Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Aircraft Stand

One of the most important weapons in the world is the aeroplane. They can destroy armies with impunity from the skies if they are not challenged. That means for my wargames set in World War 2, I needed planes. So I built up for of these bases.
The design is very simple. Just a cardboard base hot glued to a long piece of plastic from kitsets and blu-tack to stick the plane to the plastic. The only problem is balance so certains planes hold up better than others.
This is the near common scene of a British plane strafing a German armoured column.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A YouTube Video: The Duke of Wellington's Army

This is a crazy massive army that is amazing. 25,000 British infantry in the Napoleonic Era. It is amazing and would be impossible to wargame with (of course). Imagine someone doing an entire battle 1:1.

American Revell Infantry

Here is finally troops that are not knock-offs. These Revell American Infantry I think are very good. The mortars and heavy machine guns are very good and well representative. Although these are winter infantry, I didn't paint them in white coats or wearing gloves. The detail is well shown and these will be the mainstay of the American forces in my miniature army.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

World War 2 Chinese Infantry (NRA)

Here are my Chinese infantry. These are a mixture of only knock-off infantry. The German Airfix knock-offs represent the ones equipped by the Germans in the 20s, Airfix French to represent the trumpeter and troops using the Adrian helmets. The Airfix Afrika Korps to represent those equipped with German units and using caps. The other knock-offs that are unidentifiable are Japanese painted as Chinese. Those include the a Dadao armed soldier These troops are pretty convincing in a wargame setting.

I do have troops which are not knock-offs but there are so few Chinese sets in 1/72 and the Commandos in the previous post looked more cooler with the green berets than not.

Monday, November 14, 2011

British Commandos

Here are some knock-off 1/72 Airfix British Paratroopers (1/32 scale turned to 1/72) painted as British Commandos. These poses are good and I think these figures should have actually be made by Airfix instead of that awful set released for British Paratroopers with confusing poses like the "stretching guy".

I cut up Weetbix boxes and fold up as smaller boxes to store my troops. It is a pretty efficient way to store infantry.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Recent Projects: Italians, Russians and British Vehicles

Here are some new pictures of some vehicles that I got earlier in the building process.
The Airfix Ilyushin Strumovik has the crew painted but the rest is waiting for several coats of paint.
Here, I have some Armorfast Hät Cromwells that are the mainstay of the late war British army. Also some 2 Airfix Churchills. These tanks will be big boost to the British late war forces.
The Italian M13/40 was the main Italian made tank of the Italian Army. This tank is very cool but was crap in the face of British forces. This tank and the other are good armoured companions to the Italian and German infantry.
This Italeri clip together kit is nice and simple without any lack of detail.
Also I have a desert 4.5/5.5 inch gun to provide the 8th Army artillery cover. The crew are a mixture of knock-off modified Airfix 8th Army and knock-off 1/72 versions of the 1/32 scale Airfix British paratroopers. I decided to use them instead of 25 pounder crew as they look more exciting and cover more aspects.
An Humber armored car that my Dad got and Trade Me completed has been painted and weathered by me. I have needed this reconnaissance for British desert forays against the Afrika Korps.
All these tanks and aircraft will be used later on in wargames along with the newer stuff I brought from Cambridge.

New Stuff

I have not been updating for a while due to school. However the school year is almost over here in New Zealand so I can update this blog more often.

Recently, I went to the Armistice Day event in Cambridge. I found a bargain with some Revell and Itareli stuff.
The Wespe was an amazing deal. It cost about $15 NZ . That is down from $27 NZ normal price. I've always wanted to buy and build a Wespe as they have such a cool design from early war equipment.
Another set I got was the Veltro. It was $13 down from $19. I have been fascinated with World War 2 Italian Equipment making this a great buy.