Saka Light Cavalry

Saka Light Cavalry

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Production Line

Despite all the set backs and issues of this last week I have managed to paint up the Italian figures to finish off the third set of ASL Sniper Reminders. Now all I need to do is base the lot of them. as always I am using the Casualty Markers from Warbases to give me the sliding numbers, in my case 2-7 but 0-12 is n the dial.
 
All I need to do now is paint the bases and base green, add the rough ground and then flock. Just a light top up varnish of the whole and then add the tufts and there you are all done. So I expect in the next two days to have them finished and close up shots taken. All the Polish, French and Italian figures are by Blacktree Design and overall are I feel a upgrade on the Artizan and Warlord figures. This said the German and Russian castings I received from them this week don't look quite as good as plain lead. How they look once cleaned up and undercoated could well be better. The Polish and French were fairly slow to paint up as they have a lot of extra equipment all over them whilst the Italians were all painted up in a day as they are very basic. In the background are the painted 28's I showed a few weeks back which are waiting on some custom bases to be made up so I can finish them off. Behind them are some 15mm that are suffering from queue slide, not so much because I don't want to paint them but because I need to paint other things up.
 
I have been let down again my Maelstrom Games, went over to pick up an order that was put to one side. They can't find it and it's possible they already sold the figures. That is three times I have gone over to collect stock only to find out they don't have it. Not that i stops them taking the money on order. Really they need to sort themselves out with blogworld already up in arms over failure to supply (mostly warehouse move related). This puts a kink in a special base I am trying to build, at least I have the German to go against it ready to start.
 
However Andy Mc has supplied me the other figures for the trade and I can at least clean these up ready for when he is happy with the colours he wants me to paint them. I have held off over this week in fear of wrecking them through the curse I obviously have brought down on my family ;-)
 
Once all these are done then I have to decide what next to prep, I think it may well be the buildings that I got at Derby, though the Persian Cavalry and the Bolt Throwers are also trying to gain my attention. In the background I plan to finalise which three new subjects will be up for the Sniper Project and hope to pin Lee down on what the hell he is up to with regards my future painting schedule (Chaos rules!)

11 comments:

  1. Now that is a seriously busy production line; some wonderful loveliness there.

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  2. Well I just cleaned up 264 6mm figs ready for Andy to give the word, so yes you could say I am keeping it up LOL

    Ian

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  3. Looks great and it seems that Maelstrom is doing bad business for the moment as I have heard lots of complains online!

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  4. I think a lot of it is because they took a short term stratagy when they were closing on moving their warehouseing but as that has dragged out for three or more months that stratagy started to fail and they failed to change it. This is no doubt doing damage to both their repitation and sales, I just hope it's not termanal. Oh to have the chance of working in a opperations capacity I could do them so very well!! (I used to run a £10 M companies retail side)

    Ian

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  5. Very nice work, Ian. I just received some of these from Warbases with no real plans for them but I'm sure they'll come in handy in the future.

    Yes, the 'warehouse situation' at Maelstrom is getting a little ridiculous. We here often order from them but their stock levels are getting laughable.

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  6. @ Curt, A major ISSUE was the wholesale decision to stop ordering stock in except for special orders so they did not have to move stock. All well and good and made sence when they were moving within a few weeks but as time dragged on the idea went to bad then horrible. Now they have ran out of most that sells well and stuck with the large levels of stock that slls much slower. The fact that after not ordering for three months they still have huge stocks of some lines showes very poor buying stratagy. Now selling so much at cost and still shipping for free, no wonder they have cash flow issues. This from their own e-mail!!! Well they were moving in over this weekend so I hope they get sorted out soon.

    Ian

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  7. Maelstrom seem to be attracting quite a bit of ire at present.

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  8. Nice work Ian, the bases I'm sure are going to get a lot of use!

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  9. Great work on this batch! And am loving the bases. Never seen them before, so will give them a look over now. I can think of a couple good uses for them.

    Sad to hear about Maelstrom's troubles at the moment. I know of their move, and have held back on ordering from them, or just giving them more time than normal. They usual service to me was one that has been consistent. So a slight delay ( ok 3 months of hic ups ) is "OK" for now. Am also hopeful the new move will sort everything out and get them back on their feet.

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