27/06/2022

Japanese Tanks

Completed over a week ago before I went off to see my elder daughter. There should have been trucks as well, but those suffered badly with distortions after I drained the uncured resin from the cavities. These will be used for operations on the Pacific islands as well as for Burma and the Phillipines, I think the early operations there where they faced Stuarts will be interesting.
Kurogane field cars, they are correctly scaled but I can't see how to add any crew
Type 97 Chi-Ha, I kept with an early war camouflage pattern for these
Type 95 Ha-Go light tanks
Type 89B I-Go
Type 1 Ho-Ki APC, much less common, but used in Burma and the Phillipines so I had to have them.
Type 2 Ka-Mi amphibious tanks as used by the Japanese Navy.

14/06/2022

On the beach

At long last my LVT(A)-2s are finished, after discovering they still contained liquid resin and repairing the track on one where the released resin caused a breakage. I dicided to paint them in basic grey to give maximum flexibility.
These are the basic LVT(a)-2s just armed with MGs, but I didn't fix the MGs so I could change them over to either
LVT(4)-1 with a 37mm turret fitted
or a LVT(A)-4 with a 75mm.
Plus illustrating that I need to upgreade my jungle basing

03/06/2022

On the Workbench - June 2022

Well, May turned out as chaotic as expected, ending with a major pipe burst. So lots of effort diverted away from painting, still there was some progress and despite continuing family commitments I intend to work on:-
  • WW2 US LVTs - these are base coated, but I need some large US star decals
  • Complete a pair of WW2 French 25mm AT gun portees
  • WW2 Japanese tanks, etc. that I printed
  • Napoleonic Spanish artillery and cavalry
  • Extra Afrika Corps and Italian figures to convert my Rapid Fire troops to use Batttlegroup
  • WW2 BEF Bofors gun crew

Then there is Phalanx in St Helens on the 18th June, which should be a good day out.

02/06/2022

WW2 eclectic mix

A WW2 selection to finish off the month.

Some German winter vehicles, the Opel Blitz and Kubelwagwn are both Italeri and the RSOs are PSC with resin printed tracks.
Mediterranean Fallschirmjaeger heavy weapons with a Panzer III N. The FJ only came with the mortars and recoiless rifles and I will normally use the gun crews with some spare 50mm Pak 38s that I have somewhere.
1940, French motorcycle combos and artillery plus a BEF bofors and tractor. The combos are very nice but the resin printed MG barrels are very fraile and 3 out of 4 lost their ends.
Finally a second Stug 33b, this time in late war camo, and a trailer with assault boats, that took quite an effort sorting out how to print on my printer.

01/06/2022

WW1 French field kitchen

One of Strelets more unusual sets is a French field kitchen for circa WW1. The pack contained two field kitchens and a selection of associated figures. A bit of eye-candy for behind the lines.

27/05/2022

WW2 French Goumiers

Do I really need these, no but they are a nice different unit for WW2. These were Morrocan tribal units recruited by the French.
There was no clear low level organisation for the Goumiers that I could find so I settled on a platton equivilent with three ten man squads and a four man command team including a French NCO.
These are partly equipped by the British and US, but still wear their characteristic coats

24/05/2022

WW1 French tanks

Now for some really colourful tanks, a Renault Schneider CA1 and a Saint-Chamond. both are 3D printed and have been scaled up from 1/200 to 1/76.
8The most obvious flaws in scaling are the hotchkiss machine guns, which are quite crudely modelled so that they are robust in 1/200.

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