Saturday, 9 March 2013

6mm 1973 Egyptian Independant Armoured Brigade project. (More images 18th May 2013)

I thought I would put together a small opposing force for my Israeli's, its easier this way to get other folks interested in a period/scale at my club if you can put both sides of a conflict on the table; most folks at my club have two 'sides' of any given period.....more money than sense really - or stupidity!

The Brigade is based on the 25th Independent Armoured Brigade which was almost completely destroyed during Yom Kippur 1973.
I have references that show each tank battalion in the Brigade had a different camouflage scheme, so that is what I’ve done, it would have been much easier and quicker to do them all sand!

Painted in my usual method...a separate post on here somewhere detailing this method for any that are interested.
I'm using the Cold War Commander Rules at present, a very good (not too technical) fast flowing set. There are numerous reviews online so no point in repeating them here. The rules are supported by the author and a very active website/forum.
As HQ's need to be identified, I use the following method:
Battle group/Brigade HQ - 3x vehicles on the base
Battalion or Company HQ (depending on what level you are gaming at) 2x vehicles to a base.
AOP/FAC 1x vehicle (with couple of figures on occasion).
Individual platoons are represented by a single model on the base.
If the vehicles are small, for example a 4x4 Anti-tank platoon, I either use a couple of models or a model and a dismounted crew with the vehicle.
Infantry are represented with the amount of figures that you are happy putting on a base.
Infantry support weapons, SFGPMG, mortars, ATGW are based individually. Disposable AT, section MGs etc are assumed to be present in the mix on the bases.

The Brigade consists of:
3 x Battalions T-62
1 x Battalion Armoured Infantry (BTR 50)
1 x AT support company, BTR 50 + RCL & 4x3 with RCL
1 X Mortar support company, BTR 50 + mortars.
Recce elements, BRDM 2 & PT-76
AA Elements ZSU-23-4
Engineer platoon BTR 60 PA/PB
All models are from GHQ

Brigade HQ.

Elements of the 1st Tank Battalion - HQ

Elements of the 1st Tank Battalion

Elements of the 2nd Tank Battalion

Elements of the 3rd Tank Battalion

Infantry Battalion HQ

Elements of the Infantry Battalion

Anti-Tank Platoon (part of it anyway...)

Engineering Support

Armoured Engineer Support - 'Recce Mech's' 

ISU 152


Some air support elements, models are Raiden Miniatures...I think?

MIG 19 in a 1973 scheme, these were supplied to Egypt by Iraq, they arrived in their two tone grey scheme, the national emblems were changed and they wore this scheme during the conflict.

MIG 17 in a 1967 scheme, for the early games


Read Me First - Attack State Red, Another Afghanistan Project - Introduction

After much pestering to put up a long term WIP of my Afghanistan stuff I have relented.........
There will be an element of ‘Time-lapse’ here as some stuff is long since done or well under way, there is still some bits an pieces to do which will be posted in 'real time' once the blog is underway.
The‘project’ is based on the book ‘Attack State Red’ by Colonel Richard Kemp, a former Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, this book is an account of the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment deployment during 2007 in Helmand.

Presently I'm using the 'Force on Force' rule set, an excellent set of rules which captures skirmish level games very well, with one caveat - you need to play often to remember the rules. They are not a set to dip into now and again!
The rules are very well supported by an active forum, there seems to be no end to the supplements that are being produced by the author/publisher.

A new set of rules recently published (Jan 2013) as yet to be put to the test by me are 'Skirmish Sangin' by Radio Dishdash. These rules are set more along the lines of individual characters with differing abilities; with a strong narrative running throught the game. A gaming buddy - a 'rule-set whore' (you know who you are ;-) ) has had a play through, and has said they are very good....I got the impression we could be swapping from FoF in the near future. A further look at these rules once I've had a couple of games will follow. There is a free 'light' version on the website to try-before-you-buy.

The project as it stands when complete will consist of the following (and probably a few bits more as the whim takes me..............:
1 x Reinforced Infantry platoon. (Done)
1 x Support Platoon (Mortar, ATGW & SFMG) (Done)
Transport for the above infantry platoon – 4 x Mastiff (Done)
Recce Platoon – 4 x WMIK (DONE)
Recce Platoon ‘Mother ship’ – Pinz G. 4x4 (Done)
Engineer support – Mastiff with the SPARK equipment. (Done)
1 x Scimitar CVRT + IED install (there was going to be two, however it was a pain to scratch build the IED kit, so it may be joined by a Spartan. (Scimitar done, Spartan not done).
3-4 Viking (just for variation of vehicles). (Next to do!)
Some Combat Logistic Patrol Vehicles DAF/FODEN & Civilian lorries etc. (Done, at least the military ones are).
1 x Estonian Infantry section (8-10 figures) (Not done - figures might be an issue here)
1 x Estonian APC/Truck? (Pland are a foot, either convert a Fuchs and cover it with camouflage netting to hid the fact its not a Spavia, or use a current S and S models casting...don't know yet).
Afghan ‘civies’ (Done)
Air Support– Helicopter – probably Lynx, a my gaming pal already has the Chinook so no need to duplicate one. (No where near getting done)
1 x Aircraft, not British (as above a pal has a Harrier) as much of the time the‘Widow’ Call signs in the book got aircraft from other ISAF members in support. (As above)
Associated scenery, buildings/Compounds, Patrol Base, rusting Afghan wrecks etc.............(On going)

Whatever else takes my fancy along the way.......

99% of the crew figures in this project are painted by the talented Mr D. can find him on his own blog.
All of the squaddies yet to be photographed were also done by him, the support weapons were scratch built by me....more on these later.

Attack State Red, Another Afghanistan Project - Mastiff

First up........the Mastiffs
These are the Britannia Models, with a few ‘embellishments’, the aim was to produce a ‘good likeness’ of a Mastiff – not a 100% accurate display model. There is only so much you can do with a solid resin model; and as I needed four, it had to be quick (ish).

The cupolas were removed, repair work to the roof was then required due to the means of removal, small amount of modelling putty and a touch of thick gel ‘super glue’ followed by some rubbing down in places was all that was needed.

The addition of some bits and pieces followed to simulate some of the additional kit on the vehicles not present on the original models, this was fabricated from plastic strip and a craft bead to simulate the large dome light.

The lights were drilled out to allow the insertion of a lens. Camouflage/Sun Shade supports added to the Cupolas. Antenna bases added, Wing Mirrors added.
Cupola removed.

Removed Cupola and fabricating of the sunshade/camouflage supports, didn’t need to be too tidy as this would be hidden by the cam netting.

First attempt at Cam netting, to dense, Mark II version much better – see Scimitar build later....

Almost ready for paint....

 I thought I had some in progress shots of the painting, sadly not, only the finished product....oh well. Photos are not great quality as they were taken a while ago on a ‘holiday’ camera.

Bar armour was added once the painting was completed, again it’s a representation of Bar armour. This is 1/72 scale photo etched brass that was custom produced by a friend. If you search for ‘Dougies wargaming Blog’ you might be able to get hold of some if he has any remaining.

Finished vehicles passing through a small village, on a pals board...

Next up, the Mastiff with the SPARK (Self Protection Adaptive Roller Kit) kit installed.


Attack State Red, another Afghanistan project - Scimitar


Originally there was going to be two of these, however as it took a while to build up the ECM kit (and I got sidetracked with another project) I’ve decided to pair it up with a Spartan/Sultan (yet to be started) which should be a quicker build; which will also have the full Bar Armour/ECM suite and if I go for the Spartan, a new turret added.
This kit is the ACE Scimitar kit and it’s not too bad as ACE kits go, Ace make both the Scorpion and the Scimitar, I’m away from the stash at the moment so can’t recall what the differences in the kits are; I have a stash of these kits for a forth coming Falklands project so I got to pick the best moulded components from several kits to put this one together.....looks like the Falklands ones will need some TLC............
The additions are –
The kits photo etched tracks (very nice they are) were dumped as they are too much hassle to get them to fit around the running gear – these will get used on some scenery ‘wrecks’; I replaced the tracks with some from the spares box that hindsight they will probably be getting removed and replaced with the photo etched sets.
Stowage box canvas cover on the hull rear was replaced with foil as the kit part lacks any surface detail.
Exhaust replaced with tubing – still a little thick and may redo ..hmm
Replaced the kit fuel container on the hull side with a more detailed CSMC/Kingfisher Models example and added the retaining pet hate is ‘magnetic’ stowage on vehicles, make it look like it is hanging on or attached by something to something, we’ve all done it; sticking stowage to the sides of vehicles without any means of support is plain wrong :-(
Replaced the kit barrel with a CSMC/Kingfisher example. These are sold in packs (of 6 I think) containing both the Scorpion and Scimitar barrels – far better than the kit example.
Scratched up the large rear turret ECM box, mounts, and the antenna platform, added the forward ECM boxes and supports.
Changed the front stowage arrangement across the front of the hull to reflect the later Scimitar versions, drilled out the lights to accept a lens.
Wire cutters, turret hatch grab handles and wing mirrors added.
Crew are a mix of Kingfisher and possibly Britannia (Grubby Tanks).
The Bar armour is cut from parts of a Voyager photo etch set for the Stryker, I'd done this prior to a pal commissioning a PE ste of Bar armour sheets. Damaged and bent in various places to taste.
It’s not complete as it needs a couple of bits adding, a Union Jack on the aerial along with a water bottle on the other for the chemical sticks, I have to cast these up now I have some masters to copy ...shh....

1st Royal Anglian Scimitars, overwatch on the Green Zone, Helmand 2007
(Notice the early low ECM suite).

The model is based loosely on images (specifically these couple of shots) of the Queens Dragoon Guards during their deployment.


Painting, 1st coat.
Base coat on, with some highlights, Hannants Xtracrylic British Army Stone, it appears a little satin when it goes on, this fades and matt’s down with weathering and varnish. Still not sure if I like this paint or not, it seems very ‘plastic’; however as I want some uniformity with this project I need to use it until I finish all the vehicles.

Starting to add some pin/localised washes and add some colour where required.
Eagle-eyed folks will spot the change of ECM box from the original box which was too large. This one isn't right either but it will have to do.

Saw a photo somewhere of a Scimitar with a replacement hatch padding, so I've done the same to add some colour. All my models have some colour in them somewhere.....

A little bit of chipping here and there, its more subtle on the model than an enlarged photo.

Completed (ish) just needs a flag and a water bottle on the antenna.

Vikings some point!