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The dreaded 88’s

Despite the release of 'Titanfall'  I have resisted the temptation and fully capitalised on the weekends fantastic weather to crack-on with assembling and priming more platoons for my Germans. The Panzer IV combat platoons, HQ and anti-air support I featured in the last post have now all been primed in black and given a second zenithal dusting in Tamiya light grey ready for airbrushing next week. A 'Panzerfaust' equipped Tank Hunter platoon has been added with Volkswagen Schwimmwagens, which are possibly just the coolest little vehicles in the whole German arsenal. Seriously, what's not to like about the tiny little amphib. Most satisfying though has been the addition of a Flak 36 battery consisting of two of the infamous 'eighty-eight' millimetre anti-aircraft and anti-tank artillery [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:39:49+00:00 March 16th, 2014|Flames of War|4 Comments

Battlefront’s all-plastic Panzer IV

When I began thinking about starting a second late war German force for Flames of War over the winter, there was one tank I absolutely wanted to include; the Panzer IV. Originally designed for infantry support, it has to be one of Germany's most iconic tanks. From a list point of view it's also incredibly flexible bulking out the Company HQ and combat platoons for a Panzerkompanie as well as being able to be fielded as Divisional Support for a Fallschirmjaeger Kompanie. Both Battlefront and Plastic Soldier Company had existing kits I liked, but it was Battlefront's newly released all-plastic kit that I most wanted to try out and the timing of it's launch couldn't have been better. No doubt you may have read elsewhere, [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:42:40+00:00 March 14th, 2014|Flames of War|1 Comment

Paint maintenance

Been taking a break from the painting this week to conduct a bit of maintenance on the paint supplies. It's one of those jobs that probably ought to be done more frequently, but inevitably ends up becoming a chore instead. By maintenance I mean two things; cleaning up the droppers and adding medium and thinner to restore consistency if they have lost too much. This time around I also decided to add an agitator in the form of a steel ball-bearing into each pot to help with the mixing. It is something I have been meaning to do for ages, but kept forgetting. Until last week that is when I remembered to order a pack of around 100 x 8mm steel bearings whilst re-stocking pipettes. [...]

By | 2017-02-10T13:38:13+00:00 February 21st, 2014|News|3 Comments

Mordor Warband vs Panzers

Just a quick update this evening to include a picture of the completed Mordor Orc warband (sans Orc Captain) with armoured Troll in tow. If you were quick you would have already noticed I added this to the Flickr gallery last night, however I have also included a close up of the Trolls blade here as I used it to try out some of the new Citadel paint effects to see if they were any good. I have to admit I think they are actually pretty decent overall and although they don't add anything you can't already achieve with existing paint effects, they do make it easy for painters who don't have perhaps as big a horde of weathering materials as old Grognards such as [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:43:52+00:00 February 13th, 2014|Flames of War, Middle Earth|3 Comments

Flames of War: Support Weapons

Still pressing on with Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit this week, but as I don't have anything that interesting to show I grabbed a couple of pictures instead of the German heavy weapon teams I mentioned last week. If you remember, these were the last of the infantry I had to paint for my Operation Overlord Germans and wrapped up my first foray into 15mm. Produced by The Plastic Soldier Company I was pleasantly surprised how many units you can make from this set as there are enough figures to makes four teams each of 82mm and 120mm mortars, four teams of MG42 HMGs and eight each of Panzershreck and Panzerfaust equipped Grenadiers. Certainly enough to do a number of anti-tank support teams [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:44:22+00:00 February 5th, 2014|Flames of War|2 Comments

Back to basics

Over the past month (or three) I have penned a post (or several) as a way of explaining the long gap between my last update and now. It seemed a terribly good idea at the time and I thought I'd just wait until I had a really neat looking army group shot done so it wouldn't look so bad not having posted anything for so long. The trouble is, the longer you go on, the worse it gets and you end up scrapping what you have written because it is woefully out of date and starting again. That was back in December, clearly that won't do! So here's the deal. I shall just pretend nothing happened, it is perfectly normal that there have been no [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:46:27+00:00 January 30th, 2014|Flames of War, Middle Earth|7 Comments

Hobby catch up

Crikey! August nearly gone already, how the year is just flying by. So it’s long overdue I review and reflect on the hobby targets set for the months of May, June and July. I began May with a hobby fund deficit of -£24.34, the first time I have let it slip beyond my proposed budget. To bring it back on track I showed more restraint throughout the month and spent a grand total of £5, which when added to the deficit and subtracted from May’s hobby fund income of £72.60 left me with positive fund again. Hobby purchases for May Coir mat from B&Q for terrain purposes. - £5 Ending balance +£43.26 June promptly went awry as there was only one purchase, but it was [...]

By | 2017-09-13T13:05:40+00:00 August 28th, 2013|Flames of War|4 Comments

No retreat, no surrender

This is it; the finale. The past five weeks Kev and I have been using WWPD.net’s Operation Overlord global campaign as the backdrop to which we have been learning Flames of War. It has served as the motivation for assembling, painting and finally gaming with no fewer than 97 infantry teams, 27 tanks, 16 artillery pieces and 32 new pieces of terrain between us. 90% of those were not even assembled, let alone painted before the campaign began, so in that respect Operation Overlord has already been a hugely rewarding experience. As each round was fought, we have been steadily building up our Flames of War knowledge and experience as well as our armies, each introducing a new element or rule. This week was the [...]

By | 2017-02-10T15:03:07+00:00 August 3rd, 2013|Battle Reports|4 Comments

WIP: Half Tracks

I have five Plastic Soldier Company ‘Hanomag’ Half-tracks sat on the workbench currently as part of my Flames of War German reinforcements. For the more technically gifted these are Sd.Kfz. 251/1 Ausf D. The intention is to combine them with the Grenadiers from the Open Fire starter set and some supplemental tank hunter teams (also from PSC as it happens) in order to create a Gepanzerte Panzer Grenadier platoon. These are the first models I have purchased from PSC and although I don’t have a like-for-like Battlefront version to compare with, I have to confess to being pretty pleased with Plastic Soldier Company’s offering. The kits go together extremely well and each is loaded with a nice selection of extras such as passengers, gunners, stowage, [...]

By | 2017-09-13T13:06:10+00:00 August 2nd, 2013|Flames of War|3 Comments

Tiger in the long grass

Three post in three days, a shocker I know. It is all in a  bit of an effort to catch up as I have been making the most of the great weather here (sadly now gone), so have been spending more time outside as opposed to hunched over my paintbrushes. As a result I am a bit behind on the battle reports, so this post will bring things right up to date in time for (hopefully) this Thursdays finale. Round four of my WWPD.net Operation Overlord campaign efforts was a little different to make use of all that bocage I mentioned yesterday. This battle would be an all-armoured affair pitting the combined Shermans of Kev’s 22nd Armoured and my Grenadier Guards against five Tigers led by [...]

By | 2017-02-10T15:10:22+00:00 July 30th, 2013|Battle Reports|7 Comments