So Ive been doing some painting but neglecting putting pics on the internet , so I thought I ought to rectify that. Apologies for the quality of the pics- I couldn't find my camera, so I had a crack with this new fangled smart phone thingy...
To begin with some tents and a gun-
The tents are the renadra ones, and I rather like them. Might get some more, and will do nicely for any games where a camp is required. You might have seen them tucked away in the corner of my first post.
The gun is the plastic Victrix british set, the horses are Warlord Games. Ive painted them up as a Loyal Lusitanian Legion gun to support my two battalion of the LLL. Not the most accurate of representations ever -in fact the only thing correct about them is that the gunners wear green! But I like the overall effect. Oh, and I went with the warlord horses because I happened to have a bunch of them I picked up in a sale. Enough to pull all three guns in the victrix set in fact, which will be painted in due course. The only modification I made to make them in artillery horses was a green stuff horse collar...
Been trying to make some of my FOW companies more usable in early war- Thus these A13 mkIV cruisers by Zevezda when combined with my handful of Crusaders to field a crusader company. I could still do with some AT rifles and light mortars for both Brits and Jerries to make everything multi-period..
The two opel blitz lorries will go into my anglo-german-whatever else I can find motor pool to provide transport for whichever of my forces needs it.
Found two 1-1200 scale warships in the loft. Half built, bits missing.
And finally- reinforcements have arrived for the Republic of New New Maryland!
Ive added a little more to this force but thought Id show the whole lot.
A few months ago some of the chaps at the deeside defenders were showing me collections of random toys- trucks from poundland, tanks from supermarkets- repainted and tooled up and ready to fight anywhere from 21st century africa to the battlefield of the far future. I just had to have a go so I kept my eyes open and raided the bits box and for only a pound or two per vehicle have put together this little quasi-modern/near-future army to defend the Republic of New New Maryland!
The Infantry are Old Glory ww2 Brits- Because they sell them in packs of 50 I had loads of PIAT, Light Mortar and HMG teams in the bits box. With a little work and some bits of wire and metal and plastic rod the PIATs have all became modern-ish assault rifles with Susats, and undeslung grenade launchers! Some LMGs have been made out of spare Brens and a couple of 50cal toting HMG teams can be seen. Various figures made like ammo and tripod carriers made it in to the force with minimum conversion. In total I converted a Rifle platoon of 3 x8 man squads (lmg in each) two 50cal teams, and 3 light mortar teams. Theres a few spare guys as well.
The infantry go to battle in APC's- In Morrisons supermarket I found 4 Matchbox Blockade Buster tanks for £1.25 each. The turret looked stupid but I figured Ive I ripped them off, but a hatch in the turret rung (the PSC PanzerIII turret hatch fitted perfectly!) and a 50cal on the ring theyd make great APC's!
The other vehicles are from a variety of sources- the four light tanks on the left are the Corgi Challanger with the PSC Sherman 76mm Turret with greenstuffed reactive armour, and the challies gun. 50cals and crews were added from the bits box. The Corgi challie is a bit too small to be used as a challanger in 15mm but works fine as a light tank.
On the Right we have the recce section- a pair of Corgi Jackels, a Matchbox Oshkoz M-ATV and some sort of APC, (Looks soviet but I dont know if it has an actual prototype) which I found on a market stall in warrangton. It came with another tank (not shown 'cos I didnt like it much) for £2. Crew and guns are a old glory/PSC and from my bits box.
Finally at the back are two gun trucks- I saw a thing on the news about the current fighting in the middle east and the footage shown had these big'ol trucks with artillery mounted Portee style on the back, a regiment or so of them in column on a road. Was rather taken with these gun trucks and set out to build my own. Found a couple of spare Matador tractors (Zvezda) and raiding my bits box for crew found some old glory 17pdrs. Didnt need any more for my ww2 forces so I cut down the barrel and trails to fit them on the back!
Air support is provided by Corgi (the Gazelle)and Revell (Tornado, Hornet and Apache)- I was rumaging through some crates in the loft when I found these (along with the ships shown above!), half built and with bits missing. Raided the bits box for whatever spares I could find and provided them with flight stands! Need to come up with some markings for them now. Suspect this sort of air support is a bit advanced for most counties currently- just the sort of thing you might pick up on the 2nd hand market in about 75 years though!
And there we are. I am assured this force is more than suitable for games like Ak47 republic and tomorrows war. Not actually gotten around to playing either of them yet, or even buying those rules, but hope to try them out soon.
Well thats all for now, the painting table beckons- reinforcements for my AZW British have arrived- Durnford and some Volunteer Horse and a Gatling gun!