I will start off with the Jump Off Points that I have made to blend in a little with this terrain, although my existing ones that I have would have done the job really. The beauty of JOP's is that they are just bits of unobtrusive scenic terrain which look nice on the table but also have a purpose in the game.
When making these, I had run out of 'Green Stuff' and Milliput to make my sandbags with, so I thought I would give 'Blue Tack' a try instead as it is easy to shape and I thought a coating of wood glue over the top would harden it up when it dry's. Plus you can pick up Blue Tack for £1 a pack which makes it good value if you plan on making terrain with a lot of sandbags built into it.
I have also finished the support options for my platoon unless Empress Miniatures plan on adding to their excellent range of figures for these guys. I do have some more vehicles to paint up, so I guess I am not quite finished yet.
I also added a couple of extra packs of infantry to fill out the platoon and to give me a few different weapon options amongst the squads.
This also meant I had figures left over to use if I need to dismount my vehicle crews.
Platoon and support options.
Couple of action shots.
And last but not least, Warlord have kindly just sent me a copy of their new theatre book 'OSTFRONT' which is soon to be released, for supplying them with some pictures from my WW2 collection. I look forward to having a proper read of it over the weekend but just flicking through it now, there looks like plenty of useful info in there whether you play Bolt Action or use a different set of WW2 rules, and of course, lots of nice pictures.
Great looking figs and terrain as usual! Love the Chinook!ReplyDelete
Great ingenuity and creativity on the terrain bits, not often one sees a modern period covered with such a well painted collection!ReplyDelete
Marvelous! A big thank you for sharing...ReplyDelete
There is a wonderful cinematic quality to you work Pat, fabulous troops and added terrain details - truly inspirational.ReplyDelete
Awesome work on the figures and terrain Pat!ReplyDelete
Pat love the blu tack idea, does the wood glue protect it enough for general wear and tear? Loving the jump off points.ReplyDelete
Yes Stu, with the wood glue or PVA it dries really hard, so should stand up to general wear and tear.Delete
Great terrain and figures Pat. You never disappoint. I like the idea of using Blu-tack. The helicopter you have I think is a CH46 Sea Knight, perfect for USMC. I'm after one in 1/72 scale and I think Easy Model do one ready built.ReplyDelete
Mark, this one is from NewRay and is supposed to be 1.55 scale which would be good for my 28mm but to be honest it is a bit small for some reason and I would say a good match for your 1/72 collection. You can pick them up on ebay brand new and boxed for £20 with postage and they come ready painted and have a base stand as well. Excellent value and cheaper than an unpainted, unmade vehicle for 28mm.Delete
The CH-46, which we call the "Frog" is much smaller than the Chinook. It carries about twelve guys, as opposed to the CH-47's 40'ish. The Frog is being replaced by the Osprey. You should model some bullet holes in it. I've never been in one that didn't have them, usually left over from Viet Nam.
Thanks for the info, I didn't know that. Also I will get some of those bullet holes done as I guess they were bullet magnets.Delete
Great looking figures; and nice info on the blue tack - didn't know coating it with PVA would harden it.ReplyDelete
Fabulous work Pat! The Jump Off points are spiffing. They blend so well with the terrain a casual bystander wouldn't even notice they don't belong to the scenery.ReplyDelete
Your Brits are ace as well. I'm pondering on doing moderns for quite some time now and your continually great work doesn't help a bit ;-)
Thanks again lads.ReplyDelete
I used to use Blutack back in my teenage GW converting days instead of Milliput - thin coat of superglue and it would dry rock hard! Never thought to use it since until now, genius idea.ReplyDelete
Any chance of a tutorial or explanation of how you did the multicam on the uniforms? I'm currently producing a large Afghan 'playset' with so far 60 painted Taliban and a US Army platoon, but in 20mm, and really struggling with the American camo.
Mike, I used the following to paint the Multi Cam.Delete
Light grey primer.
basecoat - Foundry Rawhide 11C
Horizontal splodges with Foundry Phlemg Green 28C
Horizontal splodges with Vallejo Russian Uniform 924
Horizontal splodges with Vallejo English Uniform 921
Little dash with Vallejo Iraqui Sand 819
Little dash with Vallejo Choc Brown 149
Finish with a glaze of Vallejo Iraqui Sand
I have not had a go at painting the Americans yet, so unable to help at this stage.
Nicely done. Been pondering ideas for my ISAF jump off points as well!ReplyDelete
Nice looking force!ReplyDelete
So did the balletic really get solid enough with the white glue brush over?
One work on the Chinook (or Bull Frog as the Marines call it)... these days it it used for Medivac with the Ospreys taking over the role as troop transport.
You have put doubt in my mind, so I have just gone and checked the hardness of the Blu Tack. Yes, the white glue has given it a hard shell but if you were to squeeze it really hard you will get an indentation. Something you would not get with 'GreenStuff' or 'Milliput' but then I can't see an occasion when you would want to squeeze a finished piece of terrain really hard.
I am happy with the end result but you should give it a try, as it will be minimal outlay and effort.
Thanks for the additional info on the Chinook, I guess I will stick with it being a troop carrier for game purposes as I have a couple of black Hawkes for Medivac and I will have to draw the line on four choppers in my collection.
Really nice force; fantastic painting and building work!!!ReplyDelete
As usual some excellent pieces of craftsmenship !ReplyDelete
Very well done, Pat.
I agree with the 'cinematic' comment. Excellent work coupled with excellent photography. Clearly a gifted and imaginative exponent of the hobby.ReplyDelete
Thanks very much for your kind words chaps.ReplyDelete
Greate Idee with the blu tack!ReplyDelete
Stunning paint work and Greate additions to your collection.
Congratulations to geting pictures in the ostfront book! Well deserved !
Incredible stuff, as always.ReplyDelete