Saturday, 30 November 2013

Eddie Rickenbacker's Nieuport 28 in 1/72nd Scale

A while back Ninjasaurus Rex gave me this Revell 1/72nd scale Nieuport 28, he was originally going to build it as a wreck and use it as scenery for our Square Bashing games but didn't have the time to do it so passed it on to me. However, it languished in my war chest until the other night when I came across it again and decided it needed building. At first glance it looks a bit crappy, there was a lot of flash on the plastic and it looked a little clunky. However, it went together really well and the parts fitted together a lot better than other kits at this scale.

I painted it as on the kit instructions; the livery of Eddie Rickenbacker's personal aircraft. The American Ace first flew a Nieuport 28 in 1918 and it was also his first aircraft as a combat flyer.

I liked the colour scheme and the decals which include the American propaganda poster 'Fight or Buy Bonds!' and the Hat in the Ring symbol of the 94th Aero Squadron who Rickenbacker flew for.

Rickenbacker ended the war with 26 victories and was the highest scoring American pilot of World War One.

I wasn't going to rig the aircraft, but it looked a little bare without it, so I ended up adding it and am glad I did as I think it looks a lot more 'finished'.

A good little kit that only took a few hours to build and paint. It's made me think about buying more Revell aircraft at this scale.

Also whilst researching this aircraft I found out that Rickenbacker guitars was founded by a distant cousin of Eddie, Adolph Rickenbacker, and used the name as a direct association with Eddie. So that gives me plenty of reason to post this Motörhead video, since Lemmy is the most famous user of Rickenbacker guitars by a country mile: 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Mardy Bums

I bought a trio of Marder II (Sd. Kfz. 131) on EBay a long, long time ago. They came pre-painted and were not from a manufacturer I recognised, I don't even remember the seller's name and they could very well be knock offs as they are resin bodies with metal guns. I didn't really like the paint jobs on them as it was pretty basic. I never really did anything with them until a few days ago, when I thought I'd give them a going over to try to improve them a little. First off, I added some crew members from Command Decision and some stowage from various other places.

Then the crappy paintwork was ink washed in Chocolate Brown with the Reflective Green camo pattern added on top. The tracks were painted in my usual style and the tools picked out, finally the bases were painted in Dark Green, ink washed with Flat Earth and dry brushed Yellow.

With a couple of decals from QRF they were finished. It was a very simple and quick job to pretty them up and they fit in better with my other toys now.

I just need an excuse to use them against some Soviets! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 23 November 2013

British 3rd Cavalry Regiment

Hot on the heels of my latest British unit for the Malaya campaign come these, the 3rd Cavalry regiment. These are represented by a company of eight men; one SMG, one LMG team and five rifles carried in a lorry. In this case the lorry is a Bedford Truck by Peter Pig.

I mentioned the frosting varnish damage in a previous post, these figures had the worst time of it, but I repainted the highlights and they turned out not too bad.

Following the information from Mike Starmer found HERE, I painted what I thought was a close enough version of Khaki Green 3, mixed from English Uniform and US Olive Drab with camouflage painted in German Camo Dark Brown. It's probably not for the purists, but it works for me anyway.

This unit appears in the source book I am using during the battle of Gurun, fought on the 14/15th December 1941 where a lorry-borne counter attack against the advancing Japanese was initially unsuccessful. A later counter attack had better success when combined with Punjabis and the 2nd East Surreys.

OK, enough of my blabbering, on with the painting! Thanks for looking.

Disclaimer: I have recently found out that the troops should be Indians and the truck painted in stone. I am happy to bluff this, as I ran out of suitable Indian figures anyway... 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Red Storm, Grey Steel

Dean called over for a game on Saturday night, I had suggested a game of Wings of Glory, but he poo-pooed it and wanted something more 'land based', so we settled on Rapid Fire! instead. I figured it was time to use a lot of the scenery I have been collecting for the past few years and filled the board with ruins; go big or go home and all that. This would be a battle set in the early days of Operation Bagration in 1944, with the Soviets attacking a defending German force.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Second British Battalion for the defence of Malaya

The work on my Malaya/Singapore project has slowed down a little, but I managed to crank out another British Battalion, this brings my total to two British Battalions along with an Indian Battalion. Enough to start the campaign from the Allied point of view.

I used the grass tufts for the base foliage again and was very happy with how the bases look.

A major problem I encountered was frosting on the varnish. It's about this time of year that this problem starts to arise, given the cold temperature. These figures escaped the worst, although some look a little frosted, but another company of cavalry, who I painted alongside these took it bad and may have to be repainted, or even scrapped. It's very disappointing when it happens and kills hours of hard work in seconds.

That besides, I'm pretty pleased with these and it shouldn't be too long before I can start gaming with them!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Please Don't Force Me!

Dean had bought some of the new X-Wing releases, a couple of TIE interceptors and a B-Wing and wanted to try them out, also we wanted to introduce Ninjasaurus Rex to the game. Actually it was the first time all three of us had joined together to game. Our first three way.

They duly arrived and I was duly consigned to using the Rebel scum, as usual. It would be nice to use the Imperials one day, and I dream of that time, but for now I chose the best I could. I took the B-Wing, flown by Ten Numb, the best pilots in the B-Wing pack, plus Luke Skywalker and Biggs Darklighter both in X-Wings.

Monday, 11 November 2013


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.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Trench Experiment Tutorial

In this post I will demonstrate how I went about building a small trench to use in games of Rapid Fire! The  trench needed to be big enough to hold at least three Flames of War small bases, which I use to base my figures and is about the usual size of most of my companies.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Capture the Bridge!

As Dane had damaged himself in a work related injury, the little lad needed cheering up and he wanted a game of Rapid Fire! to see how it worked. So, on Sunday I set up a quick scenario which involved a small German armoured and engineer force advancing on a bridge with the intention of capturing it. I took the Russian defence and located it around the river crossing and in the small building by the bridge.