Saturday, 6 February 2016

Jolly Junkers - part 1

The same box which supplied the Spitfire also contained a Ju-87.  Would it, I wondered, be a better kit? The set, by the way, contained all four of the kits illustrated together with paint (hmm, whatever) and glue (always useful) for a mere £13.50.
The parts looked OK - I remember Revell kits in this colour plastic in the '70s.
Some warping aside, the parts weren't a bad fit but liberal quantities of tape held it all together while the glue set.
Looks OK so far.
No too much filler was used
The undercart feels quite sturdy - as befits a Stuka!

Friday, 5 February 2016

Megiddo 1457BC

Having spent a bit of time re-boxing my 25mm pointy-stick era figures to make finding the required toys for a game a bit easier, I celebrated by setting up and playing through a solo Command & Colours game.
The historical battle saw Thutmose III (later - much later - know as the Napoleon of Egypt) duffing up the Canaanites outside the city of Megiddo.
 For the Egyptian army I used my actual Egyptians, while the Canaanites were assembled for my Assyrians and the 'Random Biblicals' box.
Some of the figures were doing some splendid silly hat wearing.

Thutmose opened by moving forward his left wing
The Canaanites responded on the same wing
Thutmose then played his 'killer card'.
His chariots (bottom of the frame) dashed forward and arrows were twanged at the enemy.  The dice reveal that one Canaanite chariot was eliminated!
The Egyptians then trundled off again.  Cheeky!

The Canaanite right was sent against the foe...
...and soon honours were even.
The Egyptian right engaged in some skirmishing to annoy the enemy...
...prompting a 'sh*t or bust' charge by the Canaanite chariots and cavalry!
The ensuing bloodbath saw off an Egyptian chariot...
...making the 'score' 2:1.
A whirling melee developed in the centre
Beset by enemies on all sides, the last Canaanite chariot - and it's accompanying general - died horribly.
A load of Egyptians milling around.
By now the Egyptians were well in the lead....
...and their left surged forward.
The Canaanites replied in kind.

This evened things up a bit
But the Egyptians - led in person By Thutmose got stuck in again...
...and killed a further enemy unit, clinching a victory for the Pharaoh.
Last Wednesday I tried the same game but with real players.  Report coming soon...

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Substandard Spitfire - part 3

Given the ghastliness of the kit (see the full horror here) , the Spitfire seems to have turned out quite well.  But I'll be sure to avoid the Revell Spit Mk1 kit in future - even if it is cheap!  I have a couple of Airfix Spits awaiting my attentions, so it will be interesting to compare and contrast.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Steve's new toys

As if to prove that others do take notice of my ramblings, my old friend Stephen Briddon contacted me recently to berate me for undermining his self-restraint.  Only a few weeks later, he has sent me photos of his newly-painted 54mm WW2 figures.
The figures are Airfix, guns Britains and tanks are CTS.  Inspired by my own efforts (gawd help him!), Steve has gone for the toy soldier look.

I'm delighted to be back in touch with Steve - although looking at this lot I suspect his wife may not fully share that elation...

So how do I know Steve?  He was a member of Sheffield Wargames Society and Wargame Developments before going off to conquer new frontiers in the North American colonies.  When he's not going for the 'traditional toy soldier' look Steve can paint smaller figures in disturbing detail - I still have figures which he painted for me in the 1990s - some 20mm WW2 Germans and a load of 15mm Napoleonics.