Friday, 12 September 2014

Going Forward...

With 20mm WW2 at the moment, I can see the light at the end of tunnel for all my existing projects, so thought I would take the time to recap and take stock of each. Nothing is ever 'finished' but many are reaching the stage where enough is done to relegate them to just ticking along as I do things for fun...
 
 

1944 - 1945 Germans - Well Im presently painting the final platoon of infantry and a few support weapons and then Im done. It will never be finished, as I will always add bits and pieces, but with this platoon finished its the main work completed.
 
1943 Germans - I have been having a think on this, and I have sold off all my Kursk armour with a view to re-doing it all with the new PSC Panzer IIIs, but Im having a re-think... More on that later.
 
1939 - 1942 Germans - Again, its pretty well finished for now. I want to add five more tanks (Panzer IIIs for Poland and Panzer IVs for 1942) but pretty much calling it quits for now... Though I do need some trucks...
 
1944 - 1945 Fallschirmjager - One that's done until Battlefield Miniatures release the new Blitz 'Lions of Carentan' range...
 
1944 - 1945 British - Another one done... I do have three more Churchills I would like to do but they will wait.
 
 
 
1940 BEF - Still a lot to do on this... Basically all the vehicles! While all the infantry are painted, I have 30 0dd vehicles to be done. Thankfully the last three arrived today so its moving up the list fast so as to feature in the Battlegroup Blitzkrieg book.
 
1944 - 1945 Yanks - While the 1945 stuff is done, my poor Yanks for Normandy languish. I have almost finished the conversion work on a fleet of M3 Half-tracks, but I also have 80 odd infantry to paint as well for my 1944 platoon. Still a big job this one.
 
1944 US Airborne - Another stalled project, but thankfully one that only consists of a single platoon. No impetus on this as I have US Airborne already done, but they are all the new Elhiem figures and I love the models.
 
1944 British - Again, say as the US Airborne, just a single platoon to do, but this one is waiting till I 'do' Arnhem.
 
1941 - 1945 Soviets - Amazingly its pretty much all done. Currently I have 20 infantry to do for use as various things for 'Fall of the Reich' and I just got some new T-26 models from Lancer Miniatures to finish off 1941, and blooming lovely they are too. But another pretty much finished project.
 
 
So all going well... Just need to kick into gear on my 1944 Yanks in order to breakout of Normandy. Lots done, still afew things to do for all (and more to buy no doubt) but a big dent made and a lot of old models sold off. As the Yanks come on stream, that's two more armies that will see the old figures sold off.
 
So what of the 1943 Germans?
 
Well I have no real desire to game 1943 in Russia anymore. My interests have always been the start of the war, and the end of the war in the East. So after selling off the Kursk collection of Germans and buying the models to re-do it, I have decided to take a new approach. Instead of Kursk, Im going to look at doing Italy in 1943 instead. It will allow me to use a lot of the same equipment, use a lot of existing stuff and also allow me to go a bit more tropical in figures and open the way towards Tunisia and the Desert War. I think I may start with Sicily and work out from there but I need to take some time to think on this one. But I think at some point next year Italy will have to start.
 
 
 
I do have some more ideas though...
 
A recent dig through old project boxes unearthed a large quantity of British troops in tropical gear, suitable for the Far East mainly plus three Milicast Lee-Grant tanks and some Sikh troops. Its something I have fancied doing for a while so a couple of books on the period have been purchased.
 
 
 
Im also thinking about doing Crete too. Its always been an interest of mine so it would be nice to do it. Due to the terrain, I may do this as I do Italy and make some terrain boards that will work for both.
 
So still lots to do for 20mm WW2, lots more to come and lots of ideas for new things!
 
But I have just got together a load of 20mm Viet Cong...
 

Monday, 1 September 2014

More 20mm Early War Germans...

In fact the last ones I have...Need to buy more! These are mainly the new Elhiem range with some AB and Under Fire...






Friday, 29 August 2014

A sneak peek for any 15mm WW2 fans...


This is an as yet unreleased test print of one of the figures from the new 15mm Early War German Heavy Weapons sprue set that PSC hope to have out by the years end. Im painting up the test prints to use for the box art.

Its the same style as the recently released German set from PSC and we spent a great deal of time on that set to get them looking good. I really like it and they are a joy to paint.

Of course... Not 20mm. But there is work on that...

Thursday, 21 August 2014

20mm BEF Again? Yer... Changed the helmet colour!

After talking to Tony Barton (the talented bugger who sculpts AB figures) on the helmet colour, he kindly sent me some pics... So I got the figures out and decided it was too dark. So it was back to the original colour I tried, Brown Violet. It didnt look right before, but on the finished model it does work, gave it a brown filter to try and add a little depth.

Think the result is a lot less cartoony now and less jarring.