Put it in the truck

Apparently the Chinese lacked transport, with most of their offensive action taking place on foot. The made for a logistical nightmare and shortages of supplies of all types at the front. One significant plus, was the Chinese were not limited to the frail and often inadequate road network. Chinese forces would bypass UN positions (often at night) in a sort of slow moving pedestrian blitzkrieg.

To reflect this in my Bolt Action Korea force I thought I would not take any transports. Bang on theme, and a couple less models to purchase and paint. However, the Bolt Action rules require tows for nearly all artillery, even light howitzers. Not unreasonable, I guess, guns are heavy and are only useful if they come with ammunition (and all the other stuff they must need). So, I ordered a Morris 15cwt 4×4 from Perry Bros. Apparently the communists had a bunch of lend lease left over from the second world war (including ex-KMT).

The kit is resin, which I don’t work with enough to really know all the tricks. Giving it a good wash seems to be the most important trick The model itself had very little flash and went together easily with a minimum of filing. The driver was british, complete with soup-bowl helmet so I did a head swap. I hid the cut with a green-stuff scarf, painted red, of course.

This is the third time I thought this army was finished. I don’t remember buying anything else recently but post being what it is at the moment, I guess we’ll find out.

See you in the trenches.

Allez les bleus

Modding toy cars is a low-stress project. I was quite pleased when Gaslands came along and provided a milieu to play with them.

straight from the showroom floor; I’m not sure why everything in the future has to be rusty and dirty
flamer in the backseat; what could possibly go wrong?

I already have a blue ram car, so the three of them should make a nice team at around 50 cans, a common team size around here.

See you in an arena sometime soon.

Motor pool

Holy Cow Batman! It has been six years since I have done any work on these little fellows, a 6 Division Australian force for the Western Desert. It is way past due to get some wheels for them. Weapon carriers for reconnaissance, trucks for troops, and Morris Quads for the artillery.

They look pretty rough up close, but they are only small, so look OK at “gaming distance”
Brm, brm

Transport is essential, so these trucks will be very handy for the troops (alas! still mostly sitting with undercoat) and the equally essential field artillery (also still sitting with undercoat- see a pattern?).

Still, progress on a long neglected project. I’m calling that a win.

D.

No! Smaller than that!

Looking for something else I found a squadron of Sherman tanks with a rattlecan base coat and nothing else. I can’t date them but I reckon they must be around 5 years old. Yep, well past due to get a little attention at the paint table.

They are 15mm from Plastic Soldier Company. My brother tells me they are early war because the hulls are rounded and not the riveted late war bodies. I thought the 1:72 one I completed recently was little. These are very cute. Here is one sitting next to a 1:56 version from Warlord Games.

The commander took about 45 seconds to paint, including shaking the paint pots.

I enjoyed painting these tanks. It seems some more 15mm may be in order and I happen to have a half finished British desert army. As you do.

They have a cave troll

I found a box with a bunch of goblins from the Games Workshop Lord of the Rings licence. I had forgotten I had them, mostly sourced second hand I think, they have lurked in a box not thought of for more than a decade. It was well past due they got some paint, so I dug out the brightest green I have and got stuck into them.

The little buggers are surprisingly hard to photograph. This is the boss man
What passes for a mighty hero for the green bastards

I like these old goblin models. They have a lovely sense of motion about them. I was very rough with the brush work, using dry-brushing and washes as I feel this is in keeping with the goblin theme. Observations that I rarely use any other style will be ignored!

Of course, they have a cave troll

Most likely these will be used for Warlords of Erewhon.

See you around the battle fields.

D.

A happy dwarf is an angry dwarf

Chronopia is long gone, but these minis have survived lurking at the back of my cupboard for at least 15 years. Now with added paint, I think they would look fine in a game of Warlords of Erewhon.

I love the feral take on the classic dwarf-look. I chose to use a very restricted colour palate and a lot of dry brushing to keep in with their rather rough looking appearance. These little dudes mean business.

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Death to fascism

I found a squad of partisans lurking at the back of the cupboard. With a regular painting session on Zoom with friends, they became a pleasant little project one evening.

The photo is a bit dark and basing is yet to do, but I’m happy with how they came up.

The squad is 28mm Warlord Games. Scale-wise I think they will fit in OK with my existing Partisans from Black Tree Design.

I have been enjoying the Zoom painting sessions. A nice way to catch up, and something I hope survives the lock-down period of our current lives.

See you across a table sometime soon,
D.

The Chinese Arrive

Beware imperial running dogs; the brave Chinese volunteers are here to help liberate the South and unify Korea. I’m pretty happy with how this Chinese Communist Volunteer force came together, so I thought I’d do a few action shots. The models are from Warlord Games, for their Korea extension to the rather fun Bolt Action game.

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Medium machine gun

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Gaz Jeep

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Flamethrower team

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Light mortar

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Bazooka team

There are three core sets in the range so far: an infantry squad, conscript squad and a HQ/support weapon box. There are a small number of additional figures available, mostly in specialist weapon roles including flamer and bazooka teams. It is a little limited if you want to field unique models for some of the specialist units like grenadiers and scouts, however there is a reasonable range of poses for all metal figures. Plenty of choice to get things going.

Next valley over are the support weapons: SU-76 and anti-tank gun. This force will likely struggle against heavy armour (bazookas in Bolt Action are a bit of a lottery) but will otherwise be competitive.

I tried a few black and white shots for a bit of fun.

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Commander keeps an eye on the advance in the valley below

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Supporting fire from the heights

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The Chinese push forward

No games yet, but I guess that gives me time to paint up the free world opposition, most likely US Army, because I have a bunch of plastics in the cupboard so I won’t have to buy any additional models. Of course, a Marine unit would be quite iconic, or a representation of the Commonwealth Brigade would both be ace modelling opportunities. So many choices.

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Just drive the jeep, man

In what seems a long time ago, Warlord Games had a sale where I picked some additional Bolt Action Korea miniatures to expand my Chinese force. It still hasn’t reached the table, but that is a rather dull story that we are all familiar with at the moment. I’m close to finishing the next batch of infantry (I’m up to basing), but I finished a Gaz jeep.

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Most likely it will be used as a tow for a light howitzer or anti-tank gun. I guess it could be a flamethrower or bazooka taxi, which is not historical but can be useful in game terms.
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I’m also claiming it as part of paint the crap you already own hobby challenge, because it was started before 1 April.

Now, back to the painting table.

D.