Sunday, June 28, 2015

28mm Desert Trenches

Early next year my local game group is hosing a large Bolt Action event.  This is a themed event based on the North Africa campaign of late 1942 to mid 1943.  I have committed to doing one table of terrain for the event this is the first part of that project.

I have had these trenches in my collection for several years.  I purchased them from my friend Tom who had had them painted by my friend Tim.  The original paint scheme was much darker and more of a European terrain feel.  For the desert this would not work so a repaint was in order.

The original casting had lots of divots and craters in them that never really looked right to me so I took the opportunity to fill most of them in.

My collection includes several different shapes of trenches as well as gun pits and emplacements.

In all the collection will do about 3 feet of trenches which is pretty good as the typical table is 6'x4'.  I had thought these were manufactured by Ainsty Castings but after reviewing their web site I am not longer sure.  Perhaps they are out of production.

Also part of this collection is a large sandbag bunker.

This is a very large peice but I am not sure if it is technically part of the trench system though it works well with it.

The top lifts off allowing access to the interior.  It is large enough inside for a gun team as long as the base is not too big.

I have only used this set once or twice in all the years I have had it but I suspect I will find it more useful in the desert colors.  This scheme also matches my 40K Ork basing.

Stay tuned for more on this project.

UPDATE:  These are made by Armorcast and can be found at

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Mitchell's Marauders Assembled

I finally completed the assembly of my Mitchell's Marauders set from Battlefront.  This phase of the project took a little longer than expected for a couple of reasons.  One is the fact that the British 18lb guns in this set a are very delicate and fiddly.  It took WAY too long for me to get these assembled as I had to do one part at a time and allow the glue to cure fully before moving to the next part.

Another reason this took so long is my father passed away at the end of May.  This was a shock to the whole family and has impacted my ability to focus on 'fun' stuff.  Things are better now but tragedy has a way of bringing things into perspective.

As for this project, it is likely headed to the shelf for a while.  I have a few other items that I need to get done so this is the end of the WWI stuff for now.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Brookhurst Shopping Trip

My wife and I celebrated our 26th Wedding Anniversary last weekend with a short trip to California.  We usually only make it over once a year for the 4th of July but decided a bonus was in order.  Part of any trip to the LA area is obligatory stop at Brookhurst Hobbies in Garden Grove.

While the budget for this trip was not as large as times past there was still good stuff to be found.  I was happy an sad at the same time as Brookhurst is selling off their store stock of Flames of War for 25% off.  This meant great deals on this trip but since Flames is one of the main things I shop for future trips will not be as sweet.  Such is life.

I was able to get the first of my Israeli tanks for my Tank Company I have had planned for a while.  I also found a German 105mm Artillery battery for my late war German infantry army.  And finally I found a couple of packs of US Air Landing 105mm artillery for my recently acquired 82nd Airborne army.

All and all a good shopping trip but a little bittersweet.  I am sure I will find some reason to spend money on future visits.

Monday, May 4, 2015

German Objective Markers for Flames of War

Just a quick update.  For a while I have been working on late war German projects for flames of war and I decided I needed to get some objective markers done to these armies.  These two are the Barkmann mechanic marker and the Michael Wittmann marker.  These will see lots of table time with various late and mid war German armies.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Blitz's Battlegroup

Here is my completed Blitz's Battlegroup box.  This has been a fun project but this marks the end, at least for now, of my WWI Germans.  I do have lots more to paint for the collection but with 2150 points now done I have no immediate need for more.  I might be jumping into my WWI British soon but only time will tell

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A7V Mephisto

This is the second of the A7V tanks from the Blitz's Battlegroup box.  I painted this as probably the most famous A7V of all time - Mephisto.  This tank was captured by the Australians and is in a museum in Australia.  It is the only original A7V left.  My take has more yellow than the painted that is currently on the original.  Since this is Mephisto I had to paint the mascot on the bow of the tank.

I person I like this paint job much better than Gretchen.  The Gretchen scheme has the advantage of photographing well.  Anyway, they both turned out amazing and I can't wait to get them on the table.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A7V Gretchen

The Great War Germans for Flames of War are nearing completion.  This is the first of the two tanks from the Blitz's Battlegroup box.  The German A7V may be one of the ugliest tanks ever made.  It just seems so useless and in reality it wasn't very good.  The Battlefront model, however, is really beautiful.  I really enjoyed paint these tanks.