Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago Sailors

At Salute I also bought the box set of multi-pose sailors for Ghost Archipelago.
Now, what am I going to build with them?

Spiral Arm Studios - Broken infantry

Spiral Arm Studios released their Broken infantry set last year.

The set comprises four sprues building six figures.

There are a lot of options, but the article "Which arms fit what weapons?" will help.

My plan is to use them to build some rabble for Gates of Antares Freeborn.

Stug III - base coated at last...

This has been sitting on my shelf awaiting movement for a while. since November 2016!

So, I have added some more soft stowage and refitted the fourth helmet.

the upper and lower hulls were undercoated with Citadel Chaos Black spray. The upper hull was then sprayed with Citadel Zandri Dust.

I have given the hull and running gear a first coat of Zandri Dust.

The plan is to add the skirts later.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Under Fire Miniatures Cold War Range

Under Fire Miniatures have begun releasing a range of 28mm Cold War period miniatures. They have ranges covering Soviet, German Bundeswehr, West German Polizei and East Germans troops.

I ordered a pack each of the Soviet, Bundeswehr and East Geman NVA. They arrived in a jiffy bag with the individual packs taped to a card insert, which was a nice touch.

Soviet Pack RMR2 comprises one NCO pointing the way, two PKM machine guns and an AK74.

Bundeswehr pack 1 comprises four troops armed with the G3 rifle.
The East German pack NVA1 comprises a platoon commander, radio operator, a sniper and an RPG7.
There is some mould lines, especially noticeable on the helmets, but that can be removed with careful filing. Some of the barrels are slightly bent, but I have straightened the them with no ill effect.

The following photograph shows the first three (one from each pack) on bases with an Empress Universal Soldier in woolly hat for scale.
Now to finish the bases and start the painting.

Spiral Arm Epirian SecDef Troops

At Salute Spiral Arm Studios released two new figure sets for Epirian forces, the Master Bot Handler and the Sec Def troops. They have just officially released the latter and put up the instructions on their site.

The SecDef troops are the Elite of Epirian forces and have eco-skeletons to allow them to carry heavier armour and weapons. The armour is partial plate over material, not fully enclosed like power armour.

I bought two sprues which builds six figures.

Here is the front and back views of the sprues.

Each sprue contains three sets of legs and three torsos. The legs are made from paired parts, they are specifically paired via different sized pegs, though it is possible to (purposely) mix the legs to add to the poses.

There are two assault rifles, one sniper rifle, one machine gun and a heavy cannon. This does mean that you can only build two regular troops per sprue, the other is either a sniper or support. As I do not know how the forces are arranged, I am not sure if that is a problem.

The arms and guns fit nicely, though the heavy weapon pose is a bit odd, there is an optional fitting that goes between the weapon and the figure to support it , "Colonial Marine" style. I have not currently fitted it.

There are only two heads, another plain one would have been nice, I have the machine gunner politely asking who would like "some"! There is a pointing arm and a rifle held to the side arm. The Maelstrom's Edge blog has some alternative poses and ideas.

 A comparison shot with an Empress Universal Soldier in woolly hat.
Overall, a much nicer pose than the Epirian Contractor, and would find some use in many a Science Fiction army. I may well add a few more to my collection.

I was tempted to try one with a Wargames Factory M16 or AK47.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Westwind SOTR Paras Starter set - first squad

This is the first completed squads of Westwind's Weird War 2 British Paratroopers.
All five are armed with Assault Brens and are wearing body armour.

 One of the problems with airborne assaults is a lack of heavier firepower. These Paras are being backed up by an M5A6 Jackal.
I have not quite finished with the Jackal yet.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Chinese People's Liberation Army source books

My two primary source books on the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

British Airborne equipment

There are two major limitations on airborne assaults: your forces if deployed by parachute can be scattered wildly and they have limited heavy weapon capability.

One way of concentrating your forces is to use gliders (that adds a new vulnerability as gliders are delicate things and provide limited protection from anti-aircraft fire). The other is the development of vehicles that can either be air-dropped or glider landed in support of your forces.

The British Light Tank Mark VII Tetrach was a light tank designed as part of the losing battle of light tank design that was then used as a glider borne tank.

Normally armed with a two pound anti-tank gun (a weapon that had shown shortcomings during the early North African campaign and was obsolete by 1943) it was not a particularly useful vehicle but at least gave the impression that you were supported by a tank.
This is the Tetrach at the Tank Museum.

A requirement for a glider delivered tank was passed from the British to the Americans, the M22 Locust was the result. Armed with a 37mm gun, it had poor anti-tank capability, initial unreliability and did not really bring much to the battle.

The Welbike was a motorbike designed to fit inside the standard air-drop containers, hence the compact design with spindly seat and handlebars.

I think this is an airborne howitzer.
Airborne jeep.
I think this is an airborne anti-tank gun.

World War Two gliders were extremely lightweight, and there was no protection for the passengers or crew. The Medical Research Council designed a set of armour comprising three 1mm thick manganese steel plates. These provided some protection to the chest, lower belly and lower back.

The plates were in canvas carriers and had felt padding. Weighing just over one kilogram, they were unpopular.
Shown over a Glider Pilot battledress blouse, they were normally worn under the Denison smock.

On display at Duxford.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Evil Bear British Powered Suit

Way back when (Colours 2015) I bought two British ultramodern troopers in powered armour. It has taken a while to get one of them near to finished.
Armed with a GPMG and a backpack mounted ammunition supply, it can lay down heavy firepower. The armour and the shield on the left arm provide them with protection from small arms fire.
The ammunition feed requires a lot of manipulation to get it in the right shape. I added some additional support where the belt goes into the gun.
Not completely convinced that it will fit in the Foxhound (another Evil Bear product).

 Comparison with Empress British SAS.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

TTCombat - Streets of Venice building 7 for use in Malifaux

TTCombat has a range of building under the Streets of Venice brand. Unlike Sarissa and other laser cut MDF, it is not scaled for the heroic 28mm end of the scale but is more suited to the larger 32-40mm figure sizes such as Malifaux.

They are also remarkably cheap compared to other manufacturers.

I initially posted about it here.

The building was undercoated with Halfords grey spray primer. A coat of Citadel Roughcoat gave some texture. The first floor is Citadel Zandri Dust, the lower was undercoated with Halfords Red Primer. The quoins and door and window frames are Citadel Rakash Flesh.

The mortar was Army Painter Skeleton Bone.
The bricks/tiles are painted individually using a wet palette and Vallejo Black, Hull Red, Burnt Cadmium Red and Red Leather.
It was then dry brushed with Citadel Terminatus Stone and washed with Citadel Agrax Earthshade.
The upper floor is painted with Vallejo Old Wood. The interiors were spray painted with Citadel Corax White. The floor of the ground floor is painted Citadel Mournfang Brown.
As you can see the doorways are sufficient size for Malifaux humans, in this case a Freikorp Strike Team.

Friday, June 22, 2018

HLBS British Ferret armoured Car - part two

So I make haste slowly.
I have removed the wheels from their gates. There is quite a number of air bubbles to fill.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Shermhill Firefly

From a discussion on Lead Adventures, I present the Shermhill Firefly.
Warlord Churchill hull with a Warlord M4A4 Sherman VC turret (from my Hercules project).
You can see the turret ring will not fit between the hull sides.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Wild West Exodus - Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp from the Wild West Exodus: Gunfight at Red Oak starter set.
Far too many straps and things.
The shield and rifle still needs some work.