Monday, March 6, 2017

Miniature Photography and Photoshop Fun with Bolt Action

Having a collection of miniature vehicles, infantry, buildings and scenery allows us to take some pretty nice photos of all the above. We recently had Josh Henderson available and decided to let him have at the above mentioned vehicles and scenery to photograph and prepare for some Photoshop action. Here is a fine example of his work, so let's take a closer look at what he can do.

With minimal lighting and a creative mind Josh began with a 4Ground cityscape located somewhere in northern France.

With a few tweaks and a couple layers in Photoshop you can go from this to...

this in a very short time.

Here is a nice clear shot down the scale street with good depth of field but needing atmosphere.

Bring in the atmosphere, a tighter angle and now you have the tension of a looming engagement in the image.

Now take it into Photoshop, working with some layers, color and contrast adjustments and filters, and POW there you have it. This one is a simple example of building on a decent photo, but there are those that think they can do the same in Instagram with a filter pack. That may be true, but lets look at some things you can't do there.

Here we move to the Russian countryside where a T-34 and an outdated T-28 are attempting to stem the German tide. Again we have enough ambiance but need a little more.

Simple color correction and the addition of mountain range in the background gives life and depth to the photo.

With the same two Trenchworxs models and scene we see that Josh changed the angle and brightened the lighting.

Again a simple color correction, some additional haze and a skyline in the background bring emotion to the photo.

We personally love this shot with the old Soviet T-35 land battleship plodding along, infantry in close support and a modern T-34 providing support on the hill above. The tank riders are from Warlord Games.

Josh provides a crisp dawn blue sky and a powerful muzzle blast from the T-34. Additional mist, color corrections and retouching provide us a finished image of the Soviet early morning counter attack!

One last image to show you how our intro photo started. Working with the lighting and adding a few directional spot lights Josh created a dynamic well designed image.

But once again he finished with a fantastic, well composed and action packed image.The muzzle flashes, blast debris and bullet tracers give this final photo a story all its own.

For Josh's other real artwork, check out his website at

Have a Great Battle
The Old Crow

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Soviet Armor From Trenchworx for the Eastern Front

Trenchworx Soviet Armor
If you are not familiar with Trenchworx, you should be! Trenchworx designs and manufactures high quality scale models for gamers and hobbyists. They design all of their models with accurate detail and ease of assembly. Trenchworx has had a three successful Kickstarters; Tanks of WW1, Tanks in Manchuria and Tanks on the Western Front.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - OT-26
One of the Manchuria tanks is the OT-26. The OT-26 or HT-26 was the first of a series of flamethrower tanks based on the T-26 light tank. It was produced by mounting a Model 1933 flame-thrower in the right hand turret of the twin turreted T-26 Model 1931. In early examples the second turret was retained, but it was then removed to make more space for fuel.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - OT-26
Trenchworx starts all models using in-house 3D printing technology and eventually convert to resin kits. Their resin cast products are manufactured in their facility in Sandy, Utah.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - BT-7
The BT-7 (Bystrochodnij Tankov or “Fast Tank” type 7) was derived from the 1930 American-built Christie tank, which had been perfected and modified into the BT-2 and BT-5 series. These were pure cavalry tanks, designed for speed, with good armament but weak armor.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - BT-7
The Soviet BT-7 was produced between 1935 and 1940. Several thousand were built during the opening stages of World War II and among those 154, BT-7A artillery tanks were produced.

The inspiration for the Trenchworks company began in July of 2013. Wanting to create models for their favorite table top war games and using the 3D printers of their parent company Worxsimple, it began with that simple statement of “wouldn’t it be cool to have…”

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-34/76
"We started with a T34/76 turret for one of Nate’s models. Next a Sherman 105 and Calliope turret was needed. After a couple of weeks of modeling and printing various kits, Dave said “Nuts to turrets. Let’s build a tank!” A week later we had a brand new Jagdpanther (cause why start small!)."

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-34/76
That very same Jagdpanther can still be seen on their Trenchworx home page and is still a favorite.
Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-28
Here you can see another fine example of their hard work, the T-28. The Soviet T-28 is a multi-turreted tank used between 1933 to 1945.  Over 500 tanks were manufactured.  The tank had one large turret with a 76.2mm gun and two smaller turrets with 7.62mm machine guns.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-28
This Trenchworx (1/56) scale resin cast kit allows you to equip the tank with either the KT-28 76.2 mm gun or the improved L-10 76.2 mm gun.  The guns are interchangeable and attached to the turret with magnets.  Magnets are included for the main turret and the main gun.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-28
Since the first tank rolled of the line at Trenchworx, they have designed, printed and shipped thousands of new models to customers around the world. Nate has been posting his progress on the forums with great support, commentary and even model suggestions.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-35
And now, the Soviet T-35 “land battleship”! This Soviet monstrosity was a multi-turreted heavy tank used between 1935 to 1941.  Weighing in at 45 tonnes, just over 60 tanks were manufactured.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-35
The tank had one large turret with a 76.2mm gun and two smaller turrets with 45mm 20k guns and an additional five 7.62mm machine guns.

Trenchworx Soviet Armor - T-35
They apparently did not participate in the border wars in Mongolia, the invasion of Poland or the Winter War. By June 1940 they were seen as nearly obsolete and costly to operate,

Have a Great Battle!
The Old Crow

Monday, January 30, 2017

Warlord Games German Panther for Bolt Action

Warlord Games Bolt Action Panther
Just a quick post to show off some German armor from Warlord Games Bolt Action line. This Panther comes in the Tank War box set and the buildings are from 4Ground. We've been having fun with Photoshop too! There is a lot more to post, hopefully in the next day or two.

Have A Great Battle!
The Old Crow

Monday, December 26, 2016

Bolt Action Gingerbread Stalingrad Battle

Had our first Bolt Action Tank Battle on the Gingerbread Stalingrad board! It was Jonathan and Kevin on the German side with two Panzers each.

Nathan had a Soviet Medium tank and a Sherman on lend lease from the USA. I ran with two T-34s.

Nathan started the moves by advancing his Sherman into the ruins for some cover. The Soviets moved two more tanks on before the Germans emerged to open fire on the Red armor!

There were plenty of misses due to the cover provided by the ruins. Quite a few hits were also scored which caused pins, but first blood went to Nathan as his Sherman hit and destroyed one of the Panzers.

After a few exchanges, one of Kevin's Panzers returned the favor by destroying a Soviet tank with a long shot.

The two T-34's commanded the center of the board from the Tractor Factory. One of Jon's Panzers took a hit and caught fire. However the crew was able to get the flames out and retreat from the building they were hidden in.

The Germans had the last three moves in turn six. Kevin's Panzer moved out  for a clean shot into the factory,  but failed to hit. So the game ended in a draw with one kill each.

It was a quick fun game with new players!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Stalingrad Gingerbread Tank War Edition!

In honor of this festive time of year we decided to indulge a little. So, we're thinking Stalingrad, Bolt Action, World of Tanks and Gnigerbread all go well together. Here is what we came up with.

Using Graham Crackers and traditional "royal icing" made from powdered sugar and egg whites we set to work. The crackers are pretty brittle so we used a set of dental tools and hobby knife to cut the window and door openings.

Here was the first test structure

and the next with it.

What would Stalingrad be without the tractor factory. Here it is in the early stages.

Here it is with the rest of the Gingerbread buildings. It even has a hammer and cycle sign posted above the entrance. For World of Tanks fans, this looks like a tier six match.

Russian, British, German and US tanks clash among the ruins!!

It was a great afternoon of fun.

Now to get the armies together and let the Bolt Action games begin.

About three years ago we built a Gingerbread Fortress which we posted here on the blog.

Have a Great Battle!
The Old Crow