Saturday 19 November 2011

German Staff Car - Before and After......

Another desk clear out (to ebay) item.

I picked these two resin models up at Colours two years ago, subsequently forgot about them, finished them about six months ago and then they got unceremoniously shoved in a drawer (Now that my gaming tastes have converted to 15mm). 

I don't recall the manufacturer but these where amongst loads of fantasy and Sci-fi terrain so these seemed a little out of place.  These are clearly 20mm, but can't really be called scale models as the detail is quite niave in places but they make really great terrain "fluff" and the one piece castings are ideal for gaming.

Interestingly, three of us at the same show, bought them independently, all thought they would be extremely usefull, subsequently I have seen quite a few scattered around gaming tables.

I am guessing these are some sort of generic Citroen-type civilian car, which as you can see, I have painted up as a German staff car, before and after an fatal incident, saboteur, assassin, ambush or low flying strafing, who knows....

Anyway up on ebay, one not so careful owner.....

( If anyone knows the manufacturer, can you let me know and i'll give them appropriate credit)

Friday 18 November 2011


Milicast Hellcat and crew, to be honest forgot i had this one lurking around, now off to ebay to fund Kiddies xmas presents, some more stuff coming up.

Sunday 30 October 2011

25 pdr Crew and Quad Gun Tractor

As posted earlier, not much coming through recently, some issues at home that have diverted my painting time, so here's a post of a September Commision, not previously plastered up on the forums.

The Warlord 25pdr set, is lovely, I have modified the GT with the addition of canvas tilt and frame, traversing wheel brackets and some odds and sods. There was a requirement for removal of crew, so i knocked up a simple base, crew are on "penny" washers.

I have a boatload of German and Allied vehicles in progress, its just a bit slow at the moment.
As always flickr hosts my complete gallery.


Friday 28 October 2011

Slow Week - Unforseen Delays

I had some holiday booked to complete some "almost there" commisions, unfortunately I have had some unforseen issues at home to deal with that has diverted my time this week. Good news is that things are on the mend, so hopefully I will be back up and running [painting] soon.

On another front, my foray into 15mm gaming has officially started. I intend using BFWW2 rules and will start with Normandy, although my heart is in the Ostfront. The BFWW2 forum has some excellent scenarios and OOBs, which allows me to concentrate on painting. I am focussing around Hill 112 scenarios, for starters and as you might expect will aim have the vehicles decaled and painted up for specific units. To that end my first carrier platoon has arrived from skytrex, and i must say i'm impressed. I intend to paint to fund this so will be doing paint-alongs as i go, so expect to see a lot more 15mm coming through next year.

I am also going to experiment with basing my 15mm vehicles, something I never thought I would say but i think will permit lovely little vignettes and ultimately tie in with the Infantry.

Saturday 24 September 2011

Normandy Tetrarch -1/56 - Warlord Games

Tonight a welcome change from Dunkelgelb, British O.D in the guise of a Normandy Tetrarch.
Another popular kit from Warlord, and i'm sure i've painted more than actually saw any action. This one however, has the correct AoS marking (Its amazing what details reveal themselves once you've finished painting). Minor mods on this one, tarps and towing wire, and a commanders bren gun on the side of the turret. The track sections have been moulded in a way that facilitates removing the spaces between the road wheels, which is worthwhile doing. Maybe the next one i'll get to "open up".

Still have 28mm and 20mm stuff up on ebay, check out the link to the top right >>>>>>>

Friday 23 September 2011

12 SS Panzer IV - 1/56th -

First pictures up out of a large split commission depicting AFVs of the 12SS, specifically for Normandy onwards. This is a JTFM Panzer IV, with a Warlord TC head and various stowage, stock and green stuff.

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Panzer II Ausf. L "Luchs" - another cutie!

Another of my favs from JTFM. I have completed a couple of these to date, and i'm sure i'll do more.

It would seem the Aufkl√§rungs guys get all the good looking toys, only thing is, I cant decide which I prefer this or the 8-RAD 234/1 or /2! but those pics are for later.

I have taken the weathering stages to the next step on these few commissions, not always apparent from the pictures but the recipients notice! I have slightly modified the basic kit with addition of Jerry can support brackets which are seen on a fair few of the examples. The TC is the Warlord "Herr Grabner" figure which suits the vehicle to a "T". And just for Jeff, the ubiquitous bucket/pail hanging off the rear (my all round favourite bit of stowage, until someone does a bicycle that is.....)

As always click on the pictures for full fat, I think you get a slideshow now with blogger, but if you click on the link in the bottom corner you get the original image. Alternatively, grab a coffee and go to my flickr gallery,  it most be the most comprehensive painbted AFV gallery on the web.

BTW some bits and bobs up on ebay, need some space and its about time I fed the kids.........

Sunday 18 September 2011

251 Platoon "in action"

Quite rare, these days, for me to show pictures of painted examples of my work actually on a gaming table! In the main, the last I see of them is when they are boxed up ready to ship off to the four corners. However, i'm pleased to announce that Neil Tew is busy managing a showcase standard demonstration game, incorporating my work on the AFVs, Toby at Artmaster studios on the figures and Dave at TM terrain, for not surprisingly the terrain! Whilst this is very much a WIP at the moment, Neil has sent me some quick shots of a game he had this weekend. Not the best quality pics (not my fault this time!), but enough to give a taster of things to come......

Pictures of the 251's can be seen in my flickr gallery, but will be the subject of a post in the near future.

Saturday 17 September 2011

Normandy Staghound - 1/56th- JTFM

JTFM Staghound, painted for Normandy. Lovely kit this one, two crew figures and additional stowage come with the kit. Note i have added additional stowage so not an exact representation. Decals form DOM's Decals IIRC.

Not quite got the hang of the new camera, so contrast is a bit iffy.

As always, click on the pictures for full fat, more pictures in my extensive Flickr gallery.

WIP Shot, not quite finished

Thursday 15 September 2011

Sdkfz 250/1 "Neu", Sdkfz 250/9 "Alte"

Two 20mm MMS Sdkfz 250's, therefore base kist are metal and nice and robust for the gaming table. These two are painted in a late war hard edge scheme, suitable for Normandy to the Rhine.

Sunday 31 July 2011

Kitchen Table Update #5: Sdkfz 251/22 (Pak40)

Been busy this weekend, instead of the painting shots here's some work I've done on converting a Warlord Sdkfz 251 into a 251/22 with Pak 40. This one has been sitting around for while, with out bits done here and there, however you would have thought this an easy conversion, it wasn't! The Warlord Pak40 itself has a horrible out of scale barrel and muzzle break, and the shield doesn't slip into the 251 body to well. I obtained a 1/48 75mm barrel and married it up with the "jobbed" pak40. The clearing the interior was also a pain as its a one piece cast. Also the thickness of the mudguards is significantly out of scale so these were also slimmed down.

The crew are chopped around Warlord Pak 40 crew, these have the separate head option which make up some nice figures in the end.

I intend to have this one modelled with foliage, so have added some field modified "chicken wire" support as so often seen in Normandy and onwards in responce to the allied air cover.

And finally, my kitchen sink! no prizes for guessing the contents! This is a mundane but vital part of the process, which i do after the initial clean up work. No magic ingredients, just washing up liquid and an old toothbrush.

Sunday 24 July 2011

Cold War T54's

No excuses, bit of a theme here, some more cold war soviets, and still more to come. This time 20mm kit T54's, iconic tank this one. Again the premise was Cold War, therefore weathering limited to mud and dust, no rust streaks and ostfront scratching to fall back on. I will admit the weathering on these took 3-4 months on and off, i just wasn't happy and kept revising techniques untill i was satisfied ( so please no how-tos on these ones!). I can be a PITA sometimes with my work, commission or otherwise and have been known to re-paint even at some late stages. If i'm not happy with it, it won't go out the door!

And just to prove i'm fallible, i have (since posting) found a slight mistake on these, which i'm sure will be pointed out in bold when i hawk these over the forums.

As always click on the pics for warts and all pics.

Wednesday 20 July 2011

2nd Panzer Div, Ardennes (in 15mm)

Half of a commission here, bit of a mixture of manufacturers, Peter Pig ( Panthers),  8 Rads, Horches, Demags ( CD/Skytrex) and Kerr&King 251's with BF crews.

Current FOR SALE items

1/56 Weasel
Will update soon, contact me for details

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