Dienstag, 24. Juni 2014

British Platoon - Platoon Command


had the chance to start up the work on my little British 20mm all plastic strike force.
Thought to start with the command section.
This consists of the platoon commander (Lieutenant), the platoon sergeant, two troopers for the PIAT team, and a two men 2" mortar team. 

I started with the Lieutenant and the Sergeant. The officer is slightly converted from the Caesars "Commondos" set. A simple "head-swap" that adds more authority. Do like his pose as I do like his  leather waistcoat.
The Sgt. is from the PSC set; this figurine is my favorite from the PSC set. Lovely dramatic pose.
I left him on his own base to smooth the "high" contrast a bit down. Will do this with all of the PSC offerings.

The next set of two is a mix up from Revell and PSC. Found the helmet casting of the Revell mortar man too poor to go along; so again a little head-swap helped out here.


Freitag, 20. Juni 2014

Chain of command - British Platoon Part 1


it was (as I recall) back in 1979 when "Wargaming" hits my live. We boyez tried our faith on "Avalon Hill". The game was "Squad leader" as I remember. Poor was our english then, little we understood but we played "war".
During the years "Rapid Fire!" is/was my game; I enjoyed it very much and played it as often as I can. These days I found a quite interesting (and new to me game) from the games smithy Toofatlardies: Chain of Command. A quite easy to learn and easy to play platoon level game. For me this game introduces personality of leaders. That fact is(was completely new to me. You will have certain leaders with individual background that directly influences leadership on the field of honor and the course of the game.

While reading the Chain of Command manual I noticed that I NEVER EVER build up a british infantry platoon. NEVER!!!!! My decision was quite spontaneous: Yes I will !!!! British infantry, all plastic, 20mm in size. I visited two local stores and bought (what I thought) all I need: A set of Revell British infantry. British infantry from Caesar and PSC. "Weapons" from HÄT.
Must say I am quite annoyed with my purchase... : Size does matter ! and NOTHING seems to fit together. Also the status of quality is quite drastic.... Here are some pictures for comparison:

In the center is British late war infantry from PSC. These figurines are OK but extremely small. Found them quite similar in size to the 1970s offerings from Matchbox. The green runner on the left is from HÄT; soft plastic, oversized heads, visible plastic seams. Ooooch.
The brown one is a Revell classic. Good details, good variety of poses but flat faces. Typical british nine food giants.

Next picture is Caesar versus PSC. Again size matters. And ... Caesar has good details, good sculpted faces, lovely poses,  but is smaller than Revell and HÄT. Strange.... We have a 1.000 sets of 1/72 German infantry and four sets of late war british infantry that DON´T fit together in size and quality. Poor.

Usually I would stop here and leave this alone ... well not this time.
I will build up a British late WW2 Platoon in full plastic. Will share the results here during the next weeks. Hope you will follow.

Montag, 16. Juni 2014

Matador -finished-


the Zvezda 15mm Matador turned out to be a nice challange. In fact I have not worked with 15mm during the last five years. Took me some four hours to finish this and I am quite pleased with the results.
Company Zvezda is doing a good job here; these little low priced gooddies can turn out into decent models. Will do some more 15mm in the future. It is Plastic Soldier Comp. and their 15mm redition of the "Churchill" that caught my interest. Will go for it during the next weeks.

Dienstag, 10. Juni 2014

Take me to the Matador

was away quite a while. Nearly a year has passed without a word.
Have just one apology here: Back in last years June I got a bad bad diagnostic. Lost much of my strenght during the following “cure”. Lost also all of my hair, some 25 Kilos of bodyweight (wich is not that bad) and my interest in painting and modelling. Would say have had no interest in anything. Even sleeping was a pain.

But… I am feeling much better these days. God is my friend. Would say i am "cured". Get back to office work in April, bought a folding-bike in May and spend some time in my hobby room last weekend.  I started a little Project on a model of a British „Matador“ truck. It is quite a little project: 15mm in modelling size, two sprues with some 25 parts, all snap-fit without any chemical glue. Company Zvezda gave us this little goody for some 3 Euros.

I took some pictures of my progress. More will come during the next days. Thank you.

The sprue. Only few parts. Will they fit? Will the fit glueless?

Some ten minutes in the game. All fits nice. A really fast-build.

Yes a fast-build. 32 minutes to get this one togehter.

Take me to the Matador
He will know just what it's for 
(Garland Jeffreys)