Saturday, 16 December 2017

Seasonal late war German infantry

Just too late for the snow, this platoon with supports was painted and based for winter warfare in the snow.

Heavily dominated by StG 44 assault rifles.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Polish rebasing finished

I've now rebased my Polish and Hussars and Haiduks, so they match the rest of my Renaissance collection.

When rebasing the Hussars I decided to cut down the length of the existing lances plus adding extra as the original figures had too few of them to look right. I also reduced the units down to nine figures, thus I had to repaint the coats to ensure the units looked consistent.

The Haiduks were a simple rebasing job, the only tricky part was applying the basing neatly between figures in two ranks.

One idea I should have thought of was adding a small bead onto the lance to mimic the hand guard.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

On the workbench - December 2017

Not quite the big push to finish off the year as there are certainly a number of areas where I won't hit plan. So a bit of a mix

  • Rebase my renaissance Poles so they can be used against my Muscovites
  • Extra medieval Swiss - carried over from last month
  • WW2 winter Germans - a couple of platoons
  • A trio of winter panthers
  • Six US M3 light tanks for Tunisia (or maybe twelve if there are enough components!)
  • plus try and finish off a number of the bits and pieces scattered around the painting table so I can have a clean start to the new year.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Pictures from Pudsey

A drive across to Recon in Pudsey for the last show of the year and it's a nice friendly show to finish the year. Not much eye-candy though. The Lance & Longbow took across the what-if battle of Chester 1318


The big spectacle was a Battlegroup game of operation Goodwood.


Nice terrain


but too many tanks for the table used and not including the masses on the table edge waiting to come on.


Sold a number of old units on the bring and buy and bought some interesting reading. David "Low Roller" donated me some more plastic to add to the stash

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Some WW2 bits and pieces

Just to finish off the month I completed a number of bits

First a twin 13.5mm AA gun for my French and a command version of a M5 light tanks (I copied a version based on the M8 HMC). The AA gun is from Early War Miniatures and the M5 is made up from left overs from the PSC kit.


Three new Breda 20mm AA guns and another Sahariana. Crews for both came from mixed sources but mainly the Waterloo 1815 Italian tank vehicle and artillery crew set.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Russian Noble cavalry

After almost a month of painting odd bits of colour I've completed five units of Russian Noble cavalry and a couple of commanders to go with my Strelsy.


The figures are all Zvezda, mostly their Russian Noble cavalry, but includes some Polish Hussars to make up the numbers


Sunday, 26 November 2017

German panzers in the snow.

I was a bit bored of painting Russian cavalry (well underway now) so I decided to assemble the three Panzer IVs I bought at "not Derby" and paint them for late war winter games.


I also had a spare Plastic Soldier Company Panzer III, so I added side and turret skirts plus upgraded the gun with a Matchbox 50mm L60. I'll probably use it as either a command or artillery observation vehicle.


Also completed at the same time was the Zvezda German winter HQ