Posts Tagged ‘late war’

Flames of War On Deck

November 4, 2010
Flames of War on deck

Still working on my Flames of War stuff. I’ve got the rest of the jeeps for my Cavalry recon platoon primed and ready to paint. That’s everything except the M2 60mm mortar stands, and with a clear distinction between the MG and transport jeeps. Thanks to Joe for showing me that the third jeep crewman could fit in back! I also have three M1 57mm guns, although when I picked them up second hand, I didn’t realize there was a standard variant and an airborne variant, and now I have a mix of both. You learn a new thing every unit you paint! It’s nothing I can’t live with, and I’ve been filling out units further for Field of Battle WW2, so I might pick up at least one more down the road.

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Old Dog Learns New Tricks

October 18, 2010

Got my German 88 battery finished. My late war Germans are based using static grass. It’s not a technique I’m crazy about, but I got a big tub of it in trade so what the hell, right? I had them sealed with gloss sealer then Dullcote, just bought a new damn car today, and had 3/4 of a bottle of Four Roses left, so I thought, frell, let’s finish these puppies. I flocked them as usually– an irregular covering of Woodland Scenics Scenic Cement followed up by the static grass and gentle lateral blowing to get them to stand up. But. I had bookmarked a recent page describing making more realistic terrain– thought I’d pull it back and and see what they had to say about it. Lo and behold, they have a page on realistic grass. It’s basically static grass drybrushed tan, light orange or light blue? LOL!  The only drybrushed static grass I recall are Keven Dallimore’s Foundry figures– I bought a catalog Askarai for $5 off eBay, just to examine his painting technique in person– and it looked like paint slopped on static grass.  But whatever, I’m drunk, let’s do it. A light drybrushing of Delta Ceramcoat’s Country Tan, and a very light (although not quite light enough) drybrushing of DC’s Wedgeworth Blue and what do you know– it does look better. The picture really highlights the flaws, but in the flesh, they do look better. I’ll be keeping this up. With or without the bourbon.  (probably with!)

In the Face of Adversity

October 11, 2010
 

I triumph! Well, soon enough, at least. I have just about finished my 88 battery. I realized after washing it that I forgot to paint the windshield on the Kfz 15. Also, seems like I found something else that I forgot, but which I’ve already forgotten again! And I need to get some large FoW base magnets. But, it’s almost there.  Here you can see how I tend to paint figures.  The figures themselves are white glued to craft sticks, primed, then rubber cemented to the tops of craft paint bottles for painting.

Trounced by Children, part deux

September 11, 2010

Huh. This is starting to become a habit! I ran a 1,500 point game of Flames of War with my son. I’m still a little rusty on the rules, so I will use that as my excuse, because I was routed handily again! This, despite me giving him the Americans that I had lost with last time. I forgot the scenario name, but either of us could win the game by starting a turn occupying one of our objectives on the other half of the board. Junior here got his Shermans on the road, and with great audacity, drove them halfway across the table in front of two platoons of Panzergrenadiers that did not have their Panzerfausts set up yet. He then ducked into the woods where he had placed his objective before I could turn my sIG 33 battery on him. While my Panzer IVs were blazing away futilely with their machine guns and ducking fire from four or five bazooka teams (which, coincidentally, can move and fire– how fair is that?), his Shermans promptly machine gunned and assaulted my company command. I threw a few Sd Kfzs 251/1s at him to try and stay in the game for another turn, yet all was lost in the end.

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Flames of War Pak40 (GBX23)

September 10, 2010

Finally got my Pak40s finished. I have some Old Glory Sd Kfz 251/1s on order to run these with my Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers, but I don’t have them yet. I complained about these figures before, but in the end, I like how they turned out. Oh, and for what it’s worth, other than the metallics and wash, these figures are completely craft paints.

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Battlefront, bah!

August 15, 2010

I’ve got my Flames of War Pak 40s out on the table and have slowly been poking at them a bit. This guy was a little irritating– he has half a shell, inserting the round into the breech. Only, he’s like a scale foot too high. Considering the fact that I could have bought nice Old Glory figures for about 1/3rd of the cost of these, it’s something I don’t really think I should have to deal with. I think I can work with it by sanding the base a bit, bending the angle down slightly, and putting the gun up on blocks before texturing the base. I had already decided to go Old Glory for transports; sounds like I will for guns, too!

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Priorities for the rest of the year

July 29, 2010

I’ve been thinking for a while that 2010 was definitely going to be the year of World War 2 for me. I’m pulled by a few other interests, but not strongly enough to really shake that direction. I have a sense of what I want to accomplish before the end of year. Priorities for the rest of 2010 are thus, in rough order:

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Trounced By Children

July 4, 2010

I had been threatening to run a Flames of War game for my son, pictured left. He’s kind of lukewarm about the idea, but he had a friend spend the night. This friend is very interested in World War 2, so I whipped up a 600 point game of panzergrenadiers vs. US airborne with some Shermans. Too be fair, I wasn’t really playing to win, but I also wasn’t playing to lose by the margin I did! They whupped me badly. Just look at those Shermans burn… They enjoyed the game all the more for it, of course. Hopefully my son will get more interested in playing miniatures games with his ol’ Dad.

Landmark Normandy Buildings

April 9, 2010

A while back, I determined to buy some pre-painted 15mm buildings for WW2. I had dithered back and forth for, really, years on exactly what I wanted to do for 15mm Napoleonics, and I thought this was a good opportunity to solve that problem as well. I had debated going with smaller scale figures to better match the groundscale of Field of Battle. Seriously painting up Flames of War figures kind of sinched it for me– I’d go 15mm.

My first thought was that this was a chance to buy some of those really nice Crescent Root Studios buildings, only to find that they have been on an extended hiatus. I then bought some MBA buildings, having been pleased by some of their 25mm buildings. However, the 15mm just weren’t satisfactory to me– the two parts of the buildings flared out a bit and didn’t sit well. So, I took a chance and looked at Landmark.

Well, really I was looking at Timecast, because I knew they had some high quality buildings. They had bought the Landmark line, which I took as a strong sign. The idea that they were all real buildings was appealing, and they seemed to have a positive rep on the net. I bought a pretty big set of them to get a discount, and am really pleased! I also have LNO 17 High Walls, which I forgot to photograph. I wasn’t as crazy over them, they’re just the wall, with nothing to sit on. But, now I’ve got a nice terrain mat, nice buildings…I’ve got to get the rest of my terrain up to snuff!

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Another Week, Another Platoon

March 25, 2010

I could get used to this! Unfortunately, this could be it for a while as I head into some vacation time. However, I’m very proud of this unit of Battlefront M4A1 Shermans. I thought they turned out very nicely. I like the tank commander on the left– remind you of anyone? I don’t suppose it’s too late to sculpt a beard and mount loudspeakers on the sides of the tank! Maybe when I get around to the decals. Anyway, this should give me a satisfying enough selection to run a largish game between my US Airborne and Panzergrenadiers, so I’m happy. I’ll probably be looking to flesh the Germans out now that I have some more Allied support. Now, off for some historical research at Netflix.

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