Sunday, 29 January 2017

More scenics

I've still got a few scenic pieces to finish off, and I bought even more odds and ends at Crusade in Penarth yesterday, but here are a few things that I completed last week.

First, here are two resin small cottages that I picked up last year at a show;

I can see these working in a number of settings but initially they are for my Syldavia and Borduria 18th century imaginations project. The figure is in the photo to show the scale and he is a Syldavian mounted officer.

Secondly, I have some field fortifications from Ironclad Miniatures. These will be useful for all sorts of games and I'll probably use them for dug-in artillery and in WW2 games mostly. Here, though, they are shown with some Syldavian Jägers taking advantage of the shelter provided.

While in Penarth, I took the opportunity to catch up with Richard and Nick from TooFatLardies and play a couple of games of their latest set of rules, which are for WW2 tank vs tank combat. Currently being play-tested, they are called "What A Tanker", although that could change I suppose, but I hope not. The game itself is fast and furious and is pretty much a fun game where encounters happen pretty quickly and the games don't take too long to complete. The game-play mechanisms are simple and you can pick them up really quickly.

Nick told me that there is still a bit of work to do, but that the rules should be available quite soon, all things being equal. In fact, he actually suggested that Easter might not be an unrealistic target date!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

More tanks!

It has been worrying me for a while that I haven't posted anything here. This has really been because I've had my mind on other things and not on those involved in wargaming.

Anyway, now we are in 2017, I need to start painting again so I can take part in the TooFatLardies painting challenge run by Robert Avery on his excellent Vis Lardica website.

I've had three boxes of PSC 15mm tanks sitting around for ages and, while stuck in the house with a chest infection decided to make these up and paint them. The results are below. These will be added to my IABSM forces.

First off are some American tanks (I've also got a load of PSC US infantry and heavy weapons to do). Here are five M4A2 75mm models;

 And here are some M5A1 37mm light tanks. There are different variants but will all play a role as Panzer cannon fodder a scout platoon for the Americans in Normandy and beyond.

 Now we come to the big cats, Panthers to be precise. These will be a lethal addition to my already formidable array of German armour.

I decided to festoon these with vegetation so as to better disguise them in the Norman bocage. I'd previously done the same last year with some Stug III assault guns, shown below;

So, I am finally back painting and I have a new project in the offing, which I will write about in a separate post later.