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 crete 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.

Monday, 15 January 2018

You can never have enough T34s

Another batch of "The Works" diecasts repainted, this time the T34/85s. They were originally white and I thought I could dirty them up enough, but in the end I decided to repaint from scratch.

Tagging along in the rear a pair each of SU100s and SU122s

This brings my overall total of T34s to 29

Friday, 12 January 2018

Some winter repainting

After the panthers, some more heavy metal - five IS-2s

The vehicles are the Fabri die-casts sold by "The Works" and stored away for a rainy (snowy) day. I replaced the decals on four of them to add variety.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Some winter panthers

Finished the trio of Plastic Soldier Company panthers, lovely models but a bit big.

Friday, 5 January 2018

On the workbench - January/February 2018

A plan for two months to kick off the year.  This is partly as I'm only just getting started but I also have quite a lot of other commitments. So I hope to work on the following:-

  • Finish the winter Panthers started last year.
  • Paint up all the late war winter Russian diecast armour I have in the stash
  • Assemble and paint the six PSC US M3 light tanks for Tunisia
  • Repaint Russian diecast Lees as their original owners again for Tunisia
  • create six British Honeys from the remains of the PSC kits.
  • if possible start work on more Renaissance Ottoman infantry and guns

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Plan for 2018

This years major project will be Tricorne rebasing, basically 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.

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
  • Egypt 1800 - adding more French, British and Ottoman troops to my existing armies, probably by doubling up the existing units.
Smaller projects
  • WW2 Ardennes - finishing off various bits
  • 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.
  • WW2 eastern front - extending my winter Russians for late war winter warfare, mainly by adding tanks.
  • Some desert sand-dunes/wadi sides - carried over from 2017
  • Various houses to add to my Eighteenth Century town, including a model of my daughter's house - carried over from 2017
  • Need to create those Renaissance galleys - carried over from 2017 - any useful ideas welcomed
  • Adding some Highland regiments to my SYW British, also for use against the Jacobites!
  • Plus a number of bits to fill in odd gaps in existing armies

  • Continue to support the Lance & Longbow Society games at various shows
  • Nothing decided yetfor the SOTCW game at Gauntlet
  • 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 is still in the discussion stage.
  • I need to organise one or two large games, one SYW and another to be decided, hopefully my rebasing will be an incentive.
  • Again try to get to Crisis in Antwerp

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Review of 2017 - part 2

Following on from the progress against projects, here's how the 2.269 items I painted breaks down

Grand Total

  • Renaissance was obvious top with all the rebasing, but there was also quite a number of new figures painted, especially the Muscovite Strelets and French Musketeers.
  • WW2 was made up of about 50% winter, but included a number of extras for the desert, BEF, etc.
  • Medieval was mainly the Swiss and the Vikings painted earlier in the year

Vehicle crew/riders
Other figures
Artillery guns
Tanks & AFVs
Misc Equipment
Grand Total

Again the dominant theme shows up as rebasing

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Review of 2017 - part 1

Looking at my plan for 2017 the progress is not so good as I under-estimated the work involved in the rebasing project. However numerically I did a lot (see part 2 for a breakdown) achieving an even higher total than last year, but like last year rebasing was a major component.

Painting/Modelling - moderate sized projects

  • Renaissance - sorting out and rebasing all my Thirty years War figures. This will involve deciding how to restructure my units and then painting any addition figures needed to make the units up to strength. - completed,I also extended the work to cover my Poles as well.
  • Napoleonics - I've got quite a pile of figures (mainly cavalry) available to replace/upgrade some of my oldest units. - Not done, postponed to 2018
  • WW2 - extending my coverage to US and German for the Ardennes - US completed, the Germans still need to have a trio of Panthers painted
  • Scratch build some small renaissance galleys, probably a pair each of Ottoman and Venetian to go with the guns and crews I received at Christmas. - Not done, postponed to 2018 - I need some inspiration

Smaller projects
  • Work through the Plastic Soldier Company Kickstarter kits once they arrive. - Completed I just have a box of CMP trucks left for which I don't have an immediate plan
  • Adding another medieval Swiss pike block - Completed (just)
  • Various renaissance units to cover war in the Balkans, Stradiots, Sipahis, Ajinkis, etc. - Completed
  • I need some desert sand-dunes/wadi sides so I'll get on with them once the weather warms up - Not done, postponed to 2018
  • Various houses to add to my Eighteenth Century town, including a model of my daughter's house - Not done, postponed to 2018
  • Two or three units of Vikings to add to my Dark Age armies. - Completed
  • More Swedish cavalry for the Great Northern War. - Completed
  • Plus a number of bits to fill in odd gaps in existing armies
  • - continuing to work on odd bits

  • Continue to support the Lance & Longbow Society games at various shows - ongoing, the last main shows with games were Phalanx, Britcon and Recon
  • Vaasgo 1942 is planned to be the SOTCW game at Gauntlet - Successfully completed
  • I need to organise one or two large games, one SYW and another to be decided. - Nothing done - the timings for the club gaming weekends always seemed to clash with other events
  • Try to get to Crisis in Antwerp - A failure due to my Pacemaker replacement. The Lance & Longbow are planning to attend in force in 2018, so my plan is to be there.

Stash reduction
Not a formal target for 2017 - it's now 6,946 items up 279 from 6,667 last year. So just as well it's an aspiration.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year - Medieval Swiss

Finished in the final hours of New Years Eve and photographed this morning.

The figures are all Miniart except the command base of Niklaus Von Diesbach, which are Redbox.

The various flags are from the cantons of Zurich, Graubunden and Schaffhausen.