Team Yankee: Chieftans

There's a slight change of plan this weekend. I was going to write a post about the last of the Bundeswehr units, however having catapulted one of the Fuchs across the workshop into several pieces (just pure clumsiness on my part I hasten to add, not a fit of pique!) I've switched things around whilst I make the necessary repairs. As luck would have it the British have rocked up earlier than I expected so I have to hand the magnificent all-plastic Chieftan from Battlefront. Similar to the West Germans and US there are five tank sprues in the starter box along with two helicopters (more on the Lynx later), enough to field a legal Chieftan armoured squadron of one HQ and two troop. If [...]

By | 2017-09-13T10:19:47+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Flames of War|0 Comments

Team Yankee: Bundeswehr

The observant will no doubt have spotted when I posted my first foray into Battlefront's Team Yankee there were two army starter forces in the photo; the Soviets and the West Germans. With one hundred points of Soviets now painted and game ready I've moved my attention onto NATO. As I alluded to earlier Kev has picked up the role of the Americans in our forthcoming campaign and it's likely all three of us will pick up some of the British to one degree or another so it seemed appropriate to give the Bundeswehr an opportunity to defend their homeland from the red horde. The first units I did were obviously the ones in the Kampfgruppe Müller starter box consisting of five Leopard 2 and [...]

By | 2017-09-13T10:30:29+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Flames of War|2 Comments

Quantity has a quality

One of the forces I've assiduously avoided for Flames of War is the Russians. It's not that I don't like the look of them as a force, I'm just not a big fan of horde lists when it comes to the tabletop. Except for Orks in Epic of course; you can never have too many 6mm Orks. Fact. Ok, maybe Tyranids too, but I digress. There is also the painting aspect with the Russians as there are just so many of them to do even with a tank battalion. It's true they are significantly easier to paint in volume however as the Russian palette is minimal so  rewards an efficient technique. For that reason alone I focused on Germany and Australia for World War Two, [...]

By | 2017-09-13T10:57:23+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Flames of War|0 Comments

Player One: Starting Step

As I sit here coffee in hand I can't help but reflect what a **** year this has been for me blogging wise. Truth be told 2016 has been a pretty rough year for a whole host of reasons, none of them hobby related it has to be said but all have had an adverse impact on this site nevertheless. I've always been pretty good at maintaining a separation between my work life and home/hobby life, rarely letting the former creep into the latter when it comes to my posts. True to that ethos I'm not going to start now, but wanted to set some context as it can't be denied the pace of events at work have left me with precious little energy or appetite for anything [...]

By | 2017-09-13T10:59:44+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Flames of War, News|4 Comments

Huey “Hog”

As I alluded to in an earlier post, I've recently dipped a toe into the whole Vietnam Conflict for Flames of War, or "Call of Duty" as they refer to the book. For the US side of the conflict I decided to base my forces on the Air Cavalry list because, well 'Helicopters' are probably all I need to say. My palette test for these has been a Bell UH-1B "Hog" with its outrigger belt-fed miniguns and 2.75" rocket pods. It's a bit of a rough model to assemble being a blend of resin, injection plastic and white metal components, so being more than passingly familiar with some of Battlefront's World War Two offerings I knew there would be an element of cleaning, sanding and [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:47:29+00:00 June 10th, 2015|Flames of War|0 Comments

From Tet to Tobruk

It was a short working week last week with the Bank Holiday, which meant a little more hobby time than I'd normally be able to cram in. As a result something of an eclectic mix traded places on the painting station as I worked through some of the loot from Salute 2015 and cracked on with Imperial Assault for the ongoing campaign. The latter I'll come back to later. For this post however an old favourite is making a return in Flames of War with not one but three new forces spread over two conflicts. If you followed any of my occasional posts about my late war Germans, you'll know I collected probably way too much ending up with three force lists effectively for SS Panzer, [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:17:33+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Flames of War|2 Comments

Are we having fun yet?

For the past few weeks, Monday night has been Deadzone night as Kev and I have been getting to grips with Mantic's game and it's various strike missions. This week however we tried something new; Fantasy Flight's X-Wing and instantly loved the stripped back and slick game mechanics. It felt cinematic, tight and in no time flat we'd grasped the basics and our respective pre-painted X-Wing and TIE Fighters were weaving in and around asteroids exchanging blaster bolts. In other words we were having fun with the game straight off the bat. This is probably no surprise to those of you that have already tried X-Wing, however it did unfortunately highlight something for us that I had already begun to suspect; I wasn't finding Deadzone much fun. I know [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:21:12+00:00 September 19th, 2014|Flames of War|7 Comments

WIP: 15mm ‘Das Reich’ Panzer IV H

The first of three Panzer platoons finally made it onto my workbench over the weekend. I really should have painted these weeks ago as they’ve been primed and ready to go for a while now, and it’s only other distractions such as the Knight and Ent which pushed them down the list. As I’ve a number of tanks to paint for this list, I mixed up a pot of the dunkelgelb in advance which should mean all will match, even though they will get painted in separate batches. The mix is the same I used on the Halftracks and consists of 80% Tamiya XF-60 Dark Yellow, 20% XF-2 Flat White mixed 1:1 with Tamiya X20A Thinner. I deliberately chose to start with a pale yellow to [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:26:50+00:00 June 18th, 2014|Flames of War|2 Comments

FoW: Tank Hunters and Flakvierling

If you recall a while back I posted a picture of some un-primed Sd kfz 7/1 'Flakvierling' Halftracks with their 2cm quad anti-aircraft guns. Well, they are now painted alongside an SS Scout/Tank Hunter platoon as part of my second late war European Axis force. The guns and flatbed are magnetised with tiny 2mm x 1mm rare earth magnets. They aren't strong enough to keep everything together if you give it a good shake, but more than capable of holding the turrets in place during gaming, storage and movement. It also adds a fun tactile element as I can rotate the guns to track my opponent’s incoming flight. The Scout Platoon consists of three Panzershrek teams plus SMG command team and four tiny Volkswagen Schwimmwagon [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:27:38+00:00 June 3rd, 2014|Flames of War|0 Comments