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Preening Dandies (Final Edition)

Preening Dandies (Final Edition)

After well over a year of entries, we’re wrapping up the Preening Dandies series. It started as a way of getting us to paint our stuff, a role it fulfilled admirably. However, it’s been supplanted by the painting and modelling section on the forum and it’s time to hold the metaphorical pillow over its face and shush it to its eternal rest. It’s lost, gained, lost and gained hosts, its posting date has slipped further and further but we’re finishing strong with nine entries across six systems.

Terminator Squad (Warhammer 40,000)


We start with AlCorp’s Terminators. The bone effect is nicely done with clear differentiation between whitish fabric and whitish armour. More amusing, the entire squad can clearly be identified as that of a player rather than a painter. The blue fists, while they add a splash of colour, are clearly very prominent squad markings. Other giveaways are the three colour minimum scheme and the fact that he didn’t notice that two of the weapons are unpainted.

Old Guard Grenadier Command (Historicals)

Craftfeld was a late arrival to the format but a methodical contributor since. This are a Napoleonic era French command stand. Since I’m not doing the research and knowing his tendencies, I’m going to assume a good level of historical accuracy. The best feature of these pieces is the blue cloth. If you look at the unit as a whole, you can see some quality highlighting work. The trousers on the eagle bearer and the officer’s cloak are fine examples.

US Rifle Infantry platoon (Flames of War)

These would be Newbreed’s work. The signature sloppy paint scheme, heavy use of Devlan Mud and presence of a man with a dog are all the clues you need. However, looking closely, two of those teams are actually not his work. Shame on him/me.

Necron Fleet (Battlefleet Gothic)

I’m going to be brief, this picture does not do Void Dragon’s work justice, you must immediately go read his painting log to get larger and better pictures. It also details the work involved in making something look quite so pretty.

German Grenadier HQ & Infantry platoon (Flames of War)

We have another staple of the forum here, Nosediver sends in some Germans. I like what I always like, his attention to detail. The ultra-realistic looking camo effect on some of the helmets and tunics might look normal to the more accomplished 28mm painters out there but to replicate it in 15mm is impressive.

German Half-Track (Flames of War)

We see Frogdog beginning to develop his style. The airbrushing has given him a solid paint job and he’s begun showing more ambition in the modelling sphere and added a lot of stowage to this Plastic Soldier Company model.

Dwarves (Warhammer Fantasy)

Easycompany joins us at the last minute with a Dwarf regiment. It’s a nice, classic scheme for some old-school models. The Dwarf models tend to remind war-gamers of the good old days of White Dwarf. So, that’s nice.

German Panzergrenadier Lehr Platoon (Flames of War)

Is it not pretty? Frustrated florist Herrireland lets his creative side run free and produces this nice mechanized infantry unit. As ever, your attention should be directed to the quality of the basing and you should marvel at his endless supply of multi-coloured flowers.

Bastion Seneschal (Warmachine)

And we finish the series with the “participant most likely to be a painting robot” Lowry. He’s got something lovely here. The brass effect on the shoulder pads, the crisp finish on the model and overall colour balance are great but, frustratingly, I think the blurry halberd blade might have been the best part. The blue-green effect on the sigils and flame effect along the blade’s edge seem worthy of a second glance.

So, he’s clearly the most preening dandy of them all. We will not be taking entries for the next post, obviously, but I do encourage our contributors who want to share their work with an Irish audience to pop into the forum and make themselves known. Thanks for all your entries to date and hopefully, we’ll run across some of the entries again on tables throughout Ireland. We’ll finish with the final standings.
Preening Dandies
Player Score
Lowry 15
Newbreed 14
Nosediver 9
Quozl 7
Craftfeld 7
Frogdog 7
Trget 5
Welshman 5
Sycopat 4
Floody 3
Void Dragon 3
Alcorps 3
The Big BZ 2
Bristolscale7 2
HerrIreland 2
Jiggy 1
Maynard 1
Crazy Aido 1
Easycompany 1

Preening Dandies (May 2013 Edition)

Preening Dandies (May 2013 Edition)
 Following on from this contributor’s first Preening Dandies/War Altar blog post last month, we’ve seen a dramatic decrease in the number of entries for May. That makes this banana sad. Anyway, let’s get cracking with the entries………

Grenadier Machine Gun Platoon (Flames of War)

First up this month is Floody, our resident barbed wire expert – used for keeping the peasants off his land and the pheasants on his land. There appears to be a bit of a high-sheen gloss on these MG42 gunners, but the barbed wire is a nice touch. Floody, the man with the “nice touch”.

Space Marine Strike Cruiser Squadron with Thunderhawks Squadrons


(Battlefleet Gothic)

Void Dragon presents more of his BFG work to us, this time Grey Knights. As usual, an awful lot of detailing has gone into these – I really like the blue wash gone onto these – good work! For more of Void Dragon’s work, check out his painting log, here.

Pioneer Platoon (Flames of War)

My (Frogdog) entry this month is something that I managed to paint during my 6:30am starts, and actually something I’m quite pleased with. I actually put a bit of time into ensuring the infantry are that bit neater, and carefully applied the wash at the end and it made a huge difference. Progress and improvement – I love it!

AWS 8Q Awesome (Battletech)
  


Lowry sends us in some non-Warmachine stuff for a change – a robot-type thingy with armour that resembles Thing from the Fantastic Four. I can only imagine that painting the plates of armour, making sure not to go into the recesses, must have been painstaking work. Well done that man!

Wirbelwinds (Flames of War)

Continuing on with the “better late than never” theme, Nosediver shows us what can be done with an airbrush and decals. As always, he pays close attention to the details which you can just make out on the hulls of these Anti-Aircraft/Infantry vehicles. Excellent, as always!

Romano-British Division (Hail Caesar)

And finally, to Newbreed’s entry- a large regiment of medium infantry with heavy cavalry support. Four of the units are newly painted, one cavalry and infantry stand were done previously, according to him. Is that allowed as an entry into Preening Dandies? I’ll let you, the reader, decide.

That’s it for another edition of Preening Dandies where we see a total of six entries from four different game systems. Scoreboard updated below:

Preening Dandies
Player Score
Lowry 14
Newbreed 13
Nosediver 8
Quozl 7
Craftfeld 6
Frogdog 6
Trget 5
Welshman 5
Sycopat 4
Floody 3
Bristolscale7 2
Alcorps 2
The Big BZ 2
Void Dragon 2
HerrIreland 1
Jiggy 1
Maynard 1
Crazy Aido 1

We’ll be doing another roundup in July so get your works into prd@onthestep.net before the end of June. As ever, our local tech adept states that photos above 5MB in size tend to bounce back so keep your entries below that size.

Rules Refresher
1) Each participant may only send in one entry for a given month. You can send in multiple photos of the entry but only one will be used.
2) The entry can be a single model or single unit. The smaller the unit, the more detail in the photo so aim low.
3) The model can be from any game system. If it’s particularly esoteric, we’d appreciate a covering note explaining what it is.
4) The entry must have been finished within that given month. You can’t submit completed pieces from your back catalogue.
5) If you want us to include a link back to more of your work, we’d be delighted to do that.

Preening Dandies – April 2013

A New Beginning – the Dawning of Man 
 A new year, a new contributor to the Preening Dandies posts on The War Altar. A big “thank you” to Newbreed for his tireless work over the last 12 months, however like Alex Ferguson, he’s decided to call it a day after all his moaning and harassment of everyone for so long.

Imperial Bastion (Warhammer 40,000)

So this month we see something quite unusual from BristolScale7 – a painted piece of terrain, posing on a lawn, during some sunshine! This Imperial Bastion is quite the work of art I’m sure you’ll agree – not only has he painted the door with some creosote-looking material, but he’s also managed to pick out the little imperial aquila with some whitewash while hanging from the battlements. That’s the kind of dedication we like to see here at Preening Dandies.

Grenadier Mortar Platoon (Flames of War)

Next, I (Frogdog) decide to make the most of the sunshine also and submit a German mortar platoon for Flames of War. Probably the quickest platoon I’ve ever completed, and boy does it show when I nearly cover the box the mortar rounds come in, in grass – attention to detail Froggy!

Space Marine Strike Cruiser (Battlefleet Gothic)

We have our first entry from our Prodigal Son, Void Dragon, who enters his Space Marine Strike Cruiser from Battlefleet Gothic. Note the Dark Angels colour scheme and highlighting, intended to match his Dark Angels models from the Dark Vengeance box set. The level of work and detail gone into this is quite frightening. For more of Void Dragon’s work, check out his painting log, here.


Irish Hearthguard (Saga)

A popular game within the Warheads at the moment sees some very well painted miniatures from Quozl for the historical skirmish system, Saga. Again, Quozl amazes us with the speed of his painting projects and his attention to detail and historical accuracy on his models – well done that man!

Devilfish (Warhammer 40,000)

Welshman sends us in a beautifully painted Tau Devilfish for Warhammer 40,000 with striking contrast between red and grey and a great camo-scheme. Will we see this in person on the tabletop soon? This contributor hopes so!

High Executioner Reznik (Warmachine)

Lowry sends us in High Executioner Servath Reznick for Warmachine. As usual, very clean lines, great contrast between the colours and a high standard as always from our ever-present Preening Dandy entrant.

Eldar Allies (Warhammer 40,000)

AlCorps submits quite the amount of work for one month – I count an Eldar Farseer and Warlock, as well as a ton of what I think are Imperial Guardsmen. Kudos for the amount of time and effort put into all of those.

Scout Platoon (Flames of War)

And last, but by no means least, a new contributor to Preening Dandies, herrireland, with his Kubelwagen MG Scout platoon, again for Flames of War. There’s great individuality between the bases here, particularly in the basing materials used with sand, gravel, flowers and various types of grass on display. HerrIreland also has his own painting log here.

That’s it for another edition of Preening Dandies where we see a total of eight entries from five different game systems, and after last month’s entries we see a clear leader emerging to take pole position on the leaderboard. Well done Lowry!

Preening Dandies
Player Score
Lowry 13
Newbreed 12
Nosediver 7
Quozl 7
Craftfeld 6
Frogdog 5
Trget 5
Welshman 5
Sycopat 4
Alcorps 2
Bristolscale7 2
Floody 2
The Big BZ 2
Crazy Aido 1
HerrIreland 1
Jiggy 1
Maynard 1
Void Dragon 1

We’ll be doing another roundup in June so get your works into prd@onthestep.net before the end of May. As ever, our local tech adept states that photos above 5MB in size tend to bounce back so keep your entries below that size.

Rules Refresher
1) Each participant may only send in one entry for a given month. You can send in multiple photos of the entry but only one will be used.
2) The entry can be a single model or single unit. The smaller the unit, the more detail in the photo so aim low.
3) The model can be from any game system. If it’s particularly esoteric, we’d appreciate a covering note explaining what it is.
4) The entry must have been finished within that given month. You can’t submit completed pieces from your back catalogue.
5) If you want us to include a link back to more of your work, we’d be delighted to do that.

Preening Dandies (March 2013 Edition)

We’ve just managed an entire year of Preening Dandies posts. We’ve got seven entries this month, spread over six game systems. I’d like to thank all those people who’ve contributed over the last year. In many cases, we’ve seen their styles evolve and I’ve found that they’ve encouraged me to try that little bit harder in own painting. So, thanks, chaps.

Deathmarks (Warhammer 40,000)

We’re slightly honoured (really, really slight) that Floody has deigned to send in a picture of a unit of Deathmark from his award-winning Necron army. He’s created a force that looks like it’s emerged from a sandstorm. The green crystals provide a splash of colour but accent the alien weirdness of the Necrons. They do remind me a little of the traditional Tomb Kings paint scheme.

Norse-Gaels (SAGA)

We’re not immune to gold nerd fever at On The Step. An off-hand comment has led to widespread adoption of a new game system. If you’re in the area and want to play some SAGA, do contact us. This three lads are generic warriors from the Norse Gael faction. I’m finally getting to use all my shades of brown and I’ve been inspired to make more of an effort with the basing after seeing some of last month’s entries.

Grand Scrutator Severius (Warmahordes)

Lowry continues to expand his Protectorate army. He’s risked the high contrast painting techniques on the robes and it’s worked like a charm. The rest of the model is painted with care in the standard colours. I notice that the edging on the stole (priestly scarf to you) ties it into the model as a whole and might have to steal it for my own Menites.

German Nebelwerfers (Flames of War)

This guy has started getting up at 6.45 am to paint his stuff. While we commend Frogdog’s dedication, he’s utterly mad. This is a unit of German artillery which we assume has seen some heavy action from the scorch marks on the rocket launchers. He’s gone with a dark camo pattern which I think is intended to let them serve as Hungarians when required.

Sdk Fz 222 (Battlegroup Kursk)

Quozl is the standard bearer for the other 15mm WW2 wargame currently getting some playtime. We’ve gotten so many German camo entries at this point that they’re starting to blend together in my mind. I will say, having seen his Irish warband in a partially painted stage, that he’s probably one of the most careful painters I’ve encountered. It comes across here in the evenness of the paintjob.

Ototo (Malifaux)

Craftfeld sent in this Malifaux entry. I was a little curious as to whether this was a conversion or whether the model actually sits off it’s own base. A quick search reveals that it does. I find the balance between the cool colours on the left of the picture and the warm colours on the right to be very appropriate for a faux-Oriental model. I am left with the sneaking suspicion that you’ll spend a lot of time standing it back up, though.

Daemon Prince (Warhammer 40,000)

This is the end result of months of labour on the part of Alcorps. Alternately, it’s the end results of leaving the model in its box for months before painting it in a fit of enthusiasm. It’s neat, it’s been washed with some care, the model is, objectively speaking, very nice. But when I look at the face mask, I can only see this guy.

 
Preening Dandies
Player Score
Lowry 12
Newbreed 12
Nosediver 7
Craftfeld 6
Quozl 6
Trget 5
Sycopat 4
Welshman 4
Frogdog 4
Floody 2
The Big BZ 2
Alcorps 1
Bristolscale7 1
Crazy Aido 1
Jiggy 1
Maynard 1

We’ll be doing another roundup in May so get your works into prd@onthestep.net before the end of April. As ever, our local tech adept states that photos above 5MB in size tend to bounce back so keep your entries below that size.

Rules Refresher
1) Each participant may only send in one entry for a given month. You can send in multiple photos of the entry but only one will be used.
2) The entry can be a single model or single unit. The smaller the unit, the more detail in the photo so aim low.
3) The model can be from any game system. If it’s particularly esoteric, we’d appreciate a covering note explaining what it is.
4) The entry must have been finished within that given month. You can’t submit completed pieces from your back catalogue.
5) If you want us to include a link back to more of your work, we’d be delighted to do that.

Preening Dandies (February 2013 Edition)

We’ve trudged through snow, ice, sleet and waves of nagging from Frogdog to bring you another batch of finished models. Gaze upon them disdainfully.

Paladins of the Wall (Warmachine)

There’s a lot to like here in Lowry’s entry. These are the stalwart good guys of the Warmachine setting and it shows in their oh-so-noble, pretentious poses. The white robes and rich reds all work well but it’s the little touches that make it. Only one is wearing their trademark flowing cape and the other has befriended the crow accessory from the Wracks set.

Romano-British Infantry (Hail Caesar)

My own contribution follows on last month’s entry. This is a small unit of Romano-British auxilary infantry. The colour scheme is unchanged but to reflect their scratch unit status, I’ve been painting a higher proportion of the models as old men, beardless boys and gingers. Soulless abominations.

Fallschirmjager Mortar Platoon (Flames of War)

Nosediver shows off two things, another completed platoon and his fancy new 4grounds buildings. There’s not a lot more to be said for his painting, it’s spot on. The Army Painter tufts continue to make his great work look even better. I think it’s in the nature of 15mm models to require good basing. You simply can’t just throw on some sand and assume that the paint job on the model will carry it.

Tiger (Flames of War)

Here’s an advertisment for airbrushing, check on the finish on this tank. Frogdog sends in a Tiger with what can only be described as very nicely blended camouflage. That quality is actually near-impossible to replicate with brushes and just makes a mockery of my efforts to produce something similar.

Gebirgsjager Squad (Flames of War)

Craftfeld sent in a few pictures this month, I went with this one to highlight the ultra-realistic basing. This just reinforces my earlier point that 15mm bases can be mini-vignettes and look their very best when people make good use of their basing materials. Craftfeld has been getting ever more ambitious in his use of household/garden materials of late and the tree is just spot-on.

 
Preening Dandies
Player Score
Lowry 11
Newbreed 11
Nosediver 7
Craftfeld 5
Quozl 5
Trget 5
Sycopat 4
Welshman 4
Frogdog 3
The Big BZ 2
Bristolscale7 1
Crazy Aido 1
Floody 1
Jiggy 1
Maynard 1

We’ll be doing another roundup in April so get your works into prd@onthestep.net before the end of March. As ever, our local tech adept states that photos above 5MB in size tend to bounce back so keep your entries below that size.

Rules Refresher
1) Each participant may only send in one entry for a given month. You can send in multiple photos of the entry but only one will be used.
2) The entry can be a single model or single unit. The smaller the unit, the more detail in the photo so aim low.
3) The model can be from any game system. If it’s particularly esoteric, we’d appreciate a covering note explaining what it is.
4) The entry must have been finished within that given month. You can’t submit completed pieces from your back catalogue.
5) If you want us to include a link back to more of your work, we’d be delighted to do that.

Preening Dandies (January Edition)

January turned out to be Flames of War month with half the entries coming from that system. Worryingly, they’re all Axis forces. The many and varied units of the Allied side don’t seem to interest our contributors, who I now suspect of spending their spare time marching around in jackboots.

Fallschirmjager HMG Platoon (Flames of War)
I had intended to submit this exact unit but Nosediver pipped me to it. He also stole my colour scheme and basing method. Some say that he developed them independently and before I did but we all know it was some kind of time-traveling shenanigans. As ever, the troopers are gorgeously painted with multiple forms of basing material been used for that authentic springtime in Germany look.

15mm Howitzer (Flames of War)
His name was once a byword for giant piles of unpainted metal but Frogdog has actually started mass-producing painted models. Despite our clear one model/unit policy, he’s decided to sneak two other units into his picture and they actually look good. The new style artillery base looks surprisingly appealing here and the gun has a nice scuffed effect along the barrel.

Oiran (Malifaux)
The model itself isn’t the focus here rather the basing effort. Everything you see from the banner poles, banner and base itself is Craftfeld’s own work. The overall look is a pirate/oriental court effect which I think ties in well with the model itself which seems to be a hooker ninja of some sort?

High Reclaimer (Warmachine)
Lowry sends in the High Reclaimer but also slightly cheats the system to show off one of his Wracks. The blades on his mace are exceptionally nice and the model as a whole looks fluff-perfect. The rust effect where the chains meet the rack and at the joints also look great in the photo. We also note the appearance of small rocks on his usually bare bases. Baby steps, eh.

StuH 42 Platoon (Flames of War)
We have a new entrant this month as Floody sends in a platoon of assault guns/tank hunters. We see the Ambush camouflage claiming another victim. It’s so so pretty but I imagine it’s soul destroying to paint. I’ve said a lot about this before so you can pore through the back catalogue for other examples. Some of these tanks seem to be the stubby StuH assault guns so I expect infantry lists are in for an unpleasant surprise at the next few tournaments.

Romano-British Cavalry (Dux Bellorum)
I present a tiny unit of Romano-British cavalry. Their friends are strewn around my workspace, blutacked to lollipop sticks, awaiting some attention. I’m actually quite pleased with my first attempt at horse-flesh. The key is using Devlan Mud to cover all sins, drown them in the stuff.
 
Preening Dandies
Player Score
Lowry 10
Newbreed 10
Nosediver 6
Quozl 5
Trget 5
Craftfeld 4
Sycopat 4
Welshman 4
Frogdog 2
The Big BZ 2
Bristolscale7 1
Crazy Aido 1
Floody 1
Jiggy 1
Maynard 1

We’ll be doing another roundup at the start of March so get your works into prd@onthestep.net before the end of February. As ever, our local tech adept states that photos above 5MB in size tend to bounce back so keep your entries below that size.

Rules Refresher
1) Each participant may only send in one entry for a given month. You can send in multiple photos of the entry but only one will be used.
2) The entry can be a single model or single unit. The smaller the unit, the more detail in the photo so aim low.
3) The model can be from any game system. If it’s particularly esoteric, we’d appreciate a covering note explaining what it is.
4) The entry must have been finished within that given month. You can’t submit completed pieces from your back catalogue.
5) If you want us to include a link back to more of your work, we’d be delighted to do that.

Preening Dandies (December Edition)

I tire of our regular diet of well-dressed toffs and went with some dour (but preening)  preachers this month. We’ve got an eclectic mix of systems with only one GW model and absolutely no 40k entries.

Kolony Militia (Tomorrow’s War)

Quozl breaks turns his attention from creepy armed bears to some Pig Iron miniatures. These are those brave defenders of home, hearth and socialism, the much maligned Kolony Militia. From his email, he seems intent on converting 40kers to the joys of Tomorrow’s War by creating a 28mm force to use against their existing collections. The yellow and red accent the industrial nature of the models and you can picture them fighting through a foundry. As ever, the lines on the model are incredibly crisp and consistent. He claims it’s a home brewed wash, I say witchcraft. Burn him now.

King Apophas (Warhammer Fantasy)

Check this guy. Craftfeld impresses us with a really nice tomb king. The model itself is quite nice with the image of an insectile swarm thing being adequately conveyed. The painting is excellent as the head piece looks fantastic. I must highlight that very appropriate glowing rune on the forehead as I’m always awed by anyone messing with lighting effects.

He’s also working on what appears to be a Shawn Morris-inspired board on his blog.

Epic Feora (Warmahordes)

The fire effect on the base is nice but it’s the glossy red and white armour that appeals to me. The entire model has a rich hue that really pops against the darker fire lapping at its feet. I think a brighter flame would actually have detracted from the look of the piece. Just quality, detailed work, really.

Fianna Warband (Hail Caesar)

My own contribution is a historical entry. These are 15mm Scots-Irish minis and the entire force makes up a single Hail Caesar warband unit. The elites to the fore have the brightly coloured clothes that mark them as men of rank, the laggards are common warriors in the traditional colours. The progress of the entire force is being detailed here.

 
Preening Dandies
Player Score
Lowry 9
Newbreed 9
Nosediver 5
Quozl 5
Trget 5
Sycopat 4
Welshman 4
Craftfeld 3
The Big BZ 2
Bristolscale7 1
Crazy Aido 1
Frogdog 1
Jiggy 1
Maynard 1

We’ll be doing another roundup at the start of February so get your works into prd@onthestep.net before the end of January. As ever, our local tech adept states that photos above 5MB in size tend to bounce back so keep your entries below that size.

Rules Refresher
1) Each participant may only send in one entry for a given month. You can send in multiple photos of the entry but only one will be used.
2) The entry can be a single model or single unit. The smaller the unit, the more detail in the photo so aim low.
3) The model can be from any game system. If it’s particularly esoteric, we’d appreciate a covering note explaining what it is.
4) The entry must have been finished within that given month. You can’t submit completed pieces from your back catalogue.
5) If you want us to include a link back to more of your work, we’d be delighted to do that.

Preening Dandies (November Edition)

We trudge further into winter and the nerds continue to gather around warm fires to drybrush, highlight and curse the darkness. The month has brought us a small but pretty selection of models.

Native Bears(Song of Fur and Buttons)

This unusual entry comes in from Quozl. The models may look strange but their origin story is even odder. They’re from the Song of Fur and Buttons. It’s a sort of parent/child wargame which has its own bedtime storybook and several associated scenarios. One of the heroes is (brillantly) known as Sir Uppity Paws. So, it’s all a mix of bizarre and cute. I’m sure someone will be along to accuse the maker of fostering imperialist views in the young of today.

Knight of Santiago (Infinity)

As reliable as the sunrise, Lowry sends in a Knight of Santiago from the the Pan-Oceania faction. This Infinity model shows the characteristic high level of detail that is becoming Corvus Belli’s trademark. It hard to describe their quality until you see one in the flesh. I believe that the faction symbol on the right shoulder is entirely freehand. It may be the gloss or that shade of green, but I’m seeing it all as vaguely aquatic in style.

Foot Artillery (Napoleanic Wars)

Craftfeld sends in another historical entry. This unit of foot artillery are Perry Miniatures and finished in what seems to be a French style. I’ll leave it to the experts to inform me whether it’s some variant British uniform. The base is of his own design and is made from a beermat and his love for terrain-building. I suspect that he’s using real-life materials here, especially in the case of the log towards the back of the base.

Fallschirmjager Artillery (Flames of War)

Nosediver often states that the key to 15mm painting is the proficient use of washes. We can see his philosophy at work here with the artillery pieces looking very very crisp. The old style FJ models seem to have a lot more character than their Heer counterparts and I’m curious as to whether the helmet style makes the figures look better. He’s also made better use of the Army Painter foliage than I’ve managed, with the flowers on the artillery bases looking very life-like.

Sd Kfz 251/1 C (Flames of War)

And finally, my own offering. Some hastily painted German halftracks which served in the infamous Battles of Maynooth. Their record wasn’t fantastic but they’re being reinforced, regardless. The camera has been rather kind to my colour scheme here and they’re looking pretty. The downside is that I’ve just noticed the missing rear MG on #222. Balls.

 
Preening Dandies
Player Score
Lowry 8
Newbreed 8
Nosediver 5
Trget 5
Quozl 4
Sycopat 4
Welshman 4
Craftfeld 2
The Big BZ 2
Bristolscale7 1
Crazy Aido 1
Frogdog 1
Jiggy 1
Maynard 1

We’ll be doing another roundup at the start of January so get your works into prd@onthestep.net before the end of December. As ever, our local tech adept states that photos above 5MB in size tend to bounce back so keep your entries below that size.

Rules Refresher
1) Each participant may only send in one entry for a given month. You can send in multiple photos of the entry but only one will be used.
2) The entry can be a single model or single unit. The smaller the unit, the more detail in the photo so aim low.
3) The model can be from any game system. If it’s particularly esoteric, we’d appreciate a covering note explaining what it is.
4) The entry must have been finished within that given month. You can’t submit completed pieces from your back catalogue.
5) If you want us to include a link back to more of your work, we’d be delighted to do that.

Preening Dandies: October Edition

It’s cold, damp and horrible. I hate November. To cheer us all up, let’s look at the mailbag.

French Infantry Colonel (Napoleonic Wargaming)
Craftfeld sends in his first entry ever, which coincidences nicely with rumours of historical wargaming being on the increase. Perry Miniatures are producing some really nice pieces in this field and people are noticing. But really, I’m giving it pride of place because the model is sporting impressive sideburns and a sneering pompous look. He’s also done some great terrain work which can see on his blog over in the side bar but for the lazy, check here.

Werewolf (Empire of the Dead)

The second entry comes in from Quozl. It’s a Hasslefree werewolf and it’s clearly intended for his Empire of the Dead skirmish band. For anyone interested in playing what appears to be an excellent Steampunk/Necromunda/Mordheim/League of Gentlemen blend, a battle report and the man himself can be found here. Not really a lot to be said here about the model, a eye-grabbing figurine, it’s monochrome with a good example of a very clean white.

 Typhus (Warhammer 40,000)
From clean to pure filthy. This comes from Lowry and forms part of his ongoing 40K Nurgle project which can be seen in all its glory here. The beetle effect on the boots is something I’ve never noticed before and credit to the sculptor, it’s subtle but fitting. The man himself seems to able to excel at whatever he turns his hand to, at this point, even if he’s reverted to not basing his models. Bad Lowry. Excellent painting with a nice dirty green/brown effect, most visible on the left shoulder pad.

Ork Blitzer (Blood Bowl)

Newbreed has been hard at work at North Vietnamese themed Blood Bowl team. He’s cursing the communist predeliction for stars. For any aspiring revolutionaries out there, please go with random blobs for your iconography and save me a world of pain. Free hand painting stars on curved armour is breaking my heart.

Fallschirmjager Company (Flames of War)

Check it. A full fallschirmjager company. I worry a little that I can now spell that word from memory. These are the work of Nosediver and display his unholy combination of speed painting and attention to detail. But more importantly, please, please tell me that someone else sees the micro-sized, vaguely terrifying child (doll?) in the top right of the picture.

 
Preening Dandies
Player Score
Lowry 7
Newbreed 7
Trget 5
Nosediver 4
Sycopat 4
Welshman 4
Quozl 3
The Big BZ 2
Bristolscale7 1
Craftfeld 1
Crazy Aido 1
Frogdog 1
Jiggy 1
Maynard 1

We’ll be doing another roundup at the start of December so get your works into prd@onthestep.net before the end of November. As ever, our local tech adept states that photos above 5MB in size tend to bounce back so keep your entries below that size.

Rules Refresher
1) Each participant may only send in one entry for a given month. You can send in multiple photos of the entry but only one will be used.
2) The entry can be a single model or single unit. The smaller the unit, the more detail in the photo so aim low.
3) The model can be from any game system. If it’s particularly esoteric, we’d appreciate a covering note explaining what it is.
4) The entry must have been finished within that given month. You can’t submit completed pieces from your back catalogue.
5) If you want us to include a link back to more of your work, we’d be delighted to do that.

Preening Dandies: September Edition

Welcome to October, gents. September saw a fairly broad mix of entries with most of the main Irish systems represented. Had we received a Warhammer Fantasy entry, we would have hit every major system.


Panthers (Flames of War)

First up, The Big BZ continues to mass produce the very difficult and time-consuming ‘Ambush’ pattern paint scheme as he powers through his German Panzerkompanie. The entry shows a platoon of Panthers which, I strongly suspect, are being fielded in our local Tank Aces campaign. They might be in a touch of trouble here as I see some Shermans sneaking up behind them.

Chaos Heretic (Warhammer 40,000)

After a brief lull, Sycopat emerges from painting semi-retirement with a lackey of the Dark Gods. This is one of those very nice looking Dark Vengeance models and he’s gone with what appears to the traditional colours of the Alpha Legion, a dark blue contrasted against green. The base… well, it’s either porridge or the ashes of a world sacrificed to Chaos, nuclear fire and anarchy. You choose.

Raek (Hordes)

A monentous occasion, Lowry bases a model. This is the Legion of Everblight’s Raek and with this particular paint scheme, we can expect Ridley Scott’s lawyers to begin swarming.What’s not to like here? The metallic look is excellent and the flesh has a slimy tint. On second glance, it’s a really really good slimy tint. He’s really coming on in leaps and bounds.

Nagas Sniper (Infinity)

Newbreed proves that while he has an eye for colour, he has no concept of camouflage. Let’s hope she’s fighting red/green colour blind troopers in a jungle. You will notice the home-made flagstone base that represents some actual development as a modeller. For the record, the model is pointing at something, not giving someone the finger.

Satyxis Raiders and Captain (Warmachine)

Behold, a full sized Satyxis unit with their unit attachment from Quozl. These ladies fight for the Nightmare Empire of Cryx and have very nice racks. The light purple/dark red on the main body of the model looks good and brightens what threatened to be overly dark models. The tufts on the bases work well as dying, scraggy grass.

Leman Russ Executioner (Warhammer 40,000)

Trget gives us another variant of the, common as muck, Leman Russ. This is the Executioner, packing a very large plasma cannon. Judging by the angry red shade, this one is in the process of over heating and cooking its own crew. The green and khaki colour scheme looks a bit… Deathwing-ish. I’m going to hazard a guess and say that it’s part of an allied contingent for his Dark Angels.

Lowry informs us that Privateer Press have released their own Finecast Colossals and provided some photos. This is the Khadoran Conquest The company has denied all rumours that the new models suffer from ludicrous levels of flash and massive loss of detail.

 
Preening Dandies
Player Score
Lowry 6
Newbreed 6
Trget 5
Sycopat 4
Welshman 4
Nosediver 3
Quozl 2
The Big BZ 2
Bristolscale7 1
Crazy Aido 1
Frogdog 1
Jiggy 1
Maynard 1

We’ll be doing another roundup at the start of November so get your works into prd@onthestep.net before the end of October. As ever, our local tech adept states that photos above 5MB in size tend to bounce back so keep your entries below that size.

Rules Refresher
1) Each participant may only send in one entry for a given month. You can send in multiple photos of the entry but only one will be used.
2) The entry can be a single model or single unit. The smaller the unit, the more detail in the photo so aim low.
3) The model can be from any game system. If it’s particularly esoteric, we’d appreciate a covering note explaining what it is.
4) The entry must have been finished within that given month. You can’t submit completed pieces from your back catalogue.
5) If you want us to include a link back to more of your work, we’d be delighted to do that.

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