Sunday 22 May 2016

More Yanks

Those of you who were paying attention will have noticed I miss-counted when getting the figures together for this unit -  4 jeeps X 4 figs (16) plus 8 fig in the track should have equaled 24, but I somehow only painted 16 - D`oh!
So I selected another 8, and whilst sorting through the drawer found a 57mm AT crew so did them too along with a gun.
Gun plus crew 
Gun is Skytrex I think? The crew - 2 SHQ with an Esci plastic


3 US Marines of unknown make 
(slightly altered to make them look more like NWE infantry)
 2 Lancashire gmes
 L-R: Battlefield Ranger; Raventhorpe; Revell plastic

Friday 20 May 2016

Sdkfz 9/1 18T Famo with Bilstein crane

Sdkfz 9/1 18T Famo with Bilstein crane

The last element for my recovery/repair unit for Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 501
The model is a di-cast, which I have repainted and added some stowage too; the driver is from PSC 

Sunday 15 May 2016

American Recce

Late war American Recce

A nice change from Italians, DAK and late-war Germans :)

The general plan was to build two sabre squadrons and a command track to direct what info the recce discovers back to higher command.

A huge variety of figures and models with loads of stowage, all painted or repainted to my new standard.

M8 A/Cs 
L = Italeri plastic kit (Esci plastic commander); R = ancient (about 30yrs old) Skytrex

Command M3 track & crew - another 30yr old Skytrex model

1st squadron

1st squadron jeeps
 L= EWM early Jeep (head-swopped crew); R = Fujimi plastic Jeep (mixed crew - SHQ, Skytrex & Fujimi) loads of mixed stowage

2nd Squadron

2nd squadron Jeeps
, L = Britannia (modified airborne crew); R = Fujimi plastic Jeep (modified Britannia airborne crew)

16 dismounted crew:

L-R: Lancashire Games, 2 x Battlefield Rangers

Britannia, old Skytrex

Skytrex Bazooka team

Skytrex sniper, Platoon20, Battlefield Ranger

4 x Raventhorpe

Platoon20, lancashire Games

Monday 9 May 2016

Italian blitzkrieg

When Early War Miniatures first showed their up and coming Italian trikes I was drawn to them (as I often am to odd stuff). Then due to a mix up (well the boys are awful busy), I ended up with a mix of kits, some of which i hadn't ordered - d`oh! Not to make a fuss I decided to re-write my Italian orbat for Tunisia and enlarge the recce element to make use of the odd trikes I had`nt originally wanted. So my second order arrives early last week, great just what I wanted but - oh ho - I`m still short of a few bits and now realise I need some extra bits too. So I shoot off an order to Raventhorpe and as usual they turned my tiny (less than £20 order around in 2 days - brilliant).
So after much stopping and starting I finished all these this morning.

Armoured cars
The AB43 (right) is a re-painted di-cast, the AB41 is a very old Skytrex model a gift from Jon Sutherland  
Raventhorpe bikes and combinations
 EWM bikes
EWM trikes
Comms vehicle and MG carrier
 Deployed Breda (Raventhorpe)
 RTO - Raventhorpe
More EWM trikes
Supply trailer & transport
EWM staff car
EWM trike towing 47mm AT

Deployed EWM 47mm w/crew
EWM Italian colonials 
Converted with plasterscene into regulars

Monday 2 May 2016


Simple entrenchments
Air-drying clay on thin plastic sheet (cut from a carton)
painted and sanded, then decorated with various wood, sandbags and bits

8 off two/three figure emplacements

 6 off larger emplacements - big enough for half a platoon or a support weapon