Sunday, 24 September 2017

P-47D Thunderbolts Almost There

I managed to almost finish the Raiden Miniatures P-47D 'Jugs' this afternoon but have now packed up for the day, ready to finish them off tomorrow evening. I need to paint the prop bosses, add individual code letters to the fuselage sides, possibly add a little more nose art and some tail bars, then paint the flight stands.  I will then seal everything with matt varnish and paint the canopies in gloss to give them a shine. I'm glad to be getting close to the finishing post with these planes but have really enjoyed the process, even if it has had me swearing like a trooper on more than one occasion!

Full Thrust GZG Japanese Starter Fleet

I ordered a GZG Japanese starter fleet last weekend and it arrived very soon afterwards but I have only just got round to unpacking it for a closer look. The ships vary in size from frigates and destroyers all the way up to heavy cruisers and very nice they are too. I particularly like the low slung destroyers and light cruisers, which will look great when painted up, although when, how and with what I do this I have yet to work out. I'm keen to get back into Full Thrust and fleet scale space gaming in general, so these may be my next mini-project on the Workbench. 

Saturday, 23 September 2017

P-47D Paintwork Progress

I've done the basic blocking in on the Raiden Miniatures P-47D 'Bubbletop' Thunderbolts, which was a right pain to get right and reminded me that bare metal isn't one of my favourite camouflage schemes, despite appearing to be relatively simple. The anti-dazzle strip was also a bit of a challenge but it's been tidied up enough to look respectable, at least from arms length. I'll leave them now to fully dry out before washing the whole lot in a Future and black ink mixture. The cowlings are painted in Warpaints Blue to represent the 405th Fighter Squadron, 371st Fighter Group, 9th Air Force, which was based at Eschborn near Frankfurt in April 1945.

Card Deck Design

I sat down to convert one of my old Bag the Hun 2 card decks into one for the Berlin 1945 game on Tuesday, then decided it was probably easier just to begin again from scratch. The end result is a pretty hefty deck of over fifty cards, not all of which will be used but which will cover just about every possible option for the scenario. I've tried to keep them as generic as possible so that there is lots of re-play potential, so there are no specific units mentioned and the artwork doesn't feature any particular aircraft. I'm quite pleased with the overall look but I now need to cut them out and stick them onto calling cards or print them out on white card, so that they are stiff enough to be used in the game without getting all bent and torn.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Bag the Hun Card Deck

I've been thinking about the cards that I'll need for the club game next week and have decided to use some old ones that I already have, adding the extra cards for the game using the same style and format. These cards are generic ones, with RAF, VVS and Luftwaffe sections identified by colour not unit, so are easy to adapt to any scenario involving either side.

They are also of a consistent size and quite sturdy, with the central paper print out stuck down to standard size white calling cards that I buy on holiday in France in packs of 100. These are cheap and also take a lot of punishment, unlike the plastic sleeved cards I've produced for specific historical scenarios.

I reckon I have about a dozen or so to add to the basic pack, primarily to cater for the USAAF and additional pairs for the RAF and Luftwaffe, not to mention several spare Junior Ace cards just in case there's more than one rolled up by the players in the pre-game bit. It shouldn't take me too long with my scissors, glue and card to get them sorted.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


I thought I'd read this in the run up to the Bag the Hun multiplayer club game next week and while I'm painting the P47D's over the weekend. I don't think I've read it before but, as I have a mountain of air warfare books, I could be mistaken? I'm sure it will be worth it either way!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Bag the Hun Berlin 1945

I've been busily scribbling down ideas for the Bag the Hun 2 multiplayer game scenario this evening, dipping into the rules to extract the various things I need to make it work. The idea is to split the players into two 'teams', one for the Allies and one for the Axis, but then to allocate aircraft, pilots, starting positions and altitude using a randomised system. This will probably use the cards that I will prepare for the game, to be in keeping with the flavour of the rules and to keep it simple.

The various pairs of fighters will then all enter the table as bogeys, with no one knowing who or what they will be up against until a successful spotting roll 'de-cloaks' each pair for all to see. I'm getting round this by assuming that the radio net is open and both sides are tuning in, so when a pair spots an enemy pair, everyone will be looking in that direction and will automatically spot the target too (a bit unrealistic but it's much easier to handle in the middle of a game that way).

I'm still working on the numerous cards I'll need to churn out and on the various record sheets I'll need to fill in but good progress has already been made and I'm feeling pretty much on top of the whole ball game at the moment, although who knows what snags will crop up over the week? I'm also aiming to get some paint on those P47D's but I've had enough for this evening and need to mull over what I've worked out for the game thus far, leaving the painting to tomorrow evening and a fresh pair of eyes!


Monday, 18 September 2017

P47D 'Bubbletop' Thunderbolts

I'm going to try to get these four Raiden Miniatures P47D 'Jugs' painted up between now and the end of the weekend, ready for the Bag the Hun game at the cub on the 26th. This might be a bit of a tall order as I'm stupidly busy over the week and especially in the evenings, when I normally get the time to sit down and do something for myself. Anyway, I'll do my best and hope to have them completed in time for the game. It will be an overall bare metal finish with the dazzle panel along the top of the fuselage and a splash of colour for the cowling and tail planes, so nothing too arduous until it gets to the decals which will probably be a bit of a fiddle.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

FW-190A8 'Butcher Birds'

I had four of these 1/285th scale Museum Miniatures FW-190A8's in the 'to do' box, so decided to finish them off this afternoon, adding some black lining and decals to match them to the four that I already have. They are lovely models, very crisp and well sculpted, so a joy to paint even of they are a bit tiddly. I now have eight FW-190A8's, four FW-190D9's, four Bf-109K's and two Me262's, so more than enough for a late war Luftwaffe show of force. Horrido!

Full Thrust Fleet Pack

I 'unmed' and 'arred' about this yesterday at the show, not being able to make up my mind, but after some deep thought I've decided to get a new GZG fleet pack for Full Thrust. I have an NSL fleet painted up somewhere, which I gave to the sprog, and a Brigade Games Soviet fleet that I have sold on eBay, so I have a good excuse for another addition to the lead pile. The fleet pack I've chosen is the Japanese one, as I really like the low slung design of the models, although I also really like the Crusties ship design as well.

This Japanese fleet will be used against my other one that as yet remains unpainted, a Federal Stats Europa fleet pack that I bought at Warfare ages ago. I think this project will have to wait until next year before I start on the painting but, if I get some time over the next couple of months, I may well get cracking early. I still have to finish my 15mm sci-fi army first, however, not to mention some other bits and bobs that need my undivided attention. No rush. In the meantime, I'll be flicking through the new edition of Full Thrust Light that I picked up free at the show.