Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A to Z of wargaming. D is for...(part 2)

...Dundee Wargames Club.  Now I fully appreciate that this will be a pretty dull post - even by the low standards I have established - but it's important to me.  And a few others.
I refer here to the 'original' DWC which used to meet in the '70s and '80s at Douglas Community Centre as pictured above.  Leading light of the club was the late John G Robertson and it was here that at the tender age of 14ish I first witnessed grown men playing with toy soldiers.

So here's to you all - JR, Colin F, John, Lee, Ian, Tony, Billy, Dennis, George, Richard, Scott, BT, Paul J, Andy, Ricardo, Wayne and many others.  Thanks for tolerating the teenage me and not putting me off this insane hobby.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Making a MILAN - part 1

I decided that my West German forces for Little Cold Wars needed some up to date (for the late 1970s...) AT weapons.  The interwebnet was duly scoured for decent photos of the Milan AT missile and I set to building a couple in roughly 1/32 scale.  The 'gunner' in the photos is an Airfix figure with his MG-3 carefully carved away.
Most of the thing is made from plastic - tube and girder sections with a few bits from the spares box, while the troublesome tripod is copper wire.  This came from an offcut of the rather chunky cable used to connect a new cooker a couple of years back.  There was a length of 8 inches or so spare so I cut off the plastic outer and that gave me several lengths of useful looking wire.
The tripods were adjusted for height until they fitted the figure and then the ensemble was PVA'd to an MDF base.  More when they're painted.

Thursday, 18 September 2014


Just finished this trio of 1/43 scale GAZ-69 Russian 'jeep' type vehicles.
This lot are part of my Little Cold Wars project and are dodgy diecast models....
 ...which originally looked like this!
 The red paint was a bugger to cover.  Even after two coats of green spray some still shows through.  Still, rather scruffy paintwork looks somehow 'right.'

 The second GAZ has a light overspray of grey.

For the third GAZ I couldn't resist some 'parade' markings.  It makes for a much more conspicuous target!
  All three are marked as HQ vehicles.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Another tank attack! LCW game report - part 3

We return to Kakstadt just as NATO air makes it's first appearance.  You will no doubt recognise my recently completed F-104 on it's debut mission.
 Actually the Starfighter was in fighter mode and tasked with the interception of a nasty MiG-21.
The Fishbed soon flew off - no doubt much to the relief of the Chieftain crews below.....
....but it wasn't all good news for NATO.  This Chieftain had to make three saving rolls - needing 3+ on each.
The Luftwaffe soon returned...
...in the shape of my Alpha Jet.  No WarPact fighters appeared to chase it off and in went the strike.
The 'stick' of bombs took some of the shine off the WarPact victory by converting a couple of T-55s into scrap metal, but by now the British tanker had decided it was time to clear off.  And it started raining again.

This game not only provided us with another run through of the tank/AT/ATGM gunnery systems but also gave the revised air/counter-air rules a decent workout.  To sum up, this game saw 2 WarPact tank battalions against a dug in reinforced British tank regiment.  Both sides had sporadic air support.  The game took under 2 hours of real time.