Finished and in Progress

Soviet bombers protected by fighters are faced by Finnish fighters – November 1939 to March 1940

So, after settling into what should be my “New Normal”* I extracted digit and got stuck into clearing my painting table. I considered the option of simply packing them all away in a drawer but slapped myself in the face with a wet salmon, and decided to HTFU and as Nike says, Just F****** Do It! I did it!

The Soviet bombers are now painted, decalled (is that even a word) and varnished so my Winter War air wargaming set is complete. Complete, except for the rules. I have Raiden Miniatures Thunderbolt and Lightning set here and a copy of Mustangs but I am really waiting for my copy of Too Fat Lardies “Bag the Hun” to arrive. It is held up somewhere in the PhilPost system here due to the COVID-19 Enhanced Community Quarantine of Manila for the past 10 weeks. Now we are under a General Community Quarantine (GCQ) or hopefully soon a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), PhilPost may deliver them, or at least a card telling me to pick them up from the Makati Central Post Office. Also waiting at the Post Office (I hope) is more aircraft from Heroics and Ros and Scotia (late war US and Japanese – think B-29 Superfortresses, P-51s and various late war Japanese aircraft. There are books waiting there as well so I am hoping for Christmas in June … or July.

The 6mm Anglo-Saxons – next on the paint queue – finger for size reference

So, what’s on the workbench now? I decided to finish the 6mm Anglo-Saxons and base them for DBA. Later I will do a couple of extra bases so that they are a valid force for Basic Impetus. The reason for the Basic Impetus is to get used to that ruleset for the Baroque ruleset, which I am planning on using for the English Civil War forces (or maybe 30 Year War) that I have sitting in the Lead Pile^.

For these I had decided on a brown undercoat as the top colours dull too much on a black undercoat. I have used brown in a couple of areas now and it seems to work well. Maybe the next army I paint I may try back to a white undercoat. In 6mm, undercoat, then block paint the figure, then wash. This may work well enough.

The back of the Anglo-Saxons – this is the side I hope to see in games and not their shields as they run away

Once I have painted these guys, then it will be a choice:

  1. Napoleonic Prussians (there are a lot of them) – already prepared for painting
  2. Coastal forces (1/1200 scale) – already prepared for painting
  3. Modern Naval air support for painted modern fleets
  4. Some 2mm Imagi-nations
  5. Buildings

These are the thoughts uppermost in my mind for next project however, if I know me (and I sort of do) then I am more likely to start something not on the list.

Stay tuned for more exciting indecision!


* My New Normal consists of adjusting to being required to retire, and the stress that follows from finding new work in the middle of a pandemic. Timing was absolutely perfect.
^ The Lead Pile is the number of unpainted model/toy soldiers or wargaming figures that are sitting in boxes and drawers. It is an increasingly misnamed term as modern wargame figures are made from lead-free pertwer, plastic, resin or MDF … but the term “lead pile” has been around for many years so lead pile it is!

Past the Block

Or at least I will be if manage to paint some more tomorrow night. All it needed was a good Fokker – a Fokker D.XIII D.XXI.

I decided that I would work on the Winter War 1/285 scale aircraft that I have in a set – Finnish fighter, Soviet bombers and fighters. These game from Raiden Miniatures. Tonight I managed to paint a top surfaces white (Army Painter flat white), the under surfaces light Grey (Tamiya British Light Aircraft Grey) and then start on the Olive Green disruptive pattern. Photos below.

I stopped at the point I did for two reasons. One os that I was not going to paint past midnight and the second was that Tamiya does not play well with Army Painter paints and the top colour was starting to strip the white. Hopefully tomorrow there will have been a more thorough drying and thr Tamiya will not strip the Army Painter..

Lastly, I started on the Fokker D.XIII D.XXI simply because I could not find the Brewster Buffaloes. They will be next on the list.