06/02/2009

WW2 US Flying Sentinel

Don't you love that moment when going through the leadpile and you stumble on some figure that you had forgotten you even had and instantly see a new use for it that you hadn't entertained before? I came upon this figure I got as a free giveaway with the old Harbinger magazine and never knew what to do with but that was just too cool to sell/give away. Well, when I saw it yesterday morning, I instantly thought it'd make a good American superhero type for a weird war II setting. So I painted it up to match my other figures and there you have it: a flying sentinel of liberty with a bit of angelic ancestry.

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10/04/2008

Robot G.I.'s

Probably the best miniatures in the whole AE-WW2 range, these robot G.I.'s are manufactured by Darkson Designs and are multipart metal figures. Each set has three bodies, 4 heads (3 variants) and 4 sets of arms (three variants). The are painted in US dark green and the off-white stripe continues the theme of the MaK armoured suits.

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09/27/2008

WW2 Captain America and Bucky

I was lucky enough to get these figures that were made available shortly in very limited edition. They are in the larger 30-32mm scale, but that is not a problem, with them being superheroes and all. Since I'd already seen some other people paint these in all the variations that were based on the old red-white-and-blue, I wanted mine to be different. Then the idea occurred to replace the blue with US Dark Green. I didn't actually want my Cap and Bucky to be green, I wanted them blue, like everyone else, but I just couldn't help it, I had to paint them like this. Reactions have been mixed, as for some people it's just to much of a stretch on the characters. Oh well...

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09/08/2008

VZ1 Hiller Flying Platforms

A while back I stumbled on these 1/50 scale Hiller Flying Platforms, made as a prepainted toy by Takara for their "Amazing Weapons of WW2" collection. The pilot figure was rubbish, but for the platform itself, I could see an application in my alternative WW2 games.

The platform was just big enough to accomodate a 28mm WW2 figure, but I didn't want a bunch of figures all standing with their guns in hand and none of them paying attention to the controls of the platform. It just didn't seem realistic. What I needed to make proper crew was 28mm WW plastics, preferrably multi-part for ease of converting. While I figure someone will get round to it eventually, it suddenly struck me that the Tamiya 1/48 WW2 plastic infantry could give me just the basis I need for my conversions. After all, all it takes to turn a Tamiya 1/48 into a 28mm is a headswap, some 28mm bits (weapons) and a slight shortening of legs. So I ordered a few boxes and went to work. Here are the first attempts. Heads are from West Wind's SOTR and SHS WW2 range, guns are from Bolt Action Miniatures. All the rest is Tamiya plastic and greenstuff.

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Some more detailed pictures of the individual models:

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The previous and next pictures show the converted crew prior to glueing in place, front and back and a size comparison with a Bolt Action Miniatures and an Artizan Designs 28mm mini.

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While doing these it occurred to me that aside from the obvious usefulness as conversion material for vehicle crews, the Tamiya sets might also form the basis of some zombie figures that aren't Germans for a change, in combination with West Wind's zombie heads or Games Workshop and Zvezda multipart plastics.

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08/31/2008

Suit me up, Bucky! Captain America goes Ma.K

It occurred to me it would be a cool idea to convert a couple Ma.K's to be piloted by Captain America and Bucky and to paint them in the good old red-white-and-blue. I did darken/dirty up the colours a little bit, because it just didn't seem fitting to make them too bright for the grim battelfields of Weird War II. They were liberally weathered to indicate they'd seen a lot of action. Of course, while Bucky could remain enclosed in his suit, Cap needed to be quite visible as the symbol that he is, so a pilot needed to be converted. The bases aren't finished yet, but what the heck...

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Some more pictures (click to enlarge):

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The Rock!

A wall may fall, but nothing will move a rock. No need to introduce Sergeant Rock (and otherwise you can google him easily enough). This excellent figure is made by Bolt Action Miniatures.

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US Armoured Suits

With Hobbylink Japan having a massive sale on 1/35 Ma.K's, I couldn't resist ordering a big box of goodies. They are prepainted plastic models, but they work very well for 28mm. On the ones with open canopy, the pilots are easily removed and replaced with 28mm ones. On mine, I re-used the torso's of the original pilots and added 28mm scale heads. They are painted using Pappa Midnight's tips on weathering. Click on the picture for a closer look.

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28mm miniature is there for scale.

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The head is from West Wind's SHS-range (German bare heads).

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Head was savagely removed from a Bolt Action miniature. You can still see the trauma in his eyes.

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