Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Craters

Good chum Colin kindly gifted me these pieces for my recent birthday. They’re from Paul’s Modelling Workshop and highly recommended.

Originally they were going to be painted in the more arid desert style suitable for our WW2 North African games but I decided to paint them for use in our Crete, Sicily and Italian games instead. Recipe is Americana Honey Brown, followed by highlights of VMC Tan Yellow, VMC Dark Sand and Foundry Boneyard light.

Here’s a closer pic.

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Legion Priority Supplies

Here are the moisture vaporators, computer terminals and crates from the Priority Supplies boxed set

The vaporators and crates were primed in grey then given a heavy dry brush of VMC Stone Grey followed by a wash of GW Agrax. When completely dry, highlight with VMC Stone Grey then pick out the edges using any light, pale grey such as Foundry Austrian White shade. A few dabs of GW Typhus Corrosion completes the weather worn look.



The terminals and the larger crate were even easier! Black spray followed by the Foundry Charcoal palette. The buttons are simply dots of very light grey followed by red, green, yellow, etc.

In games these items can be used as objective markers (there are several mission cards that require such features) or just as suitably atmospheric scenery.

Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Making the most of your palms

I’ve had a collection of plastic palm trees for my North African tables for some time now and they looked fine, but after seeing some excellent jungle terrain pieces recently, I decided to try to pimp my palms a little. Here’s the first batch!

I began by pulling the palm fronds off the trunks and temporarily sticking them on cocktail sticks (or kebab sticks for the larger trees). Prime them with a dark or mid green spray. I used AP Army Green, I think. Then I gave them a very heavy dry-brush of CdA Army Green, followed by a lighter dry-brush of a VMC green (833 whatever that is). I also dry-brushed a few of the lower fronds with a light brown.

I primed the trunks with either a light brown or mid brown spray (AP Skeleton Bone and Leather Brown). The smoother ‘banded’ trunks were painted in a range of light browns whilst the more gnarly trunks were painted darker brown and washed with GW Agrax to bring out the texture, followed by a quick highlight of a light brown.

This is a WIP pic of the leaves. Highlights in a range of greens and yellows would look best. Appears quite shiny mainly due to the lighting, although I did give the finished articles a light dusting of AP matt varnish to remove any residual shine.

Here’s the new and the old side by side. Definitely an improvement I reckon!


A couple of evening’s work but worth it.

Saturday, 15 October 2022

74-Z Speeder Bikes

Two units of 74-Z speeder bikes to give my Galactic Empire forces some fast attack options. I’ve also re-done the basing scheme to use only white flowers and red tufts, both from gamers grass. All of my other troops had the first lot of tufts and foliage removed and replaced with this. Gives a much more coherent appearance.

These chaps should prove handy on the table. Move 3, surge to hit and to block, plus that blaster cannon packs a punch especially with the Impact 1 rule which will allow these guys to potentially tackle enemy armour. The white defence dice make them a bit fragile, but at least they generally get a cover save thanks to Cover 1.

Next on the list for the troops is either Vader or maybe an AT-ST. Although I might divert briefly to paint the Priority Supplies boxed set. Nothing says Star Wars (and specifically Tatooine) like a few moisture vaporators! Happy gaming 😎

Monday, 26 September 2022

Episode I: Clash of the Noobs

The Bristol Biguns Star Wars Legion campaign is up and running! Organised by David Clark (thank you), there are a group of us who keen to get gaming in the Star Wars universe. I’m a relative newcomer to this game and Rob even more so, hence the title. The first game is a 500 point skirmish. I have Galactic Empire led by General Veers whilst Rob has Rebels led by Luke Skywalker.

The view from my side, Stormtroopers, Death Troopers and some Scouts. Thanks to Paul for valuable assistance with getting the list together.

Rob has pushed one rebel squad far forward in the centre supported by an AT-RT with Luke not far behind.

During the first turn I concentrated the bulk of my shooting on the rebel walker and very nearly destroyed it, before blasting it to pieces at the start of turn two. Luke suffered a similar fate during turns two and three … it’s tough to deflect HH-12 shells with a light sabre. To be fair, Rob’s dice rolling, especially with the white D6 armour dice, was terrible!

The mission objective was to get squad leaders in to the enemy deployment zone but we got caught up in a hard fought, close range fire-fight that inflicted heavy casualties on both sides. In the last couple of turns the advantage swung to the Empire as the rebel squads were whittled away until only the heroic Drabatan warrior Pao (from Rogue One) remained. Veers and a squad of Stormtroopers, covered by the Death Troopers, made a dash for the Rebels deployment zone to claim victory! Vader will be pleased.

Good fun all round and great to see the Bristol gang as I haven’t been along to the club for a while.

Thursday, 15 September 2022

More ACW Extras

A little more painting for my ACW forces. A pair of pack horses and a handler for the Union army.

Two more casualty/shock markers for each side. Can’t have too many!

Horses by Redoubt and men by Dixon.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Galactic Empire Starter Force

My initial force for Star Wars Legion, 500 points of Galactic Empire, is ready to rock!

Figures painted using a slightly simplified version of the methods described by the excellent YouTuber Sorastro.

Next up will be either a similar sized Rebel force, or perhaps some additions to this force such as Vader, a squad of 74-Z speeder bikes, a scout sniper team or an AT-ST? All primed and ready to go.