Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Izba No2

This is the second house from the Pegasus Models 'Russian Farm Houses Set'.

Not a lot a can say about it. Simple enough model goes together well. Roof is removable.

Floor made from 1mm plasticard. Again no floor included in the model. Currently reading 'In Deadly Combat' by Gottlob Bidermann., highly recommended. In between decriptions of combat and army life, he gives an interesting picture of different area's of Russia. In which he describes one of the cottages having a hard clay floor. So something to think of for next time.   

Kept the model simpler that the first one, adding only a few details.

I may go back and add some more detail at a later date but for now it is finished.

One thing I will point out is that the rooves on both these models sit very tight and will not fall off even if turned upside down! Good for storage and travel.

That's it for now. More to follow soon...   


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

'Like wolves into the fold'

Finally got my Early Saxon warband finished for Dux Britanniarum by the TooFat Lardies.

This project started way back in about 2010/11(?) when I started to build an army for  Warhammer Ancient Battle for use with the Age of Arthur supplement. I completed a small unit of Gedriht (Hearthguard) and some Duguth (Older Warriors) and then it sputtered to a halt.

I'd also picked up 'Glutter of Ravens' by Dan Mersey and did consider using the Saxon's for that and build a small Romano-British army to use against them. But that went no where.Nothing against the rules. There DBA style with a few added twists, and look like good fun.

Then Dux Britanniarum was launched and I decided to re-organise for that rule set. So I completed a unit of Geoguth (Younger Warriors) and a couple of Thegns to use as leaders. Three quarters of the skirmishers and had everything else based. But once again it was put on the back burner.

So, nearly there, a couple of weeks ago I convinced one my of good wargaming bubbies he really needed a Romano-British army and so the seed was planted and nurtured. He then agreed he really needed a Romano-British too! Amazing!

I then completed my Atheling, Champion, my last skirmisher and all the unit bases. Had too re-base some of the older figures (about half ) onto 2p coins which would magnetise, and 'Bob's your Uncle' the basic force is finished. At last!

Atheling- Gripping Beast figure. Penda the last Pagan King of Mercia.

Thegns-First one Gripping Beast

Musketeer Miniatures-aka Footsore Miniatures

When I started this project Footsore where still called Musketeer Miniatures and the Early Saxons I used from their range were just being released. (So I'm not actually sure when I started this project).

Champion-Gripping Beast

Gedriht-Footsore Miniatures

I'ved used a mix of larger shields and smaller bucklers for these. But my intention was to use the army for 4th-6th Centuries. So this would include the Barbarian (Great) Conspiracy of 367 (Great Conspiracy) to roughly the end of the period when Arthur, may, have existed. The accepted wisdom seems to be that the Saxon's fought in a more open style using bucklers for defence/attack during this period and not the shield walls of the later Saxon kingdoms.

The Gedriht were influenced by the Rohan Royal Guard from the 'Lord of the Rings' movies. This was done to give a feeling of unity and back then I was using mainly GW paints so replicating the colours may not be straight forward if I want to add more. Plus of course the Rohan were based on Anglo-Saxon's by Tolkien not Vikings as the film makers would have had us believe. 

Duguth and Geoguth-Gripping Beast

Again I've used a similar schemes on the shields. Black, yellow, white or a natural leather finish, Again to add a bit of unity to the figures. These figures were painted mainly with Foundry or Vallejo colours.

Skirmishers-Gripping Beast


Going forward I intend to add a few more figures to use for reinforcements in the game and then get round to painting a Romano-British force. So in another seven years or so I should be finished!

I hope to build the force up to use for larger battles too.

Base  trays are from Warbases....of course.

That's it for now. More to follow...


Sunday, 15 October 2017

T-34/76 Model 1943

Well from that catchy title it should not be hard to deduce what this post is about!

A Zvezda 1/72 snap fit T-34/76 Model 1943. It builds into a nice little model too. The finished build with added grab handles; the only thing I added to the kit. Well other than the wire for the radio antenna. The grab handles are 0.5mm brass wire.

The tracks have not been painted. They come in a black hard plastic and are very well detailed.

So this the finished kit in a basic green scheme. Following chipping, oil paint, pigment and enamel paint weathering.

The base is 2mm plasticard. Drilled to fit two 6mm magnets for storage. I put a layer of DAS putty over the top to add a bit of ground with sand and ballast for texture. Then airbrushed a couple of different earth colours, washes and drybrushed. I decided to use just flock for the grass...because I liked it as is.

Just to prove the turret does turn...

The decal is from Plastic Soldier Company.

That's it for now. More to follow soon.... 

Monday, 2 October 2017

Russian Izba. No 1

What can I say. Some terrain for the WW2 20mm, a Russian Izba.

The main model is from Pegasus Hobbies. Got mine off Amazon and contains two models in the box. This is the larger house and consists of nine parts. Easy to put together and I think well detailed.

The fence and outhouse are from Wills/Ratio railway scenery range, The veggies are from a company called JTT which I picked up from here Howard Scenic Supplies. The cabbages and broccoli models are probably big enough to be used for 28mm scenery. The rest is a mix of Gamers Grass tufts (These are my favourite grass tufts, have a good range ) and Silflor/MiniNatur  tufts, which should need no introduction. The tools are from FALLER railway scenery which I ordered from the same place as the JTT.

The only thing you don't get with the model house is a floor. So I made one from 1mm plasticard.

What more can I say. I've been a bit rough and ready with this model. But I think it looks okay. For the base earth I used Vallejo Brown Earth Texture.

It makes the job quick and easy.

That's it for now. More to follow soon....  

Monday, 18 September 2017

For the Motherland!!!

A return to my favourite period...WW2 Eastern Front and in 20mm no less. I real return to my youth!

So first up a Tank Rider Platoon

The figures are AB Figures/Fighting 15's. To be more specific they are AB Figures now part of Eureka (from Down Under) and are available from Fighting 15's in the UK. Very nice little figures and fun to paint.

They are based on Warbases one penny trays. Original bought for another project I decided to make use of them here. These ones did not have the hole for a magnet, so a quick ten minutes with the Dremel and 3mmx2mm magnets could be inserted into the base. The figures are mounted on 1p coins (obviously :-)).
Based for use with Chain of Command by Toofatlardies. Each squad consists of an NCO, LMG team and SMG team.

My sudden exuberance for all things magnet, meant it was an easy choice to use the MDF bases both to speed up movement on the games table and for ease of storage ( see earlier posts).

So we have three squads plus an officer. Intend to add some support weapons plus a rifle platoon. I've decided to concentrate my forces initially for the Summer of 1943 and just after.
That's it for now more to follow soon...