Monday, February 19, 2018

"Banzai" a bolt action trial!

Decided to see what all the fuss is about and I played my first game of bolt action on the weekend, overall quite satisfied with the game, has a few quirks but happy to play with my mates if they are having a game. The mechanics  are quite easy, and I liked the random draw of the dice, although this I felt slowed the game down a little. The weapon ranges  I felt were off in comparison to the movement scales, with only long and short range for personal weapons, at times especially vehicles it felt a little to gamey with the ability of a vehicle to fire at multiple targets around it in range, it seemed to be a great advantage if you had multiple weapons, MG pintal, MG turrent, MG AA mount. the troop mechanics seemed to work quite well, and I did like the pinned idea for Morale, although my Japs ignored it when charging which was fun, but felt a little beer and pretzels. I will try it again but will not get overly excited and build a army I think. Th e japanese came away with a good win, with more than 60% of my hit dice hitting and killing in the last two turns, still could not kill the stuart tank! Pictures below, including some other games being played, some great painters and modellers out there!

 Other Bolt action game

Monday, November 6, 2017

American para references

Having visited France last month I managed to get to a number of museums, I have put together some pictures for future reference for my upcoming American para brigade for rapid fire. These photos were taken at the Bayeux WW2 museum

Falklands War aircraft

Decided to paint these and get them off the production line, these guys will be sold off as I cannot find any rules I like for air to air combat that works well with the jet age. 1/600th tumbling dice

Minarions Russian destroyed aircraft

I have the plane bug again so building 1/72 scale and 1/300th aircraft again. Off the last weekend was a great offering from Minarions for their SCW collection, as I do early war Russians I have added it to my collection by adding some spare stars and a number, very happy with it as it was a single day build and paint.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ww2 Dutch additions

some more Dutch to add to the growing collection.

Dutch Hussars, converted Minarions

Dutch cyclists from EWM

7 veld towed Artillery, gun and limber Moonlight models, horses and crew Revell.


Dutch Fokker D XXIII MPM 1/72

A rare plane for my Dutch, although only one was flying at the time of the invasion, there is doubt it was even armed in time. I decided to build this lovely kit by MPM just because I had to have it!


Fairey Fox mkII Pegasus resin kit

next on the desk for construction a resin Pegasus Fairey Fox mkI which will be converted to a mkII for my Belgians.

The main difference is the wheels, canopy, prop and nose, all  donated from another kit, also adding wartime pilots and an extra mg for the floor mg and windscreen from the spare parts box.

Mk I, as built from the kit by another modeller

The Mk II, hopefully look something like this, note the prop, canopy, wheel covers, air intake is larger, wheel struts are positioned differently and the wing W struts, unseen is the rear wheel, the Lewis Mg which points downwards from the observers position and bomb racks which I will add.