Just over two weeks ago I collected a couple of parcels from the Post Office (see Next Project – Aircraft or Land Ironclads?). I decided to work on the 2mm figures so trawled through the lead pile here and extracted the American Land Forces. The setting for Peshawar is late 19th Century and the back story is based around the discovery of R-Matter which permitted the development of Aeronefs and Aerostats … ships of the air in essence. I will start painting some of them soon too, but first I thought I would work on the land forces.
One of the “Imagi-nations” engaged in the Great Game around Peshawar are the Americans. Think of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, Charlton Heston and 55 Days at Peking and you get an idea of appearance.
The ground forces are designed for use with a simple rule set called Land Ironclads. Land Ironclads also makes allowances for, well, land ironclads and contraptions. These are like steam tanks from the imagination of a Victorian Science Fiction writer who has had one mushroom too many. I need to get some Ironclads and Contraptions so currently the land warfare component will be based around forces similar to the infantry, cavalry and artillery of the late 19th Century.
Why 2mm figures you might ask? Simply because there are nominally the same scale as the aeronefs. They are also fun and quick to paint. I expect to have most of the army photographed above painted this weekend. In fact, the bases will take longer than the figures.
This week I started to do some test pieces to:
See how they look
Brush up on my painting technique
Test some bases of buildings for colour
So, the test pieces worked out quite well, although I will be bolder with the colours on the infantry, cavalry and artillery when I start painting the figures in earnest.
Speaking of colours, the American infantry, cavalry and artillery will have blue jackets and khaki trousers. The American marines will have khaki jackets and blue trousers. All will be based on a dry terrain (the Khyber Pass of imagination although the actual area around Peshawar is quite green).
Anyway, here for my future reference and your viewing pleasure is the army, along with the test paint pieces … and yes, these little buggers are quite small … but they do look good when painted en masse.
Anthony has often teased me about my love of 6mm figures, with the usual remarks about too small to paint, too small to see and so on.
I thought then I should show him some of my 2mm figures. These are painted for Land Ironclads and Aeronefs. The figures are from Irregular Miniatures and form part of the French contingent for my Peshawar project, when I get around to doing some more on that.
The grid in the pictures is 10mm square. There is also a beer bottle top there for reference to size.
The French force, overall, as it stands now
The cavalry brigade
THe division assembles
The Frencyh Infantry ready to advance
The village – well there are quite a few more of these pieces to go
The two trains – the quick and inexpensive way to have a train set.
I have been testing a new (for me) painting technique of brown undercoat, block (ish) paint and wash. This is a method I am planning to use on my South-east Asian themed armies. At the moment they are Burmese and Khmer. I wanted a quick test to start with so an element that I could paint simply. I selected the Maiden Guard from the Khmer, for no other reason than the colours and that there is a lot of flesh.
These figures are 15mm tall so the detail that looks overdone in these photos is not so bad in real life, although I will need to redo the faces of the figures again. These are Irregular Miniatures and I am pleased with the way they look painted. Much nicer than their appearance in bare metal.
Thinking about the 1/2400th scale Guerra del Pacífico vessels I have for Peru and Chile. It was an interesting sea war. Somewhere in the stockpile I have some 10mm Chilean and Bolivian figures for the land warfare component. Mind you, in a recent mini-sort of the Man Cave I have not managed to find any evidence of those figures yet. They must be in there somewhere.
I think, however, in a break from nautical painting, I may just try get the Burmese, or the Khmer, or both DBA Armies painted.
The figures have been cleaned up and based. They have also received a brown undercoat in Army Painter spray paint so they are ready to go. I will admit being interested to see how these look after painting as it will be the first time I have painted Irregular Miniatures 15mm figures.
As today is Friday and as we approach beer o’clock, I guess this is tonight’s rumination over a quiet pint.
I had about 10 minutes spare the other day waiting so thought I would quickly put some paint to metal. A couple of my village blocks for the Peshawar project seemed the appropriate way to go as I had them prepared a while ago and they were already undercoated.
The buildings on the left come from Brigade Models and are really very neat, although I feel I could have placed them a little more randomly on the block. Still, they give the effect and work well with other blocks the same size.
The village on the right is from Irregular Miniatures which have a large 2mm range of scenery, soldiers and habitation (and also a pretty neat train). The Irregular village does look more village like – the trees add a little to the ambience.
Ground surface was painted just using a variety of desert sand type colours. I am not sure about flocking at 2mm scale – will maybe do a test piece later and see if it looks alright or not.
There is also a Brigade Models Facebook Page which is easier to get to on smartphones than the ‘blog and where they are happily announcing new stuff and such. Brigade also posted details of how various folks (including yours truly) were dealing with their 2mm models. Have a look at Out There in the Real World.
After the excruciating effort of super gluing all the figures to Irregular Miniatures Burmese elephant – not to mention several successful attempts at gluing my fingers together ((and the ensuing problems the next couple of days at the office when the finger-print reader at the door no longer recognises my fingerprint)) – I was ready to start the next step – gluing the basing material on and undercoating. First however, there was one more &$*&@#£ archer to glue back on that &$*&@#£ elephant.
Base material of fine grade sand and some larger grains was stuck to the base with some Woodland Scenics glue ((which mercifully does not glue ones fingers together)). The figures were let stand for 24 hours and then undercoated in Army Colours brown. I guess I need to start researching uniform colours – or find another project to get in the way of this 🙂
And yes, that is the &$*&@#£ Burmese elephant on the right hand side of the pachyderms!
I had ordered some Burmese – enough for one DBA army both as an opponent for the Khmer and because I needed to purchase 4 Khmer crossbowmen. I didn’t feel like sending an order to Ian Kay at Irregular Miniatures for four figures so he ended up getting the order for the Burmese. I reckon when I get around to the Indonesians and Malay I’ll be on to Grumpy’s figures.
The figures arrived very quickly from Irregular, taking about 7 days from order to delivery. In fact they arrived a few days sooner than I expected.
I put the magnetic material on the bottom of the MDF bases before starting on the figures.
I set to work with file and X-acto knife on the figures, cleaning the flash. Some of the figures had a fair bit of flash but it was fairly easy to clean off. Irregular seems to use a softer metal than some other manufacturers.
Once the flash was cleaned off the figures were attached to bases ready for the flocking to come.
There was no need to trim bases in this batch like I had to with the Khmer as there are no real close order troops in the Burmese army.
The elephant is a beast however. I have managed to delete my fingerprints again – I guess I’ll be using my plan B key at the office to get in tomorrow morning as the fingerprint reader is not going to be able to read me.
There are so many crew for the elephant – in fact two of them fell off just after the photos were taken. I’ve decided to leave them off tonight and will attempt to glue them on tomorrow night after all the other glued on blokes have had a chance to let the glue cure.
I decided to finish off this blog post with a couple if pictures of the elephant to give you an idea of how much of a beast it is.