Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Perry Desert Rats & some terrain

Holiday is over so time to get back to the hobby and see what's everybody been doing recently to get some fresh inspiration.
Unfortunately I did not have many games over the last few months but I managed to get a platoon and some buildings done for our 28mm Chain of Command desert WWII games.


These are from the Perry plastic boxed set with some metals thrown in for a bit of variety. Now I've never been a fan of plastics but I must say these are the first I actually like (and I tried many:). Easy to assemble, good variety and proportions and a joy to paint. This can't be said of the metals though, I really struggled with those. Yes, great poses but the quality is just poor IMO. It takes longer to clean the figure than to build a plastic and you get lesser quality which was a pain to paint. The 2 pdr model was good though and my favourite of the range.
















For terrain I ordered some buildings from The Colonial Steamboat company. Great models and they come with a decent basic paintjob so you can use them straight away. I actually painted the bases to match the desert mat and put a few lighter colours on them. After this I went on to experiment with the modelmates products for weathering. I was so impressed with the effects you can achieve with these liquids that I went a bit overboard with the weathering. But no problem here, I have't sealed the effect yet so with some water I can still remove it.



Original building from colonial steamboat company


and a scenery piece from The Last Valley, repainted as well

29 comments:

  1. Excellent mini's
    I've done two boxes of the Perry Plastic 8th Army and really like them - I may stay away from the metals based on your experience

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    1. Thx, if you have a chance take a look at them before you go for the metals. As said I was dissapointed by them compared to the plastics and other metals.

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  2. Fantastic work on these Brits! Interesting Plastic vs Metal observation. Noted!

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  3. Very impressive work, Mike. I love the Desert Rats and that AT gun and little tank are fantastic. I also think the buildings are fine with the weathering as is. Sorry to hear that the Perry metals are disappointing.
    Good to see you back.
    Cheers,
    Michael

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    1. Thanks for your comment Michael. I probably keep the weathering as is...

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  4. Awesome work, the desert uniform colors, terrain and basing are brilliant!

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  5. Excellent work and great link to the building makers site.
    Cheers and thanks.

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    1. Thanks, these are fine buildings. Theu have a large footprint though which is fine for skirmish games

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  6. Nice work on those! Those Perry plastics really are a treat. Realistic proportions really do help a lot especially when coupled with very nice dynamic poses. Now if they would just do some for the other fronts of WW2 as well...

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  7. Excellent work, love the paint job, and the brilliant basing!

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  8. Wonderful work here Mike! Fantastic basing!

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    1. Thx, I was trying to match the bases to my new desert mat

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  9. Great looking rats! Really impressed by the weathering you've added to that AT-gun!

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    1. Thanks, most weathering was done with the modelmates liquids as well

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  10. Excellent Desert Rats and buildings!

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  11. They are simple stunning Michael, great to have you back too.

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  12. That's some fabulous stuff! The Rats are looking awesome as does your scenery stuff.

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  13. Great looking troops, basing and terrain!

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  14. You've been busy, Mike. Swell job!

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  15. Excellent work on the Desert Rats. Your work inspires me to paint better. Looking forward for your AAR report. I need to finish paint my 28mm troops & 20mm troops for Chain of Command.

    Keep painting

    Best Regards

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  16. I like the weathering as well - cracking job (and they look great on Alf's mat). The Desert Rats are fabulous as well - that 2pdr is a corker.

    Great to see you back!

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  17. Fantastic painting all round with these. I was going to ask you what colours you use on your basing but then found it all on your tutorial.

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  18. Outstanding painting Michael as always! As always I really love your smooth tones.

    Christopher

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