Dusting off the Paints…

It’s been ever so long since I last managed to put paint on a model – in fact I think it was about the time of the tournaments here last year, which pushed it back a way. But I have finally done it! I have dusted off the paints and managed to get some models done!


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Well, there you go, I’ll probably pack them away now and not get them out for the next six months… but at least I got a few things finished!






We have a winner

We have a WINNER!
2 Months ago we started the first Dystopian Legions Painting Competition and we had 3 man who joined the competition with their awesome painted platoons. 1 Month ago the voting started and I want to thank everyone who voted because we had a lot of people who brought out their vote on their favourite.

So now all my talking (well actually typing) is over I will present the winner…..Congratulations PAUL! Your platoon was voted as the best painted one so you are the winner of the first Dystopian Legions Painting Competition. Your prize will be send to you by mail.

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I want to thank Jon, Paul & Todd for joining the competition and I hope you guys and other painters will join again in the next competition. Keep on the good painting work everyone and see you next time.

Kind Regards,

The First Dystopian Legions Painting Competition

Helllo everyone,

First off I want to introduce myself, my name is Lorenzo Salden, also known as Projectmanhatten5 on the Spartan Games Community and today I’m proud to announce the first Dystopian Legions painting competition! Together with Spartan Games and Giles, we have set up this competition and we are looking forward to a lot of painted forces from you guys. The competition already started and you are now allowed to send in pictures from your Dystopian Legions force. Pictures can be send to me via my mail (lorenzosalden@gmail.com) or via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lorenzo.salden) with the subject: Dystopian Legions Painting Competition. You can send in pictures until 1 December 2015.

After that the pictures will be uploaded and people can vote on the force they like the most. The voting will end on 31 December 2015 and the winner will be announced before the 10th of January and the prize will be send to the winner that same day. The prize is a 15 pound gift certificate for the Spartan Games Online store with an expiration date of 31 January 2016. The start of the voting will be announced on the Community and on the Element270 Facebook page.

The rule summary:
*Your painted force must at least contain 1 painted officer and 1 painted Line Section, you are allowed to add more sections to a maximum of 1 full platoon diagram (diagram can be found here: http://www.spartanga…oon-Diagram.pdf),Judging will be done on the quality of the painted miniatures, not the quantity of the miniatures.
*Pictures can be send to me until 1 December with a maximum of 5 pictures per person.
*You don’t have to start painting a new force, if you already have a painted force you can use them.
*There is no max size for the pictures but keep it normal (I don’t want poster size pictures :P)
*You force can posse in a background, scenery etc, but keep in mind that the voting is about the painting quality not the diorama you make with it.
*Composite pictures are allowed but with the following notification: you can send in 1-2 picture that is composite of your full force with some close ups, I allow it but don’t send in 5 pictures with 5 close ups each because that gives you more pictures in total and it won’t make it much easier for the voting.

If there are any questions about the competition don’t hesitate to ask them via a mail, Facebook, PM on the Community, post on the Community or as a reaction down below. The link to the community post is here for people who wane view that. Have fun painting everyone and I’m looking forward to see all your amazing forces.

Kind Regards,

Painting Contest – WE HAVE A WINNER!

And we really do! I promise! 😀

It’s been a while in the making, so time to announce the winner of the painting competition… You’ll have to supply your own drum rolls though, as they were cut due to budget considerations. I’m blaming Giles… 😛

And the winner is:

Charles Yang’s Covenant of Antarctica with 35 votes!


And more of our winners fleet: Linky-link

Congratulation Charles on that very pretty and very steampunk looking fleet!

But lets not forget, without our other competitors (and their wonderful work) we would not have a competition. And they also actually managed to get their fleets painted in time, unlike myself… For that, I applaud them!

Because they all looked so good, I have once again linked them below for people to appreciate.

James’ Covenant

Luke’s EotBS

Robert’s EotBS

Again, thank you everyone that entered, and apologies for the massive delays… It has been an interesting few months of my Real Life.

And Charles, we shall be stalking you via email regarding your loot… You’ve been warned… 🙂


Islands ahead Sir!

I previously wrote about making a sea board, and I’ve also written about making some large land tiles.  This post I’m going to talk about making islands; you might have seen these before in battle reports here on E270.  I had previously posted this article on my old Blog Castle By Moonlight, so if you think you’ve seen it before there, you’re correct!

Really, I wasn’t so creative as to have conjured the methods for making these from the air, I took the ideas from two places – the ideas for the forests were taken from this wonderful post over at the Spartan Games website.  The ideas for the islands were taken from the Dystopian Wars Australia group on Facebook (and I’ll henceforth refer to them as Lewis islands for that reason).

So, after reading both these posts I decided to make my own islands.  firstly I made a frame for the forest foliage, filled it with Woodland Scenics clump foliage, and liberally soaked it in PVA.



A nice mix of dark and light to add some variation.

I then purchased some cork tiles, and by a mixture of tearing them with my hands and pliers, and cutting them to have a bevelled edge with a craft knife, I had the following:


The islands in the foreground – a mixture of cut edges and torn edges –  the cut edges will be painted as the rest of the island, while the torn sections will be painted as rock.


For the sea rocks/mounts I glued several layers of cork together, and the tore and cut away at the sides until it looked more uniform.  In retrospect I’d have glued, then cut them away.  As they are they look like so many layers – and while some of this is ok, there is too much.

I had to decide how to manage the forests.  Being cork board I decided to use some small wood tacks – press them into the cork far enough to hold but not all the way through.

The flat top surfaces of the tacks would be a good base for the glue that would hold the foliage to the trunks.

An undercoat in black later:


The rocks were drybrushed in successively lighter layers of gray, from dark to light, and finally a very light drybrush of white.




The final coat of white really helps to delineate the edges and make the whole thing look better (in my opinion).

The islands on the other hand received a heavy coat of a rich dark brown:

I then drybrushed, heavily and progressively lighter with different shades of brown.  Finally a light flesh tone.  Of course – the rock was done the same as the rocks above.  Finally I added some static grass:


On the largest island here I left a large open area, eventually I’ll grab some Spartan town pieces to add there – just a manor house I think…

Finally I used some Woodland Scenics Hob-e-Tac glue – on top of each tack head.  Then once this had set sufficiently I pulled the foliage I had made earlier apart and pressed it onto the tack heads.  I tried to get some nice variation in tone across the islands, and I think they came up very nicely.




Well – that’s that for now.  Thanks to the guys on the Spartan forums and DW Australia for the inspiration!  I think my Lewis class islands came up well!  If you use a different approach or material for your island building I’d love to read about it – let me know, either as a comment here, via email (element270podcast@gmail.com) or on our Facebook group.

The Pan Hemisphere Painting Challenge

It begins with a spark, and soon the fires burn hot.

The Dominion of Canada has Challenged Free Australia to a paint-off – well, more like a ‘let’s see if we can make some headway against the growing tide of unpainted miniatures-off’.

Over at the inestimable ClockWerk Warriors blog, Adam (whose painting skills leave mine to shame) has agreed to a painting challenge… three weeks and a collection of miniatures to paint.

Adam has committed to painting:

3 Marsailes Cruisers, 3 Ecuyer Support Cruisers, & 6 Chevalier Destroyers

While I have:

4 Victoria Class Gunships, 2 Tasmania Class Sub Tenders, & 2 Bounty/Cerebus Class pocket battleships.

I have to be honest and admit I feel this is slipping from my grasp, I’ve hardly managed to get paint to miniature the last week despite the very best of intentions.  Nonetheless it hasn’t been a complete write off, and I have finally managed to get some paint onto my Victoria Gunships – not much, but it’s a start!

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Some bronze, the windows, a glow effect around the generator, a wash and a highlight and they should be done… Fingers crossed I manage to make more headway over the next few days!



How to Paint…. Dystopian Legion FSA Infantry – Part 1

Hi everyone, thought I would try my hand today at a painting blog.

Recently I sat down with my Dystopian Legion FSA models and worked out where I was heading with my Platoon.  The Armoured Infantry had just arrived on my painting desk and these were to be my third Infantry unit.  (You can see my unboxing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VwNeQsI_VM).  The Armoured unit was to get my only APC transport so I saw the need to increase my other two infantry units to full strength.

After a quick online shop with shop.spartangames.co.uk and about 2 weeks of postage 4 FSA infantry arrived.

So I thought I would take this opportunity to show how I like to paint the most basic of models in the FSA – the ones that do all the work but get none of the glory.

Over a series of posts I’ll show you how to transform this


To this (and hopefully learn how to take better pictures along the way)


First post will be up in a few days – till then watch out for those exploding 6’s.

Part 2 ->> https://element270.wordpress.com/2013/12/09/how-to-paint-dystopian-legion-fsa-infantry-part-2/