WiP: PSC Pz IV’s

Just working on these two for my Chain of Command Germans. Basic paintjob nearly finished then need to paint the tools, do a wash and dry-brush then some detailing. Not exactly exciting but it is the first things I’ve done after a horrible hiatus so just glad to be doing something again. Looking forward to getting them finished in the next few days.

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Anhalt Btln for GdB: WIP

The Warlords have a summer break in the month of August which means no game this Monday just gone (and for the next 3 weeks probably – boo!). However, I have vowed to get some proper painting done in the break, and after the big game the other week I had decided that I will get cracking on with some Napoleonics. I have always been drawn to the troops of the Rheinbund since I got interested in Napoleonics (down to my Dad’s Funken book – in French as well!) and so it was a no brainer to start with the ‘dwarf states’ and work my way up from there.

The plan is to work through the Rheinbund Regiments first adding the small units of cavalry and artillery from these states too – I want the units to be used for 1813/4 as well as the early part of the wars which gives scope for some interesting volunteer forces to be added also.

As no one does the figures for these units in 15/18mm (Perry’s do some gorgeous ones in 28mm though and I might get a few one day..) you have to get the nearest thing and make some compromises and so for the Anhalters I’m using AB Orange-Nassau figures. This gives the single breasted jacket and shako cords but also a plume and no epaulettes so I’m compromising by having the centre companies using a full plume and the flank companies sans epaulettes. They also have a British style canteen which I really didn’t want to take off as it’d ruin the back of the jacket so have kept it on (sorry button counters!) – the Anhalters did fight with British troops when they were with Walmoden’s Corp though so maybe they picked them up from them?!

After a bit of a false start last week, I wasn’t feeling great and got distracted with a bit of Europa Universalis 3, I have been slowly plugging away and have just about finished off the first 3 companies – they have just been given their wash and I’ll do some spot fixing if needed and the base them up once dried off tomorrow. I received the figures for the second part of the Battalion yesterday and they were primed straight away so I will get cracking on those now. So I thought I’d take a couple of snaps to share, I’m quietly pleased with how these have turned out. I’m in no way a Paul Alba or Gunner Dunbar but the difference between these and the Frankfurt Battalion I painted last year has shown me how much I’ve improved which is quite pleasing. In fact I wish I had tarted the Frankfurter’s up now before rebasing them but they might be good to keep as a yardstick from where I started….

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And the first two companies are based, will be adding flock etc when they are joined by the rest of the Battalion, which should be later in the week as work on them is well under way.

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Aaaargh, modelling!

I remembered yesterday why I really embraced 6mm wargaming when I discovered it back in the 80’s – you didn’t have to make the bleeding models, they come ready to go.

I thought I’d spend the afternoon putting together a couple of kits for my Chain of Command Germans as I need a choice of PAK guns for a game I’ve got against Philip and his Soviet hordes on Monday (and thought I might have a bash at the lovely PSC Panther I have as well just in case!). Even with the easy build models of today I still managed to get most of the glue on my fingers and could I get the bloody gunshield of the PAK38 to sit right , could I buggery. That’s when I remembered why I stopped making them all those years ago, my dad was right, I am the most cack-handed sod in the world. To make matters worse I then completely cocked up the paintjob on the PAK 40 so will have to make another one today! Complete and utter incompetent arse!!

At least I stopped before tackling the Panther but I’ll have a go a that today, it must just be the small fiddly ones I have problems with as the PSC Panzer IV and Sdkfz 250 I made came out ok. Thank god you don’t need much for CoC.

 

Workbench no.4: Panzer Grenadiers

Since I got the dreaded lurgy a couple of months ago my painting output virtually stopped altogether, no matter how much I tried I just couldn’t get into it – sum total has been one 6mm Drakken for my Austrian force, shite basically.

So, it has been nice to get the jazz back for painting again. There are two reasons for this I reckon. Firstly I have been put on a drugs trial for my Polycythaemia which has meant that I have stopped taking the chemo drugs that I’ve been on for the past 3 years which seems, touch wood, to have given me back some energy. Secondly, I have discovered the joys of Chain of Command by the Too Fat Lardies and have been so enthused that I’ve bought enough kit to make a late war Panzer Grenadier platoon. (If you are into WW2 and you haven’t tried these rules out, give them a go as they are seriously great, one of the best rulesets I’ve played).

They will initially be used as 21st Panzer in Normandy as it looks as if me and a couple of the guys at the Warlords will be playing through a couple of the Pint Sized Campaigns in the New Year, so I’ve also bought a couple of their funky French half-track conversion jobs!

The figures are a mixture of Blitz, which are really, really nice, and AB, usual great work by Mr Barton. They both go really well together and I’ll be happy to mix them within sections to get variety. I’ve also bought a couple of MG teams from SHQ, which are OK figures but seem a bit on the thin side next to the Blitz and AB’s so not sure if I’ll keep them yet – I’ll paint them up first though and see how they look then. I’ve got some more figures on order, some Fantassin/Warmodelling/Capitan, some Kelly’s Heroes and more Blitz so I’ll have enough for a platoon and all of the support options. I’m hoping to get the whole lot done by the new year, I reckon that’s a realistic target.

Here’s a few pictures of the initial paint-slapping. I’m trying to go for the scruffy, differently kitted out, veteran look so uniforms will be a mix of Field Grey, Camo and Brown Violet. I’ve done a basic skin, jacket, trousers, headgear job on this batch so the next session will be adding camo and then equipment (I have done the equipment on a few figures to test out colours so I’ve a head start there!).

The half tracks are from Ready to Roll and are quite nice. The Somua with the Pak 40 was a bit of a faff to put together as for some reason the spigot that should have been on the bottom of the breech to allow placing on the pedestal in the fighting compartment had been cut off so a bit annoying, also the photo of the model on the website didn’t have the gun-shield on it so that caused a wee bit of confusion – good job we have the internet!

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Somua with Pak 40 – who needs a Hetzer!
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Unics half track. I’ll be starting on this next week.

 

 

Workbench no.1

As I’ve done enough prattling on for now, I thought I’d have a go at bunging up some photo’s of what is on the workbench – also Sparker on TWW asked to see these so here goes! (Pictures done on my phone so apologies in advance)

Just finished basing some of my ‘Alt-Modern’ Polish.20150806_130536Some close-ups.

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The mighty PT-90 (or Scotia EET-1 masquerading as a Vickers Mk.7) with a H&R Vickers Mk.3 and Scotia Stormer-20 aifv in background.

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(These are all just to test posting photo’s really, more and better to come soon I hope!)