Saturday, 30 May 2015

Send in the Tanks!

The finishing touches are being applied to my long running Stalingrad project and a collective sigh is released. There are a few more German vehicles to paint, but these three are a big chunk of that goal. Collectively it is a tank company of the 36th Panzer Regiment, and consists of one Panzer IVG along with two Panzer IVFs. Here is the Panzer IVG:

They are all Plastic Soldier Company kits, and as usual with PSC are excellent. I built a set of PSC's PZ IVs years ago, so it was nice to be able to revisit the kit:

And the two Panzer IVFs, which make up the other part of the unit:

The tracks gave me a little difficulty, but it was just a case of dry fitting them before gluing and they ended up all OK! I added PSC stowage to the three tanks and that was them finished!

All three together make up half of the 36th Panzer Regiment's tanks, so we are pretty close to finishing the entire project now!

The rubble I used on the bases of these vehicles can be found for sale HERE on EBay, if you are interested:

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A Damn Close-Run Thing

As Monday was a Bank Holiday, Dean's girlfriend had gone to America for three weeks and Ninjasaurus Rex was awake, we gathered together for our first game of Blücher, the new Napoleonics rules from Sam Mustafa. It has been over a quarter of a century since I last played a Napoleonic wargame (besides two games of Shako, fifteen years ago...), so I was looking forward to this as I have also been wanting to get back on the Napoleonic horse for a while.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Watch the Skies!

The last vehicle for the 14th Panzer Divison HQ is the self-propelled 20mm Flak gun, you may remember the half-track version I painted which was wrong. Well, this time, I have got the correct vehicle; a Sd.Kfz. 10/4. This is from Command Decision and is another fine model:

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Triples 2015

On Sunday Dean and I attended Triples, our local convention, here in Sheffield. It was hosted in the big English Institute of Sports, however, this year was a bit disappointing. There were a few notable absences in the traders, Skytrex for example, as I was after some more German guns for my current Stalingrad project. I didn't actually buy that much, just some Zvezda Russian trucks and some GW figures to paint and sell. There was very little to grab my attention, it could have been because it was Sunday afternoon and some of the traders and games had already left.

As ever, there was few good games (although I noted a couple that I had seen last year...) and here are a few photos to give you an idea of what was on show. I didn't take photos of everything, so apologies if I missed out a game or two!

First up was a great looking football hooligan game. I particularly liked the terraced houses:

28mm WW2:

As it was the two hundredth anniversary there was a few Waterloo games, like this defence of Hougoumont:

And this large scale version of the entire battle:

My favorite game was the Prussian attack on Plancenoit, in 28mm:

I didn't stick around to see who won, but I can guess the result. So that's it for another year, it does seem to be a bit on the wane, I hope this isn't the case and Triples can be returned to its former glory. However, I am sure someone will tell me that their takings were up this year, or there was more footfall than in previous events, but it just seemed quieter than usual to me and Dean.

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Hefty Halftracks

My latest additions to the German vehicles for Stalingrad are two Plastic Soldier Company SdKfz 251s, one of these will be for the HQ of the 14th Panzer Division, the other for the 14th Panzer Division's Engineer Battalion.

The Engineer's halftrack is the 251/7 Pionierpanzerwagen variant, with assault bridging equipment. I bought a specific halftack of this type from Command Decision, but instead of using the metal body, I attached the ramps to a PSC model, so that the two halftracks models would be similar in size and detail. I'll use the extra Command Decision body for something else in the future.

The HQ halftrack is the normal bog-standard variant. I was going to upgrade it to a 251/10 with the 37mm AT gun, but I figured the Germans have enough firepower as it is, so I am going to pretend it is a 251/3 command vehicle with extra radio sets...

Another week another step closer to finishing. We are not far off now and I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel...
I am still selling the rubble you can see on the bases of these vehicles, you can find it here on EBAY. It's pre-painted and comes in three colours Black/Grey, Dark Brown and Brick Red.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

More Marders!

I finally got the Marders I was looking for. These are the Marder IIs I needed for the Stalingrad project, and I had to sell my soul to get them as they are from Battlefront. At the price I paid I had to re-mortgage the house to pay for them. However, I got what I needed and no one made me play Flames of War

The crewmen were the ones that came with the sets. I thought about replacing them with Command Decision ones, but couldn't be bothered in the end.

The stowage was from the Plastic Soldier Company's set of German stowage, which is proving handy at the moment. For all its faults some of the items in the set are really nice!

There is not much else to tell you about these, but check back for more German tanks in the future!

Addendum: It turns out that the gun shields are on in the wrong place and should be further back. I have fixed this problem now, so I'll repost pictures at some point in the future...

I am still selling the rubble you can see on the bases of these vehicles, you can find it here on EBAY. It's pre-painted and comes in three colours Black/Grey, Dark Brown and Brick Red.

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Last Russians for Stalingrad

I finally finished the last Russian units for my Stalingrad project. There are simply no more Russians left to do now! I promise! I wanted to get the Russian guns from The Plastic Soldier Company, but I didn't need a full box and they don't do their guns as a reinforcement sets, unfortunately. I think they are missing a trick there, anyhoo, instead I ordered several German and Soviet artillery pieces from Command Decision by Skytrex, including a 76.2mm Zis-3 AT gun for anti-tank support of the 308th Infantry Division. This should give the German tanks something to think about:

It is crewed with some left-over Plastic Soldier Company Soviet crew and a spare ammo box. The Command Decision guns are really nice models, crisp and clean sculpts, well worth the money in my opinion.

Along with the 76.2mm, I needed two 45mm AT guns, both of which also came from Command Decision:

I used up the remaining PSC crewmen I had and an extra Peter Pig figure to keep them firing!

All three together make a formidable defence line for the 308th Rifle Division, which is now complete.

Also included with the Command Decision sets are towed versions of the guns. I don't have any Soviet trucks at the moment, but I may pick up a couple of Zvezda's plastic ones in the future. This is not really a pressing issue though.

But I can rest happy in the knowledge that the Soviets are finished. I just need to work my way through the remaining German vehicles and we can finally have a game!

I am still selling the rubble you can see on the bases of these vehicles, you can find it here on EBAY. It's pre-painted and comes in three colours Black/Grey, Dark Brown and Brick Red.

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Addendum: The Russian guns turns out NOT to be a Zis-3, but in fact a field artillery piece. I have dug out an old PSC Zis-3and will be using this instead after rebasing and repainting, etc... The bloody Russian steamroller seems to be rolling on and on and on...

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Boom Boom!

More Stalingrad goodies!! This time, it's the German support weapons. I couldn't wait to get these painted and the first one I completed was the huge 15cm sFH 18. This model came from Command Decision, and is a lovely kit. However, after I had ordered it, I realised that I needed two for the Rapid Fire! lists... D'oh! This has been a reoccurring theme for this project, I order something then realise that I need more of them. No wonder it is taking so long to complete...  Anyway, enough moaning here is the 15cm gun:

Maybe it's a little too big for the tabletop, but it's on the list, so it goes in the project!

The crew are a mix of Peter Pig and Command Decision, some spares I have left over.

It's an immovable beast and requires a horse towed unit to pull it, however, these are way down my list of immediate needs. I think one day the horse towed stuff will form part of the project, but I can't really find any suitable models in 15mm at the moment. Any advice would be useful.
Speaking of ordering the wrong thing, here is a SdKfz 251/17, also by Command Decision. I ordered this as part of the Stalingrad project, as there is a 20mm SP listed in the Stalingrad scenario.

However, when it arrived, I decided to do some research on it (why I didn't do it before ordering, I'll never know...). I actually needed the Sd.Kfz. 10/4 SP gun instead of this armoured version. It turns out only ten of the halftrack versions were made and all of them went to the Hermann Goering Division and never even saw as much as a brick from Stalingrad! In Rapid Fire! terms, this single vehicle represents half of the entire war-time production run! So I mounted it on a grass coloured base and will use it in my mid-war German forces, all is not lost.

As I said, these stumbling blocks keep appearing and making this project a little bit longer each time. But I persevere and one day I will be finally finished!

Lastly, I am selling bags of the rubble that you can see on the base of the gun. It comes in three colours, Black/Grey, Dark Brown and Brick Red. Have a look at my EBay for more details HERE.

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Back to the Front

Having been back a couple of weeks, I have been able to continue plugging away at the Stalingrad project, which I am all sure you are very familiar with now... 

Before I left for America, I was able to shell out for some of the extra vehicles that I still needed. The first thing I completed on my return was this StuG IIIb, by Zvezda. It is the other half of the 244th Assault Gun Battalion, which is also made up of the StuIG 33b, which I painted last September... Finally the unit is finished... It's only taken nearly ten months...

The stowage is from the Plastic Soldier Company's set of German stowage.

Also painted in this batch were two Opel Blitz trucks, also from Zvezda. These two are part of the transport for the 13th Panzer Engineer Battalion. They also have a Sdkfz 251/7 to whiz around the ruined city in, but that will come later.

There is not much else to say about these vehicles, it's nice to get this project rolling again and I am hoping it won't be long before I can declare it finished!

I am still selling the rubble you can see on the bases of these vehicles, you can find it here on EBAY. It's pre-painted and comes in three colours Black/Grey, Dark Brown and Brick Red.

Thanks for reading!