Friday, 18 August 2017

BF Plastic US Figures (test pieces)

"Bad figures" some have opined: it's why I don't rate opinions by non-painters on figure quality very highly. Don't know how I managed really...

While the new(-ish) BF hard plastic infantry have their drawbacks, they also have many positive features: the lack of BF's usual shoddy metal castings is a big plus.

In other news: thanks to Photobucket severing picture links, several old painting tutorials were rendered useless...thanks PB, though you're not getting a cent from me. My thanks to Braxen for letting me know, I had completely forgotten some were hosted elsewhere back in the day. Despite looking a little dated I've uploaded the pics again for anyone who might find them useful. They should be all be fixed now; if you spot any problems, let me know.

Also: ABS plastic. I mean...really Battlefront? Really?

More updates soon.


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Coldstream Guards Churchill Squadron

The remainder of my Churchill Squadron: 'C' Squadron, 4th Tank Battalion, Coldstream Guards, 6th (Guards) Tank Brigade. Well, with two Tank Troops, a half-Squadron really. I added extra track-links which the 6th GTB seems to have been rather fond of using, both the Sherman and Churchill variety.

Models by PSC with BF crews, magnetized turrets, etc. The HQ has the Churchill Mk. V with 95mm CS howitzer. The green appears more "luminous" in the pictures than it is in real life.

And another Tank Troop, two Churchill Mk VI with 75mm and a single Mk IV with 6-pounder.

They'll join the first Troop I did, below. I forgot to take a group shot though...


Monday, 15 May 2017

Sherman Breaching Group

Sherman Crab flail tanks, aka "funnies""from the 79th Armoured Division. Models by Battlefront. A pain in the arse to assemble the flail bits, and they're none too durable either. These will be combined with the previously-completed AVsRE giving some serious fortification-breaching ability.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

M26 Pershings

Plastic Pershing tanks by Battlefront. Great models overall, the seam on the turret is the only real downside. Otherwise, really nice detail on these kits: the track detail is phenomenal.


Monday, 8 May 2017

Kursk Panthers

Panthers of the D model variety. Not entirely accurate models but OK out of the box. Models by The Plastic Soldier Company, crews by Battlefront (plastics). I also magnetized the turrets and added a little weight to the hulls.

Not really "Kursk Panthers" though: the real ones (51. and 52. Panzer Abteilung) were quite heavily camouflaged for the most part, as I discovered. The plain dunkelgelb scheme was not really evident from the pictures I've seen. Also missing the distinctive "panther head" markings on the turrets, etc.

What do you do when your airbrush is on the blink and you can't do camo? This I guess. The exaggerated streaking was also to add a little interest on what would otherwise have been a bit dull. Still: good enough for gaming.

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