Thursday, April 26, 2012

For sale - Painted 28mm WSS Bavarians

There comes a point when you need to rationalise what you game and collect. I never really got into WSS, but I did pick these Bavarians up somewhere. A while back. In a moment of madness.

Click on the pic for a larger version. If you are interested let me know and we can haggle :  )

There are 24 figures from Front Rank

Monday, March 26, 2012

28mm 251 Halftrack

Painted by Tanner who also did the 6mm models in an earlier post. This one is 28mm.

Model by Bolt Action - now Warlord Games.  

40K Ogryns

Picked these up a few years ago, attracted by the fantastic paint job. They are painted in acrylics in NMM style.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A few more for '56 - 20mm

More Soviets!

Gaz 69 "jeeps"
T44 - A limited edition kit
BTR 152

Friday, March 2, 2012

More of the 20mm 1956 project

I have just picked these up on ebay. Both are resin models by Cromwell Models, a company that has been very very difficult to obtain models from in the past. A third party has painted and listed them for sale on ebay.

The above two pictures are of an IS4 superheavy Soviet tank. The IS4 was a redesigned IS2. The 122 mm gun was retained but the hull was lengthened, an extra set of road wheels added, as was an improved engine. It was also up-armoured. Production commenced in 1948 although only 200 were built. Most of these were transferred to the Far East in 1950 for the planned Soviet intervention in Korea. They were decommissioned in the 60s. 

The second is a French superheavy - the AML44. It is slightly out of period for 1956, having been mothballed in 1953. I like to think that they would have made a brief appearance in 56! 

The hulls were built in 1946, then stored until 1949 when the French could afford to make the turrets which held a 90mm gun. They equipped the 503e RĂ©giment de Chars de Combat  replacing Panthers that had been used by that unit.Initially,  the brakes, the gear box and the suspension were a problem due to the weight of the tank, some 50 tons.

They vendor on ebay is black-knight-studios. Some of the guys at the club have WW2 vehicles that they purchased from the seller. They look great and his service was said to be great as well. 


Sunday, February 26, 2012

More WW2 in 6mm

2 stugs - my total stug force!

Much needed anti tank support

again, painted and photographed by Tanner and sitting in my collection for a few years now...

6mm Russians WW2

And here are some more by Tanner. GHQ figures.

I feel sorry for the Germans that I have - positively outgunned by the Soviets, but then that is the way the late war was, wasn't it?

6mm Germans WW2

And here are some of the Germans painted by Tanner. All 6mm GHQ.

6mm WW2

I have been lucky enough to pick up some beautiful 6mm microarmour over the years. All of it, and some of the buildings, are painted by Tanner. Unfortunately, he hasn't been taking commissions for a while. I was, however, very happy to pick this up...

Absolutely beautiful work. It puts my own efforts to shame! Unbelievable detail. You would thing these were 28mm!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Late Roman Light Infantry

Just two pics this time


Desert Island Gaming - Or what would...

i never get rid of, ever...

Many years ago (and possibly still) there was a UK radio show Desert Island Discs. Basically, guests interviewed were asked to pick records that there would take with them if abandoned on an island. Phil Olley, in Classic Wargamers Journal did something similar recently with gaming guests.

Generic city state hoplites.

Well, my choice would be 15mm strip Minifig Greeks and Persians- made in the 70s. I absolutely love these little fellows (or as an ex once called them little metal dollies)! Many are those I purchased as my first metal figures from the now defunct (and much missed, at least in its original set up) Tin Soldier in Sydney, Australia. Always on the look out for these.

Boo, hiss...the evil Thebans. Medisers to a man!
I converted many, mainly head swaps on hoplites and weapons for peltasts. The peltasts came with Boeotian helmets, so I replaced a number of hoplite  helmets with them.

Hooray for the good guys - taken down by those evil Thebans and Athenians...
I have 100 bases of hoplites painted, as usual, by Pete.Shield designs are freehand.

And, although not the best photo, some peltasts.

More Greeks and Persians soon.


1956 East Germans

A WIP by me. T34/76s. East Germany had 119 of these in 1956 - the most in any formation being 31 in one of the motorised infantry divisions. Sources vary as to whether they were solely B models, or a mix of A & B. I went with 4 B and 2 A models.

The colour is best captured by the above photo, although there is a noticeable change in hue from the actual model. The next photo was exposed incorrectly although does show the open hatch. I need to work on the rust on the exhausts.

I had dullcoted these but there was still a sheen - something I notice dullcote doing more and more. I then used Armypainter Antishine varnish. Although it has dulled it right down, it leaves a gritty feel to the surface...I thought it was the fact I hadn't shaken the can properly, or a reaction with dullcote.

I then  used the Army Painter army green spray on another model and was left with the same gritty feel. I had forgotten that this had occured in my previous experience with Army Painter blue and yellow sprays...

Next are 3 SU 76. Crews to be added.

Late Romans- The Artillery

Foundry ballistas to start

Followed by two Gripping Beast pieces

Painted by PC

The Emperor and Retinue

Again by Pete.

Figures Gripping Beast and Foundry. I will be rebasing these soon, hopefully for the last time!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Late Roman Infantry

Some Late Roman infantry . All are Foundry figures, apparently now withdrawn under their policy of range rotation.

All are painted by PC. Shields are done freehand.

Based for Warmaster Ancients at the moment, but I may rebase for Impetus, or Hail Caesar.