Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Last batch of US infantry and some extras

Last of the current batch and a slight difference to my other units as I have used Italeri figures, most have backpacks so they suit a "leg" infantry battalion.

The heavy weapons are Plastic Soldier Company as before

Now the extras, a couple of radio jeeps, one for the Artillery battalion HQ and the other an Air-link vehicle, these are Brittania and for some reason one had the correct crew, but an Airborne jeep instead, so this makes them easy to distinguish.jeep. Scattered around are three OP teams.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Drop in crews for DAK sdkfz 251s

Nice to have kept a reserve of the old first edition Airfix Afrika Korps, they are just the job for making drop in crews for the 251s

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Yet more US Infantry

Same figures as for the last two Rapid Fire battalions, so not much I can say.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

On the workbench - August 2014

Looking back at my July plans it seems like I've not made much progress, but I forgot to mention that I hoped to start work on my US Infantry, and in fact I did manage to complete a couple of battalions. So despite have lost another week down in Bath hopefully I can finish more this month.

So what is still there?
  • 2 x US Infantry Battalions plus a few odd bits
  • 2 x British Desert Bedford QLD
  • 2 x British Desert Bedford QLT
  • 3 x German DAK Panzer III plus a Befehlspanzer III (will give me enough armour for the Alam Halfa scenario)
  • 1 x Tiger I, an early version by Fujimi that will do nicely for Tunisia
  • 2 x German DAK Panzer II
  • Convert four old Bren carriers to Vickers HMG variants
  • Crews for my DAK sdkfz251s

Monday, 11 August 2014

The long way home - Thornbury show

Took the opportunity of stopping off at the IPMS Avon show at Thornbury, a combined modelling and wargaming event, to meet up with other SOGGs and to dodge the rain. There were two very large halls, here's the first

The Society of Gentlemen Gamers game was Naqb Rala from the Rapid Fire Monty's Desert Battles book, here are the main Italian positions held by Folgore.

Free French forming up for the attack, Heimat at bottom right is held by Folgore.

Some lovely conversions by Don, Carriers with 25mm guns

French advanceing on Heimemat

More odd armour Conus 75mm SP guns

Heimemat falls to the French

German reinforcements arrive and hide behind Raqb Rala

Some other games
WW1 Italian front

Operation Chariot the assault on St Nazaire

HMS Cambelltown rams the dock gates

A large Saga game

My booty, mainly from the Bring and Buy

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

A trip through the Marches

Instead of taking the usual M6/M5 route down to Bath, I took the scenic route down through the Welsh Marches and a chance to visit a few more castles on the way.

First stop Stokesay, where last time I visited the gatehouse was being restored. It's now looks quite bright

Then on to Grosmont, one of a triangle of castles owned by Hubert de Burgh

Quite an impressive sized castle for one that is free to enter, perhaps it is bacause it is a bit off the beaten track.

Then onto his second castle at Skenfrith, again quite substantial and free.

plus quite an unusual church

Unfortunately his third "White castle" was closed on Mondays, so the next stop was Monmouth

The old town bridge

There isn't much left of what was originally a very large castle, but the neighbouring Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers Museum is worth a visit.

A final stop was Tintern Abbey, normally heaving with tourists, but quiet for a change

Then only a short run down to the M4 and onto Bath. Overall a very pleasant way to spend a day and didn't feel like the usual long ordeal.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Second batch of WW2 US infantry finished

Only a few differences from the first battalion as this will be an infantry rather than an armoured infantry battalion.

For Rapid fire this means two less bazookas , but I have swapped the 30cal air cooled MG for the water-cooled version (rear right).