Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Lazy bones

It has been over a week that I haven't touched a anything FOW related. I feel bad but hopefully I will be able to do some more later on this week. Don't keep your hopes up.

I put on reserver two books on the Devil's Brigade. How I wish that the PDF army list came out last year instead of this year. I'm still going to focus on my Regina Rifle's and Ist Hussars but the FSSF looks so cool that I might have to buy some US commando's

Monday, November 19, 2007

More Priming with Gesso and more gear

I primed quite a bit over the weekend with my watered down Gesso mix (4 parts gesso / 1 part water). Went on quite quickly but I discovered something the next day... after the gesso dried it shrunk so much that I need to do some touch up. Nothing to severe but it is something to think about.

On Friday I went to Wheels and Wings Hobbies on the Danforth and purchase some more things for my work bench.

  • Tamiya Paint stand
  • Tamiya weathering kit #B
  • Super Glue accelator
I was thinking of actually building my own paint stand but I think it would take much too long to due well. This will hopefully keep my desk clean (still gotta work on this)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Art of War

I did a quick scan of the magazine yesterday and have just started to read it cover to cover and all I can say is WOW!

I love the fact that they are showcasing very different painting styles without favoring one over the other.

They are not afraid to print "GW" in their magazine , especially in the interview section. I love it when a publishers takes the high road.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Lots of things to say

I discovered that I had Remembrance day off and whith no wife and kids I thought it would be a great day.

Almost everything is closed on a Monday. Well, everything that might interest a geek. Since Dueling Grounds was closed I decided to drive up the 404 and pay a visit to Gryphon Games. Their selection of FOW is quite limited. No rulebooks and very limited blister selection. And to top it all off, they advertise that they open at noon but the store was closed when I got there. Arrggg.

No paint was touched yesterday but I was able to finish the prep work on the mortar and MG platoons.

Today, I paid a visit to Dueling Grounds. What a difference... They were getting their shipment from Battlefront later on this which meant that I could not get my hands on "The Art of War". When Wayne heard my plight and discovered that I did not visit the store often due to traveling distance he offered to sell my the store copy. Now that is customer service!

Items that I've bought
  • 2 blisters of Quad tractors
  • 1 blister of magnetic small bases
  • 1 blister of magnetic medium bases
  • 1 blister of two (2) 6 pdr guns
  • D-Day supplement
  • 2 vallejo paint brushes
  • ... And of course the Art of War

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Flesh wash and other ramblings

A couple of days ago I did a quick flesh wash on my PBI's. Looks ok.

I also purchased a package of DAS air drying clay, a circle cutter and a 6"x8" wooden frame. I bought the frame on a lark to mount my first platoon on it but I think it is a tad too small. I still might use it for a small diorama.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I'm in a rut

I haven't been feeling inspired lately to pick up a brush. I've done some prep work for the 25 pounders but nothing out of the ordinary.

Here are the steps that I'm going to try for the next platoon. My last batch was total mayhem. No order whatsoever.

  1. Sort the miniatures based on their pose
  2. Now organize the "men" based on which stand/base they will mounted on
  3. Glue them on some large craft stciks
  4. Prime them
  5. Paint the skin
  6. Paint the uniform
  7. Paint the webbing and backpack
  8. Boots
  9. Guns
  10. Helmet / Beret
  11. Dirt (flat earth)
  12. Ink Wash
  13. Glue onto scored bases with super glue
  14. Model the bases (DAS, wood putty?)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Magic Wash is my friend

After posting some of my first painted miniatures on FOWOntario, a few members commented that a nice ink wash would help out the miniatures greatly. So I whipped up a batch of Magic Wash, got an empty paint container and premixed 1 part brown ink with 5 parts Magic Wash. Wow, I'm impressed. Now I gotta make some flesh wash and we are in business.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I haven't been dead

Here are my latest updates.

  • 4x Sherman's and 1 Sherman VC have been assembled. I thinking of added some stowage to them before priming them
  • 4x 25-pounders have been assembled. I also sorted the miniatures based on which team they belong. I wil have to paint over 30+ men for this platoon.
  • I also assemble four 25-pounder limbers. I won't do anything with them since I don't have transport for them.
  • Mixed 1 part brown ink with 5 part Magic Wash for the uniforms. Inked around 15 men last night.
I was reading the rulebook about 600pts forces and they claim you can have a force ready in a weekend. Holy crap. I have no idea how you can do it so fast. Guess I'm really really slow

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The lightbulb just turned on...

Last night was "black touch up" night where the PBI got a boot shine and their knives sheaf got cleaned. It was pretty quick and painless.

Remember to always wash and condition your brushes. I though my brush looked pretty clean just by swooshing it in my water cup but I decided to do the proper cleaning anyways. What a difference... you should have seen the gunk that came out of the brush.

The lightbulb reference was in regards to assembling the sherman tank and the 25 pounders. Yes I'm a newb to to my own defense the last time I tried I was in bed with horrible lighting. Things are moving forward again.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Skin tone touch ups

Last night I did some touch ups on all the skin area on the first platoon. Not only that but I was able to apply some Magic wash on five of them. Still not like the ones I see in the gallery but they do look a lot better.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Dream Storage

This is what I was thinking of to show off my army when it gets done.

Biby from Ikea

But since FOW is a 15mm miniature game, my fully completed force will still only occupy 1 or at most 2 shelves

Gun Stock

Last night I was able to finish painting the gun stock. I'm feeling pretty good. I can almost see the light of the tunnel.

I also tried my batch of Magic Wash (1 part Future Floor wax and 4 parts water). I like the results on my test figurine.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Thanks for the comments...

I posted a link to this blog on FoWOntario sometime last week and I have received some great feedback. I purchased some Future floor wax. Kinda a waste since I do not have floors that need waxing so if anyone in the GTA needs some for their magic wash please give me a ring.

I still haven't mixed it yet but I should be able to do it later on tonight.

The main suggestion that I have received from the photos was that I needed to apply some sort of wash. Once done I will try to post some pictures.

Update: Just bought a 500ml plastic bottle from Active Surplus. Tonight I'll put on my mad scientist hat and brew up a batch of Magic wash.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Almost finished my first platoon

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have great respect for all those FOW players who have many thousands points armies. I have no idea where they find the time to paint that much.

So the webbing and the helmets are done. All that is left are the gun stocks and final touch ups.

Last night I was able to take some pictures. Nothing fancy but I'm not an artist. I'm just a hobbyist trying to do something different.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

What i've been up to

I took a break from painting (but I did find some time to finish some uniforms on my first platoon) and focused my energies on Canadian WWII history. I've compiled a ~40 page document chronicling the units, weapons and Orders of Battle for Canadian forces during D-Day.

I'm using Lyx for the typesetting because:
  1. It's free
  2. Cross-platform (Windows, MacOS and Unix)
  3. Creates beautiful layouts without too much grief once you past the initial shock of learning something new.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

I hate painting flesh

Last night I painted the flesh parts on my remaining figures in my first riflemen platoon. I hate it. Probably 'cuz I suck.

Thankfully my next step with be the gun stocks in I have lots of time or the uniforms if I don't. and

Some people have told me that they could not access this blog. I found that very hard to believe since it is hosted by blogger (aka Google) so I though it had to DNS related. The funny part that my DNS server at home (yes, I run my own DNS caching server) and the DNS at work always gave the right CNAME for

Hmm, some of the people complaining were coming from the network. After getting an account on my co-workers home server and using dig, host and nslookup I discovered that rogers is using some kind of weird DNS. I wish that I save the outputs from my commands but oh well. It looked like they were using some sort of Verisign product. I could very very wrong but that was my first gut feeling.

Anyhoot, I changed my DNS servers from to and everything seems to be fine now.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Rifles and modeling gel

Short post.

Last night I painted the riffles for one platoon (3 squads) of riflemen. I still have to paint the gun stocks.

I also tried out the acrylic modeling gel. I added some Scorched Brown to it applied to an empty blister. Looks OK but I was hoping that it would be much more rigid. I'll take a look tonight to see how it turns out.

Monday, July 16, 2007

New stuff

So on Friday, I decided to pay a visit to my local hobby and art stores and bought the following.

  • Some green flock
  • Forest flock
  • 1/2" I beam for my laser LOS project
  • Acrylic modeling paste
The acrylic modeling paste will be used for basing my men. The best part about it is the fact that you can add acrylic paint into the mix and paint over it as well.

Another plus is that fact that you can paint over it which will become useful for highlighting. I think I'll use my miscasted PBI's and a spare base to test how it would work.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


So last night I painted a bunch of helmets on my first wave of PBI's. Wow it looks good. I won't win any painting awards but I'm have a feeling of accomplishment.

Weird, the russian uniform colour looks to be made of two different colours. I shook the little bottle at lot and mix it in my palette but still I saw two colours. Oh well.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Painting Block


Pretty nice, I have to try it out.

On second thought, maybe using that idea but use roofing nails instead of the dowels. Since I already have a large box of nails this would be cheaper.

Having multiple blocks is a good idea though.

Mea Culpa

I should have read the back of the British paint a tad more carefully. A bunch of colours are not included (i.e. red, black, gunmetal). So it is only a tad cheaper. Live and Learn

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Tad crazy

So today I paid a visit to Dueling Grounds trying to cash in on their 3rd anniversary sale. Here is the loot that I picked up.

1 box of Late Rifle company
1 box of artillery (4 25lbs guns)
1 blister of Late Company HQ
1 platoon of pioneers (Late)
1 British Vallejo starter set (so much cheaper than buying individual bottles)
1 Vallejo brush

Now here is my problem, I've started my PBI company already which are E-M-L models. They have the old style helmets and webbing. Almost everything that I purchased recently is in the late war style. Should I stop what I'm doing and start again using the late models.

My gut feeling is no. Use the EML models to practice painting and work from there. I can always say that the older models are from another theater giving a hand to the boys in Normandy

Monday, July 9, 2007

Priming complete

Over the weekend I finally finished priming with slightly watered down gesso my company of rifflemen. I even was able to paint the flesh on almost all of them.

The more I paint the better I seem to get. Seems obvious to a bunch of you but you have to understand how bad I paint.

Dueling Grounds is having a special on FOW this week. Guess, I gotta make a stop and buy some more "lead crack".

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Lazy and two side projects

Last I could have done some painting but I just on my ass instead. The thought of all that metal was a tad intimidating. The only way I can see to move forward is to clean up my work space so I only see the "next step" of my army. In this case my first platoon of infantry and its HQ.

Today I paid a visit to a store that I call "Gorilla" (really Active Surplus on Queen West). It is like the Holy Grail for geeks. You go in feeling creatively drained and then by magic all their "crap" gets those inspirational juices flowing.

My first side project will be to build a laser based LOS (Line of Sight) pointer. For 2$, I got this crappy laser pointer and for another 2$ I got 6x 3/4 inch mirrors. My goal is to create a functional LOS device that can be used in different scales all under 20$.

Here is a link to a GW periscope using 2 mirrors

UPDATE - Here is an awesome link that shows exactly what I had in mind

The second side project will be a multi-tiered lazy susan to hold my paints and hobby tools. I was thinking using foam core but I'm still iffy on the final design.

Hopefully, I will be able to post some pics if I get off my lazy ass.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Army case

I've found an even easier way to transport my army: cookie tins. They are a bit small but they are metal, the GF9 bases seem to stick well on them and I don't have to spend time on a case. Looks like a winner

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wow, more free time

Last night I mounted all the NCO, PIAT, MG, mortar and officers on roofing nails. Did some touch up on the uniforms that I painted earlier. If tonight goes well, I hope to prime the rest of the units. This time I will add some water to the gesso and not apply to think.

My ideas of a transport case is slowly coming to fruition. I will use a small black attache case and mount two metal plates in it.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Minor update

I finished the webbing on all my riflemen that were primed.

Here is what left to do:

1. Gun
2. Bayonet sheaf
3. Helmet (I need paint for that one)
4. Touch ups.

I want to base them but most of them are in the same pose (Makes speed painting a tad faster). I still gotta find some metal plating so I can use the GF9 magnetic bases that I've bought.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Father's day gift

My wife gave me an awesome Father's Day gift... a few hours to myself. So I used that time to sleep for an hour and to paint for two.

I was able to finish painting the flesh and the uniforms on all the miniatures that were primed. Around one third have their webbing finished.

Now I gotta do the guns and touch ups. W00t

Friday, June 15, 2007


I haven't posted in awhile because I have done absolutely nothing. Last week, one twin or the other has had a high fever preventing me in even having one simple hour of free time without a child.

Hopefully this weekend I can paint some more figs. BTW, I did paint something a week and a half ago but I forgot to mention it.

I think I'm diluting my paints too much. I just got to keep practicing.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

More miniatures bought

I decided yesterday to visit Dueling Grounds over my lunch hour. There I bought the following:

1 blister of British LW mortar platoon
1 blister of British LW MG platoon
1 blister of British LW 6 pounder guns
1 box set of 4 British sherman and 1 VC Firefly
1 starter GaleForce9 magnetic bases set

The tank box set came with an extra Firefly gun, I wonder if I can use it anywhere? It also came with five little blocks of pewter. I'll do some more research on the forums to figure out where the hell they should go.

Paint to figs

Even though my kids were beasts last night I was able to finally put some paint on my PBI. Not much but it is a start! I painted Dwarf Flesh on the heads and arms on about ten miniatures. I will have to do another coat since I don't like the paint coverage.

My goal is the get the base coat done on all the miniatures first then go back to do the highlights and shadows. That way it looks to my eye that I'm actually getting somewhere

Monday, May 28, 2007

New work area

With the birth of my twins, I have lost access to my office. This was my sanctuary where I could code and do all my geeky stuff in peace and quiet.

Over the weekend, I bought and built a new bureau from Ikea. The best thing for me is the ability to close all the doors and everything will be hidden.

One quick side note, it was such a pain to assemble. I think it took over five hours to assemble. The instructions were very clear but the amount of parts and fasteners were astounding.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Can't access this blog

Well obviously I can access this blog but 2 guys from FOWOntario can't seem to. I wonder if the re-direct is causing problems?

Finally finished preparing my PBI

I was able to finish removing the flash and mold line from all the minis from the Rifle Company Boxed set.

There is one pose that seems to be defective. All the minis had issues lining up both halves. It was the pose where the mold line literally cuts the mini in half.

One of the weapons crew ammo loader does not have a face but his helmet is there. I may just model some bandages and leave it at that.

Tonight, I'm hoping to slap on some Gesso on the PBI and start painting next week

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bought some paint

I want to buy some more Vallejo paints but they are hard to come buy unless I buy them online. I was walking near the Eaton Centre today and decided to pay a visit to Games Workshop and bought some Kommando Khaki and some Camo Green.

Update: Made an Oops. I should have bought Catachan Green instead of Camo Green. I'll leave a tad early today and try to exchange it.

Update 2: No problems exchanging it. When I told them I was painting some WWII British infantry, I was half expecting the over-caffeinated GW staff to blow a gasket that I'm not painting up some GW stuff. The guy was quite civil which was a nice change

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Status Update

Well, I've prepped and primed the vast majority of the foot sloggers.. Now its time for the weapons teams, NCO's and officers.

Before I start painting, I want to choose each team member for 1 platoon. This will help me get started on getting a 600pts list up and running.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

New books

Ok, I'm a book junkie. I'll admit it but I'm not joining any 12 step programs anytime soon.

I went to the "world's biggest book store" and bought a few books somewhat related to FOW.

Osprey - Caen 1994- Montgomrey's break-out attempt
Osprey - World War II Infantry Tactics - Squad and Platoon

The first book is to help me out with fleshing out the fluff for my LW British force and the second to help me understand some basic military tactics.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Gesso part II

Short answer is that it works. It does not obstruct the details of the miniatures. Last night, I got another batch of 18 minis cleaned and glued on roofing nails waiting to be primed with the black goo. I need to do some touch ups after the first coat since when the gesso dried up and shrank there were some spots where you can see the bare metal. No big deal though

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Gesso as a primer

After reading this post on WeeToySoldiers , I decided to try out this technique. I bought a 500ml of DeSerres brand of Black Acrylic Gesso at Loomis for 8.95$

From what I've read, you paint this stuff on your minis, wait 24 hours and you've got a nice base to work on. When you first paint it on, it looks quite messy but the magic is that is shrinks as it dries filling in all the cavities.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Ok, last night I was able to get 30mins of free time. So this is what I was able to get done:

* Attached around 20 minis on roofing nails. Inserted them in a piece of Styrofoam. I won't prime on the Styrofoam.
* Got a peice of scrap 2x4 around 12"inch in lenght. Drill some holes in so I can attach my minis on a stick ready to be primed.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Pics of British Infantry


What I like about this page is that he named his pics with what they represent i.e. HQ, 2iC

Code Breaking

I went to the "world's biggest book store" looking for the Osprey Campaign book on the Normandy invasion. It is a four volume series divided by the different beach fronts. Guess which book they were missing... if you guess the Juno book then 2 shilling for you!

But i did not go away empty handed, I picked up Code Breaker' Victory - How the Allied Cryptographers Won World War II by Hervie Haufler. What an awesome book describing how the use of Enigma and Purple decrypts gave the Allies the edge over the Axis.

New toy

I've had my canon powershot s110 for many years now. It has served me well over years but now it was time to change. The main drawback of that camera was the lack of control when using its macro feature.

After a glowing review from my co-worker Boris, who is a massive camera geek, I decided to purchase a new casio exim. I went with the 10MO ex-z1000. Holy crap does it do a lot of cool things and very tiny to boot!

Hopefully, my twins will go to bed at a decent hour so that I can start taking pictures of all the different FOW minis that I have. Don't get your hopes up, it is not that many right now.


Now that I've figured out what each model represents, I starting to think about which mini should be on each base.

What I'm wondering if I should place the same type mini one a base. Especially, kneeling vs standing vs walking poses.

Maybe the kneeling ones in front and the standing ones in the rear?

Thursday, April 26, 2007


When I started collecting minis, I thought that the GW fluff was pretty decent. There are many websites that deal specifically with fluff. Sadly, the SM chapter that I love , the Iron Hands, did not have very much in terms of official fluff. Yeah, they had an IA article (which got voided with the new edition of the rules) and the very very book with the same name.

Now with FOW, I discovered that the "fluff" is a lot more detailed. There are huge resources to the player to create a force that is pretty close to reality.

I'm not planning to re-create an exact duplicate of a British regiment but the resources out there will definitely help me flesh out a very close facsimile of the real deal. I'm leaning towards some Canadian regiments that landed in Normandy. I will probably use the uniforms and actual commander names but weaponry and vehicles used may be different. Still in the very early stages.

I'm reading the later portion of the book called "The Valour and the Horror" which describe personal recollection of the war. One part stuck in my mind was when the 12th SS infiltrated the forward positions of the Regiment de la Chaudiere, the Canadian men went a tad crazy with battle lust and slit their enemies throats. It did not matter if they were alive or dead. Their officer had to draw their pistols to stop their troops from butchering the enemies.

What struck me the most was the fact that they were Canadians doing the butchering. I always has the picture that we were all quite civilized. Chalk one to the propaganda machine.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Basing the British Rifle Company

taken from fow forums

For example, in the British rifle co. do I base the Lieutenant in a three man team, with a separate 2 man lt. mortar and a 2 man boys?

Yes, the Company Commander and the 2iC are each represented by a small base with three figures on it. The actual officer figure, and a radio man and rifleman or two riflemen figures. The light mortar team is a mortarman and ammo carrier and the Boys ATR team is a Boys gunner and an ammo carrier or rifleman. Each are two figures on a small base.

DO i base the rifle/mg teams in bases of 5 as that is the number of silhouettes shown in the army list?

Yes, they would be five figures on a medium base (although some people think that is too crowded and only use four figures on a medium base). The figures should be riflemen and machinegunners (generally one MG'er for every other base). There should probably also be one NCO figure for every squad of two bases. The NCO figures are usually carrying SMG or else waving the troops forward.

From another post in the same thread

Company Commander - This is usually a figure armed with a pistol, or sometimes just standing no weapon at all. Sometimes his uniform will also vary from the rest of the company (a different jacket or hat, for example).

Radioman - Often included for Command Team or Observer Teams. They are generally modeled with a larger than normal backpack, and often holding out a microphone in their hands.

NCO - The NCO figures are usually modeled with SMG, or somethimes with rifles but in both cases they are usually gestureing the troops forward.

Ammo carriers - These often accompany MG, ATR, or mortarmen and usually are carrying a large box, or in the case of British Mortar and PIAT ammo carriers a container consisting of three or four cylinders.

Boys & Bren Gunners - At first glance these can look very similar (long barreled rifle-like weapons with curved magazines sticking out the top). The Bren MG, however, has a bipod folded up along the bottom of the barrel, the Boys is just a long, naked barrel.

Monday, April 23, 2007

More fun

I was in the neighborhood of Dueling Grounds yesterday and I decided to pick a few things.

I picked up a copy of Festung Europa because I needed some more LW British army lists. The D-Day minus one is nice but it is very limiting. Live and learn.

I also picked up one blister of the 25lbs guns. I probably need another three blister to make full use of it but I wanted to see what they looked like and how easy it would be to assemble.

Now I gotta figure out some army lists

Friday, April 20, 2007

British Rifle Company

Last night I decided to sort what is inside the box. Once I figure out how to use my digital camera to take proper pictures, I will post them as well (pre-painted).

There are four compartments in the box. Luckily for me, I kept all the minis together. Here is what each compartment has.

Compartment #1 (15 minis)
2x kneeling, right hand up
4x walking, SMG, right hand stretched out
4x standing, right hand straight up
2x officers with walking stick
2x officers standing with pistol
1x officer sneaking with pistol

Compartment #2 (30 minis)
7x walking, facing right, rifle horizontal
8x walking, facing left, rifle vertical
8x walking, facing right, rifle vertical
7x walking, facing straight, rifle vertical

Compartment #3 (19 minis)
8x rifle, right facing
3x MG standing
3x MG kneeling
2x mortar team (2 men)
2x Anti-tank rifle, standing

Compartment #4 (21 minis)
7x waling with rifle at the ready
6x Aiming on one knee
6x low walking / sneaking, gun vertical
1x Communication Team (2 members)
1x Bag pipes

Total of 85 minis
1 rifle company with 2 platoons requires 80 minis (from the picture at the back of the box)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Let's Start

Ok. I've been bitten by the FOW bug. After reading a bit from their web site, I decided to take the plunge. I went to Dueling Grounds and bought the folling:

* The Main rule book
* D-Day minus 1 (rules for British and US paratroopers)
* Three jeeps
* Churchill Tank (I think version IV)
* CMP 15 cwt truck
* British Rifle company

I'm looking to start a late war British force. Hopefully, this site will keep me motivated in building my first army.