Saturday, 27 September 2014

Repair Truck And Some Engineers for Stalingrad

The Stalingrad build continues with this repair truck. It's a really old Peter Pig model, I think, that I have had lying around for about twenty years. I never really knew what to do with it and it was painted in three tone late war camo. I thought it would fit in better at Stalingrad and painted it in German Grey with some added stowage.

Then I added a Engineer company to the 544th Infantry Regiment roster. It consists of nine men including a flamethrower.

Eight of the figures are Plastic Soldier Company's new plastic Germans while the flamethrower is a Peter Pig model, so you can see how well the two different manufacturers blend together.

This project is not even half way through at the moment and I have a lot left to work on, so I don't expect it will be finished any time soon, but I will keep plodding away at it, like the 6th Army trying to reach the Volga...

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A Cheap and Cheerful Stalingrad Building

At one of the recent gaming shows, Ninjasaurus Rex picked up a 'Stalingrad Building A' from Warbases. Now, Warbases do some really nice work in MDF, but this particular building is, ahem, basic to say the least. It consists of four sides with squares cut for the windows and doors and very little else. There is no detail at all, but it only costs £4!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

First German Battalion for Stalingrad

The box of Early War Germans from the Plastic Soldier Company have allowed me to start work on a new project, one that I have wanted to do properly for years; the Battle of Stalingrad. I have based my forces on the lists supplied in the Rapid Fire! Third Supplement: Scenarios for the Russian Front. One of the scenarios is Storming the Red Barricades Factory 17th October 1942 and is a big game where the Germans have to capture as much of the famous factory as possible. 

The first unit is the 1st Battalion from the 544th Infantry Regiment/389th Infantry Division. It consists of:

HQ: CO + 5 men
3 x Rifle Companies, each of 9 men.

I have also finished the Regimental HQ of CO + 5 men (the Colonel at the back)

I haven't finished the support units of MG34s and 81mm Mortar, but they are in the leadpile awaiting paint, but the largest part of the battalion is finished.

The scenario needs three of these battalions, so I still have a lot to do. Also, not included in the lists, but useful nonetheless, is the AT rifle and 5cm Mortar, also from PSC.

Thanks for looking and check back for more updates on this particular force!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Brains... We Must Have Brains...

Recently, Dean bought a copy of Zombicide, the game of the zombie apocalypse, it was delivered on Saturday morning and he brought it over for an afternoon of zombie killing with myself and Ninjasaurus Rex. As a teenager I was a fan of the old school zombie films, like Romero's original Living Dead trilogy and my all time favourite Zombie Flesh Eaters. There was a time when I collected particularly bad zombie films on DVD. If you ever get a chance, Oasis of the Zombies, which features Afrika Korps Zombies, is definitely worth a watch... However, I do think that the zombie theme is a bit overdone these days, with zombie films ten a penny. Give me the schlocky Italian splatter movies over slick running zombies any day... So, I ribbed Dean a bit about the game, but did secretly look forward to playing it.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

A Pair of Albatrii, pt. 3

The slow upwards climb to get these two 'weekend' models finished is finally over with the completion of the second Albatros. As with the previous kit, this one was a bit of a faff at the end as well. The upper wing proved difficult to set in place correctly and I still don't think it's right. Whatever, it's close enough for me!

The plane is painted in the livery of Richard Flashar, commander of the elite Jasta 5 from June 1917 to May 1918. Flashar's only achieved two victories in the war, but the first one was scored on November 5 1914 when his observer Oblt Demuth shot down a Morane-Saulnier with a shotgun! It was Germany's first aerial victory of the war and both men were awarded the victory.

I particularly liked the striking dragon design on the fuselage which is why I chose this colour scheme for the aircraft.

And here are the two birds from the same kit together.

As with the other DVa I decided not to rig this kit. Maybe in the future I will do something with them both but not right now. I had the same problems with both planes, mainly the amount of tiny photo-etched parts and fiddly nature of the top wing construction. Another thing to look out for on these Eduard kits (in all scales actually...) is the construction of the undercarriage. It is quite spindly and takes not a small amount of skill in constructing them. I would recommend setting up some kind of jig to hold the wheel spars in place as the glue dries. Just a word of warning. 

However, on a positive note, I think this kit is an excellent modelling challenge, the planes are crisply moulded, lots of great detail (even without the PE parts) and a great choice of markings. On top of this, Eduard decals are excellent and probably some of the best water slide ones I've come across.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Bring out the Big Guns!

I have been slowly working towards the wargaming Holy Grail of Stalingrad for many years. Gradually the scenery is coming together, so are the ground forces, based on the lists in the third Rapid Fire! supplement. This has been given a great boost with the release from PSC of the early war German infantry, which I covered in a previous post. However, I still needed a few more bits and pieces, like this 15mm StuIG 33b, the ridiculous German 150mm assault gun.  This one is from Battlefront (and cost me an arm and a leg...) and is a good little model. Crisp and clean mould lines and an easy assembly.

The lists in the RF supplement require only one of these beasts, only twelve were dispatched to the Stalingrad battle, so this one model represents five of those.

As this was specifically for urban street fighting I painted the base grey and put rubble on it, rather than the usual static grass.

The stowage was added and comes from various manufacturers, same with the decals.

This is an ongoing project and is no where near finished, so keep checking back for more updates in the future! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Battling with the Brisfits, Wings of Glory AAR and Romans!

Before we begin, allow me to tell you about some items I am selling EBay after having a clear out of the old lead mountain. You can find the various items HERE and they include a lot of WW1 and WW2 15mm figures, plus some other bits and pieces.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

200th Post and PSC Early War Germans Product Review

This is the 200th post on this blog!! What a milestone! It is also 75 years to the day that Britain declared war on Germany after their invasion of Poland two days previously. Read the Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's declaration of war HERE.