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First official post of 2012 (the WordPress generated summary of 2011 doesn’t count) is about my painting backlog of projects. I’ve decided that my one New Year’s resolution for 2012 that is hobby related will be to reduce the number of unpainted figures that I own. This will be a tough job as I don’t intend to stop buying new stuff, but it does mean that I will need to start selling off or otherwise getting rid of my considerable collection of unpainted figures that languish in my workshop.

I didn’t do too badly on my last five projects list for 2011. I got about 1/2 the Vietnam 15mm figures that I had primered done. I finished off the Space Worms. I got a good chunk of Picoarmor stuff done. I totally blew it on the Martian Racing skiffs, however. Not a one of them even prepped for priming. Sigh.

After discussions with my son Will, we’ve decided to pare down the 28mm zombie stuff that we own. Why? Well, it takes up way too much space in our workshop/crawlspace storage. The buildings we have are mostly ‘O’ scale railroad buildings and they are huge in terms of footprint. We’ll keep the basics for smaller layouts, but the big city layout has to go. Also on the chopping block is my vast collection of unpainted Clan Wars figures. I bought heavily when it first came out, but I have yet to play a single game, and the number of painted figures still numbers less than 100. I am far more interested in 28mm historical Samurai anyway, so this stuff will be up for sale soon. Finally, I will be getting rid of the Wild West miniatures I started collecting, including the Old Glory buildings that I purchased.

In terms of painting priorities, I intend to focus on the following five areas for the 1st quarter:

1) 15mm Vietnam: I want to finish off the rest of the primered miniatures, get a few more buildings done, and add some helicopters and other vehicles.

2) 15mm Tomorrow’s War: As AAG will continue to support this game, it would be remiss of me not to support something in which I’m involved. Next up are some CMG heavy grav tanks, some GZG OUDF that my son Will painted (I need to finish the basing), and some GZG New Israeli troops. I also want to throw an alien race or two into the mix, including expanding my Felid forces from Khurasan.

3) 15mm World War 2: I want to continue building my Battlefront: WW2 units, especially for the Eastern front. I also intend to start painting and basing individual figures in 15mm for Force on Force games.

4) 3mm Picoarmor: I am continuing to write my homegrown mass combat rules and intend to use them with Picoarmor stuff for playtesting. I am focusing on two areas. First, Cold War stuff for 1980s. Second, WW2 Western Desert.

5) 28mm Miscellaneous: I am currently working on more 28mm Vikings, Saxons and Normans for Dark Age skirmish games (including my own home grown rules). I also promised Will that I would paint up some Warmachine stuff to fight his growing Khador/Menoth armies. I have pretty sizable Cygnar and Menoth forces myself, but I have started to collect and paint an Orboros army with an autumn theme to it.

If I stick to my guns, I should be able to increase the size of my painted collection, decrease the total number of miniatures I own, and clear up some space in the basement workshop. If. We’ll see how I do in 2012 🙂

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I mentioned that I’m working on a mass combat game. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I started to paint up some of the packs of Pico Armor/O8 miniatures that I purchased at Legends. Showing signs of my growing insanity, you can see how I overdid it on these SdKfz 222 German scout cars for the Western Desert:

German SdKfz 222's in 3mm

Yes, that is a aircraft recognition flag on the back of the one scout car. The dust plumes are simply from cotton fiber soaked in watered down Vallejo beige paint, allowed to dry and then glued to the base. The sand is Vallejo desert basing paste.

My index finger as a size comparison 🙂

Another view

This stand was the result of about 30 minutes of experimentation. I then started mass production and have about 25 more stands nearly finished. More to come!

Well, Legends is over, Cold War Gone Hot is out the door, Thanksgiving is upon us and it’s time to put on the final push for 2011 in terms of painting. After reviewing my unpainted mounds of figures, buildings and projects, here is what I intend to work on between now and December 31:

1) 15mm Vietnam: I am finishing up about 20 more Vietcong (mix of Main Force and Local Force figures from Flashpoint) and have a short platoon of US Army grunts (mix of Flashpoint and Battlefront figures) about 1/2 done on the painting table. This will take priority so I can get some gaming time in.

2) 15mm Vietnam Terrain: I have 3 more Timecast hooches to finish, plus five tunnel/hot spot markers that need to get done. I am using the Khurasan abandoned mine shaft pieces as the basis for the tunnel markers, with some heavy green stuff modifications.

3) 15mm Space Worms from O8: I picked up a few packs from the guys at Picoarmor and want to have a unit of 27 (3 nine-worm squads) done for Tomorrow’s War. To go with them, I have three of Reaper Miniatures cave worm models (the plastic prepaints, not the metal ones) that I aim to repaint as “heavy tanks” for the worms.

4) 3mm Picoarmor: Using one stand = one platoon, I am painting up some 1985 US/NATO and WARPAC forces for a large scale game aimed at the Battalion/Regimental command level. I’m doing my own home grown rules, so I’m keen to get these finished so I can get to working out the mechanics.

5) 28mm Martian Racing Skiffs: I bought some of these models from Brigade Games (they’re the old Parroom Station models) and want to start a beer & pretzels Martian racing league at our local gaming store.

This should take me well through the holidays, so we’ll see how much I’ll actually get done. I’ll post progress reports and pictures as these things get finished.

Will and I have been prepping, basing, priming and starting to paint our 3mm purchases from last weekend. First up are some T-72s that I primered Soviet Green, then drybrushed with Vallejo Gray-Green. I washed the road wheels and tracks with Flesh Wash, then hit a few details. Basing is on metal stands covered with a green/earth Woodland Scenics flock mix with a few clumps of GW Static Grass for effect.

Soviet T-72s in 3mm from Oddzial Army/Pico Armor

A closer view. Total paint time per stand = 5 minutes!

Next up are some M1 Abrams tanks painted by Will. He attempted to do the classic tricolor NATO camo from the 80s.

M1s from Oddzial Army/Pico Armor in 3mm.

Top down view of the M1s.

Will is going to use a little less brown on the next batch, but I think he’s off to a great start. We’ll post more photos of our forces as they develop. Will is building the 11th Cav for Fulda Gap, while I am building an appropriate Soviet/Warsaw Pact attacking force.