Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pershings, BLAZER and good old soviet know how

Lately I've been just rounding up what needs to be finished with my various projects. lots and lots of shades of green as it were :P

First up we have a finished M60A3 BLAZER Platoon made using Skytrex M48 bodies, QRF M60 turrets and lots of plasticard


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Facing off against these bad boys is a group of classic T-55s
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Delving back in history we now have a full platoon of Pershing heavy tanks to beef up my US armored boys (if only there were actual rules for them in FoW)


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and finally heres some overall progress shots of whats going on

Germans

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US Fulda Gap Armored forces

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Their Soviet adversaries

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So whats up next? well I need to finish off the T-55 company by adding another 4. The T-72s need another 2 so they can pair up with the T-80s to form an understrength company. I also have a few more big expansions planned for the Soviets - 3 KA-50 attack helos to make the yanks keep their heads down, a VDV company complete with 2 MI-26s to hoon around in and of course finish the scout platoon for the T-55s.
US wise I need to finish the infantry for the bradely platoon - at this stage im not sure whether I'm going to just do another squad or break out the big toys and do a weapons squad with .50s and Dragons to help cull the enemy tanks. after that theres the matter of getting 2 more A-10s online and two Apaches to help even the odds for the beleaguered americans.
Germans have a bunch of renforcements coming down the pipeline. I've decided to go with the Totenkopf list from the river of heroes supplement so more infantry is ago - regular panzergrenadier squads as well as a HMG platoon. On top of this there will be another 4 Panzer IVs and 7 Panther Ds (I far prefer the sleeker non zimmeret look of these guys) and I am now getting together an HS-129 flight to give them further bite.
Finally my WW2 Americans need another Sherman squad to fill out all their core units. Beyond that there are Priest and M12 155MM batteries coming down the pipeline as well as a greyhound scout platoon, another armored rifle platoon and a flight of P-47 Razorbacks for CAS
So as you can tell , much ahead :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Panzer IV new scheme

Well since I've decided to go for the Panzer Forces Bagration I need to pick up a fair few Panzer IV's and Panthers but I have no desire to paint a shitload more Dunkgelb so I've tried a new scheme, what do you guys think?



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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

the update to end all updates(well not really)

Well here we are in the new month and I have been a busy, if eclectic, little bee.

Cold War Soviets

I've been trudging ever onward with the Cold War era soviet hordes, skytrex providing the majority of the fodder

First up we have the old faithful BMP-1. I've lightly converted it to carry a more modern ATGM, the Kornet (one of the few decent items QRF actually seems to produce).

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Also we have the BTR-60, this particular specimen will be used to cart my mortar teams around in.

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Another wonderful model by Skytrex, the T-55. Plenty of companies offer this model in 15mm, but to be honest this one is heads and tails above the rest.

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I've also added another T-72 with ERA to the unit.

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Finally we have the lovely MI-24 from the Heliborne series of collectable 1/144 toys in Japan. This kit was great! Ready painted out of the box all I had to do was add a decal or two and darken the canopy before megnetizing it for the base

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Cold War US

Since I finished the M1 Platoon I've been a bit lazy with the Yanks, I did manage to finish the Bradley Platoon. Quality casting definitely did not live up to its name, with a huge amount of miscasts in these models. Fortunately those that made it through did so well enough, but wherever you can spot camo netting you can be assured there was some kind of nasty defect.

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I also picked up 3 Challenger 1 kits from Skytrex. Once again they were wonderful to work with, if only they would produce an M1.

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FoW US




I've nearly got my US FoW army up to 1,500 points! All I really have left is another M10 and I'll be able to play some mid sized games, exciting.

First up we have the core 76mm sherman platoon, more to come.

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I also managed to slog my way through an armored rifle platoon, I really am not looking forward to having to do another one of these :)

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The plucky little stewarts may not be tough, but they sure are cute.

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Finally I picked up 3 Pershings from skytrex. Currently battlefront dont offer the M26 in their range, and have yet to publish rules on them, I hope they do so soon :)

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FoW Germans




last but not least we have the humble Krauts, not a huge progression this month, just finished off the Panzergrenadier platoon

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Whats next?

A few things are in the pipeline. I've decided to restructure my german force around the late war Bagration lists, so my Tiger 1s are all going on ebay so I can raise funds to buy a bunch of PZ IVs. I also recently ordered two 1/144 kits of the gigantic Mi-26 off ebay, so that will certainly be entertaining. Apart from that, just a general expansion of the existing forces, more Shermans, M60s, T-72s, BRDMs, whatever strikes me really.

I leave you with a parting shot of my table that I recently finished, I'm quite proud.

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