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    Which modellmaker's is that fine workmanship?
    Its a Shapeways model Rob, by Columbia Aerodrome, if you are referring to the Gotha Dom's decals and Vallejo paints. And darn it, I just noticed I need to add two more crosses to the tail fins.

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    Thanks for that info Mike.
    I will look into that.
    Guess your Gotha was scrambled whilst the painters were still at work on it.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Yesterday I received my correct order from TopSide Minis of their WWI ships from the Coronel/Falklands sea battles. It's snowing outside and this should keep me busy for an hour or two. They ships are printed at 1/1800, but I scanned them and may later print individual ships at 1/700 or 1/600 scale to be used in Neil's Air to Ship combat rules.

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    I also ordered from their WW2 RN line three V class destroyers and one W class destroyer. I checked first that the ships I ordered were completed before the end of the Great War. I can use them (one at a time) as escorts for a freighter convoy, once I actually paint my freighters.
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    Sigh...still on a Nappy kick cleaning up old boxes of figs and painting new.

    Here are today"s additions
    Austrian Grenadiers

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    And British Light

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    Oh Yeh, still working in 15mm by the way

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    Still painting away.

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    Finished a few planes yesterday. Here are my PZL P11's from Shapeways with MISCMINI decals. Nothing special just something different. They are 113 ESK.

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    I looked to see what color to paint them and saw different shades of green and one site mentioned different shades of Khaki. I painted these FoW khaki gray. Again a different AF to go along with my Finns, Dutch and Chinese.

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    Now I also did 2 PZL P-11's for the 121 ESK.

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    Painted these FoW Russian green and again MISCMINI decals. I did make a mistake with the decals and I am sure some of you will see what it is.
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    No pics, but I finished the ships in the Cruel Seas starter box; 6 RN Vospers and 4 German S-boats.
    Ran a game yesterday at the first 2019 NOWScon in Beria. Everyone had a great time with it.
    Also came across a couple posts David Manley put on his blog about the game. Good stuff that.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    I have checked out a video on YOUTUBE about Cruel Seas. looks good.

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    Here are my Chinese Hawks. AIM planes and MISCMINI decals.

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    And finally 2 AIM Ki 61's of the 68th Sentai, HQ Chotai.

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    We had a couple of games of Cruel Seas in at the Hobby store a few weeks back. Fun game...Now if only Warlords would replace the missing parts from EVERY box sold. And do it in less then a month or two. I am still waiting after contacting them 5 weeks ago about missing parts and the same with my hobby store. Last notice we got was a form letter about being busy a week or so before Christmas. Nothing since then for either of us. Sad thing is what was missing made the game unplayable mostly. Jager was generous enough to help out so I could sort of play but still VERY upset with Warlords for lack of QC, Replacement, or even just feedback on what the frack are they doing about it. Getting right up there with the failed Martian landing we are 6 months overdue for....sigh...must be a bit grumpy today.

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    I looked at a few blogs today about Cruel Seas. They almost all said it looked like the product was very rushed for a Christmas release, and the rule book was badly proofread and (not) edited.
    I found that out as I accidentally used a suggested HR by David Manley for turning, by not looking at the (10 page) errata before running the game.
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    I was just on the Warlord site looking at Cruel Seas. Those ship are a bit expensive. Game looks good though.

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    Game is great, the ships are outstanding, and it is a fresh view of that conflict. They just rushed it and screwed up trying to get it out in time for Christmas. I fully suspect if they learn form this and settle down the 2nd ed will be awesome. Ships ARE very expensive though, suspect Shapeways will be getting a new line soon. Best thing they could do would be to release the ship cards as a PDF, and get more plastics out. Then a few months down the road have a article in the magazine with the rules adjustments printed in it.

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    More excellent Napoleonics Ken - myself, I've never managed to paint large numbers of figures, quickly, to that kind of standard. Nice

    WW2 not yet my thing, but your birds look the business Bob

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    Great new additions to your fleet Bob.

    Sweet Nappys Ken. I'm almost done with a set of AB British light troops. Should be done in a day or so. My collection is mostly old Minifigs and Old Glory but the ABs (Anthony Barton) are by far the best figures. I find it hard now to not paint new planes so doing some Nappys is a nice break.

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    Have to agree on Nappys being a nice break. Commissions have dried up right now so for the first time in over a year have some me time. Will concentrate on cleaning up my small British army this week and maybe throw together another Bolt action Soviet army for E-bay fodder. Need to see if they have taxed it to death yet with the new adjustments.

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    Cruel Seas situation sounds like a nightmare, both for consumers and the company. Hope Warlord gets it squared away and does right by their customers.

    Painting fast is not a skill with which I was blessed, nor have I developed it. Currently slogging through my first Shapeways kites... struts are a pain in the butt!

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    Chris, Painting takes practice and concentration (and good eyesight, and good hand skills, and lock the cats in another room, and....and....and....) Some of us have been practicing for 50 years or more and just now consider ourselves OK at it. Give it time and keep slogging at it..

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    Only 50 Ken!
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Well...I am still a youngun at just under 60...and did not start painting till I was at least 8. AHh...matchbox tanks (came in a package shaped like a big matchbook), Airfix plastic soldiers, green army men from the dime store....then I discovered Avalon Hill games at 12 and it went downhill from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast.git View Post
    Currently slogging through my first Shapeways kites... struts are a pain in the butt!
    Stay away from the French Paul Schmitt 7, then. That plane has 4 half struts and 24 full struts, alternating between metal and wood on each row!

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    I have an order from AIM that should be here tomorrow. So another 10 planes to paint and again something different. Thanks for the Reps guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReducedAirFact View Post
    Stay away from the French Paul Schmitt 7, then. That plane has 4 half struts and 24 full struts, alternating between metal and wood on each row!

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    Well my planes from AIM (Dave) came today so now can proceed with my project. I already primed them so I can work on them this week. That will be the 1st 5 then I have another 5 to work on.

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    Activity in Clipperdom, after baking a good supply of blueberry lemon scones,

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    A bit of art,

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    A flight of fancy with Andrew,

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    A chat with David,

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    A bit of research,

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    A few new birds in hand,

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    And a larger Clipper plan,

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    Things are stirring here, even without the rumored invasion . . .

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    Uh oh, those blueberry lemon scones look sooo tempting. Ah well, more happy belly on the way then

    My next offering is a 1916 LVG CII by Daryl, otherwise known as Reduced Aircraft Factory (of course you all know him ). This one has the Merc, port side engine and Daryl has also produced the Benz, starboard side, engined model, both available from Shapeways, this model in WNV plastic. Paints are by Vallejo with the main colour being Light Grey Blue. Decals are from Oberst Hajj here on the Aerodrome store (the red "2"s are hand painted). Colour scheme taken from Windsock Datafile 106, "The LVG C.II" by P M Grosz.

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    Another nice paint job Mike
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    Really nice looking Mike, well done

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    Great job Mike. You'll get to use two of those three in mission 2! I hope I finish my Gotha in time.

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    Well done, you fellows, on your January projects. There is a great range of materials, and fabulous workmanship.
    I have only had one go at painting some Shapeways planes and found that my eyes are not as clear and sharp and my hand not as steady as they used to be. Therefore I am unlikely to feature in a monthly workbench.
    Thanks for sharing your work.

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    my eyes are not as clear and sharp
    You and me both, Doug, but my wife purchased a lamp / magnifier for me, bless her, and it makes a huge difference. I have also found that I can take some interesting photos "through" the magnifier, when the light is on and that cuts out any shadow problems too.
    Thanks for the comments all

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    Here are my British Light troops from the Peninsular. They represent 6 different regiments. Everyone does the 95th Rifles so I did one stand of the 60th Royal Americans.

    Figures are AB ~18mm. Based for Napoleon's Battles.

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    Now back to airplanes!

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    Nice work, Peter.
    I gave up painting figures 40+ years ago when the paint kept flaking off my Airfix ACW figures.
    Flexible plastic and acrylic paint are not a good combination ...

    I had previously used oil-based paints - those still hold their colour (for the most part) - but took too long to dry between coats.

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    The arms and legs have been falling off mine for years Pete. Even my ESCI Zulus are loosing bits of their anatomy.
    All hail the day I was rich enough to convert to metal miniatures.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Cracking work Peter.

    I did the complete 60th at 20 to one when they were not a fashionable Regiment like my Black Brunswickers, and gained the nickname of Sweet William in the WG Club and my Regiment when the Sharp series came out.
    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Outstanding Nappy's Pete Bit more detail then I put in I am afraid. That is the reason I call myself "above average' rather then "expert" painter. Nothing annoys me more then guys on E-Bay doing average jobs calling themselves expert painters. Only 20 more units to go...plus arty...plus cav...plus command, and you can do a small battle. On the other side I am painting Mini Figs and Old GLory that are over 20 years old. Those are some VERY nice sculpts.

    Got black powder rules on the way and my Nappy's Battles and Empire 4th in hand for rules. Thing is I am starting to look hard at Command and Colors Napoleonic's for my rules and switch out the wood blocks for stands of troops. Sigh ....this has gotten out of hand I am afraid as I even have a stack of 20 or so Bernard Cornwell Sharps books I have started to read through again. Also have all but one of the TV episodes in VHS (last in DVD) I may have to watch again. Did I tell you guys I have been a Sharpe fan??...for over 20 years

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    Very nice work. I remember painting my ESCI figures and the tip I got was to dip them in varnish so the paint would stick and that worked. I still have my Italians somewhere.

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    First attempt painting for me as a kid was Airfix Nappies. I almost cried when the paint flecked off.

    Ken, I hear you about ebay claims. I like the below average figures being sold by someone who claims a professional had painted them.

    I bought some 10mm Old Glory to use for Command and Colors. Probably will never get to them. I really want to replace all my older Minifig Nappys with Old Glory
    and ABs. That should take me several years if I can concentrate on it!

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    Peter;
    What company is AB?
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    Nice work, Peter.
    I gave up painting figures 40+ years ago when the paint kept flaking off my Airfix ACW figures.
    Flexible plastic and acrylic paint are not a good combination ...

    I had previously used oil-based paints - those still hold their colour (for the most part) - but took too long to dry between coats.
    I had read about a 3 step process to make Airfix figures paintable: Soak in Lestoil cleaner for 2-3 days. Remove and clean off as much as you can, then soak in ammonia cleaner for 3-5 days. then air dry for a week.
    Supposedly, the Lestoil pulls out the oils in the plastic, and the ammonia pulls out the Lestoil, then evapoates away, leaving a layer of oil-free plastic.
    Didn't work
    Karl
    It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows. -- Epictetus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    Peter;
    What company is AB?
    Karl
    Anthony Barton is the sculptor, hence AB.

    You can get them through Eureka Miniatures. US distributor 'HERE'

    They are not cheap. Old Glory is a much better buy for mass armies but AB is the absolute best at this scale.

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    Peter I have seen some folks playing C&C with 15mm. They were in the general gaming area at the HMGS cons. I have always thought of using 10mm for that game but the blocks are easier then painting those figs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    I have always thought of using 10mm for that game but the blocks are easier then painting those figs.
    Thats why I can't get myself on to painting them!

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    Command and Colors Napoleonic...sigh...it is a real bear trying to find a copy. My local shops do not carry it or can get it for that matter and E-bay is messed up right now and only takes credit cards and not Pay Pal. Fully suspect after the new tax thing hits in force E-bay will be screwed as the little people refuse to pay their fees, and state taxes, and have to claim it as income so they can get raped a third time. Going to make it rough for us part time painters.

    Will keep looking for a new copy though...right up there with a new Napoleons battles box. My armies WILL fight again...some day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowcat View Post
    ... E-bay is messed up right now and only takes credit cards and not Pay Pal. ..
    When did this happen? I thought eBay was 'partnered' with PayPal?

    Guess I won't be using it anymore then.

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    Just picked this up, last copy at B & N so some of you likely already know of it. It will keep the elves busy . . .

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    TANKS! Promo cards!

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    Another distraction on the workbench . . .

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    This January we're gonna ride some Tanks. The Modern Age...
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    "We do not stop playing when we get old, but we get old when we stop playing."

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    Ken check out Miniature Market. I just saw that they have C&C in stock.

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