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A mythical beast - a female wargamer! I got back into wargaming in the summer of 2011 after a very, very long break. My current interests are Ancients, ACW, 30YW and SciFi gaming.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Finished: 28mm WW2 Aussie Matildas



Well, they're done. apart from adding commanders and stowage. But as they still need to be painted (after possibly doing head swaps on commanders to give them slouch hats) that is fine for now.

Matilda II Close Support





Mounting a 3" howitzer instead of a 2-pounder, this will be great for supporting infantry assaulting entrenched/bunkered Japanese forces.


Matilda II Frog





The "Frog" variant of the Matilda was a flamethrower tank, also useful for taking on Japanese troops in bunkers or caves.

Both have been painted up as 1st Armoured Regiment. "Ace" was an actual name used for one of the tanks in 1 Troop of A Squadron, but I don't know if it was ever a close-support variant. Although the various "specials" (flamethrowers, bridging, dozers, "hedgehogs") were mostly assigned to the 2/1st Armoured Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron, it seems that some "Frogs" were assigned to individual armoured regiments. As there was no evidence of them being assigned out to the squadrons, I've painted "Demon" with RHQ/HQ Squadron markings and made up the name and hull number.


You may have been wondering about the extra fuel barrel. That was for the original Matilda I painted a few weeks back. Here it is glued in place:


I'll need to do a bit of touching up on the paintjob to blend it in.


I've also been doing some work on the Panzer IIIs and IVs today. They've all been primed and I've airbrushed the base colours. I still need to do the camouflage on the ones for mid/late war, and then do all the detail painting. That should keep me busy for the next couple of days.


Saturday, 17 November 2018

Finished: 15mm T34s



Well, apart from decals. I'll probably do those at some point during the week. The new Revolution CR arrived yesterday (the Br will be another week or so), which meant that I was able to get the Klear and matte varnishing done today.

As T34/76:




As T34/85:



These have come out a bit darker than the one I painted a few weeks ago. That's down to a change of paints - I used Russian Green instead of Armour Green for these. I've also left them "cleaner" (less rust and scratching).


Now that I have a good airbrush again, I'll probably work on the Matilda tanks tomorrow, getting at least the green laid down.

I've been doing some prep work over the last couple of days and all the shinies you saw in Thursday's post are done. I've also assembled the M3 Stuart:




The heft of the resin kit is much more satisfying than the plastic of the Warlord version.

Oh, and the plastic 8th Army figures are no longer running/standing/kneeling/laying around like headless chickens:


And that's not all I've been up to. I've got a few other little things on the go, but you'll have to wait to see those!

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Thursday Update 15 November

Over the past two days I've received some shinies through the post. Yesterday these came:


Some people will recognise those little black boxes from Perry Miniatures. This is what was in them:


What are they all? British tank crew, Aussie slouch hats and a Blitzkrieg 1/56 scale M3 Stuart. I've checked and it's the same size as the Warlord/Italerei one I made earlier. I bought the heads to see if they'd fit the Warlord plastics, but it doesn't look as though they will.

Today I got this lot from Warlord Games:



That's a mix of stowage, some tank crew, a sprue of Chindit heads (which will fit on the Warlord plastics), some commando decals (bought for the rank insignia) and Army Painter dark and soft tone inks.


Now for what I've been up to since finishing those Kokoda Aussies. On Monday I primed the T34s and the Matildas. Yesterday I got the body colours done on the T34s with the airbrush. Before it died on me - the air valve is kaput. If I had the right tool, I could remove it and replace it with the one from my previous Revolution CR (which had the nozzle thread break off irremovably). Sadly I don't, so I've had to order a replacement; I decided to order a Revolution BR as well to replace my Neo for fine detail work.

Today I hand painted the details and did some washes.


They just need varnishing now, but that will need to wait until my new CR arrives - that should be some time tomorrow.

I've also been assembling the 8th Army plastics:


As you can see, they are headless for now. As the Perry slouch hats don't fit, I might need to get some more of the Chindit heads to get some in slouch hats. The fact that some of them are bearded and have battered hats is fine, as they'll be for the 39th. I'll need to order another pack of 8th army plastics for them. The big problem with the pack is the lack of left arms posed to support weapons - there are only two per sprue, but four weapons that need to be supported. And then there is the Lewis Gun issue - there might be a couple of arms that could hold one, but the guns from Colonel Bill's seem quite slender. I know that Minifigs do some, and Company B - I might have to take a look at those. There are also some for sale on Shapeways, but they are a bit costly.

Oh, and the Panzer IIIs have also been assembled. I won't be able to prime or paint the IIIs and IVs until the T34s are finished.


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Finished: 28mm WW2 Aussies for Kokoda #1



I managed to get the basing finished and the figures matte varnished this morning, then tufted the bases this afternoon.

As I have previously mentioned, these will primarily be for the Aussie regular (AIF) troops in the early stages of the Kokoda Track campaign, most likely the 2/14th Battalion of 21 Brigade (I think the other two battalions - 2/16th and 2/27th - may have had time to try dying their uniforms green before heading up the track). The figures are all Warlord games from their 8th Army range.


Senior Leaders



I should probably go back and add a dab of gloss to the surface of his tea.



Medic





Signals






MMG Team







3" Mortar Team







Well, that's some useful command and support options for them, and a nice way to start off this force.




Monday, 12 November 2018

Monday Workbench 12 November



I had hoped that I might be able to post the finished 8th army/Kokoda Aussies today, but they aren't quite there - I still need to drybrush the bases, hit them with matte varnish through the airbrush and then add tufts. That will need to wait until tomorrow morning.

During some of the longer breaks while things were drying, I kept myself occupied by doing some assembly. Yesterday, I put together the MDF (and greyboard) buildings from the Stronty Dog starter set.



This evening I assembled the T34s and Panzer IVs I had bought at SELWG.


I've done the Panzer IVs as a mix of F, G and H variants. That will allow a mix of early, mid and late war tanks for "What a Tanker!".

I'll probably do the Panzer III kits tomorrow, so that I can paint them all up at the same time.




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