Wednesday, September 17, 2014


The scenery projects continue...

Last of the floor tiles from Paul, plus a few sourced from the local hardware store

Undercoated with grey primer

Edges, the double size tiles are to represent motorway or dual carriage sections 

Here's where CD breaks down a bit, at an inch to fifty yards this road is almost one hundred meters wide! Depending on how picky you are with the rules in a built-up-area it is possible for units to be unable to fire at each other across the street owing to a two inch range rule in such terrain - we solved this by extending the distance to five inches, same in jungles. Still, it's all abstract anyway

The black tile on the crossroads can represent a BUA where space is limited, and many CD players use this, with perhaps just one or two houses standing in for the entire village, as shown in the picture below

This is more like the BUA we prefer, something that can accommodate multiple units in and around it, without the whole area becoming a crowded mess, and can actually be fought over. However, table size dictates pretty much everything. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


 Knocked these up last night after training. Bits of old railway model fencing mounted on a floor tile which Paul gave me a couple of years ago (yeah mate, I brought them here too :) ).

Looking at other Blogs lately convinced me I needed some small additions to make my tabletop a bit more interesting

Both parks will easily accommodate a couple of rifle platoons or guns, and their footprints are roughly equal to one small house 

This is a statue I made from a piece of wood and the step section carved out of a building base

The long-lost polar explorer figure is from the Orion Chechen set, and the plaque is an old figure base

A bit crowded on this one

Not too bad for an hour or so me thinks.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Eliminated Platoons

In CD3, platoons can sustain certain amounts of casualties before being eliminated, as this RN shore party will now demonstrate

Elite, first hit Green. Very few units in CD have this rating, and they are usually battalion size formations or smaller

For most other units first hit is Yellow

Second hit Red causes immediate forced retreat for all units, under most circumstances. Units rated as 'Green' and 'Trained' are Red on their first hit

Eliminated, many gamers just lie the stand on its side or place a coloured ring over the entire stand

Some German examples for both wars

This stand represents the elimination of a whole company in one turn; doesn't happen that often, but can

Platoon size, two figures is the norm

These stands are for platoons or companies that have surrendered (Imex Korean War figures).

Friday, September 5, 2014

Refinery Items

Been on a bit of a scenery binge over the last week or so, and added these from the spares box

Mostly railway spares and tanker units from 1/72 truck kits

These are some of my earlier additions.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Arrivals

Zvezda from a good hobby store in Brisbane, Revell from my daughter.

The British will be added to my BEF collection; which will be at regimental strength by the time I'm finished. The Marines will be formed into a 1943 battalion sized unit.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Commando Boat Crew

A little project I've had on the go for ages, thanks to Paul and Tim for the figures

Second edition Airfix kayak. The rear figure has had a slung weapon added but is otherwise standard. The gunner is from the Revell US infantry set

For CD3 purposes it just counts as a standard Commando platoon; it might see the odd raider type scenario 

A couple of the crew closing in on an enemy vessel while it is refueling - not usually attempted in broad daylight :)

Have since added decals to the launch.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

More wire

This is some of the old wire we used to put up with until Dave got clever, I have about ten stands of those but more is always better, so I repainted these old ones last night

Each of these equals about 250 meters of wire in CD terms

This is the wire you get with the Zvezda Russian Engineer set, not bad, these stands represent about 50 meters of wire each

Useful in all sorts of scenarios.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Airfix Rescue Launch - Refit

I bought this kit from a garage sale about ten years ago for $1. It was pretty much as you see it in the pictures below, until the other day when I started messing around with it. Here it is in its original form, but not the state I got it in!

 I got it to use as a small river boat for a scenario we played; set in 1919 when a large force of Bolsheviks attacked an Allied intervention force in Russia, and the gunboat was on the Red's OOB. The next two pictures show it as it was when I bought it

Start. Just the forward gun added at this stage, the previous owner had already added the small smoke stack at the rear

Initial colours

With crew and additional weaponry

Most of the crew figures are Airfix with head swaps from the Esci Spetsnaz figure set (all I had sailor head-gear wise)

Forward gun, probably a 3' or 4' variety - cut down Pak 40 barrel, gun shield is from an Attack version of an assault gun mounted on a Pz38t chassis, quite detailed

Rear gun is a 1lb or 2lb quick-fire - HaT gun with modified Pak 40 gun shield

Upper-mounted medium machinegun will provide modest antiaircraft capability - modified HaT Colt MMG with shield and belt-feed added 

May add some decals yet?

Still pretty rough in places but I had a lot of fun messing around with it. I tried to make it look as multinational as possible in terms of paint scheme, crew and weapons so that it wouldn't look too out of place in any conflict or era we wanted to use it in

This has featured in many, many games. Easily usable in conflicts from around the turn of the last century up until about the 1950s, though several minor nations maintained this sort of vessel in their navies for a lot longer.