Albert Speer RAD Panzer Grenadier Abteilung 1945
|RAD rifle company|
|RAD Rifle coy|
MG Support Coy
|RAD MG team|
|RAD rifle company|
|RAD Rifle coy|
|RAD MG team|
I Finally have decided to attack my new Normandy Airborne Americans (I know you do not need both Normandy and Arnhem …. But Different uniforms ….. Oh well the life of a button counter lol).
I purchased four new battalions of Airborne for Rapid Fire plus support elements from Alder and Simons Soldiers miniatures earlier in the year in Oz and at Partizan along with jeeps from RTR and guns from SHQ and Early War Miniatures.
I undercoated two battalions on the weekend and have already got the base colours on the guns and jeeps.
I plan to get them completed next few weeks, then onto the glider troops, more vehicles, Waco gliders, plus some C47 aircraft planned with actual aircraft for the 101st! Then I will commence the 82nd Airborne, and do the same.
I was looking for some pieces from my drawer of 20mm bits (I was looking for some MMGs and 81mm mortars) and found these lurkers in one of the box’s and decided to get some paint on them whilst I am on holidays.
I think they are Battlefield miniatures a simple job of grey, black and brown, a wash and then highlight. I elected to do simple dirt basing which can double for streetscape or countryside. They can work for armed civilians, secret service types or gestapo. Happy with the results
I have been looking though my kits to complete some Soviet and Swedish kit for the big weekend Wargame Holiday game next May. I have a lot of aircraft kits to build and paint for both sides so I have decided to commence the assembly of my PM Models SU-15 TM which I purchased at Newark museum airfield shop in April.
The kit looks quite simple as to be expected on a short run. A little bit of rough casting around the engine intake and marbling aroubd the nose but with sanding it should clean up. I was disappointed that there was no pilot also and soft interior detail, I will add a 3d printed interior and pilot I suspect.
I plan to get it painted this week in silver with a green nose and tail tip, while I am having a little summer break before our next Wargame holiday guests.
Recent purchases from the Naval and Military Press Sale, these will help me get up the dander to finish my American GIs who have been hanging around for 5 months on my too do list. I have a week off from Wargame holidays guests and have a bunch of reading and painting to get through!
Back to upgrading some buildings this week as I want to start basing and adding walls and outbuildings, gardens etc to my layout. I have about thirty to refurbish for my Mayenne/city table, some will not take much, other need a lot of work. I have been breaking up bricks, cork and tinting kitty litter with washes to make bags of rubble.
First up a old warrior, possibly 20 years old, I have a number of these I think from Queens Hussar (could be wrong) I will bring the brick up to the normal bright red orange of our region, then add a few bits of interior pieces, damage, rubble, signage then add the yard and out buildings on a base to fit my town tiles.
Working on some bridges I purchased at Partizan and a building I picked up at a local Model Railway swap meet for modern gaming.
|A A shipping business, I will strip off the flower beds, base coat the brickwork and roof and add details|
|Bridge will be painting to suit our area and western Normandy|
As I start to complete my Bundesgrenzschutz units I thought I would find a 1/72nd scale VW181 to complete my command platoon.
The Germania Figuren vehicle is made from resin and upon inspection is a very nicely cast model. Hardly and flash and no bubbles. It comes with two options roof on or folded back, plus driver (which is a bonus) with four head variants. It was a little pricey at €16.50 plus shipping but I added some more pieces to my Swedes which reduced price per unit shipping. I will post the Swedes in the coming weeks after I complete my American ww2 airborne build.
I hope to get it together this weekend and get some paint on it this coming week as we have rest before the next Wargame Holiday tours and Wargaming.
A recent pickup from a French bring and buy was a Gloster Gladiator which I will use for my Belgians I think. The old airfix kit will need not a lot of work to bring it up to spec.
These are the markings I will use I think
Whilst doing research for my British for the 21st Army Group, I came across a fabulous breakdown of British number plates. I will link it below but here is a summary
Motorcycles prefixed Letter C
Cars, jeeps, light utility, heavy cars and staff cars letter M
Ambulances letter A
Trucks letter Z
Amphibian letter P
Artillery Tractor letter H
Trailer letter X
Thread here on the ww2Talk forum
NB models Praga 53/59
NB models have produced a great kit for the Praga 53/59 SP AA gun. The kit is a late type with the larger tool box and bucket seated AA chassis.
This vehicle was used by the Czechoslovakia, Egyptians Iranian, Iraqis, Syrians, Libyans, Croatians, Bosnians, Cubans, Slovenia, Congo and Zaire governments. Plus seen use in the breakup war of Yugoslavia, Chechnya and currently used in Ukraine by Wagner group.
NB models predominantly produce Czech equipment for modelers, but perfect for one off kits,I am picking up two, one as a generic AA piece for my Arab armies the second for a generic kit for Africa and warlord games.
|Join the army and see the world! |
Completed my second part of my kampfgruppe of Bundesgrenzschutz, these are from the Plastic Esci NATO troops and Airfix ground crew make up this second group
|The fighting patrol|
|The dog patrol|
|Happy with the mustache on this chap|
As I charge on with my Ville Mayenne build I have purchased some walls and fences for the gardens and the wall for the river and port. Work will progress this week as I work on the structure of the river first, then the bridges.
A bit more in progress work on my 20mm building for my ww2 Mayenne city table, doctor Morriset house, which was the lodging of the commandants of the Oisseau Wurzburg/ Freya radar station
Whilst I was in Newark I visited the air museum to get a few photos for reference, another great example was a Saab Viggen which is one of my Cold War jet builds this year. This is the only example of this jet in the UK and I was really interested in getting a good look at the iconic “splinter pattern” and markings worn by the AJSH variant.
Looking at CyberModeller the colours are
Vallejo Air colours
Black 71-057 Black
Dark Green 71-924 US forest green Matt
Sierra tan 71-125 USAF brown
Gray 71-312 IJN medium green
Light green 71-137 US light green
Silver 71-072 gun metal
Not looking forward to the airbrush template cutting for this beast!
Finally back home from my first ever Partizan and what a blast it was. I managed to get a great amount of supplies and miniatures from Partizan and photograph it. First up I did have a lot in pre order and some was paid for back in January (my Christmas shopping time), so could be packed and sent in time for my return from Australia and has been sitting at Shaun’s awaiting pick up at this Partizan, particularly as the customs duties to France are punishing if the value is high……oh well Brexit continues to hurt UK small wargaming businesses.
|20mm American Para, artillery crews and vehicle crews|
|Raventhorpe British airborne jeeps|
|20mm American para, British airborne vehicle crews, German vehicle crews|
Early War Miniatures, British artillery bits
|EWM Dutch hussars and artillery crews|
|Belgian Hussars, cyclists frontiers and some AA crew|
|First up we met Harry Sidebottom, and received signed copies of his books, a thrill as I have been reading the stories of Ballista since his first one.|
A lot of books, a lot of these were from my mate in Wales who is clearing his library, but a great selection available and cheap! Even my wife purchased two.
|Two packs of French casualties and wounded for markers for my revolutionary -1809 French army|
|28mm Gothic cavalry so I can compete my goth cavalry units.|
|Imperial Roman Command, praetorian shields, gladiators|
Imperial Roman’s, dark age skirmish types, goths, Bolt action Dice, random truck loads, glue, paint and clippers
First time trying the Pro art series, picked up work horse acrylic and sable they are a great price
|Always need these, possibly should of purchased another 20 or so for my Napoleonic casualties|
|I had to rescue two Horsa gliders and a German fighter for a tenner|
|ww2 new kits and a modern jet for my Cold War warpac.|
|Bridges from Kallistra, really nice and suitable up to 28mm|