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.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Yet more US Jeeps

It seems that one can never have enough. These are the Ready to Roll versions bought on ebay, unfortunately the bases were a lot thicker than I hoped so I had to saw them off first. They came with some extra crew figures, but increse variety I used a couple of old plastic figures as well.

Just spotted I forgot to finish off the windscreens!

Monday, 6 October 2014

M5 Stuarts

25% off the advert said, so rather than wait till Derby I put my order in to Plastic Soldier Company. These were a joy to build, my only regret is the amount of spare parts left over, I'll just have to find a use for them.

At the back three late model version that will be used with my US armoured battalion and in front three early version that will join the reconnaisance squadron

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Derby 2014

Another excellent day out at the Derby show, and great company on route with Andy and Phil. The Lance & Longbow game - a Teutonic Knights skirmish game with great winter terrain from Graham.

Nice figures, but the clutter on the table?

SYW, better, but keep the playsheets off the table when not in use

Impressive, and I think the rule book positioning was deliberate

Early WW1 - French v's German

My delight, French & Indian War

At laast some 20mm! - battlegroup Overlord

Cross & Crescent (Saga) - nice, well presented and friendly banter

SOAs battle in a box Nothampton 1460 fought using Chris Engels Matrix game system

The Lance & Longbow game in progress

My booty, not as much as I would have liked

Great day out and a chance to chat to a lot of friends.

Friday, 3 October 2014

More French for Egypt 1801

At last some colour in my painting and these are very colourful. To go with my existing four line infantry units I have added another two, plus four small units of Legere. The flags just need printing and adding to the line units.

Figures are Strelets French Light Infantry in Egypt

Thursday, 2 October 2014

On the workbench - October 2014

Painting plans for September were a bit disrupted by some purchases on ebay and The Plastic Soldier sale as you will see below. With these exceptions October will be a roll over of what is remaining as I will be off on holiday for a couple of weeks. So in rough order of priority I have:
  • More French Infantry for Egypt 1801 - nearly completed
  • 4 x US Jeeps - again nearly complete
  • 6 x M5 Stuarts - nearly there
  • An Austin K2 Ambulance
  • 6 x M3 Half tracks (some will be converted to M2s)
  • some US command teams
  • The Bedford QLD and QLTs that I keep intending to start.
  • and maybe start on those Austrian Grenadiers for the War of Spanish Succession

Off to Derby on Saturday, at least I won't be distracted by buying stuff on the B&B. Then it will be Leeds at the end of the month. If you want to stop and have a chat I'll be on the Lance & Longbow stand at both shows.