Monday, November 27, 2017

Whither scale?

This week I knocked off a few 10mm models that arrived just in time for hosting a Juno Beach scenario on the weekend:



 And finally I painted a Battlefront 15mm Crusader and a 10mm Matilda - I can't decide which scale to go with for a new Western Desert project. The Flames of War 15mm stuff is lovely - but it's pricey, on the other hand Pendraken 10mm stuff is also great and half the price. Argh.....



Sunday, November 19, 2017

Phoenix Guard, FOW and TYW Swedes

Flipping around between projects over the last couple of weeks - starting with a batch of 2nd hand and refurbished High Elf Phoenix Guard - these are old GW metals that I stripped and repainted.


 

Then I made a start on a mid-war FOW project - a company of 15mm Battlefront Grenadiers for a mid-war infantry company I am putting together to play 4th edition:




And finally in the last week I took on a job to paint some TYW Swedes and Imperials for a friend - there are very familiar Warlord 28mm models - same plastics as the ECW troops with some different helmets, command and some metal foot figures.



Monday, November 6, 2017

6mm Canadians for Team Yankee and a foray into FOW

This week I finished off some infantry and IFVs (M150, M125, M113 and M114 standing in for Lynx recon vehicles) for a 6mm Canadian 4CMBG force to play Team Yankee:





And I dabbled with some 15mm vehicles for FOW V4 after picking up the starter kit. I painted the Mk III and Mk IV in early panzergrau. I also picked up a couple of Zvezda 1:100 kits (and Mk III flamethrowing tanks and an Mk IVD notable for the lack of bustle). The Zvezda kits go together nicely but are a bit weedy compared to Battlefront and have shallower detail which shows in the pictures. They are also a bit lighter because I didn't undercoat them in black before working through the greys - my bad! That would have helped with depth.

Battlefront in the foreground with air recognition flag, Zvezda in the background

Zvezda in the foreground, Battlefront to the rear





Monday, October 30, 2017

Soviet Rifle Platoon

Back to the Team Yankee (or to be Battlegroup Northag) project - here is a platoon of Soviet infantry by Battlefront. These were meh sculpts and required a number of repairs at weak joints in the castings - both ankles and weapons. Their upcoming plastics look a lot better.




Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dryads

I had these cool GW Dryad models hiding away for a while. They were a lot of fun to paint - lots of interesting little details. My plan is to use them as a horde of Forest Shamblers for Kings of War to accompany my Treeherder (Treebeard the Ent) in my Elvish army.






Sunday, October 15, 2017

Warriors of Minas Tirith

Was rummaging through some bits boxes and came across a bag of 48 GW - LOTR Warriors of Minas Tirith figures. Figured I might as well paint them up! Here are the spear armed chaps - the others with swords and bows are on the bench. In the background are the 40k Armoured Shipping Containers - new scenery for 40k - bit incongruous with LOTR I know.




Also some 10mm Pendraken French mechanized infantry Dragons Port. 



Sunday, October 1, 2017

10mm WW2 French and 6mm WW2 western desert

Worked my way through some WW2 French tanks by Pendraken - motorcycles, a B1, H35s, Chenillettes and Somuas.





And some additional 6mm stuff from Heroics and Ros for a western desert game I will be hosting in 2 weeks.









Sunday, September 17, 2017

10mm early war Germans

I dug into the unpainted lead pile and did a bunch of 10mm Pendraken early war German vehicles. I bought Sam Mustafa's new Rommel rules which look very interesting and motivated me to get back into this scale, which I have always liked. The new vehicles are shown here mixed in with some Minifigs stuff that was already painted.




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Cold War Brits and an Enginseer

Before going in for Canadians I picked up a platoon of Team Yankee British infantry and here they are. I quite like them - good scupts and the British 1980s kit is all pretty cool. The platoon has GPMG and Carl Gustav stands with a venerable 50mm mortar attached to the command team.





I also completed a GW Enginseer to keep my Leman Russ tanks rolling - pretty cool model.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Dollar store find

I found a die cast Loach/Cayuse OH-6 helicopter toy closely scaled for 15mm in my local dollar store so grabbed a couple for $2 each (nothing in the dollar store is a dollar anymore...). It has some goofy markings and is missing some detail.



 Here is before (left) and after (right) being airbrushed with primer, then olive drab, and the window gaps filled and painted blue.


The minigun comes from the AH-1 cobra sprue from Team Yankee where it is an option for doing an earlier Vietnam era version. I think it will stand in just fine for Vietnam or early Cold War games.