Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ebay clearance of my painted stuff

Hey fellas,

I'm having a cleanout of some of my less gamed stuff, and I know some of you have expressed interest in picking up some of my gear so I thought I'd give a heads up

All of this is painted up to my usual standards, so check it out

Chechen army

http://cgi.ebay.com/Painted-Chechen-Army-15mm-Moderns-FOW-Ambush-Alley-/250704305458?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a5f241d32

M1a1 platoon

http://cgi.ebay.com/Painted-M1A1-Platoon-15mm-Mod-fow-flames-war-/260670900442?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb13248da

Bradley Platoon

http://cgi.ebay.com/Painted-Bradley-Platoon-15mm-Mod-fow-flames-war-/250703966726?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a5f1ef206

US Modern Rifle Platoon

http://cgi.ebay.com/Painted-1980s-90s-US-Rifle-Platoon-15mm-Moderns-FOW-/260671215629?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb137180d

Vulcan anti air

http://cgi.ebay.com/Painted-M163-Vulcan-SPAAG-15mm-Moderns-FOW-/260671217705?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb1372029

T-80bv

http://cgi.ebay.com/Painted-Soviet-T-80BV-15mm-Moderns-FOW-Ambush-Alley-/260671221323?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb1372e4b

all proceeds will be donated to moving me 20 years upwards :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

28mm Russian ultramoderns, 15mm airpower for NATO and WARPAC

Ever since I recieved my first order from imprint I cant seem to get over their awesomeness. The last few days were spent on the T-80UK kit complete with crazy ass anti RPG systems aka DROZD.

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I also finished up a test Russian Federal trooper sporting 'Flora' pattern cams. I plan for there to be alot of variance within my 28mms since the Russian army seems to have around 1000 different schemes going at any one time.

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I also finished up one of Irishserb's lovely little hummers

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For a while now I've been wanting to convert my airpower over to 1/100. I had picked up the 1/144 bug from FOW and it always irked me at how small my fliers were, so this week I bit the bullet.

Based blackhawk

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Apache

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and a hind (Its supposed to be green and gray but sadly the washes seemed to diminish the effect)

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Review: Irishserb's Hummers

Today I received a tiny little package in the mail and upon opening it was greeted with what I can frankly say are some of the best 15mm models I have encountered.

Irishserb has a small but expanding range of 15mm products spanning from the post war period to the ultramodern. His inventory grows slowly, but this is due to the incredible quality each one seems to carry with it. His website disappeared for some time recently, but in the last few weeks he has relaunched a new one and I wasted no time in ordering some of his tasty hummers. He even threw in a bonus one with all the trimmings!

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The first thing that hits you when taking these out of the packet is the crisp detail. Because these are made in resin they have retained extremely crisp edges and well defined crannies. The detailing is incredibly pedantic, and actually seems quite intimidating to paint. These are the naughties era Hummers with the extra armor that started to appear after the Iraq invasion.

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The kits come in 7 individual parts: The wheels, chassis, turret, and crew served weapon. The last two are variable, with standard or up-armored turret, and a selection of M2, Mk-19 and 240B. All parts are cast remarkably cleanly, and it is clear Brian takes great care in the process. Flash was minimal, as was air bubbles, and all in all, you should be able to get these together in a few minutes including cleanup.

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pictured with a peter pig marine

Scale wise these bad boys definitely have the chunk to them, and I think this really helps in 15mm scale. They line up nicely with Old Glory/Peter Pig/QRF and will obviously dwarf quality castings gear. Proportions are 46mm long X 22mm wide X 18mm high minus the gun.

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pictured next to an Old Glory/Skytrex hummer

These guys really dominate the market in terms of competition. They blow the Old Glory guys out of the water. While the Old Glory models are definitely usable, they seem thin and ill proportioned, as well as lacking detail. Unfortunately the QRF offering seem to be from one of their less well made lines. Price wise at 5 bucks a pop you really cant go past Brian's hummers even from an economical stand point.

So if you're in the market for some top notch hummers for your Ambush Alley/Force on Force, definitely give Brian a go at his site https://sites.google.com/site/irishserbsminiatures/

You'll be happy to know hes also got an upcoming m2a2 in the works which looks to be the same stellar quality he normally puts out

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Super heavy artillery, giant apcs, a weird week

This week I decided to take a break from painting the armored hordes and paint some slightly different tanks!

First up I decided to tackle my Imprint BMP-3. This is an absolutely wonderful 28mm kit, with a cast quality in resin I've never encountered before. I went for a pretty regular modern Russian camo scheme. Unlike US forces, there are alot to choose from :P

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and pictured here with her 15mm buddy

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Next up I went after Sloppy Jalopy's BMP-2. After the stellar experience of the last kit I must say this one was far less fun, with alot of cleanup and poorly fitting bits

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After this I went for QRF's lovely Pion kit. For those not in the know the Pion was one of those crazy inventions the soviet's came up with in the twighlight of the Cold War, mounting a 203mm nuclear capable cannon on an extended T-80 chassis. This will most likely be an objective in some of my FOF games, I'll get around to adding crew eventually

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Finally I threw together one of the 1/100 blackhawk kits I've had laying around

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Until next time!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Making kontakt with the T-72

15mm these days has some pretty gaping holes in its range, and one of them is second and third gen Russian ERA. Kontakt-5 was developed as a successor to Kontakt-1, a reactive tiling that was meant to foul the process HEAT warheads undergo to penetrate their targets. Kontakt-5 took this concept a step further, and targeted the kinetic penetrators on SABOT rounds fired out of the NATO tanks at the time. The result is simple - Kontakt-1 can stop RPGs and HEAT rounds, but has little effect on other types of ammunition. Kontakt-5 on the other hand, seeks to protect against a broader range of munition types, protecting the relatively fragile Soviet AFV from the horrible fiery death they seem to be fond of experiencing.

To remedy this gap I decided to take a basic QRF T-72 and convert it using plasticard and superglue riveting, I'm quite pleased with the result!

The initial model pre-conversion

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and after

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pictured along side the T-80BV

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Vulcans and Bradleys

This week I've been finishing up my US armor (before promptly ordering some of irishserbs tasty hummers, the slog never ends :))

First up we have the finished Bradley Platoon, these guys kick large amounts of ass in FOF

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And to give my guys a bit of AA teeth a Vulcan SPAAG, a conversion made using Peter Pig's IDF vulcan turret and a skytrex M113

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The last gasp of soviet engineering

Given the upcoming campaign we're going to be running at my local game club I've decided to paint up some borderline Soviet forces (ie they never actually were this well equipped), equipping them with a number of AFVs released in the very late hours of the Cold War.

First up are some BMP-3 IFVs. The BMP-3 was the successor to the BMP-1 and BMP-2, basically trying to improve on their designs by increasing survivability and fire power. The result was a mixed bag, and many troops in the modern Russian Federal army still prefer the BMP-2. The APC is heavily armed with 100mm main gun, 30mm auto cannon, 3 7.62 MGs and ATGM capability. These are QRF kits which were a bit disappointing at first, but with some minor modifications such as adding smoke launchers and cutting the wheels to be more even it turned out great.

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Next up the Tunguska SPAA. The Shilka was always considered a bit limited in its abilities at air defense since it had a relatively short range as the result of its quad 23mm auto cannons. The Tunguska improved on this by reducing the number of guns and increasing their caliber, as well as adding a SAM capability. Of course radar was improved as well. This specimen is made by QRF and is quite a lovely bit of kit, although the front tow cable might need to be recast me thinks :)

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Finally I have once again been painting some T-80BV, the scapegoat of Chechnya. The T-80 was the Soviet attempt to compete with the technically superior Western IFVs. While it had a number of interesting features like a turbine engine and an advanced vertical autoloader capable of putting out a higher fire rate than those found on the T-72, it was considered overly complex by many senior officers and became an easy target to justify the immense losses in Chechnya during the first war. This particular model is QRF's version and is a wonderful kit, with numberous options like Commander's shield, AA MG, external tanks and bog log. I've decided to go with a relatively simplified looking one, leaving off the AA MG and Shield. QRF really needs to do a T-80UD, the prettier cousin of this beasty :)

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cheers