Saturday, 18 February 2012

First platoon painted.

The first platoon for the new model army is now fully painted and waiting for the next step:

The next stage in the process will be to apply a coat of gloss varnish. That will provide a protective coating and will make applying decals easier, helping them to blend in better. I will varnish these before I start the vehicles so that I get the boring bit out of the way and have a 'prize' when I am finished (vehicles to sort out).

Speaking of decals, I am still waiting for most of them to arrive so I will continue to paint the troops and vehicles until I am in a position to add markings.

I have been looking through my boxes of miniatures and have found a bunch of snipers that would make a cracking recon platoon. I was thinking that I would have 4 sections (a command section and three troop sections) with each one having four troops in it. I haven't decided on vehicles yet but am veering towards the Old Crow GECKO PICK-UP with some seating and covers fitted to the rear. I am also planning on adding a bike to each of the sections and after a good search, I found these bikes and a few riders ready for a bit of conversion:

I think that the addition of a bit of stowage, comms equipment and an SMG would make these perfect out-riders for the recon sections. The bikes are from Eureka Miniatures 'Boilersuit Apes' range and the riders are   from Hasslefree's Grymn range and are GUSTAV without his rail-gun. Obviously, I have a lot of work to do on these but I think the end product will justify the effort.

The recon platoon will form part of a support company along side formations like heavy infantry and air assault units.


  1. Ooooh....Looking really good now mate!!!!

    You really do like conversions? That is one heck of a conversion job on those bikes and riders!!!

  2. It's odd that you have to look so far a field to find those bikes. And yeah, you've set yourself a lot of work - but you're like that.

  3. I got the four bikes from Salute a couple of years ago :).

    The conversions won't be too hard because I'll try to use components rather than sculpting everything... well... that's the plan, anyway :)

  4. Hello there,
    Just discovered your blog and I have to say that your material, concepts and conversions are very inspirational!

    keep up the good work!

  5. Really like the bikes a good idea.

  6. They are a little bit big...but with a bit of trimming and some clever camera angles, I'm sure that they will look OK in the end :).