Saturday, January 12, 2013

One last encore, for now.

This will be my last output post on this blog for three months or so. For the past year or so I have been bogged down in the nitty gritty of a PhD and various other academic endeavors. Without going into too much detail, after dealing with the sociology and nihilism surrounding pan-Islamic terrorism for a prolong period one needs to take a step back. In light of this I decided to apply for a 3 month gig work directly on the current crisis in Syria and lo and behold I actually snagged it, so I will be jet setting to a rather different part of the world for a while. Of course this means be without means to attend to this blog, so I will leave you guys with one last update for now....

Have no fear, however, I'll be back, insha'Allah.

After that rather dramatic note, on with the show! Please forgive the lack of basing; my plasticard stock ran out.

First up I grabbed a dragon AAV-7 kit. I love the idea of the Tuna Boat. A huge lumbering beast capable of dumping a quarter of a hundred heavily armed and pissed off jar heads right where the heat is
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I used a combination of NATO green and brown in tandem with flat black to achieve the camo, dusting the suspension with MIG Iraqi sand to achieve the weathered appearence.



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Shes a real beast and looks over all her AFV buddies. I'll be painting up a bunch of devil dogs to go with her in the future in woodland MARPAT to give me a bit of a change from all the desert themes :)


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I also gave the OPFOR some more wheeled transport in the form of a pair of BTR-80s. I figure these guys can be used for either the Iranian or Russian forces so I kept them as ambiguous as possible in terms of schemes and left off unit markings so you wouldn't have Arabic numerals next to Farsi-speakers.


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Originally they were intended as to be BTR-80A's, as I had ordered some upgrade turrets from SandS, but unfortunately these never materialized so I kept them to their basic specs without the auto cannons.


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While I am aware these particular wheeled vehicles aren't in the Iranian arsenal at the moment, I figure the rapid militarization of the Gulf lends me a bit of leniency in terms of heavy equipment !

Well that about wraps it up for now, I have a lot planned for the future, however, including:

Finishing the 20mm Russians
Insurgents, insurgents, insurgents.
Finishing the 20mm US Army
A small 20mm USMC force
A small 20mm French force
A large 15mm ultramodern Russian force using a combination of Eureka troops and the promised AFVs by Khurasan and based FoW style
The same as above but with generic insurgents.
A big 15mm USMC force using a combination of Khurasan troops and AFVs combined with Brian 'Irishserbs' stunning offerings.
6mm Iranian and US forces for company and battalion-sized engagements.

Wheee!

Keep gaming, keep building our budding modern community and most of all, keep having fun!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Cold War behemoths and Soccer-mom gun carriers

I picked up an old Esci kit of a T-62m off ebay for cheap and had a crack at it.

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This kit really showed it age and needed a lot of work in terms of proper tooling. Even then I'm not sure its particularly accurate. All the images of the M model T-62 I've found have had upgraded bra armor on the front of the turret; a rectangular range finder over the main gun; plus a few other esoteric features that seem absent on this one. Another major issue is the shape of the turret itself with a large shot trap underneath the front area. This may have been a feature on the Czech models, I'm really not certain, but all images I've seen of the T-62 turret have it being the same semi-spherical shape of its predecessor, the T-55.

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The major fixage was the material sheath around the base of the 115 gun needed some major work with green stuff. The kit also had the strange distinction of having no guiding teeth for the tracks, so you literally just had to stick them on and use the old mk1 eyeball for alignment. At least they weren't rubber!

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Design and building gripes aside, however, this was a pretty decent kit to put together. Minimal flash and no warpage left a refreshing taste in my mouth after my experience with ACE and various other Eastern European kit manufacturers. Now if only someone would put out a 62MV kit with reactive armor goodness.

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I decided to go a bit different in terms of scheme this time around. With all the mess in Syria at the moment I went with a scheme common in that country consisting of dark Russian green disrupted with bright yellow stripes. A tad gawdy, but effective and striking in contrast.

I've always had a soft spot for the T-62. It was the bastard child of Soviet industry: never quite proving itself over its predecessor and quickly being usurped by the T-64 and T-72. Still, it deployed the first smoothbore gun in history and had an idiomatic aesthetic throwback to the heavy tanks of WW2, with its elongated hull and forward-placed turret.

I also threw together a couple SandS technicals just for fun.

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The great thing about technicals is there is no standardized approach one needs to take in their construction. Anything goes, and it allows the artist free reign in what they want to do.

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In this case I decided to take the 2-door cab hilux and add an armored dushka. for a bit of extra fun I chucked on a pintel ring to give the gunner a bit more flexibility. No doubt salvaged from the burning wreck of some decades-old Soviet armor.

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The crew I decided to keep as racially ambiguous as possible so I can plug the vehicle into as many conflict zones as I can. Regardless, they aren't the most survivable units on any battlefield, but they do add a bit of whackyness and character.

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I also gave the insurgents a bit of anti-armor firepower with this 4-door cab mounting a Soviet SPG-9 recoiless rifle.

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The white was fun to weather and relatively simple to detail using my standard methods, it really shows off the rust-chip effect.

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And heres a group shot of the finished guys

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