Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gloster Gladiator

Had this in the stash for a while, a very simple little kit set of about two dozen parts

Made just a little more difficult by adding basic rigging

The paint scheme is one I copied from the internet, European theatre 1939-40

Exported to over twenty countries. I'm definitely going to get another one of these and paint it up so that it will fit in with several countries from my Minor Nations collection

The decals are from a Hurricane or Spitfire

I may yet paint the rigging, we'll see.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New Table Project

The only problem is.... presently I don't have an area large enough to leave it permanently set up! 

The table tops are the sides of the crate my bike was shipped over in, eventually these will be hinged together. The trestle tables are plastic topped and quite sturdy, though I may need one more

Still not as big as my old one but a a massive improvement on what I have 

Now all I need is a bigger house to put it in - get back to you on that one in the New Year.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sherman 76s

Finished these Italeri fast-builds over the last few nights, nice models

Undercoated on sprue

I'd like to get another box of these and do one up as a command platoon

This brings my total Sherman collection to seven: x4 75L38s, x2 76L52s, x1 105L22.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Another house underway

Another Airfix resin on the painting table, my fourth one of these. Picked it up in Brisbane when I was down there earlier in the week.

I'm supposed to be on holiday already but have covered this week for others, so have to hang out now until Friday :( This is a very large building but I think it will still fit in nicely with the others.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Another Heavy Truck

Monty's Caravan it was never going to be. Check out this link for a very cool job on this kit http://plasticwarriors.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/magic-matchbox-monty-model.html?view=classic

I had my bridging engineer unit in mind for this truck. The Leyland Retriever served throughout WW2 in a variety of roles; Leyland also built the Cromwell tank from 1943

Still some details to do with paintwork and decals. Nice model. In CD3, this can carry a whole company.

Friday, November 28, 2014


Had these for years and thought they were due for a tidy up

I got them at a swap-meet in Christchurch, simple plaster haystacks in 20mm

David Russell has the other four, I think they were x8 for $10; excellent value for money.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

1939-40 British Infantry Regiment

As with all my stuff, based for CD3. This is my British Expeditionary Force collection and has been about a year in the making. I now have three complete infantry battalions and just need to add other units, such as recon and bridging engineers; just for the sake of it really. Comprised almost entirely of the most excellent Zvezda figures, which I have tried to arrange in as many poses as I could for the sake of variety

First Battalion



Some examples of the different poses I was able to achieve doing the monster-mash and seeing what I could come up with

Every other figure had a sling added where I could

Esci arms added to the figure on the right

Another Bren team

Airfix arms + green-stuff

Battalion commander sections, middle one is Airfix

Company command sections, Aifix, Zvezda, Esci

Regimental command section

MMG platoons

Mortar platoons


The Regiment.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Crossley Armoured Car

The last of my Frontline resins for now. I got this one with my small Minor Nations collection in mind but it could also feature in Sealion type scenarios, as they were still used as training vehicles in 1940 

Similar to the Lanchester 6x4 armoured car in many respects, though these served until 1945; mostly in the Pacific 

Base colours. I tried to keep it as neutral as possible so the model could stand in for similar vehicles of minor nations, Dutch, Polish, etc, I'm not a purist :)

Fairly generic decals, which never seem to go on smoothly :(

Armed with x2 Vickers machineguns, and carrying about 7mm of armour, this is a light recon vehicle at best, but like others of its ilk would have been pressed into service in the event of an invasion of England.