Wednesday, 6 December 2017

On the workbench - December 2017

Not quite the big push to finish off the year as there are certainly a number of areas where I won't hit plan. So a bit of a mix

  • Rebase my renaissance Poles so they can be used against my Muscovites
  • Extra medieval Swiss - carried over from last month
  • WW2 winter Germans - a couple of platoons
  • A trio of winter panthers
  • Six US M3 light tanks for Tunisia (or maybe twelve if there are enough components!)
  • plus try and finish off a number of the bits and pieces scattered around the painting table so I can have a clean start to the new year.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Pictures from Pudsey

A drive across to Recon in Pudsey for the last show of the year and it's a nice friendly show to finish the year. Not much eye-candy though. The Lance & Longbow took across the what-if battle of Chester 1318

The big spectacle was a Battlegroup game of operation Goodwood.

Nice terrain

but too many tanks for the table used and not including the masses on the table edge waiting to come on.

Sold a number of old units on the bring and buy and bought some interesting reading. David "Low Roller" donated me some more plastic to add to the stash

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Some WW2 bits and pieces

Just to finish off the month I completed a number of bits

First a twin 13.5mm AA gun for my French and a command version of a M5 light tanks (I copied a version based on the M8 HMC). The AA gun is from Early War Miniatures and the M5 is made up from left overs from the PSC kit.

Three new Breda 20mm AA guns and another Sahariana. Crews for both came from mixed sources but mainly the Waterloo 1815 Italian tank vehicle and artillery crew set.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Russian Noble cavalry

After almost a month of painting odd bits of colour I've completed five units of Russian Noble cavalry and a couple of commanders to go with my Strelsy.

The figures are all Zvezda, mostly their Russian Noble cavalry, but includes some Polish Hussars to make up the numbers

Sunday, 26 November 2017

German panzers in the snow.

I was a bit bored of painting Russian cavalry (well underway now) so I decided to assemble the three Panzer IVs I bought at "not Derby" and paint them for late war winter games.

I also had a spare Plastic Soldier Company Panzer III, so I added side and turret skirts plus upgraded the gun with a Matchbox 50mm L60. I'll probably use it as either a command or artillery observation vehicle.

Also completed at the same time was the Zvezda German winter HQ

Thursday, 23 November 2017

More rework - sdkfz 222

Another small bit of rework, I replaced the turrets on my old Airfix sdkfz 222 with the version included with the Plastic Soldier sdkfz 250 kit

Of course it wasn't until I took the pictures that I spotted that 3 out of 4 had the MG in the wrong position!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Humber upgrades

Another little job ticked off. I purchased some metal replacement Mark IV turrets from Rolf Hedges to upgrade my old Matchbox Humber Mark II Armoured Cars to the correct version for NW Europe in 1944.


After, interesting to note the difference in colour even though I used the same Humbrol enamel colour, it has probably faded a bit too.

Tagging along behind behind is a SAS jeep that I bought at Newbury

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Not forgetting the Germans

A couple of odd-balls out of the EWM miscast box. A Pionierkraftwagen to the left and a Steyr 1500 truck to the right. Both painted up for early war.

The Steyr came without a cab and I couldn't find any pictures showing this vehicle without one (until I finished it of course) The lucky thing was the RSO was made by the same manufacturer so I used the top from a left-over Plastic Soldier RSO cab and fitted it on top.

The Pionierkraftwagen is a big beast and I now feel the need to acquired a trailer with some assault dinghies on it. The crew are HaT tanks riders cut down to fit.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Keeping up with the Italians

Having found a pile of repairable vehicles in the Early War Miniatures mis-cast box at Newbury and "Derby" I have been working on repairing them. At the front two variants of the TL37 as a tractor and a light truck. The rear pair were acquired at Newbury without wheels so I used some old Airfix Scammel wheels for one and press-cast the others from Greenstuff using a Oyumaru mould.

Back left was the most complex repair a Breda 40 artillery tractor, where as well a filling the various casting errors I also had to re-create the cab-top. At the back right is a AS42 Sahariana, where I've added a scratched up 47mm AT gun.
Overall, quite time consuming, but satisfying to recover what would otherwise be wasted.

I missed the back centre, which is a Ready to Roll Douvenque with a 20mm Breda AA. All the crews have been modified to fit and come from a variety of sources, mainly the left-over drivers from the PSC 25pdr kit. They were given Reiver replacement Italian heads. I understand from Gary at Sgts Mess these are still available but not included on their website yet.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Oyumaru plastic clay

Over on Beano's Forum a user called Beano Boy posted about using Oyumaru to create simple moulds. These can then be used with greenstuff to create simple duplicates of a master. Here's my first attempts at creating some extra wheels using an old wheel from an Airfix Scammell.

Quite a sucess for a first attempt, but the greenstuff needs to be left a while longer than normal to harden fully.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

GNW/SYW Swedish Cavalry

Some more units to add to my hybrid Great Northern War/Seven Years War Swedish army. As before I have used the Zvezda GNW Swedish Cavalry to produce two units of Cavalry and two of Dragoons. The uniform hardly changed between the periods and I have used the references on Kronoskaf for the uniforms and flags

On the left front - Bohusläns dragoons; rear -Karelska; right front - Östgöta Horse; rear - Smålands Horse.

I've not based the two officers yet as I haven't decided whether to add extra figures to the command base.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

On the Workbench - November 2017

The year is flying by and another month has alredy ended with bits still on the painting table

The front two trays have the nearly finished Swedish cavalry, the back trays contain an assortment of various vehicles mostly Early War Miniatures rejects that have been repaired, plus a Zvezda German winter HQ group and MMG teams and a French 13.2mm AA gun.

Other items to be worked on this month
  • Zvezda Russian noble cavalry - I bought these to go with my Streltsy make a Moscovite force for Pikemens Lament
  • Miniart Swiss Infantry - yet another pike block, probably Lucerne/Glarus this time
  • Then if time permits, start on some more German winter stuff for the Ardennes

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Eve of Edgehill

A last few bits for October - the Wargames Illustrated vignette of the Eve of Edgehill, plus an extra couple of bods found in a box of lead down at the club.

Shame I don't have any 28mm Royalists, they will just have to be objective markers!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Something unusual - aircraft wheels

Some bits finished for Thursday's game - Operation Caravan

My aircraft are all finished as flying models, but for the game I need them on the ground - this is OK for fixed undercarriage planes, but these left over bits will go under my aircraft to give the right effect. Here's one deployed

The SAS jeep is also just finished it's a repaired Early War Miniatures reject

Saturday, 28 October 2017

German armoured cars - sdkfz 232, etc.

Just off the painting table four armoured cars from one Plastic Soldier pack. From the from counter clockwise sdkfz 231, sdkfz 232, sdkfz 233, sdkfz 263 all painted for early war. So how I have the option of replacing my old 6 wheeled versions.

The sdkfz 263 is a bit of a fudge as I had parts left when I upgraded an Airfix sdkfz 234/4 with bits from the Matchboz Puma sdkfz 234/2. The difference in the scales made it more difficult than expected

For Andrew, the fudge involved adding plasticard to either side of the Puma lower hull, but the tricky bit is matching it to the upper hull as the angles are different. Another difficult bit was cutting down the old Airfix mudguards, they are about 2mm too wide but the angle is about right. The rest is just a matter of normal assembly with the front and back hull filled with plasticard shapes to fit. The spaced armour was added to hide the distorsion.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Another milestone - 29,000

Hurrah, with the painting of the US winter infantry I've passed the 29,000 figure mark in my 20mm collection. For those including myself who like to see a breakdown. it certainly highlights where I've been concentrating since September 2016.

Period Sep-16 Oct-17 Delta
Ancients 2202 2282 80
Dark Ages 395 438 43
Early Medieval 492 492 0
Late Medieval 1029 1213 184
Aztec/Conquistadores 434 434 0
C17 Polish/Ottoman 631 789 158
C17 TYW 1036 1262 226
C18 WSS 720 741 21
C18 SYW 1866 1866 0
C18 AWI 1292 1332 40
C18 French Revolution 658 658 0
C18 Napoleon in Egypt 331 331 0
C19 Napoleonic 6632 6635 3
C19 Napoleonic skirmish 241 241 0
C19 ACW 1220 1220 0
C19 Anglo Zulu War 860 875 15
C19 Colonial North Africa/Sudan 1066 1066 0
C20 WW1/RCW 1225 1230 5
C20 Interwar French/Rif 180 192 12
C20 Early WW2 Europe 855 884 29
C20 WW2 North Africa 1238 1274 36
C20 WW2 far east 119 119 0
C20 late WW2 europe 2523 2557 34
C20 WW2 winter 401 537 136
C20 post WW2 373 373 0
Grand Total 28019 29041 1022

Hopefully I may pass the 30,000 mark by the end of 2018.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

A significant diversion - more US winter infantry

Having acquired the extra infantry needed to complete two Rapid Fire US Infantry Battalions at Derby I decided to paint them straight away.

I included a number of extra figures so I could use them as a couple of Platoons for either Chain of Command or Battlegroup

These include the figures completed for a game in September

Makes me feel cold!

Sunday, 22 October 2017


Just finished the Vikings, the pictures are not the best, but I decided to post anyway. I created three shieldwall units, a skirmishing archer unit plus a commander.

Figures are one pack of Zvezda Vikings plus a couple of old Airfix Ancient Briton archers to make up the number of archers.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

A short pause in output

Spent the laste three days in hospital having my pacemaker repaced with a new wizzo version. It should have been a day case, but a minor complication meant I had to spend two extra days on oxygen. Hopefully I'll get the Vikings finished soon.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A motley crew of pirates

I always like to keep a unit of "irregulars" somewhere near the painting desk so I can add odd bits of left over paint to aid the lack of conformity. So I have just finished half a set of Orion pirates, except for the guns which are too small.

Typically, when I was part way through, I realised that when I sold off the unwanted half a couple of years ago, I had sold two identical sprues instead of two different ones, hence the duplicate poses.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Strelsy - 12th Moscow

My final regiment of Strelsy for now - the 12th Moscow (front)

I've now ordered some Zvezda Russian Noble Cavavalry to fill out the force

For those interested here are the Palmquist plates I based the uniforms upon:

I used this to adjust the information in George Gush's Rennaissance Armies, which can now be found online here (link)

Monday, 9 October 2017

Derby - the booty

Quite a haul this year

Mostly from the B&B. All the vehicle and walls came from the Early war Miniatures mis-cast box, so I'll have some fun repairing them. So I have

  • French 13.2mm AA - a much needed bit of light AA support for Battlegroup Blitzkreig
  • German Henschel 33 Pioneerkraftwagen - just what I "need" for my engineers
  • German Steyr 1500 truck - no plan yet
  • Italian Breda 40 truck - no plan yet
  • Italian Saharina x2 to boost the rest of my Italian Reece
  • Italian TL37 tractor - more tows for my Italians
  • Italian TL37 truck - may become a gun truck
  • French Light Infantry Command - will fill a few gaps in my Legere
  • Spanish Command - A couple of battalions of Spanish to "support" my British
  • Spanish Line Infantry - ditto
  • US Infantry (Winter Uniform) - a bargain and what I needed to complete my Bulge Americans
  • Austrian Infantry Late XVII Century - a trial pack to see how they turn out
  • German Panzer IV - another bargain - these will also see action in the Bulge
  • French Cuirassiers - replacements for my old Airfix Cuirassiers that have seen better days
  • Polish Lifeguard Uhlans - Undecided whether to replace my old Les Higgins figures or just paint them as Polish Line Lancers
  • German HQ in winter uniform - useful for either Stalingrad or Bulge
  • Osprey Black Ops - needed for some games at the club
  • Charlie Wissencraft's Practical Wargaming - certainly one of the best early wargaming books and One I don't have.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Pictures from Derby Worlds 2017

Along with two others from Deeside Defenders I drove across to the new venue south of Lutterworth. It may have been warmer and less noisy than the old venue, but it was far more cramped. Plus it's a lot further to drive so if it's held there next year I won't go.

However it had a selection of inspiring games and a large selection of traders. The pictures reflect those than interested me.

Madanu 616BC, waiting to start

Buford's cavalry at Gettysburg

Quintin's new "Napoleonic" skirmish rules

Boondock Sayntes French & Indian wars all washed down with the traditional glasses of wine!

Blood and plunder

Another Gettysburg game

Russian Civil War fought beneath the walls of Bukhara

Massed Napoleonics

The Ilkley lads superb Italian Wars game

Port Arthur 1905, the Russian fleet, a single japanese ship can just be seen at the top.