Monthly Archives: April 2016

The HAWKs Muskets and Tomahawks game at #HARCON.

The HAWKs Muskets and Tomahawks game at #HARCON.

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Caryatid Columns: Bones II FIgures

Chris Palmer

   This week I painted up the Caryatid Columns from the Bones II, Expansion II, Caryatid Column set.  We will be doing the “Living Museum” Frostgrave scenario next campaign session,  so I thought I should have at least one statue to contribute. 🙂
     I prepped the figures in the usual way; soaking them in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving them a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying them.  I then glued each figure to a black-primed 1" fender washers with Aleene’s Tacky glue.  I then glued the washers to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue each.

 I didn’t want to just do them as regular grey stone, so I decided to paint them as green marble.  I began by painting them entirely Black.  When the Black was dry, I drybrushed them with Accent “Forest Green”, followed by a drybrushing with Americana “Leaf Green”.

  I then added thin striations, specks, and smudges with White and then Black.   Next, I painted their sword blades and their bases with Americana “Zinc”.

          I painted the eyes of the “living” one with Crafter’s Acrylic “Citrus Green”, and gave the eyes White pupils.  I then drybrushed the bases with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, followed by Folk Art “Platinum Grey”.   Next, I painted the sword hilts with Americana “Terra Cotta”.  I then went back and painted the sword blades with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”, and did highlights with Folk Art Metallics “Silver Sterling”.  Then I painted the sword hilts with Ceramcoat “Bronze”, followed with highlights using Ceramcoat “14K Gold”.
  After the figures had overnight to dry, I gave them a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish” the next morning.

   I really like how these turned out.  I think the green marble look helps raise them above the ordinary.

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“All Bones About It” Blog Hits 100K Views!

Chris Palmer

  I’m happy to announce that today this blog hit its 100,000 view!  I was lucky enough to check in this morning at 99,999 and was able to refresh once to see it roll over to the big 100K.

   This June will mark the 3-year anniversary of this blog; started after receiving my Bones I Kickstarter from Reaper Miniatures.   I had hoped this blog would help keep me on task in my goal of painting all 266 figures I had received; because I knew if I didn’t set a goal, that most of the figures would probably still be languishing in the box they shipped in.   I’m proud of the fact that I have been able to stick with it these three years, and am happy so many folks have supported me along the way.

  Next Monday, I will be posting my 216th figure, which will put me just 50 figures away from reaching my goal.  Thank you all so much for supporting my efforts along the way, and be sure to stick around for the last stretch; it’s all downhill from here!

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New Combat Patrol(TM) Supplement: Skirmish Campaigns

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At the request of a Combat Patrol™ gamer, I just posted a short supplement to the rules’ Web page that provides the Rosetta Stone to convert the generic Skirmish Campaigns ratings to the attributes for figures in Combat Patrol™.  Enjoy!

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Orc Snipers (Archers): Figures 212-215 of 266

Chris Palmer

  This weekend I finished up the four Orc Sniper figures from the Orcpoclypse add-on set.   Ive got two more sets of four to go to complete this set.
     I prepped these figures in the usual way,  washing them in some dish soap, lightly scrubbing them with a soft toothbrush,  and then letting them dry. I then did some conversions to them using Gorilla superglue gel. Looking at the row below; The first orc has his arm sliced at the shoulder and wrist, and repositioned back around to look like he is reaching for an arrow out of his quiver.  The second has had his arm sliced at the shoulder and repositioned down to look like he is reaching for his short sword.  The third and fourth orcs are unchanged.
       After the conversions were done, I glued the four onto black primed 1.25 inch fender washers using Aleene’s Tacky glue.  I then glued them onto a tongue depressor, for ease of painting, using a couple drops of Elmer’s white glue each.

     I began by painting them entirely Black; and then when the Black was dry, I drybrushed the chainmail areas with Folk Art Metallics “Gunmetal Grey”.  I then went back and used the Black to repaint the fur areas where the “Gunmetal Grey” paint had gotten on them.

I then drybrushed the fur garments and the fur boot tops: for the first archer’s fur tunic and the third archer’s boot tops I used Americana “Zinc”, for the second archer’s fur tunic and the fourth archer’s boot tops I used Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, for the third archer’s fur tunic and the first archer’s boot tops I used Americana “Mississippi Mud”, and for the fourth archer’s fur tunic and the second archer’s boot tops I used Folk Art “Dark Brown”.  Next, I painted their under-tunics: for the first archer I used Ceramcoat “Black Cherry”, for the second I used Crafter’s Acrylic “African Violet”, for the third one I used Americana “Bittersweet Chloclate”, and for the fourth I used Crafter’s Acrylic “Navy Blue”.

     I then did their skin with Aleene’s “Deep Khaki”.  Next, I did the belts and pouch on the first two, and the quiver and scabbard on the second two with Nicole’s “Brown”.  I then reversed this, doing the belts and pouch on the second two, and the quiver and scabbard on the first two with Crafter’s Edition “Spice Brown”.  I painted the padding on their wrist guards with Americana “Khaki Tan”, and the straps, as well as the sword grips, with Americana “Asphaltum”.  I then painted their bows with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”.

      Next, I painted the fletchings on their arrows with Americana “Neutral Grey”, and all the stitching on their belts, scabbards, quivers, and pouches with the “Khaki Tan”.  I painted their teeth with GW “Bubonic Brown”.  I then used the metallic “Gunmetal Grey” to paint all the metal fittings on their bows and short swords.   Then, after the paint had a while to dry, I gave the figures all a complete wash with GW “Agrax Earthshade” wash using a wet brush.

     When the wash was dry, I painted their eyes, and then highlighted their teeth with Americana “Buttermilk”. Next, I highlighted all their skin with a mix of the original “Deep Khaki” mixed with a little Aleene’s “Dusty Khaki” . I also highlighted each of their tunics with the original colors I had used.  I highlighted their belts with Americana “Sable Brown”, and hit the stitching again with the “Khaki Tan”.  I then repainted their boots Black, and then added highlights with the “Neutral Grey”.   Lastly, I painted their sculpted bases with Ceramcoat “Walnut”.
     After everything had dried overnight, I gave the figures a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish” and, when dry, flocked their bases.  Another overnight dry, and I sprayed them with Testor’s Dullcote".

     Though there’s nothing extraordinary about them, I’m generally pleased with how they came out.  I’m looking forward to seeing how the whole group of orcs looks set out toghether, including the ones from the original 30 New Bones set, when I finally get this set complete.

Figures 212-215: Complete

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What I Did This Weekend

Buck

Don providing the rules overview of Muskets and Tomahawks

Don providing the rules overview of Muskets and Tomahawks

This was a big gaming / hobby weekend.  Tom is at West Point, and my wife was visiting my daughter at her school for the weekend, so I was a geographic bachelor.  The weekend began on Friday with our normal HAWKs meeting.  This week we only ran one, large game, instead of the more typical two six-player games.  We will be running a large Muskets and Tomahawks game at the HARCON gaming day at Harford Community College next weekend.  Friday we set up the table and made sure that all the HAWKs were reasonably proficient with the rules.

A long shot early in the Muskets and Tomahawks game -- I'm not sure what was happening that was eliciting that facial expression from Geoff

A long shot early in the Muskets and Tomahawks game – I’m not sure what was happening that was eliciting that facial expression from Geoff

Most of us had forgotten how slowly unit move in Muskets and Tomahawks, so the play test was good.  We’ll adjust where the players enter so that they get into the action more quickly.  This will almost be a demonstration game.  The idea is that the HAWKs will be playing and whenever a passer by shows interest, we can provide and unit and get him/her right into the action.

On my flank, Eric and I met Kurt and Kevin -- and the results were quite bloody

On my flank, Eric and I met Kurt and Kevin – and the results were quite bloody

I had THREE events scheduled for Saturday.  The first event took place in the morning.  Greg and Chris played a Combat Patrol ™: WWII game while I taped it.  The idea was to create a video battle report, including some rules explanation.

Greg (right) and me during our taping of the video battle report of a Combat Patrol(TM): World War II game

Greg (right) and me during our taping of the video battle report of a Combat Patrol™: World War II game

It will likely take me all week in the hotel on business travel this week to edit all the segments into something that isn’t too boring and cuts out some of the mistakes.

Duncan (left) and Chris getting ready to start the Combat Patrol (TM): Napoleonic game

Duncan (left) and Chris getting ready to start the Combat Patrol ™: Napoleonic game

The second hobby event on Saturday was another play test of Duncan’s Napoleonic supplement for Combat Patrol ™.  I posted some notes from a play test a couple of weeks ago.  Duncan made a number of changes and tweaks between the two games.  It is working well, but we want to get a few more games under out belt before thinking about going public with it.

Don's infantry approaches one of the buildings at the crossroads while the townspeople watch

Don’s infantry approaches one of the buildings at the crossroads while the townspeople watch

Don's men facing off against Chris' forces

Don’s men facing off against Chris’ forces

We used the same village at the crossroads terrain for the Napoleonic game that we used for the WWII video, but we pushed the woods more toward the edges of the table.

My cavalry (bottom and right) moving forward to engage Duncan's cavalry

My cavalry (bottom and right) moving forward to engage Duncan’s cavalry

We are getting much closer on the cavalry rules.  It is working fine, but we need to think a little more about how to describe what we are doing so that it will be clear and unambiguous to others.  We are very happy with the swirling, chaotic nature of cavalry engagements.

Another swirling cavalry melee

Another swirling cavalry melee

Again we used Mexicans as surrogates to make sure we were testing the rules for lancers.  After this engagement, elements of four cavalry units were badly scattered and attrited.

The third event on Saturday was a brainstorming session with Chris and Don about ideas for a science fiction version of Look, Sarge, No Charts.  It was a good conversation, and I have a lot of food for thought.  My next step will be to design a candidate base label to see if all the ideas we discussed are representable in the game.

On Sunday, still being a geographic bachelor, I spent the day on hobby activities again.  Last weekend, when I air brushed the German vehicles I showed in last weekends blog entry, I also airbrushed a number of science fiction vehicles I plan to use in 28mm science fiction games with Combat Patrol ™.  One set of vehicles were plastic, Russian-made kits.  These come with a number of different weapons.  I chose to assemble them as two pairs of vehicles.  I think they turned out nicely.  These will be light tanks with three-man crews.

Russian-made science fiction vehicle kits airbrushed and painted to be light tanks in my upcoming 28mm Combat Patrol(TM): Science Fiction games

Russian-made science fiction vehicle kits airbrushed and painted to be light tanks in my upcoming 28mm Combat Patrol™: Science Fiction games

I completed painting these four armored personnel carries from Pig Iron.  I ordered these right after they announced they were going out of business.

Pig Iron armored personnel carriers

Pig Iron armored personnel carriers

All of the Pig Iron vehicles have the same body, and you can make them armored personnel carries or add turrets to make them a support vehicle or an anti-tank vehicle.  I am happy with the way they turned out.  I assembled mine so that I can switch back and forth between armored personnel carries and the support vehicles.

Two of the APCs converted to an infantry support vehicle and an anti-tank vehicle by removing the APC tops and replacing them with turrets

Two of the APCs converted to an infantry support vehicle and an anti-tank vehicle by removing the APC tops and replacing them with turrets

I acquired a couple handfuls of bark chips from Duncan, because I have been wanting to make more rocky outcroppings for my games.  I use the same sage felt for most of my games, and I even cover my hills with the same sage felt.  I wanted these rocky outcroppings to match as well. I had a few scraps of the sage felt from a hill-making project, so I cut them into circles and glued them to some old CDs.

Gluing circles of sage felt to old AOL Online disks

Gluing circles of sage felt to old AOL Online disks

I sprayed the bark chips with black and dry brushed them with a dark gray.  Then I hot glued the bark pieces to the felt-covered CDs.  Finally I dry brushed them again with a very light gray.

Some of the finished rock formations

Some of the finished rock formations

In this picture the felt circles don’t appear to match the ground cloth underneath.  Part of the issue is that the ground cloth has been sprayed with a few colors of paint to give it more texture. The other part of the issue is that the ground cloth has had a lot more use — and the nap has been roughed up — so they felt circles and the ground cloth reflect light a little differently.  Still, I think they blend better than something that has been flocked or textured and painted.

Finally, I got a bunch of 1:50 vehicles second had at Cold Wars, so I sprayed them green (most were Russian and two US M-10 tank destroyers) and painted the wheels and tracks.

So it was a productive weekend.

 

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Just a couple dead…

Just a couple dead…

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Carnage!

Carnage!

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Getting started with FIW.

Getting started with FIW.

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HAWKs night FIW game.

HAWKs night FIW game.

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