Lead Mountain Update 12

Well this week was a painting success. 15 models finished and a few more well on there way. On the other hand, I think we also saw the last set of purchases before this challenge ends.

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So lets take a look at the finished models! First up we have the USMC Force Recon set from Eureka Models. These guys are pretty cool, slightly older style gear than my previous models. The .50cal is going to be fun to use and also was a cool model to base. Tempted to buy some more and a ghille suits to them to give the UKSF some longer range punch. The only issue is that these models are about a head smaller than Empress or Spectre but match up to Radio Dishdash. If anyone asks, they are from South East Asia

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Next, we have Empress PLA Special Forces. I wanted to do something different than the camo everyone else had and so went with urban/night time clothing of navy blue clothing with black vest. I did the blue by darkening down some Kantor blue, applying two coats of it and then drybrushing the undarkened colour. Overall, fun models to paint and should be cool to have as an alternative to the Western black ops troops

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Finally, I got round to painting the first of the VIPs figures I have. This is one of my weak points – no webbing to hide their clothing and often no gun or head gear. However, I’m relatively happy with my first attempt. Doing a suit meant careful work to fill in the shirt and then adding the tie colours. Face details follow then a liberal grey drybrush to give the black some depth and make it look painted. These guys, along with the VIPs I have on the way, are just waiting to be piling out of SUVs and fighting off ambushers.

New Deniable Ops figures - Picture from Spectre Miniatures.
New Deniable Ops figures – Picture from Spectre Miniatures.

As for new purchases, well, its that time where Spectre reveal a few more figures. This time, they have added a load to the Task Force Operators range, with a new dog team, a breacher (who I spotted at Salute earlier this year) and a figure with a pirate gun M79. I also picked up a few operators (both standard and marksmen) I hadn’t grabbed before. As a fan of Strike Back, I was also really excited to see the Deniable Operators turn up. With modded AKs and civilian gear, these guys will be used as everything from Russian contractors to undercover SF to well equipped survivors. To make sure the order got over the free postage, I also added two African Soldiers with special weapons. This brings the squad up to 7 figures, perfect for a colonial nation mimicking the French system or leaving space in the vehicle for a Western SF advisor. I also managed to get some Airfix 1/48 scale vehicles at a ridiculously low price but I’m not adding them yet – need to see if I have time to assemble AND paint them seeing as I have to source some crew for them. They might end up being a post challenge reward – a kit with a bit deeper instructions than a simple bit of super glue.

New Task Force Operators from Spectre - Picture from Spectre Minatures
New Task Force Operators from Spectre – Picture from Spectre Minatures

Looking ahead, this will be my last set of purchases for a while – Christmas coming up means everything slows down. But, I am going to have plenty of time to paint when I’m back in Leeds over Christmas break and so should just finish the challenge. Hopefully Santa bring some wargaming things. In addition, hopefully going to start back in on writing up AARs.

 

So how does the list stand?

Painted, varnished and based – 165:

  • 38 Empress – Modern British Infantry
  • 14 Spectre – UKSF (of various types)
  • 6 Spectre – Task Force Operators (painted as SAS) + 1 Spectre Dog
  • 10 Spectre – AK armed contractors
  • 5 Spectre – Western Contractors (being used as US Special Forces)
  • 11 Spectre – Task Force Operators (being used as US Army Rangers
  • 2 Spectre – Intelligence Agents
  • 5 Spectre – African Soldiers
  • 4 Empress – Armoured Troopers
  • 4 Empress – US SEAL Team 6
  • 8 Spectre – Task Force Operators (To be split between UKSF and Rangers)
  • 17 Radio DishDash –  Taliban
  • 4 Spectre Direct Action GRU
  • 14 Spectre – Insurgents
  • 4 Empress – US Frogmen
  • 1 Eureka – Taliban Sniper
  • 2 Spectre – Hostages
  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Hardsuits
  • 1 Eureka – Force Recon .50cal Sniper
  • 6 Eureka – US Force Recon
  • 4 Empress – PLA Special Forces
  • Spectre – 1 VIP and 3 Bodyguards

In the process of being painted, varnished and based – 22 :

  • 1 Empress – Dog for Counter-IED Team – Based, needs painting
  • 1 Spectre – Dog – Based, needs washing
  • 1 Empress – Warrior IFV – Repainted in Desert Tan
  • 1 Spectre – UKSF (ghille suit with M4)
  • 5 Spectre – Western Contractors (Converted with Shemaghs)
  • 7 Spectre – Task Force Contractors (To be split between UKSF and Rangers)
  • 5 Spectre Covert Action GRU
  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Panther – Base coated in Desert Tan

Basecoated with Basing Material– 39:

  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Hardsuits
  • 5 Hasslefree Miniatures – Modern Troopers
  • 8 Spectre – SMG Armed Contractors
  • 6 Spectre – Intelligence Agents
  • Spectre – Female Contractor (Salute 2015 model)
  • Spectre – 1 Agitator and 1 Bodyguard
  • 6 Spectre – African Locals
  • 2 Spectre – Deniable Assets
  • 8 Gripping Beast – Falklands War Brits

Basecoated – 1:

  • 1 Spectre – Contractor (being converted)

Not Arrived – 45:

  • 3 Spectre – VIPs
  • 4 Spectre – Close Protection Agents
  • 19 Spectre – MENA Militia
  • 1 Spectre – Offroad SUV
  • 2 Spectre – SUVs
  • 2 Spectre – African Forces Special Weapons
  • 6 Spectre -Deniable Operators
  • 2 Spectre – Task Force Operators
  • 2 Spectre – Task Force Operator Marksmen
  • 2 Spectre – Task Force Operator Breachers
  • 1 Spectre – Task Force Operator Dog Handler
  • 1 Spectre – Task Force Operator Grenadier (pirate gun)

Total Models: 272

Models finished (Based, painted and varnished): 165

Percentage of collection finished: 60.66% painted

Exempt (Not Arriving in time) – 28:

  • 8 Radio DishDash DELTA Force
  • 12 Radio DishDash US Army Rangers
  • 8 Radio DishDash Somali Gunmen

Lead Mountain Update 11

As predicted last week was very quiet with only a few bits of progress. I did manage to get the prone sniper based and ready to paint (thanks to the arrival of some cavalry bases) and the Evil Bear Wargames Panther turned up. I also got some Humbrol tan spray to make the job.

Based on the Kickstarter updates, I don’t think I will receive my Day of the Rangers Kickstarter before the end of the Lead Mountain Challenge. Due to this, I’m removing the models from the list.

Painted, varnished and based – 150:

  • 38 Empress – Modern British Infantry
  • 14 Spectre – UKSF (of various types)
  • 6 Spectre – Task Force Operators (painted as SAS) + 1 Spectre Dog
  • 10 Spectre – AK armed contractors
  • 5 Spectre – Western Contractors (being used as US Special Forces)
  • 11 Spectre – Task Force Operators (being used as US Army Rangers
  • 2 Spectre – Intelligence Agents
  • 5 Spectre – African Soldiers
  • 4 Empress – Armoured Troopers
  • 4 Empress – US SEAL Team 6
  • 8 Spectre – Task Force Contractors (To be split between UKSF and Rangers)
  • 17 Radio DishDash –  Taliban
  • 4 Spectre Direct Action GRU
  • 14 Spectre – Insurgents
  • 4 Empress – US Frogmen
  • 1 Eureka – Taliban Sniper
  • 2 Spectre – Hostages
  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Hardsuits

In the process of being painted, varnished and based – 33 :

  • 1 Empress – Dog for Counter-IED Team – Based, needs painting
  • 1 Spectre – Dog – Based, needs washing
  • 1 Empress – Warrior IFV – Repainted in Desert Tan
  • 1 Spectre – UKSF (ghille suit with M4)
  • 5 Spectre – Western Contractors (Converted with Shemaghs)
  • 4 Empress – PLA Special Forces
  • 7 Spectre – Task Force Contractors (To be split between UKSF and Rangers)
  • 5 Spectre Covert Action GRU
  • 6 Eureka – US Force Recon
  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Panther – Base coated in Desert Tan
  • 1 Eureka – Force Recon .50cal Sniper

Basecoated with Basing Material– 43:

  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Hardsuits
  • 5 Hasslefree Miniatures – Modern Troopers
  • 8 Spectre – SMG Armed Contractors
  • Spectre – 1 VIP and 3 Bodyguards
  • 6 Spectre – Intelligence Agents
  • Spectre – Female Contractor (Salute 2015 model)
  • Spectre – 1 Agitator and 1 Bodyguard
  • 6 Spectre – African Locals
  • 2 Spectre – Deniable Assets
  • 8 Gripping Beast – Falklands War Brits

Basecoated – 1:

  • 1 Spectre – Contractor (being converted)

Not Arrived – 29:

  • 3 Spectre – VIPs
  • 4 Spectre – Close Protection Agents
  • 19 Spectre – MENA Militia
  • 1 Spectre – Offroad SUV
  • 2 Spectre – SUVs

Total Models: 256

Models finished (Based, painted and varnished): 150

Percentage of collection finished: 58.59% painted

 

Exempt (Not Arriving in time) – 28:

  • 8 Radio DishDash DELTA Force
  • 12 Radio DishDash US Army Rangers
  • 8 Radio DishDash Somali Gunmen

Lead Mountain Update 10

After last week, I’ve slowed down a little bit in terms of painting. However, I have managed to add some more to pile thanks to Spectre’s upcoming releases.

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They had already announced vehicles in the past with their kickstarter exclusive SUV and their Technical project. However, we now see the first two releases, a SUV and an offroad version. I’ve decided to pick up a few to make a convoy, perfect to be ambushed or protected. I also picked up their VIPs and close protection operatives – I love these characterful models and when I start running a campaign with them, I really want a good collection of VIPs to use. Finally, I also picked up some MENA militia guys so I have a more appropriate OPFOR for some upcoming games. On the same day, Evil Bear also announced he was releasing his new vehicle, a British Army Panther, at an exclusive launch discount and that’s how I now have a vehicle park to paint.

I also ordered some new bases and some basing material to make the figures look a little more interesting.

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That’s not saying I haven’t painted anything. I have finished off my African soldiers and got the first hardsuit all painted up. Sadly just after I varnished them I noticed they have developed frosting so I will probably redo them a little. I was happy with them – they should be handy for playing African Union forces or generic African personal. The hard suits were great fun to paint and were something different from the rest.

Next week is going to be a slow one. Working late nights and then heading up north for family occasion on Thursday. Might get some painting done but not promising anything,

 

Painted, varnished and based – 150:

  • 38 Empress – Modern British Infantry
  • 14 Spectre – UKSF (of various types)
  • 6 Spectre – Task Force Operators (painted as SAS) + 1 Spectre Dog
  • 10 Spectre – AK armed contractors
  • 5 Spectre – Western Contractors (being used as US Special Forces)
  • 11 Spectre – Task Force Operators (being used as US Army Rangers
  • 2 Spectre – Intelligence Agents
  • 5 Spectre – African Soldiers
  • 4 Empress – Armoured Troopers
  • 4 Empress – US SEAL Team 6
  • 8 Spectre – Task Force Contractors (To be split between UKSF and Rangers)
  • 17 Radio DishDash –  Taliban
  • 4 Spectre Direct Action GRU
  • 14 Spectre – Insurgents
  • 4 Empress – US Frogmen
  • 1 Eureka – Taliban Sniper
  • 2 Spectre – Hostages
  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Hardsuits

In the process of being painted, varnished and based – 31 :

  • 1 Empress – Dog for Counter-IED Team – Based, needs painting
  • 1 Spectre – Dog – Based, needs washing
  • 1 Empress – Warrior IFV – Basecoated, some green painted
  • 1 Spectre – UKSF (ghille suit with M4)
  • 5 Spectre – Western Contractors (Converted with Shemaghs)
  • 4 Empress – PLA Special Forces
  • 7 Spectre – Task Force Contractors (To be split between UKSF and Rangers)
  • 5 Spectre Covert Action GRU
  • 6 Eureka – US Force Recon

Basecoated with Basing Material– 43:

  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Hardsuits
  • 5 Hasslefree Miniatures – Modern Troopers
  • 8 Spectre – SMG Armed Contractors
  • Spectre – 1 VIP and 3 Bodyguards
  • 6 Spectre – Intelligence Agents
  • Spectre – Female Contractor (Salute 2015 model)
  • Spectre – 1 Agitator and 1 Bodyguard
  • 6 Spectre – African Locals
  • 2 Spectre – Deniable Assets
  • 8 Gripping Beast – Falklands War Brits

Basecoated – 1:

  • 1 Spectre – Contractor (being converted)

Bare Metal – 1

  • 1 Eureka – Force Recon .50cal Sniper

Not Arrived – 58:

  • 8 Radio DishDash DELTA Force
  • 12 Radio DishDash US Army Rangers
  • 8 Radio DishDash Somali Gunmen
  • 3 Spectre – VIPs
  • 4 Spectre – Close Protection Agents
  • 19 Spectre – MENA Militia
  • 1 Spectre – Offroad SUV
  • 2 Spectre – SUVs
  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Panther

Total Models: 284

Models finished (Based, painted and varnished): 150

Percentage of collection finished: 52.8% painted

Lead Mountain Update 9

This week has been a pretty productive one. I’ve managed to finish off the insurgents, get my two VIPs finished and also tackled one of my personal stumbling blocks when it comes to painting.

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First up is the last 5 insurgents. Overall I’m quite happy with these guys – they look pretty sharp when placed on the tabletop. Just similar enough to make them look like a force but each one just slightly different. The forces with even less uniformity will be the two sets of militia forces I’ll be working on.

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Next we have the guys I’ve been dreading since Day 1 – the USMC Frogmen from Empress. My fear was mainly due to their clothing being primarily black, leading to them looking rather unfinished. However, painting certain details (such as goggles and guns) and using both an iraqi sand drybrush and the usual basalt grey means it doesn’t look quite so much like I just basecoated them and ran away. I don’t think I’ll use these guys quite as much as I should do but they are fantastic.

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I grabbed a few more models this week, primarily to try out the Eureka range and see how they scale compared to Empress/Spectre/Hasslefree. My first purchases was the USMC Force Recon pack, the matching anti-material sniper and his opposing number for the Taliban. I also need the last guy so I can run certain scenarios from the Skirmish Sangin book including the Sniper Hunt which looks particularly interesting. I am still looking for a way to base the sniper that matches the profile of the other bases but that requires finding a single cavalry sized base which might be pretty interesting.

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Seeing as it was a single model, I managed to finish the Sniper. The G3 was a joy to paint, and is unusual to paint one of these figures in boots. I also painted him with combat trousers, much like the commander model to show he is a cut above the rest.

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Finally, I got the two hostages painted up. Nice simple figures with a few little details to make them fit into the role.

 

Painted, varnished and based – 145:

  • 38 Empress – Modern British Infantry
  • 14 Spectre – UKSF (of various types)
  • 6 Spectre – Task Force Operators (painted as SAS) + 1 Spectre Dog
  • 10 Spectre – AK armed contractors
  • 5 Spectre – Western Contractors (being used as US Special Forces)
  • 11 Spectre – Task Force Operators (being used as US Army Rangers
  • 2 Spectre – Intelligence Agents
  • 1 Spectre – African Soldier
  • 4 Empress – Armoured Troopers
  • 4 Empress – US SEAL Team 6
  • 8 Spectre – Task Force Contractors (To be split between UKSF and Rangers)
  • 17 Radio DishDash –  Taliban
  • 4 Spectre Direct Action GRU
  • 14 Spectre – Insurgents
  • 4 Empress – US Frogmen
  • 1 Eureka – Taliban Sniper
  • 2 Spectre – Hostages

In the process of being painted, varnished and based – 36 :

  • 1 Empress – Dog for Counter-IED Team – Based, needs painting
  • 1 Spectre – Dog – Based, needs washing
  • 1 Empress – Warrior IFV – Basecoated, some green painted
  • 4 Spectre – African Soldiers – partially painted
  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Hardsuits – being painted in parts
  • 1 Spectre – UKSF (ghille suit with M4)
  • 5 Spectre – Western Contractors (Converted with Shemaghs)
  • 4 Empress – PLA Special Forces
  • 7 Spectre – Task Force Contractors (To be split between UKSF and Rangers)
  • 5 Spectre Covert Action GRU
  • 6 Eureka – US Force Recon

Basecoated with Basing Material– 43:

  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Hardsuits
  • 5 Hasslefree Miniatures – Modern Troopers
  • 8 Spectre – SMG Armed Contractors
  • Spectre – 1 VIP and 3 Bodyguards
  • 6 Spectre – Intelligence Agents
  • Spectre – Female Contractor (Salute 2015 model)
  • Spectre – 1 Agitator and 1 Bodyguard
  • 6 Spectre – African Locals
  • 2 Spectre – Deniable Assets
  • 8 Gripping Beast – Falklands War Brits

Basecoated – 1:

  • 1 Spectre – Contractor (being converted)

Bare Metal – 1

  • 1 Eureka – Force Recon .50cal Sniper

Not Arrived – 28:

  • 8 Radio DishDash DELTA Force
  • 12 Radio DishDash US Army Rangers
  • 8 Radio DishDash Somali Gunmen

Total Models: 254

Models finished (Based, painted and varnished): 145

Percentage of collection finished: 57.1% painted

Lead Mountain Update 8

So this week was a combination of buying more stuff and getting a ton more guys finished off to make up for the slow down of last week.

First up new stuff. I have, for a while, been looking at doing some wargaming in the South Atlantic. Something about the pictures of guys yomping through the Falklands, laden down with kit evokes a certain style. In addition, it seems an interesting battlefield to fight on. Finally, I was wanting to expand the number of manufacturers I know about and to see how they scale against the usual suspects. So I picked up two sets of Gripping Beast’s British figures. The weapons are a bit larger, the faces a little longer but its unlikely it will matter on the tabletop. Bought some paints to do early 80’s DPM and I should have them done soon. The West Shiresdale Fuislers are joining the Task Force heading to the Falklands.

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Next, I got some guys finished off. First up, GRU Operatives. I’m quite happy with these guys. I had to modify my stiple effect brush but I have improved my technic. The SURPAT gives the impression of the usual camo and is visually distinct from the Multicam guys. I also finished off the rest of the green armoured troopers from Empress. I think they are a nice set but not really interested in collecting more from the Project Gensis range; the models are a massive step down from their military sets. However, I now have a team ready in heavy armour for OSC. Finally I had a start on finishing my Insurgents. I’m painting them up to be a slightly higher quality than the African Milita I own (or the MENA milita units that tempt me so from the Spectre store). They are a bit more uniform, with green trousers or jackets all round. I’ll end up using them primarily for the selection of multinational mooks to protect captured VIPs, arms traders or undercover operatives. There are still 5 more guys to finish in that set.

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Also time for a time check. I have 92 days or ~13 weeks until my self imposed deadline. AS you can probably tell, the “BUY NO MORE MODELS” thing hasn’t happened. However, all that changes is how many models I have to paint. Either way, all my models will be painted by 0:01 on 01/02/2015. There are 117 figures left to paint (including a large vehicle) so that means I need to average around 9 models a week in order to get them all finished. Seems simple enough – I have a few clear weekends and Christmas should be have plenty of time.

Painted, varnished and based – 132:

  • 38 Empress – Modern British Infantry
  • 14 Spectre – UKSF (of various types)
  • 6 Spectre – Task Force Operators (painted as SAS) + 1 Spectre Dog
  • 10 Spectre – AK armed contractors
  • 5 Spectre – Western Contractors (being used as US Special Forces)
  • 11 Spectre – Task Force Operators (being used as US Army Rangers
  • 2 Spectre – Intelligence Agents
  • 1 Spectre – African Soldier
  • 4 Empress – Armoured Troopers
  • 4 Empress – US SEAL Team 6
  • 8 Spectre – Task Force Contractors (To be split between UKSF and Rangers)
  • 17 Radio DishDash –  Taliban
  • 4 Spectre Direct Action GRU
  • 9 Spectre – Insurgents

In the process of being painted, varnished and based – 39 :

  • 1 Empress – Dog for Counter-IED Team – Based, needs painting
  • 1 Spectre – Dog – Based, needs washing
  • 1 Empress – Warrior IFV – Basecoated, some green painted
  • 4 Spectre – African Soldiers – partially painted
  • 5 Spectre – Insurgents – Based, some colours painted
  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Hardsuits – being painted in parts
  • 1 Spectre – UKSF (ghille suit with M4)
  • 5 Spectre – Western Contractors (Converted with Shemaghs)
  • 4 Empress – PLA Special Forces
  • 7 Spectre – Task Force Contractors (To be split between UKSF and Rangers)
  • 4 Empress – US Frogmen
  • 5 Spectre Covert Action GRU

Basecoated with Basing Material– 45:

  • 1 Evil Bear Wargames – Hardsuits
  • 2 Spectre – Hostages
  • 5 Hasslefree Miniatures – Modern Troopers
  • 8 Spectre – SMG Armed Contractors
  • Spectre – 1 VIP and 3 Bodyguards
  • 6 Spectre – Intelligence Agents
  • Spectre – Female Contractor (Salute 2015 model)
  • Spectre – 1 Agitator and 1 Bodyguard
  • 6 Spectre – African Locals
  • 2 Spectre – Deniable Assets
  • 8 Gripping Beast – Falklands War Brits

Basecoated – 1:

  • 1 Spectre – Contractor (being converted)

Not Arrived – 28:

  • 8 Radio DishDash DELTA Force
  • 12 Radio DishDash US Army Rangers
  • 8 Radio DishDash Somali Gunmen

Total Models: 245

Models finished (Based, painted and varnished): 132

Percentage of collection finished: 53.8% painted