Thursday, November 24, 2016

Band of Painters: December 2016

So back in September a small group of us joined together to create what we called "Band of Painters".  The goal for this was simple, paint 250 points worth of models each month for a Konflikt '47 army.  For the most part I have been staying on track getting my models painted on schedule.  I feel that I am one of the only painters still doing only 250 points a month.  The challenge I have been faced with is the lack of Konflikt '47 models for the Russian army.  Most of what I have been painting is just a Bolt Action army and I had a proxy model I used as a Light Walker.  Well Warlord is finally getting some Russians model out and in December we should see more releases.  The first release for the Russians and British were their Heavy Infantry.  I picked up a few blisters of Russians and got them painted up.  I actually got them on the table a few weeks back and had a blast marching them around.  They are great antitank infantry and are brutal in close combat. 

I also finished a Medic and a Flamethrower team.  I put these in my army just to give me some extra dice and I had the models sitting around.  So I finished these early so I can focus on all the cool releases coming out in December.  I also now have 1000 points of Russians painted and that was the goal of "Band of Painters".  We want people to see painted armies on the table and get other excited about the game. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hobby Room Update: Paint Rack

Earlier this year I renovated my Hobby Room which was overdue.  I needed to renovate my room so I could store more models as my collections grows and hide more stuff from my wife.  It is also a well known fact that I am a model hoarder and rarely sell anything off.  So I recently ran into a problem with my new desk and I didn't have a place to keep all the different products that I use for painting.  I am not married to one brand of paint and the paint rack I purchased was not working.  Many of the products I use didn't fit in the holes and I ended up keeping paints on my desk.  It just made my desk cluttered as you can see in the picture below.   

So I was looking online and just really couldn't find a paint rack that was going to work for me so I made my own.  I wanted a rack that would hold all types of paints and products that I use on a regular basis and maximized my space.  So I can up with this design.

This rack was made using scraps of wood left over from a another project.  It is not perfect because the wood was bowed but it provided me with all the measurements I needed.  Each row inside dimensions are 13.5 by 1.5 inches.  It is three rows so I can arrange my paints in triads: base, layer and highlight.  The rows are wide enough to hold all the brands of paint that I use from the cheap craft paint to the new large GW wash pots.  It really made a difference once I had it set up.

Because I made this rack to work in my space it fits perfectly on my storage box and is much smaller.  I can now keep my spray cans in back of the rack and have a space in front of the rack to keep the paint that I am using at the moment.  Until I build another rack with better lumber I set up my work space using both paint racks. 

My desk does look a lot better and more organized.  I will build two more of these racks with better lumber to fit each box.  I will stain them and should finish my desk off unit I run into other problems.    

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Band of Painters November 2016

Well completed my next installment for Band of Painters.  I went a bit crazy and finished more then 250 points.    I actually went over 250 but it is all good because this gives me more models to change my army around.   

 This is my command staff.  I have a Second Lieutenant (Vet 65 pts)
Commissar with the Flag (Inexperienced 22 pts)

Assault Engineer Squad of 8 with Body Armour, Flame Thrower, SMG and LMG (Vets 205 pts)

Heavy Machine Gun Team ( Vets 91 pts) 

So next up will be my first unit of stuff that is specific to K47.  Warlord is starting to release models for the Russians and British and I picked up the Heavy Infantry.