Sunday, June 30, 2013

WW2 in 15mm: Japanese

Despite the "blog silence" I've actually been quite busy painting miniatures. I've just been lazy about documenting what I've done. Realizing I'm not going back to document this stuff, I decided on this next round of the project that I will do better documenting progress.

This round encompasses the Pacific war. While I have a platoon of Japanese in 28mm already done, I don't have any US Marines or suitable terrain in that scale. Seeing how I was able to pump up both my US  & German troop choices and Northern European terrain for a reasonable cost in 15mm, I chose to leave the 28mm stuff behind. The 28mm Japanese can still work with Bolt Action, as long as I throw in a few guns and tanks to round out my choices. I just doubt they'll ever see the table.

OK, so here's the first squad of 15mm Japanese.

Totally there are 13 soldiers, including 1 squad leader and an LGM. These are Old Glory models, which look great and are very affordable. At 50 models to a pack, I have more Japanese than I'll ever need.

I've made some improvements to my color schemes from the 28mm versions I did. Mostly their webbing and legging colors are more "accurate" this time around. I'm not a stickler for historical accuracy as long as they look about right. After all, I'm probably the only one to ever see these models in action.  I'm lining up these forces for another campaign from Britton Publishers, Operation Stalemate II, which is 11 scenarios based on the 1st US Marine Division's assault on Peleliu.

As I complete more of these models, I'll document my progress.  The next two squads aren't going to look any different from the ones shown above. So I'll probably do an update once the three core squads of the platoon are done as well as the HQ squad and some of the supporting units.

It will take me a while to get everything ready for the new campaign. I have to do US Marines as well. So I don't expect to begin play until Sep/ Oct this year. It's just good to have a goal to be working towards and I don't mind the long wait.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Infinity: Riot Grrls

It has been a while since I've posted any models. In fact, I've painted a ton of 15mm WW2 stuff, but haven't got around to documenting it. Maybe I'll do that some other time.  In order to take a break from military camo colors, I dipped into my modest Infinity collection to paint some Riot Grrls for my Nomads.

I love the attitude of these models. I wanted them just because there's a model chucking the finger. I've never seen anything like it, though I'm sure there has got to be other stuff like it out there. Anyway, I painted them to match my Nomads color scheme.

They were certainly fun to paint, and I expect they'll be fun to play. I'm not really sure of their game function, to be honest. I think I'll end up with a lot of Infinity models just because I like their looks rather than their contribution to an army list.

I'll say these models were fiddly to assemble. Each of the girls with their visors down had four antennae to attach to their helmets. I did the right thing and filled those holes with putty. Fuck that shit. There's no reason for that torture. Additionally they have some butt armor that looked difficult to add to the model. Again... FTS... I puttied those holes as well. After that the models went together a lot easier.

All Infinity models are really delicate, at least the ones I have. The girl chucking the finger fell apart three times. The model joins are really well done, so re-gluing her was a breeze. I'll just have to use my telekinetic powers to mover her on the table. Otherwise, I think the air pressure of my approaching fingers will cause the model to fall apart if I try to physically move her.

So, more words than pictures this time. I'll get around to documenting my 15mm stuff, as there's lots of it.  Not sure what's up next, but I've got plenty of projects in the pipeline. I'll have to choose one and get going on it.