During the two recent Little Cold Wars games I received complaints from WARPACT players about the quality of their air support. Apparently the MiG-15 /MiG-17 combination was no longer considered cutting edge even in 1979....
Thus it was that I decided to crack open this dodgy old Su-25 kit. Acquired a few years ago, even before I opened the box the low quality cardboard lowered my expectations.
I needn't have worried. The parts were reasonably cleanly moulded and fit was generally OK. Bear in mind, tough, that my benchmark is 1970s Airfix....
Build complete and looking suitable menacing. The explody bits weren't great so I opted to leave the many weapon pylons empty.
So now I will gently ponder paintwork and decal options.
No, not a comment on the weather which is currently very pleasant. This ancient Airfix Bf-110 followed the other out of the pile of planes recently. Unlike the desert version this on still has a full set of prop blades. For now. The markings are a bit flaky but I decided to varnish over them anyway. While the white finish is very plain it is certainly striking.
There are plenty of models still to be recovered from this batch.
Latest to emerge from the pile of dust and broken plastic is this Airfix Bf-110 in a rather smart desert camo. It was pretty intact, so my work was limited to removing the few remaining propeller blades and varnishing over the decals.
Back at Kakstadt-Ost, the DDR motor rifle troopers were hurtling towards the Para's positions. The BTRs were perforated by the Para AT battery but the MR troopers were already on foot by that time.
Soon bitter hand to hand fighting was underway.
The East German T-55s shelled the British positions in the North.
Having eliminated the DDR border guards in the north, the Paras spotted the Stasi operative trying to make off in his car. the car was no match for the hail of SLR rounds and the secret policeman bayoneted to death as he crawled from the burning wreckage. An atrocity?
The Paras had seen off the MR troops...
...just in time for the arrival of RAF Jaguars!
This was an unusually accurate strike which created a few openings for prospective MR troopers.
Having seen off the DDR infantry, the Paras consolidated their grip on the village.
A troublesome DDR artillery battery was assaulted and overrun by Paras.
At this point an elderly DDR MIG-15 sneaked through the NATO air cover....
...but it's bombing was reassuringly inaccurate.
At this point we drew proceedings to a close with the honours fairly even.
The final score:
Paras firmly rooted in the village. Strength two full
companies and supports. So the flank is secure.
DDR a bit knocked about but still have 2 tank co, 1 MR co
(incorporates surviving riflemen and engineers) plus AT, AA, HQ. So the
counterattack can proceed against the French when they appear.
Not a slur on their courage but rather the cuff colour for this regiment. These brave lads are some of the batch you last saw in this post having pins stuck in them. I have now completed two 18-figure regiments - I'll post pics of the second in the coming days.
These are the splendid HAT figures from both the 'action' and 'marching' sets. The portly officer and drummer are Tehnolog figures.
The standard bearer is my usual 'rifle carved away and brass rod inserted' bodge, with a (removeable) flag sourced from Warflags.
Sorry about the dreadful photos - I was in a rush.