Work in Progress – Russians

Soviet KV-1 Heavy tanks
Soviet KV-1 Heavy tanks

I decided that I needed to catch up on some of the half (quarter, eighth, sixteenth …) finished work in the man cave. Looking for something quick and easy but something I could try some new techniques on as well, I decided to go back to the 6mm World War 2 Russians.

Back on 27 August 2012 I finished the first batch of tanks for the Russians, a battalion of Lend Lease Valentines. I decided to do some more Russian vehicles and try some weathering effects on them with two of Tamiya’s Tank Weathering shades.

A Gaz (Soviet Jeep) and command group
A Gaz (Soviet Jeep) and command group – the C-in-C in fact. I use the trees to flag command elements in BKC

I also decided to do a base of infantry – just to see that needed to be painted and what could be left.

The pictures here are the vehicles I have finished so far. I have a battalion of T34/76s almost ready for basing and that will take care of the Soviet armour for this project – well except for the addition of some T34/85s so I can build the force for late war as well.

The image on the left are some KV-1s finished, the image on the right is a command group next to a particularly tall tree and below we have a BA-10 Armoured Car.

Soviet BA-10 Armoured Car
Soviet BA-10 Armoured Car

Some Interesting Blogs

Trawling around the Internet over the weekend and I came across a couple of interesting blogs:

Gruntz 15mm – Weathering Tires has a good description of painting 1/300, 1/285 scale tyres to give them that weathered appearance. I’ve always found black is too black and grey is not black enough. Gruntz does an excellent job.

The other is a period that I have always wanted to dabble in and there  is a lot to be said for dabbling in said period in 6mm as well, Wargaming France 1940 rediscovered. A nice picture of some Heroics & Ros tanks on the banner and you’re in to it.

As if I didn’t have enough projects on the go now … my mind is starting to contemplate even more!

Anyway, both blogs are worth stopping by, especially if you are into 6mm.

Drybrushing 6mm GHQ models

I have been painting 6mm figures over the last few years in particular. I came across this on YouTube and thought I would share it here. I can see myself heading into the Battle Bunker here to get some of the Citadel paint mentioned to try it out. The GHQ models here are quite superb as well.

Evil Doug Strikes Again

There I was, dealing with the 100 or so wargame projects that I have on the go at the moment when the gentle <ding> sound is heard and I think “I have mail”. The following email exchange occurs:

Doug to me 
31 May (3 days ago)
 
http://www.rapierminiatures.co.uk/page/Range/6mm_Chariot_Ancients_Single_Packs.html#NewKingdomEgyptians
 
Me to Doug
31 May (3 days ago)

I purchased some of their Parthians and they are OK. 

Doug to me
31 May (3 days ago)

the Biblicals look much better than the Parthians...
 
Me to Doug
31 May (3 days ago)

Yeah, I am thinking 15mm DBA or 60mm DBA might be nice for them 🙂

Doug to me
31 May (3 days ago)

60mm... get lots on, that’s where 6,, look good. All polemos 60 x 30 bases...

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So now I am thinking about getting some Rapier Miniatures 6mm Biblicals for use with the DBA rules but based on Polemos 60mmx30mm bases. THe only problem with this is that now I am thinking about my current DBA/Warmaster/Polemos 6mm Ancient projects and considering whether or not to take them all to 60mm bases as well.

Thank you Douglas!

The Cheap Storage Boxes

DSC01433In the Polemos Ancient Progress post here in the Hole I mentioned the inexpensive stackable boxes I found at the Stationery Superstore in Funan Digital Mall in Singapore. These boxes are about S$5.00 each and come in colours of yellow (shown to the left), blue, dark blue, black, red and green.

The boxes are cardboard (I guess) and covered in plastic and have nothing inside them. I’ve just stuck some metal sheet to the bottom of the boxes, a couple of sticky labels on on the outside and I have a convenient, inexpensive storage system for my painted figures (er, and unpainted leadpile) Smile

I will be taking a box on tour later this year so I will let you know how the system stands up to international air travel.

For those in Singapore looking for this store, it is at:

109 North Bridge Road
#02-23/29 Funan Digitalife Mall S179097
Tel: 63323870

Stationery Superstore does not have a webpage that I could find although they are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SStationery.

Too Many Figures

If it was September I’d put it down to Spring cleaning. However, it’s January. I’m madly rebasing figures to get ready for Cancon 2011 so I guess what just happened here is a product of a cup of coffee along with my desire to procrastinate on the rebasing.

I thought, “I must have a look and decide whether I will try and paint a new DBA army for Cancon 2011 or shall I just make one from my existing painted figures”.

I remembered that I had some figures in the other room but could not remember exactly which DBA armies they were. I recall writing something up in my blog several years about the armies that I had but I also knew that I had purchased the odd figure or two since then. I decided to have a quick look.

I started looking in the stock figures box where I have unpainted armies neatly stored in plastic, Tupperware like containers. I grabbed one box of DBA figures then opened a second box to see if there was any DBA figures in there. The figures there were for the Hittite Empire and were a DBM army I had forgotten I had to paint. I decided then that I needed a survey of my painting queue.

My goodness, this is what I found (and remember, this is just what I have here, it doesn’t count the figures I have at my Mum’s still to paint as well – those are mostly fantasy and American Civil War).

DBMM Armies (were for DBM originally)

I had collected many DBM armies when I was living in the UK – being paid in pounds made the purchases relatively inexpensive compared to buying them from Oz. Of course, the plan was to settle in to painting them all but so far I’ve not managed it yet. The figures are from Museum Miniatures, Chariot (now Magister Militum) and Essex Miniatures.

  • I/18 Minoan and Early Mycenaean 1600-1250 BCE
  • I/24 Hittite Empire 1380-1180 BCE
  • I/29 Philistine 1166-600 BCE
  • II/19 Seleucid 320-69 BCE
  • II/20 Ptolemaic 320-30 BCE
  • II/32 Later Carthaginian 275-146 BCE
  • II/33 Polybian Roman 275-105 BCE
  • II/36 Graeco-Bactrian 250-130 BCE

Now, all this may appear a little Book 1 and Book 2 heavy, however, painted I do have a few armies from other DBMM Army List books:

  • I/1 Early Sumerian 3000-2334 BCE and circa 2250 BCE
  • II/67 Greuthingi or Early Ostrogothic, Herul, Sciri or Taifali 200-493 CE
  • II/78 Late Imperial Roman 307-425 CE
  • II/83 Later Visigothic 419-720 CE
  • III/4 Early Byzantine 493-578 CE
  • III/28 Carolingian Frankish 639-888 CE

So far I have avoided book IV armies in DBMM.

DBA Armies

Of course, I can make DBA armies from the all of the above as well. I addition, I have the following armies. These are made up of a mixture of figures, from Xyston Miniatures, Essex Miniatures, Donnington Miniatures, Gladiator Miniatures, Falcon Figures and Alain Touiller Figurines. I think that is all the suppliers I am using. All of these are currently unpainted and therefore on the painting queue. The list numbers in brackets refer to the :

  • I/2b Early Egyptian 1639-1543 BCE
  • I/3 Nubian 3000-1480 BCE
  • I/6 Early Bedouin 1499-1000 BCE
  • I/17b Hyksos 1590-1537 BCE
  • I/59 Tullian Roman 578-400 BCE
  • II/5e Aitolian or Akarnanian (from the Later Hoplite Greek 450-275 BCE list)
  • II/45c Spartacus 74-71 BCE
  • II/76 Koguryo Korean 300-668 CE
  • III/10c Rajputs 747-1300 CE
  • III/20a Sui 581-623 CE
  • III/20b T’ang 618-755 CE
  • III/44 Tribal Mongol 840-1218 CE
  • III/62 (III/63) Early Polish
  • IV/01a Komnenan Byzantine 1071-1149 CE
  • IV/15 Qura-Khitan 1124-1211 CE
  • IV/17 Later Crusader 1128-1303 CE
  • IV/18 Lithuanian or Samogitian 1132-1435 CE
  • IV/22 Serbian Empire 1180-1459 CE
  • IV/28 Prussian 1200-1283 CE
  • IV/30 Teutonic Orders 1201-1522 CE (was list 151 in version 1)
  • IV/35 Mongol Conquest 1206-1266 CE
  • IV/43c Later Hungarian 1397-1526 CE
  • IV/56a Order of St John 1291-1522 CE (Cyprus)
  • IV/66 Later Polish 1335-1510 CE
  • IV/75 Timurid 1360-1506 CE
  • One other collection of figures I can’t identify

Other Items on the Queue

Of course, apart from all the stuff mentioned above, there are also many other items left to paint here including:

  • a number of 1/2400th sailing vessels for the Great Lakes war in 1812
  • a German Aeronef fleet in 1/1200th
  • British and German Land Ironclads and infantry in 2mm scale
  • 6mm Cold War Commander SciFi army (ONESS – from Brigade Models)
  • two 1/3000 space fleets for Full Thrust, also from Brigade Models
  • two 6mm Warmaster Ancients armies (Sassanian and Parthian)
  • three 6mm Napoleonic Armies for Polemos Rules (Late Prussian, Confederation of the Rhine and Polish – figures from Heroics and Ros, Adler Miniatures and Baccus)
  • 1/300th WWII Italians (North Africa) again, Heroics and Ros
  • 1/285th WWII Russians (I also need to get more vehicles for this). These are a mix of GHQ, CinC and Adler Miniatures
  • Bucket loads of 1/3000 ships including those needed for the Battle of Matapan and the Philippine Seas (WWII) and Jutland (WWI) along with then Austrian WWI fleet and some miscellaneous WWII British and German vessels
  • and the French WWI Navy in 1/6000th scale for John in the US.

With the exception of the WWII Russians and the 15mm Campaign DBA sets I’ve started building, I think I will call a hiatus on figure purchases this year, at least until I get to reduce the painting queue a little.

So, too many figures to paint? Nah, you can never have enough.

The matchstick armada: Modeller spends 62 years building incredible fleet of 400 ships | Mail Online

The matchstick armada: Modeller spends 62 years building incredible fleet of 400 ships | Mail Online.

The matchstick flight deck and aircraft aboard USS Nimitz
Matchstick aircraft in 1/300 scale on the flight deck of the matchstick USS Nimitz

Given my love of things nautical is it any wonder that I hold this bloke with a level of esteem bordering on rapture? The picture showing here are of aircraft he modelled for the flight deck of a model of the USS Nimitz. The amazing thing is that these were made with matches and matchboxes. The only thing missing is Kirk Douglas on the bridge.

This chap has built over 430 models – all over them out of matches and matchboxes and all of them at 1/300th scale. All I can say is amazing!

CAC Wirraway

There was a search of Thomo’s Hole recently where the search term was “An RAAF Wirraway circa 1943 set for use with Mustangs”. No result was returned to that search term, even though in the gallery behind Thomo’s Hole there is indeed a picture of an RAAF Wirraway circa 1943 set for use with Mustangs. That is the picture there to the right.

The model is 1/300th scale Collectiar model and was originally purchased from Stronghold Miniatures of the UK although I am not certain if he is still operating as there is a note on his home page that says that he is “shut until further notice. I have some personal issues which include separating from my wife.”

Scotia Grendel Productions in the UK now sells the Collectair line however and the Wirraway (along with the other classic Australian aircraft of World War 2, the Boomerang) is available from them.

The Wirraway has the distinction of a World War 2 David and Goliath victory. The Wirraway was a converted trainer, used as a stop-gap measure and mostly used for tactical reconnaissance and light bombing roles. It certainly was not a fighter. On 26 December 1942, Flying Officer John Archer along with his observer, Sergeant J L Coulson, both of them from Melbourne, were flying a tactical reconnaissance sortie over Gona in Papua. They spotted a Japanese Zero (Zeke) passing beneath them.

Archer then dived at the Zero and fired a burst from the machine guns, hitting the Japanese plane and causing it to crash into the sea to the cheering of several hundred Australian troops at Gona at the time. Perhaps even more remarkable than the Wirraway shooting down a Zero was the signal sent back to Headquarters. It read,

Archer has shot down one Zeke, repeat one Zeke. Send six bottles beer

Archer’s Wirraway, A20-103, is on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

To the Collectair model I added an aerial and pitot tube, both from 20 thousandth of an inch (0.020″) brass rod. I painted the Wirraway in a 1943 colour scheme, lightening the blue on the roundels as at 1/300th scale, the darker blue used by the RAAF disappears into the green. The paints used are from the Games Workshop Citadel range, the green being Snot Green and the white, Skull White. The darkened panel lines were achieved using Citadel’s black ink and a fine brush.

Interestingly, Australia built 755 Wirraways and only 250 Boomerangs.

Painting and Wargaming Update

There has been a bit of a hiatus with this recently as the real world invaded and took up more time in the other world than I would have liked. As a result, I’ve really not managed any painting or gaming in the last couple of weeks. I have, however, managed to spend the odd minute planning and today (or rather yesterday by the time this posts), I did manage to work on John’s Austrian World War 1 fleet. They are almost complete now, just requiring labelling and varnishing. I’ll have those in the post to the US by the end of the week (and my PayPal account will feel a little happier).

With regards to my ancient purchases recently, today I started to paint a test Warmaster unit for the Parthians – undercoating a unit of archers.

I also managed to finish reading Simon Scarrow’s “The Gladiator”, the last published adventures of Macro and Cato. Of course, this then got me thinking about the Servile Wars and Slave Revolts so some time was spent today planning a Warmaster Ancients Army list for those wars. I will publish that list here when I finish it.

There are currently prepared and undercoated, a bazillion Prussians also requiring paint, as is the remaining World War 2 Italians. There are also two fleets of Aeronefs, three armies of Land Ironclads as well as a harbour full of 1/2400th ships to paint.

The good news, however, is that the paint was flowing today and will continue to flow this week. Finish the ships, finish four battalions of Prussian Landwehr, one unit of Parthian skirmishers and then finish the World War 2 Italians – well, that’s a plan!

Sassanians Have Arrived

Instead of Cato and Macro causing me more grief, this time it is Pete Berry at Baccus. You may recall when I said “curse you Harry Sidebottom” recently because reading Sidebottom had sparked my imagination to stretch further in the Ancient world than just some Imperial Romans and a handful of Parthians. Sidebottom was responsible for me sending an order to Baccus for 1000 points of Sassanians for a Warmaster Army.

They arrived on my desk at lunchtime today.

I suppose the good thing is that looking at the figures whilst eating the sub stopped me reading more of Cato and Macro’s adventures. That then stopped me thinking about adding a Slave Revolt army to the increasing “must have” list ((and yes, this means I am reading The Gladiator by Simon Scarrow)).

So what’s my problem?

The Sassanians are just gorgeous. I think Baccus’ Ancient figures look much better than their Horse and Musket figures – at least the recent resculpts and new sculpts. I think I hate Mr Berry because having looked at these Sassanians, I am counting the minutes until quitting time today so I can rush home, cook dinner, then settle down to preparing these for painting as soon as possible. These figures really are screaming to me, “paint me, paint me”.

Then, once I have prepared some of these Sassanians for painting, it will be on to the Internet and opening Mr Berry’s catalogue and start planning the next purchases. My Ancient fires have been relit.

Curse you Macro and Cato! Curse you Harry Sidebottom. And now, curse you Mr Berry!