Month: February 2014

US 2nd Ranger Battalion

I have decided to do a comprehensive tutorial on how I go about tackling my 20mm US Infantry (AB Figures). It will be a complete run down, everything involved in the process will be covered from basing right through to detailing. I will nominate colours and paint brands utilised and any techniques that I think might prove useful. Take the tutorial for what it is….in no means do I claim to be an “expert” painter but instead think I may have a few useful tips that you might like to adopt. To give an idea of where I’m headed here is the initial sample figure that I have tested colour schemes on and which is pretty much how I will paint up my Battlegroup/Chain of Command US force. I elected to represent an actual Ranger Battalion mainly out of interest in their undertakings in the initial Normandy landings.

Figure is not completed yet, still a bit of detail to pick out (Ranger Insignia ect.) and a matt varnish to be applied.

Hope you enjoy.

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All Wolves Fear The Tiger!

Finished the build on my first 1/72 scale AFV and what a lovely model to assemble! It’s the PzKpfw VI “Tiger” I Ausf. E Revell AG kit and aside from some patience needed when assembling parts of the tracks it’s a breeze to put together. I have left the commanders hatch open and will place a suitable figure at the helm. Undercoated and ready for a Normandy themed colour scheme. I will look a bit deeper into what particular company I want to represent before commencing the paint work. I’m thinking the 101st with the following scheme.

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Battle For The Hedgerows

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I’m as keen as ever to get some games of Battlegroup Overlord and Chain of Command underway and have been building up my stocks of figures to suit. I have made the decision to focus primarily on 20mm (1/72) scale miniatures as I believe they offer the best balance between figure detail whilst keeping ground scale workable in larger games even though BG will likely need an 8′ x 6′ table. It also gives me access to the huge range of plastic 1/72 scale military models so theoretically one should never want for a specific vehicle type ever again!

AB Figures have recently been picked up by Eureka Miniatures here in Australia and are by far my preferred option to field when it come to infantry. The ranges are extensive (except Soviets and US Para’s!) and offer some truly amazing sculpts. Nic from Eureka has been working hard on getting the codes back in production with Fallschirmjager and US Infantry all now available to order and German SS available but not yet on the Eureka online store.

My initial aim is to get enough figures painted to commence smaller games of CoC with the aim of building towards 500 point and larger games of Battlegroup Overlord. I have US Infantry now well covered and German opposition on the way. I also have a selection of Brit Para’s ready to paint but will wait on the rerelease before making a start on them. All going well I will be starting these US figures shortly and will then add some AFV support and artillery options. Before long they will be tackling the hedgerows and rubble of Normandy!

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Here are a few samples of some of my favourite poses in the US range all based and ready to paint.

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Shuvalov’s Secret Howitzer!

Who you ask?

Count Peter (Pyotr) Ivanovich Shuvalov, a field marshall who formed the Russian Corps of Observation and improved to an extent the efficacy of Russian artillery.

My Russian army for Maurice focuses on the Russian Corps of Observation and whilst my hobby time has been limited over the last few weeks I did have a few further WIP images to share. Firstly the man himself!

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Here we have a couple of images of the howitzer, both by itself and limbered up to oxen…yes oxen!

The miniatures are from the Eureka SYW 18mm range and  are little works of art. Very cleanly cast and minimal cleanup is required.

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Finally we have a picture of the real thing. Note the odd shaped bore of the barrel to increase the killing field of the canister shot.

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Fallen Off The Mountain?

Updates have ground to an unexpected halt over the last several weeks due to our youngest daughter becoming seriously unwell.

Projects are on hold with modelling and hobby time currently non existant and will likely continue that way for the coming weeks as she recovers.

I will endevour to get things back on track when we start to see light at the end of the tunnel!

Regards

Shane