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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Nearly table ready

My Chinese for Bolt Action Korea are edging closer to being ready. Some highlights and basing to go. I have also started on some support options, an MMG and a medium mortar.

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Looking at these photos, the putties need to be a different shade to the pants,  and I need to perform some touch-ups here and there (particularly the boots). I finally had a look at what squads I can assemble. Together with the self-propelled gun, and assuming they are regular, I have around 750 points across around 13-14 order dice.

Officer+man
Commissar/Political Officer
Medic
3 or 4 squads of rifle men (2 with LMG), depending on the squad size
Grenadiers
Guerrillas
MMG
Medium Mortar
Light anti-tank gun (or maybe medium, I need to check)
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plus the free 12 man conscript squad.

A lot of bodies, I suspect I need to increase the squad sizes and add 2 or 3 more large squads to bring the points up to 1,000. Lucky they’re pretty straight forward to paint.

The grenadier squad is funky, armed only with grenades (same as pistols in game effect), they can forward deploy. Alone they will get massacred which is why I took a squad of guerrillas too, who can also forward deploy.

I think it will be hard to win with this army. It will need to be played aggressively, getting stuck in early but keeping enough punch in reserve to followup. I fear not many will get to see their loved ones again north of the Yalu river, so it’s starting to look a bit historical.

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SU-76 ready to roll

I decided to take a wee detour on completing my Chinese for Bolt Action Korea and (mostly) finish an SU-76. It is a resin model from Warlord.

I may do some more weathering, but but it is close enough to finished to put it on the table. The model when to together OK after a false start where I forgot to wash the resin first! There was very little clean up required, and the parts fitted with very little fiddling, although I did choose to pin the barrel.

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There appears to be some debate about just what self-propelled guns the Chinese volunteer force had, given the confusion of the time this is not surprising. The little bit of reading I’ve done mentions SU-76 in battles the British Commonwealth Brigade had with Chinese in both early (Kapyong and elsewhere) and later, at Maryang San. This is good enough for me to field one. There is an added bonus in that I had one in the cupboard waiting for a project!

There is quite a lot of material about, once you start to dig, and I’m very much enjoying learning more about this period.

Now back to the infantry.

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WIP. Whoop! Whoop!

I like posting finished minis, but sometimes you have to go with what you have.

War has broken out in Korea in the Bolt Action universe, and I’m signing on for a tour. I’ve picked up a few squads of Chinese and have been pushing on with what for me has been a rapid pace.

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There is a reasonable range of poses and not too much cleaning up to do, and the simplicity of the uniforms has sped things up somewhat.

I’m up to giving them a wash of Agrax Earthshade that I found in the cupboard, and then I’ll give them a final highlight, mostly to lighten the uniform again. Plus basing, of course.

Our brave *ahem* volunteers will also have some support in the form of surplus Soviet war matériel in the form of an SU-76 and some A/T. I’m choosing to ignore the Soviet uniforms. Also work in progress.

Once the medium mortar and MMG are complete, I think it will be about 650 to 700 points. Enough for a small game but clearly there are some more to be (acquired and) painted yet. Well, the South isn’t going to liberate itself.

Cheers,
Dave

Which way is Atlanta?

I have completed an M4 Sherman to support my yet to be finished US. The 1:72 kit is from Italeri, one of their World of Tanks range. Some hobbyists may find the detail a little light, but I found the model easy to build and easy to paint. Major pluses in my ledger.

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I know that Georgians fought with distinction in Normandy and beyond, as part of the 30th infantry division, ably supported by Sherman tanks. However, I do wonder if any camp fire discussion turned to the M4’s namesake?