Monday, April 24, 2017

10mm WW2, ECW and 28mm medievals

All over the place this week -starting with a 1/144 Zvezda I-16 Soviet fighter I picked up at the local hobby store for air support for BattleGroup Kursk games:


Then I dabbled a bit with airbrush to repaint an old minifigs Matilda II model - may have been one of the first WW2 minis I ever painted. Used blue-tak masking to get the camo scheme - worked quite nicely. Below is the result (left on the base) beside a second Matilda painted > 10 years ago.



Then I did a couple more regiments of 10mm Parliament pike and shot bases:




And finally a unit of mercenary late medieval crossbowmen from Perry and a few spare Old Glory crossbowmen to fill out some units for a HYW project that is getting close to making it to the table. 




Monday, April 17, 2017

Western Desert "microarmor"

GHQ stuff seems to have become more pricey over the past couple of years - so I decided to fill out some of the holes in my 6mm desert project with Heroics and Ros models. They come at about 1/3 to 1/4 of the price of GHQ on a per model basis and they are ordered individually - both considerable advantages. I also much prefer ordering from the UK because the exchange rate and shipping is much better than it typically is from the US.

Here is an H&R Grant beside a GHQ Sherman - not bad for size and detail matching. Actually I was quite pleasantly surprised with the quality of the H&R stuff I ordered. It's not as crisp as GHQ (but really nothing is) and I understand that some models are better than others, but on the whole, I'll be ordering more from them.






Saturday, April 15, 2017

28mm late medievals - HYW

I diverted to the age of Joan of Arc to do a couple of units of 28s for a Hundred Years War project that has been on the workbench for about 5 years. Eventually I would like to try a game using To The Strongest. I think my English are more or less complete - now need more kniggots and Genoese crossbowmen for the French.

The figures are Old Glory knights and the archers are the GW Bretonians plus some of those Battlemaster archers wearing silly outfits with a bit of conversion work.









Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ugly WW2 Italians

I've had these 20mm Italian infantry figures kicking around primed and unfinished for a couple of years. Looking forward to the release of BattleGroup Tobruk, I decided to finish them off. I can't remember the manufacturer for all of them, some are RAFM (nice but a bit small) while the other very chunky chaps are something else and slightly ogrish. The 47mm guns are also RAFM metals - nice models but some fiddly little bits that adhere quite nicely to fingers over metal.






Saturday, March 25, 2017

French Naps

Knocked off two more brigades of French 10mm Napoleonic infantry this week. I think these are Magister Militum but might be Pendraken - not sure since they came loose in a job lot.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Soviet BT-5s

Did a small batch of 10mm Minifigs BT-5s for a Battle Group Kursk game I'd like to host at the club next week. I picked these up in a job lot a few years back and finally put paint on them.




Sunday, March 5, 2017

Soviet T-72 company

This weekend I did a company of Team Yankee 15mm T-72s - inspired after re-reading Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising and reading First Clash by Kenneth Macksey for the first time during the past two weeks while I was traveling for work. I'm stoked to do the 4th CMBG when it comes out! I am also looking forward to the publication of Battlegroup Northag expected later this year to play out the scenarios from the book.

The Battlefront T-72s are great - easy plastic kits and I like that you can swap out CE or buttoned up versions, and the ability to fit some of them with mine plows (these feature prominently in Macksey's book). 

Secretly - I am also curious about how many hits my blog will get courtesy of the Russian bots with this topic in the title...




I also diddled with my airbrush on some StugIIIs in 1/72.