Thursday, 28 February 2013

Romanians

I have a healthy interest in the underdog. It's why I like the early war small tanks. This interest also stretches to armies and is why I like the Romanians. This is my Romanian Infantry Regiment (1942-1945) with a supporting Artillery Regiment for the Rapid Fire! rules. The figures are all by Battlefront, whom, I believe, are the only manufacturers making Romanians in 15mm, if I'm wrong please let me know in the comments below!

The army is aligned along the Rapid Fire! Second Supplement army lists and consists of:

Infantry Regiment (1942-1945)
  • HQ = CO + 5 Figs
  • AT Company = 3 x 47mm Guns
  • Mortar Company = 1 x 120mm Mortar
  • Recce Company = 10 x Horse
  • 2 x Rifle Battalions
Artillery Regiment (1941-1945)
  • Observer Team = 2 men
  • 2 x 75mm Field Gun
  • 2 x 100 Skoda Howitzer
Anyway, here they are:









Armoured support comes from three R3 tanks all by Battlefront. The commander is a British tank crewman as the Romanian and British uniforms were very similar:




Thanks for looking and stay tuned for more posts in the future!!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Russian Village

Here is one of my scratch built projects from a  few years back. It's a small Russian village centred around a church. It's in my preferred scale, 15mm and I use them for Rapid Fire! although they could be used for older periods as well as they are pretty generic (for a sense of scale they are sitting on a 2' by 2' terrain tile). All the buildings were scratch built from foam centred mounting board about 5mm thick for the walls and cereal box cardboard for the roofs.


I plastered the walls and the roofs, etching it to give the appearance of thatch. The onion dome of the church was made with a lump of miliput and is quite heavy. I had to build braces under the roof of the church to keep it from tipping over!


The roads are all scratch built as well, these are mounting card with plaster coated for the mud effect. I built many different sized sections and shapes of these roads so they would fit together across the board. The field on the right hand side was made with ridged wallpaper glued onto a square of card and the edges built up with plaster. The haystacks were bought on EBay, but I'm sure they would be easy enough to make myself. I'm not overly keen on the fields as they are quite old and were an experiment, really. I'll probably get around to building some newer and better looking ones at some point!


And just in case the church took a few hits, I built a burnt out version using the same footprint. I never got round to building the collapsed tower though... The rubble is cat litter mixed with PVA and spread about the base with some matchsticks glued in to look like snapped support beams.


This was my first attempt at making these kinds of houses and fields and as I say, they are quite old now. I think nowadays I would probably have a go at making a timber building, a little more complex, but that is something to consider for the future... Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

The Lowdown Rats

I have just finished my latest Blood Bowl team of Goblins; The Lowdown Rats. I don't expect much from these little guys when it comes to competitive play, but they should be good fun if nothing else, because with Goblins, 'da fite'z da fing!' The team consists of four catchers and twelve linemen.

Again, as with all 80s GW figures these were lovely to paint, and had lots of detail and character in each figure. Just like my Orcs, I tried to give their armour a battered appearance as though they'd been sleeping in it and using it as a toilet for a while...




The next team is one that I always wanted as a kid and I've finally got them together, the Oldheim Ogres! Check back soon for pictures of them. As ever, thanks for looking and see you next time sports fans!!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Hot Tank action!

This Rapid Fire! scenario saw a group of four Panthers and five StuG IIIs (four with long 75mm guns and one with a 105mm gun) protecting five Opel Blitz trucks in the centre of a village somewhere on the Eastern Front in early 1944. The Soviet forces consisted of five KV1, five T34/76 and five Shermans armed with 76mm guns. This was played on a 6x4 foot board and the scenario goal was for the Soviets to either capture the village or destroy the trucks, the Germans had to stop this from happening. I took the German defenders, my opponent took the Soviet attackers, decided by a coin toss. It proved to be a short but exciting game...

The ring of German steel around the village.


The initial set-up and board lay out:


Close up of the trucks in the village:


The T34s closed in behind the StuGs defending the south of the village:


And started scoring hits almost immediately:


The action was confined to the south of the village in the first few turns, a truck burns from a hit by a KV1. The white markers signified that the tanks have conducted reactive fire to enemy movements:


And the reason for that reactive fire, a group of KV1s heading down the southern road. The red marker indicates heavy damage, the yellow marker; light damage:


The T34s were harassing from the eastern edge of the village...


Whilst the Shermans moved to the northern outskirts to engage the StuGs there:



The overall view a few turns in, north is to the right of the picture:


More StuGs burn in the village as did more trucks. A brave single T34 nosed its way onto the bridge and into the village to get some shots at the trucks:


Meanwhile, the Germans were having a bit more luck to the south with the KV1s taking some heavy damage from the Panthers:



Under the cover of the other T34s, the lone ranger made a daring attack on the truck column:




This didn't stop more KV1s catching fire under the punishing battery from the Panthers:


A morale failure dispatched two of the Shermans, but the remaining three pushed closer to the village past the wrecks of the StuGs defending the north:



It quickly turned into an exercise in shooting fish in a barrel, or trucks in a village...


Despite a good fight to the south, the game was up for the German defenders:



The final Soviet victory was pretty academic at this stage and it was all over with burning vehicles scattered over the village:



It was a great game, very quick with a good definite outcome. I don't mind losing, as long as I lose well and I think I did in this case. The Panthers certainly exacted a toll on the KV1s, but I think I left the north of the village too undefended, it was quite a disappointing defence as well, with only two Shermans removed from the board due to a morale failure. I was hoping for more from my StuGs... This was the first Rapid Fire! game we've played for a while and I have been itching to use my newly painted tanks. I'll have my revenge some day soon!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Some Russian Toys

This post is about a selection from my Russian forces for Rapid Fire! and the more unusual items from that army. First up is a truck mounted AA gun from Battlefront:




A GAZ 67 and Willy's Jeeps, both by Command Decision:


Here is a collection of horse drawn field and A/T guns, along with a generic wagon. I forget who manufactures these, but they are really nice pieces, if anyone recognises them, please let me know in the comments below!:




And finally a game of Spot-The-Sniper. Another piece by Battlefront:



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