From the title you may have guessed I'm doing another painting challenge. As I start typing this it's the morning on the 30th June and I'm planning on painting an Armoured Rifle Company for Devizes Attack 2014 on the 19th/20th July. As I have no painted models for the army yet that's 19 days to paint 1750pts of Mid War US! I do have two weeks off during the 19 days so I do hopefully have the spare time to be able to hopefully do it, but just to add a little extra pain to the whole thing I'm also painting up a few extra bits so I can do the army for Late War and as a standard infantry company.
Fast forward to the 18th July and what a busy 3 weeks is has been! Firstly I will be honest I haven't quite finished the army... I ran out of time to get the artillery done and I haven't done the crews for the Half Tracks yet, but having said that I do think 5 platoons in 18 days is pretty good going.
Army Painter Quickshade after I saw a Soviet painting guide that I thought would be easy to convert to US infantry. There were many times I thought it was a mistake and if I'm honest until I had based and vanished the models I wasn't sure about them at all (I even thought about getting new models to replace them!), but the overall effect is what I was looking for.
The vanish I used was the second product Adam recommend that I get, Testors Dullcote. Adam and one of the guys at Firestorm games called it the best spray vanish on the market, I thought it looked very small and a little pricey for the size, well I'm now a believer! The can lasts a surprising amount of time for the size and it is a brilliant dullcoat spray. Now I'm very happy how they have turned out! They aren't the best army I have every painted but hell they aren't the worst by a long way!
Winner Dave had recommend that I use the Vallejo Brown Earth Pumice for my basing as he had done for his Japanese Infantry. For me basing FoW miniature is about the most important part of modeling, the bases are so big compared to the men and are the main thing that stands out when you look at an army from the other side of the table, so I like to spend a far amount of time focusing on it. Having said that my normal style of using filler takes a long time... Going through the method Dave used on his infantry it sounded like it was a lot quicker and it was. Painting the models off the base and then putting the Pumice onto the base with no models on it was so much quicker and then just pushing the models into the Pumice meant I could get far more interesting basing positions that I every could with the old filler method as I didn't have to worry about needing to paint the model on the base afterwards! After letting dry for a day I then painted the bases and used a real mix of turfs static grass and flock, again like the above I'm very happy with how these turned up, but unlike above I feel this is a big improvement on my old methods, both in speed and in quality.
Armoured Rifle Platoon (UBX41). I ended up getting three boxes of these guys so I have enough Half Tracks for the recon and 2IC, then spare 3 will probably end up being part of an Armoured Rifle Anti-Tank platoon. It also gave me enough infantry to turn these guys into 2nd ID if I wanted to and to be the infantry in my Recon Platoon.
Finally the Lees, now I'm going to start by saying I'm not that happy with how these guys turned out, I can't quite put my finger on it but they don't look as good as I hoped they would. I didn't do anything different from my normal US painting but it just didn't seem to work for these guys...
My second game was against Steve and his German Motorized Grenadiers with 2 Panthers, I again lost 3-4 but was in position to take his objective when he won the game after killing his Panthers and Pak40's. But I left one of my objectives almost uncontested and Steve go his infantry to it before I could react, well before I thought about reacting.
My final game was against Kevin "The Silver Fox" Perry and his British Motor Infantry with 5 Churchill. This is the one game I felt I got completely wrong... I did get a platoon off of him and had a chance to kill all the Churchill's when most of them got bogged down but it wasn't to be.
Still I learnt a lot from the 3 games and it's better to make the mistakes here in practice than during the weekend when it counts, still the plane has been almost unless and I wise I could drop it...
|Confident Trained||Armored Rifle Company||USA Mid-War|
I plan on turning the Mid War army into a Late War list very soon, I have already picked up 3 Pershings and a second set to make a Super Pershing, I also have 3 Easy Eights, a Jumbo and a normal M4A3 Sherman on the painting table to I can do the Blood, Guts and Glory and Bridge at Remagen options. I'm also running a One Day Late War comp in August which I plan to run 4th Armoured Rifles with Patton as it looks like fun! But I just hope I don't get too distracted by the new FoW Great War stuff on my painting table!
Thanks for looking and until next time