19/05/2022

WW2 French reinforcements

Yet again, problems have slowed progress, but the bulk of my extra French are completed. Most of these bring my forces up to the strength required for the Rapid Fire Blitzkeig scenarios.
Renault R35s and an AMR-ZT3
Hotchkiss H39s with the long barrelled 37mm gun
Somua S35s, originally I only planned to add 1 but they were so much nicer than my original models I produced 4.
8The final tank a Char B1 bis - all looks Ok
But the other side shows the effect of uncured resin leaking out from inside and this is after repair!
Draining the resin, I have done this to all the tanks and about 50% contained uncured resin.
The guns etc, will be shown later, once I have finished their crews, etc. I have made a start on draining the LVTs, but my minidrill failed and I have only just received a new one.

03/05/2022

On the workbench - May 2022

Well my youngest daughter has arrived home after several years in New Zealand, so I can forsee various family events interupting my painting. As previously mentioned decorating had a bigger effect on my output than expected, but at least I managed 5 out of 6 in the Wargames Forum 30 day kit build challenge, which was not in my plan
There are a couple of PSC RSOs with resin printed tracks, an Italeri Kubelwagen and Opel Blitz, and a Zvezda Bofors gun for my BEF. The fail was the Airfix Bofors tractor, again for the BEF.

So my plan is to continue with what remains from my April plan
  • German FJ heavy weapons
  • Paint WW1 & WW2 French vehicles,etc. that I have just printed
  • Paint WW2 US LVTs
  • Strelets French Goumiers and Field Kitchen
  • Hat WW2 French gun crews
  • Plus finish the final kit from the challenge and paint them
Best wishes for the future to all Ukrainians at the moment, please donate to the DEC appeal in the UK or whatever is possible locally.

02/05/2022

WW2 British reinforcements

Manage to complete painting my 3D printed WW2 British before the end of the month.
A pair each of Daimlers and White scout cars for my armoured car regiment
Yet more Matilda mark 1s I now have enough for the new Rapid Fire Arras scenarios
and their bigger brothers the mark 2 with the distinctive raised suspension and skid trail used by the BEF vehicles
A pair of Morris CS9 armoured cars
18/25 pdr guns and limbers, the guns are PSC with 3D printed wheels

27/04/2022

French dragoons on foot for the WSS

My last French dragoons are now deployed on foot, they are the Strelets French dragoons skirmishing and to make up the required numbers I have added some Zvezda GNW Russian dragoon horse, which are a close fit. Again I have picked units to give a variety.
Bretagne
Rohan Chabot
Vasse
These are the last WSS figures in my stash and I'm now awaitng Strelets restarting production so I can acquire more of their promised sets.

19/04/2022

More cavalry for the War of Spanish Succession

Time seems to fly by, I am way behind with my plan for the month. I had taken account of my weeks holiday, but on teturning all my painting efforts have been diverted to 1:1 scale redecorating the hall. Still I have managed six cavalry units, three each of British and French.
Magnac's brigade, made from the Strelets late war dragoons painted as horse as I have plenty of dragoons
Regiment de Fourquevaux
Regiment de Abusson
Regiment de Vivans
Wood's brigade, again Strelets figures, Brtish regiment of horse late war.
The Queens regiment of horse commanded by Lumley
Earl of Plymouth's regiment of horse commanded by Wood
Duke of Shrewsbury's regiment of horse commanded by Cadogan

12/04/2022

Some interesting pictures of the TYW/ECW

Always funny what you come across in your travels. On the way back from holiday in Ceredigion we stopped off at Powis "castle" . In one of the rooms there were some familiar pictures, but when I asked the guide I only found out they were generic battle scenes. Eventually remembering the name of the Flemish artist Pieter Snayers and adding "powis" up popped the pictures and far better than I could see them high up on the walls at the stately house.
all said to be in the manner of Pieter Snayers (Antwerp 1592 – Brussels 1667). There is also one other in the National Trust collection so I'll have to pop down to Erddig, which is nearby to see it.
Bigger images can be obtained here

06/04/2022

My recent output from my 3D resin printer

I thought it might be of interest to readers to cover what I have recently printed and illustrated in my previous blog post.
Starting from the top right tray and working round clockwise
  • Mainly British 2 x Morris CS-9; 2 x Daimler aroured cars;1 x A13 cruiser; 3 x Matilda 2; 3 x Matilda 1; 2 x White scout cars (one damamged)
  • Japanese 2 x Kurogane staff cars; 2 x Nissan 180 trucks; 2 x type 94 trucks; 2 x 47mm AT guns; 3 x 20mm AA guns and crews (in green tray)
  • French 1 x Char Bi bis; 4 Somua S35; 4 x Hotchkiss H39; 3 x Renault R35; 1 x AMR-XT; 4 x M/c combos; 2 x fuel trailer for Lorraine 37L, 2 x 25mm AT guns for a pair of portees already painted; 2 x 155mm guns
  • Green box with a St Chamond and Schneider CA-1 WW1 tanks
  • Green box with a coastal tanker, 4 x Fairmile MGB (two slightly damaged) 1 x Russian minesweeper ( commercial hull with some resin printed parts)
  • German 2 x Borgward Wanze; 2 x 88mm Pak43 (shields need repaired) 2 x RSO (PSC bodies with resin printed tracks); 1x Panzer III N, 1 x StuIG 33B
  • Test printing of 20mm Dutch Napoleonic Infantry (all slightly undersized); Russian mineroller for PT34; 3 x Petrol pumps; 8 Oxen for Napoleonic Spanish Artillery; 4 x Water Buffalos
  • Japanese 3 x Type 2 Ka-Mi; 3 x Type 95 Ha-Go; 3 x Type 89 I-Go; 3 x Type 97 Chi-Ha (plus turrets for the Shinhoto version); 2 x Type1 Ho-Ki APCs
  • US 6 x LVT-2s with extras to create 3 x LVT(a)-1 and 3 x LVT(a)-4