Friday, 6 February 2015

487 - Bolt Action: Field Modifications at 28mm

Hullo, All.

Good news! I've finished making up my Core Platoon for Bolt Action in 28mm: 25 plastic Tommies plus the 'Command' models in metal (these will be based on washers).

Their construction was a long process, but reassuringly fiddly after years of just chunky GW models, Detailed below are some of the more fiddly tweaks I had to make:
[above] In this case, note the pickaxe and spade on the 3rd and 4th models. In each case, I had to cut down the soldier's spine, the backpack and the haft in order to make it all squeeze in.
[above and below] In this case, please note the added carrying strap for the PIAT ammo and the grasping of the PIAT bomb by the left hand. Tricksy.

[above and below] This chap, you'll note, has the Bren gun accessory bag over his shoulder. Apparently this was often how it was worn by gun no.s 2, but more usually over the left shoulder (understandably!) - sadly, the bag didn't have nearly enough flexibility to fit naturally on his left. It probably goes without saying that putting a strip of paper on as a strap was...fiddly! 
"Group hug!"
"Smile!"
Much to my surprise, I'm actually looking forward to painting these...more immediately though, I'm looking forward to going to the Plymouth Wargames convention tomorrow ('PAW 2015') to see Col Gravis with Curious Constructs and the Warlord Games team too...Yay!


I'll let you know how it goes, eh?

- Drax.

14 comments:

  1. After years of 40k Heroic 28, this truer 28 is beautiful. 'Looking forward to painting' you say? Yay for enthusiasm! That’s the spirit Drax!

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    1. 'Heroic' is totally a scale!

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    2. Thanks, guys (sorry fr the delay - been exhausted of late)!

      And yes: 'heroic' IS totally a scale.

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  2. They're looking good and yeah- definitely let us know how it goes!

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    1. Stand by...although the photos are rubbish...

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  3. Nice work Drax! Sometimes taking the harder road and doing all the extra touches actually builds the enthusiasm. These are going to look great painted up, looking forward to seeing the results :-)

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    1. Undercoat; tick.
      Sprayed basecoat: tick...

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    1. [err...just remembered I've got some stuff to send to you...sorry, mate. By the way, I've pencilled D-Day into the calendar...]

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  5. That is some great customization. Really helps build the uniqueness of the unit and make it your own!

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    1. Cheers, Greg: we'll see just how much of the good work I can destroy with my painting, eh...?

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    2. Lol you sound like me. Just remember if you don't like it, throw weathering on it...battle worn!

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  6. O my, you are tempting me by displaying these (AND that bloody Cromwell box in the background!)! I DO NOT need yet another project in my pile!

    Extra touches are fantastic mate. Good on you for having an eye for detail to that extreme.

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  7. Conversions look great, will add a bit of character! Looking forward to seeing them painted up.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment!