Monday, April 24, 2017

10mm WW2, ECW and 28mm medievals

All over the place this week -starting with a 1/144 Zvezda I-16 Soviet fighter I picked up at the local hobby store for air support for BattleGroup Kursk games:

Then I dabbled a bit with airbrush to repaint an old minifigs Matilda II model - may have been one of the first WW2 minis I ever painted. Used blue-tak masking to get the camo scheme - worked quite nicely. Below is the result (left on the base) beside a second Matilda painted > 10 years ago.

Then I did a couple more regiments of 10mm Parliament pike and shot bases:

And finally a unit of mercenary late medieval crossbowmen from Perry and a few spare Old Glory crossbowmen to fill out some units for a HYW project that is getting close to making it to the table. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Western Desert "microarmor"

GHQ stuff seems to have become more pricey over the past couple of years - so I decided to fill out some of the holes in my 6mm desert project with Heroics and Ros models. They come at about 1/3 to 1/4 of the price of GHQ on a per model basis and they are ordered individually - both considerable advantages. I also much prefer ordering from the UK because the exchange rate and shipping is much better than it typically is from the US.

Here is an H&R Grant beside a GHQ Sherman - not bad for size and detail matching. Actually I was quite pleasantly surprised with the quality of the H&R stuff I ordered. It's not as crisp as GHQ (but really nothing is) and I understand that some models are better than others, but on the whole, I'll be ordering more from them.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

28mm late medievals - HYW

I diverted to the age of Joan of Arc to do a couple of units of 28s for a Hundred Years War project that has been on the workbench for about 5 years. Eventually I would like to try a game using To The Strongest. I think my English are more or less complete - now need more kniggots and Genoese crossbowmen for the French.

The figures are Old Glory knights and the archers are the GW Bretonians plus some of those Battlemaster archers wearing silly outfits with a bit of conversion work.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ugly WW2 Italians

I've had these 20mm Italian infantry figures kicking around primed and unfinished for a couple of years. Looking forward to the release of BattleGroup Tobruk, I decided to finish them off. I can't remember the manufacturer for all of them, some are RAFM (nice but a bit small) while the other very chunky chaps are something else and slightly ogrish. The 47mm guns are also RAFM metals - nice models but some fiddly little bits that adhere quite nicely to fingers over metal.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

French Naps

Knocked off two more brigades of French 10mm Napoleonic infantry this week. I think these are Magister Militum but might be Pendraken - not sure since they came loose in a job lot.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Soviet BT-5s

Did a small batch of 10mm Minifigs BT-5s for a Battle Group Kursk game I'd like to host at the club next week. I picked these up in a job lot a few years back and finally put paint on them.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Soviet T-72 company

This weekend I did a company of Team Yankee 15mm T-72s - inspired after re-reading Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising and reading First Clash by Kenneth Macksey for the first time during the past two weeks while I was traveling for work. I'm stoked to do the 4th CMBG when it comes out! I am also looking forward to the publication of Battlegroup Northag expected later this year to play out the scenarios from the book.

The Battlefront T-72s are great - easy plastic kits and I like that you can swap out CE or buttoned up versions, and the ability to fit some of them with mine plows (these feature prominently in Macksey's book). 

Secretly - I am also curious about how many hits my blog will get courtesy of the Russian bots with this topic in the title...

I also diddled with my airbrush on some StugIIIs in 1/72. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

More microarmor

I've been out of town for a while for work,but between comings and goings finished off another batch of 1/285 stuff - all GHQ.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Western Desert microarmour

I've had a lot of refurbished microarmour sitting by my bench for months - well I decided to get it done.

Here is a whack of Bishop SP guns, Shermans, Matildas and some Stuarts that I picked up in a big job lot. I stripped them all and repainted them in a very light stone with faded caunter on the Stuarts.

I am also doing some infantry and couldn't decide whether to do classic faded khaki-beige or wool uniform. So there are a couple of test stands in the pictures. What do you think?

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Terminator Genisys and Superbowl

How are these things related you ask? Today I finished off my Terminator Genisys starter box with resistance troopers and endos. I picked the game up for a bargain 20 pounds over the holidays from Warlord using some of my Xmas dosh - its actually a very good ruleset and at that price a total bargain.

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 I think the models are pretty good but these pictures are terribly overexposed

And what does this have to do with the Superbowl? Well, I am a Pats fan and today they just kept coming back - like a Terminator.... unbelievable game!!!!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Austrian infantry

I'm reading a very good book about the battle of Aspern-Essling called "The Battle" by Rambaud

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which has inspired me to dig back into my 10mm Napoleonic collection and work towards an 1809 scenario for Blucher or CCN. So here they are, 3 units of Pendraken and a unit of Old Glory. Not hard to tell which are which - one of the Pendraken units with the white flag are converged grenadiers.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Soviet motor rifle in "convertable" BMPs

I just finished a box of Team Yankee BMPs and a platoon of Soviet infantry by Battlefront. I based the infantry on small washers instead of the unit bases. The BMP kit comes with a choice of either the BMP-1 or BMP-2 upper hull. I did both, then magnetized them so they can be swapped out depending in which I want to use. Not sure if the kit was designed for that, but it's a nice bonus feature.