Sunday, January 03, 2016

Patriot APC Incoming

I had a chance to paint up the Patriot today, and was excited to put this guy on the tabletop.  This is the first tank like model I've ever painted for the tabletop, and I admit I wasn't sure what to do.  You'd think it would be simple enough to transfer the techniques that I have become comfortable with when painting anthropomorphized robots or humanoid characters, but in this case I especially couldn't decide on a colour to start with.
What resulted was in fact an accident.

I have two colour sets to my american army: Confederate grey/blue and Desert yellow/leather.  Officers and certain characters will have the confederate treatment to go with the fluff of the Dystopian Wars history, wherein the South won their civil war.  The troops will come in companies that reflect their sponsor states, and the first group is from Arizona, thus they end up with the desert sort of look.
Undecided still, I ended up priming the tank black, and while it was still a little tacky, I started a heavy "dry" brush in yellow.  After three layers of dry brushing the yellow/gold (the same base I used on the heavy machine gunner in the above picture), I then applied a wash made from jet dry, black pigment and gloss.  Low and behold, it turned out like it did, and I have to admit, I like it.
What do you think?  Do you have any unexpected painting stories to share?  Comment below



Friday, January 01, 2016

Don't Blow up my Christmas Gifts! 2015

I was happy to find a few gaming pieces under the tree this year, and today provided a chance to play with a few of them.  These pieces were for Dystopian Legions, and one in particular is the Patriot Transport for the FSA (Federated States of America).

This little tank is armed with the Orlington .70 Cal Machine Gun, on a rotating turret.  Faster than infantry, and reasonably armoured, it carries up to 6 infantry models into combat.  Sections can equip up to 2 as an attachment and begin the game embarked in it.

A couple of things I really like about the piece is that even when it has disembarked its section, it has a use to provide light fire support, and it can be used to steam through, forcing models to disengage from melee.

As a model, I am astounded at the detail and shear amount of resin in the model.  It is a solid block of resin, giving it a hefty feel in the hand.  Assembly was extremely simple, with only 7 kinds of pieces.

  • Main Body
  • 2 tracks
  • 2 track covers
  • 2 bumpers
  • Passenger block
  • Turret
  • Main Gun

With some crazy glue, it took no more than 10 minutes to clean and assemble, though in this sense I wouldn't have minded more of a hobby model type assembly.

For an example of some on the table drama, here is how it played out in our game today.
  • Turn 1, it steamed up the field at full speed.
  • Turn 2, It closed on its target, crashing through the sandbags to disgorge a team of Armoured Infantry, who proceeded to fire and kill a Japanese Lieutenant.  My opponent fired at it with his Field gun, and narrowly missed damaging it.
  • Turn 3, The exploding sixes went crazy!! My opponent again fired at the Patriot, rolling 10 Red dice, and 21 successes! Kaboom, there went my Patriot APC!  In the process however, the blast killed his nearby commanding officer, Master Okinawa.

Ha! That's what you get for blowing up my Christmas Gifts!