Saturday, 19 August 2017

Mardasson Memorial - European Road Trip day Five, part 2

 Unveiled in 1950, the Mardasson Memorial is a tribute from the people of Belgium to those Americans who fell on it's soil.  The edifice is in the shape of a 5-pointed star and is 12 metres high.
 The roof is accessible by means of a spiral staircase.

  The monuments bears the names of all 48 states.
 Quite a view!



 The pillars bear the names and insignia of all of the US divisions which fought in Belgium.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Flaky Frogfoot - part 1


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.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

In the bleak midwinter

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.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Pink Russians

It may sound like the name of a cocktail, but the title of this post relates to another Regiment of Russians for September's Leipzig game.
Like the previous lot, these chaps are mostly HAT figures, with officer and drummer by Tehnolog.


Monday, 14 August 2017

Dusty Desert Destroyer - Bf110


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.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Relief on the Border? Kakstadt Gap - part 6.



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.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Yellow Russians

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.