Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Afghan Scenery - Derelict tractor

This was done specifically for a group Build on the Guildwargamers Forum, it was always in the box to be done with my other Afghan stuff, now its done. I changed my mind as to how it was going to be done, originally the plan was to have it with  an Afghan driver and a trailer, however that didn’t happen. Now it’s a non -specific tractor under repair to populate a forgotten yard somewhere, ....only one owner!
It's a 1/76th (I think) plastic and diecast, picked up from Modelzone, pulled apart and a full repaint. I kept the blue theme as it suited a non-specific time/location. Steering wheel replaced with a PE one from Dan Taylor Modelworks http://www.dantaylormodelworks.com/steering-wheels-117-p.asp Groundwork is scraps of balsa. I may add a toolbox/oil-can to the scene?

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Winter 'Whitewash' attempt 1/300

I've always fancied a 'winter' based force; however I've never actually made an effort to do one!

I thought I would have another go at a 1/300 whitewashed vehicle to see if it was possible to get it to look right. I tried before using a 'hairspray' technique and it looked dreadful - so this was attempt two.

Vehicle was undercoated in Dunklegelb, then successive coats of thinned white paint applied, with heavier coats to the recesses, a thinned Mig Dark wash was applied and then further applications of white to the areas that would not be so worn. I've used three shades of white, Humbrol, VMC (White & Off White) - took a little time!

Its difficult to photograph as the subject is small, and when viewed on a screen is enlarged out of scale, cheers to Dougie for the photos, far better than what I managed!

Base is rubbish, some more thought required.....

Model is a GHQ Tiger 1

Comments please.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Star Wars Stormtroopers 25mm

Something a little different from me ......

I suspect everyone from my generation has a hankering for a Star Wars project of some description? For me it is the storming of the Tantive IV cruiser by the 501stLegion Stormtroopers in the opening scenes of Star Wars or 'A New Hope' depending how you want to look at it!

Tantive IV captured in the tractor beams of Imperial I-Class Star Destroyer Devastator

These are the test paints, bases will probably be changed to a simple clear base so the floor plans can be seen through the base....at a push they could also be used ‘planet-side’.The Stormtroopers have four shades of white, a filter for white, and several shades of grey on them, following the official Star Wars Canon uniform guides. I wanted the ‘classic’ gloss look to the armour and not a matt look, satin didn’t look right on the armour!

Imperial Stormtroopers stationed on the Death Star.

Figures are 25mm from the long since defunct West End Games/Grenadier Models Range, I've been collecting these miniatures for years. I have managed to find the deck plans of the Tantive IV (best guess by folks more knowledgeable than I) so these will be printed out to scale and the fun can commence...once I paint the other 25 or so figures!
Rule set will be the Star wars ammendments to Flying Lead by Ganesh Games which seems to have some positive reviews, looks like Fantasy Flight Games Skirmish rules may get a try out (with some tweaks).


Updates as I get them done.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Hungarian 2. Armoured Division 1/300 WW2

Finally got around to deciding how to do these, I was undecided whether-or-not they were going to be on winter bases (snow as opposed to mud). Trying to make snow in this scale is difficult; it’s even more difficult to get a convincing winter scheme on vehicles in this scale; so in the end I’ve gone for an early Spring or late Autumn ‘sort of’ scheme. A couple of the command stands are clearly midsummer!
The force is based around the Hungarian 2. Armoured Division between April 1944– early 1945. Early April was when the Division deployed and the later period allows me to add some German assistance to the group.
May 1944 the Germans initially gifted some armoured vehicles to the Hungarian 3rd Tank Regiment to replace their losses. (I’ve avoided Hungarian language to speed up the typing!). This consisted of some Tiger 1, Pz IV, StuG and as time progressed started to sell material to the Hungarians where new equipment (StuG & JgdPz 38(t)) became available to them.
The Hungarians had a ‘bit of a hard time’ with their Turán’s which were outdated by the time they actually went into production, although the Hungarian tanks crews acquitted themselves well with what they had. I have a couple of Tigers to add along with a couple of platoons of JgdPz 38(t) along with 1-2 Panther for the late 1944 supply of around 5 Panthers to the Hungarians.

Apologies for the crap photos, I borrowed a mate's camera which does take a great photograph, it's just not idiot proof me-thinks!

Battlegroup HQ RABA Botond Radio truck (vezer) is a scratched affair, the 39M Csaba is pretending to be a 40M Csaba pk, GHQ don't make one.

Infantry HQ element, utilising a couple of GHQ Botonds a Heroics and Ross 'Beetle' and cyclists.

A spare command base, Toldi A20 assisting RABA Botond

Late war spare command base Post May 1944 when they received their patched up Tiger 1's

Assault Gun Battalion HQ, 43M Zrinyi

41M Turán (Heavy) Company HQ

40M Turán (Medium) Company HQ

39M Csaba Armoured Car Recce elements

Elements of the AA Battalion, crew added to the 40M Nimrod on the left, to be done to the other when I have some suitable figures.

Elements of the Assualt Gun Battalion 


Elements of one of the Heavy companies 41M Turán

Elements of the Medium Tank Companies 40M Turán

JgdPz 38(t)

Softskins and AT Support

37M Hansa Lloyd and Pak 40

37M Hansa Lloyd and 105mm

RABA Botond 

Some of the gifted German materials, Stug which were operated by the 3rd Tank Regiment and the 7Th Assualt Artillery battalion (initially). 

PzKpfw IV Ausf H (Need replacing with the model without the schurtzen).

Some air support.

For scale......

Not much to do now............

Thanks for looking