Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Arcworlde Arrives...

You may recall last year I contracted a case of Ohhshinyitis with the Arcworlde Kickstarter. Despite the best efforts of UPS to lose the goodies ("your parcel has be left at... S") a big box of resin and white metal has now arrived in Bristol and I spent a good hour unpacking it going "ooh, oooh and ooooh!" :-)

Some really lovely models here and the great thing is Alex Huntley's sculpting style has its own uniqueness and character, rather than the more common clone GW or Copplestone school look. With a ton of beautiful miniatures to paint up, including an Undead Leviathan and absolutely huge giant, I've decided to start small with the Hobgoblin warband comprising of seven infantry and one mounted warrior, which I have based up this lunchtime (experimenting with the cat litter to portray their Gaulag Waste homeland).

More soon...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The SOTCW World War One Compendium

The Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers have moved into the 21st century with the release of a PDF compendium of the Great War articles that have appeared in their society magazine The Journal over the years.

The SOTCW World War One Compendium is available in a number of e-formats including PDF, mobi and ePub, so readable on Kindles, iPads as well as PC. At 131 pages for 43p (yes 43 pence) it is an absolute bargain and can be bought at Wargame Vault here.

Hopefully this proves successful and the SOTCW look at making previous compendiums available electronically.

Ps. my White Fokker scenario is in it too!

Monday, 21 July 2014

WW3: East German SA14 Support Platoon BMP-2's

One of the Regimental Support options is a SA14 Platoon equipped with BMP-2's. 'Lead Mountain' had enough BMP-2's for a future Soviet Tank or Motor Rifle Regiment with spare for the National Volksarmee.

All I need do now is source some suitable infantry for these and the Motor Rifle Companies as Heroics & Ros only produce modern Soviet infantry. Perhaps a blob of Liquid Green Stuff on the helmets?

Painting Target: 431/1000

Sunday, 20 July 2014

WW3: East German Motor Rifle Regiment BMP-1's Companies

Whilst I painted up three companies of BTR-60's for my NVA East German Motor Rifle Regiment I decided to paint up a couple of BMP-1 companies as well as well as two BMP-1's for the Regiment HQ.

Painting Target: 428/1000

Saturday, 19 July 2014

WW3: East German 2S3 Battery

No WarPac army can have too much artillery, so I decided to add a second artillery battery my East German Motor Rifle Regiment.

As previously the models are GHQ 1/285th, painted in Vallejo Reflective Green.

Painting Target: 420/1000

Friday, 18 July 2014

WW3: East German BTR-60 Motor Rifle Companies

I painted up the BTR-60's for the three companies of my NVA Motor Rifle Regiment. Nothing says WarPac like the BTR-60!

Painting Target: 417/1000

Thursday, 17 July 2014

WW3: East German Motor Rifle Regiment HQ

The bulk of my Motor Rifle Regiment's APC's will be BTR-60''s, my favourite Soviet vehicle. Consequently I needed two for the Regiment HQ.

To be honest I'm not quite sure if these are accurate as I added the radio aerials to these GHQ models many, many moons ago. I must have based them on something, I just can't recall exactly what. Never mind, they look the part!

Painting Target: 408/1000

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

WW3: East German BDRM-2 Scout Platoon

Continuing with the East Germans I painted up three GHQ BDRM-2's to form a Scout Platoon.

A wonderful little model, I'm tempted to buy a few more to create a Grenztruppen (Border Troops) regiment.

Painting Target: 406/1000

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

WW3: East German 2S3 Battery

I'm not quite sure why I have so many GHQ Soviet 2S3 SPG's in 'Lead Mountain' but I do so I have added a battery to East German Motor Rifle Regiment.

Painting Target: 403/1000

Monday, 14 July 2014

WW3: East German NVA T-72 Tank Company

As a break from the deserts of the Sinai, I have dug out some GHQ MicroArmour from 'Lead Mountain' and worked out what I could make up using Mike Edward's Flames of War WarPac lists. As some of what I found is not state of the art by mid-eighties standards I have decided to start the ball rolling by raising an East German National Volksarmee (NVA) Motor Rifle Regiment (MMR).

To kick things off I painted up two T-72's I found, I really need three to complete the MMR support company but couldn't find another (I know there are quite a few T-72's still in their Minifigs bags from when I started this idea decades ago).

The paint scheme is straight forward overall Reflective Green and will work for any WarPac nation equipped with these MBT's. I decided not to try and paint numbers on the turrets as my varifocals aren't that good and you can't see them on the tabletop anyway.

Painting Target: 400/1000

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Land Ironclads: Sprue Fortress II

A bit of progress on the sprue fortress, building up the ground work with filler and Green Stuff...

Not a lot of activity at Blease Central today after last night's gig - it went well, here's a bit of footage...

Saturday, 12 July 2014

October War: Arab Trucks

It's been a bit hectic in Blease Towers today as we get stuff ready for Saul's gig tonight. As you can see I will be appropriately clothed!

I did managed to grab five minutes to finish these four trucks for the Egyptians or Syrians. I'm not 100% sure what they are or who makes them (Heroics & Ros I guess) but they will give me a useful logistics tail when added to those already painted...

Painting Target: 398/1000

Friday, 11 July 2014

Land Ironclads: Sprue Fortress I

A little break from 6mm - here's some 2mm! :-)

Busy day today with work and trying to get Saul's stuff ready for his first gig tomorrow evening (7.30pm Frog & Fiddle in Cheltenham if you are free) so just a work in progress shot of my latest effort playing around with sprue...

Thursday, 10 July 2014

October War: Israeli M109 Rochevs

Continuing with the Israeli artillery I painted the two GHQ M109's I recently acquired.

In 1973 the Israelis had two battalions of M109's (known by the Israelis as the Rochev). Serving on the Golan front, the M109's equipped the 405th Namer Battalion (whose entire B Battery was lost in the early days of the war) and the 899th Battalion.

The M109 is one of those irritating models in the GHQ line where they only give you two turrets in the pack of five for this model, and five turrets for the M109A1 with the longer barrel. I really don't understand the logic behind this, they do it with the M48A5 as well only giving two of the useful 90mm gun turrets and five less useful 105mm ones. I'd like to make the M109's up to a full four SPG battery but I don't want anymore M109A1's so I am not sure what to do...

Painting Target: 394/1000

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

October War: Israeli M-50 155 mm Battery

A few more Israeli artillery models, a battery of Israeli M-50 155 mm's. Produced by the Israelis with French assistance (the 155mm is the French Obusier de 155 mm Modèle 50), it saw service in the War of Attrition and October War.

I think the models are 1/300th Heroics & Ros, quite nicely detailed, I like the crew being modelled on the miniature rather than the open topped piece being crewless as is quite common (I need to buy some crew to finish my Makmats).

Painting Target: 392/1000

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

October War: AMX-13 Platoon

For me there is no tank quite like the AMX-13 that oozes Frenchnesss... It is such a sexy looking vehicle, more a race car than a tank! Having acquired four I decided to paint them up even if they did not see service after the Six Day War in 1967.

The models are GHQ 1/285th and I must say are some of their best, they are absolutely beautiful sculpts and a joy to paint.

The markings are hand painted and I decided to add the white recognition stripe to these for a bit of variety.

Painting Target: 389/1000

Monday, 7 July 2014

October War: Egyptian 9P122 (BRDM-2 w. AT-3) Company

As promised a little while back here is the 9P122 (the BDRM-2 with 9M14 Malyutka aka AT-3 Sagger) Company.

The models are 1/285th GHQ and I decided to paint them in the Egyptian three colour camo as the Syrians have the 9P148's in the two colour sand/green.

Painting Target: 386/1000

Sunday, 6 July 2014

October War: Israeli Soltam Ro'em Battery

Back to the Middle East today and I have started working on some of the Israeli artillery that was in the big box of reinforcements I bought last month. There is quite a selection of models for the Israelis including some M50 155mm SPG's, M107 175mm SPG (the barrels are cut down on these, not sure why), Soltam Makmat M-66 160mm Mortar  and these Soltam Ro'em M-68 (L33) SPG's.

The artillery models appear mostly to be  Heroics & Ros and do not have the same level of detail as the GHQ models, but GHQ don't make any Ro'em or Makmat models so there is little choice but to go with the less well detailed miniatures.

Given the lack of detail I spent a little more time on the models, painting ink around hatches and door frames, painting frames around the windows etc. As far as I can see the IDF did not paint any tactical markings on their Ro-ems during the October War, so they are rather plain, but imposing models.

Painting Target: 383/1000

Saturday, 5 July 2014

WW3: WarPac PMM Ribbon Bridge

Whilst work has been progressing well on the 6mm October War project I have been casting my mind to the 6mm WW3 project using some of the models in 'Lead Mountain' and Mike Edwards Flames of War Moderns conversion.

One of the issues I wanted to resolve was basing effects. For the October War I have been using my standard desert sand painted Vallejo Middlestone drybrushed with Buff that I use on everything from 6mm to 28mm. For more temperate climes I use Vallejo Beasty Brown, drybrushed Buff with some static grass applied but didn't think the static grass would be right for 6mm.

Consequently I have been experimenting with a selection of Woodland Scenics and Jarvis flocks and fine turfs and have eventually settled on this 50/50 mix of Jarvis JFT 1 Premier Light Green Fine Turf and JFT 2 Premier Mid Green Fine Turf.

The models I painted up to stick on these experimental new bases are a set of 1/285th URAL 375's transporting a PMM Ribbon Bridge from the now defunct In Service Miniatures range, painted up in the generic Soviet/Warsaw Pact overall green.

Painting Target: 380/1000

Friday, 4 July 2014

October War: Egyptian T-62 Tank Company III

Today saw me grab some time to finish the third and final T-62 company for my Egyptian Tank Battalion with these nine GHQ models.

I now need to paint the two AFV's for the Battalion command and the whole unit will be done. Here is the third company with the previously painted command tank.

Painting Target: 377/1000

Thursday, 3 July 2014

October War: Israeli Mechanised Infantry Platoon

Today was new glasses day and after a few years of perching the specs on top of my head when reading or painting I decided to take the plunge with vari-faocals. Not too bad when reading but I almost threw up when painting as moving made head made the tabletop move like a wave! The opticians did say they will take a couple of weeks to get used to...

Anyhow, motion sickness issues aside I did persevere with the painting and finished the first batch of Israeli infantry for all those M3 half-tracks I painted earlier in the month. The miniatures are Heroics & Ros Israelis with the odd Soviet and West German thrown in to complete the  platoon.

IDF Command SMG Team

IDF Rifle MG Team
IDF 60mm Mortar Team 
Painting Target: 368/1000