Saturday, 16 December 2017

The Front Line

The Front Line

As some of you may know i like foreign films and have become quite enamored with Asian cinema.
For my birthday i bought myself a selection of movies one of which was "The Front Line" (2011)
The movie focuses on a CID officer sent to investigate whether there were spies and traitors within "Aligator" company after letters were discovered from North Korean soldiers sent to their families still living in the South via internal South Korean Army mail? Turns out the story is quite different.
As with all Asian cinema the action is quite visceral, the back-and-fore attempts to take and hold a single hill which is situated right on the 38th parallel are frantic, bloody and well filmed. The stress and strain of per-longed combat is well acted too.
Among the characters the film also has the cutest female sniper ever  Ok-bin Kim
The futility and horror of war to much to the fore-front of this movie, not for those who want a happy ending.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Deck Guns

Deck Guns

Whilst sorting out various boxes of photos my darling came across these, which i took at the Charlestown Shipwreck & Heritage Centre (not far from the Eden Project) in Cornwall some years ago. 
Now I have build a few make-shift and improvised guns for my various armies, so these photos can be used as basic plans.

The centre is pretty good and Charlestown and it`s harbour has been used for films and TV - The Eagle Has Landed with Micheal Caine had the harbour scene where Oberst Steiner was offered to "volunteer" him and his men for the op, it was filmed here.



  

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Inventory - Rif War Spanish

Rif War Spanish


La Legion

This unit was mostly painted by Matt Slade
These will of course double for SCW
Mtd officer
47 infantry (6 x officers, 3 standards, 2 buglers, 3 x LMG teams)
3x MMG teams, 80mm mortar team (3-man), 2 supply mules with handlers







Infanteria de Marina
31 sailors (2 officers)
17 ships crew




Spanish 1920s infantry
22 infantry (2 officers, bugler, standard, 2 LMGs)
Hotchkiss team

 65mm mountain gun w/crew
 75mm mountain gun w/crew
Early Spanish with sun helmet
`75 with 6 crew
 Signals unit
 
37 infantry, 4 mtd officers, 2 mules 


Alcantera cavalry
Officer, 2 buglers, 13 troopers



Spanish/French 1920s medical unit
Supply unit
 Ambulance plus ambulance mules
 Stretcher teams, doctors, nurses and wounded
28 figures







Minaret & mosque

Minaret & Mosque

You might recall a few weeks back I finished one of those Blotz terrain pieces - a minaret.

Well here it is in Spain with my Byzantium Models mosque - looks the part I think

Inventory - count

Inventory count and totals

I`ll use this page to keep all figures and totals

Vietnam Yanks = 36 infantry

Japanese Boxer Rebellion = 28 infantry

Moroccan 7th Div. = 51 foot, 4 Mtd, 5 mules

French 1940 era
Trucks - 18
Ambulances - 2
M/C comb - 5
Solo bikes - 1
Mules - 4
Field guns - 3
Limber - 2 + 4 horses
AT guns - 7
AA guns - 4
Gun crew - 38
Infantry - 71
Troupes d`Marine - 22
Motorised troops - 21
Medical staff - 9
Mounted - 4
GMC75SP - 2
Valentine III - 2
Somua S-35 - 3
FT-17 - 5 (TSF, 2 x 37mm, 2 x 8mm)
R-35 - 2
Panhard 178 - 1
White 50AM - 1
Laffly A/C - 2
T15 tank hunter - 1
VUDB Carrier - 2
 UE Carriers + trailers - 2
`75 montee - 1

Allied Desert forces
Trucks - 6
Tanks - 15
Jeep - 1
Portee`d guns - 7
Tanake - 2
Armoured/scout cars - 7
Carrier - 6
Limbers - 4
Guns - 8
Gunners - 39
Infantry - 175
Dispatch rider - 1

Italians WWII
Men - 127
trucks - 14
car - 2
gun - 8 (one towed)
crew - 21
Solo bikes - 11
M/C comb - 4
Trikes - 5
Armoured cars - 3
Semovente - 4
Tanks - 2

Spanish Civil War Nationalists
Infantry - 44
Cavalry - 10
Trucks - 6
Guns - 2
Gun crew - 6
Armoured car - 3
Tanks - 1

Republican Forces
Infantry - 117
Truck - 2
Gun - 1
Gun crew - 3
Ambulance w/2 medics
Armd truck - 1
Armoured car - 1

Colonial French (pre-WW2)
Mtd - 44
Foot - 111
Gunners - 9
Mountain gun
Pack camels - 5

Riffi/Berbers
Foot - 65
Gunners 4
Mtd - 1
75mm moutain gun
65mm mountain gun
Vickers 2.95"

Lowland Arabs
Gunners - 6
Foot - 93
Camel mtd - 10
Horse mtd - 26

Rif War Spanish (1910 - 1926)
Foot - 150
Mtd - 21
Ships crew - 17
gunners - 18
Pack mules - 8
French `75
wagon
Ambulance wagon
Ambulance mules - 2
Medical personnel & wounded - 33   

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Finished WIP

Maybe the final few bits for 2017? 

Sherman Firefly


Sherman


DUKW without load


DUKW with tilt


Both together

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Work in progress

WIP

Today`s work, I don`t usually post WIP, but I`m pretty happy with how these turned out :)

2 ancient Airfix soft-plastic DUKWs, altered to be waterline models - I have the long term plan of re-running Saafi (Operation Torch 1942) on our new larger table in Spain.
The tilt on this one came out of the spares box



Matchbox Sherman Firefly (must be 35yrs old at least), new barrel (thanks Alan Hamilton), plus re-built wheel units (some using Panzer III wheels), loads of stowage too - I now own three (3) NWE British tanks :)


Another Matchbox Firefly hull, made to look more like a standard 75mm armed M4 using a S&S resin turret :)