Friday, December 28, 2012

Clearing the Decks...and the Revenge of the Cat!

Good morning,

Over the course of the last couple of days I have finally managed to clear my immediate to-do pile of stuff. Four elements of [DBA army Book I, List 52] Hoplite Greeks, two elements of [DBA army Book II, List 56] Sarmatians, one Esci Anzac [Crossfire] Platoon Commander and one Plastic Soldier Company Panzer IV-H.

And a repair on my new Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game X-Wing, that I left out set up for a game today, but discovered that one of the cats had sat on it overnight!




First up, the Greeks. All stock standard Zvezda figs, except that I cut off the Spartan Lambda blazon on those two blank shields so I could use the figures as generic hoplites.




Next, we have the heavily converted Esci/Revel/Italeri/Airfix/Evolution Sarmatians.





I quite like the way the tissue cloaks have turned out.

And so onto the lone Esci ANZAC (let's face it, he's Australian!) Platoon Commander for my expanded Crossfire Kiwi Companies.



He turned out a little better than the photos might suggest.

And so onto this PSC Pz IV-H.

Funny story...

I pre-ordered the PSC Universal Carriers which took a little longer to come out than had been anticipated. So, as a recompense for the delay, PSC offered a free sprue to those who pre ordered. I asked for another PZ IV, then, after the email had gone, I realised that opps, that's two sprues, not one. Still, I heard nothing back, so waited to see what would turn up with the Carriers.

Turned out, nothing arrived with the carriers, so I sent off another email, and a very nice lady replied promptly, and apologetically saying yes, my original email had been received, and they would send one off forth with. Cool, thought I.

When that one arrived, yep, it was one sprue of a Pz IV. The bottom of the hull and schertzen. Ok, fair enough, thought I. One sprue offered, one received. So I emailed back thanking them for the gift, and requesting the price to purchase the other sprue. Again, this lovely lady was most apologetic and insisted in sending off the other one free of charge. As she pointed out, the one sprue wasn't much good without the other.

So...excellent! One free Pz IV courtesy of the Plastic Soldier Company. Thanks guys, exemplary customer service all the way to the other side of the planet!




I tried a different way of painting it compared to the others. I was after a softer, more sprayed on look, so...


Here's how it compares to the others.





The thinned down wash has left it noticeably brighter than the other three. That, and the second brightened up highlight along the edges.

I also like the softer edges to the stripes compared to the quite linear definition of the others.

All in all, I think it's been a bit of a subtle success.

Now onto some more Greeks and Sarmatians. I have no real illusions that I'll get the armies finished before heading back to school, but some painted is better than none painted, right?!

Nick

14 comments:

  1. It all looks great Nick. I Particularly like the ancients and the Panzer. It may inspire me to do some painting myself...

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    1. Thanks John. The ancients always look better than the WW2 bods - much more colourful!

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  2. I like the pointy hat on that Sarmatian fellow!

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    1. Cheers Norman. He's an Italeri Gaul!

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    2. Well, his head is anyway. The rest of him'd be an Italeri Mongol.

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  3. Good skills shown here Nick. Flog the cat mate.

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    1. Thanks Paul. Hmmm...I wonder if I could get away with it...probably not!

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    2. I would still give it a crack!

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    3. Doubt it - she loves that cat almost as much as the kids. Certainly more than me!

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  4. Inspirational. I just got some 20mm PSC PzIVH's and now I want them to look as good as these. ANZAC fig looks good too. If you leave out stuff for a game put a plate of any citrus peel out with it. Cats hate citrus smells. Incidentally, you can do the same thing for cats coming in to your garden. It works in the same way as commercial cat repellent. It doesn't our, or any, cat (my wife is a vet).

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    1. Why, thank you. It was surprisingly simple.

      And thanks for the tip about the cat repellent.

      Cheers,

      Nick

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  5. I meant 'It doesn't hurt our, or any, cat'. Sorry for the typo.

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  6. It all turned out very good Nick! Now I have to do the same thing here!
    Nice story!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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