1940 Global table & painted pieces


  • '13

    @Tall:

    Guys,

    ––Pardon me for saying so but the pics look like the lights are Red making a lot of new “Red Light Districts” all over the world. I would have expected the “Great Gargantua” to have said this. Sorry, but I just couldn’t help myself. (GRIN)

    “Tall Paul”

    Ha ha, good one.


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    @Tall:

    ––Pardon me for saying so but the pics look like the lights are Red making a lot of new “Red Light Districts” all over the world. I would have expected the “Great Gargantua” to have said this. Sorry, but I just couldn’t help myself. (GRIN)

    We can also update an old Cold War slogan, and combine it with a reference to the kind of lighting technology that is being used on this table, to produce the phrase “Better LED than Red!”


  • Customizer

    Guys,

    @CWO:

    @Tall:

    ––Pardon me for saying so but the pics look like the lights are Red making a lot of new “Red Light Districts” all over the world. I would have expected the “Great Gargantua” to have said this. Sorry, but I just couldn’t help myself. (GRIN)

    We can also update an old Cold War slogan, and combine it with a reference to the kind of lighting technology that is being used on this table, to produce the phrase “Better LED than Red!”

    ––“Classic!”  😄

    “Tall Paul”


  • '13

    Worked on these while training at Camp Parks, CA. Our nights were free, so this is what one does to stay out of trouble. Now that I am back home, I should have all my cities lit and ready for this weekend’s game.

    US Naval Fleet.jpg


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    @jluna1273:

    Worked on these while training at Camp Parks, CA. Our nights were free, so this is what one does to stay out of trouble. Now that I am back home, I should have all my cities lit and ready for this weekend’s game.

    That’s a beautiful fleet you have there.  The battleships seem to be painted in a combination of Haze Grey and Deck Blue; out of curiosity, to which one of the US Navy’s numbered camouflage measures does this correspond?  I once saw something similar in a book about the Iowa-class battleships.


  • '13

    @CWO:

    That’s a beautiful fleet you have there.� The battleships seem to be painted in a combination of Haze Grey and Deck Blue; out of curiosity, to which one of the US Navy’s numbered camouflage measures does this correspond?� I once saw something similar in a book about the Iowa-class battleships.

    Thanks, I really like how they turned out. I saw this paint scheme on a thread started by Spitfire38. He stated that it was “Measure 22”.


  • '13

    And here is the link that Spitfire38 posted regarding the paint scheme.

    http://abbot.us/DD629/fletcher/camouflage.shtml


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    @jluna1273:

    And here is the link that Spitfire38 posted regarding the paint scheme.
    http://abbot.us/DD629/fletcher/camouflage.shtml

    Great, thanks.


  • '13

    And all the Victory Cities are lit and ready for this weekend’s game.

    Victory City Lights Complete.jpg


  • Customizer

    That’s awesome one of the best yet!


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    @jluna1273:

    And all the Victory Cities are lit and ready for this weekend’s game.

    Congratulations – great work!  And the timing is nice because the upcoming weekend is the long Labor Day one, which is well suited to long games.


  • '13

    Can I get some feedback on my Japanese armor? I think I like it, but I am open to suggestions for improvement before I mass produce.

    Japanese armor.jpg


  • Customizer

    Jluna,

    ––Nice paint jobs, my friend. IMHO painted units add that extra layer of depth to a game that you can totally emerse yourself in. Keep up the good work.

    “Tall Paul”


  • Customizer

    Looks good.


  • Customizer

    The biggest problem I’ve found with painting is trying to keep them looking realistic but distinct enough to tell units apart for people playing with me that don’t know the difference between a Sherman and a Matilda II. Yeah, I know there’s decals but I don’t even want to go there. LOL


  • 2016 2015 '14 Customizer

    That’s why I’m resistant to painting mine - I’m always explaining which ship is which as it is. I finally color coded the tips of the ships - not historical but practical.


  • Customizer

    @Der:

    That’s why I’m resistant to painting mine - I’m always explaining which ship is which as it is. I finally color coded the tips of the ships - not historical but practical.

    I’m still working on painting. I’m not even going to attempt painting everything.  I’m at the point where the ones I do have painted will be used as “veteran” units. They will be mostly for eye candy and just for fun.

    There are some damn fine painters here and I totally respect thier work. However there is no way I’m spending the time and effort to decal units. Unfortunately to realize my complete vision of the perfect Axis & Allies set I’d have to spend a fortune to get all decals I need plus some nicer equipment and tools for painting and modding.


  • 2016 2015 '14 Customizer

    Don’t get me wrong - I do love and much admire the painted units - they just need to somehow be easily identifiable on the map.


  • Customizer

    @Der:

    Don’t get me wrong - I do love and much admire the painted units - they just need to somehow be easily identifiable on the map.

    Oh I know what you mean. Tall Paul and his crew of customizers do quite a bit of that. LHoffman just did a bunch of planes for him that have some great detail and designation painting and decals.

    I still love painting I’m just not willing to do all of my mini’s. A few just to pepper the board a little is where I’m setting my goal for now.


  • '13

    I really like how these all came out.

    Japanese Imperial Forces.jpg


  • Customizer

    Very nice!


  • Customizer

    Jluna,

    @jluna1273:

    I really like how these all came out.

    ––Me, too! Nice work on a difficult paint scheme. What I like most is how distictive your national ensigns appear,…very important!

    “Tall Paul”


  • Customizer

    Guys,

    @toblerone77:

    @Der:

    Don’t get me wrong - I do love and much admire the painted units - they just need to somehow be easily identifiable on the map.

    Oh I know what you mean. Tall Paul and his crew of customizers do quite a bit of that. LHoffman just did a bunch of planes for him that have some great detail and designation painting and decals.

    I still love painting I’m just not willing to do all of my mini’s. A few just to pepper the board a little is where I’m setting my goal for now.

    ––I think we ALL agree that painted units are COOL,…and add another level of “visual submersion” into our favorite game. Let me share some of my thoughts/concerns:

    -1.) Although 3 or 4 guys are working on my units I truly don’t know if I’ll live long enough to see the conclusion of this massive undertaking.
    -2.) IMHO it’s extremely important to be able to identify each unit’s NATIONALITY and TYPE, quickly and without confusion from a distance.
    -3.) All of my units will have a National Ensign ,or Roundel, placed on them using decals, or when necesary, hand-painting. I prefer I-94 Enterprises decals for this. For example all ships will have a rectangular “flag” decal on their sterns. Armored units will have them on their rear decks. Aircraft will have national ensigns on the top of BOTH wings and both fuselage sides, although this isn’t historically accurate in some cases (USAAF). All Artillery units will have decals on their breach blocks.
    -4.) In order to reduce the amount of possible confusion, especially when NEW UNIT TYPES are introduced, I have decided to STANDARDISE the Artillery and Transport Ship units for all nations. For the “normal” 105 artillery I’m using the OOB American Artillery piece. And for the Troop Transport I’m using the Anzac Transport from the 2nd Edition Pacific game. IMHO this will make it much less confusing,….especially when the Heavy Artillery units and numerous ship types are introduced. Both have been “modified” in order to have their national ensigns either on their breech blocks or on their sterns (poop deck).
    -6.) I’ve even gone further and had an “Alpha” decal applied to each aircraft to designate it’s TYPE, but this is quite tedious to do. “LHoffman” did a wonderful job on these,…see below: 
    -7.) All nations will have distinctive paint jobs that will assist in their identification. This extends to the “Special Forces” and “Winter”, “Desert”, and other area-specific paint jobs of each nation. 
    -8.) Although my Game Map has been enlarged 150% to 48" x 108" I didn’t want to have to use literally dozens of “Territory Control Markers” as I thought they were distracting, time consuming, and cluttered up the map. I noticed the
    painter “Allworkandnoclay” was painting national ensigns on the bases of his Infantry units. These were not only cool looking,….but made the territorial control markers uneccesary so I had him paint all of my Infantry units.

    ----My brother only “marks” certain units in order to avoid confusion with simular sized/shaped units and doesn’t
    do any “paint jobs”. Here’s my  suggestion for only "marking units of ALL nations:

    -Heavy Bombers colored on wingtips.
    -Tactical Bombers colored on tails.
    -Fighters colored on noses.
    -Battleships colored on smokestacks.
    -Cruisers colored on sterns
    -Destroyers colored on bows

    ––If you use a distictive color for each nation you’ve further assisted the identification process. A little thought ahead of time does go a long way!
    ----I realize that these are only my opinions, but I thought I’d express them so that they might assist others in dealing
    with their own “issues” of “painted units”

    “Tall Paul”

    T for Transport

    DSCF7906_zps167581c4.jpg


  • '13

    Tall Paul,

    Thanks for the input. Definitely some great ideas there. I may have to go back and tweek my stuff. I don’t have a team, but I am determined to complete all my global pieces.


  • Customizer

    Jluna,

    Congratulations

    ––You seem to be making extremely fast progress on your paint jobs, much faster than us…and they look great.
    ----Since I’m aflicted with the dreaded “I want it super-detailed” disease our modification/paint/decal jobs are going much slower. But the ones we’ve gotten done so far are just like I wanted them.
    ----My hat’s off to you. Keep up the good work as I always enjoy seeing your work.

    ----I truly feel that a set of A&A units look GREAT with only the “coloring” added that designates the different unit types. Everyone here has different talents, tastes, opinions, time and/or financial considerations to keep in mind. But we can all have FUN,…which IMHO is the ONLY thing that’s important (besides annihilating my opponent).

    “Tall Paul”


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