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Humber upgrades

November 18, 2017 - 13:12
Another little job ticked off. I purchased some metal replacement Mark IV turrets from Rolf Hedges to upgrade my old Matchbox Humber Mark II Armoured Cars to the correct version for NW Europe in 1944.


After, interesting to note the difference in colour even though I used the same Humbrol enamel colour, it has probably faded a bit too.

Tagging along behind behind is a SAS jeep that I bought at Newbury
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Not forgetting the Germans

November 16, 2017 - 15:55
A couple of odd-balls out of the miscast box. A Pioneerkraftwagen to the left and a Steyr 1500 truck to the right. Both painted up for early war.

The Steyr came without a cab and I couldn't find any pictures showing this vehicle without one (until I finished it of course) The lucky thing was the RSO was made by the same manufacturer so I used the top from a left-over Plastic Soldier RSO cab and fitted it on top.

The Pioneerkraftwagen is a big beast and I now feel the need to acquired a trailer with some assault dinghies on it. The crew are HaT tanks riders cut down to fit.
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Keeping up with the Italians

November 15, 2017 - 13:01
Having found a pile of repairable vehicles in the Early War Miniatures mis-cast box at Newbury and "Derby" I have been working on repairing them. At the front two variants of the TL37 as a tractor and a light truck. The rear pair were acquired at Newbury without wheels so I used some old Airfix Scammel wheels for one and press-cast the others from Greenstuff using a Oyumaru mould.

Back left was the most complex repair a Breda 40 artillery tractor, where as well a filling the various casting errors I also had to re-create the cab-top. At the back right is a AS42 Sahariana, where I've added a scratched up 47mm AT gun.
Overall, quite time consuming, but satisfying to recover what would otherwise be wasted.

I missed the back centre, which is a Ready to Roll Douvenque with a 20mm Breda AA. All the crews have been modified to fit and come from a variety of sources, mainly the left-over drivers from the PSC 25pdr kit. They were given Reiver replacement Italian heads. I understand from Gary at Sgts Mess these are still available but not included on their website yet.
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Oyumaru plastic clay

November 6, 2017 - 21:59
Over on Beano's Forum a user called Beano Boy posted about using Oyumaru to create simple moulds. These can then be used with greenstuff to create simple duplicates of a master. Here's my first attempts at creating some extra wheels using an old wheel from an Airfix Scammell.

Quite a sucess for a first attempt, but the greenstuff needs to be left a while longer than normal to harden fully.
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GNW/SYW Swedish Cavalry

November 4, 2017 - 15:47
Some more units to add to my hybrid Great Northern War/Seven Years War Swedish army. As before I have used the Zvezda GNW Swedish Cavalry to produce two units of Cavalry and two of Dragoons. The uniform hardly changed between the periods and I have used the references on Kronoskaf for the uniforms and flags

On the left front - Bohusläns dragoons; rear -Karelska; right front - Östgöta Horse; rear - Smålands Horse.

I've not based the two officers yet as I haven't decided whether to add extra figures to the command base.
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On the Workbench - November 2017

November 2, 2017 - 08:54
The year is flying by and another month has alredy ended with bits still on the painting table

The front two trays have the nearly finished Swedish cavalry, the back trays contain an assortment of various vehicles mostly Early War Miniatures rejects that have been repaired, plus a Zvezda German winter HQ group and MMG teams and a French 13.2mm AA gun.

Other items to be worked on this month
  • Zvezda Russian noble cavalry - I bought these to go with my Streltsy make a Moscovite force for Pikemens Lament
  • Miniart Swiss Infantry - yet another pike block, probably Lucerne/Glarus this time
  • Then if time permits, start on some more German winter stuff for the Ardennes

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Eve of Edgehill

November 1, 2017 - 10:47
A last few bits for October - the Wargames Illustrated vignette of the Eve of Edgehill, plus an extra couple of bods found in a box of lead down at the club.

Shame I don't have any 28mm Royalists, they will just have to be objective markers!
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Something unusual - aircraft wheels

October 31, 2017 - 15:42
Some bits finished for Thursday's game - Operation Caravan

My aircraft are all finished as flying models, but for the game I need them on the ground - this is OK for fixed undercarriage planes, but these left over bits will go under my aircraft to give the right effect. Here's one deployed

The SAS jeep is also just finished it's a repaired Early War Miniatures reject
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German armoured cars - sdkfz 232, etc.

October 28, 2017 - 08:00
Just off the painting table four armoured cars from one Plastic Soldier pack. From the from counter clockwise sdkfz 231, sdkfz 232, sdkfz 233, sdkfz 263 all painted for early war. So how I have the option of replacing my old 6 wheeled versions.

The sdkfz 263 is a bit of a fudge as I had parts left when I upgraded an Airfix sdkfz 234/4 with bits from the Matchboz Puma sdkfz 234/2. The difference in the scales made it more difficult than expected
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Another milestone - 29,000

October 26, 2017 - 17:30
Hurrah, with the painting of the US winter infantry I've passed the 29,000 figure mark in my 20mm collection. For those including myself who like to see a breakdown. it certainly highlights where I've been concentrating since September 2016.

Period Sep-16 Oct-17 Delta Ancients 2202 2282 80 Dark Ages 395 438 43 Early Medieval 492 492 0 Late Medieval 1029 1213 184 Aztec/Conquistadores 434 434 0 C17 Polish/Ottoman 631 789 158 C17 TYW 1036 1262 226 C18 WSS 720 741 21 C18 SYW 1866 1866 0 C18 AWI 1292 1332 40 C18 French Revolution 658 658 0 C18 Napoleon in Egypt 331 331 0 C19 Napoleonic 6632 6635 3 C19 Napoleonic skirmish 241 241 0 C19 ACW 1220 1220 0 C19 Anglo Zulu War 860 875 15 C19 Colonial North Africa/Sudan 1066 1066 0 C20 WW1/RCW 1225 1230 5 C20 Interwar French/Rif 180 192 12 C20 Early WW2 Europe 855 884 29 C20 WW2 North Africa 1238 1274 36 C20 WW2 far east 119 119 0 C20 late WW2 europe 2523 2557 34 C20 WW2 winter 401 537 136 C20 post WW2 373 373 0 Grand Total 28019 29041 1022
Hopefully I may pass the 30,000 mark by the end of 2018.
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A significant diversion - more US winter infantry

October 25, 2017 - 17:57
Having acquired the extra infantry needed to complete two Rapid Fire US Infantry Battalions at Derby I decided to paint them straight away.

I included a number of extra figures so I could use them as a couple of Platoons for either Chain of Command or Battlegroup

These include the figures completed for a game in September

Makes me feel cold!
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