Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Clearing up some 20mm WW2 mini-projects

This is a resin Panther that I bought from Paul at the club, probably a Britannia Miniatures casting.  I need to get a suitable commander figure for it.

Then, these are from the Zvezda German High Command set, in winter clothing.  These clip-together figures went together quite nicely, with little need for glue.

These figures are from the Zvezda 1939-43 British medical team.  These guys are painted for the western desert or Crete.  First up is a stretcher party retrieving a wounded infantryman.

And a British medical orderly with first aid kit.

Then, to finish off my early war Fallschirmjager, here is a Kelly's Heroes (Grubby Tanks) stretcher party with wounded man.

Also from Kelly's Heroes, a Fallschirmjager medic with wounded man.

Some additional pioneers for the Fallschirmjager, all four are rifle armed and carrying satchel charges.

And finally, a pair of Fallschirmjager armed with man-pack flamethrowers.

Hopefully, I have a few more things to post before the Christmas break.  Thanks for looking.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Recon 2017

Last Saturday saw me travelling to Pudsey near Leeds for the Recon show.  Will very kindly offered me a lift and I spent quite a bit of the day mooching around the Lance and Longbow stand, being made to feel very welcome by Will, Steve and David and even throwing some dice and moving troops in their participation game, a hypothetical Battle of Chester 1318, using modified Pikemans Lament rules.

Both times I found myself as overall commander of the Kings forces attempting to breakthrough to Chester, beyond the low hill in the distance swarming with rebels.  In the first play through, the rebel leader was killed and his forces thoroughly routed, while in the second play through roles were reversed.  Never underestimate the ability of youngsters to roll double 1 when required.

There were several other games including 10/12mm moderns, a WW1 Cambrai game in 20mm and something involving pirates IIRC.  The highlight, and by far the biggest table set up was a Battlegroup Overlord game based on Operation Goodwood.

The centre of the battlefield towards the end of the day, allied tanks streaming forward shoulder to shoulder having shredded the initial German defensive line.

The Allied table edge, plenty of British armour still available in the force pool.  Lots of tank wrecks too.

The German table edge.  Not a lot of bally Jerries to be seen, but what they have are streaming forward through the embankment bridges, ready to have a go at the plucky Brits.

The guys playing this looked like they were having fun, but it would have been a lot of hard work moving all those vehicles and keeping track of orders.  For my taste, the British armour density was too high for such a long narrow table and my vision of Goodwood was a much more open battlefield.

I also managed a rummage through Andy Grubbs 20mm offerings, giving me some more troops to finish off little projects underway.  The Bring and Buy was interesting, with a tray of 20mm vehicles being tempting, but in the end too many Panthers to be of interest as a job lot.

A great day out and a really nice way to end my 2017 show season.  Next one should be Vapnartak in February, that's a whole 2 months away, but Christmas is coming with the inevitability of an express train.  Can't wait!  Thanks again to Will, Steve and David and, as ever, thanks to you for looking.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

20mm Afrika Korps project

Inspired by the release of Battlegroup Tobruk, I took the plunge and invested in some 20mm WW2 western desert forces for British/Commonwealth and DAK.  I've been working on these off and on for the past few months.  Here are some pictures of the DAK kit.

First up the venerable Airfix 88 with a Britannia DAK crew.

Britannia DAK sniper team

Britannia/Kelly's Heroes Wehrmacht stretcher bearer team, painted as DAK.

Britannia/Kelly's Heroes Wehrmacht medic and casualty, painted as DAK.

Early War Miniatures Sdkfz 265 Panzerbefehlswagen.  Various bits of stowage from Sgts Mess and EWM.

EWM 47mm Panzerjaeger 1, stowage as before.

Britannia Miniatures Opel Blitz radio truck.  For some reason, this casting was awful.  I tried filling with Miliput but decided it was too much effort to make perfect, so it is what it is.  Let's call it battle damage.

The Britannia Horch staff car.  Not a bad kit, although the axles and subframe assembly, although a nice idea, was not easy to assemble.

Photos in the pipeline for the DAK collection are for Pz IIIs and IVs, infantry and support weapons.  Then there are the British and Commonwealth forces.  I'm still on the lookout for affordable/suitable Pz IIs and Crusaders.  Thanks for looking.

Friday, 1 December 2017

20mm Zvezda 88mm Heavy AA

At the Derby/Bruntingthorpe show, I picked up a Zvezda 88.  A nice looking model but a bit tricky to build.  Not least, the sighting telescope flatly refused to come off the sprue intact.  Apart from that, it seemed to go together pretty well.

The crew supplied are very smartly turned out in classic Wermacht uniform with jackboots and look a bit stiff, so I may at some point replace them with some more natural poses.

Looking forward to fending off the Soviet hordes or lighting up a few Ronsons with it in future games.

Thanks for looking.