Work in Progress

DSC01480I finally got around to starting to paint the Russians. I still need to base another battalion of infantry but I plan to do that this weekend, maybe. In the meantime, I thought I would start on some armour just to get back into the swing of painting. I also thought that I might start on a couple of buildings as well. All of the armour for the Russians, and the buildings for that matter, are from GHQ and CinC. This first batch though are all GHQ.

I started by basing all the armour and the buildings on FOW bases. I use the small bases for the armour and infantry, and medium bases for the buildings (with a notable exception) and artillery. The notable exception is the Russian church that I posted pictures of recently (the Brass etching post). For that model I used a FOW large and medium base.

The figures were then all undercoated in flat black.

Once the undercoat has dried, I then give the figures a quick black wash. This is just to provide a wee bit of coverage for anything missed through the spray undercoat process.

DSC01482Once the figures are dry again I then apply a heavy, wet brush of white. This is done with a large flat brush and is done by using the same technique that you would use for dry brushing, just leaving a little more paint on the brush. This has two effects. One is top make it easier to see the detail when applying later coats of colour. The second is that it provides a brighter undercoat under the colours to follow, lifting them and lightening them a little. The third thing is that it starts the shading process around the detail.DSC01486

Next was the first colour coat. In this case I was painting some Valentines for the Russians. The Russians used 3,784 Valentine tanks, 2,394 were British built and 1,390 Canadian built. As these were supplied by Britain and Canada, they were supplied to Russia in British tank colours, in this case a khaki green.

OK, that is the state of Work in Progress at the moment. I hope to finish these tanks this week, after all, there are only the tracks and a light dry-brush to go as well as darkening the machine guns and the base of course.

Figure Tart

I am. I’m always looking for something new. It’s not enough that the current painting and project queue consists of 15mm DBA Ancients, 1/6000 World War 1 ships, 1/3000 World War 1 and 2 ships, 1/1200 scale Aeronefs, 2mm Land Ironclads, 1/300 scale Napoleonic and Ancients (and lots of the Napoleonic’s I might add), a nominal 1/3000 scale space fleet and 6mm World War 2 and Future War Commander armies but I need to look for more.

What did I do?

I ordered a sample pack of the Oddzial Osmy 1/600th scale (that’d be 3mm) figures. Given the stellar performance of the Aussie dollar at the moment, the sample pack of these figures only cost me Aussie $10, including postage from the US. So, I order the Yom Kippur War sample pack from PicoArmor.com of Illinois, USA. The pack contents includes:

  • 3 Centurion
  • 3 M113
  • 3 M109
  • 3 T-55
  • 3 BTR-50
  • 3 Polish M-30 howitzer
  • and 3 Infantry

It’ll be fun to paint these up and test out the basing of these vehicles and figures. If, as I expect, these vehicles and figures work out as well as I think they will, then the creative juices will be flowing and I’ll think about adding another project to the list – perhaps something around the Middle East – or perhaps a mini collection.

First – let’s get the figures and have a look at them. Then let’s worry about the project queue.

A Modern Game – the Danes hold NATO’s Northern Flank

PA312497 I trekked to Canberra over the weekend. The main reason was to see number three son and visit the Australian War Memorial (see another post coming up). However instead of driving back to Sydney on Saturday night I headed over to Doug and Gillian’s to see two of my favourite Labradors as well as to have a game with Doug.

We’d been looking at the Cold War Commander Rules and Doug had been purchasing off eBay. I’d sent an order to Navwar in the UK (6 days from the time I faxed the order until I had the goods in my hands) for some Heroics and Ros tanks and Infantry. I was building a Danish force circa 1970 to 1990. Doug had Soviets so, setting the year as 1984, we had a game.

Basically the game revolved around the Danes providing a holding force on NATO’s northern flank to slow the advance of a second-string Soviet column. The Danes had set up a very hasty defence, digging a mechanised infantry battalion in across the centre of the expected line of advance, supported by a couple of squadrons of light tanks (M41 Walker Bulldogs – one troop shown in the picture above about to advance on some BMPs).

The Danes held, especially as the T-72s rolled in against the infantry. When we called time and the Danes surrendered, they had held the Soviet advance for a fair while and it was a near run thing as the Soviet morale was also starting to get close to becoming shaky.

It was an enjoyable game, made enjoyable as much from the good company as anything else.

The picture above shows the Danish M41s almost completed – the bases need finishing and a final varnish which will be done this week. I’ll post pictures of them when they are finished. I also have a battalion of Centurions to paint for the Danes as well which will give them more punch against the Soviets as well as consigning the M41s to the Recce role.

Next up after finishing off the Danes will be Norwegians.

Korean War Memorial Museum

Korea War Memorial MuseumThe Korean War Memorial Museum notes about it’s raison d’être that “since the end of the Korean War many important war records have been disappearing and that generation [that fought in that war] has also been disappearing”. Korea was established through a number of struggles and the War Memorial Museum was proposed and built to pull all this information together.

So, the purpose of the Korean War Memorial Museum was for the collection, preservation and exhibition of historical relics for all the wars that Koreans fought in. At the front of the museum, there is also a plaza area that is there to serve as a reminder of the past sacrifices in war. It should also be noted that the museum was built to “commemorate loyal martyrs and their services to the nation.” There are, as a result, a couple of areas that most westerners would consider a little “heroic” in their appearance and what is displayed.

Follow this link to read more about the museum.