Monday, November 20, 2017

AHPC VIII - The Call

Righto. Curt has officially issued the Challenge for the 8th edition of the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge!

For my sins I'll be participating once again. I think this is my 6th go around? It's tremendous fun, wonderfully inspiring and best of all I get stuff painted.

Not sure what my points target will be this year. I've been cutting back the last couple to allow time to help out with the admin and also as I just don't seem to be able to get through stuff like I used to.

Having said that I see Curt has opted to include terrain this year which means I can throw some more Peking terrain into the mix and kill two birds with one stone. Nice one Curt mate, love your work!

So what's on the radar this year apart from Peking terrain?

  • More Boxers and also some Imperial forces for the Boxer Project 
  • More wonderful Citadel-era Warhammer Fantasy Empire
  • A Steel Legion Imperial Guard army for Epic 40K
  • and goodness knows what else!
Cheers,
Millsy


Sunday, November 19, 2017

AHPC VIII - Time to Prep!

The smell of snow on the wind, the faint sting of ice in the air, the naked trees and the dry leaves underfoot... (well, none of that is happening here in Sydney, but I'm assured that this is indeed the case in the other hemisphere)

That can only mean one thing; THE ANALOGUE HOBBIES PAINTING CHALLENGE IS COMING.

Snowlord Curt Campbell marshals his legions of painters.

The Snowlord stirs once more as his acolytes commence the rituals which will awaken him from his months-long slumber... The Clearing of the Workspaces, The Prepping of the Figures, The Cleansing of the Brushes, all accompanied by hypnotic chanting of the koans; "Is A Spider A Vehicle?" "What Gender Is That Bear?" "HOW many camels...?"

Well, I've decided not to get caught short this year, so...


Yep, that's my workbench - bit of a change from the first year's effort.


Next it's on to the task of cleaning and sorting the figs and trying to anticipate the themes for the bonus rounds, as yet unrevealed. So stay tuned...!

Ev

Saturday, November 11, 2017

400K and a short walk

It appears that some time during the last week or so the blog views ticked over a bit of a milestone in the 400,000 range. Not something I keep much of an eye on very often but every once in a while the numbers kind of stick out. Given the fact that's a nice round number I made a thing. Enjoy...

Mmmm... psychedelic background and lime green font.

Given I also finished a super secret commission this morning and can't post any images (cause it's like secret) I decided to go for a short walk and take some photos instead.

Approximately 10kms and 90 minutes later I was back having enjoyed the delights of Shaw's Ridge and the Blue Gum Swamp, one of my local round trip walks and one I should do more often.

Next time it'll be Grose Head South and down to Yarramundi I think

Nobody but me, loads of birds and one 8 foot long high speed red bellied black snake

Most of these gums are much older and just a wee bit taller than yours truly.

Trees. And ferns. And tree ferns.

Eucalyptus deanei, aka the mountain blue gum

Right, that's enough blather. I'm off to paint some Perry brothers Empire troops for the Old World Army Challenge and prep some stuff for the upcoming Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.

Cheers,
Millsy

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Old World Army Challenge

Super spiffy banner by Clarence of Quindia Studios fame

Not being a "Facebook person" I sometimes miss stuff that other folks see. The Old World Army Challenge is a perfect example of one of those things. I'd have been gutted to miss out once I realised what was going on. Fortunately the organisers (some of whom are fellow AHPC participants) were kind enough to allow me on board regardless of my lack of social media skillz. Cool huh?

Like Curt's wonderful AHPC, the Old World Army Challenge is a non-competitive style event intended to motivate the participants and to provide a platform for sharing and praising one another's work. That's the very essence of Oldhammer for me, an engaging, positive group of like-minded people having a blast together. Couldn't say no to that...

So I'm going to use this as an opportunity to kick-start my stalled Empire army. I'm rather excited to be planning and painting something that doesn't involve anything to do with Peking to be honest!

Oh yeah, and while I'm doing this I'll also be doing the AHPC for the sixth time, assuming Curt still loves me now I'm seeing someone else on the side. :-)

Cheers,
Millsy

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Peking - Russian Legation Build Complete!

So that's another legation compound build complete with the painting and basing of the Russian Legation finished up today. You can see part one of the build here...

I went ahead and added a bunch more details on this build right from the start as I mentioned last post. I'm glad I did and I'm really pleased with the overall finished building.


Google Translate provided the text for "Russian Embassy" in a suitable font.


A Russian period style flag flies over the door which is flanked by some flower pots with blooms.


The moon gate gives entry to the courtyard which will alternately have trees and flowers or firing steps included. Paving leads from the front gate to both the main building and the courtyard.



Like the British Legation the first floor is removable.


Next up? A couple of bridges and the canal I think. Once that's done it might be time for some progress shots of all the existing terrain set out together.

Cheers,
Millsy

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Peking - The Russian Legation

Plowing on with the build of the legations for my 55 Days at Peking project, I have now finished (more or less) the build of the Russian Legation. Somewhat smaller than the British Legation, the overall footprint is something like 15" x 12".

I felt I didn't put enough effort into the British Legation from an overall detail point of view. That was party because I can fill the interior with scatter terrain, but partly I just wasn't sure how much to add. I'll go back and correct that later on but in the case of the build I went ahead and added more detail right off the bat including a moon gate and different roof profile. As before the first floor is optional.

Anyway, enough words, time to let the pictures do the talking...







The painting will commence shortly. I'm going with a green roof and ornamentation to reflect the Russian ownership. I'll also do the walls in two colours, a dark colour up to the divider and the whitewash above. Stay tuned!

Cheers,
Millsy

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cheap and Cheerful Chinese Market Stalls

Time for one more quick terrain post before this weekend's Boxer game.

The Mongol Market wouldn't be much of a market without some stalls so these were knocked up from off cuts of timber and cork from various other terrain projects to date. They still need some goods but the hard part is done...




I've just finished another dozen Boxers too so they'll also be appearing here sooner rather than later.

Cheers,
Millsy

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Peking - British Legation Complete!

I'm happy to report that bar a few minor items (e.g. a flag) the British Legation is complete. Overall pretty happy with how things have turned out. The photos don't show the contrast as well as they might so you'll have to imagine that the window frames are clearly distinct from the darker interior.


As per several requests, some 28mm Perry Miniatures British Naval Brigade stoutly defending the gatehouse to give a sense of scale...


I'm still debating the front door. I left it out til now thinking I could make an undamaged and a damaged version for a last ditch defence but that just seems like a lot of effort. If the Boxers and inside the walls it's pretty much game over man anyway (go on click away, you KNOW you want to).



The first floor can be removed for a smaller walled configuration if I decide to do some battles outside Peking. The roof also comes off both the main building and the hospital for storage and so figures can hide inside.


The hospital...



At some point I think I'll add some window shutters in the same red as the roof folded back against the wall for a bit more interest. As it is stands it looks a bit flat. Having said that, some trees and a statue or two in the courtyard will go a long way to alleviate that.



I've also finished up four small stalls for the Mongol Market which I'll put up later in the week.

Thanks for all the positive comments on the build to date. It's taken considerable effort and the feedback has been a great motivator.

Cheers,
Millsy

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Peking - British Legation Build Complete!

Right then. That's the construction for the British Legation knocked off I'm very pleased to say. Not 100% happy with how it turned out but certainly it's good enough that I'm not inclined to redo any part of it at this point. I'm sure once it is painted up I'll be even happier with it.




The "hospital" lurks in the corner near the gatehouse. More like a closet that anything else but the size isn't important so much as it's role in game play. Wounded Allied troops get sent here and some recover to fight on whilst others do not.



The interior of the wall looks pretty sparse at the moment but there's impromptu fire steps and other set dressing to be added. These will be removable to allow for various scenario options.


Time for a lick of paint or three now.

Cheers,
Millsy

Friday, September 22, 2017

Peking - British Legation Gatehouse

Just a quick post tonight (as much because I've just knocked myself half sense-less on a cupboard door as anything!).

I've finished the build on the gatehouse for the British Legation. This posed me some conundrums as I struggled to get the right balance of detail vs. effort and scale. Overall I think I'm happy that is is clearly representative of the original even though nowhere near a replica.


Special mention of the button with the crest sitting over the entry way. That's been rattling round in the bits box since the dawn of time, proof you should never throw *anything* away :-)

Here's the genuine article for those curious to know.


Now onto the walls and hospital building...

Cheers,
Millsy

Monday, September 18, 2017

Peking - The British Legation

Back on the tools this weekend and tonight, building the first of the buildings for the Legation Quarter proper, in this case the British Legation. I might have gone a bit OTT with the height of this but then again maybe not. It just looks BIG on it's own. I guess I won't really know until things are assembled around it which should help to put it in perspective.



The structure is built in three parts for storage and transport but also so I can use it without the second additional floor if desired. Windows are Warbases laser-cut frames and the sill above and below scrap MDF from a big-ole-bag-o-crap I was gifted by a trader a while back.



I've started work on the gatehouse and will move on to the hospital and walls next.

Cheers,
Millsy

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Peking Legation Forces - US Marines and Betsy

I figured it was about time I did some work on the Legation Forces for my Boxer Rebellion project so I made a start with some of the obvious ones - the US Marines and and the artillery in the form of 'Betsy' as she was called by the Americans (a.k.a. the International Gun).


Ably led in the film by Charlton Heston, the US Marines stalwartly resisted all efforts to dislodge them despite seemingly overwhelming odds.



I've taken a little licence with the uniforms. The webbing should really be black but it just didn't look right so I've gone with a natural leather look instead.



'Betsy' a.k.a. The International Gun, was a makeshift artillery piece assembled by the defenders and served by a variety of troops. In the film it eventually bursts and kills some of the crew. I can see similar things happening on the table...




Next up some more buildings I think.

Cheers,
Millsy
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