Tuesday, 16 July 2013

NBC team, more mercenaries and a preview

mercenaries, love 'em or hate 'em their part and parcel of modern warfare. The two new mercenaries for today are an old Brit who is rather tall and an American with some rather odd camouflage. But not all of Oronegro's warriors are hired nor are all of them from overseas, some are local and lethal! Also up on the list today are some soldiers from a rather radioactive regiment. Generic NBC, similar is paint job to the Black Angels but with a white dry brush instead of a grey one (yes I was thinking of adding them to the black angels but I changed my mind half way through). so let me show you this unit first.
first photo, no flash, the guy on the far right is either there to de-activate a device or for removing the contaminant
 Well their not that great, 3 poses are unaltered strait from the Caesar Special forces set (old one) and 2 are my own conversions, both head swaps. I took 2 photographs, one with flash one without, mainly because some of the colours in the first were rather odd and seemed more vivid than in real life, due to low light probably.
the main roll of these troops will be to clear contaminated areas of enemies, dangerous material or other things that are found in such places. They could also be used for an elite rebel unit that is trying to emulate the Black Angels, though their is little chance they will be even near a match for one of the worlds best special forces units!
flash photo, less detail but the colours are closer to normal now.

Now for the Mercenaries! the Brit, in the beret, has managed to get hold of a complete though dated issue of arms and camouflage, probably from an abandoned depot, the American on the other hand has got a helmet and some pants that are distinctly modern while he also has some older chocolate chip gear. Though the two are not perhaps the most impressive or most organised soldiers on the battle field they are ready to fight, either for a cause or for some cash.
a bit of experimenting with the camouflage patterns here, both are wearing gloves, I normally forget to add gloves but it is more realistic

the low light, and the lack of flash means the camera takes longer to make photographs, which leads to blurry images as I do not seem to have the steadiest hands around

And now for the preview!
its the Lynx, which was either made in Poland or the USSR. the construction is complete, not without problems though (the 3 windows seen in the photo  fell into the cabin once it was stuck together and only with shaking and luck did they fall back into place where I glued them again).
as you can see, painting still needs to be done, I painted the body grey before construction to make it easier at the end but some things will need to be done. The front wheel is way too short and the side ones are not equal lengths (partially my fault, partially because the parts don't fit together well) so it does not sit evenly, but I am happy so far. I am a little suspicious that it is not 1/72 but having not seen a 1/72 scale lynx or the real thing, my comparisons with an NH-90 kit might not be the best (the NH-90 naval kit by Revel to be precise... still to be built)
this will be used by the Oronegrean marine corps
Well their you have it! hope you are all good. I have been a little low recently which is why I have not been on-line recently but now it the holidays oh wait perhaps I should put it like this...

It's the Holidays which means I have 2 weeks off :-) so lots of time to work on some models.

Now onto the formalities:
Hello to BiloRay from blodger corner and Kir's Miniatures welcome to this site!
Welcome to tsold2100 from somewhere? sorry once more I am having problems locating where people are from.

Welcome both of you to this site! Now in other news I have completed a map of Oronegro, the WHOLE THING! now I cannot expand any more, which is a good thing. That will be coming online shortly, I have also made most of the map for the colony, which will soon be online also, and then story work for that region can be done.

Well we're a few days into this holiday but its good that I can get some R&R. Hope your all well and that I haven't missed out to much of what you've posted on your blogs while I've been away.


  1. Black is a swine of a colour to paint,
    Cold Highlight (a cold black) use White
    Warm Highlight (a "warm" black) use pink
    A middle highlight.. use Brown.
    Best way to take pics...black Background (light absorbent, no reflections)..natural light from behind and slightly above, take pic with subject in centre of Frame and just on the Limit of the Focus (so that it´s clear but don´t try to take Close ups, if you´ve got a macro Setting then use that and just on the Limit of it´s Focus..ie, the red light blinks) then take photo and zoom the Image .
    Have fun on Holiday :-D

  2. Very nice figs and the heli is cool. I too have problems with flash/lights in general while taking photos. A long practice session will do, I'll start it today.

  3. I like what you've done and who doesn't like a helicopter, pictures are a nightmare for me too Gowan, I've started experimenting with a white background, have a good holiday!

  4. Nice work Gowan. The lynx doesn't look too bad mate. Paint the frames for the cockpit and it will improve it to no end.

    Torpedoes are cool!

    1. thanks Paul will get onto that today, with any luck it should be done tonight.

  5. Figures are nice Gowan and I love that chopper! For picture taking-go to Corvus Miniatures blog. He has backgrounds posted that are designed to take pics of mini's. Just download the ones you like and print them onto a piece of paper http://corvusminiatures.blogspot.com/2010/04/cloud-backdrops-for-your-miniature.html

    Put the paper on a deck with a book behind it. Place the paper so that it curves up from the desk and rests on the book-DO NOT CREASE THE PAPER. Place your mini so that the white spot is behind it. Light the figures using three light sources. Use desk lamps. One from directly above. One coming from the left. One coming from the right.

    1. thanks for the tips Anne. I'll try and use them, but right now I only have the magnifying lamps as my own one has decided to blow its bulb.

  6. Nice figures and chopper. The camo is looking good as well, I especially like the American's jacket: chocolate chip, correct?
    Have a good holiday!

    1. thanks Ben.
      yes it is the chocolate chip pattern though not the exact one used by the USA, different tone and less chips.

  7. Nice work on the figures and the "mixer" Gowan! :-D

    Good tips also on taking pictures in the comments!


  8. Nice work! - The figures look cool and the helicopter is an excellent addition to your air fleet!