Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Red Hatchets and Black Powder

This new scenario supplement has been published for the Fistful of Lead: Horse and Musket skirmish rules, which I have yet to try out having been undecided about what to do with them. I actually have a few French Indian War figures in 28mm that I bought ages ago for Muskets and Tomahawks but never actually used (no surprise there!), so I could start out with them as a way in. I remember reading an inspirational wargaming magazine article by Stuart Asquith in the early 1980's, which set out a raiding scenario by Rogers Rangers against a French garrison, so I have long had an interest in the subject. I have no time now to try this out but I will download the new rules supplement, if only to do a bit of gratuitous wishful thinking over the weekend!

Monday, 19 March 2018

Fast Attack Project "FRAM can" Destroyer

I have been looking for a Cold War era 1/700th scale destroyer model, as a target for the Soviet equipped fast attack flotilla that I glued together a couple of week ago, but without much luck. At the weekend I did some googling and found out, to my surprise, that some of the old Fletcher Class DD's underwent FRAM upgrades in the early 1960's, so I thought I'd have a go at doing some upgrading myself using the Tamiya kit as a basis for a rearmament. I already have a Skywave weapons set that I can use to do this and, hopefully, a bit of kit bashing and plastic card will do the rest. I'm not going to try to make an accurate model but just something that looks the part, so there will be some artistic licence involved.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Flashpoint Taiwan Plan B

I had a bit of a disjointed day at the workbench, with various diversions dragging me away, not the least being the freezing garage and my daughters cup cake competition entry, so I didn't get quite as much done as I hoped. However, I now have three Tu-16 heavy bombers and three more Il-16 light bombers to add to the Chinese PLAAF, four F-86D Sabre Dogs and two more F-5A Freedom Fighters to add to the Taiwanese ROCAF, together with a single Su-11 and two new MiG-25 interceptors for the Soviet PVO.

The last two were a bit of a late addition, as I managed to destroy a pair of F-5A's by over drilling them, leaving me with a couple of spare stands to use up. I thought the MiG-25's would be an ideal substitute and would push the Soviet PVO air defences into the mid 1970's, which would add a little bit of a cutting edge. Unfortunately, it's now too cold to whip out the grey spray undercoat, so I will have to do when the weather improves mid-week.

Flashpoint Taiwan Plan

I have a bit of time today, so I'm going to finish off preparing the final lot of aircraft for my Target Locked On! Flashpoint Taiwan project, with a few Soviet fighters thrown in for good measure. The main aim is to use up the bases that I salvaged from the Flashpoint Baltic project, which will now be magnet based, with some additional bombers for the PLAAF and some extra fighters for the ROCAF.  This should add up to about twenty planes in total, so a few extra bases will be needed to soak up the numbers.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Galactic Heroes

I've just backed the new Galactic Heroes Kickstarter as my reward for a week of hard graft, with a Bounty Hunter level pledge that includes the rules, a pdf copy and access to the Stretch Goals and extras that will be unlocked as the Kickstarter rolls out. I'm really looking forward to this sci-fi, space opera style version of the Fistful of Lead system, although what I'll use it for has yet to be decided. I quite fancy the idea of Strontium Dog, if I can find some suitable mutant bounty hunters in 28mm?

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Operation Baltic Eagle

Some cracking air to air video of Italian Eurofighter Typhoons and Danish F-16's over the Baltic States, intercepting various Russian Federation aircraft as part of the current Baltic Air Policing mission. I love the way the Italian pilot flips his shades down on take off...super cool!

I'm thinking of ways to replicate the terrain seen in the footage for the Flashpoint:Baltic 1/600th modern air project, particularly the snow covered landscape and cloud layers, so I think I'll ping an email off to Tiny Wargames to see how much a bespoke air wargaming cloth would set me back? It wouldn't have to be a full size mat and should be fairly easy to create using satellite images I would have thought?

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Zvezda 1/100 Ural Truck

My local model shop had some of these on the shelves at the weekend, so I had a closer look. It was a bit expensive for AK47, as I have used cheap Maisto die cast toys for my trucks in the past, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the detail in this little injection moulded kit. In fact, rather than using it for AK47, I will probably spend a bit more time and effort turning it into a truck for 15mm post-colonial skirmish games, where a single vehicle can be used to good effect. A really nice little model kit and worth grabbing for just this sort of thing, especially if you can find one for a reduced price.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Cold War Soviet Strike Package

I had some time this evening to get started on the Target Locked On! Flashpoint Xinjiang project, with a selection of classic mid to late 1960's Soviet aircraft including three Su-9 Fishpots, four Su-7 Fitters and a single, very large Tu-22 Blinder bomber. The latter ended up a bit of pain, as I inadvertently glued the wings on upside down (I think?) leaving the nacelles underneath rather than on top. It didn't help that I sliced open my finger in the process too.

The mistake was mainly due to the angle of  things looking a bit wrong when the wings were the right way up and to the absence of nacelle bulges on both surfaces, where they should be. I may add some nacelle bulges to the top wing later on or probably just ditch it and get another one. To cheer myself up, I have ordered some more Su-9/11's to make up the numbers but, in the meantime,  I have a load of MiG-21 Fishbeds and four Tu-16A Badgers to assemble and base, so plenty to keep me busy!

Flashpoint: Taiwan ROCAF Sabre Dogs

The success of the magnet basing storage experiment has pointed out the relative short fall in aircraft for the Taiwanese ROCAF, compared to the PLAAF line up, so I've decided to add some more 1/600th scale Tumbling Dice planes to beef things up a bit. I already have some F-100 Super Sabres and a couple of F-5A Freedom Fighters based and undercoated but these will now be supported by four more F-5A's and four F-86D Sabre Dogs, which were used by the ROCAF as all weather interceptors before the F-104 Starfighters arrived. I love this fighter having built at least two of the old 1/72nd scale Airfix kits when I was a kid. I may also add some ground attack F-84 Thunderjets and an A-26 Invader, using the leftover models from the MiG Alley project, but I think I'll have plenty to do with what I've already got.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Air Force Blue

I'm reading this now, having really enjoyed Patrick Bishop's earlier book Target Tirpitz and having an avid interest in World War Two aviation, as you may have worked out from my posts. In fact, I've been thinking more and more that I should specialise just in air and naval wargaming. They both tick all the right boxes being relatively low cost, requiring minimal terrain and no figure painting, at which I am less than amazing to say the least. It's also an excellent excuse to read loads of books like this one!


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