Friday, August 24, 2012

Miniature Update

Force on Force Miniatures, Wargame

So more than a few months back now I ordered my first batch of miniatures for the Force on Force modern wargaming rules.  I have to admit that this summer has been particularly busy and both blogging and working on my models has suffered for it, but as labor day approaches, I've started looking at the miniatures again and am beginning to brush up on the rules.

I don't know how long it will take to complete my set.  Especially since I think I should probably have at least another 15 Afghans (I have about 30 today), but the progress I've made is good (I think) and once I start to sit down with the brushes regularly I can't imagine not finishing before next summer.  Then again, life always happens and I see a move happening at some point within the next 12 months.

Back to the point though, feel free to hit the link below to see where I've come so far (the pictures are probably from March and April 2012 so it has been a while!)

You can click on any photo to zoom in.

The photo above was taken when I first received my models from Eureka Miniatures (this link will take you to their Australian site.  I ordered from the US site, but the Ausie one has better pictures if you're in the mood to browse their lines).

I was shocked at how small of a box they came in when delivered.  I was so used to Games Workshop packaging which would be at least a 6" x 10" box where all the models were spaced out in their foam packaging.  These guys were jammed into a ziplock bag, guns bent and full of excess metal from the molds that needed to be trimmed.  These are the real deal miniatures.  There's something cool about discovering all these boutique-like miniature manufacturers.  Getting closer to the craft and hobby.  Growing up it was Ral-Partha or Games Workshop.  We only new the mainstream big guys.  Now it's fun to see how there are just so many miniatures and manufacturers out their feeding a staggering amount of rule systems and games.  You want some shotgun toting catholic school girls to fight against zombie samurais?  You can probably find 'em.

So these are the first miniatures I'd painted in over a decade, so in many ways I'm learning all over again.  So there are some mistakes right off of the bat that I'll not be repeating.  Basically the order of how I'm treating the bases.  The models arrived as seen above, without bases.  I see on the web that many wargamers are using coins as their base, but for 28mm, I don't think it would work as well (definitely not as cost effective if I have to use Quarters) and I have to admit I was used to the chunky plastic bases that my Warhammer models used to have.  So first things first I ordered up some laser cut wooden bases and glued them on.  You can see below that I primed my first few Marines right after (and that I just had to see how the would look with my terrain.

I quickly realized that you need to glue on your base treatment (in this case modeling sand) before priming so my next step was to do just that on my remaining miniatures.

Then on to painting...

Yeah, that's me.

If you're wondering how much a brush costs, there you have it.  That's me being too lazy to shop around.  You can certainly find one for less.

Close to finishing my first five.  I think it was painting the gloves on these Marines that I realized how better to paint faces.  Just start with a dark wash that will seep into the deep details and then dry brush over the raised facial features.  I tried it out on my first few Afghans because I also read somewhere that you generally want to start with the faces and work your way out.

In the future, I start painting the bases first.

I never realized that this coaster matches our rug until just now!

Force on Force, wargaming

Force on Force, wargaming

Force on Force, wargaming
And here are the first five, officially done.  Coated with a gloss and then matte finish.  I used some Army Painter tufts along with some regular Games Workshop modeling flock on the bases.

Also, these bases match my scenery ground very well, but for the rest of the models I've gone with a more contrasted dark undercoat with a lighter overcoat.  Time will tell if this was a good move or not.


  1. If you don't mind me being a nosey bastard, what vallejo colours did you use for the MARPAT on the marines?

    1. Not at all. These particular five were painted with model color Iraqi sand 70.819 as a base coat and then a mix of that along with flat brown 70.984 speckled around. I was only using paints from a starter paint set and thought I could get away with mixing my own olive for their body armor and gear. I was very mistaken as these guys stand out quite a bit. My next five have a far better ones using MSP 09177 camouflage green and Vallejo dark yellow 70.978. Sadly I did a lousy job on the MARPAT for those five (too big of splotches). One of these days it will all come together perfectly!