedge stone walls(22 pieces)that are not shown,but I'll try and included a few on my next set of pics with AWI if I remember.Although building structures is challenging,fun and rewarding,I'm looking forward to painting miniatures again as that's my true passion.:-)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Resolutions 2010

Happy New Year everyone!

My resolutions are pretty simple.

-Finish my Bunker Hill project for my AWI demo at TACTICA in February.

-Finish my Trojan project for TTU in July.

-Not make anymore large scale commitments from scratch.This turns into a real lead stone around ones neck.I miss the freedom of painting what I want and when I want.So after the summer,I'll only commit to things at my club and small scale projects.Freedom is my goal.Large scale commitments feel like a job and I don't like that.I'm going to keep it fun and stress free as it should be.

-I'd like to get started on my Fallschirmjäger for both FOW and DH.Begin some Samurai,Swiss and Assuryians for WAB.Try getting some ECW on the blocks.Above all just do what I want and when I want.