13 October 2014

The Start of Another Project!

Or is that a sub-project?

Anyway, at MOAB a couple of weekends ago I came across a mate of mine who was off-loading some 20mm kit he had gotten for Cold war gaming (he always buys way too much!).  I knew he had previously purchased something I was interested in, and too my great happiness he was happy to on-sell these 3 Berlin Brigade Chieftain tanks:

I'm guessing you can pretty easily imagine the sub project...

This tanks are great for a bit of this:

But even better for a bit of this:

The little project won't happen straight away, but it will happen.  Just a small off-shoot of my BAOR force - these chieftains will be joined by a platoon of urban cam FV432s:

At least 1 FV432 with a Fox turret:

A Fox or maybe two:

And a couple of Landies:

That should suffice for a nice small urban warfare force.  Luckily the infantry will be painted just like the rest of the British Army so will double up nicely.

As if I didn't have enough to do already...

Oh well...


12 October 2014

More excuses...

I took a few (very yellow) pictures of the commission I recently finished that took up most of my free time in the last few weeks.

Basically consisted of a large bunch of Elhiem West Germans, a couple of Israeli's pretending to be West Germans - including 1 headswap - and 2 Esci M48A2GA2s.

I was quite keen to build the M48s as I had always wanted at least a couple for my own West Germans.  However... after building these two I've pretty much decided against it.  Until someone brings out a decent diecast version of these guys, I'll be avoiding them.  I didn't like the odd way the undercarriage went together, or how various bits attached to the turret.

Anyway - all done now so back to my own stuff for a while - until I start on a couple of WW2 commissions.

Thanks and hace fun


30 September 2014

Wargames Illustrated - Issue 324 - Modern Warfare

I've been incredibly busy lately - both at work and at home, so have had literally no time for my own hobby work.  However I did see that the next issue (or current issue) of Wargames Illustrated was to be on modern warfare - with at least some coverage of the Cold War Gone Hot theme.

As I knew I'd have difficulty finding it in Oz, and I've been relatively impressed with how they are putting together their ipad versions of the magazine - I decided to download.  In Oz this is also a cheaper option.

Like most wargaming magazines, Modern Warfare is a theme - so amongst the other articles there are about 5 articles that have somethingt o do with that theme.  They are:

1.  Whatever happened to 20mm Moderns? - This is quite a clever photo-spread article covering 1 wargaming club in the UK and their various 20mm modern collections/games.  It provides a little commentary, plus lets the reader know what manufacturer vehicles and miniatures are used etc.  It covers a Yom Kippur battle, a standard Soviets vs Brits CWGH engagement, Russians vs Georgians in South Ossetia and another Israeli led skirmish in 2013.

The article has loads of pics - which somewhat annoyingly continue to scroll through whilst you are trying to read the blurb.  I found that a little distracting - but like most WI articles - beautiful pics. Interestingly the bottom line from the article is that 20mm moderns are alive and well and are a great to game in.  Totally agree!

The article also includes an outline of a new game Third Generation Warfare - more info about it can be found here.  It looks very interesting.

2.  Setting the scene for the Cold War Turned Hot - This is a kind of two part article.  Part 1 is a small article by Harvey Black - author of The Red, Blue and Black Effect trilogy.  It talks about why he is facinated in the CWGH period.  The second part is the outline(?) of a Soviet river crossing scenario.  It is not for any particular game, and on my ipad it has no map, force list etc etc.  In fact I kept swiping this way and that, trying to find the rest of the scenario....

3.  Missile Away! - This is an excellent article on Modern Naval Warfare - including rules and miniature choices.  Modern naval gaming holds a special place in my gamer heart so I very much enjoyed this article.

4.  Converting a 15mm M113 to a M113A3 - I've only briefly looked at this article as I don't operate in 15mm, however it would certainly be useful for anyone who does (and could be bothered doing the conversion).  The end model is lovely - so he does a great job.

5.  20 Years From Now - Not exactly what I expected, but again an interesting article thinking about how to wargame a conflict around 2040 or so, going into what figures, vehicles and rules you could use.  A good read.

So all up - it was great to see so many of the vehicles and manufacturers I support in another wargaming magazine - so more and more gamers can see how good their products are.  As I learnt from the previous magazine I reviewed, you're not going to get a comprehensive, everything you'll ever need to know look at a CWGH in 1 magazine.  But I see it as spreading the good word so I'm all for it.  It still had some articles that I was a little disappointed with - like the scenario - how hard is it for magazine to publish a playable scenario with maps etc for CWGH!!??

Anyway - I rate it 7 out of 10 (again) but consider it well worth getting.



08 September 2014

S&S Models - Spartan MCT

Right - time for a bot of a change from the Bundeswehr - back to the old BAOR.  This time I've finished a couple of S&S Models Spartan MCTs.  Essentially these were CVR(T) Spartan's with a Milan Compact Turret added.

The S&S Models are have resin bodies and tracks, while the MCT turret is metal.  Metal smoke dischargers were also included.  Very simple to put together - and straight into the painting.

These are painted in my standard BAOR paint jobs.  Sprayed black, rolls of blu-tack added, then sprayed with PSC British Armour green.  Pin-washed with Vallejo black wash, and dry-brushed up from there.  Are are the finished vehicles:

That's it.  Weathering again is standard using Vallejo pigments.

That's it - thanks for looking


31 August 2014

Another Marder.... and the rest!

Another update with another Marder (with more coming over the next few months...)  This too was painted for the afore mentioned game and I think the only newly painted AFV to survive!

Straight into the photos is probably the best way to go:

Now all the recently shown Bundeswehr AFV's together:

That's all for now - next time - back to the BAOR.



28 August 2014

200th Post! - Spahpanzer Luchs

Without really realising it - this is my 200th post!  Quite chuffed with that really.  Was going to celebrate it somehow - but completely forgot about it...  Maybe I should have a competeion or something for post 250?

Anyway, my next completed model is a Revell Spahpanzer Luchs recon vehicle.  This is an interesting kit to build as the suspension etc is pretty complex (I'm sure I managed to build mine backwards!) and very realistic (the rubber parts on the wheels come in 3 seperate peices) and yet none of the hatches open...  So an excellent model - but none of the flexibility, no real options that you would expect in a decent kit.

Here is the box art:

I have about 5 or 6 (or even 7) more of these kits to build.  Normally I try and build things 2 at once - but the undercarriage seemed so complicated, I decided just to do the one.  I must admit though - that the Revell instructions are excellent - it was like a book!  Very detailed strep by step.

So this one got painted in the later Bundeswehr/NATO 3 tone cam.  Here it is:


So there she is.  Pretty sure the Luchs died quite quickly in its first game as well.  A 20mm canon vs a T-72 Super Dolly Parton isn't much of a match!

Have fun


24 August 2014

Leopard 1A4 Platoon

As you would be aware, one of the Cold War forces I collect is the West Germans.  They come with a variety of tank types - particularly variants of the Leopard 1 tank.  Some of these have been a little hard to collect over the years, as many variants were originally made by Esci - which has long since ceased to exist.  Whilst having a bit of a brain snap I managed to pick up 3 ESci Leopard 1A4s from ebay.  Why 3?  Ask the brain snap - somehow I screwed up when I should have got 4...  idiot that I am....

Anyway this is what the box looks like (Borrowed image)

I understand Italeri have now started making the exact same kit - and it looks like this:

So I made all three kits up in one go, and only managed to screw up two of them - but that's another story - and was very happy with the result.  It took me a while to paint them - mainly because I wanted to use a Tamiya spray and of course Tamiya do not do the correct Bundeswehr tank colour...  So eventually after going through a few test cans, I decided to use AS21 Dark Green 2 (IJN) as the base colour, over a black undercoat.  I'll check that later to make sure I've got it right...

I was then able to use my standard black pin wash and drybrush method - using Vallejo Yellow Olive, progressively getting lighter.  I used Elhiem West German crew men, and cut up gauze dressings to make the netting where used.

This got them ready for a game - shown in the last AAR - where being newly painted they died horribly of course.

Over the last weekend I weathered them and now consider them basically finalised.  Here they are:

So that's them.  Obviously I need to get one more for a full platoon, but right now they will have to operate as a written down platoon.

More to follow later this week...