Saturday, July 30, 2011


These arrived the other day

Very nicely detailed, with several options to choose from. I don't have any PzIVs for late war stuff so Ausf H it is then

Doing this first one as a bit of an experiment, had some minor problems with the side and turret shields but think it was more me than the model parts. This one is about half finished

Exceptional value for money.

Friday, July 29, 2011

WW2 4.5' Howitzer

I've kept the other two of these for my Great War collection

The pictures I found of this gun showed them both with and without mudguards. I went for without as the only ones I had are from the Airfix 88 set and not a good match

Made in a hard plastic with some very nice detail

The wheels are from the spares box, gun crew figures are Airfix

Highly recommended

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

British Recoilless Rifle

Loosely based on the M20

Figures are Airfix and Matchbox, with ACTA heads and rifles, the loaders arms are from the Esci WW2 French set. The rifle is made from spare bits and pieces

Of dubious anti-tank capability at all but the shortest of ranges, we'll see how it fairs this weekend.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Skoda Mountain Gun

Went to start on my 4.5' Howitzers the other day only to discover that one of them was this little item, which is okay because I have a modest WW1 Austrian collection

This effort by HaT is a nice model with good detail, done in a hard plastic; unlike previous efforts from this company

Painted with Vallejo Field Blue and a light black wash; some minor touching up still to do around the wheels but otherwise complete

This pack-howitzer entered service in 1915 but its design dates back to 1911

Unfortunately all of my Austrian collection was painted a long time ago, and so owing to improved painting techniques the gun looks a lot better than the figures

Saturday, July 23, 2011

S35 Company

Finally completed my S35 company, thanks to Nate Do check out his Blog if you haven't already seen it

I got the first one of these for my collection in about 2002, hope it doesn't take that long to finish the Char B1s I've got to do as well

This one got different paintwork but still fits well with the others.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cold War Korea, game 3, part 2

Game 3 of 5, the NKPA continues its drive on Seoul

NKPA regulars moving up the only road leading to the ROK's positions. Here a couple of companies regather their morale after a brief but intense fire-fight with ROK platoons that were covering the withdrawal on this part of the battlefield

Helicopter gunship arrives to strafe NKPA militia units, and with no dedicated AA units the north could really only try to fend it off with small-arms fire, rather unsuccessfully as it turned out

Turn 6. Left flank, more militia units being ordered into the fray

Same turn, NKPA mortar platoons positioning themselves to provide direct fire support. Mortars usually have to be spotted for, but these units could all see their targets from this vantage point

NKPA mech-infantry about to remount their carriers, figures are Esci, the carriers Roco

ROK infantry moving towards cover, while retreating transports continue south in the background

ROK engineers wire the bridge for demolition as soft-skin traffic continues to retreat over it

About turn 7. The Cobra makes yet another passing run over NKPA militia units with decisive results

The results: two companies forced to withdraw about 500 meters with shattered morale. NKPA RHQ would spend the rest of the game trying to rally these units; figures are Imex, Korean War

NKPA militia MMG platoon firing at the attack helicopter, alas with little effect

Still about turn 7, militia units flank the main area of ROK resistance and attack a column light transport

Turn 8. NKPA mech-infantry move forward , while in the background more militia platoons are fed to the gunship

The last defensive position to be neutralised before the bridge. There were a lot of small unit actions going on all around this area, with the NPKA's superior numbers eventually gaining the best field position

Soviet 'advisor' units watch the NKPA tactics from a safe distance; figures are Airfix

NKPA left flank. The second regular infantry battalion musters for an assault on the bridge having dealt to their ROK opposition

More NKPA regulars supported by militia over-run a warehouse that the ROK had been using as a forward command post area

The rear of that position, and the last defended position in front of the bridge. A single tank platoon and a company of infantry was about all the ROK could scrape together here for a last-ditch stand

Extreme right of the communist line. NKPA militia units loot and burn the transport column that was caught before it could escape across the river, and the mech-infantry company threw itself towards the bridge, now only 1000 meters distant

NKPA units including the only surviving tank platoon draw up in front of the bridge, too late to stop its destruction they contented themselves with firing into the backs of the, now safe, ROK. Despite being outnumbered and mostly out-gunned the game went pretty much the way of the South. The NKPA lost most of its armour in the opening moves and lacked enough motorised transport to keep close to the retreating ROK, the result being that the South always had a reasonable gap between itself and the NKPA hordes. A great game that played out really well and matched the campaign outline perfectly. Next up, the battle for Seoul.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cold War British, Regimental Assets

Finally finished my cold war British regiment. Three infantry battalions plus attachable units; the only thing missing is a 17pdr anti-tank gun, which will have to wait as I don't have any

First up, military police stand. Counts as a recon-patrol section, with increased spotting ability, owing to the dog

Flame thrower engineer platoon

MMG platoon

The engineer platoons from each of the battalions.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cold War Korea

A few pictures from the third game of our Korea 85 campaign

North Korean armour on the only road leading into the South's positions.

ROK infantry formed blocking positions wherever they could, this one is about half way down the battlefield

NKP regulars on the extreme left of their line. These are some of Paul's very good conversions and are a mixture of Esci and Revell figures

About turn three, the North records its only kill against ROK armour but in so doing lost an entire company in this exchange

Ignoring heavy artillery fire Northern regulars begin to put pressure on the ROK's reserve positions. By this time the NKPA had lost most of its armoured support but the terrain didn't really suit armoured operations anyway, so they were always going to play a secondary role to the infantry

Some of the North's mech-infantry unloading close to the action

After five turns the ROK was still holding fairly good positions but were beginning to look decidedly stretched. The NKPA infantry continued to surge ahead despite have no armoured support left, and it will be interesting to see how the action around the crucial centre positions go from here on. Hopefully we can conclude this battle later in the week.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Better Russian Pictures

Same as before, just taken in better light

More regular posting will resume once work stops sucking my will to live!