Monday, 15 January 2018

Adding to the Austrians and The Polish Airborne

My latest 9 offerings are 4 more Austrians for my Napoleonics and 5 more Polish Airborne.  The Austrians are from the Perry Miniatures 28mm Plastic range and the Polish Airborne are from Warlord Games, again in 28mm plastics.

I have been asked a few times now on social media to do a guide for both of these so it is something for me to work on... soon!

Enjoy.

28mm Polish Airborne WW2
Warlord Games 28mm Polish Airborne

Polish Airborne WW2 Beret Warlord Games 28mm Plastic

28mm Napoleonic Austrians
Perry Miniatures 28mm Plastic Austrians


 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Blitzkrieg Miniatures 1/56 Resin JU 87 Stuka

As soon as Blitzkrieg Miniatures released their 1/56 JU 87 B2 Stuka, I had to get it.  I built it straight away for my DAK project however the canopy really turned me off.  Painting was another thing which I put off however the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge gave me the motivation I needed to get it done.

Consider this article a minor review of my thoughts on the kit.  Any specific questions or details you want to know, just ask!

This was my first gripe with the model.  The canopy has lots of separate panels and the panel frames aren't the sharpest and I just didn't have the patience to mask it all off.  I was contemplating putting the Perry Miniatures 28mm Crew inside if I was to mask it off however the canopy isn't that transparent.  Additionally I wanted to use the model as ground terrain or for in game flying and if the crew were permanently in there it would look a little silly if ground terrain.  My solution... paint the canopy!  I'm glad I did this as the canopy isn't the best fit anyway.  A painted canopy gives it more of a "Wargaming Feel".

Blitzkrieg Miniatures 1/56 Stuka
Blitzkrieg Miniatures 1/56 JU 87 Stuka
The model goes together easily, needs minimal cleanup and is of solid construction.  I used an airbrush to paint it, constructed my own stand and the decals I used are not historically accurate (after market separate purchase) which brings me to my second gripe with this model.  The decals incluided are absolute rubbish! They may be historically accurate however they are the worst decals I have ever worked with.  If they didn't dissolve when preparing them they either tore or shriveled up like a dead spider!  I went for some after market 1/48 and 1/72 decals.

This was my first ever entry into the Analogue Hobbies Annual Painting Challenge.






28mm Stuka


1/56 Aircraft

28mm Luftwaffe Crew
Perry Miniatures Luftwaffe Crew scrambling to their aircraft

Those two gripes aside, I am happy with the model and I can't wait to unleash it in Bolt Action and Battlegroup.

I would really like to see Blitzkrieg Miniatures release more aircraft in 28mm and the 1/56 scale. 1/72 is too small for ground terrain but looks nice in the air and 1/48 heathen scale is just too big! Canopy and decals aside it is a solid piece of kit and looks amazing!









Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 Year in Review

Well what a year it has been for me as I sit here waiting for some paint to dry on my latest project.  I have not blogged in a while as I have been preparing for the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge.  Expect some regular updates here as I progress in the challenge.

2017 has been a massive year for me.  I will discuss what I have painted and what games and social experiences I have had plus some personal achievements.  I have submitted 53 articles this year, that is a massive effort considering I submitted 16 in 2016!

Looking at what I set out to do in 2017 certainly turned out a lot differently!

Painting

A rough guess of how many figures I  have painted would be around 250 (slightly disappointed in this number).  As for vehicles I have probably painted around 25 (again not too happy).  I have build lots of terrain and I have invested in a 3D printer.


Gaming

I have played more games this year than I had previously over my small but brief wargaming life ( I wouldn't have a clue how many games I played as a teenager so this doesn't count!).

The following Games I have played this year in no particular order:

  • Bolt Action
  • Battlegroup
  • Age of Sigmar (not a fan)
  • Dragon Rampart
  • The Men Who Would Be Kings
  • Kings of War
  • Zombicide Black Plague
  • Zombicide Season 1
  • The Walking Dead All Out War
  • Terminator Genisys
I am sure I have missed something here.  Again I am slightly disappointed I have not played more, I got lots of boardgames and good systems that I really need to get playing!




I started painting some 15mm Fantasy which I thoroughly enjoy and started some 20mm WW2 stuff for Battlegroup.  I am a big fan of 20mm however as the more than majority of my gaming network uses 28mm, this later scale will remain my primary scale.


My 3D printer got a workout printing some terrain and I have finally started building my own terrain, I really need to ramp this up as my terrain collection is rather lacking!





Social

I have continued to make an appearance every now and then at Company of Dice and have really warmed to Company of Dice West (a second location for the club) run by a very good friend of mine.  Its a great environment and tones of space for gaming.

During MOAB I was introduced to Odin's Nights Gaming Club run by John of War and Peace Games. I have developed a nice friendship with him as a result of this.  I attended about 5 meetings in the later half of the year and thoroughly enjoyed myself as well as being introduced to new people and gaming systems.  I really look forward to Wednesday Nights now!

Another gaming highlight was my mate Joe's birthday who runs Company of Dice.  It was a great day had by all.  

I have also hosted a few games at my place with some locals and even a visitor to Sydney.  

I have definitely become more of a casual/social gamer and I think my tournament days are over.  I assisted running the Bolt Action Tournament at MOAB 2017.




Achievements

I was completely surprised to come 3rd Overall and win best Minor Powers at CANCON 2017, Bolt Action Tournament.  There were around 55-60 players so this was a great achievement.  I made Poland Great Again!



I set out and completed two challenges.  The first being 100 Days of Hobby.  Here I did a bit of Hobby every day for 100 Days Straight!  It was exhausting towards the end however has now set a habit of doing a little bit of hobby each day!  


I had some residue left over from 100 Days of Hobby on my bench so I set out to "Clear the Bench".  I successfully got this done in around 6 weeks.  Pretty stoked with that, and adding little red crosses was very rewarding to my progress.


The following work of mine was featured on other websites/facebook groups etc:

  • 28mm Offensive Miniatures DAK - Ironfist Publishing Facebook Page
  • 20mm Wartime Miniatures Panzer Lehr - Wartime Miniatures Facebook Page
  • 15mm Fantasy - Dice Stormers Facebook Page
  • 28mm Blitzkrieg German Adler and Pak36 - Warlord Games Newsletter
Getting featured in the Warlord Games Newsletter was very rewarding






I wrote my first solo scenario for Bolt Action and I intend to write more.



I was also interviewed and featured in the LRDG II Podcast where I spoke about Poland in WW2 and my experience of Polish Forces in the Game Bolt Action.  I really enjoyed being part of a podcast.

I am sure I have left other things out but that is enough for now..

2018

I am going to think about what lies ahead for me in 2018 and will blog separately.  Two things come to mind... Play more games and Paint more minis!

Happy New Year all and I look forward to a huge 2018!

Dave.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Sd. Kfz. 13 Adler and Blitzkrieg German Pak 36

My latest offerings for my Blitzkrieg German Force is by Warlord Games.  There is a beautiful 1/56 Resin Sd. Kfz. 13 Adler Armoured Car and a Pak 36 Anti-Tank Gun.

The Adler was produced by Damler-Benz and was seen in Poland and France before being phased out.  It was a fast armoured reconnaissance car and about 187 were built.  There could reach speeds up to about 70km/h on a road however were terrible off road.  They were armed with a MG34 Machine Gun.

It is rarely seen on the table top hence why I just had to have it and it is full of swagger.


Adler Armoured Car
Warlord Games 1/56 Sd. Kfz. 13 Adler Armoured Car


Warlord Games Adler Armored Car

1/56 German Armoured Car
This thing oozes swagger

Adler Armoured Car

1/56 Pak 36
Warlord Games 28mm Blitzkrieg German Pak 36

German Pak 36


I see you


28mm Pak 3628mm German anti tank gun


Winter is coming...