So onto the second post covering the Canadian M113's. Things have progressed quite nicely and I'm pretty happy with how they are looking right now. Obviously I should have thought of things like decals before I started this project, but alas, that's not really me - so I've just ordered Canadian 1:87 decals from Germany - from TL Modellbau Here's the set I ordered:
05 September 2020
26 August 2020
Quick post today....
I've spent some time this week spraying and masking 4 M113s for the next new project. This one is actually more progressed than what I'll be showing today, but this is where this part of the project is at.
First one to correctly identify the correct nationality of these vehicles sadly wins nothing but brief fame on this blog. Hopefully correct identification also means I got the colours correct.
Please bear in mind these are work-in-progress shots - just the first base coats have been finished.
Here we go:
11 July 2020
One of the primary reasons I had not pushed my Norwegian project was the lack of a NM135 model. Recently I've discovered a couple. One a 3D print file and the other from Hobbyden. Brian Walsh there has recently produced a NM135, which is a primary component of a 1986 Norwegian mechanised infantry force. Hopefully I'll have 4 NM135s coming in the next little while.
As a result of some commission work I did recently for a friend, I have also been able to get enough troops for a Norwegian platoon, plus a few others. I won't be showing them until they are painted though.
I have a bunch of diecast Leopard 1s and M48A5s so that's the tanks taken care of, with a bit of tinkering.
So what I was missing for my Norwegian's was primarily aircraft. This has now been resolved:
Obviously the first thing you need is a F-16. What better than this specific Norwegian F-16A+ by Fujimi.
Next I needed a F-5A Freedom Fighter. These are relatively hard to find - everywhere you look you can find F-5E which are just not right. Although this is Hasegawa kit comes with Dutch and Canadian decals, I'll sort out something to make it Norwegian.
The final aircraft I needed was one of these. Talk about rare as hen's teeth. Just had to have one of these for my Aerial Forward Observer. No choppers here pal. This is an original 1970's Airfix kit. Only problem is now I feel like I'm being barbaric if I open it up and make it...
Anyway - that's it for today. Next update will be another project, where I've actually made some real progress, not just bought stuff.
07 June 2020
Harburn Hobbies) that sells his range of Railway/Village/Dockside terrain accessories called Harburn Hamlet. If you click on the link you'll get an idea of the ranges that are available. My brother-in-law designs, sculpts and casts all these models and his wife paints them all. They are not made out of plaster, but a very durable resin-like substance which of course I have forgotten the name of ...
It was great to visit Harburn Hobbies and get a look around a Scottish Hobby shop. If you are ever in Edinburgh I recommend you drop by. I happened to also be my birthday so I made sure to treat myself to a few things. Not tons - as I had to stick it all on a plane to cart home. I bought from the OO scale stuff and took some photos yesterday to show you what it looks like and how I plan on using some of it. If you are getting into BG:NORTHAG on any other 1/144 or 10/12mm scale gaming, the N Gauge stuff is right for you.
Here's some shots of Harburn Hamlet stuff - very quickly set up - with some figures for scale. The shots were also a test with my new panoramic background. I'm quite chuffed with the look.
These are CG 219 - Corn stooks traditional (5). I love these and think they look great - especially in a WW2 setting.
What I've shown is only a very small selection of what Harburn Hamlet has available. If you are in the UK especially, but anywhere actually - have a look at the website and scroll through the catalogue. I'm sure you'll find something there that will suit your wargame table.
22 May 2020
So I had to do something a bit different. For the MPs I relied on Elhiem figures - as the actual MP is Elhiem it seemed to make sense. I got a second MP figure, and then painted up a couple of "random" figures to look like MPs. Here they are
You can see that the first and third figures are actually the same figure - one just has his arm adjusted.
For the drivers/technicians I used Liberation Miniatures. They have some chaps in a kind of relaxed summer uniform and I thought (particularly their hats) allowed them to fit the bill. Here they are
Obviously they are armed - but that is fine - as the scenario allows for a portion of drivers or any non-technical Soviets to be on guard near their vehicles. To be honest I really just wanted these figures for the photos for the magazine.
More on that in a future post. That's all for now
27 April 2020
I was never completely satisfied with that - mainly because you could only have one or the other.
So a while back a friend of mine was putting in an order with Butler's Printed Models and asked if I wanted anything. I'm not a dive in feet first kind of person, so decided to order 3 turrets - which handily enough BPM allow you to order separately. I got an SA-9 SAM turret and two M901 ITV TOW Hammerhead turrets. I'll deal with the later in another post, but once arrived I cleaned up the turret quite quickly and tried it out on the BRDM-2 hull. I was very satisfied with the result.
I then painted it very quickly and took just 1 photo for some reason. Here's the completed model:
Very happy with the purchase. It looks like BPM does some great prints and others that are not so great based on what my mate ended up buying. Glad I put my toe in the water, but also glad I didn't spend up big.
15 April 2020
I mentioned I recently had an article published in Wargames Soldiers & Strategy Issue 106. I needed to take some photos for the article so I decided to add a few new vehicles and tried to make a couple of old vehicles look a bit more realistic.
Just over 3 years ago (hard to believe) I bought this Fabbri MAZ 535-A Artillery Truck: