Monday, November 20, 2017

Making Trees

The ever resourceful David Russell shows us how to make decent trees...

Double wire insert

Measuring the trunk

Cut twine is added to the wire

And spun tight using a drill

The tree is placed in a jar filled with glue and scenery flock

The end result
Practical and inventive as always.

NB child labour was used in the construction of these items..... this time at least :)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Game. France, 1944

A small game played out by me and Dave. He play the US, me the Germans


US armoured infantry wasted no time in securing their right flank by occupying the only built-up-area on the map

This is the German right flank. Owing to heavily wooded areas their advance was much slower than the Americans, which cost them important field position

PzIVs supported by assault guns and a company of infantry attempt to control a crossroads that was roughly half way between the two sides

With some success. The lead company of Sherman tanks took some hits, however their morale was unaffected. Vehicles here are Italeri

More US forces enter the fight via the main road. The Germans had this area fairly well covered, but not for long...

The PzIV company is all but destroyed by anti tank gun fire and the battered by still capable Shermans 

A risky assault by the StugIIIg company proved disastrous, with two platoons damaged or destroyed by side armour hits 

German infantry take out the anti tank gun position....about three turns too late! Figures here are mostly Revell

With vehicle and infantry losses getting heavy, the Germans tried to anchor the center of their line

About turn 6. The US forces counter attack the German center, with a number of the enemy failing morale checks and fleeing their positions

A final big effort by German infantry attempted to force the Americans out of the village area, which would have allowed some flanking attacks by what was left of their armour

Too little, too late. Despite some decent results the Germans just didn't have enough of anything in the right field position to force the Americans out of theirs. 
David played a really good game. His armoured forces were not as powerful as the Germans and he used the terrain and his infantry to snuff out most of the German attacks.
In terms of position and losses the game was a clear victory to the Americans.

First game we've had in ages, and there'll be plenty more to come. All of the kit in this scenario is from Dave's collection.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Stugs by Dave

Nice conversions into the assault gun variety

Dave has painted these to a very high standard, with a lot of efforts on detailing the tracks.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Yet another Airfix resin building

Finished this late last night...

This is my second one of these, window frames, etc left out

These buildings have a very good size footprint in terms of tabletop space and ground scale

This one was a gift from Diana.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Asian Temple

From the wooden kit I started last month

Most gaps were filled and sanded back

Removable roof, although you can only place figures on the second level

Added minor detail with a marker.

Sunday, October 29, 2017


I have plans for a US Marine unit, so these will get a bash at some stage

this version sports a 37L56

this one a 75L15, although being open-topped this counts as a weak AFV

Resin models, now to complete my three Buffalo 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Asian Scenery

A couple of Asiatic scenery features that I have recently completed...


Raised stone platform or bunker

On a low platform

Foot bridge

Raised platform as an AA gun position

Last one is a couple of work in progress items