- SYW Bavarian Infantry (4 x 24 fig battalions)
- SYW Bavarian Grenadiers (24 fig battalion)
- SYW Bavarian Cavalry (2 x 8 fig squadrons) - I know they didn't fight, but they did in the WAS - I'm also trying to find out details of their Hussars in the WAS, Knotel only shows an officer in 1747.
- SYW Bavarian Artillery (4 guns and crews plus 2 limbers)
- plus some command and casualty bases
- finally some SYW black grenadiers for my imagi-nation.
First off the venerable Airfix T34/85. The kits were quite old and the tracks were rather inflexible and wouldn't bend round the road wheels, so I put them in the airing cupboard to warm up and they then bent into position. Next morning a couple had snapped so they were welded and glued back in place. Then off on holiday and on return, yes another one had snapped so another fix. No others have suffered the problem since then, but I do wonder what might happen once they get stored in the cold attic.
The nice thing about the kit is the second turret so you can also have a T34/76
Then there is a Fujimi KV1, I had track problems again, this time with them not being long enough (they must have shrunk) so I had problems fitting them, including snapping a front idler. I then had to drill it out and strengthen it with wire.
All now completed, but it shows the problems of leaving kits too long before assembly
Now back and refreshed after an excellent holiday. I've also managed to catch up on a substantial reading backlog as well.
The Zvezda infantry are not that cheap at £2.50 for 10 figures and given there are only 3 poses of which the pointing NCO is really distinctive I wouldn't recommend buying them. The MMGs are much better value as they provide something that is difficult to find in plastic except with full sets. The Pegasus figures have only one LMG in the whole sprue but otherwise a good standard set of plastic figures and with the puttees and side caps different from other sets.
In the background is a Ready to Roll M15A1 AA half track with twin 50 cal and a 37mm that I acquired at Warboot and repainted.
I now have to sell my Italeri M20 that I was using as a stopgap. (link)
- Continue reducing the stash of unpainted figures, the target is 5,000 by year end. So I have to trade/sell/paint at least 1,500 figures and more to cover what I buy in 2011. Given I typically paint around 1,500 items a year it should be feasible.
- Tidy up a number of armies and dispose of any old surplus painted figures, especially WW2, which has quite a number of figures I never use..
- Upgrade more terrain, especially walls and hedges.
Major Projects (I’ve got most of the figures already)
- WW2 US Airborne Brigade
- WW2 British Airborne Brigade
- Medieval German/Swiss Army
- Frundsberg and Pommaine “SYW” forces in preparation for a new campaign.
- Terrain for the Siege of Peking game for Gauntlet
- Italian forces for the “Big Game”, mainly a number of small units for Leros plus some Allied aircraft
- Continue work on my new Afrika Korps, my plan is to mainly complete it by buying discount figures and vehicles.
- Tidy up my figure database, I’ve not done a complete check for years now so I suspect it has some errors in it.
- 110 25mm ECW (I decided that my old Minifigs were not in scale with my new 28mm plastic so that have gone to a better home);
- 30 AWI Indians, really old Wild West figures used for the AWI/FIW before the new Italeri figures were released;
- 30 Springwood Napoleonic Portuguese, these were the first version and all the rest of my British and Portuguese used the second edition figures.
- 151 Wild West figures (plus a lot of Kilbri Wild west buildings) a big decision to give up the period;
- 41 WW1 British (old Airfix) and 50 each of the Revell French and Germans, where I didn’t like the way I’d painted them in the past.
- 100 WW2 Afrika Korps (I decided to sell my old figures and paint new), 58 Volksgrenadiers plus a number of old tanks and limbers.
- Completed the 28mm ECW project with 36 cavalry and 123 infantry figures painted
- Cleared virtually the whole haul of WW2 vehicles purchased at Crewe in February (I sold a few) plus a number of other bits making a total of 75 vehicles.
- RCW period was completed (?) with the last few red infantry completed (92 figures)
- On Terrain, I revamped and added a lot to my North African collection in preparation for the Tifaruin game at Gauntlet, and made some additions to the rest of my SYW modular collection. In all over 102 items, plus 20 flags.
- Although I painted 290 WW2 figures over a third were upgrades to my WW2 Germans ready for the D-Day big game. The only other significant items were the Caesar French Infantry and the very useful Hat British MG and Mortar sets.
- The Colonial period also had some attention as I’ve decided to start work on the Sudan, hopefully HaT will release the Ansar in the not too distant future and in the interim I’ll pick up any camelry that’s going cheap. So I added 167 figures in preparation and also painted 35 casualty figures for the Zulu wars.
- My Napoleonics didn’t get much attention with only the Strelets French Camp and the Austrian Artillery limbers and wagons completed.
- I reinforced my Janissaries with another 60 figures, but the main emphasis for the Renaissance was the 28mm ECW figures.
- AWI was neglected but for 25 casualty figures and the SYW only saw a late effort with the Hanoverian artillery.
- For my solo campaign I added a brigade of militia and a unit of Freihussaren to my Frundsberg forces, plus a few other bits.
- The real pleasure was the continuing work on the WSS/GNW with new figures of Swedish Artillery and Russian Dragoons from Zvezda, plus the Strelets Court of Peter the Great. Overall 128 items painted.
The main highlights were the Rapid Fire D-Day "Big Game" and the Seige of Tifaruin at Gauntlet, otherwise it was a year of Black Powder games at the club. A nice close out was the Rapid Fire Pegasus bridge down at Clevedon.
- The pair of M20's. At last I've managed to fit the MG ring securely so I can move onto painting them.
- Russian tanks 3 x Airfix T34s (you can never have enough) plus a Fujimi KV1.
- Russian Infantry/MGs using the Zvezda Art of Tactic figures and mixing in some Pegasus figures I have had lying around for a while.
- The matching German Art of Tactic figures.
- Complete some colonial casualty bases
A couple of pictures from the first hall .
I must get around to visiting the other site at Cosford.
RAF Museum link