25/09/2022

WSS British Dragoons

After what seems an age I have finished painting some units. These are the Strelets British Dragoons and I have painted the units from Ross's Dragoon Brigade plus one extra.
James Wynne's Regiment of Dragoons lated the Royal Irish Dragoons
John Hay's (Grey) Dragoons later the Scots Greys, some writers think they rode grey horses, but the Grey Dragoons title came from the coat colour immediately prior to the WSS and there is one picture that might show a couple of dragoons from the regiment on grey horses at Schellenburg.
The Erbprinz von Hessen-Kassel Dragoons made up the third regiment of the brigade
There were only two British dragoon regiments that served in Flanders through the WSS, so for a third I added Cunningham's/Killigrew's Dragoons that served in Spain

13/09/2022

On the workbench - September 2022

Total loss of momentum last month with lots of accidents and incidents to reduce progress to a crawl. For example Pegasus bridge was undercoated, but the spray paint ran out after 3/4 was completed and Poundland didn't have any more stock and eventually when they did it was a slightly different shade. Bur at least it is now ready for tarting up. The other factor was that I went off for two weeks holiday walking on Exmoor and visiting family. So I will continue to work on
  • A river or suitable base for the bridge that hopefully links to my existing river.
  • A Horsa glider to go with it.
  • An early war Spitfire from the stash
  • WSS British and Hessian dragoons (these have been started)
  • A pair of Boer War Pom-Poms and crews
  • Cisapline Republic Infantry
  • complete the latest batch of 3D printing

26/08/2022

WSS yet more French Cavalry

I could easily have painted all the new Strelets Garde do Corps figures as that unit as it comprised eight strong companies, but instead I only painted one "company" from that unit and painted the rest as Gendarmerie de France.
For the Garde du Corps company I selected the 1st Scottish company, this will join the Grenadiers a Cheval and Gendarmes of the Guard in my Maison du Roi Brigade
The Gendarmerie also formed a strong Brigade and I selected the Reine, Dauphin and Bourguinon companies. I much prefer the paper flag I used for Bourguinon rather than my attempts at hand painting the moulded on Strelets flags.

23/08/2022

Printer back in action

I've restarted the printer and I'm working on a mix of new stuff and replacements for the recent failures.

04/08/2022

Cripes - when 3D printing goes wrong

It looks like a bomb has hit it.
All of these were printed hollow and I thought I had manged to drill and drain all the uncured resin inside. But the recent very hot weather has proved me wrong - there was still uncured resin inside and as it seeped away it blocked up the drain holes. It then expanded and forced its way out through the weakest points giving the impression of an internal explosion.

So back to the drawing board for these and attempt to find a better solution and replace the damage. I also have other models that have suffered collateral damage and have resin sprayed on them. Hopefully I can solve this by painting over with matt varnish.

02/08/2022

On the workbench - August 2022

Reasonable progress last month, almost everything completed and Pegasus bridge is now assembled.
So I will be more ambitious and work on
  • A river or suitable base for the bridge that hopefully links to my existing river.
  • A Horsa glider to go with it.
  • An early war Spitfire from the stash
  • WSS British and Hessian dragoons
  • WSS French Garde du Corps and Gendarmerie
  • A pair of Boer War Pom-Poms and crews
  • Cisapline Republic Infantry

01/08/2022

Napoleonic miscellany

An interesting selection to fill odd gaps in my collection
A pair of Spanish Ox-drawn limbers, the oxen and limber are 3D printed and the teamster is a repurposed HaT Spanish light infantryman.
Spanish cavalry, the Reina Cavalry and Numancia Dragoons, these are a mash up with Esci Prussian cavalry riders and various left over horses from other projects.
and an unplanned addition French Engineers in siege armour (LW figures donated by Douglas H), these will be used for a seige sortie game using Rebels and Patriots hence the basing.

28/07/2022

Some bits for my late war Germans

A pair of Borgward Wanze for Fall of the Reich games and a brace of 88mm Pak43s.
I have deliberately added the camo nets to the Pak43s to hide the slight distortion in the gun shields. They were printed so thin that they warped almost as soon as they cured. Hot water and superglue got them nearly correct, but they are very fragile and the nets also protect them. Crew are repurposed PSC Pak38 crews with some 17pdr rounds (close enough to those for an 88mm).

27/07/2022

The rest of my desert Italians

I have found the missing Stelets Italian Desert patrol and painted them, so here they are along with the Saharianas I will be using them with.
The SPA-Viberti AS.42 Saharianas are a mix of my old Frontline resin model (left) and the newer Italeri plastic kit (right).

21/07/2022

DAK desert patrol

Continuing the desert theme, here is the Strelets DAK desert patrol.
I also painted up a couple of old MG teams as well

14/07/2022

A few Italians for North Africa

Some of the latest output from Strelets, Italians Infantry in Defense and Obice da 75/18 Mod 35 Howitzer & Italian Crew. Unfortunately I somehow missed the other figures from Italian Desert Patrol.
Italians Infantry in Defense - slightly heavy in MGs but that is what I was short of.
Obice da 75/18 Mod 35 Howitzer & Italian Crew - I do feel I need to add the gun shield to the howitzer as it looks naked without it. There were enough figures in the pack to crew the two guns, a loader team commander and an OP/radio team.
Meanwhile I have been battling the delights of a new computer with Windows 11 and slowly managing to get it to do what I want, not what it thinks I want!! Tthe above photos are not as crisp as those from the previous app for Windows 10 so that still needs to be resolved.

08/07/2022

Yet more WW2 Japanese

Slightly slow, as I learn to navigate my new Windows 11 laptop, all my 3D printed extras to support my WW2 Japanese.
All the 20mm AA guns and crew are sourced as STL files and printed on my 3D printer. Similarly the trucks, although I have problems with uncured resin remaining in the cavities (I had to bin one as I couldn't recover it). The 47mm AT guns are 3D printed, but the crew are from my 70mm infantry guns, I need to find some proper crew for these.

03/07/2022

On the workbench - July 2022

Well, June was another choatic month and I don't see any prospect of the situation changing for a while so I'll just get on with painting/modelling whenever I get the chance.

Left over from June
  • Napoleonic Spanish artillery and cavalry
  • Extra Afrika Corps and Italian figures to convert my Rapid Fire troops to use Batttlegroup
And then onto
  • Japanese trucks, AT and AA guns
  • German PAK43 (if I can stop the gunshields from curling) and Borgward Wanze
  • MDF Pegasus bridge

  • I will also be at Attack in Devizes on Saturday 16th, so a chance to get together with friends "down south"

02/07/2022

Progress against plan Q2 2022

Or rather lack of progress, with the same pace continuing in Q2 as in Q1, and only completing 503 items. This is partly due to a number of problems with my resin printed vehicles, most of which have had to be drilled and drained of uncured resin. Even so some have still split and some irrepairably so.

Looking at progress against the detailed plan:-

First and foremost my plan is to meet with as many friends as possible, assuming that retrictions come to an end, other than that I'll be working on three themes. - underway - Beacon Wargames club is well established and we've now celebrated our first birthday. There have been less shows than pre-Covid and family comitments have prevented me from attanding others, luckily they do mean I will get to Attack at Devizes in two weeks.

Game specific projects
  • Pegasus bridge and Horsa glider for a D-Day game - not started
  • Continuing to build my War of Spanish Succession forces, as quickly as Strelets release them - underway - French mounted dragoons completed, still waiting for the new releases
  • Rebase/upgrade the whole of my Anglo-Zulu War armies including the Boers - not started
  • Attempt to rationalise my terrain - not started
Reducing the existing stash, I'd like to make at least a 10% reduction - underway - I had a purge in Q1 and sold some surplus on ebay
  • Paint the already printed WW2 French vehicles - Completed, and painted the extras I have printed.
  • Extra Afrika Corps and Italian figures to convert my Rapid Fire troops to use Batttlegroup. - only undecoated
  • French Goumier Platoon - Completed
  • An Australian Platoon plus supports for the desert/Crete, etc - Completed.
  • WW2 German Gebirgsjaeger and remaining Two platoons of winter infantry - not started
  • Cavalry for the Seven Years War/Jacobite Rebellion - Completed
  • Napoleonic Spanish artillery and more cavalry - not started
  • 1800 French in Egypt - double up the unit size from 12 to 24 - not started
  • French Revolution - Cisapline legion troops - not started
  • More Crusader baggage and Saracen cavalry - not started
  • Imperial Croat cavalry and Polish pancerni - not started
  • WW1 odd bits and pieces - not started
Exploiting the 3D resin printer - I'm learning about post production problems, I have lost several vehicles due to the models splitting. So once I start printing again I need to make sure the same problems don't recur.
  • Completing my Japanese forces for Pacific/Burma, by printing a selection of suitable vehicles to hopefully cover various 1941-1945 campaigns. - Well underway - a whole range of tanks, vehicles and guns have been printed and most painted.
  • Gradually replacing poorly cast or moulded models with new resin prints - underway - in the latest print run I printed replacements for my existing Somua S35's
  • LVTs and any other extra vehicles so I can carry out Pacific beach landing games - underway - LVT's printed and painted
  • Test printing of 20mm figures - Carried out, seems feasible, still need to decide on approach
  • Components for buildings, doors, windows, shutters etc. - not started
  • Try some 1/100 moderns for NorthAG - not started
  • More vehicles for "Setting the East Ablaze" - underway - Lanchester armoured cars completed, still need trucks, Austin armoured cars need replaced

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.