Dust Tactics Supply Drop Boxes

No wanker jokes, please...

No wanker jokes, please…

Since this became a thing last week (along with a roof leak that has had half of the house lights out of action only the night before), I haven’t been doing much proper painting, and typing has been limited to pecking at the keys with one hand. So neither painting nor blogging have been all that much of a thing, and my cleaning up of the paint desk got halfway done (underneath) but I only got as far as cleaning up the Old Citadel/Coat D’Arms/P3 style pots that were scattered about. I’d been wanting to write up a post about the second squad of Minotaurs Space marines I finished recently, but my mood hasn’t been great enough to concentrate on it, so I’m doing this one instead on the scenery I’ve just finished up with this weekend.

Allied DUST Tactics Supply drop crates.

Allied DUST Tactics Supply drop crates.

I have done a little bit of painting of sorts though – more simple scatter scenery. These crates come from the various DUST Tactics boxed sets I’ve accumulated over the years. Like so much in my collection, they sat around unused for ages before I got them out and primed them with PSC US Armour and Dunkelgelb Warspray cans. I did that several months ago, before winter set in and made spraying in any form very difficult. Since I could do very little else with my wrist as it is, I got Marouda to help me out over the weekend and tried out the Plastic Soldier Company spray stains that I purchased several years ago but have avoided using on my models in favour of more controlled washes and so forth applied by brush. I didn’t really enjoy using them, but they did the job – especially once I went over them with a drybrush afterwards (and a little dark spot wash on the US ones). I completed them with a gloss polyurethane varnish afterwards for hardiness, followed by Testor’s Dullcote to give them a nice matt finish.

Axis DUST Tactics Supply drop crates.

The Axis crates were painted in the same manner as the US ones, though painting them and even looking at them now brings huge annoyance, as the assembly line workers in China seem to have mis-assembled several of the crates, as they have three different types of end-cap mixed across two different types of chassis. Still, if I don’t look too hard, I’ll be able to get past it.

Abwurfbehälter with Fallschirmjäger  Abwurfbehälter with Fallschirmjäger

Abwurfbehälter with Fallschirmjäger

This style of supply drop canister is loosely based on the Abwurfbehälter that were used by the Fallschirmjäger during WWII. The real ones went through several iterations – beginning as wood and finally ending up in a metal style that was the most common and well known. In WWII the Abwurfbehälter had specific markings that denoted their contents, though in the case of these Dust ones, I’ve decided to keep mine entirely without markings – so as to be more generic to work more easily across more games – From DUST (if I ever play it) to Konflict ’47 to 30&40k, various 28mm Star Wars games and hell, even moderns or Bolt Action.

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Dust Tactics Supply Drop Boxes

    • I have a “minimum level” that I’m willing to paint to, trying to strike a balance between getting stuff done and looking good. I’ve had to relax that a little when it comes to Bendy Bones Bits, but it doesn’t effect the paint. These too then hit my minimum. I have to say though, my very best scenery pales compared to the stuff that you create.

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      • My bane is that I always paint to the best level possible, accordingly I am super slow. I find your output and quality really inspiring. I think you found the perfect “high table top standard“ to my eyes. Anything higher would be display (that said most of your stuff is display quality already, especially your freehands). Do you have a background in graphic design that you apply to these?

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        • I can tell that by your approach to things like trees and hills!
          As for myself, Graphic design was one of my choices following high school (along with the Army and Forensic Science!) Instead I took a rather winding path to my current profession. Still, I enjoy painting and especially freehanding fine details which is my favourite aspect of the artistic side of the hobby.

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