Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Crunchies are Based Up

All,

Well, Thursday I prepped the infantry for my Wolverines project, but I didn't base them because I was fresh outta bases.  I didn't get anything done Friday, except to place an order for more bases from Litko, but Saturday morning I was rooting around in all my hobby stuff, and what did I find?  That's right, a bunch of bases.  So this morning I based up all the infantry; and this interesting (to me, at least), as I've never done 10mm troops this way.

In the past I've glued the infantry to popsicle sticks, primed, painted, and washed them, then popped them off, glued them to bases, painted the bases, then flocked the bases.  but I've seen lots of guys (on the internet) that clean and prep their 10mm troops, then glue them straight to the bases, then prime, paint, and wash them right on the bases.  So I'm giving it a shot, see how it works out.  It should help me move even faster; on the popsicle sticks I tend to paint way too much detail and areas you'll never see on the gaming table.  I want to get these troops on the table ASAP, so I'm hoping this works.

Anyway, here are some pics.

The whole mess, Soviets on the left, Yanks on the right.  If you recall, each side has an infantry company consisting of CO, three platoon commanders, three rifle platoons of three squads (one stand equals one squad), and a weapons platoon consisting of three 82 or 81mm mortars (Sov/US), three recoiless rifles, and three heavy machine guns (Dshks/M-2s, though they kinda all look like M-2s, if you are catching the drift of me...).  In game terms, we will break up the Wpns Plt and parcel it out to each of the three rifle platoons, so each rifle platoon will have a PC, three rifle squads, a mortar, an HMG, and a recoiless rifle, with each armored personnel carrier carrying two stands.  Yeah, I shoulda sprung for four APCs per platoon, but I'm a cheapskate...

The Americans, showing the rifle company in the bulk of the picture, with each column being a reinforced rifle platoon.  Right to left: PC, three rifle squads, recoiless rifle, mortar, and HMG.  At top center/right is the Recon Platoon dismounts (two rifle stands, an HMG, and a recoiless rifle), and at top left is the battalion commander.

The Soviets, set up exactly the same way except: top left are three 120mm mortars (the American heavy mortars are self propelled), and at top center is the AA gun (the American AA gun is self propelled).

Closeup of the rifle company, with Company Commander at top right, the three platoon commanders right below him.  I thought I could put the PCs on pennies, but it was just a little too tight, so I took several of the regular bases here and split them in half, and used those half bases for the PCs.  The Company CO stand has three bodies, the PCs two, and the rifle squads/weapons teams three (except the HMG and recoiless rifle teams with Recon Plt, which both have four).

Close up of the Recon Platoon.  The US Rec Plt is in four jeeps, the Soviet Rec Plt is in three BTR-152s.

Looking at the back end of a rifle company, you can see the HMGs (left), medium mortars (center), and recoiless rifles (top right).

The Soviet AAA.


The Soviet 120mm mortars.
The battalion commanders, Soviet at left and US at right.

Alright, everything is prepped and ready to be spray primed, and did you notice that beautiful sunlight peering through the windows?  Yeah, it's been sub-freezing temps since Christmas, but the good Lord has smiled on me: I woke up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, high of 70 today.  I believe some spray priming will be happening most ricky-tick.

V/R,
Jack

Thursday, January 18, 2018

And Now for Some Crunchies

All,

Tonight I got all the infantry from my Pendraken Cold War project cleaned up and prepped for priming, here are some pics, but they're not totally ready.  I'll explain below...  In any case, I really need some warm weather so I can get everything spray primed.  I apologize, it's tough to see detail in the photos since these are bare metal, but I wanted to share.

Here's the whole mess, Soviets on the left, Americans on the right.  The two forces are 99% comprised of Pendraken Argentinians from their Falklands range, and are about 99% identical.  The Soviets have a few extra dudes for their towed AA gun, three 120mm mortars (the Americans have self-propelled mortars), and a different guy in their battalion command stand, but the rest is identical.

Each side has an infantry company and a recon platoon.  For the rules, each base will be an infantry squad or weapons team, so the infantry company is composed of a company commander, three platoon commanders, nine rifle stands, three mortar stands, three HMG stands, and three recoiless rifle stands.  Weapons Platoon (three mortars, HMGs, and rec rifles) will be parceled out to the rifle platoons, so each rifle platoon will consist of the platoon commander, three rifle squads, a mortar, an HMG, and a rec rifle.  The Recon Platoon has a platoon commander, two rifle squads, an HMG, and a recoiless rifle.

The top left guys at top left are the AAA crew, just below them is the company commander, just to their right are the three 120mm crews.  At top right is the infantry company riflemen, and across the bottom is the recon platoon.  At top center is the battalion commander.

At bottom left are the platoon commanders.

Another look, the battalion command figures at top center.

And here is my big problem, why the grunts ARE cleaned but ARE NOT ready to be primed: I didn't think ahead to buy bases for the infantry...  Oh well, no sweat, it'll help me focus on getting the vehicles taken care of; I HATE painting vehicles.  Anyway, just got my order in to Litko for some more bases.  

Now I just need that warm weather.

V/R,
Jack

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

And Their Soviet Counterparts

All,

Tonight I slapped together all the Soviet vehicles from my Pendraken Cold War project.  Here are some pics.  I'm hoping to get the infantry taken care of Thursday.  Then I need some warm weather (it's @#$%ing 13 degrees here in Texas right now, ridiculous!!!) so I can get them spray primed.  I apologize, it's tough to see detail in the photos since these are bare metal, but I wanted to share.


The whole mess: a tank company, a mechanized infantry company, a recon platoon, a heavy mortar platoon, a tank destroyer platoon, and a HQ element of a couple trucks and a towed AA gun.

A closeup of the T-62s, a platoon at left with platoon commander, and company commander at right.

A look at the BTR-50s.  I had enough AA MGs to put on the 'regular' BTRs, then added vehicle commanders to denote the company commander and platoon commanders.

The HQ element: the command truck at bottom right, then the towed AA gun and it's truck at bottom center/left (the AA gun is Argentinian).

And here we have the ISU-152s of the tank destroyer platoon (bottom left), the 120mm mortar platoon (bottom right), and the Recon Platoon (center, three BTR-152s).

Another look.

Should be able to get the infantry prepped tomorrow evening, though it just occurred to me that I may not have bases for the infantry, may need to place a quick order with Litko.  And I need some warm weather for priming!

V/R,
Jack

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

American Heavy Metal

All,

Tonight I slapped together all the American vehicles from my Pendraken Cold War project.  Here are some pics.  I'm hoping to get the Soviets slapped together tomorrow night and the infantry taken care of Thursday.  Then I need some warm weather (it's @#$%ing 13 degrees here in Texas right now, ridiculous!!!) so I can get them spray primed.  I apologize, it's tough to see detail in the photos since these are bare metal, but I wanted to share.

The whole mess: a tank company, a mechanized infantry company, a recon platoon, a heavy mortar platoon, a tank destroyer platoon, and a HQ element of a Deuce and a Half and an M-42 Duster AA vehicle.

A closeup of a tank platoon and the tank company commander.  I added a tank commander to show the platoon commanders, and I added a tank commander and removed the MG turret to show the company commander.  At bottom right is the recon platoon of four M151 jeeps.

One of the Mech Platoons and the Mech Company Commander.  Again I added a vehicle commander figure to denote the platoon commander, and I bought an ACAV, but didn't add the side M-60s, to use as the company commander.

The four-jeep recon platoon.  At bottom right you can see I used one of the ACAV's crew figures in the back of the jeep to denote the platoon commander.

Bottom left is the heavy mortar (106mm) platoon, above them is the tank destroyer platoon, and at bottom right is the deuce and a half and Duster.

A side view of the mortars (left) and the tank destroyers, with tank crew figure (top right) to denote the platoon commander.  If you're wondering what the hell my tank destroyers are, they're M-113s that I glued 90mm recoiless rifles to (actually, 75mm French recoiless rifles from Pendraken's Indochina range).

In any case, that's the US vehicles, need to get the Soviets done, and they will match up with the Americans:
-Tank Company in T-62s
-Mech Infantry Company in BTR-50s
-Recon Platoon in BTR-152s
-Heavy Mortar Platoon (3 x 120mm mortars transported by trucks)
-Tank Destroyer Platoon (ISU-152s)
-HQ element with truck and towed AAA

V/R,
Jack

Monday, January 15, 2018

An Embarassment of Riches

All,

Well, fresh off my wargaming haul from Christmas (which you haven't even seen yet!), I just got my birthday haul in the mail!  Two separate orders: one from Novus Design Studios, which cleverly ran a 40% off sale after Christmas that I just couldn't pass up, and the other from Pendraken in the UK, purveyor of fine 10mm miniatures.  This is the order that is my big project for 2018 that I've mentioned cryptically to a few of you (and inadvertently told one of you!).  I'll show ya a couple photos, and it's up to you to put the clues together and take your guesses as to what that project is (a hint: the Novus Design order has nothing to do with the Pendraken order, so don't get wrapped up around that).

The Novus Design, all in 15mm for my skirmish gaming, already unboxed: a bombed out building with shot-up train in front of it, three Russian houses, two supply dumps, two roadblocks, and a wooden bridge.  And a medium-sized, heavy-ass box.

A closeup of the Novus Design stuff.  Pretty cool, joining a sizeable collection from them.  Lots of work ahead of me getting these ready for the tabletop.

The big mess from Pendraken, unboxed, all dedicated to a single, massive (for me), project!  If you can't tell, I'm a bit excited.  Lots of work ahead of me for this, too...  What's in there?  Tanks, APCs, Recon, Command and Control, Mortars, Anti-Aircraft guns, and a whole bunch of infantry.

Just the tanks, ten per side.  What are those tanks?

T-62s and M-60s.  If they look a little goofy, it's because the tracks are separate from the hulls and I haven't cleaned them up or glued them yet, just kind of stacked them together.  The APCs are BTR-50s and M-113s.  So, what is it?  What's my big project?  The boy and I will be playing reinforced company-sized fights on a 6' x 4' table using a modified version of the Lardies' "I Ain't Been Shot Mum" rules.

Coming up as soon as I can get them painted and based ;)  I do have some modern skirmish batreps from Cuba Libre to share with you in the interim, post them as soon as I can.

V/R,
Jack

Sunday, December 31, 2017

15mm Plastic Soldier Company WWII Project - Brits and Germans

All,

So, in 2017 I started two giant (well, at least for me) projects, neither of which actually saw the gaming table even one time!!!  But I did make strides, and while a wise man would not push on to another giant project without having completed his previous two giant projects, I, Gentle Reader, am no wise man!  I will push on with these two, unfinished giant projects, and I will increase the difficulty level by adding one more giant project!  And, it shall be glorious!!! Some day...

Anyway, you've seen a number of posts with hundreds of photos of the first of my two giant 2017 projects: my 10mm Napoleonics project, of which I have been painting French and Austrians and, as of 31 December 2017, I have completed exactly 12 line infantry battalions, three light infantry battalions, two artillery batteries, and two cavalry squadrons for each side.  Plenty of work to do...

Regarding the other giant project, here it is:
This is what I have so far.  But what is it?

Little 15mm troops, guns, and vehicles from Plastic Soldier Company, both German and British/Commonwealth, for those grand fights in and around Caen, maybe even some Market in Operation Market Garden.  So above you see a pack of Sdkfz 251 halftracks that have been assembled and primed, but not finished yet...

I have completed a couple Shermans and a couple Panthers, with more assembled.  Then I found three Old Glory Stug IIIs lying around (hadn't seen them since 2010!) and an Old Glory M-10 Wolverine (same thing), but only one because the other two are too screwed up.  Again assembled and primed, but not finished.

All the British infantry I have completed so far, lots more in the box (close-ups coming below) needing to be assembled, primed, painted, and based.

All the German infantry I have done so far, with none left in the box.  As you can see at bottom left and right, there are plenty of Germans still not based, but they are at least painted.

Here are the two Shermans, or, rather, a Sherman and a Firefly, that I've completed.

Again.

Another.

And one more.

And here are the two Panthers I've finished.

Again.

Another.

Once more.

And the last one.

Here is the German overall commander, a Zvezda Sdkfz 222 and some PSC officer figures.

Again.

Other side.

I've got four 75mm PaK-40 anti-tank guns for ze Germans:

A look at an infantry Company Command stand:

A Platoon Commander Stand:

A Panzerschreck stand:

An MG-42 on tripod stand:

An 80mm mortar team stand:

And then we get to some infantry stands:
I still have so much work to do.  I need a lot more PzSchrecks, some German recce, prime movers for the ATGs, more halftracks, and more Panthers at the very least.

But let's get to the Brits:
The overall British command stand, with a Zvezda truck.

Again.

Another shot.

Once more.

And a look at the OC himself.  Yeah, OC, that's how they say it ;)

How about a 6-pounder anti-tank gun?

A Company Command stand:

A Vickers MG stand:

A British 3" mortar stand:

A British 2" mortar stand:

A British PIAT stand:

And we've come to the British infantry stands:
And that's that, for now.  I need more 2" mortars, PIATs, prime movers for ATGs, more Shermans, enough Bren carriers for a carrier platoon, recce, and the one that's troubling me most, transport for the Brits.  I don't know what they should have: should I buy halftracks or trucks?  I know there are plenty of you British vehicle experts out there, so please tell me: if I'm running a generic force that has Shermans and Fireflies, would their supporting infantry be more likely to have trucks or halftracks?  Thanks in advance!

As you see, the new infantry from PSC are absolutely fantastic, and super cheap as well.  The vehicles are also beautiful, cheap, and they go together easy (if I can do it, anyone can do it!).  So that's where I'm at with my giant 15mm WWII British and German project.  I look forward to continuing to make progress and maybe get a game in sometime around 2027...

Anyway, thanks for looking.

V/R,
Jack