Sunday, 14 August 2016

A Small Corner of Palestine.

Have been suffering from burn-out in the miniature painting department since May, it will pass eventually, more than likely when I find something to inspire me sufficiently. In the meantime I have updated one of my old Panion boards for use in a planned game of Chain of Command, being as this is a skirmish game I have cluttered things up a bit to reduce sight lines.

I intend to add some scrub to the hillside prior to gaming & have some more wall sections ( in reality no more than stones cleared from fields & stacked round the margins) in production so nearly there, just need to set a date to game now.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Cheshire Yeomanry. British Cavalry for Syria.

Indulged myself with a rare painting session last night & finished off some more figures for Chain of Command, these will be used as markers for the Patrol Phase:

These come courtesy of Perry Miniatures & they are very nice, particularly keen on the horses, the anatomy is spot on. Depending on work commitments the next post may actually feature a war-game!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Morris 15cwt with Porteed Bofors.

The last vehicle for my Chain of Command platoon is now complete, its been a marathon build even by my slow standards but I'm fairly pleased with the result:

God knows what the health & safety executive would have to say about lying on a gun trail with the breach recoiling past your shoulder.
Its been an interesting project not least because of trying out a few new weathering techniques. This explains in part the extended nature of the build, I'd forgotten how long you have to leave spirit based paints to dry between coats.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

British Empire Platoon & Support.

Finished these guys off yesterday evening, a little later than projected but rather appropriate for St. Georges day given that they will be fighting the Vichy French in the land of his birth.

This will form the basic force for use with Too Fat Lardies Chain of Command rules which use the platoon as the basic unit with a number of additional supports depending on the type of scenario to be played.
I still have a few more add ons to complete including a portee'd 37mm Bofors anti tank gun & some Yeomanry:

Should have a game sorted soon, report to follow.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

More Carrier Madness.

Just a quick update on the Syria project, this week a caunter-less bren gun carrier:

I didn't want my carriers to look too uniform hence the decision to go with a simple desert yellow scheme, I did experiment with weathering powders though. Not sure if it comes out on the photos too well but in the flesh they do add a bit of depth.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Bren Gun Carriers in Caunter. A short tutorial.

I don't know where the time goes these days, it may be an age thing but more likely my customers start coming out of hibernation after the clocks go forward. This is one of the bonuses of working outdoors, you do get to appreciate the diversity of the British seasons.
Regardless, I have been busy progressing the WW2 Syria project in my rare moments of leisure& thought I might share my method of reproducing the sometimes controversial Caunter camouflage pattern. I don't pretend that this is by any means a definitive guide, but the colours do scale quite well to  the 1/56th that Perry miniatures produce their vehicles in:
The basic raw materials, MIG filters 400 & 405, Vallejo Panzer Aces Dark Rubber & Tracks Primer, Model Colour  Desert Yellow, Iraqi Sand & Medium Sea Grey.

Base coat of Desert Yellow (hull) & tracks primer over Halford's red oxide primer.

Running gear blocked in with Iraqi Sand.

Dark rubber applied, don't worry about getting the lines to straight, this camo was applied in the field with brushes  without the benefit of masking tape.

Now the Sea Grey has been applied, after allowing the whole to dry for 24 hours the first layers of filters have been applied, you can see it collecting in the cracks & crevasses of the vehicle doing a nice job of simulating dust.

The finished articles with crew & stowage, Perry's supply ample quantities of the latter.
Work is also progressing on the infantry platoon featured previously, only a few figures to go now; next up will be a Bofors 37mm AT gun porteed on a Morris truck & some members of the Cheshire Yeomanry. Interestingly the Cheshire Yeomanry were the last unit of the British Army to mount a cavalry action, routing a Vichy French infantry unit out of a village in Syria; it isn't counted as a charge because apparently they didn't raise their swords!

Friday, 18 March 2016

Colonel Caunter's Camouflage.

Continuing to embrace the Middle Eastern theatre of war with reckless abandon I give you the latest progress on the Desert Rats featured last post.
First up my attempt at the titular camouflage scheme on a Vicker's Mk. VIb:

Mark VIb, courtesy of Blitzkrieg Models, via Perry Miniatures.

A fairly basic, though hopefully, effective attempt using Vallejo acrylic paint with several coats of Mig filters over the top. I have a section of Universal Carriers on the go at present & will present a quick tutorial on painting Caunter as my next post on this subject.
Not wishing to leave the footsloggers out more progress has also been made on the Perry Desert Rats boxed set:

2" mortar team

Boyes anti tank rifle.

Platton HQ assisted by the LRDG.
Really enjoying this little side project; it turns out my Great Uncle served with 7th Armoured in the Desert which makes it a bit more personal. I hope to find out a little more about this in due course because as was typical of many of his generation he didn't disclose very much about it. Most of my conversations with him tended to revolve around agriculture & its associated woes which seemed to interest him far more than armoured engagements with the Afrika Korp. Credit to him for that.