Monday, October 31, 2016

Giant Commission -- Russian Dragoons

This morning I finished up these 74 horsemen.  72 of them are dragoons, and two are Russian mounted officers.

I like to paint the light cavalry on lighter colored horses and the heavies on darker mounts.  There are five basic horse colors here with variants on highlights and tails/manes.

Painting the same poses on each stick makes the process faster, but of course you don't want all of your regiments to contain identical poses.  You can see the numbers on the sticks, which correspond to the trooper's regiment.  That way I can still mix up the poses within each unit.  Only the facing colors are different.  Here is my key to the numbers.  The units marked with an asterisk were present at Borodino.

Regiment Name / Facings / Collars / Buttons
1. Riga Dragoons / Red / Red / Gold
2. Tiraspol Dragoons / Red / Dark Green / Gold
3. *Harkov Dragoons / Orange / Orange / Gold
4. Tver Dragoons / Dk Blue / Dk Blue / Gold
5. *Chernikhov Dragoons / Dk Blue / Dk Blue / Silver
6. St. Petersbg Dragoons / Pink / Pink / Gold
7. *Moscow Dragoons / Pink / Pink / Silver
8. Smolensk Dragoons / Yellow / Yellow / Gold
9. Serpuchov Dragoons / Yellow / Dark Green / Gold
10. Dorpat Dragoons / Yellow / Dark Green / Silver
11. *Pskov Dragoons / Dk Orange / Dk Orange / Gold / *Flag
12. Kargopol Dragoons / Dk Orange / Dk Orange / Silver / *Flag
13. Kargopol Dragoons / Dk Orange / Dk Orange / Silver / *Flag
14. Vladimir Dragoons / Buff / Dk Green / Gold
15. Nijegorod Dragoons / Buff / Buff / Silver
16. Taganrog Dragoons / Grey / Dark Green / Gold
17. Narva Dragoons / Grey / Grey / Silver
18. *Orenburg Dragoons / Black / Black / Silver
19. *Irkutzk Dragoons / White / White / Gold
20. *Siberia Dragoons / White / White  / Silver
21. *Kiev Dragoons / Lt Crimson / Lt Crimson / Silver
22. *Kurland Dragoons / Turquoise / Turquoise / Gold
23. *New Russia Dragoons / Turquoise / Turquoise / Silver
24. *Nizhinsk Dragoons / Turquoise / Dark Green / Gold

Here are the two mounted officers.

I have just the cuirassiers, hussars, uhlans, and guard cavalry left to go, and the Russian army will be complete.  It should not be long now!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Giant Commission -- Cossacks

This morning I put the finishing touches on the first cavalry for Glenn's Russian army.  Here are 66 Cossacks.  I tried to vary the trousers a bit to give them a motley touch, but they are mostly well uniformed.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Show Off the Good Stuff 2016

Yesterday I loaded up my dad and my son in the car and drove them to Moscow for the 22nd annual "Show Off the Good Stuff," our local model club's show.

I don't get nearly as much time to model as I would like, but I was able to finish three vehicles and a diorama this year, and, for the first time ever, a plane. I brought home three plaques, "Best Allied WWII Armor," "Best German WWII Armor," and "Best Diorama." 

My son entered a bunch of dinosaurs that he built this year, and my daughter entered her Roman legionary.

It was a long day and tons of fun. My dad got to bring his grandson to the University of Idaho homecoming parade, My boy was able to build two more models at the show, and I had a chance to catch up with friends and see about 100 outstanding models.

Best Diorama -- "Liberation, Sept. 1944" It is all 1/35 scale. I used a street facade from MiniArt, a Dragon M4 Sherman with lots of Resin upgrades, and figures from six different manufacturers.

An armored infantry corporal marches four Wehrmacht prisoners past the crowd.

Grateful Frenchmen cheer on the US troops.

This little girl looks just like my daughter, right down to the crossed arms and scowl. While I was building the diorama, my daughter kept saying, "that's me!"

I based the tank's markings on those of a 4th Armored Division Sherman.

The Culin device on the front of the tank allowed it to slice through Normandy hedgerows. The tank crewmen got replacement resin heads from Hornet. I added wiring for the headsets and microphones.

My son and I built and painted this 1/35 scale Jeep in one day back when he had pneumonia. I entered it in the adult category, and it got a silver ribbon. Not bad!

My daughter's 1/32 scale Roman legionary won Best Wargaming Figure in the adult category! It may have helped that it was the ONLY entry in that category, but don't tell herthat! She was bursting with happiness!

Best WWII Allied Armor, a 1/48 scale M10 Tank Destroyer. I'll be using this for gaming, so it was built and painted with durability in mind.

The winter whitewash paint job will be perfect for my Battle of the Bulge gaming project.

I love these little Tamiya kits. This was about a three hour build, and the paint job only took two days.

I used the hairspray method to make the whitewash look distressed, then I weathered with oil paints. Finally I added some very watered down white oil paint to make the streaking less pronounced.

Best WWII German Armor, a 1/35 scale Dragon Panther G with Tamiya tank commander.

This kit was built straight out of the box. Those are individual plastic track links.

This was one of the very last German tanks to roll of the production lines. I used Silly Putty to mask the hard edged camouflage.

I painted the tank commander's face in oils, but everything else was acrylics

The kit had amazing details. I used a #2 lead pencil to silver the tow cable and tracks.

I used an oil pin wash on the recessed details.

Dragon 1/35 scale M4A3 76(W) Sherman, gold ribbon winner.

This was Creighton Abrams's tank during the Battle of the Bulge. I used a MiniArt figure that bore a strong resemblance to LtCol Abrams.

The stowage was from Blast Models, but other than that, this model was built straight out of the box.

This year, for the first time, I did not enter any gaming miniatures.  I haven't painted anything for myself in the past year!