Daily Archives: September 15, 2014

Bonnie: Figure 114 of 265

Chris Palmer

     This past week I completed Bonnie from the Zombie Hunters Set.  This finishes that set, and it joins the list of completed sets over on the right.
      I began my preparation of 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.  I then glued the figure to a 1” black-primed fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and glued the washer to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of Elmer’s White Glue.

Note: The red splash on her arm is just a sloppy drip from something else I was painting!

 I began the painting process by giving the whole figure a wash with very thinned black ink with just a pin head drop of dish soap in it.  This ink wash settles and dries into all the crevices and creases in the figure, and helps me to see all the sculpted detail, so I can keep my paint in the lines. 🙂  
   When the ink wash was good and dry,  I painted her skin with Americana “Mocha”, then I painted her shorts with Aleene’s “Deep Khaki”, and her shirt with Americana “Khaki Tan”.  Lastly, I painted her socks with Aleene’s ”Dusty Khaki”.

 Then, I painted her boots, and belts with Ceramcoat “Walnut”, and the stocks of the two guns on her back with Americana “Charcoal Grey”.  Her hair I painted Accent “Real Umber”.  The wraps on her wirsts I painted with GW “Camo Green”

At this point I gave the whole figure a wash with thinned Winsor-Newton “Peat Brown’ ink.

When the ink was dry, I painted the guns in her hands, and the two in her shoulder holsters, black. I then painted her face, starting with her eyes; first with black sockets, then white “whites” ,and then black pupils.  Her lips I painted with Americana “Shading Flesh”. I then highlighted all her skin with the base “Mocha”. I now went back and did a light dry brush of the black guns with GW “Shadow Grey”. Next, I gave all her clothing highlights with the base colors I had used.  Lastly, I painted her belt buckle and the butts of the two guns on her back with Ceramcoat “Metallic Pewter”.
   I let the figure sit over night, and the next morning I gave it a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.  Later that afternoon I flocked the base, and the following day I sprayed it with Testor’s “Dullcote” spray varnish.

  Well, I’m not terribly happy with this figure.  I love the dynamic sculpt, but my color selection really made her look washed out.  I don’t think the skin tone goes with the green oriented color scheme of her outfit at all.  The sculpting on her face also was odd.  As with many of the Bones figures, the nose was not fully cast. And her eyes were deeply slanted which, given my lack of painting skills, just turned out making the face look odd rather than mad or determined.

Figure 114 of 265: Complete

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“Bear Yourselves Valiantly” Battle of Barnet at Barrage XVIII

Chris Palmer At last Saturday’s BARRAGE XVIII, the HAWKs’ one-day gaming con held in Havre De Grace, Maryland, I ran my War of the Roses, Battle of Barnet, game using our soon to be published “Bear Yourselves Valiantly” rules for Fantasy, Ancients and Medieval mass combat. (For more about the con see my previous post.)

A view of the battle early on. In the foreground Lord Hastings is maneuvering his men to thwart Oxford’s attempt  to push his men over a nearby hedge to get on his flank.

The battle took place on April 14th, 1471.  The Yorkist King Edward tried to eliminate the threat posed to his throne by the Earl of Warwick and his allies.  The engagemnt to place on a very foggy morning, causing both side to form up for battle misaligned; both with a dangerously threatened flank.   For the game I had a full slate of 6 players, most of whom were new to the rules.  The armies were 10mm Pendraken figures.

On the Yorkist right, Gloucester and the King advance their forces against Lord Exeter, who is trying to march his Men- At-Arms over to extend his line..

   The game proved to be a closely fought affair with neither side ever able to profit much from their overlapping flank advantage.  

On the Lancastrian right, Oxford pushes his archers forward, but they are met with Hastings’ advancing Men -At Arms.  Though they repel the Men-At-Arms, they are pushed back and disorganized, slowing the advance of the rest of Oxford’s men over the hedge, and allowing Hastings’ Men-At_Arms to retreat without further threat.

In the end though, the king and his Yorkist forces were able to manage a marginal victory over his Lancastrian opponents.

A view of the battle about midway through.

All the players said they enjoyed the game immensely.  And, they were able to virtually run the game themselves, with very little help from me, after a few turns of play.

On the Lancastrian left, Exeter’s knights advance to grapple with Glouchester’s knights.

The rules will be available from On Military Matters to coincide with the upcoming Fall-In gaming convention.

With a few battered forces left, Warwick views the advancing enemy and decides to call it a day.

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HAWKs’ BARRAGE XVIII Con a Huge Success!

Chris Palmer This past Saturday the HAWKs (Harford Area Weekly Kriegspielers) hosted their one-day gaming convention, BARRAGE XVIII.  The event, held at the Community Center in Havre De Grace, Maryland, was a huge success with record attendance and a full slate of beautiful games to choose from.
  Here’s some photos of the action.

An overview of the hall.

Bill Molyneaux’s Little Big Horn Plains-War game.

One of several beautiful Musket & Tomahawks demo tables that ran throughout the con.

A well attended Flames of War tournament was also held during the con.

There were several flea-market dealers to get bargins from.

And a number of dealers attended offering the latest in rules and figures.

As always, the friendly snack bar staff  provided food for the players throughout the day

Buck Surdu’s G.A.M.E.R. WWII skirmish game

Duncan Adams’ “Look, Sarge, No Charts: WWI” game.

Greg Priebe’s “Battle of Cananry Wharf”  Dr Who game.

    For more pictures of the con see the HAWKs Blog.

    After the con was over, the club celebrated by holding their first ever live-action wargame using the “Blood & Swash” Pirate skirmish rules.  A “tavern” was set up in the hall using the game tables, with drink coozies for beer mugs, and paper plates for dishes.  Armed with foam swords and Nerf guns, the Pirates tried to be the first to carry a treasure chest out of the tavern. The more dressed up in costume you were the better ranked your character got to be. Much hilarity ensued and all had a great time.  It was the perfect way to end the day.

Buck Surdu briefs the rules to all the Scurvy Dogs.

Rob Dean does his best attacking-figure pose, as Sammy Surdu draws her sword.

    For more photos of the club’s LAWG (Live Action War Game), see the HAWK’s Blog.

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