As you will have seen from past posts I’ve been getting into 6mm ‘Cold War goes hot’ gaming recently. However I’ve been unhappy with roads I’ve used for my games: I just used the thinnest dirt roads from my 20mm collection. Whilst they did the job I’ve been on the look out for a more suitable replacement and after considering a few options I’ve made my own (kind of).
Firstly I purchased this rather nice PDF from Wargames Vault:
Being multilayered you can selected the different types of road marking and road surfaces before printing them out. I went for European markings and dirty asphalt dry before getting them printed out (Cheers Brian). I then used the technique I had previously utilized to make megagame counters and stuck them on to self adhesive floor tiles (4 for £1). You can get thicker more durable tiles from places other than pound shops but they need to be cut with a blade and ruler rather than scissors that slows down production.
I went from this:
I tidied up the edges and added a bit of weathering with marker pens and pencil crayons to give a bit of variety:
I did plenty to give enough variety to the road layouts. The vinyl tiles give them a bit of flexibility but I don’t know how well they’ll drape over hills… Gentle slopes should be OK.
I made up a quick layout so I could see how they look:
You get a decent selection of parts although I’d have liked to see a single into dual carriage way connector. I grabbed some 6mm toys to see how they scaled (Heroics and Ros based on 50mm and 30mm squares for 5core Brigade Commander):
Overall I’m really pleased with how they look. I’ll get a game in with them as soon as possible to try them out.
MDF laser cut terrain has really taken off in the wargames world in recent years, I’ve been buying the odd bit for my 20mm collection for a few years now but have only just got round to getting some for my 6mm games.
I bought three buildings from Blotz to try. The bigger buildings come in sections and it is a nice touch that you are able to buy ruined levels to have the same building with different levels of destruction.
Construction was simple enough using PVA glue and following the online instructions. I took my time and let sub assemblies dry before moving on to the next stage. MDF can soak up paint due to its porus natures so the buildings got two coats of spray paint (from pound shop cans) before I went at them with hobby acrylics.
Overall I’m impressed with them and will order some more further down the line.
I recently pick up some small pieces of 6mm scatter terrain from Leven Miniatures to use as markers and objectives. I went for the fuel dumps, supply dumps and the sandbags.
The above strips of sandbags are intended to be put just infront of a company base (50mm square for 5core: Brigade Commander) to show that it is dug in. I’ll be after a few more bits from Leven next time I see them at a wargames show.
I’ve got these finally finished off since the new year (I’ll also do a looking forward/ looking backward post tomorrow) so I thought I’d do a big photo dump of a post to get them out there:
First up- a 6mm sized ruined factory made from bit of resin I got from a private seller on the Lead Adventure Forum.
A small house from Leven miniatures, again in 6mm.
A barricade from S and S model scaled for 20mm. I’m tempted to give the bus some more weathering.
A Armourfast 1/72 Valentine converted to a Bishop with an S and S aftermarket part; the short coming of the Armourfast suspension are evident in the photo more than in real life. I may yet do some remedial work on them.
A cheak FAI 1/72 diecast repainted and decaled into a Finnish scheme.
A trio of 1.72 Rhodesian Bush War vehicles from S and S.
A Rhodesian SAS conversion of a Unimog,
An armoured lorry.
Another Unimog conversion; this time a mortar carrier. I’ll add the crew at a later date.
Three diecast 1/72 BTR60PBs.
Firstly a simple repaint.
One converted into a command variant BTR60PAU, conversion kit by S and S.
Repainted with infantry seated on the outside Afghan style (they considered mines a bigger risk than snipers). Infantry by S and S again.
I’ve been busy trying to get as much as possible of my 1/300th, 6mm collection ready as quickly as possible. The few tryout games we’d played meant that when I had some free time they were the first things that I painted.
I’ve gone for a quick painting style that will hopefully look good en masse rather that individually. To be honest the infantry are too small for me to paint well.
They have been based for 5core- Brigade Commander on 50mm square company bases with 30mm square platoon bases for the attachments.
Last night I laid them all out on my table for the group photos.
Foucusing on each Brigade/ Regimental sized unit we have the following:
A Soviet Motor Rifle Regiment in BMP1s.
A Tank Regiment with BMP2s.
Some extra tank companies- both T72 and T62 as well as 2 companies to represent the Divisional recce element.
An amphbious ferry, a company of infantry as well as some post Cold War company bases.
Four companies of VDV parachustists and some support for them.
For opposition I’ve this motley mix of US companies. Covering quite a large time frame I have M60A3 and M60A2 ‘Starship’ companies as well as M1 A1s and Bradley. I intend to rationalise this part of my collection with a few extra purchases.
Also missing form these photos are any aircraft or helicopters. They are currently on the work bench and should be finished soon.
I’ve painted up these for the 6mm Cold War project I’m working on. The first batch are from Leven Miniatures: http://www.levenminiatures.co.uk/ and the second are some of unkown provenance that I bought second hand via a forum. They have not been based as I will place them ontop of templates that mark out the extend of a built up area of the games.
The Cold War is one of those periods of history that has long fascinated me. Not least because of all the ‘what if?’ possibility. I’ve been gaming the skirmish possibilities using 20mm fora while now and have fancied looking at the larger picture for a while but have not wanted to get bogged down in all the tech heavy detail that the 80s style ruleset revelled in (looking at you Challenger 2000 and Corps Commander). Fortunately I hit upon the Nordic Weasel ruleset ‘5core: Brigade Commander’. The rules were bought as a PDF and the relevant bits were printed out; in a moment of sense I cut out some counters to try the rules before I commited to anything.
The game works great. A weak Soviet divisional attack on a weak British Brigade was played out in well under three hours. Very abstracted but enough flavour there to get and keep your interest. So I dusted off some old H&R 6mms I’ve had for 15 years or so and repainted them- Soviets and USA. I then picked up some 2nd hand terrain and Evan bought himself some West Germans. With our 80% completed forces we had a game to see how things were looking…
The table- packing and masking tape stood in for roads, felt and lichen for woods and plastic card textured and painted makes the extend of BUA.
My forces: 3 companies of Mechanized infantry, 9 companies of armour with a HQ base (the BMP2s) and 2 recon and 2 AA attachments.
Evan had a similar mix or armour and infantry.
We have gone for 50mm squares for company bases and 30mm square for attachments.
I borrowed some of Bill’s superb collection of 1/285th GHQ aircraft for the game as well.
It was just a simple encounter game so we both advanced to meet each other- Evan got to the best positions quickly with two scurry moves in a row.
I tried to get a strong defence on my flanks by placing tank companies in the edge of the woods.
In the centre the mech infantry didn’t suffer too well.
Neither in the end did the flanks when the Tornado turned up.
At this point I conceded as I was losing units far quicker than I could get my reserves up to fill the gaps so I had been pretty much out manouvered.
All in all we are all very excited with the rule set. Plenty of scope to make plans for future projects too. Look out for more in the coming months.