Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Build-a-thon completed!

You've seen some of the drop zone commander bits I've been painting going up on the blog. Well what about the rest of the challenge, building and basing everything, making trophies for pick and Mix, and finishing my iron cross entry? Well as you can see below I've managed to get everything done for this month.
 Here are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies, for Pick and Mix.

 A large collection of models that have now been built! Just need to get painting now!

And here is my Iron Cross entry, a Churchill 3" gun carrier, from home defence duties. You've seen this before, but I've added a plinth and plaque to the model for display purposes.

Next month challenge is simple, to paint up all the drop zone commander stuff I currently have, with the exception of the Hades, so 10 mechs and 4 stands of sirens.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Mech strike inbound

I finished some more Dropzone stuff last night, so here's a quick update to show it off!

Here is Jocasta Caine and 2 Apollo mechs.


I've also painted this Athena air superiority fighter.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Starting with the Last

Well, today's update is a bit of a retrograde step, I've done number 4 on my list of priorities for this month and painted a couple of Dropzone Commander PHR Juno A1 IFVs. This was mostly as I was away with work this week, so just took some paints with me. Work on some Apollo Mechs, an Athena fighter and Jocasta Caine are ongoing.

Also the latest's Fire for Effect podcast is up, were myself and Andy cover our latest hobby goings one, chat about the new stuff for Team Yankee and Flames of War and cover tactics for fair fights. Also we have a competition! Check it out here.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

The September Challenge Results

So, it's now October, how have I done on the September Challenge? Well, let's see!

Dropzone Commander PHR army                                     Assembled and being painted*
2 Necromunda Pit Slaves                                                   Assembled, waiting for basing material
1 Necromunda Ratskin Scout*                                           Assembled, waiting for basing material
3 Necromunda Underhive Scum                                        Assembled, waiting for basing material
3 Necromunda Van Saar Juves                                           Assembled, waiting for basing material
2 Necromunda Van Saar Gangers*                                    Assembled, waiting for basing material
4 Necromunda Escher Gangers                                         Assembled, waiting for basing material
1 Necromunda Escher Juve                                               Assembled, waiting for basing material
Famo 18t Halftrack                                                           Assembled, needs a base adding
2 Panzer IV/70 (A)                                                           Assembled
4 Bofors Tractors                                                              Assembled, and base coated
2 15cwt CMP Trucks*                                                      Assembled, and base coated
19 Sd Kfz 250 (various variants)                                      Assembled, needs a base adding
8 Sd Kfz 251 (various variants)                                        Assembled, needs a base adding
Pioneer Supply Truck                                                       Assembled, and base coated
2 Sd Kfz 7                                                                        Not built
1 Sd Kfz 15 Field Car                                                      Not built
Panzer Pionier Platoon                                                    Not built
Panzer Grenadier Platoon                                                Not built
5 ISU-152                                                                        Assembled, and painted

* Some work still needs doing on the bases
** A couple of quantities have changed over the month. I have decided to put a couple of Necromunda figures back on ebay (as I may have bought a few too many for a game I rarely play at present!) and have add a couple of Flames of War trucks.

So not great, basing is the obvious let down and I hope to sort it out this month. On the plus side, I've got the ISUs completely finished which was unexpected, and other stuff is further along the painting stage than I expected. Also I got my Patio finished, which has been a major drain on my time.

With that in mind my aims for October are as follows:
  1. Prepare the base for my Iron Cross Entry.
  2. Finish off basing units.
  3. Assemble the unbuilt units on this list.
  4. Paint at least a unit of PHR (probably the IFV transports, which are acting as the tester for the army colour scheme).
  5. Prepare trophy bases for the first Fire for Effect Flames of War competition, Pick and Mix to be held at the Element Games North West Gaming Centre on December 17th.
And don't forget to check out the Fire for Effect podcast competition on our Facebook page.