Friday, 29 April 2016

The Guns of the South

While my 54mm ACW forces expanded significantly last year with the acquisition of some Deetail figures, I was still short of artillery.  Well painted artillery at any rate.  Thus a couple of weekends ago I was rummaging in a box of figures in search of some of the Armies In Plastic artillery sets I bought in the aftermath of 2013's Gettysburg game.  The AIP guns are heavy siege weapons - 24 and 30 pounders.  They are nice models moulded in a grey/green plastic, so all I did with them was paint the barrels in either black or dark gunmetal.
So on to the crews.  I was unable to resist painting all the kepis in red - just like the old Swoppet ACW gunners!  The others wear slouch hats in either grey or black.

The emplacements are from the AIP trench sets and are as yet unpainted.

Sheffield Wargames Society - new venue

 As from this week, SWS now meets at:
Woodseats Working Men's Club, The Dale, Woodseats, Sheffield, S8 0PS

The new venue has a bar, parking, terrain storage and an enormous hall!  I measured the available playing area at roughly 22 by 73 feet!
Though we we at the previous venue for a long time - nearly 30 years - I think this will be a good move for the club.
 On Wednesday we had 22 players and five games in progress.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Hummers good and bad?

Following on from the dodgy plastic HMMWVs posted recently, we now both raise and lower the tone with more such vehicles.  The rather respectable looking sand coloured HMMWV was found on eBay for about £5 and is a diecast by a company called Victoria.  Aside from taking it out of te box it is untouched.
The other - well you may recell me buying it at the Birmingham Toy Soldier Show last year .  It was rather cheaper at a defence-budget friendly £0.10...  It was treated to the same olive over black paintwork as the other Hummers.
Worryingly I actually prefer the crappy plastic version - what do you think?

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Mercedes G-Wagen

I picked up this G on eBay recently as it looked a classier ride for my senior West German officers than the Solido Auto-Union Munga* which had previously been their only alternative to walking.
Finished in a fetching but most un-military shade of reddish-orangey-pink I soon had it dismantled for painting.
Reassembled but with the blingy alloys and side steps left in the original silver.

*The name 'Munga' derives from the German 'Mehrzweck UNiversal Geländewagen mit Allradantrieb' or 'multi-purpose universal cross-country car with all-wheel drive'.  I can't think why they felt the need to abbreviate that.  Auto Union is now better known as Audi.  I wonder if they fiddled the fuel consumption figures for the Munga....
Solido model of a Munga