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I finished up two more stands of fantasy Vikings for more portable 1/72 scale campaign set up. These are intended as “Blades” for Hordes of the Things, so I grouped all the two-handed axes I could get out of a box each of Zvezda and Orion Vikings and possible Revell Saxons. This puts me up to twelve bases for the ‘army’, with three to go, so I’ve got enough to swap the order of battle around a little bit between games.
There are times that I wish I could concentrate on one project at a time, but my muse apparently doesn't work that way. In preparation for Huzzah last weekend, I finished two stands of 1/72 scale plastic Vikings from a mix of manufacturers. I have been painting these guys fairly carefully, basically one at a time. This is partly for my own amusement, since you can't see some of what I'm doing with them under actual game conditions, partly as a thought experiment about future downsizing of my hobby space, and partly, of course, to be trying to get an army on the table for my planned solo war-games campaign. The bases are 6cm by 4cm.
My older son (now 27...) has been up to visit twice in the past month or so. Because of the portability we found ourselves playing an old favorite, Hordes of the Things, using 1/72 scale plastic armies assembled from an eclectic variety of sources. In my usual scattered way, my muse led me to pull out a delayed project, a Hordes expansion army of fantasy-ed Viking barbarians. My troops, if they are ever completed, will be assembled from a mix of Revell, Orion, and Zvezda figures, mixed within the units. These two are Zvezda. I'll go back and collect pictures of the rest of the finished figures later...
djizomdjinn posted a topic in Works In ProgressSome of you may remember this. Well, basically, I'd painted it, weathered it, everything finished... and then I said I'd sculpt crew for it. Well, that's taking too long to get acceptable results, so I ended up buying two 1/35 figurine kits. Now, the one hugely annoying thing about scale modelling is for some reason it is basically impossible to find female combat troops. There's the occasional orderly, nurse, the not-so-occasional pinup, and strangely enough there's a lot of "the one woman in the kit getting hit on by all the men in the kit." Which basically boiled down to, "if you want it, you have to make it." Or at least do some major modifications. So, the base models in this kit are ICM's Soviet Servicewomen 1939-1942, which is three women in uniform screwing around except one is getting yelled at by a male officer, and Zvezda's Soviet Medical Personnel, which has one female medic cradling a dying soldier's head. Not the best starting material, but that's what creativity is for. Two of the ICM models and the Zvezda medic. With some breaking of wrists and Tamiya's weapon kit, I've changed one from holding a tea kettle to a rifle, and the medic from cradling a head to holding her rifle sling. The diary writer is essentially the same, just with added kit and cradling a submachine gun. An unimpressed military servicewoman getting yelled at, with a simple arm flip and a flare pistol glued into her hands, becomes a tank commander. I may add headphones, we'll see. You may have noticed that I only named four figurines, so where does this fifth one come from? The answer is an unholy kitbash of the ICM (male) officer's torso and cap, two of the Zvezda male casualties' arms, the medical satchel from the Zvezda nurse, the head from one of the Masterbox pinups I'd gotten a while back, and the legs and skirt unused from the tank commander. With a few accoutrements, she looks the part of a young courier or runner.