Friday, 18 April 2014

RUSSIAN TRANSPORT ON THE CHEAP.


I have painted the first of my WW2 Russians and given them some cheap transport using LLedo diecast vehicles which I bought off ebay for about £1 each plus postage.

They are 1/56 scale, so work okay for the smaller 28mm figures such as Warlord, PSC and Perry.




 
The last picture shows one of the LLedo vehicles that I painted in a previous post for my Perry 8th Army project.
The barrels that come with the vehicles just pop out and you can trim the bottom off, paint and use for other bits of your terrain.

I sprayed the vehicles with black primer then when dry, sprayed them again using PSC Britsh Green(because I didn't have any PSC Russian Green). I then painted the tyres black, gave the whole vehicle a brown wash and applied some weathering and rust effects, followed by a spray matt varnish. I am not sure whether to paint any markings on the vehicles because I am thinking I could use these at a push with my BEF. 

 
 
The vehicle I am trying to portray is the Russian 1.5 ton truck and although not a perfect match, for the price I think they are good enough.
 
 
 


 
The talented Richard Clarke from Too Fat Lardies has recently put a similar thing on his blog http://toofatlardies.co.uk/blog/?m=20140417 on how he paints and weathers his die cast Soviet vehicles.
 
I also painted up another die cast vehicle that I bought very cheap on ebay.
A Dodge 3/4 ton truck. 
These were mainly used for Military ambulances but were also used as weapons Carrier, Telephone Installation Trucks and a general carryall vehicle.
These were used under the Lend-Lease policy so I plan on using this vehicle for my Soviet, American and British forces. 
I did not prime black or spray paint this vehicle, I just repainted the wheels, gave the whole thing a brown wash and then the usual weathering, rust effects and varnish. 
 
Before, with a 28mm Artizan figure for comparison.
 
After, with some weathering and varnish.

 
The figures in the back of the trucks are a mixture of Warlords and PSC which I have done a few head swaps on. The PSC figures come from their 'Russian 45mm anti tank gun' boxed set. So I painted the two guns and the rest of the crew up at the same time as the vehicle crew.
 
 I experimented with the colours of the uniforms but think they may be a little dark, so I will probably have to go a shade lighter with the next batch that I paint. 
 
Another first for me was painting the bases in a different style to the way I usually do them. When I think of WW2 Russians, I imagine street fighting in the built up areas of Stalingrad, so I have tried painting the bases to reflect this. I have copied this idea from the way Sidney Roundwood has done his figure bases and also Dave Green has done the same thing with his Russians. The bases were also done slightly smaller so that I was able to fit more figures in the back of the truck.
 
The usual staged action shots.
 







 









 






 
 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

SALUTE LOOT 2014


I had a great day at Salute once again this year but unfortunately I run out of time and didn't get to see many of the games. Number one priority for me is the trade stands and meeting up with friends old and new.
The games I did get time to have a proper look at were Chain of Command, Battlegroup PanzerGrenadier, and the WW2 game next to the 4Ground trade stand and these were very, very good. 








  
So, what did I spend my money on.
Warlords were doing a special offer on their cans of spray at £5 a tin so 3 x of these, along with a box of their new stone walling.
Renedra plastic bases and gravestone set.
 Dixon 20th Century civilian set.
A couple of packs of Foundry WW2 motorcycle combo's.
Perry Miniatures WW2 recon Kubelwagon.
Perry's plastic box set of AfrikaKorps and 4 x boxes of their AWI.
Perry's new AWI cavalry, 4 x packs.

The plastic mountain grows.
 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

MAKING SLIT TRENCHES (CoC) & LONG TRENCHES


I have finished some more support options for the excellent WW2 rule set, Chain of Command. I have previously made the barbed wire, road blocks and minefields and to finish off the static defensive options from the support list, I have now done the slit trenches.

I have made these using the high density insulation foam that you get from the builders merchants. These come in sheets 2 inches thick and are 20 x 48 inches in size and are a fraction of the price of what you will pay for a tiny sheet of the stuff in a model shop. You will need to get yourself a sharp knife with a blade at least 2 inches long and a long steel rule or other suitable straight edge.
 


   Slice off a one inch strip (you will then have a piece 1 x 2) and then cut this length ways so you have two pieces 1 x 1 inch. Your slit trenches have to be long enough to hold a team, so depending what you have your figures based on, you have to make them long and deep enough for the figures to fit.
 Glue the foam to a piece of hardboard and when fully dried, shape the bank using a sharp knife and sandpaper.


 
For realistic looking slit trenches you would cut them into the surface of your terrain boards but for stand alone pieces we have to have them above the surface of the table. To make them blend in with the surface, ideally we would make them on a bigger base so the angle of the bank would be more gradual but we have to compromise otherwise they would be to big and take over the whole playing area.
Next stage is to cover them in tile grout, then white glue and sand and when dry white glue some twigs (I have been pruning the apple tree in the garden) and green stuff made into sandbags.


  
Once dry paint the whole thing in dark brown paint, again use cheap paint that you get from the builders rather than tiny pots of hobby paint.

Then dry brush lighter colours and flock to match your existing terrain.



TRENCHES.

I purchased some second hand trenches from a wargame show last year for a very good price. They were originally made by Grand Manner but they had been glued down onto some plywood and there were no roofs and a few bits broken. Unfortunately the trench was very well glued down to the base and broke into many pieces, which resembled a jigsaw puzzle.
So I re based the trenches into two pieces, each 2 foot long. I also had to make ends for them and also I did new roofs for one length. They were then repainted and flocked.









     
 



Some pictures with all the defences together.
 












I hope to use the trenches for my WW1 collection when I finally get around to painting them.