Montag, 29. Oktober 2012

Aggressive feelings - I guess, I really will make some orphans soon!


So – another (not so well done) update. I know, I am not the best English writer, but nevertheless I want to tell this whole story …

After painting for around one week (every day two hours or so), I managed to finish the next six men of my IDF paratrooper group and started to paint another 12 men.
Due to the fact, that I was away for nearly three weeks, I was really proud of what I had done. Well, I was …
Last thing I had to do was applying a wash on the miniatures and to seal it with mat lacquer. A procedure every miniature wargamers equipment should be able to handle. Well, mine wasn’t.

When I started to apply the wash, the result looked like this:

True story. Those IDF guys weren’t IDF paratrooper any more. They looked more like Navy seals, bathed in sludge. No idea about the problem. Maybe, the water, I used to dilute the wash, froze during the process. Or maybe I agitated the bottle and the color disintegrated into all its pigments. No Idea. But whatever it was, it nearly made me kill someone. All six miniatures were totally covered by this thin bluegreen layer, and when I tried to reduce the effect by applying another layer of the original colors, it just showed through.
It totally drove me into desperation.  So, I tried to apply a layer of very diluted black. Thank the Goddess – it worked.

Sadly, those guys now look like they have ran into an two thousand-watt bulb, but for me it was better than to be forced to paint them all again.

But, you may have guessed, the world wasn’t done throwing me into the abyss of despair.

As my „rescue attempt“ went on, I realized the IDF units to be somehow shining. So I applied the mat lacquer, a very good Games Workshop lacquer, took the figures, went down to the cellar, sprayed the lacquer on the miniatures, went back up, made something to eat, played a few rounds world of tanks, went back down, had a look at those miniatures, and just rammed my head into the next wall.
THOSE DAM*** F****** miniatures were shining like an activated light sabre. Man, what the hell is wrong with those miniatures?!!

The following blowup will be covered by this piece of music.

Okay, when I was finished being aggressive, I contemplated the problem and finally reached the conclusion, that I just started the whole process of applying the mat lacquer once again, but heat up both the lacquer and miniatures around half an hour prior to this attempt.
So, put it all onto my radiator, checking every five minutes to ensure the lacquer doesn’t get too hot, then ran down to the cellar again …

… and applied the lacquer as if it would froze any minute. I waited an hour, then I just went down and had another look.
This time, 90 percent of the shining surface were gone. Thank the Goddess again.

Well, enough talking. Here are the pictures. The first picture is a shot I took a few minutes after the first applying of the mat lacquer. I know, bases haven’t been finished yet. I will do this, when I finished more IDF troops.


Next update in progress. 



Samstag, 27. Oktober 2012

First Merkava finished


The first Merkava is already finished!

Supporting the IDF infantry units with a lot of impressive firepower (120 mm canon, 2 light and one .50cal MGs and one 60 mm mortar), it is a combat machine, made both for long range combat and urban warfare.

  This particual model, released by the german model manufacturer Revell - and as I came to know, obviously a prototype of an Merkava III turret mounted on a Merkava I or II body - has been updated by me with an anti-slip surface and additional package, which traditionally is really heavy on IDF tanks.

The nearly finished tank was airbrushed by a friend of mine, who also painted(!!) the markings and Identifier on the tanks front and rear mud flaps. Wanna see some of his other work? Try those links (German language):

Jagdtigers Germans
Jagdtigers Commissions
Jagdtigers Canadians
Jagdtigers Modern Russians
Jagdtigers Lord of the Rings miniatures

To ensure most accurate unit, platoon and battalion markings, I had to do a lot of internet research, but finally succeeded in giving the unit a proper marking. I just forgot to put markings on the turret baskets and the stripe on the top of the barrel. Still I am happy that the unit has turned out so well. Next tanks will be updated with those missing markings. I promise!

But well ... enough talk. Let's enjoy the pictures:

Let's make some orphans! - Building up an IDF paratrooper unit for Force on Force

Last year, I started playing Ambush Alleys Force on Force (, a miniature game that focuses on modern conflicts, starting with the Korean War in the 1950s up to Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
As I have always been interested in the Israeli Defense Forces, the Zva haHagana leJisra’el (or short: Zahal), I decided to start an IDF-Strike Force, consisting of different versions of the famous Merkava Tank, Bell AH-1S Tsefa, Sikorsky UH-60 Yanshuf, Hamer Memugan and so on.

First question I was confronted with was: “Why are you starting an force of jews?”
Well, to be honest: I have had enough of all those US, British and NATO forces, with their old opponent Soviet-Russia or their new foes. For me, the Middle East conflicts always have been more interesting, especially Lebanon war and the rise of tensions between the states in the region.

Plans: As I wrote, I want to build up an IDF unit for some games around the Middle East. My plans are to focus on a paratrooper unit, (probably company size), supported by tanks and helicopters. First few miniatures have been finished, and on Merkava tank is also ready for combat. Looks quite fine so far.

And for all people, who are questioning my project: I know, that IDF units are involved in actions which are against the international humanitarian law and which are often referred to as war crimes. I am no political person. I have not been there and I don’t know what exactly has happened there. For me, this is a miniature game. Other people create terrorist forces to oppose ISAF troops which is also questionable. So, I don’t want this to become a political discussion.

So, let’s get started!

Hi, folks!

Well - finally, it is done: Stargazer has created his own Elysium :-D Some people already asked me, if I want to start a blog, due to my extensive use of the written word. To be honest: I never was really interested in creating a blog. But as you can read, this has changed.

What awaits you here?

- a lot of wargaming
- a lot of writing
- and much more crank stuff

Stay tuned.