Many years ago I built up a sizeable collection of Peter Pig 15mm Vietnam figures, backed up by a load of Roco Minitanks vehicles and Revell Hueys. Of course, "Apocalypse Now" was a great influence, and I always wanted some Loaches to go with my Hueys. Some months ago Battlefront brought out a box set of two Loaches. Lovely models, they go together very quickly and easily, and come with a decent set of transfers (decals to you colonial types) and soe nice flying stands. They were quickly assembled, then languished in the painting pile until this weekend. As I discovered yesterday they are als a dream to paint up. And here they are.
I also finished off the LCM - a basic resin model with some additional bulwarks, a couple of gunners and a covered deck. I have another one of these - not sure what to do to soup that one up.
Finally I've finished off a couple of Siemens Schukhert D.IVs that I've had waiting to be painted for a little while. One painted in the colours of my altar ego, "The Black Hand", the other in a corn snake and purple scheme for Laura. a bit of fun.
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Friday, 18 October 2013
I must admit, as I look from the mess that is my wargames table across at my modelling bench, that I'm suffering from a bit of a lack of focus just now. From here I can see, in various stages of completion:
- A 28mm "posse" for our local club's western gunfight games
- Several Airfix 1/76 British and Japanese tanks for my Burma project (which wasn't eve a glimmer in my eye a couple of months ago)
- Half a dozen 1/1200 ACW ships and ironclads
- A 15mm LCM being converted into a riverine assault craft for AK-47
- Eight 1/600 WW2 coastal models, just picked up on Ebay for peanuts
- Two 1/144 Siemens Schuckhert D.III fighters
- A scratch built space station for War Rocket
- Thirty two 15mm Bashi Basouks
Friday, 11 October 2013
I spent last weekend in deepest darkest North Devon taking part in a campaign based on the 1855 Anglo-French operations against
Baltic. The game was put on by the NWS chairman, Stuart Barnes Watson using his
extensive collection of 1/2400 models from Hallmark and Tumbling Dice. Stuart
was using my "Iron and Fire" ironclad rules and so he asked if I'd be
happy to umpire. I&F is written from an 1860-80 ironclad perspective so I
devised a set of period specific rules to cater for the slightly earlier time
period, and also to cover the campaign specific elements. Russia
Lance surveys the battle from the Umpire's position
Stuart, the Russian commander, checks the range from one of his batteries.
Battlelines drawn at the start of Day 2. Russians in the foreground, Allies to the top
I wonder if the residents of the sleepy village of Lee knew what world-changing events were happening on their doorstsps?
The weekend did, however, reinforce my thoughts that the Russian War (aka the "Crimean" War) is a tricky one to wargame. Both fleets are large - but both have good reasons not to get heavily engaged. The Russians, with the vast majority of their ships reliant on sail power, are at a severe disadvantage in a fleet action (and as day 2 showed would most likely get chewed to pieces). Meanwhile, the Allies, lacking many specialist inshore craft, would be mad to attempt to force the very strong defences of places like Sveaborg and Kronstadt (behind which the Russians, if they have sense, will be sitting). So one has to develop rather contrived scenarios in order to force an action, run a counterfactual where the Russian fleet has a far higher proportion of steam ships or (as I may do in the future) run a campaign set in 1856 where the Allied have the benefit of the massive 1855-56 inshore warship building programme. It is, of course, an ideal setting for skirmish games based around British landing parties in