Sunday, January 2, 2022

Happy New Year! 2022


A big Happy New Year to our family and friends across the world! 

Wishing all of you a happy and successful 2022. I am enjoying the sunshine and warm weather back in Australia for a number of weeks before we return to kick off the 2022 season. Over the next few days I will do a sum up of 2021 and what we have planned for French Wargame Holidays in 2022. 



Sunday, November 28, 2021

Israeli Armoured Recon Part 1

 Israeli Armoured recon unit

Next addition to my Israeli army for my Arab-Israeli war collection is a recon platoon of 10 figs, I also plan to add three jeeps, one with a 106mm RCL. I am still looking for a suitable unit to base them on for the six day war. 

The figures are from the platoon 20 range, which I am happy to report that the range has been purchased and will be back in production soon I hear at East Front Miniatures. The radio operator is from the later range, but I wanted one so I purchased him.

Israeli Recon company 


Friday, October 15, 2021

Soviet Cold War Motorised Infantry part two

 Soviet Motostrelki 

Finally after finishing some more house renovations I have managed to sit down and complete some miniatures. last week I completed another soviet motorised battalion for my cold war collection. The figures 20mm from the Elhiem Miniatures range, I plan to paint another three battalions to complete my Armoured Division collection.  

My cold war collection is growing rapidly and may soon surpass my ww2 collection for "completed kits" and figures. In 2022 I am planning a big Able Archer game, multi divisional gaming weekend in Autumn for four to six players hopefully in the newly renovated apartments with a 26-30m x 6 table, over a full weekend of modern wargaming. I will release the details in November for the event and our 2022 calendar. 

Soviet Motostrelki Command


Soviet Motostrelki Elhiem miniatures

Soviet Motostrelki

Soviet Motostrelki

Soviet Motostrelki

Soviet Motostrelki

I need to add Anti Air, 81mm and 120mm Mortar and HMG coys 


Thursday, October 7, 2021

Kampfgruppe 1001 Nachtes - Looking East

Looking East

Reading books can be a dangerous thing, but is good for stirring the blood for new projects (not that I need any). While reading James Lucas Battlegroup book this week, I came across this unusual unit, Kampfgruppe 1001 Nachtes. Recently Steven Shann, released some Rapid Fire scenarios based around the fighting for the Seelow Heights, so with that influence I have dug deeper to build this unusual Kampfgruppe for my Rapid Fire late war Fall of the Reich units. 

So I have decided to build this unit as part of my last levy German forces for the Seelow Heights and defence of Berlin, for Rapid fire. As luck would have it, I have quite a few Hetzers in my collection not assigned to units, some painted but most not, plenty of spare fallschirmjagers and german infantry, odd AA gun, motor bikes and a few SdKfz 231s! So over the next month or so I will pull something together to fight Marks and my Russian  hordes and defend the Reich. A big plus also, an opportunity to force me to complete some more German countryside buildings for ww2 and modern cold war games!

Kampfgruppe 1001 Nachtes 

The Kampfgruppe was formed into three combat formations


Major Gustav-Adolf Blancbois


560th SS tank destroyer Battalion

Commanded by Sturmbannfuhrer Wost, then later Haupsturmfuhrer Markowz

  • 1st Jagdpanzer-Kompanien 14 Jagpanzer Hetzer (three tone factory camouflage) 
  • 2nd Jagdpanzer-Kompanien 14 Jagpanzer Hetzer (three tone factory camouflage) 
  • 3rd Jagdpanzer-Kompanien 14 Jagpanzer Hetzer (three tone factory camouflage) 2
  • 7 Sturmgeschutze III, and Bergepanzer III recovery section (from 27th Friewillgen-grenadier-regiment Langemarcke) 
  • 600 SS fallschirmjager Kompanie 140 men (joined 1st April)


Panzer-Aufklarungs-Abteilung Speer
  • Motorcycle company (RAD uniform)
  • Sd.Kfz 231 company
  • Anti Tank platoon Pak40


Marschregiment 2 (27th March-1st April) possibly in Panzer Wraps
  • 1 Schutzen-Kompanie 
  • 2 Schutzen-Kompanie 
  • 3 Schutzen-Kompanie 


Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Vozdushno-Desantnye voyska Rossii -VDV airborne troops

 VDV Airborne troops

VDV airborne badge

While I have had the camo painting bug for Soviet cold war troops I decided to also paint up two battalions of plastic Esci VDV airborne troops that I had in my collection donated to me by my mate Spiros. 

The VDV originally were just part of the ground troops, uniforms and equipment corresponded accordingly to motorised troops in general up until 1983. After that date specific equipment was issued,  and the VDV moved from Maroon Berets of the special forces (spetsnaz retained the maroon) to the more familiar mid blue in 1982, along with one piece jump overalls. 

Structurally the brigade consisted of a combat and transport combat helicopter regiments (a total of 80 MI-8T, 20 Mi6a and 20 Mi24A). Three airborne and one air assault battalions, plus support elements. 

Below is the 1983 order of battle of the 35th Guards Landing Assault Brigade, which was posted to Cottbus East Germany in December 1979. 

35th Guards Separate landing Assault Brigade (callsign Veskiy)

Commander Lieutenant Colonel Nikolai Shvets
  • 1st Airborne Battalion (Parachute about 530 men in each battalion)
    • Command section, Recon platoon, AA missile group (9 Strela-3 / Igla MANPADS), First aid and communications 
    • Three assault companies (4 x 82-mm M mortar, 3 Metis 9K115 ATGMs, 3 AGS-17 30mm grenade launcher, 6 PK LMG, 9 RPG-16, 9 RPKS-74 LMG, AKS-74, SVD sniper rifle)
    • anti tank battery (6 ATGM 9K111 Fagot / Factoria, 6 SPG-9MD recoilless Heat/HE)
    • mortar coy PM38 2B11 120mm mortar 
  • 2nd Airborne Battalion (Parachute)
    • as above
  • 3rd Airborne Battalion (Heliborne)
    • as above
  • 4th Separate landing Assault Battalion (about 490 people Heliborne)
    • Three airborne assault companies (five platoons: three assault troops, machine gun, mortar; 117 hrs, 10 BMD-1P / PK, 4 BTR-D armored personnel carriers, 4x82-mm M, 8 PKM, 13 RPG-16, 9 RPKS-74, AKS-74)
    • From 1983 - self-propelled artillery battery (8 x 120-mm SAO 2S9 Nona)
    • platoons: grenade launcher (3 BTR-D armored personnel carriers, 6 AGS-17), anti-aircraft missile (9 MANPADS, 3 armored personnel carriers BTR-ZD), communications, support, first-aid post.
  •  Artillery battalion (Heliborne or airdrop)
    •  6 x 122mm Howitzer GD30 3 batteries
    • Mortar battery 120-mm M PM-38 
    • platoons: anti-aircraft missile (9 MANPADS 3 BTR ZD), control, support.
    • Rocket Artillery Battery 8 x 122 mm MLRS BM-21V Grad-V
  • Anti-aircraft Battery (heliborne or airdrop)
    • from 1982 - anti-aircraft battalion (8 SZRK Strela-10M, 8 ZSU-23-4 Shilka, MANPADS 3 APC BTR-ZD)
  • Anti-tank missile Battery (heliborne)
    • 12 ATGM Fagot / Factory, 6 ATGM 
  • Reconnaissance Company (heliborne or airdrop)
    • three reconnaissance platoons on UAZ-469
  • Engineering Sapper Company (parachute, heliborne)
  • Medical Company (parachute and heliborne)
  • Communications coy (parachute and heliborne)
  • airborne company (support and despatch)
  • automobile company (heliborne or airdrop)
  • repair company (heliborne or airdrop)
  • logistics company (heliborne or airdrop)
  • RHR platoon (3 UAZ-469) 1984 - RHBZ company (RBCW company) (heliborne or airdrop)
  • platoon of the chief of artillery (survey and communications centre) (heliborne or airdrop)
  • commandant platoon (parachute, heliborne or airdrop)
  • orchestra. (not operationally deployed)

I will decide upon what I build to make up my battalions, as I have a few of the vehicles already, but may need a few bits to complete to Brigade! I hope to have the figures painted in the next week or two.



Saturday, August 28, 2021

Henschel Hs 129 Build part 1

Airfix Henschel HS129

In September we have a Nostalgia build for kits or figures designed pre 2000 and no longer in production. I have elected to build a Airfix Henschel HS129 kit. I actually already have two kits built for this aircraft, one 20mm cannon and one 75mm canon. This model will become a photo reconnaissance aircraft that was shot down east of Laval in August 1944.

Looking forward to the build if you want to join us here on The Wargamers Forum