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  • NEW VIKING IMAGES ON
    box The Palette this is quite useful and should serve for quite a long time I gave this one to my son for his use for painting as I use the acetate from the blister packs as a palette plus he has somewhere to put his paint pots to keep them steady as he practises his painting But again it is an excellent idea The Paint Brush This looks decent although the bristles are not the horse or camel hair that I normally use these do seem a little stiff The brush does have it s own plastic Bristle sheath to protect the end of the brush when not in use and seems to be of what I d call a basic all rounder although I won t be attempting to paint eyes and pupils with it I ll give it a whirl and see how I go The figures As I said before there are twelve of them All are of the plastic variety Detail on the figures is fairly decent although in a couple of areas the sides the detail does get lost and a bit of guess work is needed to work out which items are what I didn t like the quivers on the archers backs as they need undercutting around the edges if you follow me to give them a more separate look as they stand it looks like the quiver is part of their backs Flash to put it bluntly None as for mould lines these are evident and care must be taken to remove these as too much pressure can cut a very deep gouge The worst part of this mould line removal is around the heads and especially the finger areas the heads aren t that bad if the figure has a helmet but the fingers I ll be honest I gave up for fear of cutting out the finger detail All in all the figures do look a motley bunch as they are depicted in the films Painting As I m not a beginner Although some may say otherwise I did read GW s guide as I do all painting articles it is amazing what snippets of these can do to enhance your painting I did paint the figures using more than the colours in the box and I used my usual grey rather than there advised black undercoat I sprayed the figures and set to work using the brush provided It wasn t long though however that I found myself swearing and cursing as the brush tip began to curl and split This wasn t due to any bad treatment either some brushes that I use are quite a few years old and are just starting to be ready for the bits box It soon became apparent that me and this brush were going to be enemies So without further ado I cleaned it put the cover back on for what it was worth and got out my faithful set

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/Feb04/Feb04/MordorOrcs.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Recessional By Rudyard Kipling
    long broad and if it was full scale heavy It s hilt and pommel are decorated and the handle leather bound Standing on a flagged hexagonal base you have no worries about basing nice touch The Dwarf Now this little guy looks Ard Armed to the teeth with his dagger in his belt and Sword strapped to his back and all in sundry of dungeoneering equipment on him The Equipment details range from the lantern in his hand which I must say is very nicely sculptured and cast to his belt pouches blanket roll and helmet which is strapped to his back On the subject of his helmet this has a nice touch added to it the chain mail coif drapes realistically down the back of the figure something That I feel is rarely portrayed on such figures All of the belts and pouches have buckles or buttons and these are very well cut and detailed I can see myself really enjoying painting these two Flash I did find some though I must say it was in predictable places and wasn t at all difficult to remove Both figures did have slight mould lines on them but again these were not difficult to remove and I did so with little fuss The Barbarians sword did have a large nodule of lead attached to it via the pommel but this was removed and cleaned up with the use of a pair of cutters and scalpel and a quick rub over with the fine needle file Sorted Painting Before I could commence I had to attach the Barbarians hand to his wrist This proved to be a little annoying and tedious at times and in the end I attached it with the glue and sealed the joint with a light application of

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/Feb04/Feb04/Jenesis.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Recessional By Rudyard Kipling
    than a downside as a thicker bayonet will not break off as easy as a thinner one during use Further more this should by no means detract you from purchasing these figures as the high standards of detail on the figures more than compensates and once painted you hardly notice Flash There was a little flash on the models but this was easily removed A couple of the figures did have varying degrees of mould lines but again these were removed easily apart from the inner parts of the tri corn hats which did cause a little difficulty but perseverance and care does prevail The bases of the figures are of a decent size and just need the usual levelling to flatten the bottoms so a good fixing surface is available and the figures stand upright properly This I must point out is necessary on at least 95 of all manufacturers figures so don t think this is a condemning even if a figures base does seem to be flat I ALWAYS clean up the bottom of the base as it give a good key and provides a vacuum for the super glue or fixing agent when basing Painting Once the primer is on the figures the detail really shines through and the enthusiasm just builds up for that first coat of paint The figures themselves are very easy to paint and any technique can be used to paint them The only change I made to my technique was when I came to paint the buttons as these are recessed rather than proud This small adjustment was no hindrance although I do prefer buttons to be of the proud type rather than recessed but that is my own preference and should not detract you in any way from the figures

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/Feb04/Feb04/LancsgamesAust.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • NEW VIKING IMAGES ON
    I feel that Irregular could have a winner on their hands It is obvious at a glance if you look at the detail on the helmets faces hands etc the pains that the sculptor has gone to so why not spend the added time perfecting the muscle structure of the limbs Pity really The figures are open handed right hand and carry a large shield in there left I wasn t given any weapons with these figures so I am taking it for granted that you make your own or buy those separate correct me John if I m wrong on this point You aren t Ed Armour is well cut and shaped and does hold a few details on it Each of the figures also has a sheathed sword at the left hip Cloaks and the skirt are also well defined and shaped and there are plenty of creases to work with for shading Although there are some details missing as aforementioned don t let this put you off as you can paint some of the detail in it does make the job of painting take longer unfortunately as I m running a tight schedule at the moment I couldn t spend this extra time although I do think I ll go back at a later date and work on the limbs some more but I certainly think it would be a worthwhile exercise doing so Flash Yes their was some present in the usual places corners between the legs ect but this was only thin and didn t take much removal Mould lines again these were present but apart from a couple which had them on the shields this did take some care to remove as I didn t want to distort the shape of the shields this

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/Feb04/Feb04/Irregular.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Please remember to mention Wargames Forum when contacting traders
    Gondor 12 to a sprue and two sprues per box including spearsmen archers and swordsmen All are plastic and as has become the norm with this excellent range are very finely detailed and presented in a range of realistic poses The spearsmen are cast with separate arms which allows for further variety in the model poses The face these forces of good in the start of a horde of Orcs of Mordor Again 24 models cast in plastic with spearsmen having separate arms and pole weapons These are a really villainous and evil looking crew less finely detailed and more like mutated lumps than some of the previous releases just right as the spawn of the Dark Lord though you need to obtain a lot more of these models to obtain the correct effect for the battles If I am to have a moan about anything though the mould lines on these models are likely to cause problems as cleaning them may mean hacking into the detail Samples of these models have been passed on to Steve Crofts who given time off for Christmas the poor hardworking soul will produce one of his painting reports asap Accompanying these warrior is a set of rules which pull together the previous sets and introduce new characters and amendments based on the New film But it does not stop there and widens its scope to include the whole War of the Ring as mentioned in Tolkien s works and includes a number of playable scenarios for the gamer to tackle The book goes on to present valuable painting and modelling information that will benefit the new gamer and the old and have certainly inspired me to have a go at some new terrain pieces The rules themselves a quick and easy to pick

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/Jan04/LOTRSBG.htm (2016-02-16)
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    and especially the Aragorn model who stands with sword raised high and Legolas who as usual is running into action All of the figures are wonderfully detailed in their engraving and the facial detail is simply first class This whole range of models has produced some of the finest wargaming figures I have ever seen and have set a standard of excellence that will be stretching for others to follow

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    have now taken the blinkers off and now look at the ranges of figures with a wider perspective Even though my eyesight is not as good as it used to be I was totally gob smacked when I took a few preliminary shots with the digital camera just to check the macro facility would cope with how small the subject matter was and then blew them up to see the results and that was without undercoat Flash Very little most of this was on the bottoms of the bases any that was upon the figures was very easily removed mould lines I couldn t see any Painting Now this was a real test for me as I ve never painted anything this small before and I wasn t sure as to how to start what technique to use or what so after a quick chat via email to John I went to the Baccus website www baccus6mm com where upon I came across their section on how to paint these miniatures Once I d built up the courage I took a deep breath and began I found the technique against the grain some what so I tried painting the figures both ways mine and theirs both worked but I must admit after 26 years of learning to paint a figure you do get set in your ways So I found the style quite strange but it is effective It is I assure all you 25mm guys out their that they are easier to paint than you think give them a whirl with a bit of practice you ll be surprised I don t think I did too badly although it did take a few attempts to get to the standard you see in the pictures and I suppose with more

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    The figures are to the larger end of the 28mm market being larger than Foundry but much smaller than HLBS s giant 1 48th figures These figures might be a little larger than West Wind or Baker Company who also do Vietnam ranges On the plus side I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the figures The sculpts are crisp and detailed and appear to be accurate in terms of depicting the weaponry and equipment of the time I bought the first two packs to start with each containing six figures and this gave me command NCO s and troopers Interestingly these packs did not contain one badly sculpted or unrealistically posed figure and were a joy to paint I also bought an M113 troop carrier APC and I must say that this was a really pleasant surprise The model comprises a resin hull with metal add on parts like tracks hatches and MG The interior detail is superb and you have the option of leaving the rear door open in order to place figures in there The kit also comes with two half crew figures and FoA also does US infantry to place on top of the vehicle

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/Jan04/FOAreview.htm (2016-02-16)
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