Sunday, January 22, 2017

US Armour - 4th Infantry Division

I spent a week in Auckland and took a box of Confederates with me to finish, however the hotel had very bad lighting so painting was pretty much a non event. Not sure why they thought any type of lamp or light near a desk could be of use.

So on my return I have completed a German Infantry Battalion of 1057th Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division for Utah Beach. I have the second battalion to base and finish, then I can move onto the next regiment and the support troops (Once they are done I can take some pictures).

In the meantime I have been preparing the US Armour for the small attachments of 70th Tank Battalion and 899th Tank Destroyer. M10s and M3 Shermans are Armoufast, the right two are Italeri M4A3 Quick builds -  They have all been undercoated and now need finishing and I have some baggage to also load. The M10 crew will simply be scalped from unwanted infantry unless I can find some American crew to use.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Command Decision WW2 - US Infantry and German Parachite Infantry.

So in a short break between restoring\painting ACW armies I spent a few days kick starting my ww2 command decision armies. I am planning to have forces for Utah Beach\Cherbourg area as there is a good mix of units on both sides and as the German Divisions in that region were badly equipped, I can use a lot of different vehicles. I have kept these guys pretty simple - paint and a wash really, with a very simple flock base. Thought it better to get the units done than mess around on too much detail.

6th Parachute Regiment.

I had painted some German's a while back. Here are a few of the Para's that I based along with the Americans.

  1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, US Army
Old Esci US Infantry with two old trucks a brand new Italeri Quick build Jeep and  Grubby Tank 57mm gun. The gun and jeep need finishing off and I should really repaint the trucks but I will finish the new stuff first.( I glued the prone figures tot he bases before flocking - what a mistake )

My plan is to complete one battalion at a time per nation so I can use them in smaller games solo at home.

I'm off to Auckland for work for a week so in that lovely spare time in the evenings (no dishes, no bedtime stories, no garden watering) I plan to finish another 4 Confederate Regiments.

Monday, January 9, 2017

New ACW 20mm Regiments and clearout.

Merry Christmas and New Years to everyone.

My daughter fractured her elbow on the 27th so the holidays have been slightly underwhelming for her but all in all she has been in good spirits and pain free. I have not had a war-game in a long time but painting has restarted as I no longer wear the wrist brace.So I have been working full time in getting my ACW Union troops ready for some small skirmishes (using Archduke Piccilo's solo campaign as motivation.).

I finished the figures and then use Matt Gloss spray on them , leaving them to dry in the garage. As the sun caught the figures it was a brilliant view -  Long lines of gray, sky blue and red all based and ready to go, I was quite chuffed  to be honest and I am not sure if it is simply having finished a large batch or my love of bright colours.

The figures are a mismatch of makers  and I painted one from each maker, with perhaps another 8 other units to complete (Mostly Airfix and Italeri). I have not named any units yet as I was too busy painting them.

 Revell Infantry Regiment.
 Esci Regiment.
 Airfix Artillery Battery. (I have not separated the single bases yet)
 Airfix Generals. (From Artillery Set I recall).
An Italeri Zouave unit and a good old Airfix Regiment.

A little tidy up to do and then straight into the box to make 7 Infantry Regiments ready. I will then varnish and base the Rebels up and have a small game.

Motivation is abundant here at the moment as I am also working on Command Decision 1/72 WW2 figures - more to come !. But I have also finally decided its time to clear some stuff and make room and fund other needs.

Most likely to go will be the Mantic Elf army I purchased 1 year ago (and painted 20 figures), my 6mm WW2, most likely 15mm Colonial (Unpainted) and a pile of space marines I have gathered over the years.