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FUBAR – Progress report

After a little delay in getting this lot finished I’ve finally got a few opponents for VonDon Corp. Not quite enough for a game as I need scenery still but progress. But first things first.VonDon Corp LogoI’ve wanted a logo to attach to images so that I can reduce it down and use is as a signature image for all related posts. So far I’ve come up with two options. Once is a little ‘darker’ and I’m not sure reflects the ‘good’ that the corporation does around the Colonies.

 The second uses the corporate colour scheme.

And I can’t decide whether to add the full name in there somewhere as well. Any comments appreciated.

On to the new troops. Attached to the VonDon Corp. military investigation team is a UCOT (United Colonies Observation Team). Attached to the mission at the insistence of EarthGov to ensure transparency and respect for the rights of the Sikkara Colonists. Kitted out with VDC equipment but in the neutral UC blue, they are accompanied by a VDC Advanced Combat Walker to provide additional protection.

The Colonist, whose developing military arm is known as the SLF (Sikkara Liberation Force), although not equipped with the latest military hardware are still a force to be respected and their knowledge of the planet and its environment could give them a distinct advantage if military action is required.

The buggies unique to the Colonists provide a fast moving recon force with enough punch to do damage to an unprepared foe before disappearing again into the vastness of the Sikkara landscape.

Currently operating in five man teams they are expected to increase this to compensate for the reduced firepower their hardware can deliver compared to the latest military kit they are likely so face.

Although lacking in public support, the SLF are suspected of dealing with other colonial corporations to both obtain support for their cause and because the potential profits resulting from full control of Sikkara make providing such support, even if initially covertly, a risk some corporations are willing to take. It is suspected that SovCorp have been supplying them with military hardware.


The buggies are Pax Arcadia from Dark Realm Miniatures supplied by the estimable Angel Barracks (whose fault this whole 6mm SF project is!). The SLF AFVs are Adler Dark Star range, as are all the infantry. The UCOT are the ‘marine’ types. The Colonists are the mid-tech troops. Finally, the SovCorp vehicles are from Reiver Castings at Under the Bed. They do the same vehicles in small, medium and large sizes (for up to 12mm figures) and these are from the large range as I wanted something suitable ‘chunky’! I’ve seen the pictures on the website a few times and to be honest the photos do not do them justice. The ‘light’ paintjob washes out the photos and in the flesh (lead?) they look crisp and detailed. I think Gateshead Gaming are taking over supply of them and will be expanding the range. The large models are not cheap but do the job.

I have more of the Dark Realm range for the SovCorp and more Adler stuff to do for the SLF. There are more GZG AFVs for the VDC but at the moment I don’t want to make it to armour heavy.

At Derby I shall be picking up the rest of the stuff I need for my Syrians. As I didn’t want to rebase the IDF I bought I wanted to match the basing. I tried all the different pots of sand I had and none matched. In the end, Tim, who did the IDF, sent me up a bag of the sand he used (£3 to send up a 60p bag of sand!). At first it didn’t look like it matched but after PVA’ing it on and then applying a watered down PVA mix that darkened it and it now looks fine. The M60s and the M113 are my paint jobs and basing. The HQ at back is Tims. I’ve added some olive bush material to give contrast.

There we go. Not a huge amount but progress. I’d like to get a few more things done for FUBAR before Derby as after that I will be hitting my Syrians. And that’s not to mention the pile of 28mm RSM miniatures I need to start!


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FUBAR – VonDon Corp. – complete

Well, after a few grabbed sessions over the last few days I’ve finally finished (for now) my VonDon Corp. contingent for FUBAR. This gives me enough for a viable little game so all I need now is some opposition, of which more anon. On to the Swans in Space…

The whole contingent looks like this:

I’ve added the Command Team with (from right cockwise), Cpt Lamm, medic, ATGW team, Lt. Schneider:

The contingent can still call on the heavy weapons if needed:

The Recon Team, with their Combat Walkers and prototype power armour:

There are 4 teams, each with their own IFV. Yellow Team:

White Team:

Red Team:

Blue Team are the rapid response team, either in their ARV (Airmobile Recon Vehicle):

Which enables team to deploy with support from the ARV HMG:

Or with their standard IFV:

Any of the Teams can be deployed further afield with the OSTV (Orbit-Surface Transport Vessel):


And yes, it is Starbug!

So there we are. Enought to be going on with. I have a small EarthGov monitoring team nearly done and have planned out the colonists and a rival corporation. And I have some Dark Realm Miniatures coming as well.

That will do for now…


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Von Don Corp. – new recruits

Finally added a few more troops to the Sikarra contingent of the Savage Swans. The full contingent now looks like this:

I’ve added the Scout Squad with their HPW – Heavy Personnel Walker.

In my original C18th forces the scouts were Native Americans so I’ve tried to retain this link by adding ‘warpaint’ to their helmets.

I’ve also added a heavy support AFV:

And an ARV – Airmobile Recon Vehicle:

And for all of them I’ve added a little static grass to the bases to give a little contrast, including the original batch of figures:

I’ve got a few more to do and then on to some opposition.

In the meantime I’ve finished of the other M48s for the IDF. I’m still waiting on some matching sand so I can base to fit in with what I have. I’ve got about five little pots of sand and none of them match!

More to follow…

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Swans in Space! – VonDon Corp.

As I haven’t got enough projects on the (what I laughably like to call) go at the moment I thought I would add one more! My Syrians are on hold until I can grab some GHQ/CinC stuff (maybe at Derby) and I still have a lot of Russians to finish off but I’ve been following with interest Michael at Angel Barracks and his foray into 6mm SF skirmish. He’s using the FUBAR one page rules (available here) and has even set up a forum to chronicle the project and entice others to start similar (which a few have).

So it was inevitable I would succumb!

I’ve had a few Ground Zero Games Dirtside models for a while that I picked up at Gateshead Gaming. I’d originally thought I’d use them for Future War Commander but I can’t really face doing full armies. I could try FWC skirmish (and may at some point) but FUBAR look interesting (and maybe even Tomorrow’s War when it arrives) and it keeps the project to a manageable scale. I’d also picked up some Adler SF at Derby last year and the figures are really nice. Not sure how they will scale with other ranges yet that I might try.

Anyway, here is the start:

VonDon Corp. – Security Arm

The security arm of VonDon Corp. have a long and valiant history stretching back to the 18th Century where as Von Donovan’s Legion, the ‘Savage Swans’  theY fought throughout the Colonies and Old Europe and set the foundation of the commercial empire that was to become VonDon Corporation.

Now, as the Security Arm of the Corporation they protect investments and workers on far off planets and help secure the future both of VonDon Corp. and EarthGov. Fully equipped with the latest weapons technology they have begun their next mission to bring stability to the sand planet Sikarra. Resource rich and home to the latest experiments in terraforming, Sikarra has been facing terrorist attacks, believed to be from hard line elements of the original colonists who do not want to see the planet terraformed and stripped of resources.

Finding the enemy in the vast desert wastes will not be easy and the first patrols are being prepared:

The MBT and advanced Scout Walker with command APC in the background:

Red Section with APC and Walker:

Four of the five man team move out, Sergeant Lamm pointing the way:

I wanted to keep the same rough colour scheme I used for my C18th chaps so have stuck with green and buff. The section have a red mark on one side of the helmet to match the red mark on the APC. Higher ranking officers etc. may be shown by differing helmet colours. Not sure yet as early days. I’ve got about another 15-20 vehicles and assorted figures so that will do me for the Swans. I then need to put together some opposition for them.

I went for a desert type theme for this as I need to put together some scenery for my Arab Israeli War stuff and I figure I could re-use a lot of this! I’ve got assorted SF buildings as well which I can use. I do like the Adler models as well and although the vehicles are BIG I think they may work for use in desert.

I also tried a slightly different painting approach. Rather then black undercoat I went for white, base colours, then sepia wash, and a light sand drybrush.

Anyway, more to come as and when…

NB. First pic not 6mm 🙂


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More 1806 French

My ongoing, albeit slow moving, 6mm Napoleonic Project, has me currently doing 1815 Prussians for Grande Armee to be followed by 1806 Prussians for Lasalle with Grande Armee as an option. As there is little chance of me finding and 1806 French opponent locally, and as I’m unlikely to have the time to do them myself, I’ve been making a start on 1806 French by using several painting services. I’ll be doing a full review of each over the next week or so (including two I’ve used for 15mm stuff, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures of the latest batch. These are from Rhys at Raise the Colours. I picked them up at Partizan and finally based them this week. He now has some Baccus cavalry to be going on with.

Anyway, here are the troops in their Grande Armee and Lasalle forms:

I rather like these and I think Rhys’s style will fit in nicely with my own. Anyway, more on that in the future…

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