Saturday, 21 April 2018

WW1 Serbians

Another impulse purchase as I have no plans to refight the battles around Salonika in WW1, but these figures from Strelets seemed a very suitable unit for the Russian Civil War.

Given a choice of LMGs I selected the Chauchat as the section LMG so I could use the more suitable Lewis with other RCW figures

Thursday, 19 April 2018

M9 half track for the Ardennes

Appropriately completed on the first summery day for a long time. These are the PSC British M9 half tracks given a tilt and then painted and US decals for use in the Ardennes.
The tilts were the old Airfix ones cut and extended to fit the PSC model then covered with tissue.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

SYW Prussian Cavalry rebased

Luckily I managed to get some rebasing done while I was visiting my daughter. These units were originally painted twenty years ago and in general the paintwork has lasted well, just the swords to touch up. I also repainted the colours where the "fluorescent" pink had seeped through in the period just after painting.

The whole force

The Cuirassiers



I've started on the infantry, but they are going to take a bit more effort.

The entire army as originally based can be seen here SYW Prussian Army

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Q1 progress report

Progress to date is 299 items so a rather slow start and quite a few bits were not in my plan!

Looking at my plan for the year

The major project is Tricorne rebasing, covering all my Seven Years War and American War of Independence armies, this is ambitious - around 2,000 figures, but hopefully it should just be "cosmetic" as I won't be physically changing the units or bases.- I've just started on the Prussians

Painting/Modelling - moderate sized projects
  • Napoleonics - carried over from 2017. I've got quite a pile of figures (mainly cavalry) available to replace/upgrade some of my oldest units. Plus Spanish infantry, Polish infantry, French artillery and Russian Guard artillery - not started
  • Egypt 1800 - adding more French, British and Ottoman troops to my existing armies, probably by doubling up the existing units. - Not started
Smaller projects
  • WW2 Ardennes - finishing off various bits- well underway
  • WW2 North Africa - expanding my US forces to cover North Africa by adding Stuarts, Lees and any other new units that the new Battlegroup book might require.- Stuarts and Lees added, haven't bought the book yet
  • WW2 eastern front - extending my winter Russians for late war winter warfare, mainly by adding tanks.- all done
  • Some desert sand-dunes/wadi sides - carried over from 2017- not started
  • Various houses to add to my Eighteenth Century town, including a model of my daughter's house - carried over from 2017- not started
  • Need to create those Renaissance galleys - carried over from 2017 - any useful ideas welcomed- not started but I have an idea
  • Adding some Highland regiments to my SYW British, also for use against the Jacobites!- not started
  • Plus a number of bits to fill in odd gaps in existing armies- not started

  • Continue to support the Lance & Longbow Society games at various shows- We passed on Vapnartak this year
  • Nothing decided yet for the SOTCW game at Gauntlet- still undecided
  • We plan to hold a big Battlegroup event in May, so I may be a major contributor to the terrain and troops needed - - This event now underway and it's a big Market Garden game with up to 15 tables
  • I need to organise one or two large games, one SYW and another to be decided, hopefully my rebasing will be an incentive.- not started
  • Again try to get to Crisis in Antwerp- not organised yet

Monday, 2 April 2018

On the workbench - April 2018

A change in theme this month as I have to concentrate on preparing terrain for the Battlegroup Market Game game in May (there are still Allied and Axis places available via PSC) The main requirements are canals, wire fences and rural Dutch style buildings.

Otherwise I'll be finishing off the items from last month (below) and making a start on rebasing my SYW Prussian Army.
  • WW1 Serbs
  • WW1 Arab Revolt
  • 3 PSC M9 half tracks for the Ardennes, the tilts are built so they only need painting

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Yet more Ottoman infantry

Hopefully this will provide enough infantry to fill out my Ottoman army. In the centre a unit of Eyalet Infantry flanked by more Tufecki.

The Tufecki are mainly the less uniformed figures from the Mars set plus a few extras to make up the numbers. I think they have a nice Balkan irregular appearance

The Eyalets are the musket armed figures from the Redbox set, quite a bit of flash on some of these.

Monday, 26 March 2018

A bunch of Honeys

M3 Stuart light tanks from Plastic Soldier made from the left-over parts from My US versions I've given them Caunter camouflage as it is usually worth the effort involved.

Adding squadron markings turned into a saga. The first set were old and very fragile, once in place The poor alignment meant I had to touch them up and they still didn't look right. So I them bought some new ones from I-94. These turned out to be almost transparent and I'm still waiting to hear their response. So finally I hand painted them.

As a reminder here is the work in progress picture with the green stuff press moulded parts

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Ottoman Arabian Infantry

or Turkish Infantry in tropical dress. very much an impulse buy but just the thing for Palestine in 1918

A lovely set of Strelets figures I kept to a lighter shade of my standard Turkish army colour of greenish khaki (Vallejo middlestone)

Thursday, 22 March 2018


While I was away coping with the Beast from the East during the day I spent the evenings catching up on my kit backlog. So here are some cheap Airfix Cromwells that I picked up in Aldi.

The vehicles are marked up as part of the 2nd Welsh Guards, the armoured reconnaissance regiment of the Guards Armoured Division.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Snow show - WMMS

Yesterday Andy and I travelled down to Aldersley for the WMMS show. There was very little snow on the roads as far as Tong on the A41, then it became more awkward as it was blowing off the fields onto the road. It was a very quiet show as the weather seemed to have deterred a lots of traders, demonsrators and punters. A few pictures of the games that caight my eye.

A nice Napoleonic Peninsula game

I particular liked the hilltop village

Japanese landing in China 1937

Great Northern War with Prinz August figures

Very little shopping done, just some decals and vehicle stowage

Wargame Amateur's pictures (link)

Friday, 16 March 2018

Maybe a bit to blue? - WW1 Poles

Unfortunately I choose a deep sky blue rather than a blue-grey for the base colour so the result is especially bright in the sunlight. Appropriately they are the Polish Blue Army from Strelets

The Blue Army was equipped by the French and fought on the western front in WW1, before being shipped east to join in the conflicts there. I will certainly use them for the Russian Civil War.

At the back is a French artillery gun and crew in the colours I thought I was using!

Update, here is a couple of pictures taken in more subdued light, so not so bright and the shading shows up better.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Back to winter - Soviet KV-1S

While the "Beast from the east" was blowing I got a pair of Pegasus KV-1S asssembled. Appropriately I have painted them up in my faded winter style camouflage.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

WW2 Indian Infantry

At long last I have added an Indian unit to my British desert army. It has always been a niggling omission and I had considered using the Atlantic figures. It was to my great pleasure that Strelets released not one but two sets enabling me to easily construct a Rapid Fire battalion.

The only item still missing is a Boys Anti-tank rifle and that will be purchased when I go to WMMS next week.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

On the workbench - March 2018

To get my painting back on track I'm working on a number of kits that have been lying around and getting in the way, plus working on some recent purchases, in detail:-

  • Remainder of the Ottoman Tufecis and Azabs from last month
  • 6 PSC Stuarts in Caunter camouflage that I finished assembling last month
  • 3 Airfix Cromwells
  • 2 Pegasus KV 1S for my winter Russians
  • 3 PSC M9 half tracks for the Ardennes, I've got one old Airfix tilt, but I'll have to create a couple more
  • A WW2 Indian Infantry Battalion for Rapid Fire (or platoon for Battlegroup)
  • WW1/RCW Poles
  • WW1 Serbs
  • WW1 Arab Revolt
  • WW1 Ottomans in tropical dress

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Ottoman extras

A mixed bag here of skirmishers, artillery and commanders. It's always easier to painted large number of irregulars (non-uniformed) troops in larg numbers, so these all got completed at the same time.

Some Mars Turkish Heavy Artillery, certainly not the best figures, but quite intimidating.

Mars Turkish Infantry Tufeki - again not great, and I had to mix different headgear to make consistent units of these skirmishers

Red seemed to be the favoured colour for Tufeci so I painted the second unit a different shade of red.

At the rear are various vignettes mainly from the Mars Turkish Headquarters figures, that I will use for either commanders or dcoration for an ottoman camp

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Muscovite Artillery

I had forgotten that I had prepped these until I emptied the bag of washed figures from the dishwasher. being more regularly uniformed they got finished first. On the right is the campaign uniform, on the left parade uniform (less the decorative breastplate).

Figures are the Redbox Russian Artillery (17th Century), unfortunately they only provide two guns (those on the right)

Monday, 12 February 2018

M3 Stuarts - WIP

Something a bit different, hopefully this picture will make clear how I'm reusing the left over bits from the PSC M3 Stuarts to create some extra ones for my British 8th Army

The back and front lower hull plus the driver's hatch/vision slits were made by creating Oyumaru press moulds from the relevant PSC parts. The air filters are plastic rod with a green stuff pipe. The gun is plastic rod with a blob of green stuff for the mantlet.

I'm sure if I costed my time it would definitely be cheaper to buy more PSC kits instead, but I do enjoy the challenge

Saturday, 10 February 2018

M3 Stuarts for Battlegroup Torch

Keeping up the theme, this time some M3 light tanks from Plastic Soldier

The yellow star decals were from I-94 sold by Pendraken, but the yellow stripes were hand painted.

I'm not sure how much more Torch specific equipment is needed, but I now have enough decals left over to cope.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Lees for Battlegroup Torch

A while back I squirrelled away some of the Fabri diecast Lees from "The Works" so with the forthcoming release of Battlegroup Torch I thought it was time to get them painted as US and particular with the distinctive yellow stars

As yellow stars are difficult to find I painted them using the existing Soviet markings as a template

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Pictures from Vapnartak

The demo games on the ground floor this year were very samey, the more interesting ones where up on the mezzanine level

The battle of Meggido 1918 (yes it does look very familiar - its a variant of the game at other shows)

Nice eye-candy, but becoming boring

A Sudan game, but lots of empty space

The usual display, supposed to be the battle of Preston

Upstairs was where the real interest was.

A nice bit of snowy terrain for a fantasy game

An Italian wars game, spot Leonardo's tank which has broken down.

A nicely presented game

WW2 Urban combat

Actium - 31BC

The galleys are interesting

As I was manning the Lance & Longbow stand I didn't get much time to view the show, but the table sale was a scrum. It wasn't the nightmare of "Not-Derby" but they need to rethink the way the use the space for the whole show to reduce the number of blockages. Also reduce the size of the downstairs demo game tables and fit a couple more in.

Purchasing, very little - a book on the second Barons war, a couple of packs of figures, I-94 decals and some Army painter washes.