Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Square Bashing Brits

In this post I will showcase my British Square Bashing army. This army was built up using a Peter Pig 'Black Box' army with some editions and the figures are based with 1st Edition Square Bashing in mind, therefore the bases have four figures rather than three as stated by the 2nd Edition rules. Personally I prefer this anyway as it makes the base look packed. All the figures are by Peter Pig, the Mark IV tanks and 18lber field guns are from Peter Pig also. The Whippets, 4.5" Howitzers and 60Lber field guns are all by Quick Reaction Force.

The force consists of:
  • 2 x Higher Command bases
  • 12 x  Infantry Battalions
  • 17 x Machine Guns
  • 2 x Mark IV Heavy Tanks
  • 2 x Whippet Light Tanks
  •  9 x 18lber Field Guns
  • 3 x 4.5" Howitzers
  • 2 x 60Lber Field Guns

The Indian Battalion between two Mark IVs

Two bases of Higher Command figures

4.5" Howitzers

Note the cricket bat wielding Tommy...

Here part of the army advances under a German bombardment:

It was quite a task to get this army painted up as it consists of a LOT of infantry, but it is pretty much a finished force. The army is missing some mortars and I want a mix of 3" Stokes mortars and toffee apples, but that is something for the future...

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Cheeky Fokkers

I have the entire collection of Wings of War models, now repackaged as Wings of Glory, but have only actually done two repaints. There's little point in me showing you my WoW collection as it can be seen anywhere else, but this post is about the repaints. I bought a set of Jasta 19 decals from the excellent Dom's Decals and two extra Fokker DrI models as subjects for my experiment.
As you can see from this period photo of Jasta 19 each plane had an individual design painted on the fuselage for each pilot. The closest Fokker to the camera is the one belonging to Leutnant Arthur Rahn, whose machine the Wings of War model is based on. 

I decided to paint my two extra Fokkers as Ltn Walter Göttsch's with the yellow upper wing and swastika design and Ltn Hans Körner's with the lightning bolts. My order from Dom included very detailed instructions on mixing the correct shades of paint and applying the decals and here are the results:

As you can see, I have yet to put the pilots in the aircraft, but that is quite a simple job with Peter Pig's 1/144th scale pilots. Göttsch was killed on 10 April 1918 with 20 victories, Körner survived the war with 7 victories but was killed in a motorcycle crash on his war to an airfield. In my first game with these new planes (along with Rahn) all three were shot down, not a very glorious start for Jasta 19! Hopefully I'll get them back in the air soon and they can do me proud!

The battered landscape above which the planes are circling is a Western Front Micro Map by Terrain Mat. Slightly pricey, but worth every penny! To wrap up this post here is a fantastic painting of Jasta 19 in flight which I found on the internet whilst researching this post. I'm afraid I don't know the name of the artist: (if any readers do, let me know in the comments please!), but it works as a great desktop wallpaper!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Typhoon Mk1b

OK, this isn't exactly wargaming, but I did get into wargaming through modelling in the first place and every so often I like to break off from the little things and make a larger scale kit. In this case I had a hankering for building a Hawker Typhoon. Having a quick look around the internents for suitable kits, I settled on the Hasegawa 1/48th scale Mk1b version. A very simple and enjoyable build and it took no time to paint up. This is straight out of the box as I am not a good enough modeller to go to town and rebuild the entire cockpit in plasticard, but the results looked good enough to me!

I've always like the Typhoon for it's gull-wings and quite distinct appearance with the large air intake on the chin, a bit like a British Stuka. They did sterling work as ground attack aircraft as well.

And as a testimony to the strength of the Typhoon, here's a picture of a bunch of lads sitting on one:

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Tanks for the Memories pt2

Having seen the Russians in my earlier post, this post shows the German tanks which I bought with my tax windfall. It was a mixture of early war and late war tanks, but this is because I don't really concentrate on one particular period, but like to have options for the whole war. I have a couple of specific formations, like a Battle Group of Großdeutschland, which I will post up later, but most of my tanks are of generic formations. OK, on with the pictures!

First up are my Panzer 38(t)s. I like the smaller tanks of the early war period and have never really understood why most gamers are drawn towards the Panzer porn of the late war. Sure I like Tigers as much as the next gamer, but there's something intriguing about these dinky little fellas! These models are by Zvezda and are very nice indeed!

Along with the 38(t)s I purchased 5 of Zvezda's Panzer IIc. With a load of stowage added (mainly from Skytrex), these are great little models for that advance into Russia!

I did also buy a box of Plastic Soldier Company's Panzer IIIs, thse have stowage added from Battlefront and Skytrex:

Next up are PSC's Panzer IV Ausf Hs along with a Battlefront Jagdpanther, which I got free for a subscription to Wargames Illustrated.

Continuing with the late war theme, here are PSC's Panthers, again, PSC come up trumps with their detailed kits! 

I think StuGs are ace! and PSC's StuG IIIG are brilliant little models, a great addition to any late war German army!

PSC's Sd.Kfz.251c and d are also brilliant kits with loads of imagination gone into their design. Unfortunately I numbered these vehicles before learning that the numbering of half tracks was not a usual practise. These 251ds have now been integrated into an Panzer Grenadier Battalion that I am currently finishing off. I will post pictures when it is finished:


The following are some spare T34s from PSC that I turned into PzKpfw T-34 (r). Inspired by Steven Zaloga's book, Eastern Front, I thought I'd do something different as I already have what seems to be a million T-34s in Russian service. The first picture is without side skirts.

And here they are with the sideskirts:

And the picture that inspired them:

Finally, I forgot to post these last time, but here are my Russian BT-5s, from Zvezda.

It's a shame that this big but enjoyable project is now over, but I certainly am not resting, I have PSC's Tigers, a Russian and German engineer platoon, two 1/35 scale King Tigers, a 1/35th scale Pfalz III, Zvezda Opel Blitzes, Matilda IIs, Sdkfz 222s and several Blood Bowl teams to paint in the immediate future... I will post these as I finish them! I also need to fit some time in to actually game with the tanks!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Tanks for the Memories

As this blog has been pretty World War One heavy so far I thought I'd change tack and post up some pictures of my World War Two toys! I game Eastern Front in 15mm with Rapid Fire! rules and have a German army, Soviet army and Romanian army, but you can never have enough tanks, so at the beginning of 2012 I had a tax windfall and invested some of the money wisely to buy this lot:

It's about £180s worth of Plastic Soldier Company and Zvezda 15mm tanks. What a great day that was when this dropped through the door! Well, it didn't actually drop through the door, it had to be brought by a parcel van, but you understand what I mean... It took quite a while to get everything built up, but all these models are now built and painted. I have yet to game with them but let's take a look at the Russian stuff in this post. First up is Zvezda's KV 1 (Model 1940), with decals from Battlefront:

As I already have a large amount of T34s by various manufacturers, I thought I'd spice thing sup for my Soviet army by the addition of some lend lease Shermans, these are Plastic Soldier Company's M4A3s with the 76mm gun. I Sovietised them by adding Battlefront decals and a Soviet tank crewman:

And not to forget the little lads, here are Zvezda's T-26 Model 1936s:

Also as mentioned, although they didn't come with my tax windfall, here are some of Plastic Soldier Company's T34s:

I really enjoyed building and painting both Zvezda and PSC's tanks, both are cheap enough to build up large forces with little outlay and both are well detailed and easy to build and paint. My only gripe with Plastic Soldier Company is that they keep releasing lots of lovely sets and my painting table and pocket can't keep up!

Sunday, 11 November 2012


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

The grave of an unknown soldier of the Royal Lancashire Regiment, killed at Serre 1st July 1916, lost in combat and discovered by the archaeological team No Man's Land in 2003. 
Now buried in Serre Road Cemetery No.2.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Casualties of War

It would appear that Square Bashing is quite popular, judging by the reactions to my last postings. I play the original First Edition of the game but have just learned about the release of the 2012 Second Edition, which I have now ordered and is winging its way to me as I type. Reading a little bit about 2nd Edition it would appear that a few rules have changed, some of which my opponent had actually discussed with me whilst playing 1st Edition. It remains to be seen how well the game plays now, as we only had a few niggles about the original game anyway and thoroughly enjoyed playing it, but hopefully all the changes are for the good.

Anyway, enough waffling from me, this post is about the casualty/morale markers that I use in Square Bashing. During play the morale of a unit is indicated by the amount of casualty figures in a square, between one and three, depending on the severity of the damage taken. I thought it would be nice to use Peter Pig's casualties figures in small vignettes as markers. The game is quite abstract so I thought these markers would add to that overall feel anyway. These were pretty simple to knock up. A square of plastic card smothered in Tetrion and with between one and three figures glued down:

I pressed a thumb into the wet Tetrion to create the shell craters. This was to make the morale level even more obvious than just the figures, you'll notice that the shell craters are equal to the number of casualties:

A quick and simple way of making a morale marker. I promise, I do game other periods as well as World War One, so keep tuned for some World War Two gaming bits and pieces next time. Also if you are reading this and have a wargaming blog, let me know and I will put it in the links on the right!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Gods of War

Continuing with the First World War theme from the last post, I am going to show some of my tanks and artillery that I game with in Square Bashing. First of all here is a Peter Pig Mark IV tank. It's the Male version in German colours to show that it is a captured tank. The Germans would prominently mark their captured tanks in an effort to avoid any friendly fire... 

Also for the Germans I have a model of the only German tank of World War One, the A7V. Only twenty of these types were actually delivered to the German army before the end of the war, so I bought just one to replicate the small number that were used. This was bought from QRF and is a resin and metal kit, here in a state of undress:

I had to add a cocktail stick for the front 57mm gun as this seemed to be missing from my kit, but the bulky little thing painted up quite nicely:

Here are two British Whippets, 'fast' tanks armed with machine guns again by QRF, something to take the Germans on with!

When I began collecting for my World War One armies I simply bought a late war British and German 'Black Box' from Peter Pig. They have all you need for starting out, and are great value fior what you get but I did find that I had to add to them to bulk up the armies for decent sized games. I added more field artillery to the British army in the form of 18lbers, as you can see here:

These 60lbers came from QRF and are crewed by Peter Pig figures. They make a nice addition to just having 18lbers even if they don't affect the rules at all.

This is some of my German artillery force, it includes field guns, Stormtrooper field guns and trench mortars all from Peter Pig.

I will try to photograph and post all my World War One stuff soon, but until then here are two Germans and a donkey in gas masks.