These arrived the other day, the very good quick-build Opel Blitz by Pegasus. As you can see one has had a light wash of black. They come with covers and driver figures but in the end I chose to use niether
Black wash and three highlights of dry-brushing
No black and only two highlights; may do another couple yet
The completed pair. Not a lot of difference but I think the black wash helps the details of this type of model stand out a bit more. These are well engineered kits and very good value for money. Highly recommended.
Simple paint scheme copied from pictures off the web
No washes, ink or dry-brushing
Decals are a mixture of all I had plus a few donated by Paul
This unit represents the heavy company found in some French formations of this era, S35s make up the medium additions, R35s the lights
The next things I want to add to my French collection are more carriers and trucks so that I can upgrade the infantry component to dismounted Dragoons or mechanised infantry
Here is the command platoon. I still have three FT17s to build and paint and these, once completed, will give me a few more tank unit options, as much of this older equipment was used in the French 'B' units and 'Reserve' formations.
This is my Great War Russian collection, but I have also used it in a few Russian Civil War games. Ben over at http://benssoldiers.blogspot.co.nz/ has started a RCW project and I thought I'd post a few pictures to show what I have. All of this part of my collection was done in the very early days of my entry into this hobby so much of the paintwork and conversions are quite crude by today's standards. Some of the pictures aren't too flash as I used my wife's Nikon D550 which is fairly unforgiving on the amateur
Based on the HaT Cossack set but includes figures from all sorts of other sets, I even raided my daughters cowboys & Indians for a couple of figures with pistols to represent officers on the command stands
Strelets Russian Lancers. Say what you like about these figures but I think some of their cavalry sets are very good, and collectors are lucky to be able to get them, as I doubt any of the established manufacturers would ever have produced WW1 Russian cavalry
These are true RCW figures by Orion. Very well sculpted in good poses, I think they might be the only RCW figures available in plastic, or at least were at the time of purchase
I have a whole regiment of cavalry
These stands represent dismounted cavalry, I think the figures are Atlantic?
This is the infantry brigade. The figures are mostly by HaT though some of the earlier additions include converted Airfix and Revell WW2 Russians as well
Machinegun platoons, HaT and a couple of conversions from the days before you could buy Russian support weapons
Trench mortar platoons. They come in two varieties but the rules group them at the 3" level
Some of the earliest conversion attempts I tried, these represent Naval Infantry and are a mixture of all manner of figures from a couple of different eras; a few need their heads reattached :)
Think this is an Austin-Putlov. I got it from a swap-meet and although it was in a pretty sad state it was an excellent addition nonetheless. This is a resin model
Lastly another armoured car, I think by LW of Russia; it ranks up there with some of the worst kits I have ever made in terms of its engineering
As with all of my Great War stuff the rules I use for this period is Command Decision, Over the Top.
Got a chance to start this yesterday, very basic, but a very nicely engineered kit
Base painted on sprue
As this is likely to be my first and only Spitfire I decided it should get on of my precious pilots that I save up for special model occasions. This is one of a few pilot figures sent to me last year by Jao from GEM. http://garageexclusivemodels.blogspot.co.nz/