Saturday, December 18, 2010

Woah-manians!

So let's chat about Romanians in Flames Of War.

Many refer to Romania as a minor Axis power during WWII, but what they don't realize is just how huge of a contribution it made to the war effort. Their army size was the largest in the Axis powers aside from Germany. In fact over 1.2 million Romanians were under arms and fighting the Soviet Union by 1944, more than all other Axis powers, save Germany, combined.

Then in August 1944, the Soviets showed up and beat the living crap out of Romania and they were forced to surrender. The Soviets coerced them into joining the Allied side and soon Romania was at war with their former allies. They fought alongside the Soviets until the end of the war.

Bewildering Musings of an Addled Mind

I sat down to write something as I figured it was about time for an update or something. I couldn't come up with anything as all I've been painting is Romanians... so I tried to think of something else to write about and then realised that I didn't want to be that kind of blogger that uses their blog to ramble on about something simply to have another post to put up. But then I realised that that is exactly what is going on here and there really is no other way to disguise it. So before it gets too carried away, I thought I should just stop writing and move on to work on something worth writing about maybe tomorrow. But this post has in fact already gotten carried away and its just turning into a massive ball of unorganised, if slightly amusing, mind sludge. So rather than trying to make it something its not, by which I mean its of any redeeming value intellectually, I figure I'll just go down with the ship and see where this takes me.

It could be anywhere really, no one can be certain where free-form dribble will take you. Usually is a strange place, and sometimes not one worth remembering, which is exactly the situation I am finding myself in currently. When one looks back across the last few lines, there is positively no nuggets of wisdom worth remembering, and I'm confident that we should all just stop while we're ahead before any more brain cells make the ultimate sacrifice and throw themselves off a cliff like a pack of retarded lemmings.

Interestingly enough, I was just thinking about lemmings yesterday. Crazy.

Regards,
Mike

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Leave It!

It's of great coincidence that as I sat down to write this How-to, "Leave It" by the progressive rock band Yes, came up on my random playlist. Anyway, I'm sure that was pretty much one of the most retarded openings in Blog history, but it had to be done, all puns aside.

To the topic!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hellcats

Hey all,

Sorry for the delay. My computer has crashed completely and there seems to be no fix for it in the immediate future. So I stole Caroline's laptop to bring you this update for my Brest or Bust painting project. Enjoy!


Brest or Bust Update: Hellcats!



The M18 Hellcat is one of the coolest US vehicles during WWII, right behind the Sherman Calliope. It was calssified as a tank-destroyer and was purpose built for its role, unlike the other TDs in the US arsenal. It was fast (60mph) and had a powerful 76mm gun. The trade off was that it have thin armor and was vulnerable to .22 calibre spit-wads. Still, its speed kept its crew safe.

So, I couldn't resist and started with my Hellcat platoon. I've gone with a muddy theme for this army as something new and different as well as to try out some new weathering techniques. Not sure its quite where I want it, but its damn close.





The mud weathering was done with three levels of Vallejo brown paint. The first was Chocolate Brown (which reminds me,... brb) ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ there, had to grab some M&Ms...

Anyway, where was I? Right, Chocolate Brown + fine sand + static grass, followed by a US Field Drab highlight, followed by a USA Tan Earth highlight. I'm happy enough with the colors, but I think I'll tone the sand down for the other vehicles, possibly removing some of the big clumps from the tracks of these Hellcats.

Right, so thats where Im at with the Brest or Bust project. I'll report back in a little later with the next platoon.... not even sure what that will be myself actually!

I'll try to get better and more photos once I get my computer back online (if I can that is!)

Regards,
-M