For the bridge I am using the Raventhorpe Sentry 20mm Pegasus bridge made from resin. I plan to add a few changes to this plus make some improvements and additions to the piece .
My plan is to remove the solid handrails and replace them with wire ones, drill out the girders and above the control shed, file out the lifting beam arms, replace the cross beam, add plastic ladders and continue the light rail entry and exits off the bridge ramps.
drilling and filing out the girders, a bit of work and a mask and a vacuum cleaner nearby
I hope to have this completed by next week.
Steam traction engines have always fascinated me, in my childhood I would often visit the neighbours saw mill that has a steam traction engine the dove the great saws that cut down the Australian hardwoods from the forests of New England Tablelands. Later in my teens when I joined the engineers we had as our regiments mascot a Frog and a steam traction engine (2/3 Feild Engineer regiment) and I volunteered to work on the beast.
So with that in mind I picked up a Steam Engine pencil sharpener around 6 years ago, these are often found in Australian tourist gift shops, particulary in country areas and have been around for 30 odd years.
First job remove the sharpener and the wheel assembly, add decent axles, then undercoat.
Next I scratch built the flywheel, and the housing
Then a quick fit before I attach the linkages, then paint job green and red plus Brass work for the bling!
I completed four splinter sections for my Cold War collection, all based on different bases to tell them apart. They are from the platoon 20 Israeli range. They will join my Bundesgrenzschutz SG9. Quite happy with the results.
I spotted this book on an article back in February and put it on my wishlist, last month I decided to pick it up, what a revelation it was. I would encourage anybody who is interested in the war of the Atlantic to pick it up. Not many Wargame books relating to there real use in wartime are available, this was an interesting and positive view of our hobby.
The book is focused on the Western Approaches Tactical Unit or W.A.T.U and its unique use of wargames to train escort fleet commanders and officers about anti submarine warfare. The commander of the unit was Gilbert Roberts, a medically retired Naval Officer, who returned to service in 1941 to raise the unique unit. Roberts was a avid Naval wargamer (and is said to have played in Winston Churchill's group of wargamers) in the late 20s and thirties and he developed naval wargame rules very much influenced upon the rules of Frederick Jane (Naval War Game 1906) and the Royal Navy's Wargame rules of 1921.
In January 1942, Gilbert Roberts arrived at Derby House Liverpool, for a meeting with his new commander, Admiral Sir Percy Noble . Roberts explained to Noble that he would develop a game that would enable the british to understand why the U-boats were proving so successful in sinking the merchant fleet, and he would develop facilitate the development of counter tactics. Noble was dismissive of the new WATU section "Well, Roberts, you can carry on but don't bother me with it". WATU were given the entire top floor of derby House for the purpose of setting up the training facility.
Since lock down began here in France I have been concentrating predominantly on my medieval and ancients collection painting over 600 28mm miniatures. This coming week I am shifting my focus back to ww2.
I was recently on John Bonds blog looking at his lovely ww2 terrain. So I have also decided to make from now on "Tuesdays Terrain day", making terrain or tabletop scatter a priority each week to get through the tonnes of small projects I have in my head for ww2 and modern bits, predominantly though for ww2. Most of these pieces will take several days and possibly weeks, but spending a dedicated day on them will help me get through the list.
For year and years of ww2 and modern gaming I have just used cotton wool or lounge stuffing that is white for smoke markers, and while watching Band of Brothers...again, I watched the scene at the ferry crossing and thought....I do not use coloured smoke in my games...I have just used white smoke markers, but as we know they were mostly coloured for ww2 and moderns warfare.
Anyone who served in the military will know they are not particularly good for your health, but neither is getting shot! The smoke delivery could be via a grenade, mortar or artillery round, or a smoke generator either vehicle or a pump (normally white/grey though) the main colours available were, Red, Blue, Green, Purple, yellow, white, plus pink and Orange (both post ww2)
So I have put together a simple tutorial.
Step 1 :Lounge stuffing is my choice of product, easy to find and cheap.
Step 2: I selected my colours and made up a wash, with a drop of detergent to break the surface tension of the stuffing and allow colour to penetrate. A few drops of paint 10% to 90% water. Dropped in the pieces that were teased out to shape.
Step three. Rinse with water, to get rid of any settled pigment otherwise they will shed bits. allow to dry.
Step 4. I based mine on clear plastic with a hot glue gun.
Step 5. Put them on the table !
Quite happy with the result, but I think it would be faster to use a spray paint tin in the desired colour or a airbrush, plus the colour will be more vibrant, I will try again soon on another Tuesday!
Due to Covid we thought we would have no Holidays this year, a fellow wargamer and saviour came along, Paul and Stella offering us to holiday with then down south in the Massif Central on the edge of the Alps. Paul and I have similar collections in the same scales 28mm Napoleonic, Ancients and 20mm WW2 and use the same rules, I guess we have chatted on forums over the last 15 years or so, but had never met face to face.
I think Paul’s collection of 28mm Napoleonic collection eclipses mine by quite a lot and you will find him regularly posting on General de Brigade and Rapid Fire forums. We decided to conduct a Sword Beach game using the Rapid Fire rules from the D-Day scenario book. Paul has a huge collection of ships, including large destroyers down to the landing craft and support ships, and a lovely table set up for D-day landing scenarios plus the specific funnies for the landing along with the Sherman DD tanks, and the normal French villages etc.
I elected to be the attacking Brits and Paul the defending Germans. The scenario calls for the capture and destruction of three of the bunkers and hard points along the beach plus one inland, a very tough ask.
some of the landing craft are also hit with artillery on the way in
another heavy damage.......the story of the game for me lots of 1s and 2s rolled
A second vehicle pushes pas the first only to hit another mine!
Next turn Paul makes sure of the funnies destroying the heavy damaged ones with AT fire......it was one of those days.........
the infantry make it ashore relatively unscathed
The infantry stormed ashore and surprising took very light casualties, however the remaining tanks were all knocked out except one which i leave covered by the other two tanks and await support
Again I lose the supporting tanks to mines!
murder in the centre, most of two companies are cut down by MG and artillery fire, I managed to get one tank forward with a bridge alsmost making the wall.....
landing party is ashore finally radio contact and shelling begins....although very few targets
The commandos arrive !
the commandoes make short work of the position, fabulous grenade work again clears the way
meanwhile a patrol boat moves in for close fire support
Finally we clear the right, at this stage we call it a draw, I am in control of the beach, but failed to have enough turns to capture the inland bunkers, still a good game, we nearly restarted in the fifth turn as I had lost all of my armour by then except one vehicle........a great time never the less.
I have never really been a fan of actual D-DAY landing games, but really enjoyed this, it really was a spectacle. Paul is planning a visit to mine place in the spring to play either on my Pegasus Bridge table or Arnhem...or something else ......we shall see!