Sunday, January 8, 2012

Painting Langton ships

So, one of the on-going projects (and procrastinations) is building and painting Langton models for fighting the Battle of Copenhagen.  Currently working through the British ships.  The paint scheme seems simple, black sides with a yellow gunstipe and the gun ports painted black.  This is also known as the Nelson Checker.

Now the gun ports on these models are approximately 1mm square.  This requires brush control.  Brush control.  The ability to put the paint only on the model where it belongs.  This is a long standing issue for me and I can usually work through it.  Not this time.  To get these done I have to build up the gun ports by painting the gun stripe yellow, painting the gun port black (which seem to end up round or oval).  Then I go back and cut in with the yellow to make the gun ports square and the same size.  The only issue is that the yellow does not cover over black in one coat.  I am having to go over the black 3 or more times to get good coverage.  Which leads to 3 times to chance to screw up the other work.  I decided to try GW's foundation paints and use the Darksun color (A dark mustard color) to cover the black and the hopefully give one coat coverage for the yellow.  The first sample work turned out usable. So I dove in and used the foundation paint to cut in the gun ports on 3 2-deckers.  Lots of little black squares.  I sat down to go over the foundation paint with the yellow and hopefully finish up the gun stripes in one sitting.  This was not to be.  The foundation color shows through just as much as the black.  What???  I checked the yellow paint bottle, gave it a vigorous shake and tried again.  Still really poor coverage.  I worked through rest of one side of the first ship.  No change. Poor coverage.  I am now looking at 3 or 4 more coats of yellow.  Grumble, grumble, grumble.  I am not sure what caused the first sample to work out.  I went back and tried this again on the sample figures (Swiss pike with parti-color yellow and black pants.)  Not able to duplicate the first success.  
I will be looking into some different brands of yellow.  I am currently using Reaper Master Painter Series.  I am not sure what caused the sample to work out.  And I tried this on the sample figures (Swiss pike with parti-color yellow and black pants.)  Not able to duplicate the first success.
The local shop carries P3, GW paints, and some Vallejo paints.  I may even try some "craft" paints from Michael's or Joann's.  This issue is the main slow down in getting these ships painted.  Who wants to do a main detail on the figure 3-6 times?  I know I do not.  So, 3 sessions of painting that only leads right back to the place where I started, only with 3 more coats of paint on the ships (and the ships look worse...).
Well that is painting this weekend.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A whole new year!

Welcome to 2012!
This last year has been turbulent with change, evolution and transition.  We have relocate the household from Michigan to Illinois.  We moved into an apartment initially.  We sold our house in Michigan and bought a home in Illinois.  We moved into the "new" house and have been working to unpack and settle in.
I have been able to keep a good schedule with playing DBA most weeks.  my track record for DBA in 2011 is 12 wins, 17 losses and 3 results unrecorded, for a total of 32 games logged.  I may have played a few other games, but I wrote down most of the engagements and results.  I also played several games of Impetus and a few games of Check Your Six.
I did not get to as many conventions as I had planned.
I did not get as much painted this year with the paint desk moving from here to there and over that way and back again.
I did get several DBA armies painted by other people.  Jim painted a Macedonian and Early Imperial Roman armies in exchange for figures.  A great deal and even better paint job.  If he only had more time to paint...
I ordered  a Viking army and a Saxon army from DPS (Dragon Painting Service) in Hong Kong.  I was not as satisfied as I had hoped. I asked for the figures have the shields painted white (for LBM transfers) and the figures unbased.  The figures came with shields white which was good, but all based.  The bases were finished niccely, but I will have a very hard time putting some of the transfers on.  More work *sigh*.  And the paint jobs were okay, but not great. Several of the figures show signs of repair, mostly weapon handles and at least 2 broke during shipping.  Still an okay deal for the money.  If I order from them again, I will just order their regular stock items.
I have comissioned one of the local guys Steve R. to paint an Early Bedouin army and Early Achaemenid Persian army, for $100. He paints alot of 40k - very nice work just not alot of historical.  They should be done in the next month.
I am planning on continuing to add to the DBA army set (gotta get them all!).  
The next gaming project is a DBA campaign.  I hope we can organize the group and play a long campaign.  Related to that we finished the year with a 5 round mini-campaign on Dec. 30th at Mike D.'s house.  We used the campaign rules in the 2.2 rulebook.  They worked okay, but still allowed too much opportunity for players to sit and wait while others play battles.  We are working on some rule changes to address the issues.
 We have all looked at the 3.0 draft rules.  They are a big change in how the game plays.  We have not tried them yet and I may wait until they are published.
As for the Copenhagen project, I have not made much progress.  I have 2 frigates that only need flags.  2 frigates that have the hulls done and are waiting on sails to be painted.  I have started 3 ships of the line, which have the hulls about half done painting.  I have 6 more after that to get the first squadron done.
I continue to work on Swiss for DBA/Impetus.  For Impetus, an army at 400 pts. I need around 120 pike figures.  For BBDBA, a triple Later Swiss army, I need 96 pike.  I have 40 pike painted.  And there are other figures needed for both armies.  That is alot of figures to be painted.
Other projects on my desk are:  an Ancient British army for DBA.  They are about 50% done.
Swiss pike, Swiss halberds, Swiss skirmishers, Swiss artillery, Swiss light cavalry, Swiss knights, a Swiss camp for both DBA and Impetus.  Lots of Swiss.
DBA camps for Vikings, Saxons, Romans, Bedouin, Persians and Macedonians.
15mm sci-fi.  Marines, aliens, vehicles, robots, and zombies.  I have picked up an assortment over the last year and want to get some on the table.
My paint station is still not set up well, so I am not getting as much done as I could.  (Yah, it's the paint stations fault...)

2012 looks to be a busy year for gaming.  The DBA gaming on Thursday's will continue.  Impetus on every other Sunday will continue.  The group is looking at trying Lasalle Napoleonic rules in 15mm so I am checking out what I need to play.
Also we are looking at doing 15mm Sci-fi skirmish using Tomorrows War rules.

I hope to go to 2 major and 2 minor conventions this year.

One goal for this year is to get the house organized enough to have guests and to get the gaming room setup so I can host gaming at the house occasionally.  The ping pong table needs a new top surface.  It has scratches and scrapes and is warped.  I may just sand it and screw some MDF to the top (with  a lot of screws) and paint it green.  We will see.  I have to get many other things done before I will need the table ready to play.

If I can figure out how to post from my phone I will try to do more updates, maybe even during play on Thursdays.

Good luck to everyone! May your dice always give you what you need (except against me!).

Have a safe and happy new year!

Happy gaming!