Tuesday, 19 January 2021

WW2 Winter Soviets Pt3

Finally managed to complete the last few figures I had prepped for my Soviets. First up is an AT rifle team, built from the Warlord plastic set.

There were also 3 extra infantry figures completed. I just need to swap them into existing squads which will then allow me a second Tank killer team.

With these done I've pretty much finished the infantry part of the force. 4 squads with some support options.

Pretty happy with these for a few weeks work. I've now just received my order with a few extras to add to the force. Will try and make a start on these next week.

I now just need to locate some AT guns and probably build some field defences.

Friday, 15 January 2021

WW2 Winter Soviets Pt2

A quick post as I've been able to finally put together the basic 3 squad platoon for Chain of command with the addition of LMG teams for the 2nd and 3rd squads. The figures for these are from Crusader miniatures.  The 2 SMG troopers will be spare figures for now, probably use them as additional crew figures or as the start of a Tank Rider platoon.

I also put together an additional 4th squad with figures from Artizan designs. These are probably my favourite figures and were a joy to paint. They'll likely be promoted to 1st squad.

While I'm awaiting the arrival of a BT-7 tank I've built one of the Warlord AT rifles as another support option. I'll hopefully get them painted over the weekend. 

I'm currently on a fruitless search for some AT guns. I would like to get a hold of the Plastic Soldier company set but they seem to be out of stock everywhere. A shame as the set allows you to build both the 45mm and 76mm infantry gun. I'll also need to keep my eye out for a mortar team and some additional armour options, either the T34 or KV1.

Monday, 11 January 2021

WW2 Winter Soviets

Time for a new project. I've been meaning for quite a while to find a suitable opponent for my winter Germans I completed last year for Chain of Command. I was undecided by Americans and Soviets, eventually plumbing for the Soviets as they had plastic figures available.

So I got to work and immediately hit a buffer. The seperate weapons are a bugger to get them to look right, particularly the prone figure which I was using for the LMG and anti tank gun. I got so angry I abandoned the weapon option and bought metal figures from Crusader. Atleast the other figures went together ok.

So first squad is the only fully completed squad done so far. All Warlord plastics with the exception of the Junior leaders which are from Crusader miniatures.

Squads 2 and 3 are awaiting their LMGs which are currently on the painting table. 

I do have a couple of support options also done. These are a 3 man tank killer team and the HMG team. The HMG is from Crusader.

The last models completed so far are a Senior Leader and a sniper.

I've deliberately gone for a mix of shades on the coats. I want the platoon to look like they have seen plenty of action, running into the obvious supply difficulties. 

Once I've completed the two LMGs I will have the basic platoon with two support options. I have a bunch of Artizan figures which can make up a 4th squad. A second Senior Leader, medic and a BT-7 fast tank are on order from Warlord. From the plastic box set there are enough spare figures to add to other options such as a mortar or HMG team (never enough crew in the blisters). I may even have another attempt at the anti tank gun.

Thursday, 7 January 2021

FPW Prussian artillery

A chance to make a bit more progress on the Peussian VI Corps. This time I've completed four 4pdrs to cover the artillery for the 12th Division and the Corps artillery. I already have the 4 6pdrs on the painting table to complete both batteries.

All four guns and crew are from Outpost miniatures. 

To complete the Corps, I still need to paint up 3 more infantry regiments in addition to the guns. I also have small regiments of Dragoons and Uhlans to add to the Cavalry division. Once done I can switch over to the French and fill out 12th Corps.

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Star Wars Stage 2

I finally managed to kick off the 2nd stage of my Star Wars project. The main aim is to add more Imperials as they are rather heavily outnumbered by my Rebels. So first up was a dozen extra Stormtroopers. I picked these up second hand from Hinds figures. They didn't take much to paint up.

Next to lead my Imperials I added Darth Vader from the Legion boxed set. The ultimate bad guy. All that black makes him rather quick to pick up. The highlights don't show up too well in the picture.

I've already have the 14 Stormtroopers from the Legion boxed set undercoated. As I had also picked up 4 more Rebel Commandos, I decided to add them to the collection. These were the first completed figures of 2021.

These will allow me to field 2 groups of Commandos for playing Legion. In the meantime I've got some FPW artillery to complete.

Thursday, 31 December 2020

2020 a Review

First off, Happy New Year to everyone. Well what can you say about 2020? The pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone's life. Let's hope 2021 is an improvement.

So how did 2020 go. On the gaming front, pretty much null and void as the club has been closed since the end of February. On the painting front I have seen happy and significant upward trend on numbers painted. Every year I also hope to hit the mythical 1000 figure barrier and this year I finally did it. The various lock downs have contributed to additional painting time which did help. I was also surprised by the number of 28mm figures as my preference is for the smaller scales.

Painting Totals
15mm artillery - 4
15mm infantry - 239
15mm cavalry - 10
28mm artillery - 1
28mm infantry - 685
28mm cavalry - 63
28mm monsters - 6
28mm vehicles - 24
28mm scenic/building - 35
Total = 1067 figures.

So what have I painted this year. I had intended to try and progress my Franco Prussian war project. I eventually got going in the last quarter of the year, completing both a French and Prussian Division, I can see me continuing with these into the new year. The other project I intended to complete was my Lord of the Rings armies. The orcs were finally completed but progress stalled on the Elves, though there is more than enough for club games. I was adapting the Dragon Rampant rules for larger battles, but this was never complete after the club closed.

There were 4 projects in 28mm that I really got my teeth into. The first was WWII Germans for Chain of Command. I completed a full platoon and support options. I also spent quite a bit of time on some Winter themed terrain. Going forward with this I have some Russians, to paint up in 2021.

The next 2 projects were purely on a whim. This was both Judge Dredd and Star Wars. I really enjoyed painting these up and like the WWII project I also spent time on adding terrain, particularly buildings. These are both projects I will dip into again, especially Star Wars as I picked up the Legion boxed set.

The final project was a return to Ancients. It was the release of the Infamy, infamy rules that triggered this. This saw me complete 3 armies for the rules, Caesarian Romans, Germans and Britons. Unfortunately this coincided with the first lock down and I've never yet had a chance to play the rules. I also constructed both a British and German village for when I do get a chance to play.

So overall, very happy with the painting output, just wish I could get a game in at some point. As for 2021, as mentioned I aim to continue with the Franco Prussian and WWII stuff. I'm sure at some point there will be a return to Tricorns (can't believe I didn't paint any this year), I've picked up the Donnybrook rules so may see some skirmish action for this period. Not sure what else I'll take a fancy to, the absence of Wargame shows, particularly York where I often get seduced to new projects will be a void.

So Let's just hope 2021 brings life back to some kind of normality. Happy gaming.

Sunday, 27 December 2020

FPW Prussian IR#22

Despite the festive period I have been able to make a start on the Prussian 12th Division under Hoffman as part of VI Corps. These are representing the 22nd Infantry regiment. The figures are all from Outpost miniatures and the flag is from Maverick Models.

I've also received a fresh order from Outpost, this gives me 8 artillery pieces and some extra cavalry to work on before I add anymore infantry. Once these are done I can switch over to the French which need a few additions to balance the forces out.