Monday, 23 April 2018

Terrain for Market Garden - part 1

A relatively simple start to building some terrain for the Battlegroup Market Garden weekend next month.

The wire fences are all new build, whereas the old Airfix windmill which, has seen some service over the years, has now been repaired and rebased. The aircraft base was just re-textured to match.

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


Dragoons


Hussars


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
Gaming

  • 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