Saturday, 15 June 2019

Japanese anti-tank gun. Or is it?

My latest bit of bodging resulted in this Japanese AT gun. It’s a sort of combination of the 37mm Type 94 and the 47mm Type 1. The crew are again adapted from the Tamiya infantry set while the gun is actually a Hinchliffe metal 1/76 scale German FH le18 105mm. If you stand about 10 feet away from your screen I think you’ll find it looks pretty good. My own standards being very low, I am very pleased with the ghastly monstrosity!

Friday, 14 June 2019

Danish dart

Alongside the F-100 featured earlier, I refurbished this scruffy F-104 Starfighter.  Again I went for the simple but rather appealing all-over green finish.
The Royal Danish Air Force operated Starfighters from the mid-sixties to mid-eighties.  The attrition rate due to accidents was apparently 23.5%! 

As with the Sabre, the roundels began as WW2 Japanese and the tail flashes were hand painted.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Danish F-100 Super Sabre

This scruffy specimen was rescued from an eBay purchase batch. No idea what make the kit is. While solidly built, it looked as though previous paint had been removed. And replaced with dust.  I eventually decided it was destined for Denmark. Here are four excellent reasons why:
1. The Royal Danish Air Force used F-100 from 1961-1982. Prime Little Cold Wars decades!
2. Bertrand and I have vague plans for a Warpact landing in the Baltic.
3. It’s an easy paint job.
4. I have memories of seeing Danish Sabres in flight over the Highlands c1980.
Some repairs were needed but I decided to keep things basic and not add bits which might promptly fall off again.
I did warn you that the paintwork was basic!  The all-over green finish was relieved by the markings. The roundels began life as WW2 Japanese with the white inners painted in. The tail flashes were painted by hand.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Type 96 15cm howitzer. sort of...

Or is it? Once again my perceived need for artillery for my 54mm Japanese has led to the adoption of desperate measures. This time what began life as an Italeri 1/72 kit of an Italian 149mm gun has fallen victim to my savage bodging. The crew are adapted from the Tamiya Japanese infantry set and the emplacement is the one donated by Brian at the Plastic Warrior show last month. I’m pretty sure the sandbags look better in beige than the original green-blue plastic...

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Conference of Wargamers timetable

Below is the timetable  - the programme will shortly be going to the printers and should then be sent out to attendees late next week.

Click to enlarge the image and save your eyesight.  
I will post a pdf of the timetable and programme on the WD Yahoo Group (see my 'favourite websites' for the link).

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Pegasus Bridge - Operation Deadstick

As many readers will know, Sheffield Wargames Society meets on a Wednesday.  Therefore our nearest meeting to the D-Day anniversary was last night (the 5th).  John had prepared a game about the assault on Pegasus Bridge and had even gone to the trouble of scratchbuilding both the bridge and the local chateau in 1/300 scale, with the rest of the toys from his 15mm collection.  Our briefings were based closely on the information provided to Major Howard, the CO of the operation.
We had six Horsa gliders each carrying a small (c20 man) platoon and a 5 man Royal Engineer detachment.
 John ran the game.  The players were me, Richard and (in the photo) Jerry, Tim C and Martin.  John, Jerry and Martin sported very smart red berets.  Lacking such headgear, I wore my Catering Corps beret. 
I'm no good in a fight but I make a great pot of tea...

See also Richard's report here.

To keep things simple we numbered our platoons 1-6 and allocated missions for each.  Everyone was. however, briefed on all of the missions so platoons could be easily re-ordered once on the ground.  If we survived that long.  The landing would take place in pitch darkness.
To help with orientation, most of my photos were taken from the NE corner of the table.
The missions were:
1. Take the bridge(!), sappers to neutralise any demo charges and make safe.  (1 Plt - Jerry)
2. Take the pillbox N of bridge (suspected to be the control point for the demo charges).  2 Plt (me)
3. Clear the East Bank  (3 Plt - Richard)
4. Secure the defensive works  (5 Plt - Tim C)
5. Take Ranville Bridge (just off-table on the road to the East) (4 & 6 Plts - John & Martin)
First though, we had to build and land our gliders....
1 Plt and Maj Howard prepares to land (the white pipe cleaners mark the LZs - 'X' in the South, 'Y' in the North.
 And he's down.  A well-aimed landing by Jerry!
 Richard's 3 Plt touches down
 Tim C's 5 Plt lands
 A couple of photos now on my own creation which, if I say it myself, flew and landed beautifully!
I even added some 'period' markings...
 All 5 gliders (1/300 models provided by me) on the ground.  Only five?  Well yes.  4 Plt was last seen heading well to the East....
 My toys, so I chose the artistically crashed model.  These Horsas have been around since the mid-1980s and were originally owned and painted by my old friend Scott P.
 We stumbled out of the gliders...
 ...and got ourselves organised for our missions.
Some German MG42 fire was swiftly dealt with (the chaps on the far side of the canal) and many of the foreign (Italian, Polish etc) conscripts fled.
 The East bank and the bridge were quickly secured, and a platoon pushed forward to secure the west.
 As we sorted out a defensive perimeter, noises were heard.....
 ...and a couple of tanks rumbled very slowly down the road towards us.  While each glider had been loaded with a PIAT and a stock of Gammon Bombs, only two of the former had survived the landing and none of the latter could be found!
 After some anxious moments the fourth(!) PIAT round struck home.  Having all the players shout 'twang' seemed to make all the difference to the die roll.  (The PIAT being a spring-powered device).  The other Panzer buggered off at this point and we settled in to await the arrival of 6th Airborne Div and/or Lovat's Commandos.
 A German patrol boat appeared from the North and was dealt with.  Then as it git light we came under distant sniper fire.  The captured AT gun next to the bridge was brought into action but shelling the chateau led to no slacking of sniper activity.  A couple of rounds at the nearby water tower seemed to do the trick though!

 Eventually British armour appeared from the North and Lovat, led by his piper from the East.
Our work here was done.  A well-researched and run game from John, helped enormously by the good-natured role playing of the players.
Our own very modest contribution to the D-Day commemoration.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Type 98 20mm AA gun

Back now to the Far Eastern arms race, c1939. 
Japanese artillery and towed guns being rather thin on the ground in anything bigger than 1/72 scale, a touch of ingenuity was clearly called for.  Along with low standards...
The Type 98 was apparently a versatile weapon, capable of engaging targets on the ground or in the air. It’s key characteristics are a three legged mount and wheels which fold off the ground when deployed. A rummage in various boxed yielded an Irregular Miniatures 15-20mm scale model of a 75mm AA gun on a 4-legged mount. ‘Close enough’, I thought and began work. A pair of spoked wheels was sourced from a wagon kit and after adding a load of glue, it all hung together. 
The crew are from the Tamiya Japanese 1/35 scale infantry kit - 2 such sets gave me 8 figures, enough for three guns. Mixing and matching legs and torsos produced some suitable poses. I’m particularly pleased with the chap anxiously watching the sky

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Mitsubishi Ki-15-II Type 97 Mk2 - part 3

Here is the completed Ki-15-II basking in the sunshine.  Following such a simple build and finish I find it strangely pleasing to look at.

Friday, 31 May 2019

Mitsubishi Ki-15-II Type 97 Mk2 - part 2

The dark green over off-white was applied at the same time as I was slapping far more of the same colours on my G3M.  I'll tidy it up and apply markings soon.

Mitsubishi Ki-15-II Type 97 Mk2 - part 1

When I was ordering my first Ki-15 kit (see earlier posts part 1part 2part3) I noticed other variants.  They were sufficiently cheap that I ordered two.  Actually I have a suspicion that there may be a third lurking somewhere but that's another story.
As it's basically the same kit I wasn't surprised that the build progressed smoothly.
Paintwork coming soon.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Battle Ravens - game three

Last night I ran the game again, this time with actual players!  This took place at the new home of Sheffield Wargames Society at the Farm Road Club in Sheffield (every Wednesday from 7pm - new members and visitors welcome!)
Jerry (left) led the Norse army with Tim C (right) as the Anglo-Saxons. Watched and egged on by John (off camera) and Diego (centre). Diego is a recent arrival at SWS and had downloaded and read a copy of the Battle Ravens rules. Which at least meant that one of us knew what was happening...
In the game, Tim favoured hefty 9-point attacks while Jerry did a lot more shuffling of troops. In the end and despite some gratuitous wargames pointing from Jerry, the Anglo-Saxons prevailed.
The game took about 40 minutes. Next time we’ll try out the tactics cards.