Tuesday, 27 February 2018

From: MartinC - A tale of a massive 1970s Martial Artist and a New Army (280 points)

So I'm currently on strike along with most of the academics in UK over plans to bugger up our pension, 2 days in and another 12 to go. It's my 1st ever strike in 51 years. So it's either freezing on a picket line or painting toy soldiers. 12 more planned strike days so I hope it ends soon or 2 things will happen; I will run out of paint and the Bank Manager will own my house.
So painting it is for now. First up the dregs of my ACW 28mm collection. I was 6 Confederates and 10 Union figures short of full regiments. I had some dodgy figures I could use

These are so 1970's No idea who made them 

The Union guys - bought more recently but horrible to paint

These are my 2 armies - all painted during challenges.

Next up the massive samurai. KyleC sent me a freebie with my last order from Mr Lee and it's a cracker. This 1970s martial artist is 80mm high and the biggest scale I've every painted. Its a brilliant figure but daunting to paint. 

Still not great with faces

Finally I've caught the Flames of War bug. This is due to James the Mad Tin Hatter laying on some fabulous games at the club. As I write this we've just played the next battle in Operation pomegranate with will be on my blog (https://28mmheroes.blogspot.co.uk/) by now. So  what do I get. I'm not a massive tank fan but  I wanted something kick ass. So I bought a British Para Company and support from the Plastic Soldier Company. They arrived Thursday, the 1st strike day, and I've painted the para company. 

3 para platoons with command and PIAT

Close up

Commander, 2iC, 3 sniper sections and 3 light mortar sections plus a pathfinder with his homing beacon thingy which a made from a nail and picture handling wire.
More to follow

The strikers

16x28mm infantry = 80
77 standing 15mm figs = 154
26 prone 15mm figs - 26
80mm fig = 14 points - a guess based on scaling up

Total = 274 pts

Long live the revolution

Hoi there Martin, on strike? Well if that gives you the opportunity to get so much col stuff done in relatively little time, I would love to be sympathetic and go on strike too ;-) But seriously, it's shameful how politicians think they can mishandle the educational branch and get away with it, good on you for striking against it! This entry of yours is just downright marvellous. If the 28mm ACW chaps weren't cool enough the big *ss  martial artist surely is ánd you've started an entirely new project as well! Let's focus on that 80mm figure for a minute okay? Not only is it one big, not to say HUGE figure, you've also done it up a treat at that. The pattern of the clothing and the skintones are just brilliant. I don't care what the Snowlord says, I am going to award you 20 points for it! This gives you a rather round 280 points tonight. I can't wait to see what you come up with next week!


  1. Martin - great work on all of these. I love the patterns on the trousers of the "Samurai" :)
    I'm not in USS myself [I'm in the London universities' support staff scheme], but appreciate the reasons for the strike. And in London at least, UCU have brought their traditional strike weather - bitterly cold and wet from snow!

    Sander - this time it's not the politicians buggering things up, just the wannabe/failed politicians in charge of the UK universities [admittedly the issues with the pension scheme in question are a bit more complex and there are some historic issues where the employee side might have some culpability too] :(

    1. thanks for clearing that up Tamsin, I have found the Dutch and UK systems to differ quite a lot and so translating between them can lead to misunderstandings.

    2. Tamsin, it is complicated but basically they had a 17 year plan and want to abandon it after 3. the VCs (those who run Universities) are trying to impose an unnecessary plan. Our VC has come out in favour of the strike and even the government have told the VCs to get back to negotiating without preconditions.

    3. Sander thanks for the comments and points

  2. Great post with a huge range of figures got to say I love the samurai very very cool indeed

  3. Nice samurai, lovely paras and there's nothing wrong with your ACW additions ,good luck out in the cold!
    Best Iain

  4. Oh man, that super tall figure must have been a challenge...the larger the figure, the more details I feel like I "should" paint, which is an endless chasm...I have never attempted a large scale figure like that. Bravo!

    1. my biggest figure ever. Tried to keep it simple

  5. Best of luck with your labour dispute. I've not had to go on strike but have been involved with some Union committees. Great and carried output, love the trousers on the Samurai dude.

  6. Very nice bit of work here, Martin, well done!


  7. Very productive. Great stuff all round. cheers

  8. These are super, Martin! Well done on all the ACW figures - painting those is really a case of 'head down and press on chaps', and they've turned out really well. And great work on the 1970s martial artist (love the pants!) and the FoW British paras.

    And good luck with the strike - very stressful and not great to be in the middle of such things - but here's hoping good sense prevails and you get back to the day job soon with everything sorted out.

  9. Cheers mate, the ACW were a pain but love the others. Strike looks promising at moment

  10. Excellent work Martin! I love that samurai - well done.

    No Pasaran!

  11. cheers mate, indeed Gandalf was right "They shall not pass"

  12. It’s Afro Samurai! A wonderfully eclectic entry.