Wednesday, 16 March 2016

From KyleC - Canadian Troops incoming... (55 Points)

Or something to that effect..



I have been uber busy with regards to the current move of house.. which has meant that the house and studio have been in a state of major flux. And the Mrs has been hesitant to let me back into the Studio without getting some of the rest of the house sorted (albeit slowly).. So painting time has been a bit hit/miss at the moment.. but I did get a few pieces made up.

Trying to start yet another Bolt Action force ( am addicted to this game! ) and wanted to attempt a force a bit closer to home. So am trying to paint up some Canadian forces in Sicily by using the British ruleset. Basically it will be British troop models, but I will attempt to do Canadian markings, and maybe some closer to their color scheme or style? Or at least pretend like I am trying!

First up was the an HQ choice.. being the Lieutenant and his subordinate carrying a radio.. Was a trial of the colors for the rest of the army.. but am not fully sold on it as yet..

Then I tried a small diorama for my Free Observer.. I really wanted to have a motorbike within the force even though the rules do not accommodate for them. So this mini diorama allowed me to fit one in even if it is just for visual effects.







I still need to do squad markings on them, and maybe add some pigments to the base to dust it up some more.. but I do like the coloring, and will continue along this line for the rest.

And I even have the first 5 infantry models painted up, including some badge markings ( to which I need to go back and do the same to the HQ units ).






Going with the 1st Canadian Division here. Checking online ( and my google fu seems to be weak here ) but the 1st division had just a red block, with the brown maple leaf in the middle. Mine is more of a squiggly dot. And then chevrons below that to indicate number of years they have been in service. 1 chevron for 3-5, 2 for more.. and 3 for a lot more.. sorry. I can't find the page again, but in the end I took it as NCOs would have 2, infantry would have 1, and the HQ units would have between 2 and 3 depending on what they are.

First game to come with them soon.. so that will be interesting to write up about and see how they do. Considering that I am painting more Veterans within this force than my others (IJA were all Iniexperience for me, and the USMC core were all regulars ).

Hopefully some more painting to come, but nothing major in the pipeline before this contest ends... Not sure on how many points this brings either..


Oh wow, these are just gorgeous Kyle! I love the bleached-out look of their uniforms and your groundwork is superb. I especially like your observer stand with the escarpment and motorbike - brilliant. Your work on their insignia is spot on; clear and eye-catching. I've done Canadians in their winter gear for Ortona but now, when I see these, I want to do a set for Sicily as well. Curse you!! ;) 
I've added a few extra points for the hand painted insignia and the groundwork on the observer stand. Well done! 

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    1. Cheers Martin, am happy with how he came together.

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  2. Great work Kyle, especially on those Perry plastics. I also enjoy seeing entries that torture Curt into further period expansion and collection escalation...

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    1. Cheers for that Greg. Always a highlight to push the sponsor to new projects ;) And to be fair, the perry plastics are really good. Small ( true 28 scale ) but full of details.

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  3. Lovely minis and especially the basing is great!

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    1. Thanks mate.. been humming and hahing about how to do it for a while now.. glad it worked out..

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  4. Here are excellent. I'm itching for some of these Desert Rats.

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    1. They are really nice models. Though some of the combined arms are a bit off for fitting. So lots of greenstuff in the gaps there to make them fit.

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  5. These are brilliant, Kyle, the basing and the shading of the cloth are just amazing. And the officer is a great leader fig!

    Well done!

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    1. Thanks Evan. The HQ unit is actually swapped around from what they are supposed to be like.. but I have 3 more sets to play with so.. can fix them eventually...

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  6. Cracking stuff Kyle. That vignette with the rocks and and motorbike is superb!

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    1. Thanks Michael.. was really happy that I could incorporate the motorbike.. will do another such scene at some point I hope for another set of models.. maybe a different HQ unit?

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  7. You can almost feel the heat and smell the sweat! They have a real desert feel to them. Great work on these.

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    1. Thanks Clint.. am hoping to get some pigments on them as well to help push that feeling a bit further.. just hope not to mess up everything with them by doing so!

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  8. Lovely stuff - that observer vignette is a triumph!

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    1. Cheers Jamie.. am really happy that so many people like it.. and it really makes an impact on the field as well!

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  9. Cracking work, especially the observer!

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    1. Thanks Barks.. need to make more of them!

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  10. Cheers for the comments everyone, and Curt. Glad you like the models, and hopefully I can get in a few more before the end of the contest here.. having a lot of fun painting up these guys and trying to make them a bit more individual as well.. Will be a nice army when it is all finished up!

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  11. Really really impressed with these. The basing and the observer diorama and just wonderful.

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  12. Absolutely stunning! The scenics on the bases and the great paintjob really works brilliantly on these!

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  13. The sun faded uniforms are really good and the insignia is outstanding! My fav is the FO and motorbike, really nice piece!

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