Sunday, October 27, 2013

Battle report: Tangle in Tajikistan

Dan and I decided to dust off the old wardollies and have a throwdown yesterday, this was the result.

Scenario:

A 'lost' British scout element on a local engagement mission has been informed a Russian Spetsnaz unit is moving aggressively into their AO. Outgunned and with no desire to create a major international incident, the Brits have been ordered to withdraw back to their UN-designated lines. The Russians have other ideas, with the local commander wanting to teach the Brits a lesson in adhering to their allocated boundaries.

Mission: Brits must withdraw a certain amount of units off the board, Russians must stop them.

Units:

British: D8/D8
2 squads (one in Warrior, one in Bulldog)
Scimitar light tank
MMG team
Javelin Team

Russians: D8/D8
2 Squads (one in BTR-80A, one in BTR-90)
T-72BM

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Brits were set up in the middle of the board, while the Russians came on from the edge. The British were to move away from the Russians through the town and pull out eastwards.

Turn 1:

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With most of the British forces concealed behind buildings, the T-72 and one Russian fireteam went on to overwatch as the BTR's gunned their engines and charged forwards. The hidden javelin took aim at the BTR-80A, but was interrupted by both the tank and the fireteam, reducing them to a red paste-like substance. The MMG attempted to open up at the overwatching fireteam, but also found its actions anticipated by the tank, losing a man and falling back out of the building. Due to unforeseen circumstances, another Scimitar arrived at the scene, beleaguered and unsure what was going on. As their front line began to crumple, the hidden British units began a hasty withdrawal to the main exit point.

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With the collapse of the British crew weapons, there was little for the T-72 to do but rumble forward and attempt to engage the nearest Scimitar. The crew was not having any of it, however, and embraced the better part of valor and skittered off behind a nearby building. The newly-arrived second scimitar took a slightly more heroic tact and fired its 30mm cannon at the rumbling beast, actually managing to damage its drivetrain and slow it down. Despite this, the crew held fast, and the massive 125mm swiveled and took its inevitable tole on the tiny tank.

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Luckily, Dan rolled a 1 in the reaction check for this fight, producing a UAV that afforded him....absolutely no advantage!

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The Warrior hidden behind the first set of buildings dropped its riders, who scattered towards the exfil zone as the BTR-70 roared up and opened fire with its cannon and machineguns. The rounds cracked into the back of the British track, but were deflected. The Warrior responded in kind, but to similar effect.

Suddenly, a panicked call of "Gas, gas, gas" exploded over the British coms. As soldiers donned MOPP gear in the blistering central Asian heat their progress began noticeably affected.

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Turn 3:

The Russians continued to keep pressure on the withdrawing British. The BTR-90 rounded a corner and opened up on the Warrior to no effect and was immobilized in respond. The 90 dropped its combat load and the troops piled onto a the roof of a nearby building, opening up on the unsuspecting British forces taking cover behind the central hotel. The weight of fire was intense, causing an entire fireteam to fall, along with the remaining MG team. As the Bulldog revved its engine to make a final break for the exfil area, it was struck by a 'cost of the lowest bidder', causing the entire machine to lurch to a final halt, immobilized.

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Again the BTR-80 hit the rear of the warrior, this time smashing the vehicle's engine into non-functionality and causing the crew to bail out as their vehicle became increasingly perforated by 30mm shells. The BTR's squad who had taken up position inside the adjacent building took the opportunity to open up point-blank. With no defence dice there was little hope for the Warrior's stunned crew.

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At this point the Brits had lost more than the mission allowed for and so we called it. On the Russian side their were 0 casualties, with only a limping tank and an immobilized BTR resulting from British firepower.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Revisiting Khurasan modernzzz

So I relooked at my paint on the new Khurasan Arab Israeli range and decided to revisit and expand on some of it - improving some of the tanks, adding friends for others.

First up were the Sho'ts. I noticed via GIS that they all appear to have a canvas cover over the manlets, so I repainted those. I also added some exhaust trails on the rear to break up the monotone of the tan.

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Next up I stripped the green Soviet T-55 and repainted him to fit with the other Egyptian offering. On top of that I added a further tank to fill out a complete platoon.

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Finally, I decided to strip the desert tan stryker I had done for Jon and repaint it in a classic green scheme using the modulation techniques I have been building up over the last month. Once again, the photos have washed out the contrast, but I'm still very happy with how it came out.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Experimenting with Khurasan T-55s

Jon has had me do up some more of his new Arab Israeli range, this time asking me to paint some T-55s. For this task I was asked to do both an Egyptian T-55 with a more modernized command cupola, as well as an older one painted in Soviet colors. Given that I was going to be using single-tone schemes I decided to try and utilize the 'modular' color approach to painting; building up individual panels with successive highlights through the airbrush to achieve an interesting stylized effects.

My efforts have really shown me a new way at coming at monotone vehicles, and I hope to continue it with my own stuff. Jon's gear has also made me cave, and I am now trying to figure out if I want to do an Egyptian or a Syrian force for the 73 war. Decisions decisions.

The Egyptian T-55 was painted in a bone-white buff and given a more restrained weathering/chipping job to allow for the modular coloring to have more impact. Unfortunately these photos seem to have largely lost its effect.

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The Soviet vehicle photo'd better. I applied essentially the same degree of weathering.

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And here they are alongside Jon's Israeli tanks. As you can see the T-55 is diminutive when you compare them with the big hulking NATO monstrosities!

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

more Spetsnaz for Syria

I'm getting close to the end of my Russian desert project, I can feel it.

Although these boys are destined for the hallowed shores of the Levant in the near future, I hear distant rumblings on Tajikistan; a dragon stirs ;).

As I neared my close on the infantry I decided to spice things up a bit and mix in some new camo patterns. The most prolific of these is the famous 'Partisan' pattern that seems to be a hybrid of the WW2 SS 'Oakleaf' and Soviet 'Amoeba' schemes. I also gave a try at the rather ubiquitous urban camo that seems to be distributed all over the Russian armed forces.


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To make things a bit more exciting I also threw in a bit of tacticlol to the weapons, adding a couple silencers and a forward grip to the PKM.

I also finished a battle-hardened BMD-4 for these fellows. The model itself was one of Fabbri's rather dull affairs, so to make him a bit more special I decided to do cover him in digital-pattern camo. To further heighten the rough and tumble feel I also added some slat armor.


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Finally, I also finished up a hybrid Easy model/SandS BTR-80A. I cheated a bit with this one, since the Easy Model kit already was a prepaint. Painting over it with similar colors, I proceeded to give it a particularly heavy duty weathering scheme, causing the overcoat to wear in parts and exposing the darker undercolors. As a first time experiment I am rather pleased with the end result.


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Khurasan grav APC

Jon over at Khurasan had me do up a Grav APC for his new bird-men faction. Its a neat little bit of kit - definitely not my normal purview!

I particularly like the insectoid aesthetic of the thing, it really screams 'ant' to me.


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