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.

Roger.com and xname.org

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 fow.deneir.com.

Hmm, some of the people complaining were coming from the Rogers.com 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 xname.org to everydns.net 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

Helmets

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

Howto

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".