Fall-In Photos: Friday in the HAWKs Room

Chris Palmer    Here are some of the pictures I took from a few of the games being run in the HAWKs room Friday at the Fall-In convention in Lancaster, PA.

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HAWKs Wargaming Calendar for Sale

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The Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers (HAWKs) have created a wargaming calendar on Zazzle.com.  It is full of high quality images of games the HAWKs have run at conventions.  The dates of conventions that were known when we created the calendar are annotated on it.  Don’t miss out on this really neat calendar.  Proceeds support the HAWKs Armies for Kids project, in which we provide painted armies, rules, etc. for kids to take home and play with their buddies.

The calendar is available here:  https://www.zazzle.com/hawks_2019_miniatures_gaming_wall_calendar-158945036899989441


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Bandit Leader: Bones 3 Figure

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  Well, I was able to squeeze in some painting time last week after all, (despite Fall-In being this past weekend) and I finally finished the figure I had been working on for the past 3 weeks: Bandit Leader, from the Bones 3 Stoneskull Expansion, Part 3.  This is the final figure I had left to do from this set.
   The figure was a bit oddly sculpted I felt, being almost entirely two dimensional looking.  So I decided to do a little modification on him to help look less stilted.

Photo from Reaper’s website

     I prepped this figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish-soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.   I then cut both arms at the elbows and after slicing off a small angled section of each arm, re-glued them so they bent in more.  After that, I glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then placed the figure in my painting grip.

      I began by painting his armor with Ceramcoat “Black”.  When dry, I drybrushed the armor with  Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.  I then painted his skin with Americana “Shading Flesh”.

     Next, I painted his leggings with Americana “Neutral Grey”, and his skirt with Accent “Real Umber”.  I then painted his hood and sleeves with Folk Art “Barnyard Red”, and his leather armor with Americana “Terra Cotta”.  After that, I did his waist belt with Americana “Light Cinnamon”, and boots and the shield strap with Americana “Raw Umber”.

     I then continued with the “Raw Umber, using it to paint all the straps and the pouch on his belt, as well as the grip of his sword.  After that, I painted the front of his shield with Folk Art "Deep Tomato Red”,the back with Americana “Mississippi Mud”, and the sword with Americana “Zinc”.  Then, when the figure had a while to dry, I gave the entire thing a wash with  Citadel “Agrax Earthsahde” wash.
     Unfortunately, I must have fouled my “Agrax Earthsahde” or something, because I found in many places (see the base of the hood for example) it dried white for some reason.

     When the wash was dry, I painted the eyes (I hate doing eyes inside hoods!), and highlighted the face and hands with Crafter’s Acrylic “Flesh”.   I then highlighted the leggings with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, and his hood and sleeves with Crafter’s Acrylic “Orange Spice”.

     Next, I highlighted the skirt with Nicole’s “Brown”, and then the leather armor with Accent “Golden Oxide”.  I then highlighted the belt with Americana “Sable Brown”, and the shoes, belts and straps with Folk Art “Teddy Bear Brown”.  After that, I highlighted the face of the shield with Ceramcoat “Bright Red”, and then painted the sword with the “Gunmetal Grey”.  I then went around and highlighted all the metal with Ceramcoat “Metallic Silver”.
      Lastly, I painted the figure’s integral base with Americana “Bittersweet Chocolate”.
     I let the figure dry overnight and the next day I gave it a coat of Americana “DuraClear Matte” varnish.    Then, when  the varnish was dry, I used some white glue to flock the base.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed it with Testor’s Dullcote".

     Well, considering he took 3 weeks to complete, I’m glad to finally have him done!   There’s nothing that great about him, but he will do just fine for the table top.

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No Figure Again, Sorry!

Chris Palmer

   Well, last week’s under-the-weather turned into a serious electrolyte problem this week, and I’ve spent the last few days in the hospital while the doctors sorted out what was causing it, and came up with a solution for fixing it.  In fact, I just got home this afternoon.   So needless to say, I was unable to finish the figure I had been working on.    I may be able to squeeze in finishing it in the next couple days, but this weekend is the Fall-In convention; so I can’t make any promises that I’ll have it for next Monday. 
   In the meantime, here’s a preview! 

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Vehicles for “Technical November”

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November’s challenge in Azazel’s Bitz Box is “technical,” meaning vehicles.  I already had a bunch of Russian 1:48 scale tanks awaiting painting, and I intended to post those.  I also wanted to do something “new,” started after the announcement of the challenge.  So I decided to create two science fiction tanks for my Combat Patrol science fiction games.

I started with some cheap plastic tanks that came in a bag with some poorly sculpted and molded green army men.  Then I built up the super structure to make them look like assault guns.

The beginnings of the superstructure built on a cheap dollar store tank body. The superstructure is made of matt board, some plastic bits from the bit box, and an excess GW hatch.

I then added a few extra bits to make it look less homemade.

The addition of a few more bits, the hatch doors, and commander’s weapon, etc.

I then primed them with Army Painter Angel Green paint.

The vehicles after a coat of Angel Green paint.

I then decided to do something a little different.  I used some cans to Testor’s texture paint to apply what I hoped would look like dirt and weathering.

After the application of Testor’s textured paint.

I think I applied it a little too heavily for my first attempt.  So when I applied this technique to my Russian WWII tank, I went a little lighter.

Russian infantry in front of two T-26 tanks.

A closer look at a T-26 with the rare 37mm cannon.

Russian infantry in front of a KV-2 and KV-1.

A closer look of the KV-1

And now another look at the two science fiction vehicles.

 

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GASLIGHT at HARCON

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The GASLIGHT table at HARCON

One of the HAWKs is the faculty mentor for the Harford Community College gaming club.  That club runs a gaming day every year, called HARCON.  The HAWKs have supported HARCON for years with games.  This is a small, multi-genre event, so we found years ago, that we are unlikely to get someone to devote four hours to a miniatures game, but they are willing to give it a try for an hour or two.

The game is afoot!

For the past three years, we have been running a really large game that allows passers by to participate for an hour or two.  We have en0ugh of our own HAWKs around the table to act as opponents and keep the game moving.

This year’s theme at HARCON was Steam Punk, so we decided to run a large GASLIGHT game set on Mars with many different factions.

Venusians attacking Prussians

Rooman crosswbowmen close assault a British timer clad

Bicycle lancers battling British infantry for control of the crashed aether flyer.

Sanwar advancing on the female lancers

Female hussars with helicopter support advancing toward the Sanwar

More fighting around the crashed airship

Ostrich lancers and Roomans advance!

British infantry, plant men, and Red Martians

Roomans with support from “the copper tank.”

Another view of Venusians

Another view of ostrich lancers

Green Martians fighting female hussars, including some mounted on “Death Jaws.”

Though attendance at HARCON seemed to be a little light, the game was fun and successful.  We introduced six new people to miniatures gaming.

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Terrain Crate

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Part of the Battlefield Terrain Crate

I bought into the Mantic Terrain Crate Kickstarter.  I received all of my stuff a couple of months ago.  I have been too busy with work to paint many figures, but I have spent a little time painting some terrain.

Bookshelves from the Wizard’s Study and Library sets.

These were fun to paint.  as they are almost entirely dry brushed, I can paint these in the family room, watching Perry Mason with my wife and daughter.  I have a couple more sets to paint, including the rest of the Wizard’s Study and science fiction terrain.

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No Figure Today

Chris Palmer

     Hey, readers.  I’ve been a bit under the weather the past few days, and so wasn’t able to get a figure finished to post today.   Fingers crossed I’ll have one ready for next Monday!

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The table from above.

The table from above.

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More GASLIGHT fun!

More GASLIGHT fun!

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