Monday, 14 May 2018

Quick update

SO over the weekend i have done my usual thing of starting many things but not finishing anything off. So here is a run down of some of the things outstanding.

Below can be seen the first of several Soviet small holdings for a collective farm, they are designed to go together to allow larger units or stand alone. This will be done with some stand alone fences to go along the edges.

 The fencing is made from match sticks as the fence posts, the cross members are coffee stirrers split length ways to thin them out! And the uprights are made from thin Balsa wood.
An issue occurred in the middle of the build as the newer batch of Balsa is some what thinner than the previous batch, so is not as robust, which resulted on the top parts snapping off.

SO! i snapped all of them off to just above the top cross members, as they will only break in handling.


Houses can be placed inside as needed so to give more options.



 So two small holdings next to each other, the far edge still needs its separate fence in place.



 For the Stalingrad scatter terrain, and to be used with the factory units we have i put together a couple of chimneys, one showing battle damage.


Below can be seen the fallen chimney stack, should block the path of any tanks....


I purchased a Hobby Boss Mi8 HIP on a whim, and decided after reading a review to do a Mi17 which strangely the kit actually gives you the option of making.
I roughly put the cockpit together along with Starboard side of the aircraft and tried out the internal colour scheme.

 Having already purchased some helicopter pilots from Elheim for my previous builds, i ordered some more to fit this, i also decided on having this aircraft armed with some door gunners, several Afghan aircraft are armed in such a way.


The two door gunners are located so as to fire from both the Port door and starboard emergency hatch. THe gunners are sat on two spare ammo boxes to give necessary height and support.

The air crew are still to be finished off and i ahve yet to decide what to do with the rear clam shell doors.
1/ Do i keep them closed as is. Nice and easy!
2/ Do i model them open, which is not to bad a job.
3/ Remove them and fit the later ramp which is a bigger deal.

I also ordered a 3D cast Technical from Elheim to go with my 14.5mm ZPU-1 which i persuaded Matt to do some Taliban crew for. Below can be seen how it looks straight out of the box. With very little clean up needed.

Below is a closer view, and the attachment points for the wheels can be seen. These are the best axle wheel connections i have come across. Usually wheels don't attach to well as the axles etc are to thin or other nuances. Where as the fit between the two on this model is fantastic, its so tight the wheels stay on without gluing.

Here it is in its base colours with its cargo... i am planning of building a base for the gun so i an use it dismounted. I plan to get a few more gun armed Technicals for my fleet.


I also bought a couple of Afghans on motor bikes and some stand alone bikes to add to my street clutter. I am still looking for some suitable domestic cars "The 90's Toyota Corolla is top selling car in Afghanistan" to clutter the streets etc..

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Trenches and other holes in the ground.

Its been awhile since i last did an update, but with the weather allowing me to get into the garden to do some large amounts of scenery painting it gave me my mojo back.

OK so i added three more trench lines to the pile, and making them made me think of making a few with MG bunkers and personnel bunkers but have decided to forego them for now a si have more pressing matters.


I have also added two long straight sections plus a smaller length and two end stops, this gives me enough trenches to clutter up the board and allow movement between the ruined strong-points.


As can be seen above i have put a few obstacles together which are on the same footprint as the trenches, which is the same as the width of a side street, this will allow me to block streets with all manner of nastiness.

Being able to get into the garden allowed me to cut up large amounts of polystyrene and allowed me to expand my growing collection of hills, here it can be seen butted up against one of my earlier hilss to either extend that hill or become another stand alone.




Whilst i was doing this hill a thought came to me, all my hills are pretty straight i have no other shapes, so wouldn't it be cool if i had one big weird shaped hill.


So i went about cutting another piece of polystyrene to fit my three existing hills.


The idea being is the three existing hills fit to each of the three points making on ebig hill but still allowing me flexibility of storage.




Another bug bear of mine is, i have some stand alone afghan compound walls, but due to the original baseboard they were built on cannot butt up-to the existing compound walls. SO i made some fill in pieces which will allow me to join my free standing walls to my existing compounds and make some really big compounds..



Once i have these all finished off and painted i will post some pics of these items.

Ok so here is the hill with its paint on..


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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Stalingrad update 2

Ok so I have finally got round to putting the undercoat on the buildings  and stuck all the brick paper to the outsides. Which still needs the windows cutting out of it. The brick paper also needs a wash over to make it look less new!



Above can be seen the second of the stronpoints facing forwrads, hence the sandbags.



This is the interconnecting trench works and street barricade. Allows movement between strong-points and also blocks a street.


This is looking into the initial first strong-point i built, again needs a little bit more work doing to it.

And a birds eye view of how they fit together. Currently i have three more trench lines that i am working on, one is to be another connecting piece between strong-points without the heavy weapon pit.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Stalingrad ruined strong points.

Ok made a bit more progress on my ruins.


 So undercoated using black spray.

 Below can be seen the brick paper going on.


 First coat of brown as a base colour and highlighting of the floor boards can be seen.

 A action shot of a later war 75mm infantry gun.

 An aerial view of the piece the red brick work will be toned  down eventually.


Below can be seen the first of the connecting trenches along with a heavy weapons put.


And how it is supposed to connect the two ruins together.
I plan to add some more trenches along with some free standing ones.



Friday, 16 February 2018

Stalingrad ruins update.

So I did a bit more on my ruins.


As can be seen I have bricked up the door using the walls from a Tamiya 1/48 kit which where the sand bags came from as well.
Below can be seen the heavy weapons point.


 Started the trench works in the second strongpoints. The forward heavy weapons point did not work out as circular but the bigger warlord bases do fit.



So I have finally run out of Plasticene and match sticks so i have come to a halt but I can stick down the larger pieces of rubble down. More on that later.


Sunday, 21 January 2018

More Troops enter Lardistan

New Troops for Lardistan.


I originally painted these at the same time as i did the ASLAV build, but i wasn't that happy on the depiction of the AusCam so the time came to me re painting them. Which i did.
Red and blue sections can be seen below.


Below can be seen a MST and my heavy sniper team. Due to the gillie suits can double up for any nation. And also yellow section.


In the next can be seen my support elements including a FOO bottom left next to them we have the "terp" and then a search dog and handler. On the back row we have the medic "man down market then a mine detector guy and a JTAC.


Last but not least the big guys. Platoon officer back middle with his radio operator. The ever present platoon sergeant and the medic. Next to them can be seen the unfinished SF GPMG on troops mount.

I also have started on my Danes which i got at roughly same time as the Salute buys of the Viking and WMIKS. These will fight alongside Kens Brits i hope in my up and coming Lardistan campaign.


The guy on the right has the Danish LSW the M/04 and the guy on the left a bog standard M95 assault rifle.


To support my troops i purchased a Italeri AH-64D, now i can hear all those rivet counters stating its wrong because of this and that etc etc.... However it was cheap, and i am not bothered what it looks like inside as its a wargames model at the end of the day and looks like an Apache. This one will be a Dutch version without the Longbow Radar and the special pods on the wing tips which i got from (....).


To go with my previous civvies i got the Britannia miniatures Goat herder and wife who has joined the trader with a pack mule from the German mountain troops range, a donkey cart and its load of rushes (great for hiding British Airman in, OH hang on wrong period) and a village elder perusing goods being sold by a trader....... gives me more targets for stray rounds.






Also picked up some more Taliban from Elheim just to cover those days when my opponent Paul's are not available. And i have found i still need more.....

And I am now the proud owner of some 1/72 Chinook gunners from Britannia which i bought on a whim from the Stockton show for a none existent Chinook along with some sand filters and external sensor kit. I think this goes into the category along with the 1/350th scale US Destroyer I bought for game a couple of year ago and has still to be built. It will attempt to be USS Ringgold of Tarawa fame.