Well this week has been productive. Mostly this is down to finishing stuff that has been sat half painted for the a while.
On the vehicle side, the Brits have gained the Challenger 2 and the Warrior. Three technicals (including two .50cals) and a single SUV are now ready to go. I also managed to finish four spectre insurgents. Unfortunately one of them, the MENA leader, has a raised rifle that was just asking to be bent out of shape. Part way through painting, the rifle did break off. Trimming it down, he now looks like a mob leader, perfect for leading a group.
Over my Christmas break I intended to get some stuff painted. However, I ended up doing a lot of other stuff (like going on walks with family and a day of KillTeam in York) so I didn’t get a huge amount done. I did manage to paint the bases on a large number of the insurgents I had been working my way through.
Just this week I did the finishing touches on the rest of the figures I had partially painted. As with all the Spectre figures they are great fun to paint. As with my last set of insurgents, I’ve kept using the red colouring (in bandanas, t-shirts and scarfs) to theme them when deployed together on the tabletop.
The next step will be to carry on painting up the insurgents I have left. This means I can more easily deploy large numbers of them which are required when going up against the more well trained and equipped forces.
So my plan of working on the boiler suited criminals got tweaked last week after I arranged to run another Spectre Operations game. So rather than painting a load of redish brown boiler suits, I was instead rushing to get a few more insurgents painted up.
The bulk of the figures are Empress Insurgents, painted up to look more trained militant than local with gun. I again used a similar colour scheme with some variation to tie them together visually (as well as speed up the process). I also painted up the Taliban HMG from Eureka (and then managed to bend the barrel), an Insurgent from Spectre to act as a squad leader in Spectre and then five of the weapon caches to be used as objective markers.
Having just played a Spectre game before writing this, I’ve decided I need to get some more bad guys painted up and ready for Bazistan. So I’ll be finishing off the Empress Insurgents before working on the Spectre range.
First stage done – I have finished my MENA civilians from Spectre. The figures are perfect for civilians to dot the tabletop but their posing makes them easy to use as objectives or intelligence operatives (the guy in the baseball cap will probably be an undercover agent rushing for extraction).
Painting wise, I tried to stick to a similar colour scheme as my Afghan civilians but with a few additional tweaks to make them look slightly more modern. Simple blocks of colours with the usual Agrax Earthshade wash. The main difference was the use of Nuln Oil on some figures, especially on the jeans but also the burgundy jacket on the chap in the back row. This helped to add some depth to the colours without requiring masses of layering.
Plan for next post– Paint boiler suit wearing robbers, start on the Taliban weapon teams
If you have been following my blog, last year you would have seen The Lead Mountain – an attempt to paint all my figures. Well it went as well as you would expect the average wargamer’s attempt to paint up everything would go. I also drove myself mad and posted up repeated posts going “I didn’t paint anything :(“
So this year I’m doing something different. I’m setting a much more manageable goal – themed posts with a smaller subset of figures to paint. Think of this as a nice winter feature where you get to see more painted miniatures than usual. Lead Mountain 2 will run from now (middle of November) until the end of February 2017. I’m aiming for at least a post a week, with a group of figures (fully painted and based) in each one.
As you might have guessed from the title, I’m going to be painting up my literal pile of OPFOR that I’ve collected. The models are a mixture – mostly Empress and Spectre ranges (Insurgents, militia and criminal element) but there is also a few remaining Eureka weapon teams and the models I reccived from the Day of the Rangers kickstarter to represent the Somalis. So a nice mix and not too much camo to paint. I can’t see the pile growing but the potential could be the SPG/rocket launchers from Eureka or whatever Spectre have been cooking up….
I’m looking forward to it!
Plan for next week – paint up MENA civilians, start on boiler suit wearing robbers