Tuesday, 6 March 2018

From: EricM - The Potpourri Post (332 points)

The last week has been a real challenge to stay focused.  I have been all over the place painting a little of this and a little of that.

I tried to stay focused and finish off my WWII project.  I got a pretty good start working on the last of my Americans.  I painted 20 28mm Americans with winter equipment from Warlord Games.   I really liked the figures but the castings are a bit brittle and had excess flash.  When unpacking them I had three rifle barrels that were bent and covered in heavy casting residue.  I managed to break the barrels while cleaning and straightening them.   I know Warlord has fantastic customer service but running short on time I didn't want to wait for the replacement so I repaired the figures.

Here are the two squads of American infantry in winter gear.

I used  the snow texture paint from Games Workshop called Valhallan Blizzard. It was really easy to work with and looked pretty good as I got the hang of it.  I may go back and add a bit more of the texture at a later point.  My advice is put on more than you think you need it seems to shrink as it dries.  On the whole I think it gave a nice snowy look.

Here is the group together.

After finishing off the first group of WWII Americans I hit a bit of a block.   So I jumped back to a little side project I have been working on occasionally.  I painted a 24 figure unit of British infantry for the War of Spanish Succession.

The figures are all 28 mm Front Rank.  I think Front Rank make some of the nicest figures around.  The figures are a bit exaggerated which works well with my painting style. They are on the well fed side of 28mm so they don't always mix well with other manufactures.  The unit they are supposed to represent is the Welsh Fusiliers.   The flags are speculative as I was unable to find good documentation.

The last bit of painting I was able to complete was to finish out some troops needed for an upcoming game of General d Armee.   My  Austrian cavalry was under strength  so I added some Dragoons and Cuirassier.  All the figures are 15mm and from Battle Honors. 

Here are the two squadrons of Dragoons

And the two squadrons of Cuirassier

The full group

All total for the week (and change) I was able to paint 44-28mm infantry and 28-15mm cavalry

BANG! Eric drops a pointsbomb dear Challengers, great stuff Eric! Without trying to fall into clichés here: just every part of your entry is superbly executed. I really dig the GI's in wintergear, they just ooze Band of Brothers Battle of the Bulge atmosphere. The 15mm cavalry are brilliant in all their splendid colours and ranking up troops is always impressive. That said, I must admit to being particularly fond of those WSS Welshmen, that red just sparkles off the screen, I also concur tghat Front Rank figures are top notch so yeah love them! Pointswise the 44 28mm figures will net you 220 points and the 15mm cavalry is good for 112 points, therefore 332 points will be added tonight.


  1. Very productive! Kaboom! Great stuff. cheers

  2. Really nice winter GIs, nice dragoons and cuirassiers but I love the front rank WSS, they look brilliant!
    Best Iain

  3. Nice work Eric! That's a really nice varied selection of minis!

  4. That's really something, well done Eric!

  5. Great work Eric! I always like to tell others "focus is for the weak!" It may not be true, but I always feel better when I see other Challengers going all over the place with their submissions :)

    Great quality here, and I totally agree, Front Rank is top-shelf quality and fun to paint. Your excellent brushwork really helps them stand out to boot - well done!

  6. Great work Eric. The snow effect is great, but I love those Marlburlians best of all.

  7. Very well done! I especially like the Yanks. Wonderful looking bases too. Just the right amount of snow.

  8. Some lovely figures! Those broken rifles would be frustrating.