October Update 4 – Size matters….

This post is mostly about the first few Syrians I’ve finished, a few issues re basing and my quandary over using GHQ or not!

First up, Syrians. I’ll be expanding the Syrian part of my updated Painting Master Plan soon but to start I went for a batch of T-55s. These are Skytrex models and I’ll be discussing the choice more below but here they are anyway:

 

I did a little Googling around camouflage and as far as I can see pretty well anything goes! Vehicles supplied in original Russian Green and then painted by each unit. Although the light sand and light grey patterns were preferred a unit could just have sand stripes, blotches, big stripes and with the grey sometimes added as well. And some vehicles stayed in the Russian Green! So plenty of variety possible. These are painted White, then Russian Green, then Pale Sand patches applied, then Sepia Wash, then Pale Sand highlight – all Vallejo Model Color. I then added a three letter arabic number and white stripe and a couple of coloured markings on the front. Just enough to give a little contrast.

As my IDF were bought based with ‘real’ sand I quite liked the look so decided to stick with it. And also because I don’t want to re-base the IDF! I’d done some sample IDF of my own to compare with an M3 AA:

But I’d forgotten that for these I’d painted the bases light brown first. The edges were left a plain MDF and sanded a little to smarten up. When I did the Syrians I forgot that the sand would not cover the green and brown splodges all over the base from the painting process – I stick them to their base to paint. This meant that the sand came out a little darker and also the splodges showed through a little even with two layers of sand. Not a disaster but annoying. I also left the new bases with their laser cut burnt brown edges.

I don’t want to have to sand all the edges off but I’m not sure whether to leave them like that, do the IDF a similar colour, or paint ALL the bases a consistent mid/light brown? We shall see.

Now, on to the GHQ quandary. I’ve touched on this before but to recap, pretty well all the IDF I bought are GHQ and very nice models they are too. Now my experience with the few GHQ I’ve had for my other Moderns is that they are noticeably bigger than other 1/300th ranges (as you would expect 1/285th to be) but when I compare the GHQ T-55 with the Skytrex ones there was negligible difference and for the difference in price the Skytrex model is simple but quite nice.

I’ve compare other models. The GHQ T-62A versus the Skytrex T-62:

 
 

My understanding is that the GHQ models is considered too long anyway but there is not a lot of difference. I also compared a GHQ BTR-60PB and an Heroics and Ros BTR-70:

Now I have compare a GHQ T-80 ERA with an H&R similar and the GHQ is way bigger. So, is it all down to which models you compare? Is there a variation in the accuracy of the scale of some GHQ models?

Having finally taken the plunge for some GHQ I am very impressed with the quality of the sculpts and the casting. Excellent detail. No flash. But are they worth the extra? In a lot of ways I think yes. But where I’m going to need a LOT of T-55s and T-62s I will be going the Skytrex route!

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October Update – Part 3

Bit of a quiet night. Kids in bed. Wife in Manchester. Had thought of heading to attic but by the time kids were settled, I’d eaten and then tidied up, it’s really too late. And as I have to do battle with the kids in the morning I’m intending to head to bed.

So, purpose of update. Well, I’ve added three red boxes to the ‘Plan’ on the right! Although I may still dabble with additions, the core are done. Been reading up on Yom Kippur so that will be seeing some blog time over the next few weeks.

I’ve also looked into sabot bases for the 6mm SF infantry. Partly to make movement easier, partly to facilitate use in other rules systems. The ever helpful Martin at Warbases put together a sample.

 

These fit the tiddlywink counter bases I’ve used fine. I do have some 15mm MDF rounds as well but the tiddlywinks with the stuck on steel strip are a little heavier and maybe more stable. The sabot is done with 2 x 2mm MDF which does make them a little think for 6mm. Martin did my Grande Armee bases using 1mm MDF that I sourced so I may ask him if he can do these with that if I send him a sheet. Either way, excellent service again from Warbases.

Inspired by Angelbarracks (again!) I have just ordered some of the Armstrong Models stowage packs to add to various 6mm vehicles. It really seems to ‘add’ to a model so my Syrians/Israelis may start looking ‘well travelled’!

And yet again, I put off the September Wargaming Neutral summary. Just too scared to tally up the figures!

More to follow…

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FUBAR – SDF and SovCorp done!

Having finally amended my Painting Plan I thought I would have a little burst of effort and get the pretty well final batch of models done for this stage of my FUBAR project.

First up are the Sikkara Defence Force (SDF). I’ve used Adler vehicles with Dark Realm Miniatures(DRM) buggies and Federation Mid-tech infantry. These are the colonists on the defensive. They will likely be defending positions with occasional hit and run with the buggies. As yet I have no APCs for them as I envisage them riding on tanks or buggies. There are two eight man squads and a five man command team (yes, I know there are six in the pic but I misplaced a normal chap!). I’ve also done a couple of resin bunkers as the plan is for most of their facilities to be underground and these the connected entrances to them.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Although VonDon Corp. are the main high tech force there is interest from other corporations. Although ostensibly there to support the colonists, the SovCorp contingent may also have ulterior motives. These are DRM vehicles for the tanks and APCs. The command trio are Reiver Castings. Infantry are Adler Venurians. I’ve gone for five man squads here to match the VonDon ones. The small DRM tanks at the front are a lot smaller than I expected and I’m thinking of classing these as remote controlled AFVs, unmanned and controlled from the command APC at the back.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

So there we have the three main protagonists! I need some scenery (desert type tiles) and ‘stuff’ to fill it so I can plan out the first games. I have a few more GZG tanks I MAY do for VonDon and I may do a couple of APCs for the SDF but for now, that is it! 🙂

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October Update – Part 2

First up, a welcome to Gauntlett, my 160th Follower. And visits have now topped 54,000 so despite the slow progress and lack of big updates and AARs recently it is nice to see people still popping by.

Gauntlett’s blog has some nice little posts on Force on Force and also some pics of the Mars 20mm US and Mujahideen which he will be using. Although I’ve got some assorted metals in 20mm for my proposed Cold War stuff, there is always the temptation to try the plastics and venture to Afghanistan and Iraq, especially if I can find a way to paint them quickly! We shall see… Not sure another diversion would be good!

And on that count, those of you who have not long abandoned viewing the Painting Master Plan to the right on account of it’s rather static nature, will have noticed that it has changed! I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been trying to rationalise my projects so I at least have a chance of finishing some and this new version reflects that.

This is the old one:

I’ve decided to put the big 6mm Napoleonic projects on indefinite hold. Too much at the moment. Likewise, the Impetus Justinians. This is still an army I want to do at some point, but going 6mm, even with smaller Impetus armies, means I still need to do both sides and again, time precludes it at the moment.

Soooo… the main aims are to get the FUBAR, Moderns of various kinds done. Mix that in with the 28mm I need for next years Ayton game, and then (and that Henry Hyde still gets the blame!) my WW2 Western Desert project.

Currently on the table are lots of FUBAR! Getting close to finishing what I want for these and now thinking re terrain to actually get a game. And I’m looking forward to doing the Syrians.

More to follow over the next week, hopefully with some pics next time.

Still cracking on with some FUBAR stuff.

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October Update

A week in to October. Can’t believe how quickly the year has flown. Only SMOGGYCON left for me this year… not that I’m short of things to do!

Derby

However, last weekend saw my annual pilgrimage to Birmingham on the Friday night (beer and meal with friends) then over to Derby on Saturday for the first day of the Worlds. This is one of my favourite shows of the year. Nice airy venue, plenty of light and a good selection of traders. This year my phone had died so I had no camera so this little report will be truncated. There are some excellent pics here courtesy of the Pendraken crew.

This year was far more of a social trip. I had arranged to meet up with Andy H (from Newcastle but we never seem to meet up here!), Mick (Subedai on WD3), Ian Burt (Essex Boy), Stephen Davison  and Ian Willey (Custardpie on Gamesquad). So I spent a lot of time talking and ended up rushing around to get what I wanted! Most of the stuff I had pre-ordered so only had to get to the stall – more on purchases later.

The Bring and Buy was a little disappointing. Nothing grabbed my (fortunately) and the only microarmour I saw was painted in rather luminous colours! It did at least mean I didn’t spend anything there which has to be a good thing!

There were some excellent demo games and the 6mm Trebbia and Towton games looked excellent. There were other 6mm games as well so it was good to see the little men getting a bigger presence. There were a number of games etc. off in other rooms/buildings. I’m sure this was in the brochure but I rarely read that and so missed out on a few good looking games.

And it was hot. Lots of glass and light combined with the hottest October on record are not a good combination. Some complained of the odour but I must have been lucky and not smelt anything – unless it WAS me! 🙂

Overall, a fun show.

Purchases:

I had pre-ordered pretty well everything I wanted to make sure and this amounted to:

And that was it! With the GHQ it wasn’t cheap but it will keep me going.

Projects

The Skytrex and the GHQ are for my Syrian project. As the Israelis I have are all GHQ I had compare them with some of the H&R stuff I have and they are noticeably bigger so I had decided that my Syrians would all be GHQ/CinC to make them all match. Now, GHQ are not cheap and like all Soviet based armies you really need a good number of tanks so I was expecting this to be costly. However, Ian at work bought in his Skytrex T54s and T55s and I compared them with the GHQ T55 and the CinC T54s I have.

And there is very little difference in size. The Skytrex are on top. Now the GHQ bottom left is a really nice model but for the number I need it is not enough to justify the expense. And given the sizes are pretty spot on an the Skytrex quite nice anyway, I have decided to bulk out the force with the cheaper option.

I’ll be laying out the whole proposed force in a few days and seeing what I may still need.

Now, I’ve got a few batches of things on the go at the moment but things on my desk were starting to get a little out of hand and I was losing track of what was what! So it was time for a tidy up. Here are the before and after shots…

And these are the current batches waiting to be finished.

Top left are the few M60s I finished off for my IDF, next are some Adler AFVs and a couple of bunkers for my FUBAR project. Right hand side are the last batch I finished and I’m considering some sabots for the infantry to allow use with other rules. Center front are more of the buggies and the rest of the Sikkara infantry. Left bottom are the rest of the GZG stuff I have. These are earmarked for additional VonDon Corp. forces at some point. I do need some Adler IFVs for the infantry at some point and I have some DRM (in with the GZG) for the SovCorp forces.

All my RSM 28mm stuff has now arrived for my ImagiNation forces. Just need to plan them out and start them…

And I need to so the September Wargaming Neutral update which is not going to look good! Before Christmas I think I can get the credits for painting sorted but the cash side is going to be hard. I do have a pile of Brigade 6mm Chinese SF which I am tempted to paint and base and sell. Just finding the time…

There we go. Hopefully more pics soon as the FUBAR progresses and the Syrians start.

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