Wednesday, 14 January 2015

When's an M5 half track not an M5?

When you realise you've bought a box of M3 half tracks, complete with US crew for your Brit force. D'oh!
You'd think the American infantry would be a big give away!

Having also received my copy of Battle Group Overlord (BGO) I've been busy beavering away on list building and shopping lists too. No doubt my US half tracks will see use in a future build for BGO at some point in time.

2 and 1/2 infantry sections.

I also received a box of Plastic Soldier Company late war Brit infantry. First impressions are they are better sculpts than my battlefront metal infantry (they have better scaled feet, hands and heads) and I'll be interested to see how they compare with the Peter Pig and Skytrex stuff I have in a box.

On the painting desk.

On the desk I have the battlefront Desert Rats in Normandy infantry. I'm going for a layer painting approach but they have very fine creases in the clothing so I'm having to be creative in my application of paint to the folds. Going for about 5 layers on the uniform, inspired muchly by this site: Modelbrush ww2 Brit painting guide

So, I need to buy some half tracks, anyone got a few going cheap?

Monday, 5 January 2015

Homes under the hammer

So in keeping with my new target of "get things finished" I decided to ease myself back into the hobby groove by finishing off some 4Ground terrain.

I started with the houses, that only really needed to have chimneys, window sills and ledges glued on. I managed to lose a sprue of windowsills :(
First row of houses, ready for 15mm tenants...

I also built the village church, straight from the box after a wee glass of wine, no mess ups!

Ready for Sunday mass.

On the cards next; some fences /walls/grave stones to flock. I've also sorted out the start of a Battle Group Overlord British Armoured Motor Infantry Platoon, I just need to finish 2 more sections, their M5 half tracks and the various pltn support (mortar, HMG, anti-tank). I think I've got a few Churchills kicking around too...

Battlefront 7th Armoured Div Normandy infantry (no helmets).

Now, where the hell are my paint brushes????

Friday, 2 January 2015

It's a little dusty in here!

Well, a year no post.

I'm not dead. Just burned out from the hobby and took a break. No song, no dance, so I'm back in the proverbial saddle.

How is this tiny corner of the WWW going forward? Well, late last year (Septemberish) I bought a shiny new road bike. And it cost a fair bit. Fast forward to now and I'm going to have to reign in my budget by approx 100%.

This means painting what I've got. And trying to be happy with it. An unusual step for me. Actually finishing stuff?!?

A return to the massive 15mm ww2 pile still in a box, along with all the terrain, also in boxes

On the painting table:
15mm Brit 7th Armoured Div infantry

So back to 15mm it would seem, though still using the Battlegroup rule set to go hand in hand with all the terrain I've accumulated.

New Years resolutions;
1. Hobby more. A little bit everyday, be it painting, modelling or blogging.
2. Drink less. Simple really, don't drink as much so often. It'll save me money too!
3. Exercise more, especially since we have another one of these;

The new one is on the right, it's a "he" too.

To being back in the saddle once more!