Sunday, January 7, 2018

First new painting of the year

Happy New Year, everyone! This last week was surprising as we actually got snowed on here in Savannah. For a while I was trapped on the island with my Dad as all the bridges were closed. Since then I've been staying there because my house is an icebox right now. (I cut the gas off years ago because I got tired of being screwed year round by the gas company.)

My Car while I was stuck on the island. 
This doesn't mean I haven't been working as I have finished my latest unit for the invasion project. Here we have a Danish territorial company, consisting of 3 infantry stands and 1 heavy weapons stand. The whole unit is mounted in a variety of civilian vehicles. I was inspired by Richards Danish Home Guard units at Cold War Hot Hot!.

One of the infantry platoons is marked AT. This represents the infantry equipped with Carl Gustavs, while the rest have M72 LAWs. 
The infantry is H&R WWII US infantry. The land rover is a Scotia model. The station wagon is an old In Service model and the Volkswagen van and truck are form Shapways. I had a slight accident with the land rover that required it to be glued back to stand just prior of taking the photograph. 
In addition to those I also painted up some more civilian vehicles to act as road side objectives for the Soviets. 

The cars are some more of the old In-Service models, while the vans are Shapeways. The hatchback's paint job was inspired by my grandparents old Pacer. 

Having a bunch of old style Volkswagen vans, of course I was going to paint one as the Hippie-Mobile.
Anyway that's the first new stuff for the new year. The ships I order came in sooner than I expected so I'll either work on them or some new terrain pieces. I still need to make one more order before I have everything I need for the game.

James

Monday, December 25, 2017

Marry Christmas

I just like to wish you and yours a Marry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The Cathedral in downtown Savannah.
I don't know if I'll get another post in  before the New Year, but I hope to see ya then

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New Ships

I managed to get some painting done this week. These ships will be used in my Naval Invasion game, at Gnome Con. I've I got another batch on the way. Here we have a mix of German, Danish, and Soviet light ships.

Wish I had a better pen to name the German's and Danish


In the back I have a pair of German Koln class frigates. On the left side a pair of Soviet Parchim II Corvettes. In the center a pair of Danish Soloven PT boats. Finally on the right four German Type 148 missile boats. Next I'm going to work on some of the ground forces for the land game.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tanksgiving 2018

Last Saturday I actually had the day off, so a decided to drive to Waycross to join in on Tanksgiving.  Tanksgiving is an annual event held by my friend Mike Baker just before Thanksgiving and is a series of armor games. This is the first time I'd been able to attend. We first started with Destopian Wars, a game I hadn't played before. It was the Prussians and French verses the British and Russians. I commanded one of the Prussian groups. 

On the right is my group which consist of a group of light tanks, a battery of artillery, and a Giant Robot that will from now on be call Mecha-Krout. On the left is the other Prussian group, consisting of another group of light tanks, a company of medium tanks, and a land carrier. 

A picture of my French allies, which include a land ship and  another rolling carrier. 

Some of the enemy British forces passing by the lake as a monster watches. Sadly it did not attack.

My units advancing through the town with Mecha-Krout trying to hide among the buildings. Didn't work out too well. 

Mecha-Krout charges forward to destroy the last Russian heavy anti-tank vehicle, before going down for the count.

Things don't go well on the French side either as their landship is destroyed.

In a final act of pettiness, the Russians use their mechanical earth worm, to run over the last of the Prussian light tanks
 In the end the French and Prussians suffered too many casualties and we lost. We then moved on to a game of Blitzkrieg Commander. The game was Russians verses Germans mid 44. This time I was playing on the Russian side. For the Russians we had a tank brigade of T-34s, supported by some heavy armor.

My force consisting of a battalion of T-34/76 and a company of infantry.

The rest of the Russian force. On my right a battalion of T-34/85 plus infantry company. On my left another battalion of      T-34/76 plus infantry. Farther to left out of the picture is the Russian heavy armor consisting of 2 KV-1 and 2 ISU-122.

The T-34/85 battalion moves into the nearest village. 

Meanwhile my battalion moved up to capture the central hill.

The bigger picture with the T-34 battalion on my left taking the other forward ridge line. Mikes heavy armor goes to the center to try to take on the German king tigers. On the left you can see one the kumpf groups equipped with Pzr IV tanks and some rather annoying PAK-40s. The king tigers were set up near the town behind a wall. On the right is the other kumpf group consisting of Pzr IV and Panther companies..
At end of the game on the left side my battalion was starting to take casualties while we lost all our heavy armor.

The right side at the end of the game. The T-34/85 battalion had taken heavy casualties, also inflecting losses on the Germans.
 In the end the we lost due to casualties. It was a fun time and I enjoyed it, I'm going to see about going to the next Tanksgiving. As of now I working on some new ships for the gnome con game.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Wargame Unit: Angolan Motorized Battalion

Yesterday I finally finished my new 6mm modern unit. My SWAPO Front now has some regular FAPLA forces to back them up. Here's the units all together, a battalion plus brigade support.

Please excuse the gaggle as well as the shadows on some of the photos.

Below we have the bulk of the battalion, it's three infantry companies. All of them are mounted on old BTR-152 APCs.


Next we have the battalions considerable support units. This includes (left to right) the AA platoon with ZPU-2, AGS-17 platoon, 82mm Mortar platoon, AT platoon with jeep mounted recoilless rifle, and the HQ platoon with a BTR-152U.


Finally we have some brigade support in the form of a tank company with T-34/85s and Recon company with BRDM-2s


That is the new unit. I'm not sure what I'll be working on yet. I'm thinking of doing some ships for the gnome con project. I'll probably do more terrain as well. I'm waiting for the first of several orders I have to make to arrive as well.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

More terrain

In between painting units I decided to finish these two 6mm terrain pieces I had on the side.


First up I have this graveyard. The walls are C&C stone walls and the tombstones are cut from a wooden craft stick. I mainly did this for the fun of it.



The second more useful piece is this tent city, I made using large and medium tents from Game Craft. I can use this piece for all kinds of things such as a HQ, refugee camp, training camp, temporary housing in a FOB, and many more.



Those are the new pieces. I've now started on my new Angolan unit. This well be a regular army unit.




Saturday, October 7, 2017

New Unit: Soviet Naval Infantry Battalion

I've been on a bit of a roll lately. I just finished this unit for my new mini-campaign project. I've already sign up for Gnome  Con. Hopefully it will be ready by then. The new unit is the 1st battalion of the 36th Naval Infantry Brigade (I'm planning to use two).
The full battalion, 3 companies plus battalion AA platoon, AT platoon, and Mortar battery. I will eventually add a battalion command stand, but it's not need at this point. The backs of the stands (can be seen in any of the pictures) are color coded to show which combat stands belong to the battalion. I'm going to start doing that with all my FFT units.

I thought about having them in camouflage uniforms, but I just had to go with the black. I might do an air landing battalion in camouflage and black berets, but not for this scenario. Note I also experiment with putting stowage on the vehicles using plastic for ammo crates and modeling putty for tarps and cammo nets. 


I also added the Soviet naval ensign to the sides of the vehicles. Hopefully I'll get better at painting them
I still plan to work on my South African stuff. I got a new unit of that sitting on the side. And I have to do a lot of terrain pieces as well so hopefully I can keep this pace up.