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“British Use Of Contraptions And Land Ironclads…”


“…Varied considerably during the period.”

This pair of 1/1200th scale Warlord class ironclads are produced by “Brigade Models” and can be purchased from their Great Britain range of Land Ironclads as product code VLI-104. The small steam-propelled warmachines are 10mm x 20mm in size, and were each super-glued upon a 40mm x 40mm plastic rectangle as per the Victorian Science Fiction Ground Combat game’s rule-set.


Sculpted by Tony Francis, the miniatures were primed using two coats of “Vallejo” Earth, shaded with a cocktail of “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, and then dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” Earth. The vehicles’ turrets and wheelhouses were treated to some “Vallejo” Heavy Green.

"Armée de Terre et Armée de Mer. Ordre de Mobilisation Générale."

These areas were later washed with “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green, and delicately dry-brushed using a little (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Green. Finally I applied some “Vallejo” Gunmetal to all their cannons and forward-facing buffers, and darkened these down with the odd splash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil.


In addition to one of my final submissions to the now successfully completed Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC), I also entered six (more) 1:285 scale Elemental figures by “Catalyst Game Labs” which I have painted to represent French armoured super-soldiers for my homemade Weird War Two campaign. These pre-assembled plastic figures were painted in precisely the same manner as my previous battle-suited Armée de Terre.

"Battlefront Miniatures" WIPs - This sMG34 Machine-gun team has been dusted down ready for finishing

Lastly, I have settled down to finish the three remaining plastic 15mm sMG34 Machine-gun teams I aim to field as part of my German Beach Defence Company for “Flames Of War”. These “Battlefront Miniatures” somewhat ‘got away from me’ during the final weeks of the AHPC, as I focused more upon the event’s sci-fi themed Quadrant Challenges so as to achieve my target tally of 500 points.


However, now I no longer need to fruitfully orbit such planets as LV426, Arrakis, Corsucant, Cybertron and the Vogsphere within the Middle Ring, I can once again fully concentrate upon getting my battle-hardened forces of the Fatherland ready for some fights next month. Indeed, I’m planning on spending the rest of this month working on more Panzergrenadiers, a pair of 7.5cm Tank-Hunter teams and a handful of Panzer IVs…

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undercoat2670
Apr 03, 2022

Your Ironclads are well painted but the models don't inspire me. Now, those French jump troops on the other hand are superb models and painted very well! Love them. Nice to see some more FoW too.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Apr 03, 2022
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Thanks Undercoat. I think the Land Ironclads are rather hard to photograph tbh. But hopefully once I've done a group pic or two they might look a bit better en-masse, The French blue colour seems to work on anything, imho, so they continually stand out. Always got FoW on the table - as I'm always chipping away at them. 😀

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planetmut
Mar 22, 2022

The Ironclads certainly have an early-20th century British look about them, Simon! Great painting and detailing on such small minis, I honestly don't know how you do it. The Elementals are great and match the French mechs perfectly, and the MG34 teams are excellent as always. Nice work!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 22, 2022
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Cheers Planetmut. I do like the Steampunk vibe to the Ironclads. There's actually a lot more detail on them which I could pick out - such as multiple windows. But they would drive me crazy and I doubt you'd see them on such small models.


Hopefully a lot more FoW is coming its way to the website over the next few weeks 😀

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Mar 21, 2022

Great work on the war machines Simon, and more great looking FRENCH armour suits, nice to see more of your Germans being worked on, as they always look great.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Mar 21, 2022
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Thanks Dave. I did have a bit of a catastrophe with the Warlord Ironclads, as I ended up catching all their brown hulls with green paint whilst dry-brushing the turrets etc - so ended up having to redo the brown again. Still, got there in the end.


Good spot on the French battlesuits, LOL!!! Don't plan on doing any more of them for a while. Really want to get cracking on the FoW stuff, as 15mm seems to be my fave scale currently.

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