In the interest of painting the minis you already own, I have returned to a project I haven’t touched since before anyone had heard of coronaviruses: 20mm Almoravids.
I don’t have a particular rules set in mind. Maybe Lion Rampart. I’ll work that bit out later.
The minis are that chewy plastic and some of the detail is a bit soft. But they are cheap, and look fine at arm’s length.
After washing the spru I gave them all a coat with thinned PVA which is taking the paint nicely. They are quite fun to paint. I’m even giving a bit of free hand a go on the shields. All rather wobbly, but you have to start somewhere.
A few more yet, plus some cavalry. And, I’m pretty sure there are some more boxes in the shed, which will make two complete armies. For what ever rule set I land on.
Sometimes you just need a hole to hide in. Ever since machine guns were a thing (and before, probably) infantry have dug trenches, foxholes and other earthwork defenses.
Adding the option for a few of these on the table will be very handy for many attacker-defender scenarios in Bolt Action, and likely other games.
Some armies even come with the option of always being able to deploy with trenches or other defenses. Both the Italians (which I don’t have, yet) and the German/Hungarian Budapest Pocket Defenders have this option.
I kept painting simple with a few layers of dry-brushing with a limited palette. Detail is minimal, which made painting fast and means they will work on any battlefield from the US Civil War and into the Grim Dark Future. Which is fine with me.
These models are all resin from Anyscale Models. They are worth checking out, especially for vehicles you might find hard to find elsewhere.
I’m not sure about you, but I love to buy random kits and 15mm scratches this itch nicely, since you can often pick up a model for less than $20. Usually with only a few parts and quick to paint I find they can be a pleasurable thing to do between larger projects.
And that is why I now have a Matador truck from Zvezda. I’ve done it in desert colours because all of my other British in 15mm are themed around North Africa and there is a remote chance it will be used one day.
In the meantime, it means one more mini in this world is painted. And for today, that is enough.
The creators of Konflikt 47, Clockwork Goblin, have released a selection of their weird war designs in 15mm resin. I posted my tesla turrets late last year. And now it is time for the German walkers.
I picked up a Thor heavy panzermech. They are a beast. A king tiger on legs.
And a zug of light walker, panzer spinne.
I have one of these in my 28mm Turkish army. While I’m unlikely to get more in the larger scale, I can see these four in a supporting role for the Thor similar to the Panzer III accompanied early production Tigers.
I used a paint scheme inspired by Normandy in 1944, which will match a much older 15mm German force that I have.
The models are great. Crisp, clean molding and good fun to paint. I suspect that Clockwork Goblin will add to their range over coming months. And that could prove to be very tempting.
Thinking about a different project – a topic for another day – I was looking in one of the older Bolt Action campaign books, Ostfront: Barbarossa to Berlin. In the pages I found another take on the Belski Brothers.
The Warlord Games version is for a partisan squad. The key twist is gaining the fanatic rule when opposed by SS units. Officially for the Soviet lists, I see no reason why these squads could not be included in a partisan force. Combined with my special character rules for the Belski brothers it could make a fun eastern front themed Partisan force.
So, there you go. Read those books, you never know what you might find.