Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: Flytrap Factory's ultra modern Bundeswehr range.

Background: 

I've always been interested in doing a modern Bundeswehr force, but unfortunately there has never really been a sufficient range sculpted to meet my ridiculously high standards in 15mm. So, when I accidentally stumbled across Flytrap Factory's new range I was pleasantly surprised. My previous encounters with Anton's sculpts have always been pleasant and he really brings character to a range that could otherwise be quite dull.

I decided to purchase a range of units to check them out and equip a full mechanised platoon, with 24 infantry and four Fuchs APCs.

Range Overview:

The infantry sculpts are extremely varied and contain a mix of G36 rifles, MG4 and MG3 medium machine guns, radio operators, leaders and a sniper figure. Poses are pleasantly diverse and include, standing at rest, assaulting, sitting, various crouching firing positions and prone for the machine gunners and Milan operators/spotters.



The Fuchs are all a single cast, but includes a variety of options, including gun shields, stowage, ATGMs, gun options and exposed crew.


Quality:

Sculpt quality is extremely high. Flytrap's gear remains in the top tier of the 15mm market in terms of quality in my opinion. Infantry are characterful and have a mix of covered and exposed faces. Kit is heavy and suitably arranged as far as I can tell.


The vehicles are similar and constructed very robustly. You won't have to worry too much about bent barrels, as with some other manufacturers.


Casting quality is generally excellent in metals and I only had one infantry soldier in need of replacement (which Anton is excellent in responding to). Mold lines are minimal and most cleanup relates to flash tabs.


Resin casts are also very good, with a few air bubbles and gaps in equipment that will need some puttying. Quality has noticeably improved from my earlier dealings with some of Flytrap's resin vehicles.

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Conclusion:

This is a great entry into the Bundeswehr range and a must for anyone interested in Germany's modern armed forces. Flytrap's stuff covers most of the bases, although there is some room for a few more sculpts, particularly RPGs. I hope the range continues to expand and we see some Leopard IIs and tracked IFV's hit the field!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Tiger Models M1A2 TUSK

A new bit of kit I think a lot of us have been on the look out for. It seems like a new generation of 1/72 producers are beginning to pick up the slack. The Tiger Model kit is a real sexy beast, with a delicious level of detail and a photo etch set that actually makes sense (take note model collect)!

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Casting quality is superb and logical, allowing you to leave the fiddly bits unglued to be attached later. The detailing is mind blowing, especially when compared with manufacturers like Dragon and Revell.

One of the charming features of this kit is the inclusion of a set of ready-cut clear plastic fittings for the various glass apertures.

Decided to go with a flat tan scheme which turned out a bit whiter than I expectd, but I think a good bleaching in the sun can explain that away :)

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next to lil khurasan bro

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Krieg engineer vehicles and co

Continuing the ever-expanding Taros intervention force, I've built a bunch more miscellaneous support vehicles for the armored battalion I'm slowly constructing. This has definitely been the most entertaining project I've worked on in years. The feeling that I am not constrained by needing to do credit to real-world subject material means I can faff about with schemes and ideas without experiencing any sort of guilt.

Trojans remained an integral component of the Krieg war effort on Taros. With the large-scale deployment of armor came the predictable breakdowns, malfunctions and disabled AFVs in need of extraction from the rapidly moving front lines. Krieg Trojan crews were known for their daring and disregard for their own safety, often charging suicidally into the enemy fire lanes to retrieve a waylayed tank or APC. Ironically, such an approach could often lead to a domino effect, with the Trojan becoming yet another casualty in need of retrieval.  


These were constructed on a TUTB chassis and had the cranes added from a GHQ WW2 truck. The dozer blade is an old epic accessory.




Although the idea of bridging equipment on the desert plains of Taros was initially balked out by numerous commanders of the Imperial Guard, the experience of fighting around the Phyrra heights with its dry wadis had shown the need for such equipment. Although the Tau, with their anti-gravity technology, could largely ignore the harsh topography, Imperial Guard armour had often found its advanced stalled and left exposed due to the insurmountable riverbeds. As a result, each armored battalion was a assigned a platoon of Cyrus armoured bridging vehicles.

Again, these were TUTB chassis with GHQ accessories attached; in this case the T-72 bridgelayer.


The Tau's propensity for the extensive use of lethal airpower during the first campaign left Imperial commanders extremely wary. A considerable investment was made in reinforcing the anti-aircraft artillery deployed in defence of Krieg's armored units. One outcome of this was the extensive use of the Phaeton-pattern Hydra, possibly the most advanced iteration of the vehicle that included a sophisticated radar suite more able to counteract the stealth technology employed on Tau aircraft. A typical AAA company would consist of two batteries of Hydras, along with a single battery of Manticore heavy SAMs.
I genuinely feel the older Epic hydras were the best version seen produced thus far. Their big radars and funky hulls really do it for me.





And some more Chimeras. Not alot to say about them :)



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Random Khurasan Wednesdays

Jon over at Khurasan has asked me to paint up a bunch more random stuff for his storefront. Here is the latest haul:

Various Hummers

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Soviet-style crew for his Russian vehicles

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Iranian M60A1

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 And a freaking huge Megalania (big old Aussie megafauna) for his caveman range I am guessing?

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