Category Archives: modern

More Poles and stuff…and coming up next.

Another batch finished. 

First up my Poles needed some artillery support so three batteries of 2S1s with HQ. I think these are Skytrex models. Not huge amounts of detail but clean and tidy and paint up well. HQ stand are Scotia I think. 

And the first lot of T-64s off  the line. Scotia models. Nice to paint. The BMP-1Ksh is a converted BMP-1 as I’ve run out of proper ones! Couple of bit of plasticard added to the back and some brass rod on the side.

And  the last (for now) bits of river crossing kit.

Next up is this lot:

Some more T-64s and some T-80s

Some T-62s (because they are there…) and the start of my airborne force.

I still need to paint the rest of the Polish infantry and now some VDV but not sure on colour yet for the latter… There’s also some bridging kit to do… Just not sure if I need to order more first!

And finally some bits to ID… Are these both H&R models? I know the Scotia have a large base.

And what model and make is this ATG?

So still steady progress being made… I think I’ll stick with the modern stuff for a little longer as quite enjoying them. 

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A Modern Dilemma…

Well, not a dilemma as such, more a bit of a shock as I delved into the 1/300th lead pile…

The last week or so has seen lots of posts about the big Cold War Commander game in Grimsby. Andy M’s blog gives a good overview. I knew I had lots of unfinished stuff foir my Moderns in the attic and as I’ve been struggling on painting ANYTHING I thought I’d throw together some microarmour as it is usually quite quick to do. I have a couple of Scotia Lebeds so quite fancied doing some Soviet Naval Infantry. For this I’ll need some BTR60s and some T-55s. I’ve got some of the Skytrex T-55s but to be honest they are a bit basic. The chaps over the Cold War Commander forum pointed me some the recent T55 variants that Heroics and Ros have released. And very nice they are too! So I dug out the assorted boxes to see what I had…

First off is the half finished Brits from about two years ago:

I had just been tidying these up and basing them but the remaining ones seems to be from too many batches with different paint jobs so I may be tempted to strip and re-paint them. Sometime…

I also have the other remains of Belgian stuff and other odd NATO things…

But the bulk of everything is the WarPac stuff. Most of this came from SlugBalancer and there is more there than I remembered!

The bulk is standard Soviet stuff. Some more T-80s (I think) and lots of BMP-1s.

There are also a lot of OT types. I may not use these. There is also a chunk of BMP3s and similar which may be too ‘modern’ for what I am working on so I may pass them on as well. Lots and lots of support/engineering vehicles (a lot of which I still need to ID!) and a lot of river crossing kit that I am missing from my current Soviet forces.

I’d like to use the bulk of this for some East German or Polish units. I painted/based a lot of T-72s and T-62s ages ago and may move them to their proper WarPac place! I’d also like to paint them in a different green to the Soviets but not sure on what colour (Vallejo) to use?

And finally, in amongst all the bags of unpainted lead I found some of the recent H&R T-55AM2Bs so have a start for a Naval force!

And I might need some more MDF bases… 🙂

 

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Rampant Plastic Normans!

As the great annual Ayton game looms at the start of May and I prepare my painting plan based in the army list I supplied for the big C18th campaign it it only logical that my limited painting and modelling time be firmly focussed on… Modern Microarmour, 15mm ACW and 28mm Normans! 🙂 I’ve posted some pics of the Modern Brits before but here are the vehicles for the FV432 and Saxon units. And some SPGs. Needless to say I’m still painting the infantry!

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A while back (pre- Christmas?) I bought some rather nice painted 15mm ACW Confederate from Iain Burt (Essex Boy) at a rather bargain price. These are I think Peter Pig and very nicely painted. They came mounted 4-5 on a base on unfinished steel bases so they needed to come off those and go on the standard Fire & Fury bases all my other stuff is on. That gave me two 10 stand units (usable for Longstreet as well) and a couple of spare command stands. Very nicely done figures by Mr Burt!

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Finally we come to the plastic Normans. Now I have always been a heft man! I was happy to concede the great opportunities the advent of hard plastic figures offered and have seen many people paint them beautifully. And they look great on the table. But for me the illusion was ruined as soon as you picked them up! 🙂 I had tried some of the Perry Napoleonics a long time ago and gave up sticking them together. Too many bits and too fiddly for me. So in theory that was me done with plastics. Forever…

Then Tim Hall generously passed his small C18th force to me to do service with Altefritzenburg. This force contained the famed Braunschweig Kuirassiers! These were Perry French cuirassiers with tricorn head swaps. A lovely unit and a great conversion.

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So I finally owned some plastics but had yet to paint any. Move forward to the Ayton weekend last year where we discussed the plans for 2016 and 2017. Having just done a C19th Colonial bash tradition holds that the following year we return to our C18th ImagiNation games. But for 2017 it was proposed to try something different and Lion Rampant got the vote. We had a trial run of the rules at the Lion Rampant weekend at Foundry late last year organised by Simon Tonkiss (Goat Major – go look at his excellent new blog: Göaterdämmerung) and I had great plans to paint something for that weekend but it didn’t pan out. I had decided I wanted a Norman/1st Crusade type force with maybe a few Arab types thrown in. This would nicely reflect my C18th and C19th ImagiNation forces. As this was in theory just for a one off game I didn’t want to spend a fortune so I looked at the Conquest Games Norman plastics and thought, What the Hell! I’d give plastics another go. So I bought some infantry. And cavalry. And a few metal Perry miniatures for crossbows and command. And some of the archers. And then for the Arabs I bought Gripping Beast Heavy Arab Cavalry and Infantry. Then got sent some Dark Age Warriors by mistake. Which I bought anyway. And also got given another pack of the Arab infantry… So I now have a plastic pile to join my lead and MDF ones! And that excludes the Games Workshop Orcs I acquired (don’t ask!). And I won’t even mention the PSC 1/72nd US infantry and Shermans…

So we come to the Conquest Normans. I thought I would attempt a unit of 12 infantry to start. I actually stuck these together last year and even primed one but did nothing until a couple of weeks ago. They come as body, head and arms so you can vary the poses quite a bit. The bodies have a variety of armour and you can arm with sword or spear and even a few with round shields. I went for a mix of types but stuck to the kite shields. They stick together quite well. As the heads attach to a flat surface you have to be careful to get them central (some of mine are a little out) and some of the armoured heads seem a little long in the neck. One slight jarring effect is that all come with a sword IN the scabbard. So if you arm them with swords then they appear to have two! I know you could cut/file off the handle but I didn’t think it was worth the effort and the potential damage!

Figures were mounted on 25mm washers and primed black using  the Vallejo Primer (brushed on). I haven’t painted this period in 28mm since the late 70s/early 80s and having been in a mojo slump for quite a while I was unsure how to tackle them. I’d been reading good things about the latest GW washes (replacements for Devlan Mud and Badab Black) so I picked up a couple of the new larger bottles (how much!!!!!?!?!?!?!). So for these figures most was done with a base coat followed by one or the other washes and then a highlight with the base or slightly lighter. As these are still sort of linked to my ImagiNation theme I went for the green and red of Altefritzenburg for the shields. Needless to say my Swans will be making an appearance as well, later!

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Overall, I’m quite pleased with how they come out. The faces were a different approach to normal and I may vary that for the next batch as I’m not sure it fully works.

Not sure what to paint next. I REALLY should line up the stuff for Ayton in May. Not a lot to paint but it will take time. Maybe as the mojo seems to be returning it would be good to get them out of the way. I also need to clear the decks a little as I want to try and have a game at home with my 7 year old. Might look at the One Hour Wargames ACW rules. And I need to sort out my Punic War stuff for the big To The Strongest Game in November. And get to the Whitley Bay Club so I can keep to my once a month plan!

Onwards and upwards!

 

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Whitley Bay 3D Gamers Evening

Although failing in a lot of my New Year aims I did want to try and make it to the Tuesday WB3D Gamers sessions once a month and so far I’ve managed that! Last night was a session with a VERY good turn out. Eight games on and 26 attendees. Games ranged from Bolt Action, Quar Wars, Warhammer and X-Wing through to my game, which was a Falklands I Ain’t Been Shot Mum game. First off some pics of the other games. For some reason my phone doesn’t like the light in the hall so even after some generic colour adjustment the pics are still a little off…

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And finally a view of the whole hall. Ignore the weird Omen like photographic weirdness 🙂 :

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And now on to my game. Dougie offered up a 10mm Falklands game using the Lardie’s I Ain’t Been Shot Mum rules. Myself, Dougie and Alex took the valiant Brits advancing at night to clear out Nick’s evil Argies in the run up to Goose Green. I’ve not played IABSM before but I have played CoC and Sharp Practice so the mechanisms were familiar. With this being at night it made it difficult for the Argentinian platoon to spot the advancing British company. The games started with all blinds:

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The Brits were really going for a straight on attack and the two dummy blinds were in the foreground feinting around the flank. Poor movement dice overall meant that the 1st Platoon approached the dug in Argentinians unsupported and was soon spotted and subjected to withering fire!

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As the Argentinians revealed themselves (single platoon supported by a .50cal) the first British platoon suffered heavy losses:

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The rest of the British force continued their advance, closing in on the Argentinian flanks:

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The first Argentinian platoon finally succumbed to British return fire:

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And the British began to close in despite the threat of the .50cal:

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The other British platoons finally came into play (the dummies causing the defenders to waste some actions). The .50cal was taken out of play the superior British fire discipline began to tell:

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With fire coming from front and rear the defenders were soon pinned and the British closed in for the kill:

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At this point it was clear the Argentinians would have surrendered. They had done well fighting off the first platoon but in a static position it was only a matter of time before the superior discipline of the Brits seized the day (or night!). The rules worked pretty well and it shows what you can do with quite a small number of figures. The photos do not do justice to the lovely paint jobs on the 10mm figures and the bespoke terrain. Good game and thank to Dougie for putting it on and Alex and Nick for partaking as well.

Overall, a good night. Good turnout. Good fun. Hopefully I can make a game in March!

 

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Another game! Modern Spearhead Iran-Iraq War

Rather optimistically, on Monday I approached my wife about the chances of attending the Whitley Bay 3D Gamers club the following night. I’d seen that Dougie was putting on a Modern Spearhead game and having had the rules for a while and never played  them (shock horror!) I fancied giving them a go. And Lo! Permission was granted!

So on Tuesday evening I set off for the club and enjoyed a small but most enjoyable introductory game. The basic scenario was that a reinforced Iraqi infantry battalion was tasked with defending a small town and the surrounding hills straddling a main road. Two Iranian Mech battalions (one green)  and 3 tank coys (Chieftains, T72s and T55s) were to secure the town and hills and drive the Iraqis back across the border.

First off, we were using Dougie’s lovely GHQ models. I’d seen these on his blog a long time ago and his HQ bases were the inspiration for some of my own. But his stuff is VERY nice!

Modern Spearhead requires a written plan/orders for each unit to follow and they will do so (with varying flexibility) until ordered to change. The latter not always being easy… Here you can see the basic layout (4’x4′ table). Iraqis were hidden in the town and dug in on the adjacent hills, the left hill supported by a tank platoon

IMAG4712My tank coys were deployed on the left and were to bypass the town and engage and take the left hand hill.IMAG4710The green mech battalion was to move across the hill and engage the town from the right. The regular mech battalion was sent on a flank march to appear on turn 2 on the right rear, engage the troops in that area and then move on the town.IMAG4713The Iranian HQ prepares for the attack. Dougie’s HQs are rather nice!IMAG4711The defence on the left:IMAG4714The green troops move on the town but are engaged by the defenders on the hill.IMAG4715

The Iranian armours skirts the town having sacrificed its recce unit to confirm it was defended. However the defenders chose to stay IN the town so could not shoot out or be targetedIMAG4716Some very nice T55sIMAG4717The green troops forge on but take casualties from the sagger teams on the hill.IMAG4718The view from the Iraqi side showing the flank march arriving on time! And moving rapidly on the rear of the defending Iraqis.IMAG4719IMAG4720The Iraqi armour engage the advancing IraniansIMAG4722Suppressing a T72 platoon:IMAG4723But there was too much armour to stop and the Iranians closed on on the position.IMAG4724Meanwhile, on the left, the green troops pushed on after taking quite heavy casualties from the hill troops before the flank march descended on their rear.IMAG4725But shifting dug in troops was proving hard work and casualties were taken on both sidesIMAG4726

Dislodging the Iraqis on the other flank was proving just as hard. A first overrun attempt by the T55s was repulsed and it took several turns to finally clear the hill with the T55s and T72s taking the brunt of the casualties before the Chieftains finally finished them off.IMAG4727IMAG4728IMAG4729IMAG4730IMAG4733And on the right the final troops were finally dislodgedIMAG4731Confusion over orders meant the green troops move to a defensive order while they manoeuvred to assault the town.IMAG4732IMAG4734As the remains of the other battalion moved to support the assault.IMAG4735

The final positions. At this point the Iraqis failed their morale roll but it was only a matter of time before the Iranians coordinated the assault. Although this would no doubt be bloody and there would be doubt as to whether they had the will to push the assault. IMAG4736IMAG4737So. Victory to the Iranians as the Iraqi aggressors were driven back across the border!

It was a good fun game. The command rules work well and you really need to think about your plan and what you want to be doing at different stages of the game. Combat is quick to resolve and didn’t produce any outlandish results. The plan is to next time introduce artillery, air power etc.

Having mostly played CWC up to now (which I still like), I’m happy to give these another go!

Thanks to Dougie for running the game. Alex for a solid defence. And Callum for the successful assault and flank march!

A

 

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6mm DPM Tester

I’ve been wanting to paint some infantry to go with the pile of British armour I’m gradually painting/basing but have put it off and off as I couldn’t decide how to paint them. Various people have suggested just painting them green as they would likely be in NBC suits. Others have said that at the scale and distance they would just look green anyway! Various suggestions of a green base coat and dry brushing sand and brown. However I wanted to see how a bit more effort came out. I had a strip of figures painted a plain green and tried stippling sand, brown and black with an old brush but I wasn’t happy with the result.  So, taking a page out of Dave Hall’s book (seek out his excellent 6mm Franco-Prussian armies on his Medetian Wars blog) I took a toothpick and used that to apply the colours. First the figures were primed white, then painted Vallejo Flat Green. Then dabbed Dark Sand on arms legs and helmet, followed by Flat Earth and then a few spots of black at the junction of the sand and brown. Dark grey for gun and olive green for equipment. And Flat Flesh. The Flat Green over the white is quite bright so I applied a Vallejo Umber wash over the lot to tone it down.

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Hard to really see with the pictures (poor light and phone camera) but I think they look OK. I rush the dabbing a little but will take more care on the rest to avoid large dabs!

EDIT: And as I forgot to mention and some have asked, they are Heroics and Ros Modern British, New Helmet as my Cold War stuff is aimed at mid-late eighties.

 

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More Belgians…

A slow month but some progress in filling the gaps in my developing Belgian force. Still quite a few more bits to do but getting there… So these are the new additions:

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More to come…

 

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A little something to be going on with…

…or something little…

I’ve been trying to sort out my masses of microarmour and actually FINISH some! I have a LOT of British waiting to be based but no infantry. I had done a few Challenger 1s ages ago but the colour scheme is very dark with not much difference in the camo but on the table does it REALLY matter? So I finished basing them and added a command stand from a different batch (hence slightly different colours…)

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Something finished, finally!

It’s been a while since I’ve fully completed anything. Mojo has been on walkabout for a while but the New Year has seen a new plan (which I still need to detail!) which has at least got things moving.

So, first up, 6mm ImagiNation. Last year I got Ian Willey of the Blog With No Name fame to paint some Baccus 6mm as opponents for the 6mm versions of my ImagiNation forces. He did one unit for me back in September and I was rather pleased with the results so in trade for some 6mm buildings I got him to do another three units. Now these were finished and delivered months ago! It has taken me until now to paint the Adler mounted officers, the flags and then base them all. But, finally they are done! Here are all four units. The units are all French themed with grey coats and then turnbacks and leggings in a facing colour. The four so far are red, green, blue and orange. The first unit had reversed colours for the drummers. The other three have them in blue. I shall sort out a logic for that later!

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I’ve stuck with the original plan of a unit command stand but have added a couple of extra figures to the new units. This does at least give me a starting force.

And although not part of my 666 Plan I also painted up a unit of T34-85s for my Syrians:

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The models are all GHQ from a recent purchase from the States that had been stripped. I did a white undercoat, Russian Green base. Lightened Russian Green heavy dry brush, Pale Sand pattern, Sepia wash, Pale Sand highlight, then detail with a white gel pen. Tracks were just painted dark grey. Bases were painted Canadian Maple, then PVA and bird cage sand with a watered PVA to seal.

I almost have enough for another unit but three tanks have broken barrels so I may need to just buy a pack at York or try and beg round the forums for spare barrels/models.

Anyway, nice to be productive again!

 

 

 

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Russians – Have I got enough now?

Well, the final batch of my Russian micro armour arrived today courtesy of Martin (aka Slug Balancer on TMP). They were, as expected, very well packed and not a single item or barrel was bent never mind damaged! Here’s a few pics:

The first lot have a pile of OT-64Cs which will be forming part of a Czech force. And a interesting selection of missiles! Some good possibilities for diorama bases there I think.Then we have a lot of BMP-1s which will either go Warpac (more likely) or as they have a seperate turret I may look at these as a base for doing BMP-1Ps? Also, ferries, BMDs and assorted odds and ends.

Transport, BMDs and T54s.

ASU-85s, and a few odd companies of armour.Overall a nice little(?) haul and now I need a little time to plan what to do with it all!

The following shows what assorted Soviet kit I have waiting to be dealt with! You can also see the pile of bags of unpainted kit! Apart from some T-64s that is mostly assorted recce stuff and models to add to HQ stands and specials.So, what is the plan? To be honest I’m not 100% sure. Having done a lot of T-80s recently and with at least four battalions of T-64s to do I’m thinking of moving my T-72s and T-62s to Warpac forces and then using the bulk of this lot (the older kit and APCs, OTs) to provide the Mech and Motor stuff. Some of the OT models are quite nice. The T-54s may get shipped to the Middle East in ’73 though!

There’s kit there as well to do airborne.

I really must get round to the NATO stuff soon!

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