Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ogre Miniature Painting Tips

I'm going to share a few tips and techniques I've picked up over the years. Tools, painting techniques, you name it.
Antennas for 6mm scale vehicles
 
I use black nylon paint brush bristles for antennas. They are cheap, plentiful, and you don't puncture your finger every time you pick up a mini, like you do with wire antennas. I recall thinking "I'm going to need a tetanus shot" after stabbing my finger on some Battletech mech wire antennas I did years ago...
 
I bought a cheap nylon bristle paint brush and cut the bristles off with scissors. I have been using those bristles for the last 25 years or so, and have yet to run out.
 
I usually leave the bristle long, and use a drop of superglue to attach it to the mini, sometimes I use a drop of accelerator so I don't have to hold it in place for too long. After the glue has dried for an hour or so, you can trim the antenna to length with scissors or flush cutters.
 
See my pictures in the GEV painting tutorial below.
 
 
Painting and Detailing Paneuropean GEV's
 
I got busy and painted a huge batch of GEV's recently, I was tired of the monochromatic red paint scheme. Basically there are 8 steps to doing this:
 
1) Priming - I usually prime my miniatures with Krylon Ultra Flat black. It sticks like crazy and dries fast. Of course, if I'm painting the vehicle light colors, then the black primer sucks. Luckily not many of my Ogre vehicles are light in color.
 
 
2) Base Coat - I sprayed the Paneuropean vehicles with Krylon Banner Red (satin) from a rattle can. Like I've said elsewhere, I believe in quick and dirty paint jobs for these. Krylon was nice enough to discontinue Banner Red (satin) from their line a few years ago, so I switched to their Banner Red (gloss). I figured I could just spray everything with Dullcote and they would all look the same. Nope. The gloss Banner Red is a little darker than the satin, so now I have a two-toned army. Oh well.
 
 
3) Skirt - I paint the skirt flat black all the way around the GEV with a craft store brand acrylic.
 
 
4) Windshield - The windshield is really two steps. I mix up a 50% wash of light blue paint and put a drop in each window. Capillary action usually does the rest, filling in the whole window. If not, a #0 brush can be used to work it into the edges. After that wash dries fully, I mix up another 50% wash, this time with dark (Navy) blue. I repeat the process of putting a drop in each window. The nice part about this technique is that it usually leaves a lighter colored "frame" around the window edges.
 
 
5) Lift Fan - I put a drop of 50% metallic silver wash in here, to highlight the blades. I also put a dot of black in each engine inlet and exhaust.
 
 
6) Guns - I pick out the 5 gun barrels with metallic gold.
 
 
7) Antenna - Just superglue the bristle into the antenna socket, let dry, and cut to size. You can also curl them with something to give them that swept-back look.
 
 
8) Flat Coat - I dust a couple of light coats of Dullcote over the whole miniature, for protection and to remove any glossiness.
Steps 2-6 from above:











 
Just cut some brush bristles to size






 
A flotilla of GEVs fresh off the assembly line!


 



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How I Became an Ogre Fan

Ogre is one of the first wargames I ever played, I remember buying it in a little hobby store in Owosso, Michigan, on a trip to my grandparents house in the summer of 1977. I picked up WarpWar that summer too, but it never held my attention like Ogre did.

I had read a lot of science fiction up to that point, including Keith Laumer's Bolo!  The idea of self-aware cybernetic tanks that were willing to sacrifice themselves for humans touched me deeply. I was 13 years old.

Later that summer, I would go see a movie that my father thought I might like, it had a strange title though... "Star Wars".

I played Ogre with my gaming friends at school, we pretty much wore out my counters and map. We drew new maps, created new vehicles, larger and larger Ogres, you name it.
In 1980 I was with some gamer friends in Columbus Ohio, visiting game stores. We stopped at a discount store that sometimes carried closeout merchandise from game stores. While rooting around on the shelves I found some packages of lead Ogre miniatures from a company named Martian Metals. I still have some of those figures in my collection.

Over the years I kept buying Ogre miniatures, trying to build up my collection. The line would keep getting discontinued and restarted. It was frustrating. After a few years of nothing being available I would sell off parts of my collection. Eventually Steve Jackson Games returned to producing Ogre miniatures around 2000/2001, and I started buying again.

I spent a lot of time and money buying used miniatures on the secondary market to build up my forces.

The line went back out of print for a time, then finally came back as part of the Ogre 6e Kickstarter. Hopefully a way will be found to keep the line in print for a while.

Currently my collection is over 1500 vehicles, I have not counted them for some time though. Almost all of them are painted now. I'm a firm believer in not spending hours detailing a 1/300 scale tank. My philosophy on painting the vehicles was why spend hours painting something that lasts seconds on the board?

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ogre 6e Storage Case Project

I picked up two copies of the Ogre 6e Kickstarter Edition, one to play with, one to hang on to for future purposes. I saw a thread on the SJG Ogre Forums about storage and transport a while back, and had been thinking about how to store and transport my copies in safety.

I was cleaning out the basement storage area the other day and came upon a couple of instrument cases ($5 each) that I had picked up at a thrift store many years ago. I had always thought I might use them to store my Ogre miniatures in, but had never gotten around to working out a way to make that happen.



These cases are pretty big. I measured them at 25" x 21" x 8" deep.

Hmmmm.... how big is that Ogre 6e box again?



The 6e box is 24" x 20" x 6". Wow! What are the odds of that happening?



Just add a little foam rubber to cushion the bottom and sides.



 
Now I can store and transport them safely!
 
 


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The 4 Howitzer Defense in Ogre

I've been looking at the Ogre 4 howitzer defense strategy lately, and decided to create a graphic to help my son understand the overlapping fields of fire. He got confused by the color coding of the hexes, so here's my interpretation:


 










































The command post can be located pretty much anywhere in the northeast corner and it won't make much difference.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Old Miniatures From My Past

Over on the SJ Games Forums, a recent post caught my eye...

Ab Mobasher Post

Interestingly enough, I have several of these miniatures in my possession, which I purchased back in the early 1980's.


Group shot



 
Turret removed

 



Interior fully revealed
 

Monday, August 12, 2013

More trees! More trees!

I decided the boards were still too bare, so I ordered another 200 trees in a lighter color, which I hope makes the boards look a bit better. I think I like it. They are more yellow, but the two colors seem to blend together.


I know I am amazed they can make these trees so cheaply. I also added some dead trees using a super secret process which I shall reveal at a later time.

Here are some new pictures:







Thursday, August 1, 2013

First Ogre Miniatures Game on the New Terrain Boards

Jonathan and I decided to set up a quick game to see how things look on the new boards.


This is the view from the Combine end of the board. (Ooh, look at all the laser towers!)


This is the view from the Pan European end of the board.





Another shot from the Combine Command Post POV.




 And finally a shot from behind the Pan European lines.