Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Zvezda T-26 (I/100)

On Friday I purchased a Zvezda 1/100th scale kit of the T 26 Russian tank. here is it finished! Yes that is it in front of the box in the pic.

Let's be honest the kit only had 5 pieces to it, so it was just about impossible to get wrong if you applied just the slightest bit of common sense. The turret was a single piece, the hull came in 2 pieces (top of hull, bottom of hull) and there was a left and a right wheels and tracks. It really was that easy and should not challenge anyone. The kit was very clean with no flash or mold lines and all the pieces fitted together very well. Being honest I was impressed. simple and effective.

So here is how I painted it!
Step 1: Knowing I wanted a Russian Winter feel I sprayed it with white primer.  I was not too precious with it and it was in parts patchy as the primer applied from a spray can was not all that even. I could have given it another light coat but to e honest I wanted it to look rough.

Step 2: A "Black green" wash was applied. It went on too heavy but oh well never mind.

Step 3: I over brushed with white. This covered up most of the black green where it was too heavy.

Step 4: I painted the tracks. First with a bronze, then a gun metal and then in part with a white and rust..

Step 5: The rubber on the wheels was added with a black

Step 6: I applied the rust. Anywhere and everywhere I thought rust would be.

Step 7: Glued it to an MDF base.

All in all took about 25 minutes including drying time and assembly. I think it looks pretty good for the time and effort spent on it. Yes when I do the next one it will not turn out exactly the same, maybe it will be better and maybe it will be worse. Who Knows! This is the basic started tank for Operation Barrbarosa used by the Russians and yes I do intend to get at least 1 more for club games of "What a Tanker". While not the best tank of the period it was still a good tank and as a starter tank what else could you ask for.  I know a lot of players will want to start with powerful tanks but then they would also be fighting powerful tanks. Therefore by starting with the T-26 it should give me a foundation of how I want the tanks to look.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Crimean Artillery

Yes 28mm foundry. And therefore yes they are for Matt. And NO he has not seen them yet. (Unless he looks here that is or maybe checks his emails on Monday when at work,)

I did quite enjoy painting them, they were far easier than the Hussars! British Navy gun crew of the late 19th century again I know next to nothing about so I took the colours from the Foundry web site so if I am wrong so be it, more to the point so are they. Matt did suggest all 6 figures to go all on one base. I did try it and while they would all fit without looking daft I just felt they needed a bit more room. I Know Matt is OK with that as he did say if it looks too crowded I was to base them separately.

 This (for now and at least until next weekend) halts the Crimean war for me.  I still have a few commission pieces to paint for the club as well as my own stuff so I can honestly say there is a wide variety of things on the go. Including my Terrain boards.... but until I feel I have some more to say about them I will just plod away in the background.

Hope you get out in the sun and have a good time. If Not enjoy some painting and gaming and watching TV it is all up to you  as long as you strive for happiness!

All the best Clint

Friday, 20 April 2018

Not Going to Salute LOOT

As most will know I did not attend Salute this year! I do not regret it. I am sure it was great and many interesting things were there. But it just costs too much to go every year. So here is what I spent the money on instead.... and it s still cheaper than the entrance and travel costs.
  • What the Tanker , a new set of rules to try and having watched a few vids on toy-tube it does look like my cuppa!
  • Zvezda t-26 in 1/100th scale, (not quite 15mm but close enough) More of this later
  • Warpaint "Monster Brown"
  • 3 Lucid Eye figures. Yes the pack had the wrong price on it so I nabbed it quick.
  • 2 Brushes
Total spend less than £44 so for me a cheaper option. Whine over!

lets start with the brushes. these are just to replace ones that have been worn out! they really were the reason I went shopping! The paint is brown paint as I always use it in a variety of shades, almost every day! The Lucid eye Figures well as they should be £7:50 and I got them for £4:50 I won't say too much more.

In What a tanker a T-26 is the starting tank for the Russians. Therefore I imagine it will see early are action either by me or by a friend. I will be going for the Russian Northern front in WW2 as this seems to give the greatest variety. Russians with some lend lease from Britain and America as well as Germans (with Finish allies, Italian Allies, Hungarian Allies and Romanian allies (yes there was also the Spanish Blue legion as well but they were without tanks). So More variety of tanks than any other front. yes the Germans did use some captured French equipment as well) but no Japanese tanks were used in Russia in ww2 (China yes, Russia nope! Unless of course you know better)

So that is todays up date more on Sunday when I get some painting done!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

BoB AAR (Number 2)

Board layout from my seat
Sunday at the club I put on another game of Back of beyond. (AKA BoB). The forces were Tim playing white Russians with graham as an ally who was also white Russians but secretly working for the Red Russians. Matt playing ti Indian British troops) supported by Peter Playing Askaris troops all the way from Africa... (Just don't ask it's complicated, just go with it.) All the troops are IT Miniatures and all the vehicles ae a mixed bag from all over the place.

Tim had been told that he had to rescue a cousin of the Tsar (Teresa was her name). Graham was to twart him but still assist and report back if need be about Tims Activities. Matt was to send a telegram and put an end to the Russian (white Russian) troops on Indian soil. Peter was to aid him as best he was able and to perhaps show the African troops as being superior fighters.

At this stage no one knew anyone elses objectives, nor should they, Telepathy does not exist as far as the players know....unless of course you know better.
View while sitting down
British or the left and Russians on the right.

below is a very brif aar. lots more happened and










Peters Askaris turn up
on paper they are weak troops















Grahams Red Russians turn up











Tim's white Russians turn up














Matt had choice of star, BEFORE he knew what his
objective was













Tim with a tank moves to a position where he can extract Teresa.


Grahams Red Russians rush in lorries
to get into cover





























Matt approaches the telegraph station
ready to send a telegram















Peter moves up and starts to shoot at the Red Russian Trucks.
With some success.
















He hits the engine and forces it to a stop.















Local militia are not happy to let Teresa go with tim
but he makes a convicing argument and they agree to help out
well a bit, but they are just not effective at all


















Peter moves his troops to catch Graham in a pincher.
Yeah but Graham has played before and knows that is far easier said than done.














Matt has now sent the telegram and starts ineffective fire
at Tims white Russians.


Graham unlimbers his HMG and takes his troops out of the damaged truck
1 is wounded but the rest are ok just shaken up.
































Tim continues his oratory (took more than a simple question
 to determine an outcome
mean while he advances on Matt laying down fire as he does so.















Tims return fire is very effective though and Matts
 second unit is nearly wiped out!














Peter continues to try a pincer action and runs into
 return fire from the HMG
















Peter opens up with the armoured car.
Armoured vehiles are a lot more effective in this game
a duel, tank vs Armoured car results
















Peter does finally manage to circle around the flank
he closes for the melee















While the tank is unhurt it is forced to retreat and several of Tim's infantry
catch bullets in an unfavourable way.
















Tim hustles Teresa and Yacob another cousin, into the truck
and starts driving for the board edge.


Graham rolls high and Peter low/average and peter losses the melee
Both sets of troops are forced to retreat
leaving the HMG and an officer all on their own





























Matt has very few troops left and each time he recovers
enough to do anything Tim fires at them
and forces a morale check.


With half of Tim's troops incapable of fighting on the tank slowly
OK very slowly reverses continued fire at Peter
armoured car jam the turret and Peter has to move to fire each time.


































Over the wall and round a corner the officer goes.
You can almost hear him say "Hang on I'll be back!"











Grahams officer says something about the better p
art of valor and leaves a lone
machine gunner to face all of Peters troops.


















Continued reverse, now with a damaged engine as well
finally sees Tim's tank safe
















Peter finally assaults the HMG which is facing the wrong way
one sitting down man against a whole squad
The result
 Peter recons he should have a truck and an MG in
the next game!

















The Game ends and peter still has a functioning armoured car


















In the campaign matt is now on 2 points as is Tim, Graham is on 1 1/2 points and Peter is on 3/4 points. I know I have never mentioned a campaign in this before. It exists ONLY in my head. That way I can stop it when I want.

Overall. the rules work pretty good and I do like the setting so this will continue for a while longer. Tim may or may not buy the rules and Matt already has a copy. So the only thing stopping us is enthusiasm. Which at present is above average.

Each faction does have a secretet mission and knowledge of these has not as yet been revealed. But I promise they are all logical and with that I will say no more.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Back on the Bounce! (Well here's hoping!)

Yeah I admit it, it has taken me a while. Now however I feel that I am back on the wargames Bounce. So what does this mean? Well hold your horses and I will tell you. It has been a couple of years since I worked on this and in many ways I am STARTING AGAIN!

I stopped working on this for 3 reasons. One,A bird (don't ask me what kind  I can just say it was little and brown!) started nesting in my garage and I chose not to disturb it. But it has gone now! Two, I had grown dissatisfied with the idea. Now I am at the stage where I am willing to work on it again. I will have a bit of a re work and bring it back from this sorry state to (HOPEFULLY) a better one! And Three a combination of decent weather allowing me to work in the garage without freezing my ********'s off, lighter evenings and a set of rules I like.

So what do I intend to change. Nope not everything! BUT CLOSE.

Firstly I want to rework the waterfall, as well as add another "Cave entrance" at the base of the fall which will be big enough to allow figures egress.

Secondly I want to remove the so called (by me) "Temple section . (3rd Pic down bottom right hand side.) This should give 4 cave entrances on that side, which I hope should be PlENTY of options. Under the water fall, 2 high up and one other. Behind the back board I want them to connect. Maybe not all, but just maybe some I will need to wait and see how it comes about.

Thirdly it Needs to be bigger. By that I actually me a 3'x 3' area and not 2' square as it currently is. So maybe the bank across the rivulet and a further 6" of cliff on the right as you look at the first picture. Also a further 1 foot coming straight towards you in the first picture. I also want it taller! It seems to me too regular across the back and that seems wrong. So by increasing the height (at least in some areas) it would look more natural. I would intend the close edge in the first pic to also be rocky as it sits it is far too regular. Maybe (speaking without thinking) there will be an overhang.... who knows!

Ok I know at least one person would ask if I did not say what rules! I am actually looking seriously at "Pulp Alley". I have the PDF and like the way the rules work and CAN see it functioning as a small participation game at shows. I know a mad idea and I need my head testing! BUT if it works what a setting it would make and  would be more than suitable for many adventures everything from Cavemen to Sci fi and everything in between! (Last of the Mohicans for example)

I will not go into figures at this stage, but I have it planned and some bought and am willing to buy some more although the rules do not require a horde of figures 7 a side is more than enough.

Thanks for reading my gibberish and plans for this board. I have an AAR for next time. And then back to painting as I work on this in peace and quiet!

Until then, take care, have fun and paint like a crazy perso!


Saturday, 14 April 2018

11th Hussars (28mm)

Yes more Foundry 28mm figs painted for Matt for his Crimean War project. These were not as bad to paint as I first thought. Yeah Okay they wee bad enough but that is because I am both out of practice and don't know the period so have to check every detail. Talking of details if you see anything wrong kindly let me know I have been as accurate as I am able but really no expert so bound to have made a mistake or two. Just better NOT to keep repeating mistakes is all.

Also I am not expecting a quick reply from anyone as it is Salute weekend and many will be at that or keen at least to see some show reports so this may slip under the radar!

 As mentioned they are 28mm Wargames Foundry figures and part of the Crimean War range.

At the very bottom of the post I have included a jacket of the uniform which was used at the period. So feel free to check it and see if I got it at least a little correct. (I know you will anyway). I find Gold very hard to paint, it usually requires 3 coats to even begin to look correct. And these for example have 4 coats including a very light black wash.  I hate Painting Gold Acrylics it never looks right.

That's it have fun enjoy the weekend and get some painting done IF you get the chance!
All the Best Clint



Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Matts new Project

Yep 28mm Crimea war. I know a little about the Crimean war but really not much so tis I think may be a steep learning curve. Very steep indeed!

These are 28mm FOUNDRY figures depicting Lord Raglan and his staff. As mentioned I do not really know this period so if I make any mistakes please forgive me.  To me they were a nice bunch of 28mm figures. Luckily Matt did provide me with a pic to copy which I then did. Certain things were changed of course, like the base and the colour of the horses but overall I followed the picture fairly accurately.

I did look at certain paintings to get the uniform colours and did notice that some of the plumes on the hats were black. As the pic Matt gave me had white plumes though I went for white as I figured maybe they were either different regiments or even different ranks and that Matts pic was the correct one. I still have no clue so if you know better kindly let me know. I hasten to add I am not looking doe masses of information, just trying to get it right for next time.

The last (small) pics are the same pics but from different angles so you might get a better idea on the figures.

Finally this is not a period I am really into and while I have enjoyed painting them for a change I imagine I will very quickly become tired of it. They are not as bad as Napoleonic's and for that I am grateful, but still not my absolute favourite period to paint

 Needless to say click the pics if you want to see them bigger.

Until next time allow me to dasy dream about more 20th century things.
All the best Clint