After painting up the last lot of vehicles an idea formed around a tank. But which one, in 28mm they can be quite pricey. It was then that a club member John mention that the James Bond range of vehicles in 1/50th scale and it included a tank in the range. So a quick scan on a well known auction site and I picked up the T55 tank for a princely sum of £8.50.
Now as our games tend to be set in Africa and the Middle east, the green paint job did not seem appropriate.
So I decided on a quick black undercoat and layered up with a U.S. drab brown and desert sand. I'm more than happy with the result.
I'm now think my Germans may need a Puma or two to balance the games out.
As the club have embraced some modern skirmishing of late, l thought it was time to add a few support vehicles to my Insurgents/Arabs. Now most vehicles in 28mm can be quite pricey, but a search on the web brought up Gruby Tanks sold by Britannia miniatures. So a couple of resin vehicles were bought.
The first is an American Humvee. I gave the gunner a quick head swap with a plastic Arab from Gripping beast. Quite happy with it.
The next vehicle is a simple pick up truck from the Somali range. The 2 gun crew are still being painted.
The last vehicle is a small truck from Anyscale models. Perfect for carrying supplies etc.
I've already got a few scenarios in mind, from ambushes, escort duties and convoys etc. Now need to try and get the painting mojo back.
With a large game of Dragon Rampant due at the club on Thursday. 4 players 100points a side. Orcs and Goblins against the Men of the West. Now I've recently completed my Mordor host, but not to 100 points. I needed more orcs. This was an issue as my painting mojo seems to have deserted me. Then I remembered I had some old plastic GW figures that were painted may years ago. So I dug them out to see what I had.
Now these guys would need re basing to match in with the newer figures. So to work I went over the weekend and here they are. 3 units of Moria Goblins, some Uruks, Bezerkers, The Goblin king and Saruman.
So with the addition of 4 Cave Trolls, 1 to add to Sarumans unit and that should give me enough for 100 points.
Now I can begin to put together the army for Thursday might from the available troops.
I finally completed the last few command figures I required. Brought about by the additional cavalry I've added this year.
So that's an additional Line Commander and two brigadiers. The figures are a mix of Rounway and Dixons.
So time to get the army out for a full review.
That brings the army to 10 Horse regiments, 3 Dragoon regiments, 25 battalions of infantry and 3 batteries of medium guns. I've used a mix of manufactures, Dixon, Essex, Warrior, Roundway, Bluemoon and Minifigs.
Here is the second Irish battalion in French service to add to the army. This time the Dillon regiment. Once again black cuffs but at least the tricorn has a different lace colour. The figures are all Dixon except one of the officers from Warrior. The flag is from Maverick Models and is just the Colonels colours.
Now the dilemma is to either start on 2 regiments of French horse or paint up 2 battalions of German infantry from the Alsace regiment. Might just wait over the Easter holiday and then decide.
After painting up the Fitzjames Cavalry regiment it got me thinking about extending my Franco Bavarian army. They are currently the smallest contingent I have when ideally they should be the largest.
I've come up with a rough idea for this expansion. For the Bavarians I want to add at least 2 more Bavarian battalions to complete a brigade and then add 6 more squadrons of cuirassiers to make 2 cavalry brigades. Luckily I already have the figures for these.
For the French I want to add at least another 15 squadrons of horse and possibly another 2 regiments of dragoons. For the infantry i need to concentrate on some of the foreign regiments and possibly some guards. Enough to keep me busy this year.
So first additions are an Irish battalion, Berwick. Love the black cuffs. The figures are all Dixon with the exception of 1 officer from Warrior.
The flag for these is from Maverick Models. I now have the Dillon regiment on the painting table nearing completion.
After playing a number of modern skirmish games at the club i decided to make a small contribution. Last post was about adobe buildings I constructed. This time it was figures.
First up is enough figures for 2 fire teams of Bundeswehr. The figures are all from Empress miniatures. Lovely figures though not keen on the separate heads. I've also got a heavy machine gun to add as a support weapon.
I've painted them up in a desert cammo. Happy with how they've turned out. They've even managed to see a couple of actions and been quite successful.
Next up is some insurgents. I picked up a couple of packs from Empress miniatures. I like these figures as they don't have the issue of separate heads.
Hopefully they will see action at the club this week. I can bulk them out with another 8 Arab fighters from Mongoose.