Thursday, 6 November 2014

On the Workbench - November 2014

A quick look back at my plans shows I've got quite a bit of catching up to do, but for once I've got hardly any US to paint and even those can wait till I pick up a few more bits at the Recon show in December. Hopefully, despite being in Bath again, I'll make substantial progress on the following:
  • Austrian Grenadiers for the War of Spanish Succession (they are now washed and awaiting head swaps)
  • Having sorted out these I found I had enough bits for another couple of infantry battalions and some guns - probably I'll paint them as Saxons for the Great Northern War
  • White Scout Car for my British desert collection
  • British Valentine IX (the one with a 6pdr)
  • 6 x M3 Half tracks (some will be converted to M2s)
  • British Desert Motor Battalion (I got the extra small arms I needed from Sgts Mess)
  • The Bedford QLD and QLTs for the desert(I've got them with me to get started if I get a free moment).
  • Maybe consider using the Redbox Wars of the Roses Men at Arms for Burgundian commanders

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Another CCKW 352

Given my success with my last conversion of the Pegasus model, I acquired another pack and converted one to the third vehicle for my Rapid Fire US Field Artillery Battalion. I tried to find something different to do with the second model, but ended up just adding a winch to the front and did the same with the converted model as well.

The backdrop are my Italian buildings used for the SOTCW Salerno game played a few years ago and I was reviewing them to see what would be needed to be done to use them for for next years SOGGy big game, where I've volunteering to provide the terrain for one table

Saturday, 1 November 2014

US Command Groups

I decided I wouldn't stint on the commanders for my forces and created enough for each variation to have their own even though I could swap them around. They're mainly based in threes as per most of the Rapid Fire schematics.
The two triads to the left are Britannia and will be used for my Armoured Combat Command. The rest are SHQ with a few Airfix USAAF figures mixed in, two triads will be used for the Infantry Regiment command and the other two for the artillery battalion HQs.

Friday, 31 October 2014

M2 and M3 Half Tracks

Although I already had a US Armoured infantry battalion (made with Airfix half tracks) I found a scenario that need two battalions, so I acquired more of the Plastic Soldier Company version when I bought their M5 Stuarts. I wanted to create some variety and perusing my books and plans I realised I could convert the M3 into an M2 especially for use as a gun tow.

A pair of M2s either side of an M2A1, which has a pulpit as the main visible difference. I'll use the later as a 57mm gun tow and the other pair for the 3" AT guns. Most the pictures I could find showed them covered with stowage at the back and note the shortened mine racks.

More M3s personalised with assorted stowage

For those interested in the M2 conversion, here's a work in progress picture showing the main changes.

The hull sides are reduced by 3mm at the rear end carefully leaving the triangle behind the tracks. The interior is similarly reduced but by separating the rear compartment. The rear compartment is then reversed and refitted. At the rear the panel has to be adjusted to align with the new upper hull position, but with the lower third cut to fit the triangles on either sides and the centre stepped in to match the upper hull. I didn't bother removing the rear door as it would be hidden by stowage. The hull sides have the existing central panel line filled and a new one added ahead of the cut down mine racks. Finally two large stowage boxes from plasticard were added to the interior.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

US M8 HMCs and more Jeeps

My latest purchases from Derby, all models by Britannia. Hopefully I won'y need any more Jeeps after this. The Howitzer Motor Carriages are basically Britannia, but I've replace the metal tracks with spare from the Plastic Soldier M5 Stuarts to keep the weight down.

Keep watching more US stuff to follow shortly.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Back from Hols - Primasole Bridge

Back to the cold after baking at 30 degrees plus for two weeks in Sicily, didn't manage to get to anything of historical interest except the Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943 in Catania and that was well worth a visit as it's the subject of next years big game. It's situated in an old sulphur works just north of the main railway station so it's quite easy to get to. My main regret is being banned from taking photographs, so I only took a pictures of the Primasole bridge tableaux

Details are also on Tripadvisor (link) and luckily there seem to be quite a number of pictures online (link)

Map of the area to the west of Lentini from the Museum (I've taken on responsibility for the terrain for Lentini for next years SOGG big game) useful annotation of level of vegetation in green

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Katy returns

I have had several Airfix Austin K2/Y Ambulances in the past, all were converted into various trucks due to a lack of soft skins on the market. Imagine my surprise when I saw the price for new kits and on ebay for second hand. It must be the aircraft modellers as eventually I picked up a part built model at a reasonable price and I still had the old decals..

Another little gap in my WW2 British forces as Rapid Fire advanced rules need an Ambulance.