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. 

First proper post of the year – more Poles!

I had less time over the holidays to work on stuff than planned but this last week has seen a bit of activity as I’ve pushed on with finishing and basing the next batch of Poles for my Cold War forces and finally finishing off some of the engineer/river crossing assets for my Soviets. I will have the two battalions on Polish infantry to do but they are primed ready to go.

So here we are…

First up a unit of T54Ms (I hope!) with HQ

Followed by two battalions of infantry. One lot in BMPs and the other in SKOTs.

The SKOTs (Scotia I think) are a very nice model and paint up really well.

The also needed some AA assets and another SKOT which will carry more engineers.

And on to the Soviet river crossing kit. Bridge layers.

T55s with mine rollers and dozer blades.

And an assortment of river crossing equipment.  PTS ferries (of which I have 5 more) and some what I think are BTS? Can’t ID for sure and not sure on make. There’s a nice little article on Soviet river crossing kit on Russel Phillips site: Bridging the Gap.

So there we are. Two battalions of infantry to do, more river crossing kit, two battalions of T-64s (for Sovs) and a 2S1 battalion for the Poles. Lots of other little bits to do as well…

I may have a pause though after the next basing as I want to move onto something bigger for a while. And I still to get a game in!!

Onwards!

And we’re back!

After many weeks of faffing and disillusionment with the whole blogging thing I seem finally to be back after the blog getting hacked last year. I’m still unsure on the actual cause. I suspect that while working on my website I tried to link to data in the blog and possibly left something vulnerable there. Either way some hacker from Turkey managed to inject loads of malware throughout the blog. Every post, page, media item was infected and despite numerous attempts to clean things it just wouldn’t go away. This kind of put me off blogging for a while as I really thought I’d lost 11 years of recording my hobby!

However, after a bit of research I finally sat down a few days ago to sort it all out. The basic process was…

  1. Export ALL posts and pages and use a decent text editor to remove all the spam links from the generated XML file
  2. Wipe the entire subdomain the blog sat in and recreate the subdomain as a separate website to the main one.
  3. Install a clean copy of WordPress and all the assorted plugins I need to keep it clean.
  4. Import the old blog.
  5. Scan the hell out of it both locally and remotely – it seems to come up clean

There are still a few issues with the media library but that is only related to old posts so I’m not too bothered and may fix it later… And some of the pages that used a multi-column formatting plugin no longer work so they will either need reformatting or moving to the new website when I get round to it…

In the meantime, to get my mojo moving again, I’ve been sorting through my Cold War microarmour and using a lot of the older WarPac kit to start off a small Polish force. I posted this on Facebook before Christmas but thought I’d drop the images in here just for completeness!

I’ve got a load more done and ready to upload but they can sit in their own new post. I’m also working on various bits of Soviet kit: ferries, bridging, dozers etc. and a pile more tanks as you can never have too many!

Fingers crossed this stays clean

And Happy New Year!

Shilka Publishing – a little review

I’ve picked up a few books from Shilka Publishing in the past: THE BEAR MARCHES WEST: 12 SCENARIOS FOR 1980S NATO VS WARSAW PACT WARGAMES provided some interesting scenarios for the Cold War turning hot; THE SOTCW WORLD WAR I COMPENDIUM contains a wealth of resources gleaned from the pages of the SOTCW Journal. And as part of my various Cold War gaming activities I picked up RED STEEL: SOVIET TANKS AND COMBAT VEHICLES OF THE COLD WAR as a nice little summary of Soviet tanks and AFVs. This book is no longer available and its replacement(s) is what leads to this post.

Quite a few weeks ago I entered a little competition announced by Russell Phillips of Shilka to win a copy of his latest books covering the same topic of Warsaw Pact combat vehicles. The single Red Steel volume is to be replaced by up to four new volumes covering the assorted combat vehicles of the Warsaw Pact in more depth. The first volume was already available: TANKS AND COMBAT VEHICLES OF THE WARSAW PACT 

And the next volume was almost ready for release: COMBAT ENGINEERING EQUIPMENT OF THE WARSAW PACT 

The competition was to win a copy of the first Volume and an early release copy of the new one (it is due for publication on 7th November). I was lucky enough to win the competition and a week later Russell sent me the two books. I must apologise for the delay in posting about this as it has been close to six weeks! However, having started to return to my Cold War gaming I’ve finally been dipping into these books so a little review is in order.

Print quality is good. They are softback, well bound, and the ‘feel’ of the covers is of good quality. The bulk of the book is printed on what I would describe as paperback type paper but is clear and well printed and as all photos are black and white is fine for the purpose. Vol. 1 covers the following vehicles: 

Tanks
T-34/85
T-44
IS-3
IS-10/T-10
PT-76
T-54
T-55
T-62
T-64
T-72
T-80
TR-77-580 (Romania)
TR-85 (Romania)

Infantry Fighting Vehicles
BMP-1
BMP-2
BMP-3
BMD-1
BMD-2
BMD-3
BMP-23 (Bulgaria)
MLI-84 (Romania)

Armoured Personnel Carriers
BTR-40
BTR-152
BTR-50P
BTR-60P
BTR-70
BTR-80
BTR-D
MT-LB
OT-810 (Czechoslovakia)
OT-62 (Czechoslovakia/Poland)
OT-64/SKOT (Czechoslovakia/Poland)
PSZH-IV (Hungary)
TAB-71 (Romania)
TAB-77 (Romania)
MLVM Mountaineers Combat Vehicle (Romania)

Anti-Tank Vehicles
SU-100
SU-122-54
ASU-57
ASU-85
2P26
2P27
2P32
9P110
IT-1
9P124
9P122
9P148
9P149

Reconnaissance Vehicles
BRDM-1
BRDM-2
BRM
BRM-23 (Bulgaria)
FÚG (Hungary)

Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Weapons
BTR-40A & BTR-152A
ZSU-57-2
ZSU-23-4 Shilka
2S6
SA-4 Ganef
SA-6 Gainful
SA-8 Gecko
SA-9 Gaskin
SA-10 Grumble
SA-11 Gadfly
SA-12 Gladiator
SA-13 Gopher
BTR-ZD
M53/59 (Czechoslovakia)

Self-Propelled Guns, Howitzers, and Mortars
SU-76
ISU-122
ISU-152
2S1 Gvozdika
2S3 Akatsiya
2S4 Tyulpan
2S5 Giatsint-S
2S7 Pion
2S9 Nona
2S19 Msta
vzor 77 Dana (Czechoslovakia)

Multiple Rocket Launchers
BM-24
BMD-20
BM-14
BM-25
BM-21 Grad
BM-27 Uragan
BM-30 Smerch
BM 9A51 Prima
RM-51 (Czechoslovakia)
RM-70 (Czechoslovakia)

Tactical Ballistic Missiles
FROG-1
FROG-2
FROG-3/4/5
FROG-7
SS-1 Scud
SS-12 Scaleboard
SS-21 Scarab
SS-23 Spider

and Vol. 2 covers:

River Crossing
Vehicle-Launched Bridges
MTU-54
MT-34 (Czechoslovakia)
MTU-20
BLG-60 (Poland/DDR)
MT-55A (Czechoslovakia)
MTU-72
KMM
TMM
AM-50 (Czechoslovakia)
SMT-1 (Poland)

Pontoon Bridges
LPP
TMP
TPP
PMP
PVD-20
TZI
PPS
DPP-40
LPB (DDR)
PP-64 (Poland)
LMS (Czechoslovakia)
SMS (Czechoslovakia)
PR-60 (Romania)

Amphibians and Ferries
K-61
GSP
PTS
PMM-2
PTS-2

Bridging Boats
BMK-70 and BMK-90
BMK-130
BMK-150
BMK-T
BB-120 (DDR)
KH-200 (Poland)
Mo-108, Mo-111, Mo-930 (Czechoslovakia)

Line of Communication Bridges
PVM, LVM, TVM Suspension Bridges
MARM
SARM
BARM
NZhM-56
RMM-4
REM-500
SP-19 Self-Propelled Pontoon Bridge
TMS (Czechoslovakia)
MS-1 (Czechoslovakia)
DMS-65 (Poland)
ESB-16 (DDR)
SBG-66 (DDR)
SB-30 and SB-45 (DDR)

Mine Warfare
Minelaying
Helicopter Minelaying Equipment
GMZ and GMZ-2
GMZ-3
PMR-2, PMR-3, and PMZ-4
UMZ
MLG-60 (DDR)

Mine Detection
VIM-625 and VIM-695 Portable Mine Detectors
VIM-203M Metallic Mine Detector
UMIV-1 Portable Mine Detector
IMP Portable Mine Detector
DIM Vehicle-Mounted Mine Detector
VISF Model 1946 Portable Mine Detector (Bulgaria)
M62 Portable Mine Detector (Bulgaria)
M-10 and M-11 Portable Mine Detectors (Czechoslovakia)
MSG 64 Portable Mine Detector (DDR)

Mine Clearance
PT-54, PT-54M, and PT-55 Mine Rollers
KMT-4 Mine Plough
KMT-5 Mine Plough and Rollers
KMT-6 Mine Plough
KMT-7 Mine Plough and Rollers
KMT-8 Mine Plough
KMT-10 Mine Plough
MTK Armoured Mine-Clearing Vehicle
MTK-2 Armoured Mine-Clearing Vehicle
ITB-2, SPZ-2, and SPZ-4
BDT
UZ-1 and UZ-2 Bangalore Torpedoes
PW-LWD (Poland)
Tank-Mounted Rollers and Ploughs (Czechoslovakia)
Trailer-based system (Czechoslovakia)

Armoured Engineer Vehicles
IMR Combat Engineer Vehicle
IMR-2 Combat Engineer Vehicle
IRM Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle
ADZM Engineer Vehicle
MT-LB Engineer Vehicles

Recovery and Repair Vehicles
T-34 ARVs
IS-T
BTS-1
BTS-2
BTS-3
T-54 (A) and T-54 (B) (DDR)
BREM-64
BREM-1
BREM-2
BREhM-D
BTR-50PK(B)
MTP-1 (Bulgaria)
AD-090 Wheeled Recovery Vehicle (Czechoslovakia)
VT-34 (Czechoslovakia)
VT-55A (Czechoslovakia)
VT-72B (Czechoslovakia)
VPV (Czechoslovakia)
SU-76 Armoured Workshop Vehicle (DDR)
WPT-TOPAS (Poland)
WZT-1 (Poland)
WZT-2 (Poland)
WZT-3 (Poland)

Earth-Moving Equipment
BAT Digger
BAT-2 Digger
BTM and BTM-TMG Digger and Ditcher
PZM and PZM-2 Digger and Ditcher
MDK-2 and MDK-3 Excavator
E-305V Single-Bucket Crane Shovel
DOK Dozer (Czechoslovakia)

So there is a lot covered in both volumes! Each entry gives a good summary of the service of the vehicle, main variants, stats and most entries include a photo. I have other books on the same subject matter. Lots of Ospreys as well. Some go into extensive detail, some less so but these two volumes give a really good overview of the subject with lots of quite obscure vehicles getting an entry. I’ve dipped into them many times over the last few weeks. Lots of info and handy to have on the desk as they are not bulky books. Yes, there are more photos on the internet. Yes, you can find more detail on the internet. But for a good handy overview I would recommend them. And if you buy the paper copy then you can also download a copy of the eBook as well.

The following two volumes are currently being worked on. The first, Artillery, will encompass mortars, RCLs, multiple rocket launchers, etc. After that it’ll probably be anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons. There will be some crossover with earlier books, but altogether they will provide a tidy reference. Recommended.

 

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… 🙂

 

Musings of an easily distracted wargamer