Thursday, March 30, 2017

Digging in

A little project I did today. I realized I needed some entrenchment markers for some future micro armor games. I usually use fortifications from C&C fortifications but I barely have enough for a battalion, and buying more could get expensive. I also had to replicate the extensive trench works around SWAPO base camps. I thought of getting the trench system made by Timecast, but I'm cheap so I decided to make my own.

A little sloppy with the glue. 

I made these with sand colored craft foam glued onto brown drawing paper. I made about four feet of trenches, including communication trenches and some with larger dugouts.

The long sections are 1"x 3". The small ones 1"x 2". 

While I was at I made enough individual markers for two full western infantry battalions or a Warsaw Pact motor rifle regiment.

Each are 1"x 1". The round ones can be  mortar pits.
I need to brake out my SLR, as the camera on my phone isn't cutting it anymore. I still have plenty of foam and brown paper left, so I plan to make some anti-tank ditches next. Maybe some larger vehicle emplacements too. I might also make some minefield markers. I've also started on another Megablitz unit, so I should have a post on that soon.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New SAM battalion

 Last month I went to Rapier in Jacksonville. I really wish they hadn't moved it to February. It put all the gaming cons in my area too close together. Because of this I could only go to one and had to miss out on Gnomecon this year. Anyway, I did get to have a nice game of Starfleet battles.

Too learn more visit Ski's blog, listed on the right.
 While I was there, I also brought a good amount of micro-armor which I've just started painting. First up is a Soviet/Warsaw Pact SA-6 battalion. The micro-armor I brought was second hand so it already came assembled and painted. While the launchers where in nice action poses, the paint job left a lot to be desired. The person who had them before just spray painted them green and call it a day. I decided to touch them up giving the missiles some details, adding some camouflage to the vehicles, and some light weathering. I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures.

The camouflage is based of a Czech SA-6. While most of the Soviet vehicles were plain green during the cold war, the original plan was to quickly paint them camouflage during war time.

I'll probably use the Straight Flush radar as a sort of command stand. 
 My battalion has a radar and 3 batteries. Most Warsaw Pact division had a SAM regiment with 5 batteries, enough to give one to each of the division's regiment. However, I seriously doubt I'll be putting a full division on the table anytime soon so I'm happy with just 3 batteries for now.

The SAM battalion all together. Just waiting for some capitalist aircraft to show up.
I hope to do some more painting and gaming in this year than I did in the last. Hopefully I'll have a new post out soon.