Monday, 22 January 2018

Last War of the Superfortresses

I have eight Tumbling Dice B-29 Superfortresses waiting to be painted for the Bag the MiG and MiG Alley projects, so have been digging around for operational details that I can use for scenarios. There are a couple of B-29 scenarios in the Too Fat Lardies 2007 Summer Special but I want to write some more for Bag the MiG to make maximum use of the models, which are really impressive even in 1/600th scale. As a result, I'm moving onto this book to find what I need, The Last War of the Superfortresses, along with some more general reading around the subject. I'm even thinking about assembling half a dozen more to replicate some of the large formations that operated over North Korea for both day and night time bombing missions.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

PSC 15mm US Tank Company

My proper birthday present this week is a Plastic Soldier Company US Tank Company boxed set, which I'm told is on the way to me in the post from Amazon. This was a bit of an afterthought by the other half, who asked me what I wanted and who I subsequently pointed in the direction of my Amazon Wishlist. I plan to use the set as the basis of a late war US army for I Ain't Been Shot Mum, alongside some 15mm US Winter Infantry from Battlefront, so that I can 'do' the Battle of the Bulge, Reichswald, Siegfried Line and so on at company level.

This will make good use of the multi scale Cigar Box Battle tundra terrain cloth that I haven't used enough of and it also fits nicely with my existing WW2 interests, namely the 28mm late war US platoon that I have used for skirmish gaming. I will now be re-deploying my existing 15mm WW2 lead pile of Peter Pig British and German figures for platoon level games using Chain of Command or even Disposable Heroes 2, so there will be no clash of interests or unnecessary waste. This means I can have the best of both worlds, with a decent multiple based company level army and a couple of single figure based platoon strength forces as well.

Happy Birthday to me!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

MiG Alley Banshees and Tigercats

I spent a few frustrating hours with tiddly decals and Tumbling Dice aircraft this morning, the end result being a lot of unrepeatable language and a selection of finished Banshees and Tigercats. The Tigercats took ages, as I had to splice different decals together to make the tail and wing codes, but the Banshees were a lot easier, once I had got into the swing of things. I'll have a go at the Skyraiders and Panthers tomorrow although I may well run out of lettering if I'm not careful. I also need to do a bit of very fine black lining around the canopies before I seal everything with satin varnish, but that can wait until right at the end!

MiG Alley Update

I've been re-reading this excellent short overview of the air war over North Korea over the last couple of days, ready to start working on some game plans for both Bag the MiG and MiG Alley. I'm about half way through the painting production line now, with the USN and USMC aircraft hopefully finished over the weekend and the North Koreans and some USAF bombers ready to get started shortly there afterwards. I'm really enjoying the whole process even if it is proceeding at a snails pace due to work during the week and busy weekends. The overall objective is to have the project ready to play a game at half term in four weeks time...fingers crossed!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Disposable Heroes 2

It's my birthday today, so I bought an extra present for myself in the Northstar sale, a copy of Iron Ivan's Disposable Heroes 2 for twenty quid instead of the usual thirty five. I have the original first edition of the rules and a selection of the supplements, which are compatible with the new edition, so I can use them to build my units for platoon level scenarios. I always meant to try these rules out, as I liked the sound of the system from the accounts I had read, so I thought this would be a good excuse to give them another go for WW2 skirmish games especially as I don't like Bolt Action.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Chargeblog: Adventures in Wargaming

I absentmindedly forgot to separate out a link to Michael's outstanding blog in my post the other day, just tagging one on the end of the blurb, so here it is again in full focus:

If you have any doubts about ultra modern 'Imaginations' skirmish wargaming, this blog will cure you of your misgivings and probably end in a phone call from your bank manager, assuming you are like me and can't quite resist the temptation to splash out on some figures. Luckily I have stacks of lead in 15mm for AK47 and the like, just for starters, and a high level of self control! I think?

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Quiet American

A great clip from a really good film, which includes a very brief appearance by an old work colleague of mine who can be seen running across the bridge. He was living in Vietnam at the time and got to play the role of a French neat is that!  Anyway, it's an excellent film and has some good action sequences including a Viet Minh attack on a fortified tower in the De Lattre line, as well as the scene in the village that is partly covered by the video clip. I am really getting the French Indochina War thing....and have an urge to go 28mm squad level skirmish. I must resist!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Danger Close

I was enjoying the excellent modern rules guide over on the equally excellent Charge Blog today, when I noticed that Empress Miniatures have published their version of Some Corner of a Foreign Field, aptly retitled for ultra modern skirmish games as Danger Close

These are pretty much exactly the same as the original but have been given a spiffy facelift. I was thinking of using the rules as one option  for my Britain's Small Wars projects but may now also try them with the French Indochina project, even though they are designed for smaller squad level modern skirmish games. 

Incidentally, the Charge Blog is a fantastic resource for things to do with ultra modern 'imaginations' skirmish wargaming, so definitely well worth a look:

Sunday, 14 January 2018

MiG Alley USN/ USMC Painting

I finally got round to painting the canopies, wing leading edges, fin and nose flashes on the MiG Alley / Bag the MiG naval aircraft today, after over a week of delay. The canopies were easy but the anti-corrosion leading edge on the F9F Panthers was a bit of a pain and needs some tidying up to look neater. The aircraft are now almost ready for the decals, apart from some black lining with a 0.05 drawing pen,  which tends to make them look a lot better than the basic paintwork would otherwise suggest. I'll try to get time to do at least some of the decals over the week, as I have now got some tiddly white lettering to add to the wings and tail fins, albeit in a much simplified format.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

15mm Cold War British Bundle Bonus

I had a really nice surprise when I opened the Team Yankee Iron Maiden bundle today. The rules supplement was as expected, perhaps better than I thought it would be, full of some really good information, scenario ideas and painting guidelines for Cold War British armour and infantry. I'm not into Team Yankee but thought that it was a really useful resource regardless of the rules of scale of gaming that you might decide to use.

The Mechanised Company pack of British infantry figures were also pretty good, although not as well sculpted as Peter Pig in my opinion, being the usual Flames of War style castings which I find a bit soulless. However, there's just enough for a full platoon at 1:1 if I wanted to use them for Fireteam: Modern or No End in Sight.

The surprise was to find several sheets of 1/100 scale BAOR decals, both for AFV's and helicopters, which I can only assume were leftovers from an abandoned project but which are perfect for my Britain's Small Wars vehicles including the QRF Saladins, Saracens and Ferrets that I have assembled.

It's always nice to get an unexpected extra and this one will be really handy!