Monday, 18 June 2018

4th Hanoverian Brigade, 6th Division in 6mm

This is the penultimate brigade for the the Allied Reserve Corps for the seemingly endless 100 Days Campaign project. It's the 4th Hanoverian Brigade, who were attached to the 6th Division and commanded by Colonel C. Best.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Ex-Joan of Arc, an Operation Nightingale Excavation at Bullecourt in France

I have just returned from two weeks in France, where I have been working at Bullecourt south of Arras, for a second time exploring the archaeological remains of the Battle of Bullecourt which took place in April 1917. The excavation was an Operation Nightingale project and was supported by Breaking Ground Heritage, with wounded, injured and sick veterans as the participants. Last year, we found the remains of the Mark II Tank 796, commanded by Lieutenant Skinner. The tank 796 made it as far as the German Hindenburg Line before being disabled, whilst supporting the Australian attack on the defended village.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Final Units for Rommel in 3mm

I have been working towards finishing the Germans for Rommel for the 3mm project that I have also been working on (along with everything else!). 

The first units I finished was the supporting artillery for the 3rd Panzer Divisions, 57th and 161st Infantry Divisions.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Into the Valley of Death

This weekend, I met up with Ninjasaurus Rex for a game of Cross Fire of Irony, the modern/near future rules he has been writing for about a decade. Maybe one day he will publish them on his blog, but until then you'll have to take my word for it that they are a heavy reworking of the Cross Fire World War 2 rules.
There isn't much left from the original rule set really, just a couple of mechanics n moving and firing. 

He wanted to try them out and as he had recently completed some work on Soviet and Afghan figures we thought we'd have a bash at a small skirmish in the 1980s Soviet/Afghan war. It was also a chance to use his excellent terrain:

Friday, 25 May 2018

TK421, Why Aren't You At Your Post?

As you may know, recently I bought a copy of the core box of Star Wars Legion. It comes with some figures to get you started, a force (excuse the pun) of Stormtroopers and a force of Rebels. So I set to work painting them.
There are 14 Stormtrooper infantry figures and they were very easy to paint, with the use of white spray paint... Here they all are:

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

3mm Panzer Fours and 3mm Painting Guide

I have now painted a few 3mm tanks at this point, so I thought I'd show you how I do it. There are a few more tutorials online already, but this is my version and may help someone.

I wanted to add a unit of Panzer IVs to the 3rd Panzer Division and this consists of three bases each of 5 tanks. In 1943 3rd Panzer had 22 Panzer IVs on paper, so 15 is a close enough number, counting for vehicles in repair or support away from the front line. 

The first thing to do is Superglue the tanks to coffee stirrers. I always grab loads of these from cafes and restaurants as they are always really useful, like in this case. The Superglue may seem extreme, but it easily snaps off when you come to take the tanks off the sticks at the end of the painting session.

Friday, 18 May 2018

10th Brigade, 6th Division in 6mm

Another British unit that I was able to finish over the long Bank Holiday weekend recently was the 10th Brigade of the British 6th Division. This was one half of a mixed British/Hanoverian Division (the 4th Hanoverian) and was commanded by Major-General Sir John Lambert.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

5th Hanoverian Brigade, 5th Division in 6mm

I've been making steady progress with my 100 Days Campaign in 6mm, and given the recent Bank Holiday weekend, I was able to knock out a couple of Allied units. Including the 5th Hanoverian Brigade of 5th Division, under Colonel von Vinke.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

500th Post and Star Wars Legion!

Welcome to the 500th post of this blog! Blimey, doesn't time pass fast!?

I arrived home on Friday to find the new Star Wars Legion box set had arrived! I ordered it on Tuesday as I had come into a little bit of money recently. As with all Fantasy Flight Games it is excellent for its production values alone. Everything looks great and all the figures were sorted into separate bags so that their associated tiny parts don't get jumbled up together.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Book Review: Peter Hart, The Last Battle: Endgame on the Western Front, 1918

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Given the belter of a Bank Holiday we've just had, I took the chance to read Peter Hart's latest book: The Last Battle: Endgame on the Western Front, 1918 and as I was given a review copy of it, I thought I had better review it!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

9th Brigade, 5th Division in 6mm

Staying with the small stuff that I have recently been working on, I went back to the 100 Days Campaign and the next Allied brigade, which is the British 9th Brigade of the 5th Division.

This was part of the British reserve Corps (as indicated by the blank flag on the base) and was led by Major-General Sir Denis Pack who was wounded during the campaign. The unit has the 3/1 Regiment of Foot (Royal Scots), 42nd Regiment of Foot (The Black Watch), 2/44th (East Sussex) Regiment of Foot and the 92nd Regiment of Foot (Gordon Highlanders).

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Tiny Tigers

Following on from the first units I started for my Rommel in 3mm project, I put together a unit of Tigers. well, every German force has to have Tigers, doesn't it?
They were dead easy to paint (I'll show you how I did it in a future post) and took no time in completing the battalion.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

The Romanians At Stalingrad: A Rommel AAR

November 1942, north of the city of Stalingrad, the Romanian 3rd Army is assaulted by a massive force of Soviets aiming to cut off the German defenders in the ruins. On Saturday Dean and I refought a fictional action where the Romanian elements of 3rd Army tried to escape the jaws of a Soviet encirclement using Rommel.
The scenario was taken from the Rommel rule book, the Romanians had to capture an objective at the Soviet end of the table as well as evacuating 12 elements off the table within 12 turns. Any other result would be a Soviet victory. We played it with a hundred point army each, with the Soviets receiving reinforcements of a tank brigade on turn 6. 

Dean took the Romanians (and if you want to know what he is wearing, skip to the bottom of the page...) and arranged them with the armour in the centre supported by infantry on the flanks.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Rommel in 3mm: First Battalion

Having been toying with tackling Rommel in 6mm, after a discussion on The Wargames Website about the various beneficiaries of the scale, I was pointed in the direction of 3mm. Wait! What! That's madness! I hear you say. And I thought so to until I stumped up a few pounds for some of Oddzial Osmy's tanks.
When they arrived I was flabbergasted by the amount of detail packed onto what are such small vehicles. Plus for the price, they were unbeatable at about £3.00 for 15 vehicles.

I got them in the UK through Fighting 15s, but they seem to be no longer running the line, so Magister Militum will be my next port of call for more.

Another plus for 3mm is that they can be painted very quickly. A lot of detail can be missed out given their tiny size. So I started on my first unit, a Battalion of Panthers from 3rd Panzer Division.