Sunday, September 17, 2017

Colours 2017

So it is that time of year again, so it was off to Newbury Racecourse for Colours. The convenience of the station opposite was slightly spoiled by the train set owner closing the line after 1400 (they are converting from clockwork to electric or something).

What was noticeable was the absences this year. This slightly spoilt my buy list, but never mind.

Crooked Dice had a nice selection of items (unfortunately I did not get the secret base set, too heavy). There were some new MDF and resin scenery items including a set of bunk beds. Photographs when I start building and painting them.

On my buy list was the new Rubicon Models Jeep. Even though I was there early I could not find any at the usual suspects. Having given up, I found one (of two) on the Great Escape stand. More on Jeeps later.

I had a rather badly written list of figures I wanted from Empress. This included their new "universal" figures in generic uniform with Soviet/Russian weapons. They can be ordered with a range of heads. Perfect for ImagiNation armies. I had forgotten to add the Mutton Chop British infantry suitable for Operation Sealion.

On the subject of Sealion, I bought one of their Spanish Civil War Panzer IB with 20mm cannon.
I also bought one of their new Jeeps, not for WW2 but for later conflicts.
 Scale shops with William Killian (the wheels are just blutacked on)
 The jeep is scaled at 1/50 rather than 1/56, so it is bigger than the Warlord one.
The Rubicon one is also scaled at 1/56 (you might be able to see it inside its bag).
Simple Miniature Games had an offer on Halifax box sets, so I took advantage of the offer to buy some more Resurectionists and other figures. Admittedly the "Stitched Together" was bought for looks rather than utility.

Spectre Miniatures had their new Technical upgrades on sale so I bought a number of them and a Technical Bravo that they had sold out of at Salute.

Technical Bravo is a more modern version with a four door body and shortened cargo space.
 This is a comparison with the SUV, also from Spectre.
This is the Spectre Technical Bravo compared to the Empress Technical.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Macross models

The Japanese animation series Super Dimension Fortress Macross was popular in the early to mid 'eighties. Models from the series were produced by two companies, Arii and Imai. The quality of the two companies was noticeably different.

I bought a number of them (and assembled and to varying degrees painted) way back then. They have been sitting in their storage boxes for a large number of years (and the years have not been kind to them).

This is a Destroid Defender in 1/100 scale by Imai, armed with lots of weapons and is designed to be the main ground combatant.
 It is missing the six pack of direct fire missiles on one of the shoulders.
A PSC Panzer 38(t) for scale.
 There is not too much in the model that is scale specific, it could be used as a 28mm scale model, William Killian for comparison.
The Air Defence mechanism is the Destroid Defender with two twin 78mm auto cannons.
The quality of this Arii 1/100 scale mode is far less than the Tomahawk kit by Imai.

The main characters use Variable Fighters, capable of flight and ground combat.

Of course in space, you do not need to be streamlined so the fighters can have additional armour.

This is the standard fighter type (a VF-1A) with the additional armour and lots more missiles. The kit is by Arii.

The VF-1A's main armament is the Gau-11 Tri-barrel 55mm cannon. There is a single laser cannon mounted on the head. Additional missiles are mounted on the shoulders, on the forearms and on the legs.
The chest panel has separated from the body and the arm and leg joints are extremely loose.

The VF-1J is the officer fighter, identical to the VF-1A except it has two laser cannon mounted on the head (one of which has broken off the model).
This one also has very loose joints and the chest plate has separated. So much so that I had to lie them down.

They have been packed up again. One day I may finish them.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Vehicle comparisons

Some more comparisons.

Empress Technical with a Rubicon Studebaker lorry.
Rubicon T34/85 (work in progress)
Warlord M4A4 Sherman V and a Rubicon T34/85.
 Spectre Miniatures SUV and the Rubicon T34/85.
Empress Technical and Rubicon T34/85.
Empress T72M.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fame at last!

So a while back (May) I posted some photographs of my late 'eighties model of a tank from Twilight 2000.

This was in response to a thread on the Lead Adventures forum about a Twilight 2000 blog.

The guy responsible for the blog has posted photographs of my model on his blog:
Now I need to find some more of the rules (version 1 and 2) and build some 28mm models for it.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ainsty Small Box Van

So there was interest in post apocalyptic vehicles, and I remembered the Ainsty Small Box Van I bought a while ago.

So I dug it out, and assembled it.
Compared to the Empress Technical it is rather large.

But compared to the Mantic Games scenery items, it is the right sort of size.

Compared to the Mantic saloon car:
 And the Mantic pickup.

Front and rear views.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Automated Infantry - weapon system.

Way back when I bought a pair of British Automated Infantry from the Clockwork Goblin sub stand at Salute.

For various reasons I have not got round to build them.

A thread on the Lead Adventures forum was discussing weapon choices for the Automated Infantry.

Here are some comparisons:

First, here are the components (the components of the current Warlord Games version may differ).
The weapons (Vickers' medium machine gun and a US M2 HMG.
Now, to me they look rather large, so the following is a comparison between the Automated Infantry weapons and other versions of the same weapon from a different manufacturer, in this case an HMG and a MMG from Empress Miniatures.
So at the top, you can see the HMG from an Empress M113 model., at the bottom is a Carton Loyd MMG carrier.

In the depths of my spare sprue drawer I found an Italeri 1/35 modern weapon sprue with an M2 HMG.
It is clear the Automated Infantry weapon is slightly smaller.

Now, a quick measure shows the M2 is about 35mm long, which at 1/56 is 1960mm

Now Wikipedia says the length is 1654mm, which gives a calculated scale ~1/47, so it is probably 1/48.

The Vickers is about 25mm, Wikipedia gives a length of 1120mm, which makes it about 1/45.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dale's RV - The Walking Dead: Days Gone By

Mantic sell an MDF and cardboard model of Dale's RV that is designed to fit the same space as the 2D representation supplied in the Days Gone Bye supplement. It is supplied by Sarissa Precision.

The instructions are comprehensive, though I would assemble the base plate, axles and vertical  central piece together, as shown below,
The wheels are assembled later in the instructions, but I assembled them on the axles but did not glue them to the axles. The axle provides the required centring of the two main parts of tyres and the hub cap.
I marked the parts Left, Left Inside, Right, Right Inside to ensure I got the bits in the right place.

The MDF shell is covered with a card wrapper with laser etched details including doors and grills.

The card surface is not as smooth as the MDF, and this texture is exacerbated by the application of masking tape when spraying the interior black, and during the construction process.

The back of the RV only has two bends, the lines laser marked in the card were deepened using the back of a scalpel blade and a steel rule.
The front has four bends, the ones at the top are very tight. The thin windscreen pillars are very thin and are vulnerable to inadvertent bends, which can actually lead to them breaking. Which is of course what happened while assembling the front. PVA glue was applied both to the body and the wrapper. The wrapper was pressed down to the body and the bottom part held in place with masking tape. Two pieces of masking tape taped down the top part vertically down the front.
The ventilators and aircon unit were removed from the card sheet and assembled on the body. The luggage rack was also removed from the sheet and glued in place. The bumper was filled smooth and glued to the front.
The canopy was assembled according to the instructions.

Now it is ready for undercoating.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Empress 28mm BTR-80 APC WIP

An Empress BTR-80 APC in its basic colour (PSC British Tank Green).
It will need some additional stowage and final painting before it is weathered.
Used by a number of Warsaw Pact forces for motorised infantry.
Armed with a 14.5mm HMG and a coax machine gun.

Empress T72M - work in progress

An Empress 28mm scale T72M tank, with William Killian for scale.
The paint scheme is based on a late East German camouflage scheme

Compare the Zombie dot com

Size comparison between the Mantic Games The Walking Dead figures and other manufacturers.

TWD, Studio Miniatures, Crooked Dice, Warlord/Wargames Factory, TWD and TWD.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Lead Wombles - part 2

So, my first Lead Legion marine is now painted.

Though he is wearing his grade one armour maintenance rosette, he has been fighting hard and has not had enough time to perform the rituals of maintenance.

He has stocked up on frag grenades

Not sure how to paint the chapter icon.

 Supporting a Cadian squad,