Prussian Artillery Crew

Another cigar chewing Prussian engineer for the heavy weapon platforms coming along very soon.
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For the next chap, I want to make some long missiles for Nebelwerfer Rocket Launcher.
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The models are available from Olleys Armies.

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Prussian Assault Driller Unit

The Prussian close combat unit is finished along with the Vortriebsmaschine Tunneling Machine to deliver them to the most needed spot on the battlefield. It should be the perfect delivery mechanism. I just need to work out some cunning rules. Actually all that means is that after picking its emerging point, it needs to scatter a bit.ironcladdriller
Once the machine bursts forth, the unit of close combat Nahkampf Scrunts will charge out and bash anything in their path. Well that is the plan anyway. Some big hammers and chainswords should do the job.
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This chap seems to be the leader of the unit, with the extra neck piece.
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I really like the cigar chewing infantryman with his chainsword as well.
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For some reason I did not take any pictures of the backpacks and all the steampunky power system for the weapons.
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It is good to have a mixture of hammers and chainswords in the unit.
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The extra metal work on these models is really nice, more tubes and brass bits to paint.
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The driller is from Ironclad Miniatures and I will have to consider the large above ground version. I think the Prussian close combat unit fit with the Vortriebsmaschine Tunneling Machine perfectly.
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Army Painter Dip

I had been using Army Painter resin “dip” to shade models, as will have been seen in the Orc posting extravaganza over recent weeks. Since then I have moved on to their ink version.
I have found that each have their pro’s and cons.
The biggest things against the tinned resin dip are;
(1) the tin never seals very well and a large amount of the dip will dry up. I usually lost about a third of a can. As you can see in the photo below, you can end up with a massively thick layer of dried up dip, and what is below becomes unusable.solid-dip1
(2) The price. Considering how much was wasted, it was actually an expensive way to shade models.
(3) As it leaves a gloss finish, it is necessary to matt varnish the models to get rid of the shine.
(4) It is messy, smells and brushes need to be cleaned with white spirit.tarkin-how-many-tins-were-wasted
But I do like the results from the resin dip, the models come up very nicely.

Over the last year or so I have been using the ink version of the Army Painter. As this comes in small bottles, it only costs a couple of quid at a time, it is water based, has a matt finish and does not go off. The finished results may not be quite as good, but it is much easier to work with. So I will be sticking with the Army Painter Dark Tone ink for the foreseeable future.

What’s On The Table?

It will be no surprise to find more Prussian Scrunts on the painting table. These five are close combat troopers armed with chainswords and energy hammers. There is a lot more detail on these troopers than there is on the rifle equipped infantry, more pipes, tubes and general steampunk goodness.
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The tunneling machine is an Ironclad Miniatures resin model that has been pretty easy to paint.