It’s Easter weekend and I’ve just been finishing off a couple of models before heading out for a nice lunch.
These are the first 15mm scale models I’ve painted for use with my 12mm scale Heavy Gear stuff and I’m very pleased with how they came out. I bought them from Brigade’s wonderful Neo Soviet line a while ago, not completely sure what I’d do with them but with a rough idea to add a Jotunheim force to Heavy Gear. Jotunheim is a lost colony planet we know very little about other than that it was purchased by a collection of private individuals rather than an organisation or nation, and that despite looking on the surface like a fairly primitive herding society, it had a high-tech military which crushed the first attempt by the Colonial Expeditionary Force to ‘retake’ it for Earth.
I decided that I’d take aesthetic inspiration from soviet bloc style armed forces, but that the political culture of Jotunheim would be socialism and they would become involved in the CEF’s war with Terra Nova to fight the fascist Earthers but also eventually overthrow the various awful Terra Novan governments.
Oh I didn’t see you there. You’ve caught me writing a blog addressed directly to you, opening it with a traditional ironic youtuber opening.
This week I’ve painted my first Iguana, something I took aaaages to get around to doing considering the Iguana, Jager, Black Mamba, and Spitting Cobra are the four iconic gears of the Southern military.
I’m very happy I’ve now painted at least one of each and it’s interesting to see how my style has changed over the years I’ve been painting minis (how long is it now,.. four years?)
I promised another HGB player I’d stick up a picture of my ESE force so far, a mixture of minis I’ve painted and minis I bought second hand already painted in this scheme and rebased/altered/touched up.
I think they look quite nice.
Back row is a Longfang Black Adder, Spitting Cobra, Black Mamba.
Front row is a Blitz Jager, Jager, Stripped Down Striking Jager, Anolis Refit, and Dartjager.
In the Brigand ruleset I’m not sure how I’d field them. Probably like this if I had to (the force is under construction and I haven’t given much thought to the finish composition):
Primary Unit SK – Blitz Jager, Dartjager, Jager
Support Unit GP – Stripped Down Jager
Primary Unit FS – Spitting Cobra, Black Mamba, Longfang Black Adder
Support Unit RC – Anolis Refit
It’s nice that in Brigand it’s almost always possible to cobble together a valid list from a handful of models : ]
I’ve been continuing with my good habit of doing 15-30 mins of painting almost every evening at a specific time, as I chat with a friend before she goes to sleep.
This has resulted in a slow, relaxed process of painting minis that I’d previously primed and had been intending to paint for ages.
The latest of these is another Fer De Lance (my third) for my SRA Honour Guard in their purple, grey, and white scheme. He’s magnetised so I can deploy him as the stock, Slashing, or Force variant as I wish. He’s set up as the Slashing variant (with the powerful Medium Anti Tank Missile) here:
Read on to see the other variants and a group shot of my Honour Guard.
I’ve recently been trying to stick to a habit of painting for at least 15 minutes every evening at about nine twenty. Having this time when I know I’ll be doing some painting while talking to a friend over Skype who encourages me has allowed me to get quite a few models painted up over the past few months. By far the slowest progress of these was on this model, the all metal Mammoth Strider for Heavy Gear Blitz. This is partly because it’s larger than most models I paint, but partly because it’s such a heavy miniature (it’s completely solid pewter) that I found handling it quite tricky and I was often rubbing paint off by accident.
Anyway I’m very glad it’s done and while it’s painted to a slightly lower standard than some of my models, I’m happy with how it turned out.