Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Building

Picked this up whilst in the big smoke yesterday, NZD$21.

There are three different layouts you can choose from, I went for the L shape.

Both have a removable roof, and a couple of minor accessories and two extra wall sections.

Thought this was quite a cool feature, combining several to make a large factory or warehouse; useful for many different functions.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Second KV1

Here is the other KV, same but different.

This one had a couple of coats of thin black wash applied before highlighting.

There seems very little difference between the two, except that the first one has retained a bit more of the Russian Green base colour, and the second is a bit darker around the suspension gear. I really like these kits by Pegasus. They are cheap and go together very well, highly recommended.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Here is a KV1 that I have been working on.

I have another that I will paint in a slightly different way, probably using a wash or two.

This one has only been highlighted, about four shades I think.

I need a command figure for the second one also, and I plan to compare the two once finished, and settle on the same style for all of my vehicles. This was painted with Velleyeo Russian Green, a very nice paint to work with indeed. Just a little tidying up left to do.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Foreign Legion 1940

Just the usual finishing work to do on these. With a mixture of HaT, Pegasus, Esci and Revell I managed to complete an entire early war battalion.

The Legion had several units involved in the Battle of France, these will end up representing one them sooner or later.

Some of the kepis needed substantial trimming of excess plastic but they look okay.

I have three early war French battalions now but no regimental assets, so I might look to do some of these in the future also.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Being on strike yesterday I made productive use of my time improving scenic items for gaming. I originally got these with Commando raids in mind, but have since decided that they will serve a great many other purposes.

Hopefully the government doesn't give in to our demands too soon as I for one wouldn't mind another couple of days leisure, making models and generally lounging around and having a good time - solidarity comrades.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Calais: Day Two, the first ten hours

14 out of 24 turns played so far, the rest in a couple of weeks or so. All of the kit is a mixture of mine and Paul's. Here is the German point of view...

Extreme right of the German line, here are some of the British start positions near the railway station.

Extreme left, the village of Nielles les Calais defended by elements of the Queen Victoria's Rifles.

Early German moves against this village by SS Motorised Infantry came up against some very determined defence, and suffered unusually heavy casualties in the process.

Paul rushed his MkVI company into the fray to help the defenders who were outnumbered by about 5-1. This unit enjoyed an outstanding game , moving from one position to another plugging gaps and offering armoured support for the stretched infantry.

Me110 on a spotting flight during the opening moves. This is an old Revell kit.

In attempting to locate British positions, German recon units moved a bit deeper into the outer suburbs than they should have and quickly found themselves cut off and way out gunned.

Back on the left the SS get organised and the British begin start to take hits.

This flanking of the village by a second battalion of SS comes to a grinding halt when they are attacked in the rear by MkVIs.

Despite being cut off and taking fire the German recon units continue to locate the defenders main areas of resistance.

Two companies of infantry and one of tanks mount a rescue attempt on the recon units in deep trouble in the outer suburbs. To no avail however, the recon company is destroyed just as the cavalry was getting into position.

The attack on the far right flank went well until it ran up against the defenders of the railway station area. The fighting here went on for several hours before the British and French platoons were eventually forced to retire, in reasonably good order too it has to be said.

A9 Cruisers make the most of the lack of armoured support for the SS. The battle for this village became a small game in itself as both commanders committed ever greater numbers for its control.

Two turns later the A9s were on the other side of the village mixing it up with two companies of panzers. The SS infantry close-assaulted the village and house to house fighting went on here for several turns. German figures here are by Pegasus.

The A9s were confronted with superior numbers of German armour. The Germans always had more units to spare, and the British too much ground to cover for the numbers they had.

The infantry regiment's gun battery firing in support of the assault on the railway station area.

German infantry platoons in the streets of Calais. The Matilda at the end of road kept these units at bay for several turns, their own armoured support delayed in a fight with another A9 company.

Air support for both sides was fairly consistent. Here an Airfix Ju87b attacks British platoons holding the centre approach to Calais.

Still the British hold out on the left and attack aircraft made their presence felt, adding to the German woes.

The British did everything they could to prevent the village being outflanked and cut off. This is one of several sorties by LMG armed carrier platoons, who made a nuisance of themselves for several turns before they were eventually destroyed.

This is a company of search-light troops that were part of the flank defence. Despite being repeatedly attacked by SS troops and on occasion aircraft, they held they positions throughout the whole days fighting in this area - VCs all round.

This is from about turn 9 or ten, in the early afternoon. A large German attack slams into the British centre, with the panzers passing through the British infantry line leaving the motorcycle troops to take care of them. Again the versatile carrier platoons provided invaluable support.

Broken British tank company forced out of the fighting with its morale in tatters. Several times British units with shaky morale were forced back into the fighting. Airfix and SHQ Matildas.

Casualties building up inside the citadel.

Part of the harbour area continues the evacuation. Royal Navy troops along the dockside, one of which is a naval artillery observer.

Here the British 25lb battery goes into anti-tank mode out of desperation. They actually enjoyed some success, destroying a panzer platoon at long range.

After finally securing the railway station German infantry began moving against the last of the British positions guarding the the approaches to the citadel and the inner harbour area.

Only to be foiled once again by the ever present carrier platoons, obliging the Germans to fight yet another pitched battle before they could continue to secure good field position for the final assault.

British aircraft strafe the point elements of the German assault in front of the railway station.

Late in the afternoon the British centre finally began to seriously bend as the last of their tank companies in this area is forced from the fight with broken morale. Only the timely intervention of bomber aircraft prevented them from being destroyed outright.

Pressure mounts on the British positions, and without infantry support the tanks have no choice but to retreat deeper into Calais to the next line of resistance. Paul's most excellent French 25mm in the right of the picture.

Undamaged German infantry in numbers. The British would liked to have held this position but simply lacked the numbers to do so.

SS units finally secure control of Nielles les Calais.

A pretty hard fought game thus far. The next phase will almost certainly see a lot of house to house fighting as the Germans move to secure their objectives. Both sides will need to spend some time rallying and regrouping broken and depleted units. Next installment in a couple of weeks.