From the Shed: NBC troopers and assorted GW figures.

I rush painted these for the Zone Alfa game that I featured in my last blog post.

The NBC troops are, of cource, early Copplestone sculpts (still available from Moonraker minitaures) . I can’t say enough nice things about this range….

thumbnail_20200714_185452

The Ur Ghouls and Spindle drones are from the Blackstone Fortress exapansion pack that I picked up.

thumbnail_20200714_185331

They should be useful for lots of different things. The Ur Ghouls (the blue ones) were to  stand in as mutants in Zone Alfa.

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

 

From the Shed: Turkish Leopard

This has been another tank that I’ve had for ages half finished. Inspired by the news I painted it up in Turkish colours but never really got round to finish it. I tried to go with the offical MIG pigments fixative liquid, not quite sure it worked well. I think less might be more with them…

The base model is the 1/72nd Hasegawa Leopard 2A4.

thumbnail_20200601_160909

thumbnail_20200601_160912

Cheers,

 

Pete.

From the Shed: German house.

I picked up a rather battered HO (1/87th) scale German house in a job lot from ebay a while back. It has been knocking about my work bench for ages so I’ve taken the oppertunity to give it a spruce up and finish it off.

thumbnail_20200505_190653

thumbnail_20200505_190659

It is a little small but mixed in at the edge of the board I’m sure it will be fine, sods law means that the battle will be focused around in in all likleihood.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.

From the Shed: Zuk Vans

I got the stl file for this Cold War Polish classic from thingiverse, rescaled it to 1/72nd and ran a few off my 3d printer. It should make a great little run around for my Warsaw Pact forces.

thumbnail_20200601_160820

thumbnail_20200601_160832

I’ve been asked by a friend to print him out a larger one as a transport for his Zone Alfa team. Can’t wait to see what he does with it.

Cheers,

 

Pete.

From the Shed: Rhodesian SAS 60mm mortar.

Underfire Miniatures produce this 60mm mortar and crew for the Rhodesian Bush war range. It is affectionally known as the ‘Pat and Ron’ pack after the two men in the photo is is based on.

 

I painted up two versions, one in the lain green fatigues worn by the RhSAS on external operations and one in the more familiar Rhodesian camo pattern. An extra trooper with an AK got painted at the same time.

 

thumbnail_20200505_190756

Cheers,

 

Pete.

In memory of John Dowman ‘Mausman’

Just before the COVID pandemic hit i was greatly saddened to hear of the death of John Dowman. I new him for many years through various forums where he always went by the name of Mausman. Today would have been his birthday and The Wargamers’ forum, of which John was a moderator, organised a build in his memory. John loved tanks, German ones in particular, and combat oin the Eastern Front, he also had an interest in experimental vehicles… all things I shared. Although he did get rid of his experimental stuff in the end I was happy as some bits made their way into my collection. He was a a talented model maker- for a short while he ran a resin terrain company with a friend. He always belived in getting things out of the stash and on to the table as quickly as possible- something every gamer can agree with I think.

For the build I decided to do a 1/72 Dragon E100 with commander from SHQ. I hope he would have liked it.

thumbnail_20200630_124239

thumbnail_20200630_124217

thumbnail_20200630_124227

thumbnail_20200630_124207

thumbnail_20200630_124306

 

I used to meet up with John once or twice a year when me getting down to the wargame shows in Newark coincided with his shore leave (John worked on the diving side of the off shore oil industry, he tried to get me to be train as a diver once, the pay sounded good but rather dangerous, maybe if I were 10 years younger at the time…). I’ll miss my chats with him.

 

 

From the Shed: German Tobruk Bunker

Using a free sample stl file from Digital Taxidermy I’ve knocked out this little bunker.

thumbnail_20200606_152544

Based on a spare CD I’ve built up the sides with scraps of foam and sculptamold. Then followed with my usual basing techniques, textured, paint, static grass then finally tufts. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and will pick up more of the files in due course.

thumbnail_20200606_152556

Although none of my Grandparent’s generation are alive at the moment and none of them were Normandy veterans (variously Far East, India, North Africa then Italy and Arnhem) I can’t help but think of them all today, the 76th anniversary of D Day, they were the greatest generation. My affinity with the campaign is perhaps strengthened by the road trip I took there with my father a few years back.

Cheers,

 

Pete.

 

From the Shed: More bits of scatter terrain… a cache and more tank traps.

Another quick post today. Been working on more bits of scatter terrain which will probably end up being mostly used for Zone Alfa. They are enjoable to paint and are ‘quick wins’ in terms of getting things finished. All of these bits were printed on my 3D printer.

thumbnail_20200505_190708

First up we have an ammo cache… abandoned some where in the Zone it will make a nice objective marker.

thumbnail_20200505_190719

I printed out some more of the tank traps too but this time I based them up and made them a little more over grown. It should make for a bit of  hard cover in the game.

 

Cheers,

 

Pete.