Voici venir les éclairs!

In other words – allowing for the language limitations of Google – more Belgians! These are the continuation of the support elements for the 17th Armoured Brigade:

 First up are the M75s that will carry my Engineers. These are a lovely little model from Scotia and I’ve already bought another ten as apparently I can put reserve units in them!

 The Belgians also had some jeep mounted Milans. No one does the correct model but this is close, from the Scotia Chinese range. I should probably move the spare tyre to the bonnet and remove the windscreen. Small model but it does allow a bit of space for scenics!

 The support element (AT) also has some M113A1-MIL/Milan-1 which have twins hatches rather than the central hatch and a .50cal on the left and a Milan on the right.

The central hatch was cut off and two side hatches stuck on. The .50cal is from CinC but is very fine and fragile so I’ll likely do future ones in wire and green stuff as in the AIFVs.
And last up is the artillery support. M109A2s. This is a lovely little model from Heroics and Ros. Very crisp detail. There is a hole to mount an MG but it may be too fragile for general use. I have it on reliable evidence (Jeff on the CWC Forums) that the unit (his unit) was in green and black camo in the late 80s so that is what I’ve gone for.

And finally, on Jeffs say so, his unit apparently had regular deliveries via truck of chocolate eclairs!

So there’s the man with the (I assume!) silver tray delivering them to the hard working gunners! Apologies if the eclairs look like dog turds but they’re bloody hard to model in 1/300th!

Although I have a Sultan based FAO I need to do one in an AIFV-CP for this unit.

More to follow after Sunday’s big CWC game.

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Minor update – no pics…

Life has been hectic. Work, kids, Christmas prep… so not getting as much progress as expected. Have some support elements for my Belgians part done. Some jeep based Milans, M109s, M75s for my engineers and have converted some M113s to have twin turrets with a .50cal and a Milan mounted. Did the Milans with green stuff and they may be a bit chunky! The .50cals were from CinC and while very nice little casts they are very thin and fragile and I may yet resort to my wire and green stuff version! I also have a treat for Jeff over on the CWC forums!

Next big game is on the 28th – day after Smoggycon, which I’m really looking forward to – where I expect my diminished Soviets to struggle in their next battle! I’m even considering swapping my T-72s or T-62s to stretch the points a little more, and having some BMPs without Saggers…

Hopefully I’ll have some more Belgian pics soon and then reports on Smoggy and the game.

Back soon…

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Belgians…Preparing for war!

Well, I’ve finally got round to doing a photoshoot of my gathering Belgians. I wanted to wait until I’d got a few more done before posting. I’m basing it around the 17th Armoured Brigade which had two tank battalions and two mechanised – one of which I’ve still to do. I’ve still got a few support elements to do as well but they are in progress.

So…
Here’s the lot as they stand.

 The first tank battalion – 1st Guides

 Second tank battalion – 2nd Guides

 First mechanised battalion – 1st Carabiniers Cyclists gathered round the CO

 1st Company, 2nd Chasseurs Anti-tank Battalion – Jagdpanzer Kanone (with an onlooking detachment of British Challenger 1s!)

 The Belgian CO stand.

 

First mechanised battalion – 1st Carabiniers Cyclists – HQ

 Converted AIFV/.50cal

 Supporting mortars

 

 FAO in Spartan although I may do others in AIFV-CO

 And the few Challenger 1s I did out of my recently acquired British.

So there we are, that’s the force so far. I have another Mechanised Battalion to do, some M109A2s, some Milans mounted on jeeps, some Milans on M113s and Engineers in M75s.

I tried to do something different with the CO again. The tent is no doubt the wrong type but was all I had to hand. The radio antenna needs the support ropes tightening but they were a faff to do so I may leave them!

Although I’m going for the 1986+ version I do have the VCI vehicles for the earlier version too so they will get done as well, and/or used for reserve brigades.

Haven’t worked out what that lot is in points yet either! 🙂

More to follow…

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Little Update…

Had hoped to have some pictures of stuff by now but work, kids and life are getting in the way. So here’s a quick update on progress and purchases:

  • Belgians – progressing nicely. Finished another tank battalion and a mechanised battalion and some support elements. Working on the CO stand. Can’t quite get the look I want but it will be OK I hope. Managed to convert some YPR-765s to replace turret with a wire and greenstuff .50cal. Looks OK but a bit of a faff. Have just got some CinC Pedestal mounter .50cals which should be easier to use.
  • British – have ordered some infantry from H&R so I can at least make the few bits I have in to a late 80s battlegroup
  • Soviets – some engineering bits and pieces en route and a Lebed hovercraft from Scotia. My own fault for currently re-reading Red Storm Rising!
  • 15mm – no change in all periods though must get back to them soon as want to try out DBMM
  • Boardgames – picked up some Cold War games to maybe use as a battle generator for CWC but to be honest I’ll likely not get the time. Still need a copy of SPIs Hof Gap though.
  • 6mm Scenery – have a load of buildings primed and ready to go just as soon as I can plan out what I want on each base. Also want to make some motorway/autobahn type roads as well.
  • Books – still reading the Harold Coyle stuff and enjoying it. Have The Zone stuff to do next. Gutted I missed a copy of Chieftains on eBay a while back for £17. Was going to get the one on Amazon for £30 but it went and now the cheapest is about £50! One day I’ll get it for a fair price!
  • Magazines – got new Slingshot which is a good issue with more Zama reports. Have given up on Wargames Illustrated, been a little disappointed with the last couple of Miniature Wargames and am looking forward to the next Battlegames.
  • Work – busy…
  • Kids – tiring…

There we go….that’s where I’m at!

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