What's all this then?

An infrequent collection of ramblings and pictures related to gaming. I play mainly Sci-Fi or Fantasy, but have recently found myself feeling nostalgic & yearning for my Army days in BAOR - hence the 6mm Coldwar forces & the foray into 20mm.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Valiant 1/72 British Tommies

I bought these ages ago fully intending to paint & use them.

Then I opened the box & saw the size of them compared to the 1/72 figures my opponents would be using! They're like giants - around 22mm in height.

So they went into my "Bring & Buy" box. A year or so later & no-one had bought them - they caught my eye and, as I didn't have anything else to paint at the time, I snipped 'em out & painted them.

They're lovely, detailed miniatures.



They come with an assortment of different heads to add variety to the basic poses - just lop the old ones off & glue the new ones on!



Piat & Bren Gunner are the same figure but with different arm options, there is also a standing figure that can have Bren, Piat/Mortar case or Rifle arms attached.



The Vickers HMG Gunners are nice too!


I like these so much that I may have to buy some Valiant Germans just to have some enemies in the right scale!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Berlin Battle!

A skirmish in the heart of Berlin, 1983. The East German's are desperate to capture the Wilmersdorf Comms Tower and thus achieve their first significant gain of the war....



The British Lines (pre-deployment)




Lying in wait....



Protect the Tower!



East Germans launch their attack!



T72 pokes its nose out, not realising there's a British section with Charlie G in the building in front!


And pays the price...... The NVA mill around in confusion...


As I was playing the British there aren't too many pictures of the blown up Chieftains! We lost quite decisively as the superior range of the Chieftains was no use in this environment and they were soon outnumbered & picked off...

1 Platoon of infantry was massacred, the second retreated just before it's numbers dropped below half.

The triumphant NVA troops disabled the charges the beleaguered Brits had attempted to set and captured the tower intact - a resounding defeat for the British and NATO....

Squad for Squad the British Infantry were outmatched as the Home Grown rules we were using are geared more towards vehicles, the squad firepower is based solely on the weapons in that squad - AK's & RPKs for the NVA, SLRs, SMGs and GPMG for the British. No allowance was made for training, ranges were the same etc.

In the future I'd rather use rules that are more infantry centric for this type of scenario but it was still very good fun & nice to actually get the infantry in close and dirty for once....

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Britannia FV432 - 81mm Mortar

My first foray into resin models! A Britannia Models FV432 from Grubby Tanks.

I've gone for the 81mm Mortar version (VEH25).

There were a couple of minor bubbles to fill and a few bits where edges had broken off - mainly round the hatch rims and road wheels.

I "bodged" the hatch rims with Green Stuff, made a fire extinguisher for the back door but left the road wheels. I also used Green Stuff to attach the commanders hatch as Superglue alone didn't seem up to the job.

Drilled & fixed wire antenna's and that was it!


The finished article. 

I undercoated with Black, applied "Blue Tack Masking" and then sprayed with Plastic Soldier Company British Armour Green.

Then it was just a case of drybrushing, tracks & bits & bobs (Fire System covers, number plates, Driver).

I painted the crew separately & then blatantly nicked RichardC's idea for mounting them on "Sabots".













The "Sabot" for the crew.


I'd like it if the driver had a helmet on too - but that's possibly not beyond my skills with Green Stuff. I may get more adventurous and try to add cam nets & poles on the next ones. 

I'll definitely be ordering more as they're lovely models & fit really well with the troops.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Elheim BAOR


Finally got off my backside & took some photos of these chaps. I currently have 2 Platoons - 1 Elheim and 1 Britannia, plus the Milan, AA & FAO are Elheim.

PHQ



Section 1



Section 3 - Gas Gas Gas!!

Cocked up here & forgot that the NBC boots go under the noddy suit, aside from that - I love these guys & came over all nostalgic as I was painting them!! 

Will have to get some of the Soviet NBC troops - would make for an interesting skirmish, any hit at all would take the squaddie out either through death or spending time decontaminating, add in restricted movement & vision and it'd end up being a brawl!!



Some of Section 2



Section 2 GPMG



Blowpipe AA


FAO


Milan Team



I'll take some of the Britannia Platoon at some stage & post them, plus the 432's I'm working on.....

Thursday, 7 August 2014

JB Models 1/76 Bedford MK

This turned up from Ebay yesterday & I set to straight away.
A really nice model to make - very satisfying. I may have to have a go at a Ptarmigan conversion some time!

Next time I won't be in such a hurry & will scratch build the mirrors & front indicators!! Oh well...

Monday, 5 May 2014

Deadzone

Its been a while and I thought I'd better do more than have a single post about DPM!

Here's a quick preview of my Deadzone Rebs and Marauders on the scenery I've painted.

I'll take some with the real camera and post them soon.