14 July 2016

Airfix Land Rover 1 Tonne FC Truck GS Body

OK - so without any further delay - onto the models.  Here is the first plain Land Rover:

And now the second, slightly more jazzy Land Rover:

Now the two of them together:

And now together performing a couple of roles I'll be using them for my Royal Marines on the tabletop.  First up as a light gun tow:

And as a Milan Firing Post Carrier:

Please note all the figures shown with them are from Elhiem

So that's them done.  I'll be posting up the BW Models Land Rover 101 Signals Van next - once I've done a little more work on it.



13 July 2016

Land Rover 101 FC - Painting Guide Pics

Over the last few days I've been painting some Airfix and BW Models (I think) Land Rover 101 FC models for my Royal Marines (and whomever else might need them).  This is the Airfix kit box so you'll recognise it if you stumble over it in a shop (or your stash!):

Sadly this excellent little kit seems to be rare as hen's teeth and the one I recently found on ebay was asking for a ridiculous price.  This is extra sad because I could easily live with a couple more of these little guys.  So if see one going cheap - buy it!

You will recall that this is where I was up to a few weeks back:

Well - to be honest it remained where they were up to until last weekend...

So I did some digging and came up with so photos to help me paint them - sourced through Google Images of course.  Here they are.

This is what I consider to be the classic image of the 101 FC and how I wanted at least one of them to look.

A number of photos showed the canvas soft top also painted - so I guess the other one will look like this.

And here's a couple of photos of the hard top radio van variant - which is a pretty slick looking vehicle.

So - next up - the completed models - starting with the two soft tops.

Thanks for your patience


28 June 2016

Soviet Military Policeman - by Elhiem Figures

Recently I've had a concentrate on WWII so have not had much of a chance to work on any Cold War stuff - so I thought I'd like to paint something a bit different for a change - and decided to tackle Elhiem Figures Soviet Military Policeman.

Fortunately - Matt's great little figure is fairly similar to the Ron Volstad illustration of a Soviet MP is Steven Zaloga's Osprey classic "Inside the Soviet Army Today".  Bear in mind, by today we mean 1987!  Here is the pic:

And here is my guy:

Please ignore his zombie-like face - not sure what that's all about, but I swear he doesn't look quite so "dead" in real life....  I might just re-visit his face at some point.

So - no idea if I'll ever use him in a game.  I do have MP units in my lists which have the "Rear Area Security" special ability - which allows you once a game ro re-roll a reserves/re-inforcements roll.  If I want to field that unit I need to paint up 3 more MPs...  I can see that happening now!



26 June 2016

More S&S News

I don't do may newsy posts, mainly coz I don't see myself as the font of all Cold War gaming news, but every now and again I see a new release that I think is really worth sharing, and making sure people are aware of it.

In the last week I've seen a few of these - all S&S Models

First up S&S Models has made a MT-12 Rapira 100mm smoothbore anti-tank gun.  The first reason this is important is that in many Soviet Category 2 (or B) divisions, these guns would still have been found in the 1980s - certainly a must have for what I have in mind for my Northern Flank games.

The second reason this is important - IS BECAUSE PREVIOUSLY NO ONE MADE ONE OF THESE!!!!!!!  Certainly not in 1/72 or 1/76.  The closest you could find is the older WW2 version called a BS-3 which would require a far amount of conversion - or just squint when you look at it.

All the following pics come straight from the S&S Photobucket gallery:

The second release is probably even more momentous for a 20mm Cold War gamer.  It is slightly more modern than the MT-12, certainly more likely to be found in almost any Soviet Category 1 (or A) division and again - HAS NOT BEEN MADE BY ANYONE!!!!!!  It's the Soviet 2B9 Vasilek automatic 82mm mortar.

This unique weapon system is still being used today and fires 4 round clips of mortar shells.

S&S have also made gunners for the 2B9:

And gunners for the MT-12 (this and the following photos all come from the S&S Models Facebook page)

Some funky AT rounds there!

My final bit of news from S&S Models is one I can honestly say that I've been hanging out for for almost as long as I've been running this blog and planning and playing Cold War games - a 20mm Jaguar1 and Jaguar 2

Here on Shaun's workbench we can see (from left to right) a Raketenjagdpanzer 2, a Beobachtungspanzer, and Jaguar 2 and a Jaguar 1.

Some close ups:

Raketjagdpanzer 2


Jaguar 1

Jaguar 2

So all EXCELLENT news in my book.  S&S Models have also created a very nice looking D-30 artillery peice and crew which is well worth a look at and significantly better than the two D-30s I have... Rats...

My understanding is that the Jaguars are (maybe) available now, while the guns will be available shortly.

Have fun


08 June 2016

The Whole Lot (thus far)...

So a quick pic post today of all the Liberation Miniatures Royal Marines completed thus far:

So - that's it for now.



07 June 2016

Liberation Miniatures Royal Marines - Batch 2

Last night I was able to photograph the second batch of Liberation Miniatures (or RH Models) 20mm figures for my Royal Marines.  So I'll jump straight to the photos:

Officer with L2A3 Sterling SMH (left) and Radio Operator (right)

Section leader (left) and bootneck (right) both with L1A1 SLR.

 Another Section Leader (left) and bootneck (right) both with L1A1

Two of the lads with L1A1

L4A4 (Bren) LMG gunner (left) and L7A2 GPMG gunner (right) trust me - just chose the wrong angle for that chap!

2 more L4A4 gunners - I probably went a bit overboard on them - have way too many...

 That's all the batch 2 lads in one shot.

So - happy that these guys are done - now I just need to finish off a mortar team and I'm about as done as I ever am.  Could do (and should do 2 mortar teams) but I went and lost one tube so I'll have to sort that before I can finish off the second team...  Silly me...



26 May 2016

Liberation Miniatures Royal Marines - Batch 1

So I've finally finished my first batch of Royal Marines - so of course had to share!  These figures are all from RH Models or Liberation Miniatures as I call them from the FALK range using just the figures with berets. Now I know that the Marines did not go into combat wearing their berets, but I like the thought of having a few figures in green berets mixed in with some standard British infantry in helmets to make up a full platoon and to give it a Royal marine look.

So here is what I have painted so far:

Blowpipe (or Javelin) Operator (left) and Boss Man (right)

Platoon Sergeant with L1A1 SLR or FN-FAL (left) and Platoon Officer with Sterling SMG or L2A3 (right)

84mm L14A1 Carl Gustav MAW gunners

Gimpie gunner with L7A2 (left) and L4A4 Bren LMG gunner (right)

51mm Mortar L9A1 operator (left) and radio operator (right)

Couple of the lads with L1A1 SLRs

3 more lads with L1A1 SLRs

Gunner and Loader with L7A2 GPMG on a L4A1 Buffered Tripod for sustained fire.

Milan ATGM Team

That's the whole damn lot!  You'll note I left all their pants an olive drab like colour (actually VMC Reflective Green) to again reinforce a slightly different look.  And of course it meant one less thing that I needed to paint in DPM!

I have about thirteen more marines to do, plus an Elhiem medium mortar team (in helmets) which will work for any of my British forces.

That's it for now.