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15 December 2014

British 8th Army HQ and others (WIP - part 2)

Saying that, I have gotten out of my slump and been painting lots this weekend, which is refreshing.

Here are the infantry stands for my 8th Army HQ. I honestly thought painting desert infantry would be easier (When compared to painting Western European Brit uniforms) prior to beginning these fellows, but they require about the same amount of effort. The one part that was easier was the basing. I used some grainy texture paste stuff by Liquitex and some Silfor grass tufts and I think it looks pretty good.

The transport vehicles for this lot are being worked on next and as you’ll see below, I’ve even stuck a spare dog in to further differentiate the White’s Scout Car as the 1iC’s personal transport. :)

1iC contemplating the enemy positions with a mug of tea and trusty pooch "Séamus" the Red Setter.
My 2iC will most likely be platoon commander for the HQ Mortars every game, so he gets some binoculars to help spot valid targets.

HQ Mortar #1. The crew are not Battlefront sculpts and it shows. No idea which company produced these, but they are bloody shite in comparison. Still, seems a lick of paint can improve the appearance of a pig afterall.

HQ Mortar #2. Again, non-Battlefront crew, but at least between the two teams I was able to not double up on any of the poses.

This is the 1iC's Scout Car transport. As you can see, I had a spare dog that I am going to paint up as though he's enjoying the hot desert air blowing his face and ears about as the car zooms about the battlefield. Red Setters are not known for being all that smart, so it fits. 

And these aren't the only models I've managed to paint either. I've also gotten about 4/5's of a British Late War Pioneers platoon done, with just some basing and also transport vehicles to get finished. I didn't have the camera to hand when I put down my brushes last night, so I'll get a new post sorted for those boyo's in the next few days. 

Lastly I finally managed to get in some games of the Fantasy Flight's X-Wing Miniatures game after my good friend Gregg managed to pick up the basic set and a handful of ships on the cheap. I played as the Imperials (Of course) versus Gregg and Frank who took on the mantle of the Rebel Alliance (Though Gregg was playing an E-Wing, which I guess in the Star Wars timeline would have made them New Republic?) We kept the game simple, leaving out the purchasing of gear, usage of named pilots and rules for torpedoes, etc so we could learn the core rules and get them down as best we were able. I think I managed to win one game and then got thumped the others. I will say I really like the moving mechanics of the game, though there is far too much reliance on luck with the dice rolling for my preferences. The models themselves looked very nice, but when I looked them up online, they were way more expensive than I had anticipated and trying to get hold of the early Wave 1 ships for their release prices is damned near impossible. Almost like a bloody collectible card game. That aside, I am looking forward to getting to play again, though I don't think I'll be buying into X-Wing and will let Gregg provide the game and pieces.


  1. This is a cracking couple of WIP postings Dai. Really enjoy seeing what you do and reading how you do it. Inspirational and certainly once I get back into my own WW2 stuff I'll be trawling back through these excellent posts to pick up your tips.

    1. Thanks mate, always good to hear people are inspired by my efforts!

  2. Oh, that command squad (and pooch!) look brilliant! When eventually I catch up with the desert, I shall have to pick your paint-y brain...

    Glad you've had a chance to enjoy X-Wing too.

    1. Pick away old boy, always happy to help out.

  3. Nice deserty folk, Dai. But the question in my mind is now "Why Gordon Setters ?"

    1. Not Gordon, Red. Big difference when you look them up.

      Either way though, they'd both have a horrid time in the heat....

    2. Ahhhh. 'Red'. That explains it.

      I was hoping for some sort of 'Khartoum' link there...

      What about desert corgis?