Monday, 23 December 2013

Release the Tankettes!

I am now getting close to actually finishing the whole Malaya/Singapore project which began life in 2007, when I went to Singapore for work and had the opportunity to visit museums and battlefields of the British defeat there in 1942. As part of this project, I have just finished four Type 97 (Te-Ke) tankettes for the Japanese armour that accompanied the invasion force.

They are from Peter Pig and as usual with Mr Pig, they are excellent little models. With their thin armour, these shouldn't pose too much of a problem for the British 2 Pounder AT guns that I already have and the Boys AT rifles that accompany the British and Indian forces.

These are the tanks I mentioned in this previous post about frosting and they had to be stripped with Dettol and repainted, but second time lucky and I had no problems with them after the varnishing this time.

I have seven more tanks to paint (which I am waiting to arrive in the post) and then I think we can get this campaign under way!

As it's close to Christmas here's an extra bonus, recently Dean gave me a Battlefront Sd.Kfz. 231 (6 Rad), I painted it up in no time, but it is of little use to me at the moment as they went out of service in 1940...

In related war news, as a graduation present, I was bought a 1000 piece jigsaw of World War One Aircraft. It took two of us a week of flu to finish it and here it is in all it's glory!

And as today is the great day of Festivus, I will assume you all have your Festivus poles at the ready for the airing of grievances and feats of strength. If you don't know what I am talking about then it is best explained by Frank Costanza: 

I'll be back in 2014, so until then, keep your heads down and have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!! 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Gas! Gas! Gas!

Recently, I decided to take my games of Square Bashing up a notch. Instead of just playing the basic rules for a quick game of SB, Dean and I thought we should try out the extra stuff that the quick game leaves out. In the first instance, there is the whole pre-amble which involves working out who is the attacker and who is the defender. This is done by a series of dice rolls, with tied in events, which give the armies attacking points. Dean, as the British, had events including having the French fight on his flank and his forces being bolstered by the Canadians. The Germans (me), on the other hand, got results like 'the Americans are on the way!'

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Assault on Mars (or Yuggoth)

Ninjasaurus Rex has been writing his own version of Cross Fire for the better part of a decade, I never thought it would see the light of day in finished form. It took him two years just to write the communications rules. Dedication to a cause, I guess. Anyway, it is a set of rules for anything from post-1945 up to and beyond moderns and right into science fiction territory and are called Cross Fire of Irony (CFI).

Friday, 13 December 2013

Moonscapes and Treeless Forests

I have already built several terrain pieces specifically for Square Bashing and this trend continues as I need a few more pieces for the game. The majority of the terrain pieces in Square Bashing are 12 inches by 6 inches in size, with the objectives being 6 inch square. A while ago I bought and cut several thin MDF pieces for this purpose, but I also needed a few bits and pieces to make another rough ground piece and what is described as a 'dead wood' objective.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Last Battalion

The other day I finally finished my very last Japanese battalion for the Malaya campaign, as with the other battalions it consists of:

Battalion HQ: CO + 2IC, 1 Bugler, 1 Standard Bearer, 1 Radioman, 4 Rifles.
4 x Infantry Companies, each with 2 50mm Mortars, 1 LMG team, 2 SMG and 6 Rifles. (I was running out of SMG armed figured by this stage, so some of these only have one SMG, not that it affects anything in the rules)

So that's a lot of figures (57 in total), especially when combined with the two other battalions of Japanese infantry that I have already have. Most Rapid Fire! battalions have about forty miniatures in them, so these are pretty big in comparison!

The British defenders are going to have real trouble holding this tidal wave back for any length of time.

And here they are, all housed together with the two other battalions and some supporting elements.I will take some photos of the entire force when I get the rest of the tanks finished as well.

I wanted this project to be finished ready for the 72nd anniversary of the campaign, but as it began on 8 December 1941 with the landings at Kota Bharu, I've missed the start by a couple of days already. I still need to finish off the Japanese armour and build some theatre specific scenery before starting the campaign, so I think the first game won't be until the new year now.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms

As we have hit the onset of winter here in the UK, a familiar terror has recently raised its head... The varnish frost horror! We all know it, you have spent hours on some figures and they look amazing. Then comes the time for varnish and within minutes your soldiers have turned into a battalion of frosty the snowmen!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Unruffled Rumpler

Squadron Leader Dean called over on Sunday for a game of Wings of Glory, the scenario was based around the destruction of a Rumpler two-seater observation aircraft. This was to be accomplished by three Spad XIIs, with the Rumpler being protected by a Fokker Dr1 and two Albatross DVa. Dean took the Spads and I took the German forces.