Thursday, 21 March 2019

1/32 North Korean Peoples' Army

These chaps recently arrived from their maker - Classic Toy Soldiers in the USA.  "Why" I hear you ask "do you need such figures?"  As always with such matters, 'need' is a word open to many interpretations.  But here they are.

 Just to prove that before I set about them they were rather nice figures - here they are after cleaning and basing on my usual mdf bases.  The bag contained 16 figures in eight poses.
 After painting - I went for a faded khaki look - the comrades were finished off with a coat of Ronseal satin light oak varnish.

 I particularly like the chap with the DPM LMG - he really looks as if he is carrying some weight.  Having once had to carry a (replica) MG-42 up a hill I can feel his pain.
Time to dust off the TF Smith scenario again, methinks.....

Friday, 15 March 2019

1/32 SCW - Spanish Foreign Legion

My Foreign Legion figures were all bodged from Airfix Commandos.  The er, 'conversions' involved:
1.  trimming their caps into the shape of the Spanish 'Gorillo' side cap, with red piping added with a paint pen.
2. Carving off water bottles and ammo pouches (don't try this with the more recent harder plastic Airfix figures!)
3. Adding blanket rolls and knapsacks made of Milliput.
4. Er, that's about all!  Like all of my figures, they're best viewed from a safe distance...

Sunday, 10 March 2019

1/32 SCW Nationalist Regulares

Continuing with my Nationalist forces are those stalwarts of the Spanish Army of Africa, Moroccan Regulares. As with the other figures, these have been bodged from other nationalities and eras. In fact there’s not a Moroccan or indeed a Spaniard among them!
The chap with the flag began life as a HAT ACW Zouave. His rifle was carved away and a blanket roll added, then his hands were drilled to accommodate a brass rod flagpole.
From left to right (which could be, in itself, a summary of the conflict) : the officer is from the Armies in Plastic 1916 Germans set with a ‘paint conversion’.  The machine gunner is an old hollowcast with a head from a WW2 US figure - the latter from one of the cheap Chinese sets mentioned in previous posts. The rank and file were my starting point and are in fact Replicants ACW zouaves, with their muskets shortened and waistcoats trimmed to look less flamboyant. 
The Moroccans share a box with the Foreign Legion. More on them soon.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Delium 424BC

Last Wednesday we continues our chronological canter through (most of) the available Command & Colours Ancients scenarios.  The Peloponnesian Wars continued with the Battle of Delium between Athens and Boetia.  The Athenians were led by John A and generally appear on the left of the photos.  The Boetians were commanded by Tim C.  I ran the game and provided all the toys from my accumulation of elderly 25mm metal.
Above - Pagondas can be seen at the head of his Thebans near the top rightish of the photo.  Hippocrates (left) leads the Athenians.

 Figures were from several manufacturers - I'll let you spot and guess for yourselves!

 Pagondas opened the batting on his left  - which is bottom right in the photo....
 The Athenians soon responded and a load of Hoplites clanked forward.
 Pagondas rolled some astonishing dice - this lot eliminated a unit of Athenian Hoplites in one go!
Soon the centre and right (from the Boetian point of view) were heavily engaged and the casualty markers soon stacked up.
 This soon thinned the ranks!
 The Boetian Hoplites on the left were soon in action again and destroyed this Athenian peltast unit.
 By now it was all still to play for - the Boetians seemed to have the upper hand on the right while the Athenians looked stronger in the centre.

Hippocrates led his own troops in combat and another sudden death occurred - another pile of empty Boetian helmets!
 The sector nearest the camera had degenerated into a scrappy mess.  At this point it could still have gone either way.

The end.  Hippocrates found himself beset by enemies and perished at the head of his troops - clinching a hard fought and generally historical victory for Pagondas.