Plastic Playing Pieces



  • @ElCapitan:

    @supermestizo:

    Hi El Capitan !

    Very nice work, your playing pieces look awsome!
    Can I ask you how you painted them, maybe I paint my own, but I want to know how to do it so I dont destroy my playing pieces.

    Thanks.

    I just set up an area with drop sheets and used spray paint cans with paint safe on plastic.  My Soviet, Japanese, Italian and Chinese were painted with paint bought at Home Depot.

    My German, British and American I used some Testors Model Master spray can enamel paint.

    As long as you use a paint safe on plastic your pieces will be fine.  You could also use an airbrush if you have one.  The longest part is laying the pieces for painting.  I sarted by painting the back and/or uderneath, let it dry then turn them to paint the front and or faceup.

    Let me know if you want the same paint colors/company.

    Jeff

    Hi Jeff El Capitan !

    Did you prepare your pieces in someway?, washing and drying them?
    Did you just spray the color right on your pieces?, or did you prepare them with undercoat?

    Pizarro



  • Following scale model building practices you really should always wash plastic before you paint. Brand new pieces too because they will have mold release on them. Use some dish washing soap in warm water, rinse and air dry. ~ZP



  • @supermestizo:

    Hi Jeff El Capitan !

    Did you prepare your pieces in someway?, washing and drying them?
    Did you just spray the color right on your pieces?, or did you prepare them with undercoat?

    Pizarro

    My sets was brand new.  I didn’t use the pieces.  I didn’t prepare the pieces in anyway.  Place and spray.  Wait for drying turn and respray.


  • '10

    Hi El Capitan

    I like some of the colors that you used.  Can you tell us the names of each color that you used?

    Thanks


  • '10

    Here are some other tips for painting.

    Preping
    Washing - You can usually get away without washing but as Zero Pilot mentioned.  It it’s better to wash pieces first for best results.  If you do, make sure it dries thoroughly before painting.  If you want to speed up the drying use an air can or a hair dryer on low and cool setting.  Avoid using a cloth since little strand of fiber can stick to the plastic.

    For small pieces like the A&A units you really don’t need to use a primer.  I would use it only if you wanted to paint a dark colored unit with a light color.  If you don’t, it just might take an extra 1 or 2 coats of paints.

    If you can, always paint the units before you break them off the tree.  Trying to paint them as separate pieces can be more difficult.

    Painting
    Airbrushes will always give you a better finish but you can still get a nice finish with spray cans.  Here are some tips when using spray cans.

    1.  Make sure your can is warm (room temperature).  If it is cold put it in a bowl of hot water to warm it.

    2. Shake it well.

    3. When spraying, do not hold it too close.  Spay can paint can sometimes be thick and if you’re too close you can have a layer of goop instead a nice coat of paint.  For best results it’s always better to start farther way and apply a 2 or 3 light coats of paint rather then doing it in one coat.  Also, if pieces are not on a tree, you can blow them all over the place if you are too close.  You’re more prone to do this with an airbrush than a paint can.

    4. Practice painting something else first so you can see what works best.



  • Do I need another final coat of matt laquer (finish/varnish; what’s the correct word for that)? Units will be touched very often…


  • '10

    There are pros and cons to varnish.  Overall, varnishes will give you a more durable finish and will hold up better when rubbing up against other pieces in the box.  It’s con is that it is more likely to crack and chip if the item it bent (Tank barrel) or dropped.  Where piece with out it will get more nicks and scratches.  Also, some varnishes can turn a little yellowish after a while.  We’re talking years or something with a lot of sun exposure.

    The other reason for using varnished is if you want to give something with a gloss finish a flat look or visa versa.

    As for me, I didn’t use any varnishes on mine.

    The key for a good durable finish with any kind of painting are layers of light coats.  The thicker a paint or varnish goes on.  The more prone it is to chipping and flaking.



  • Yeah, just what are those colors El Capitan?



  • @Constantinople:

    Yeah, just what are those colors El Capitan?

    Will post them up tonight.



  • As promised here the colors I used.

    IC and AA: Krylon Flat White
    Germany:  Testors Model Master Spray Panzer Grey (1950)
    USSR:  Rust-Oleum Univeral Expresso Brown
    Japan:  Rust-Oleum Univeral Cardinal Red
    UK:  Testors Model Master Spray Afrika Mustard (1955)
    Italy:  Rust-Oleum Univeral Arctic Grey
    China:  Rust-Oleum Univeral Hunter Green
    USA:  Testors Model Master Spray SAC Bomber Green (1993)

    The results from the Testors is the nicest but colors are limitted in the spray can format.


  • '10

    I have a factory that is willing to do the pieces project for us.  I will be making an announcement this weekend once I have all the details ready.

    It’s going to be good……  I promise!


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    @FieldMarshalGames:

    I have a factory that is willing to do the pieces project for us.  I will be making an announcement this weekend once I have all the details ready.

    It’s going to be good……   I promise!

    Excellent news!  Looking forward to hearing the details.

    CWO Marc



  • Just like waiting for AA50 to debut!!    🙂


  • '10

    In regards to the Field Marshal Games Pieces Project discussed above, I have started a NEW THREAD for all interested in being a part of this.

    Please follow the link and take part in the POLL.

    Thanks

    Jeremy



  • Is there more talk going on aboat this topic besides the continuation topic were the updates are.

    I had my aa50 board printed from the media fire files in 165cm last week… very nice…

    I have just received my order for boats and AAguns for all the nations from AA miniatures, it cost me USD 128 to get  😮

    so the question I have is: are the new pieces going to be bigger than the 1985 ? version of AA

    RG,
    NN


  • Sponsor 2017 '13 '11 '10

    @ElCapitan:

    While waiting for a source of high quality pieces, here is my solution.  It takes care of the color, and number of pieces (except for Italy).

    I combined my AAEurope, AAPacific with my AA50 pieces.  I gave the Soviet Inf from the AAPacific to Italy and added the USA molded Chinese Inf of AAPacific to the Chinese Inf.

    At first I only wanted to painted the Italian, Soviet, Chinese, and Japanese pieces.  I got some spray paint for plastic and went to work.  After I was done with these I didn’t like the two tone German, British and American pieces and decided to paint those also.  Here is the result:

    I am very pleased with the result.  I am still very interested in replacement of high quality.

    Very Nice, good choice of colors!



  • Some of the Plastic piecese were pretty bad, but honestly, once I got my copy of AAP40, I think they redeemed themselves.  The sculpts were fairly detailed and the plastic they were molded out of was actually much better quality I thought than the Anniversary edition.  I was more upset about them sending the wrong battlestrip…



  • Hello,

    I am a total noob to this board (Hi Y’all!) and this is my first post  :-D.

    I’m an old time player of A&A 42 and have recently purchased Pacific 40 and am really stoked for Europe 40 and the Global Game. I will admit that I was very disappointed with some of the cutbacks WOTC have taken, i.e. lack of paper IPC’s, only 5 dice, cardboard tokens for IC, AA guns, Airbases, and Naval bases.  :x  and let’s not start on the Horrible Battle Board (I’ve had to hit ebay for more IPC’s, IC’s and AA guns.) Anyways, I’ve been reading up and am very interested in getting new updated pieces that are of great quality like the original A&A pieces.

    In short, is there any new information regarding FMG’s attempt to make new pieces, when can we expect to see more? When will these items go up for sale? Will they be of the same color of the Global 40 pieces or will they be a new a different color. I’m not a painter and would love for all the pieces to match. I’m a lot more easy going than I may sound at the moment, don’t get me wrong, I love this game and would love to be part of any movement that helps get this game to the top echelon of the gaming world as if it isn’t already.  :lol:

    I have Eurpoe 40, Wooden dice turret, and combat dice on pre-order with FMG’s and can’t wait for August, but I’d also love to have those newly designed pieces to go with it. I know new dice are in the works for the French and Anzac’s but when can we expect them? Any new info would be very much appreciated. Thank you.  🙂



  • @Stickman:

    Hello,

    I am a total noob to this board (Hi Y’all!) and this is my first post  :-D.

    I’m an old time player of A&A 42 and have recently purchased Pacific 40 and am really stoked for Europe 40 and the Global Game. I will admit that I was very disappointed with some of the cutbacks WOTC have taken, i.e. lack of paper IPC’s, only 5 dice, cardboard tokens for IC, AA guns, Airbases, and Naval bases.  :x  and let’s not start on the Horrible Battle Board (I’ve had to hit ebay for more IPC’s, IC’s and AA guns.) Anyways, I’ve been reading up and am very interested in getting new updated pieces that are of great quality like the original A&A pieces.

    In short, is there any new information regarding FMG’s attempt to make new pieces, when can we expect to see more? When will these items go up for sale? Will they be of the same color of the Global 40 pieces or will they be a new a different color. I’m not a painter and would love for all the pieces to match. I’m a lot more easy going than I may sound at the moment, don’t get me wrong, I love this game and would love to be part of any movement that helps get this game to the top echelon of the gaming world as if it isn’t already.  :lol:

    I have Eurpoe 40, Wooden dice turret, and combat dice on pre-order with FMG’s and can’t wait for August, but I’d also love to have those newly designed pieces to go with it. I know new dice are in the works for the French and Anzac’s but when can we expect them? Any new info would be very much appreciated. Thank you.  🙂

    Welcome to Axis and Allies.org!

    Yes, there has been a lot of information about the FMG pieces posted in the Axis and Allies Varients board.  Here is the discussion thread.

    http://www.axisandallies.org/forums/index.php?topic=16786.0



  • @FieldMarshalGames:

    I have a factory that is willing to do the pieces project for us.  I will be making an announcement this weekend once I have all the details ready.

    It’s going to be good……   I promise!

    Can’t wait! BTW its almost weekend here… 1642LT



  • How much is a full set gona cost?


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