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Regular Dakkanaut





Central Valley, California

Ashes of Dresden:Weird WW I & II Projects, Game Pics and Scenarios.
Game Settings: Alternate Timeline Historical.
Current Systems Explored: Konflikt '47 and All Quiet on the Martian Front.
Producers: Warlord Games and Iron Clad Games Respectively.

Goal: Explore the hobby, demos and scenario experiences and potential of Weird-War miniature game systems. Currently working on 1,500 point German force, with a 500 point UK demo force for Konflikt. In addition, I have a starter box for Martian Front and will build, paint and field on the table as well. This blog will focus on various projects with detail, with demos tips, battle reports and scenarios the ultimate goal. I intend to offer paint recipes, progress and final pics, and highlights of both success and mistakes along the way. Intended for beginning to intermediate painters who want to produce fairly fast with tried and true color combos. Despite other enticing systems out there, I am sticking with two for now so actual progress is made!

Play tips and scenarios will welcome all levels. I enjoy creative missions and hope to enhance your gaming experience with what my group tests on the table.

Konflikt '47 Theme: A dystopia feel for the German and the UK models, with cold post - atomic weather minus any snow. The horrific mutations and powerful weapons from the rift are the central focus. Think open topped Opel Blitz trucks for of Zombies backed by menacing Wehrmacht Heavy Infantry, flying rabid vampires and brutal evolved Werewolves all set on ash-waste basing.
Historical accuracy is not desired for me with this system. Both the UK and the German forces will have more Konflikt models than Bolt Action as I can progressively afford to buy them.

My hobby approach to AQotMF is a more pastoral, grassland setting. This fits the game background, as Martians return during the era of WW I America to assault the populace.
I look forward to the Juxtaposition of 15 mm and 28 mm model work.

Thank you for visiting. Feedback greatly appreciated.



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Rolling 1's for over four decades

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My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
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Central Valley, California

Here we go.

UNIT ONE: 8 Totenkorps Zombies



These were coated in black Army Painter Black primer, then sprayed with Army Painter Wolf Gray. I use this brand most of the time as it covers thin, leaving excellent detail. These figures were thankfully one piece, no assembly. The blisters as of this date are not available, so I'm only doing the small amount from the starter box. They can be run in units up to 12 if I recall correctly.

The Wolf Gray will serve as a base coat for the uniforms. I may utilize it for the skin as well, although in a different direction. Remainder of base coat up next . Thanks for viewing

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Rolling 1's for over four decades

~Shrap

My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
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Much Front Wow

Ordered a box of these recently, think the unit maxes out at 24. I like the grey over black primer start. I will probably start with Vallejo German Grey over black primer and work up with progressively softer drybrush layers then pick out the necrotic flesh and gear.

Really looking forward to seeing what you do for the ash bases!

   
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Central Valley, California

 Manchu wrote:
Ordered a box of these recently, think the unit maxes out at 24. I like the grey over black primer start. I will probably start with Vallejo German Grey over black primer and work up with progressively softer drybrush layers then pick out the necrotic flesh and gear.

Really looking forward to seeing what you do for the ash bases!


Greetings Manchu,

Thanks for the encouragement. Real world and clock time squashed my intend to respond and post in a timely manner. I'm back to the brush, however, and am eager to see your work with these enjoyable sculpts as well

I'll update soon -- I've been painting Martian Front and need to get that integrated into the blog. As you can see by the adjusted title and description here, I expanded to two systems and afforded room for different armies in each. No reason to be limited. Thanks for following and let us all know if you have a blog link or pictures for Konflikt!

Rolling 1's for over four decades

~Shrap

My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
CSM, Daemons, Drucari:



 
   
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Ended up canceling all my K47 orders ... too many more pressing projects! I am pretty keen on some of the sculpts but just can't get into Weird War 2 as a genre.

I actually painted up some AQotMF stuff a few years back. I think there is a Tripod in my Dakka gallery.

EDIT

yes here it is

https://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/680640-.html

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I'm intrigued, i don't know too much about these settings but it sounds interesting. Painting tips are something i always appreciate.

realism is a lie 
   
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Regular Dakkanaut





Central Valley, California

Good day everyone. Thanks for viewing.
As I research an optimal ash-waste basing scheme for K-47, I turned my hobby attention to the Martian Front. When a starter set arrived at my flat, it was time to begin the war of Tanks vs. Tripods.

I began with the MK II tanks, which are a breeze to assemble. The key behind this is a straightforward, simple yet nicely cast sprue. The box set contains six. Here's a pic of the sorting and assembly process. A large MK III hull portion is visible as well -- which was set aside. The basic sprue can make either one of each variant.



I used accelerator to avoid excessive melting of the glue where the fits occurred.

Note how clean, easily clipped and tidy the extra bits are on each Sprue. Pictured below is everything needed to convert to a MK III in this dual kit, including various barrel and pipe sizes plus optional machine guns.



With these spare pieces not needed and set aside for later, it was time to begin priming. I used Army Painter spray brand almost exclusively. I find the coat is thin but leaves great detail. There was significant wind outside yesterday, So I was not perfectly satisfied with coverage. Less is more, however, as much remains to be done and a lighter start will not impact the final result.



Indeed, despite the bit of "powdery" portions on the flat surfaces this armor did not require any touch ups.

Up next: Spray base-coat color and step-by-step instructions for a fast and effective tank paint scheme. Unlike Konflikt '47, for this game I am doing a bit of research to apply colors and decals more reflective of the actual Great War era. With that said, the Martian landing is more reminiscent of a continuation of an alternate timeline, so creativity will still be employed.

Important Note: While the box art below says, "Alien Dungeon" a new company called Iron Clad Games has purchased the licence for the system and the molds for the fantastic sculpts. Indeed, I got this on sale as they clear sets to make way for new packaging. Iron Clad Games is operated by the owner of the Miniature Market online store. As a result, the range is easily available from numerous sites and increasingly in stores.

[Thumb - MF_box_new.jpg]

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Central Valley, California

 Manchu wrote:
Ended up canceling all my K47 orders ... too many more pressing projects! I am pretty keen on some of the sculpts but just can't get into Weird War 2 as a genre.

I actually painted up some AQotMF stuff a few years back. I think there is a Tripod in my Dakka gallery.

EDIT

yes here it is

https://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/680640-.html


I enjoyed your tripods armor scheme Manchu. As for too many projects, I think that is something many of us can relate to!


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 amazingturtles wrote:
I'm intrigued, i don't know too much about these settings but it sounds interesting. Painting tips are something i always appreciate.


Yes Turtles, these systems are far less common than others -- especially All Quiet, which is just experiencing a resurgence. Technically one is Weird War and the other simply Alternate Timeline -- I may want to address that and adjust my title.
Martian walkers are pretty weird in their own right, however!

while Konflikt '47 has a solid following, Bolt Action is still the man of the house in Warlord's repertoire.

Tank painting pics for Martian Front's U.S. army forces are coming today and the German Totenkorps next week. I'm glad these systems are new territory for you, and have sparked your curiosity.

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Rolling 1's for over four decades

~Shrap

My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
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Central Valley, California

Progress on MK II Steam Tanks for All Quiet on the Martian Front. Enclosed below is the recipe for the tank base coat and tread treatment.

After a black matte undercoat I used the Army Green colored primer from Army Painter. These perfectly match the dropper bottles of the same range for touch-ups later in the project. The brand may not be easily acquired in your area, depending on what the shops prefer to carry. I always try to order my primer in bundles so I never run out.



I was cautious not to spray this on too thick. I attempted to allow some of the natural shading to remain, leaving a fairly thin but discernible appearance of green paint on the armor. Since all surfaces will be washed later, less is more in this case. Note that the regions around the turret, inside the coal bin and in between the treads are still mostly black.



I use a variety of paints, but recently purchased the full range of Army Painter. I prefer dropped bottles at this point. If you are an android device user, the excellent phone App PAINT RACK will help you keep track of your project recipes and paint supplies.
These are the color selections used thus far, shown in sequence, aside from the base coast green clean-up of course:



DIRT SPATTER (Army Painter) -- Cover on the treads first. Note that I used a GW Base Coat Brush with a flattened surface to graze over the tread surface, and applied the sharper edge in between to clear out a bit of the collected mud effect. I did this after the wash as well, if it started to pool excessively. The flat GW brushes are not something I use often, but in this case it made the process easier.



STRONG TONE (Army Painter) -- Wash over all of tank tread. Don't forget the sides. All Army Painter dropper bottles need to be shaken a really long while, by the way. I use a wet palette even for their washes.
LEADBELCHER (GW) -- I drybrushed the treads in this color, attempting to allow some black or brown to stay underneath if possible.
COAL BLACK (P3) -- applied a light drybrush around the muzzle of cannon and the back coal pipe, the bins, etc. for just a slight variation in color, to add that Steam Punk / Alt WW I feel to the vehicle. This is a unique and lovely color, one of the few I still utilize from the P3 range.

Here are three "elements" (models) that comprise a unit thus far, with treads and base coat details complete.



I'm halfway to completion now and only a few days in. The wash of the plates and subsequent fast highlights are up next. This tank unit is ready for a good spray of TESTORS GLOSSCOAT 1261 so the wash doesn't pool and smear on the flat surfaces. When dry in the morning, I'll get back at it. I must research tonight which shade is best for American armored vehicles.

Cheers.



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Rolling 1's for over four decades

~Shrap

My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
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Nifty models there. I look forward to seeing how the AQotMF stuff turns out. I went in pretty heavily on the KS, but sold all my stuff when I realized that I would likely never play. I really wish I hadn't.

A man who sips beer is not trustworthy.
-Robert B. Parker
My latest entry in A Tale of Several Gamers. Check our progress!
Now showing off some randomness from the last week or so.

Painting total as of 5/19/2017:104 plus a SF building and two specimen tanks.
Hobby resolution 2017: I will buy no new models this year.
Painting total for 2016: 380 plus one set of Dungeon Saga dungeon dressing, a Kryomek Goliath, a Jabberwock, four Dreadfleet ships and three Mantic walkers. 
   
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Central Valley, California

Thanks for the response Josh. I regret selling my KS as well...

KONFLIKT '47 while the tank washes dry.

Zombie Troubles:

I made some initial mistakes as I rather impulsively began this project last night. The models are so crazy cool and over the top I could not resist.

Their gory details quickly became overwhelming, however. Trying to paint "inside-out" or in the deepest recesses produced two dilemmas:

Skin color vs. clothing
and how to address the bullet wounds, gashes, rips and dented helmets. To put it mildly, these walking dead got effed-up in combat.

My first mistake -- I did not do a test run with a practice mini. One is soaking in PURPLE POWER now, an old Warhammer sorceress who has both a cloak and flesh to help me sort out my plan.
So the skin approach is a bit "as I go" -- and I hope I don't pay dearly for it with a compromised end result. I need some time with a Color Wheel and the test model, which will hopefully be ready tomorrow.

I addition, I found myself looking over a dozen bullet holes per model and wondering:

What wounds should show blood underneath?
What portions should just be Skin?
What exit wounds should simply be dark?


These models in question are deceptively detailed. When viewed in a shopping cart on a website, the pics do not do the Totenkorps justice. One even has folds of skin sloughing off his face. Indeed, a few hardcore gamers actually told me "K-47 is a bit too gross for me."
I embrace the carnage, but find myself trying to mix up the skin, the blood and the dark shadows of ripped and torn uniform on the model. This is taking a while, and I have a long way to go toward even a demo force.

So much for a tutorial on these boys -- but I'm determined to make something work. Any and all feedback appreciated on the following:

Should the bullet wounds be more uniform (all blood, all shadow, etc)?
How pale should I go with the skin? I was thinking at least another shade, up to Necrotic Flesh or so.
Any thoughts on final color of the uniforms? Considering actually a deep blue wash, with a highlight up starting with the original color of the spray and seeing how it goes.

Here's some pics to give you an idea of my struggles with all these disgusting nooks and crannies.
No worries if you are unsure what to suggest -- my twisted experiments will not stop. Enjoy the visuals and game on!

[Thumb - MF_zombietroubleback.jpg]

[Thumb - MF_zombietroublefront.jpg]

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Rolling 1's for over four decades

~Shrap

My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
CSM, Daemons, Drucari:



 
   
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Regular Dakkanaut





Central Valley, California

Greeting.

A test miniature is receiving a base color this a.m. -- to experiment and solve my zombie color scheme predicament.

I assessed the wash resultson the MK II tanks from All Quiet on the Martian Front. The gloss coat I applied to prevent pooling during the wash process worked great on the top of the vehicles. They look naturally shaded, an excellent result for the minimal effort.

the Problem:
The sides, especially on one model, suffered some odd pooling and an unnatural spotted appearance:



I am not going to attempt to remedy this most likely. This box set needs to get on the table, but I'm disappointed and perplexed. One possibility is that I should have turned the tank side facing up as I applied the wash, as if it was the top of the model. Perhaps this would of allowed the shade to flow naturally to the deeper recesses and not pool in the center.

With a bit of Wet Mud effects paint later, hopefully it will look more natural.

Regardless, I have a test model to primer -- so ever forward!

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Rolling 1's for over four decades

~Shrap

My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
CSM, Daemons, Drucari:



 
   
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Japan

What sort of wash are you using? I use a homebrew mix of acrylic paints and "painting medium," which is more like a glazing medium-- thinner than standard acrylic medium but more viscous than water. It gives great coverage without spotting, although it does tend to pool up in low areas if you don't mop it up before it dries.

A man who sips beer is not trustworthy.
-Robert B. Parker
My latest entry in A Tale of Several Gamers. Check our progress!
Now showing off some randomness from the last week or so.

Painting total as of 5/19/2017:104 plus a SF building and two specimen tanks.
Hobby resolution 2017: I will buy no new models this year.
Painting total for 2016: 380 plus one set of Dungeon Saga dungeon dressing, a Kryomek Goliath, a Jabberwock, four Dreadfleet ships and three Mantic walkers. 
   
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Central Valley, California

 JoshInJapan wrote:
What sort of wash are you using? I use a homebrew mix of acrylic paints and "painting medium," which is more like a glazing medium-- thinner than standard acrylic medium but more viscous than water. It gives great coverage without spotting, although it does tend to pool up in low areas if you don't mop it up before it dries.


I used the Army Painter Quick Shade Strong Tone (from dropper) pictured above. I posted for feedback on this topic in a few Facebook groups, and received a slew of helpful suggestions.

Many Flames of War enthusiasts recommended gloss coat followed by an enamel oil-based wash, which is easier to clean up.
I'm glad to hear your home brew method also helps with spotting Josh.


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Time to progress and not lament a few details. This evening I applied some stars and stripes to my U.S. tanks.



With the Martian war forcing countries to unite and fight in certain pockets of the globe, it is easy to justify American flags on the MK II unit.

Not much left now -- I've a few more decals to apply, and then will experiment with some dirty weathering after a good spray of
Testors Dull Coat.

I'm most curious and enthused about the Wet Mud Effects paint on my hobby desk, and a tip to try brushing on coffee grounds for the dirtiest parts of the armor.

Completed model shots will be posted shortly, along with the components used.

Now it is nearly the weekend ... time for some actual dice rolling.

Ever forward, and thanks for viewing.

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Rolling 1's for over four decades

~Shrap

My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
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Central Valley, California

Greetings warmongers.

I eagerly await the arrival of some AK Interactive washes and rust effects. Trying enamel based applications for the first time since I was 12 years old.
Martian Front armor will receive them first, as I purchased washes suitable to U.S. units. Then, on to Konflikt '47 once I feel confident and perhaps learn from a few mistakes. A 15mm scale game like AQotMF is forgiving of painting errors -- they are harder to see.

My demo force for the UK needs some work, as I want to start playing with the local Bolt Action community as soon as possible. Until the hobby products arrive, here's a sneak peak model that will have my attention later this year:

German Spinne Light Panzermech with a converted closed latch top. I did not care for the open option with the commander visible.




For those of you who play Bolt Action, these light walkers and other higher-tech options share the same force building slot as do armored cars and light vehicles in the purely WW II setting.

Share what you think of this one. And thanks as always for visiting.



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Rolling 1's for over four decades

~Shrap

My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
CSM, Daemons, Drucari:



 
   
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Central Valley, California

Greets everyone, fast update before I'm off to Adepticon!

The washes and effects paints to complete my tanks have not yet landed at my door. The slowed pace of my Martian Front is agonizing, but once I've got the pattern down the assembly line shall flow.

Experimenting with Zombie flesh for a cohesive and workable paint scheme on the Totenkorps. Learning the AK interactives via videos slowly but surely.
I'm Taking a few months off this project after Adepticon to prepare for Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition.

See you when the ashes settle.

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Rolling 1's for over four decades

~Shrap

My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
CSM, Daemons, Drucari:



 
   
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Central Valley, California

 JoshInJapan wrote:
What sort of wash are you using? I use a homebrew mix of acrylic paints and "painting medium," which is more like a glazing medium-- thinner than standard acrylic medium but more viscous than water. It gives great coverage without spotting, although it does tend to pool up in low areas if you don't mop it up before it dries.


Josh I ordered some AK Interactive products, but must learn how to use them. I'm experimenting on some old FoW models for now, but am finding the different approaches very challenging.

Rolling 1's for over four decades

~Shrap

My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
CSM, Daemons, Drucari:



 
   
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Central Valley, California

 Manchu wrote:
Ordered a box of these recently, think the unit maxes out at 24. I like the grey over black primer start. I will probably start with Vallejo German Grey over black primer and work up with progressively softer drybrush layers then pick out the necrotic flesh and gear.

Really looking forward to seeing what you do for the ash bases!

How are your K '47 zombies coming along Manchu?

Rolling 1's for over four decades

~Shrap

My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
CSM, Daemons, Drucari:



 
   
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 Shrapnelsmile wrote:
How are your K '47 zombies coming along Manchu?
 Manchu wrote:
Ended up canceling all my K47 orders ... too many more pressing projects!
Moved on to playing Rogue Stars and now Shadow War: Armageddon - have not really given K47 a thought since, sadly.

   
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I fully understand Manchu, thanks for updates and have fun! Shadow war Armageddon is so rad. Cheers.

Rolling 1's for over four decades

~Shrap

My Weird World War Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/709713.page
Konflikt '47 / All Quiet on the Martian Front
My 40K Hobby Blog: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/726270.page
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