I believe that Vickers Teams and Mortar crews are in the pipeline (metal I guess) soon. This will mean larger Bolt Action armies will soon be possible.
Sunday, 26 May 2013
Thanks to my lovely Wife, i received Warlord Games Rorkes Drift basic set for Xmas!
A lifelong fan of the film Zulu, I'd admired this kit since its release. So actually becoming the proud owner was like a dream come true.
As a small child I'd been taken to see the film at the cinema and from then on, that's all I was interested in. Our then neighbours, retired Government officials from Rhodesia, had connections with the South Wales Borderers and made us aware of the superb museum in Brecon which contains actual items from both this battle and Isandlwana. They also hold most of the VCs won on the day, well worth a visit. http://royalwelsh.org.uk/regimental-museum-of-the-royal-welsh.shtml
More recently I discovered that one of the Rorkes Drift VC winners is buried only 6 miles from where I live. Private Robert Jones was buried in Peterchurch after he took his own life, unable to cope with the nightmares he'd suffered since the action. I drive within yards of his grave every day on my way to and from work!
I've also managed to get myself the Film Character figure set from our local model shop, which are nice figures and a lot of fun.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Altogether 6 M4 Shermans, 2 Sherman Fireflies, 3 Stug IIIs, 2 Pak40s, a V1 on its launch ramp and over 100 figures all for £45 from Firestorm Games in Cardiff - bargain!
Mini-rule book and starter scenery consigned to the "perhaps I'll read later" pile.......I'm read to start assembling my horde.
Each model comes with a choice of three commander figures (useful to identify commanders etc) and a lot of stowage - bed rolls, wheels, track etc.
Altogether not too bad. They aren't as crisply sculpted as say a PSC model, in fact they look like they're tooled from one of their resin masters. I think they'll look more than serviceable once painted up.
Fifteen assembled so far out of 38. These have been spray primed in white after mounting on washers and texturing the bases with pumice.
Brings back memories of Lionheart '84 and carrying a totally pointless 2" mortar (no ammo availabe) around Germany for two weeks!
Sunday, 19 May 2013
About 1.5 hours tonight while watching case histories and I've assembled one sprue's worth of figures.
Very little cleaning up, no flash - the preparation of the parts is quick and easy.
The finished figures have been superglued to the steel washers and tomorrow when they're dry, I'll texture the bases with Vallejo Grey Pumice.
Time for bed now.......
Well I know I haven't posted anything for quite a while, but I've been a bit busy with other things.....
The recent release of the Perry Twins 8th Army miniatures in 28mm really caught my imagination and got me going again.
The figures so reminded me of the Airfix 54mm polythene figures my late father painted and gloss varnished for me 40 or so years ago, that I couldn't resist them.
With 38 figures in the box ( enough for a 1-to1 rifle platoon) they are a bargain. With a game such as Bolt Action you've a ready made 500 pt army in a single box for just £18. Easy assembly -certainly compared to any Warlord offerings - they offer a great deal of variation from the parts supplied. I guess if you wanted they'd make good early war Brits with the battle dress trousers and rolled down sleeves formed from milliput or similar?
I painted up a solitary figure just to try out the colour scheme so once happy, I can get on with the rest.
(All Vallejo acrylics)
Helmet - light tan
Uniform - Iraqi sand
Socks - English uniform
Washed with vallejo sepia wash and dry brushed Buff.
Mounted on 25mm steel washers so I can keep them in a magnetised Really Useful box. Again a bargain from a local metal work suppliers £3.25 for 100.
Now to get on. With the others.....