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Sdkfz 234/2 Puma Action!

Wow, been busy lately… After posting that War was Declared, got a test game of Bolt Action in and have been for a great day at Salute.

It seems that the groups attention has wondered over to Drop Zone Commander which is not a bad thing, I am really looking forward to getting into that game again, or rather make a start. But I still have the WW2 bug at the moment. So I have been painting up some SS miniatures and a Puma.

This is a 1/48 scale kit from Tamiya the old Italeri kit re-boxed. I did some knocking around on the inter-web thingy for patterns etc. I have not done a model kit in 10+ years and was never any good but I thought I would give it a go.¬† ūüėē

So here is my attempt at airbrushing:

I have now added 2 coats of filter from AK Interactive and added a pin wash and then tided it up a bit.

The next stage is to add some paint chipping and light scratches, until you are happy with the amount. I have added a fair few I can imagine that the Puma is thrashing its way though under growth  and sneaking into the woods and towns scouting for Allied armor.

The colours should tone down a bit more. I may add rain streaks, still have mud and dust to add. I have not used any of these products before, I normally just did drybrush and ink was but want to try and paint it like modelers do.

Adding the start of the mud:

I don’t want it plastered just some stuck under there from usage.

Here are the wheels:

So I have now been working on the crew, I wanted a crew of 2 for this one. The commander exposed commenting to the gunner who has just his head exposed, sort of a narrative.

Here are some bad pictures¬† ūüėÜ

Here you can see the excellent decals from Warlord I picked up at the Salute show in London, I used two eagles and an officer rank Untersturmfuhuer. Excellent decals. I used Micro Set and then added a little Matt varnish.

Well I think I am finally there.

I took advantage of the nice weather and took some photos.

I am thinking about adding some foliage? What do you think?

Bolt Action Tester

19-04-13 057Thursday night saw us playing our first game of Bolt Action.

Servitob, Carabus, Gribblin and our friend AJ all met up to throw some dice and learn some rules. All went smoothly with Gribblin as chief adjudicator and we all played in the spirit of noobness as Servitob’s US faced off against the menace of AJ’s Germans.

Personally, first impressions are pretty positive. The rules seem to flow nicely and don’t seem too complicated. A nice touch is the random activation of units, rather than the classic You-go-I-go which requires you to think. Going first to get the first shot in, or waiting and reacting to your opponent’s mistakes actions. The game seems to take pinning and suppression pretty seriously which I suppose is a good thing in a game about infantry tactics. Suppressed troops are ineffective and rallying them takes time, allowing your opponent to take advantage.

The game is pretty simplistic with stats, leading to cries of derision as the grognards get on their soapboxes about the minutiae of how the game treats all rifles as the same even though they weren’t and how dare you lump all medium tanks into the same armour classes because they weren’t etc. Game v simulation balance is a compromise that all gamers encounter at some point. Well stuff that. I think it’s a good thing as it helps with getting on and playing a fun game which is the ultimate aim.

With any luck Bolt Action will become a firm favourite at the Floating Citadel. For me it fills a desire to play a 28mm game after Tournamenthammer 40k 6th Edition killed my grim-dark enthusiasm faster than a bunch of Eldar Guardians going down to a stiff breeze. Also these miniatures are factual and therefore somehow macho; playing with toy soldiers is bad enough but playing with prancing elves and gay-ass spacemen is not going to help my non-existent streetcred!

Warlord Games Bolt Action US Infantry

15-01-13 002I recently got hold of a US Army Box from Warlord Games for their 28mm miniatures game, Bolt Action.

I think the figures are great! In true middle aged man fashion the first thing I did was discard the instructions and get on with painting and assembly only to find that nothing fit properly. One digging of the instructions out of the bin later and things went much more smoothly. In true Warlord fashion the sprues come with kitchen sink-esque assembly options; bazookas, tommy guns, grease guns, Springfields, sniper rifles, pistols, BARs, Garands, in fact pretty much everything any self respecting Europe liberating GI would need.

Paintwork is in my regular speedy style, although this time quite leisurely just doing half an hour per day or so. It soon adds up! Not wanting to spend ages researching to find just the right shade of olive paint I simply bought the Flames of War US paint set by Vallejo and went with that.

Here’s how I did it:

1) Spray sprues with Halford’s Matt Black Primer (a really good spray, comes in really big cans).

2) Paint base colours with models still on the sprues. I find this works really well for me as I have full easy access to every part of the model.

3) Assemble miniatures, adding more basecolour to bits where the sprues attached as required.

4) Paint base with some of GWs brown textured paint – a really good idea from the sheriff, does take some practice.

5) Wash with brown ink, in this case the vallejo stuff.

6) Drybrush with Tamiya Weathering Master Light Sand – this stuff is amazing!

7) Spray with Army Painter Anti-Gloss Matt Varnish.

8) Stick static grass to base with PVA glue.

When doing this kind of thing though I always do a couple of test models, as there is nothing worse than finding out that you don’t really like the finished result but you’ve spent all afternoon painting an entire platoon. There is more stuff in the box to do besides infantry, there’s an M3 Halftrack, some infantry support weapon teams and a venerable Sherman. I’ll try to keep you googlespiders up to date!

We Won!

I suppose I should explain the title of this post.  A few of you may remember a post I wrote about a year ago showing off some models that I had painted in my first excursion into historical wargaming.  I had always wanted to get into this genre, but had never got around to it until recently.

My local independent retailer & associated gaming club started to organise and run a campaign based around the Civil War (that would be the English Civil War in case you were wondering); it looked good and I decided to get involve. ¬†As you probably have guessed by now the campaign has reached a conclusion – we won! ¬†I was playing the part of one of the Scot’s Covenanter; namely Archibald Campbell. ¬†The campaign was based upon the First Civil War starting with the initial outbreak of war between the Royalists and the¬†Parliamentarians. ¬†At this stage of the Civil Wars the Scottish government (dominated by the Covenanters) sided with the English Parliament, and so in the campaign the three Covenanter players fought against the King. ¬†For the campaign victory conditions were set (including the capture of certain territories and certain special characters), and then the games begun. ¬†A few days ago the Royalist surrendered unconditionally. ¬†To be honest their situation was’t good. ¬†With about 9 players on each side we had managed to capture the King and the Royalist war time leader Prince Rupert. ¬†We had captured the main port of Bristol, along with much of the Royalist territory. ¬†They still had most of Wales and Cornwall, but they had lost all but two of their cities; namely Shrewsbury and Worcester and they were both under siege (yours truly was pounding the walls of Shrewsbury). ¬†If they had lost these, and there was no way of relieving them in time, then all of their armies would have been out of supply and it would have been pretty much game over. ¬†So as it happens they chose to surrender. ¬†So WOOHOO!

For me the whole thing has been great fun, despite my many defeats as I learnt how the system works (most notably to Montrose). ¬†For the campaign we started off using Warlord Games’ Black Powder rules. ¬†This is a rules set based on the musket era. ¬†Once Warlord heard of what we were doing they started working on a Pike & Shotte era rules set that we then play tested. ¬†We went through a couple of revisions and helped to provide valuable feedback to Warlord. ¬†Our club and independent store even got a mention in the recently released Pike & Shotte rulebook, which was cool. ¬†That was another first for me; play testing. ¬†I’ve been meaning to write a few comments about these rules, and I will get around to that soon. ¬†For now here’s a few pictures of the army I used.

I will be the first to admit that they aren’t my finest painted models, but when you think that I painted most of the army in just 3 weeks, they’re not that bad. ¬†The army consists of;

  • General Archibald Campbell plus battalion commanders for the 8 battalions my army is divided into
  • 5 Pike Blocks with 2 Musket Wings each
  • 4 units of Scot’s Lancers
  • 2 Cavalry units
  • 2 Highlander units (note the one showing off his buttocks)
  • 1 Skirmisher unit
  • 9 Frame Guns
  • 6 Sakers
  • 1 Mortar
That works out as a total of 372 models (if you count the cannons & crews separately).

I do have a couple of units that I never finished painting in time (though as I have them I’ll still paint them up and put them in the army). ¬†Future plans for the army? ¬†The club is looking at doing the Second Civil War, plus friendly games. ¬†Overall it has been a great experience for me. ¬†Glory to Scotland!