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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

I have been playing around with my airbrush and have now finished my Chi Ha and both my Type 92 tankettes.  I tried the old 'mask' with blu tack on one of the tankettes but it didn't really come out how I would have liked.  I then went back to simple green basecoat for the Chi Ha and weathered it accordingly with my new oil washes and pigments.  For a very quick job I am really pleased how it came out.  It looks nicely rusty and dirty like it has been through the jungle for ages.  I liked it so much I redid my other Type 97 Shinoto Chi Ha in the same scheme as well as a Type 92 Tankette.  You can see all of them in the photos below.  In the background are my Type 94 Tankette, my Ho Ni II and the other Type 92.  The Ho Ni is next on the respray list so everything ties together.  I will probably leave the Type 92 as it is as it has had enough layers of paint on it already.

Just waiting for my Japanese decals from Warlord now!!!  May have to add some crews at some point as well to break things up a little.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Ok, so its been a while, I have been really insanely busy revising for my on going Chartered Accountancy exams but once they are out of the way in May hope to get some more IJA finished off.  A few hobby things have happened since we were last here and I thought I would break them down a bit....

Warlord have finally released the long awaited Ho-Ro Type 4 Assault Gun, still haven't got round to buying one yet but will next month when I am caught up a bit.

They have also released Baron Nishi on horseback which is a nice little mini that I will probably use as an objective marker as well as a Forward Observer team which will prove useful.  They have released some new heads and other bits to allow you to field SNLF troops which is a nice touch, just need some SNLF Paratroopers now and we are laughing!

Company B have done a Ki-Mi Amphibious tank which is AWESOME, really want one but again going to have to wait till the small pile of lead I have currently diminishes.

My Type 92 Tankettes arrived from - check them out the quality is outstanding for 3d printed stuff.  One is currently getting a lick of paint along with my Chi Ha and I am finally trying to learn how to paint vehicles correctly, mainly as I now have an airbrush which should speed all my painting up considerably.

Finally, I have dipped my toes into writing my own list for the Spanish Civil War for Bolt Action which can be found here:

Still work in progress.  There will be miniatures coming to match it but as I have so many IJA and a US Para Army to finish it may be some time before we see any Milicanos (well till Partizan anyway!)