A Chinese copy of the Tu-16 Badger overflows the Indian INS Godavari. Meanwhile an Indian Il-38 overflows the Chinese Harbin. Vanishing still to come and maybe a wee touch up of roundels to come.
Doing some prototype testing. Thought I’d start with the two biggest aircraft and see how the basing and painting would go.
I think future aircraft will be on sightly shorter stands — still thinking about that though!
Just before lunch Jessica place this upon my desk.
The first thought I had was that SingPost had found my missing parcel and delivered it to me. Then I remembered they said it would just be returned to England by the slowest boat possible. This then must be the replacement aircraft I ordered.
The usual internal debate then raged – go out and have lunch then come back and open the parcel or buy sandwiches to bring back and munch on whilst opening the parcel and reviewing its contents.
Given Thomo’s desire lately to shed a few kilograms (and preferably not by Dr Erik Bloodaxe’s method any more), a light Thai lunch won the day.
Lunch was gobbled and some fruit was purchased then it was back and into the parcel.
I opened the box and there inside was aircraft. Lots of them. Il-38, Tupolev, Neptune, Orion, Sea King, Sea Stallion, MiG-21 and so on. In fact the parcel contained all the aircraft I will need for the Japanese, Chinese and Indian fleets I’ve painted or am in the process of painting.
I also ordered some of the aircraft bases. The are small and chunky but should actually work quite well with my ships bases.
The last item in the packet was some bases cut to Flames of War size. These will go under my 6mm Ros & Heroics/CinC/GHQ World War 2 Japanese.
The only thing missing was a packet of MiG-29s which is on backorder and which I was using to represent another type of aircraft.
The really fun inclusion in the packet was the missile pack. There are apparently 15 missiles in each of those packs. I was tempted to string them up under the aircraft wings but I am having a thought at the moment that maybe I should somehow make them up to represent missiles rushing towards their targets for use in the game.
Still pondering how to do that! When I would it out I’ll let you know.
In the meantime, I know what I am doing tonight when I get home
As many of you know I enjoy a good turn of phrase, of skilful use of the English language. I particularly enjoy good comedic turns of phrase, “who’s on first?”, “The Duke ducked, the Doge dodged and the Duchess didn’t. so the Duke got the Duchess, the Duchess got the Doge and the Doge got the Duke”, that sort of thing.
One of my favourites from Danny Kaye is in the movie, the Court Jester, where he is trying to avoid a joust and is given a chalice with some poison in it and after the chalice from the palace is broken, to remember he rhymes:
The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon!
The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!
I like a good homage as well, so hearing the following in the Season 2, Special episode of ‘Allo, ‘Allo just broke me up. Captain Hans Geering does the honours with:
You do not need to kill the General, we have already arranged to kill the General… Do you not see? That if we
kill him with the pill from the till by making with it the drug in the jug,
you need not light the candle with the handle on the gâteau from the château!
On 2 December 2013 as 12:38 am Singapore time (I was sleeping at the time), itineranthobbyist asked
Selfish of me to ask, but yes, I would like to see pics of your painting setup and storage.
So, here it is – Thomo’s Current Hole. Location is in Tanjong Pagar in Singapore. The view from the window in Thomo’s Hole takes in some ships parked in the straits – although there is a building going up there which is going to get in the way of that view.
Storage for the figures (6mm, 15mm and so on) is in plastic file boxes that I get from a local stationery store here. They are about SG$5 each and stack nicely. In side I stick two sheet of adhesive thin metal sheet and make sure that the bottom of each base has a magnet there. Storage could not be simpler.
Painting table is a mess and needs a tidy-up. For spray painting I purloined a couple of DHL boxes from somewhere. They are about the right size. I put a Tamiya turntable inside and on a sheet of 3mm MDF which is slightly smaller than A4, I attached another thin metal sheet. I wrap that board in glad wrap (cling wrap, saran wrap). The magnetic bases hold the figures still while spraying and the cling wrap stops the board I use on the turntable getting too many layers of paint on it. Open the box, open the window, switch on the
fax fan, put mask on, put board on turntable, spin and spray and voila, job done!
I have the Japanese modern fleet in 1/3000 ready to paint but that is a small task and really will be a filler between the early Soviets being completed and the next 6mm project. One option is to finish off the Soviets with mid and late World War 2 troops. This is the lead-pile ready for that.
Lots more AFVs – 20 or so T34/85, 10 JS-2, KV-2s, more KV-1s.
Also more artillery, Katyusha rockets, some later war aircraft (Yaks) and a bigger artillery battery or two.
Lastly, in case one finds oneself near a river, some floating vehicles would be useful so we have some boats
Phase 1 is complete!
The early world war 2 Soviet force is shown below. I will be using this against Japanese and Hungarians, both of which I still need to paint. The battles against the Japanese will be a little bit anachronistic as I do not have the very early armour used by the Russians at Khalkin-gol (Nomonhan).
Still, look out Doug, there are more to come – including late war heavies to see your Tiger 2s off
In the meantime, feel free to have a look around this force in the gallery below. I will admit that I still need to add decals to the tanks. I am waiting until the mood takes me again to do that much fiddly cutting and decaling!
Thomo’s Hole has been rather quiet of late.There have been a couple of reasons for it but principally it has been medically related. I had a small cut made in my back a while ago to remove a melanoma. I’ve spent a little while recovering from that and waiting for the final histology report to come in and tell me all is clear … but I’m still waiting, I suspect the Singapore pathologist (histologists?) are a little miffed because their initial reports were not fully correct. In addition, the dermatologist that removed the spot originally was also a bit timid so it had to be taken a second time.
This second surgeon (the one who has caused me a little back pain) looks like he got his cutting training from Erik the Red at least, hence the quiet blogging period. Also, the pain in my back had really prevented me from doing any painting.
The pain, however, is diminishing so the brushes are coming out. Once the final histologist report is received I will write up the full process, if only to send it on to a couple of doctors as I did have to organise quite a bit of the process myself.
Friday night I hope to get the first wargaming post out with the completion of my Early World War 2 Soviets. Then will be a “next on the painting queue post”, some pictures of some terrain I hope to have made over the weekend and a look at the opposition for the Soviets.
Stand by … more will be coming soon.
I am staying at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences and need to get to the Shangri-lah Hotel. I used Google Maps for directions. Walking turns out to be faster than catching the bus! Traffic in Manila? Nah!