Friday, 21 April 2017

White Russian Tanks 15mm

Just finished some tanks for the Russian Civil war. They are all 15mm and by Peter Pig.  We have 2 MK IV British tanks and 4 FT 17 French light tanks.

 During the Russian Civil war Britain supplied a very few tanks to support the Tsar. As you can see they have the Russian Flag on the front of the running gear housing. Sometimes the flag is shown vertical at other times horizontal so quite simply I have painted one of each. Being totally honest I painted them both horizontal to begin with and then Matt suggested one of each so 20 mins later they were re painted. No fuss no bother.  He is a good mate so happy to help out.
Maybe not if he asked me to bury a body but to repaint the front of a small model tank. Sure no worries!

Apologise for the photography it was early in the morning.  As you can see from the top picture they are some-what larger than the French Light tanks.  In the Square bashing rules by Peter Pig they count as heavy tanks and you can see why.  Heavy tanks in the rules are only good in assaults which does make them quite limiting to use. but great fun none the less.

And the "Light Tanks" again 15mm by Peter Pig. They come in 2 varieties. either round or hexagonal turret and also in 2 armaments. Either a 37mm cannon or a machine gun. So a possible 4 varieties if you want to try all the combinations. 2 tanks have hand painted roundels and 2 do not.  While they are not perfectly clear in the photos they are painted with a steady hand and look OK in real life.

I  did find all these tanks tricky to paint, not due to strange camouflage but because perhaps they were all new to me and I was not at all sure what I was doing.

Anyway next for Matt I am painting some Cossack cavalry for the Russian Civil war while in the mean time I paint some more WW2 Japanese for my self.

Thanks for looking have a good weekend and with luck see you all again soon.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

2 Little Indians

Yes 2 28mm "Redoubt" woodland Indians.

While I do not think the sculpts are the very best I do appreciate the prices. They work out at £1.40 per figure and at that price who can possibly complain. I still have a few left to paint so when it gets quiet I will paint some more.

Both carry daggers in addition to their main weapons so they look like they know what they are doing, even if I am in charge and the reality is that they have no idea!

I do struggle when painting "Warpaint" as I just cannot imagine it properly. I am however keeping to just 4 colours (Red, white, black and ochre) as I believe they would be the correct colours but I have NO evidence for that.

As mentioned I do have more of these to do and I will be getting some more as well as it turns out I have none with bow and arrow. And that just seems wrong!

That's it for now more in a day or two.

I am undecided what to put on next, an AAR or some more figures. If you have a SATRONG preference mention your choice in the comments.

All the best Clint

Monday, 17 April 2017

1st Platoon. (Japanese PBI)

Well as you can see I have now finished my 1st Platoon of Infantry for PBI pacific. The Platoon consists of Junior officer (with White tab at the back) 2 LMG stands, 1 light mortar (Knee Mortar) stand and 5 Rifle stands.

I hasten to say this is nearly as small as an infantry platoon can be in the Japanese Army list. SO expect more stands to be added.  In fact I am already on the next 2 stands as I type this. I hope to show some more stands by the end of the week. (Fingers Crossed)

As I am not going to Salute I have placed another order which is now marked as dispatched so shinnies are coming this week.

That is just a quick one for today. Now back to the Paint table!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

A BIG thank you.

I want to say Thank you to Edwin. During the Analogue Hobbies painting challenge ( Link )I won a prize. Now I do not normally win anything so I was very excited to have won a prize.  The prize was with ( LINK ) Diplomatist Books.

I did a very brief email exchange with Edwin and he posted everything I wanted the day after. Now being Dyslexic I am in no way the fastest/best reader. (I was tested and found to have a reading speed of a 12 year old... and yet the comprehension of a post graduate. Yeah go figure! So I selected 2 books that I knew would have some pictures and that from experience I thought I would manage. Yeah boo hoo me! Ahh poor baby!)

So two Osprey books in the raid series. The first selected was a WW2 title about a raid on a Japanese prisoner of war camp. This I knew would be just my cup of tea.

The second book was set just after the Vietnam war about the rescue of the crew of a US cargo ship in the same area of the world. Again something I knew I would be interested in and thought I would enjoy.

So far I have only skimmed through each book looking at the pictures and examining any maps but I am confident that I shall enjoy them both.

But we are not yet finished Edwin Included a third book free of charge which is in the same series and while not something I would have selected looks like it may end up being the best of the three. It is the 1804 raid on Barbary Pirates to release Christian prisoners. Again something I know nothing about, but I can already see a game developing from this stand point.

Again I have skimmed but not read. While these are classed as second-hand I am told (by Edwin) that they were old stock from shops that have now ceased trading. So they are as new in condition and by far in better condition than I expected.

So a big thanks for supplying the prize. An additional thanks for such good service and a second ADDITIONAL thanks for supplying an extra book. I really am very grateful. If you want to also check his blog you may do so (HERE)

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Japanese Sniper Assets (PBI)

Well I have finished my first assets.  In PBI snipers are Assets and the Japanese you will not be surprised have the opportunity to get more than 1 sniper. So for now I have made 2. I will need to increase this number and may eve go as high as 4. For now 2 is enough.

So today is 2 sniper stands for ww2 Japanese army (Or  Marine). Only 4 figures but I hope to have the first platoon finished by the weekend.

The chance to get 1 or 2 or even 3 Japanese snipers in PBI is quite high. It depends on rolling well and being brave.  The Japanese in Pacific Island wars have a dice pool of 15 for a sniper.  You may select as many dice up to that score but the score or pool of dice is diminished each turn by the number you select. If any of the dice roll a "6" then the sniper would turn up for the rest of the game.  So with 15 dice in the pool it is VERY likely that at least 1 sniper will arrive.

The figures are by Battlefront and are 15mm in size.

Thanks for looking and with luck a whole platoon before Sunday.

All the best Clint

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Two more, but Oh my!

Yes 2 more figures finished. I cannot say I am happy with the lady and I might re-paint the face. Her clothes are OK but the face is a shocker.

The man though is Ok am quite happy with him. Again No idea who makes these figures they are just 2 random figures  that were laying about and needing a coat (or 2) of paint.

Both 28mm and I think different makes but I do not know.

I do have a few more stands of Japanese finished for next time. But I thought these two might just break up the Pacific flavour and scale.

All the best Clint

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Scott M8 HMC 15mm

One of the wonderful things about the wargames club is that if any of us find something that we cannot use but we know another can we are happy to donate for the cause. In September Graham picked up a Battlefront M8 Scott HMC. He was hoping to use it for the British but the more he looked into it the more he realised that the British never used them. (The Canadians did). So knowing I have an American force he very kindly donated it to me. If you do not know the M8 (Scott) here is a link to the Wiki. (LINK)

A reasonably quick repaint later (with his permission|) here is my M8 Scott. I imagine it seeing service with my US troops mostly against the Japanese in the Pacific but also possibly against the Germans in North West Europe.

In Europe the Howitzer Motor Carriage (HMC) would not be a very potent threat as the German tanks would be able to chew through the armour with most of their guns. In the Pacific However I do see it being Far more powerful. As the Japanese tended to have smaller guns on their tanks penetrating the (wafer thin) armour would be more of an issue. In addition the howitzer would be a very potent gun for bunker busting or even tank hunting. Ok the gun is a 75mm Howitzer so not all that large but able to fire High explosive AND smoke (white Phosphorous) .  The Phosphorous rounds were for making smoke and not the same as used in Vietnam before anyone gets ideas above their station. While they may kill an individual it would need to be a direct hit or if they had a breathing difficulty, not a jungle clearing weapon of mass destruction.

That is it for this sunny Sunday. more again soon.
All the best Clint

And once again Thanks Graham.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Dead Japanese wargames figures

 One of the things you need for PBI is dead markers to represent battlefield casualties.

As such here are my dead/casualty markers for the Japanese force in PBI. I did not make then to grizzly with blood and guts everywhere. In Fact no red paint was used at all.

Some people don't like dead or casualty markers All I will say is that they are part of the rules so I made some.

The figures are 15mm Peter Pig models They come 8 in a pack and I hope a single pack will be sufficient for the game.

Hopefully something less gruesome next time....  in fact I know it will not be but just what it will be I cannot at this stage say.

All the best Clint

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Type 92 Infantry gun (九二式歩兵砲

These are more 15mm Peter Pig miniatures. They come in packs of 2 so I have used just 1/2 a pack of crew. This will allow me to put the remaining crew either with different cannon or Allow me to buy another pack of these. As the crew come in 3 different poses I was less keen on the same figure repeated on each base more than once. So 2 figures and not 3 was my choice.

The (九二式歩兵砲 Kyūni-shiki Hoheihō Battalion howitzer was a very good gun being both light and effective.  It was light enough to drag through jungle settings and as it fired High explosive Smoke and Armoured Piercing rounds.

In PBI if has a gun factor of 6 when used in anti tank so it would be possible to destroy a Sherman but it would be lucky to do so. But something like a Stuart would be a much easier kill. So while not a dedicated Anti tank weapon it was still capable. 

Used extensively in Manchuria/China as well as the Pacific Islands Captured ones were also used by the US Marines. 

That is it for today. Just 2 more stands for my Pacific war project.

Take care all the best Clint


Monday, 3 April 2017

Japanese Mortars

Continuing with the Pacific Theme today. Here are 2 Medium Mortars and crew.

All Peter Pig Models and all 15mm in size. So Small, but not ridiculously small. Only 2 bases, but enough so I can call the force finally started. These will be company level support.

There could be another mortar if I wanted. and up to 2 rifle sands to represent guys bringing up ammunition that would be attached to the unit. But As I have not started painting those stands yet at present they are not started.

These are the first troops painted and I was trying colours and bases and generally getting the look I wanted. But Now I am happy with the result I will start painting more and hopefully more!

In addition I do need a Platoon commander who will be done I hope by the end of the week.

That is todays quick post. More again soon.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Not all tanks are MONSTERS!

Firstly Let me say I am blindly groping my way into WW2 Pacific wargames. I am not going to say I KNOW much at all about the settings, battles or conditions they all faced. What I will say is that Late war Western front has for the moment lost its appeal, I have seen FAR too many battles which rely on super heavy Goliaths of tanks. So as a remedy I an dipping my toe in the pacific war.

I already have the Americans covered, Graham has the British so I am starting on the Japanese. Who knows maybe I may even think about the Chinese and the Russians and even the French (indo China) or Dutch. But Japanese is my starting point.

So starting with the Japanese here is an objective marker! A destroyed Te Ke (Type 97 Tankette). The model is by Peter Pig and a single piece Resin cast.  The colours of Japanese tanks and even aeroplanes are a NIGHTMARE to get correct. So if you disagree with my colour choices fair play to you you are probably right.

The Type 97 (Te-Ke) was very small. In PBI for  example it is classed as armour 4 and gun 5. Which means that a HMG can shut it down and penetrate the armour! In No way is this a Monster Tank. What is more I know no maker of 15mm Japanese Monster tanks like the 0-1 (Experimental).... which never saw production. To the right does show how small the tankette was. I call it a tankette and not a tank because it really is so small.

 When (if ever) I get some undestroyed versions I will go into the  Tankette details  But as this is an objective marker and not a functional vehicle I am sure you will forgive the delay.

The last Picture shows it with a Zvezda Elephant, and a QRF Short wheel base Landrover. so you can see it ois hardly much bigger than a landrover. Which if you live in England will bring home to you just how small it really is.

That is it for today. I do have some more Japanese 15mm on the painting table so expect some more soon.

All the best Clint

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Never mind the Tchanka's (and an oppsie fix)

Again these are all for matt. I must say I have enjoyed painting them and has gotten me back into the mood toe 15mm again.(More of that later.

These are 15mm Tchankas from Peter Pig.  A Russian horse drawn cart with an Medium Mg used to give Russian cavalry forces a bit more fire power. used in the Russian Civil war and even WW2.

The pic on the right is a REAL one clearly you can all tell the difference but seeing the real thing might help you appreciate the carts some more than me just saying so.  Clearly they are light weight so speed was considered more important than armour. And the ability to keep along with cavalry units was cherished. The same as Modern troops using APC's to keep up with tanks.

Each one individually.

 This was the last one completed and I had to wait for the Peter Pig order to arrive before I could even start. (That is part of the Oppsie). Tchankas could have 2-4 horses and also 2-4 crew. Usually the less horses the less crew but not always. All these vehicles have 4 horses but I could quite easily have put less horses on each vehicle. The crew are in white Russian army uniforms for the Russian Civil war.
 The next one I did finish first. In this one the crew have the Cossack hat (apart from the loader). These hats could have either white or black wool trimming. I settled on white as to me it just looked better. IF mat wants another I will do black IF he chooses. But for now I prefer the white.
 This is the oppsie. I must admit I lost some parts during assembly. I lost the loader and 2 wheels. So I have purchased another vehicle and painted it and will give it to Matt to make up for it. The wheels can from a Biblical Chariot and there is no loader. So the front wheels are completely wrong. The lack of loader is not a problem to me I think 2-3 crew look better than 4. With 4 crew it looks crowded. But as Matt has paid me to paint 4 crew the other 2 vehicles have 4 crew. As this is a "Free" vehicle I feel sure he will not complain. And when they are all together as in the top pic you don't notice it at all.

The last pic is this little lot the car and a few cav all together just for Joe. Who always likes group shots. I mean no offense Joe by mentioning you, I am sure many people do as well but you mention group shots most often.

Thanks for looking today. I hope next time (Saturday) to have finished my fery first stand on ww2 Japanese Pacific war troops. Hopefully an objective marker (destroyed tankette!)

And as a final clip the clip below shows Tchanka(s) in Action in a Russian film.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

MountainMan and shinies.

Well I am still painting. But I seem to have stalled for a few days and not gotten much finished at all.

One figure I have finished was a Foundry 28mm "Mountain Man". Before anyone asks I am not totally sure what I will use him for. He will go in my Wild West collection but he is totally suitable for "Muskets and Tomahawks" or even "In Her Majesty's Name." So while I do not know what I will use him for I do know that he will get a use.

The figure is wargames foundry and I do have a few more to paint as well. So they may get done reasonably soon. They would get done faster IF I actually did know what I wanted them for.  Oh well such is life.

The way I look a it though is if nothing else it is another one done.

The Reason for my recent lack of painting is that I was waiting for an order to arrive. And guess what it has now arrived. It is one (maybe only I will have to see how I feel) "Not going to Salute Orders. " As I have mentioned before It costs me about £40 BEFORE I go through the door of Salute and that to me is a lot of money.  As such I will go every 4-5 years or so, but going more frequently is not my thing. To me it is a show that is a victim of it's own success.

Anyway enough waffle here is a pic of the order.

 The first Pic is the actual order. many will know it is from Peter Pig and as such is 15mm figures. Trust me if it were a rule set it would be a bigger box. Everything is range 8. For those not familiar with Peter Pig Ranges that means it is all 15mm WW2.

As such it is the things I need to take my Infantry company from Flames of War (Battlefront) to a workable force in PBI. I will not go into the individual pack as I hope to get them all painted pretty soon. By that I do mean this year.

One Pack is worth a special mention though. You can see by the last picture it is a Japanese destroyed Tankette! It will be used as an objective Marker. And is quite small. You will see exactly how small when it gets painted and I put it next to a Panther or Sherman or something similar.

Anyway thanks for looking today. More again in a few days.
Hope it is sunny where you are and I hope you are well and happy.

Best wishes Clint

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Just a pair of quickly painted 28mm figures. I received these as part of a job lot so other than they are metal and they are 28mm in size I cannot provide many more details as make and range.

The guy on the left is for general steampunk wargaming. maybe for In her majesty's name, Maybe for something else. Only Time will tell.

While the figure on the right could also be used for Steampunk is far more suitable for a generic cop on the streets of an American city. Anytime really for the last 100 years.  Perhaps IF I get the up coming "Mad dogs with Guns!" rules (published soon by Osprey he might fit into that. And then again he may fit into anything from Zombies in the modern word all the way back to the Keystone cops.

That is a quick post for today as I am supposed to be cooking the Sunday Lunch and not blogging!

Best wishes Clint

Friday, 24 March 2017

Russian Civil War stuff!

Yes some more 15mm Russian Civil War stuff by Peter Pig.  And yes there will be more to come.

Today 4 more Cavalry. 2 bases each of 2 figures and a staff car.

Again the staff car is by Peter Pig. It comes in 6 pieces and with 3 crew in addition. Therefore a little bit of work needs to be done on assembly. Having said that all the pieces go together very well and are well cast so it was not an issue.

 Given the number of pieces there was no options, but it does not need any. A staff car is not something that you will need to buy many of for the Russian Civil war. If you were doing Back of beyond wargames you might choose to have a load of vehicles but again the reality is that there would be few and mostly trucks in my opinion.

Again they are painted for Matt (I will be doing my own soon enough), but probably not the Russian Civil war.

I did ask matt what colour he wanted the car and he said Green. I personally would have been tempted with eth a Maroon or a cream and Brown (Two tone) but having said that the green has come out looking quite nice so no complaints there.

That's it for today. Have fun and get the brushes out if you can.

All the best Clint

Post script: The first of my "Not going to Salute" orders has now been placed with Peter pig.  I sneaked it in just before the prices went up. So Knowing the good service they offer I expect it to arrive very soon.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

NOT Roarkes Drift (The men who woul be kings)

Sorting out each players units
WelL at the Skirmish show Craig the organiser wanted a Zulu game. so I had to do some improvisation. Firstly to balance the scenario for the rules I improved the British defenders. Firstly I gave them a cannon and then I gave them some Cavalry support. This was enough to bring the game up to a more balanced outing. For the Zulus I increased the unit size from 16 figures a unit to 24 figures a unit!. This would make tem much deadlier in combat and harder to break. But did It work?

Gentleme start your engines
Initial deployment.

I did hear about 4 comment in the day about
 it being set in Spain!
I was just using the buildings I have and NOT spending more money
Maybe that's  frugal.
For me though it was just common sense.

The Zulus approach the compound

And Just manage to break in but are kept at bay by the British
 intensity of fire.

bob Happy to have defended the compound.
Graham and Bob playing British Winn

Changing the players round.
This time the Zulus
Swarm the compound as fastr as possible.


Despite a solid defence by Tim
The Zulus manage to enter in a few turns


Inside the compound the British
Sourounded fight on.

But Numbers are against them

The relief column arrives but not in time to prevent a massacre!


A minor victory for the British in the first game. And a Crushing defeat for them in the second. This meant that Bob was happy to have won twice! As I am sure Graham was. The British defence in the first game was better organised and the Cavalry relief was able to do better, In the Second Game the Zulus were much more aggressive and it served them well. They had taken the compound before the cavalry could make any impact on the game.

Overall the rules worked well and the first outing for MY Zulus (Miniatures) was a success in that they looked good and there were enough. Ok when it comes to Zulu armies enough is NEVER enough.

Overall I think the additional figures in a unit worked well as it did make the Zulus far more potent which in test games they were not ude to the fragility of the unit sizes. If you play "The men who would be Kings" Rules I would recommend either a LOT of cover for the tribal forces OR to increase their unit size.

THanks for stopping by. More again in a few days.