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Right, a big update on what I have been up to so far.

First up I have completed painting 13 Fallschirmjager from Foundry and another

six from Warlord, all metal. There is a nice mixture of postures and the two manufacturers

go well together. Please note the flame thrower and Panzerschreck figures came with the group so

I painted them up as well even though I am not aware of these types of equipment being used in the

invasion of Crete but they would of been present with the occupation force later on.

Next is two small buildings from Charlie Foxtrot models. Both come from the pan tile Italian range but

fit perfectly into any Mediterranean setting. I added a scratch built trellis for the outside of one

building as I found a really nice picture of a similar building being used as make shift field hospital

with injured troops recovering under the shade. It also gave me a chance to finally use the pink

scatter and create a beautiful Bougainvillea climbing up.

I have also started on two DFS 230 gliders. One is from Sarissa(28mm laser cut) and the other is plastic kit by Hobby in 1/48 scale. The strange thing is that the 28mm kit is bigger than the 1/48 kit and I have measured both and the 1/48 is very accurate for scale.

Finally I have started converting a Sarissa aerial kit into a radio transmitter station.

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I have now painted up a small squad of Warlord Games figures. These figures are labelled mid-late war by Warlord Games but as long as you ensure they have the right weapons for the period they can easily fit it. At the time of the invasion of Crete new uniforms were starting to come through to the troops on the ground, specifically camouflage tops and helmet covers. There are lots of pictures of Germans on Crete wearing mixed uniform. Please note I have not confused the later pictures of occupation troops wearing camouflage which is a common mistake, often made.

I must admit of the all the figures painted so far these are my least favourite. They are plastic
and seem clumsy as in the way the bodies are sculpted. Whats also apparent is Warlords Heroic scale
which shows up the large oversized heads.

They will also need a weight added to the bottom as they are easily knocked over. I will have to raid the 2p jar again lol

In anticipation of the hinted eminent release of Warlord Games

breaking into the post war Korean Conflict I have been experimenting

with some of the Bolt Action models already on the market. To be honest I

think Warlord Games have been subtlety changing late WW2 figures for a while,

thus enabling an easy transition into the Korean War. The allied soldiers and weapons found

on the Korean battlefields of the 1950s were not much different from the soldiers and weapons

at the end of WWII. Take British armour as an example, Cromwell and Churchills tanks were still

being used, all that’s needed is new Centurion kit.

In fact apart from the Chinese forces and some Korean heads the models are already in place

for a war.

A lot will depend on what time of year you decide to place your games in. The Korean winter was

especially harsh and had Allied troops wearing a miss mash of clothing in an attempt to just

keep warm. The summer returned troops to similar looking WW2 field kit.

I have used the Bolt Action Commando troops to experiment with as Commandos were actually

present in Korea and they have a good selection of heads with berets and the large back packs

are ideal look for constantly marching look so often seen in pictures of Allied troops in Korea.

I have added a self moulded beanie hat made with green stuff and extra back packs of rolled up

tarps.

Could these be a couple of Glosters patrolling along the Imjin ?

Just an update on what I have been painting as of late.

One 5.5 inch gun with crew and an AEC Matador tractor to

haul it. The ammo pile is just a small extra I made.

This is my finished diorama.

First up are the pictures with a backdrop.

Next come the pictures without a backdrop.

Loads of fun making it and lots of room for improvement.

I have decided to give the Warlord games, “Summer Offensive Painting
Competition” a go under the diorama section. I am going with Bolt
Action and basing the diorama on the picture below. After
that I am taking artistic licence.

Early days so far on my Stug III but lots more to come.

I have been playing Bolt Action for some time now and it was
about time I sorted some half decent terrain out.

The aim was produce six terrain boards and ensure everything was
easy to set up and put away with the minimum of fuss. The ability
to stack everything away in a small space was also a high priority.

The boards were extremely simple (2 x 2 feet) and made from a wooden
frame with an mdf base. A styrene block was inserted into the recess and
sealed with masonry paint. I even managed to recycle some old Flames Of
War boards into the process. Each board was given a basic flock coating
and a road textured with sand was added.

I then created a typical Normandy walled farm complex that can be easily
removed and put away in a box. The superb buildings are from Ham and Jam
and come pre painted at a crazy low price. The price is even lower if
you buy in bulk at a wargaming show.
All the building have been modified slightly by me, so foliage added, weathering,
metal building braces, interior painting, interior scatter, interior flooring,
interior ladders and external telegraph points.

I have also created a few items to add to the Normandy theme. So we have green
house, cider press, milk churns, a rusting bike, hay bales, telegraph poles and wires,
road signs and adverts, flower planters and water troughs, a well, a cart and anything
else you can spot. I also created plenty of trees, bushes, hedges, walls and a road block
if needed.

 

I needed some more scenery for my Bolt Action boards and

noticed there is a lot of farm equipment made by Britains that

would nicely do the job on fleabay. Its 1:32 scale according to

the official guide but I think a lot of the Britains stuff fits in

quiet nicely if your not to particular.

You get a white plastic kit in sections for £10 and not much else.I

managed to get a grass roller thrown in as well(it all helps).

I assembled the greenhouse and added some wooden boards for

plants made from balsa wood and added a stone paving effect

path inside.

I then based the greenhouse on plasticard and added various bits

inside giving the look of a discarded neglect. The rusty roller went inside

along with some Noch plant pots and various odds and ends. I also

added an out of control creeper escaping through the roof.

The glass is clear plasticard with a green wash to represent mould and

decay.

And goodnight from the greenhouse.

Built from scratch and meant to fit into a Normandy WWII

terrain landscape..

I went for the disused ,overgrown and neglected look in

the end. I like the idea of it sitting in one corner of the farm

slowly rotting like the apples, awaiting better days.

Perhaps a pile of rotting apples next to it might be the next

bit of scratch built terrain ?

Picked up the board game on the cheap the other day and I have started

painting up the first of 74 miniatures(help lol). These guys are called

Pict Hunters and roughly resemble Indians. They come under the evil

side(the Overlord team) and are basically cannon fodder for Conan and

his axe.

You get some really nice models with the board game with a high

amount of detail so look out for the next batch coming soon.

Check out the game details at http://www.monolithedition.com/conan-en/

The canoe is a random extra.