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Sally 4th Terraformers Modular Terrain

Posted on February 20th, 2018 under Posted by

I spotted an advert for this modular terrain making system on The Wargames Website and thought it looked really interesting. It’s based on 1′ square mdf frames into which you drop polystyrene blocks then texture and paint over the top, so not…

MiG Alley Royal Navy / USMC Aircraft

Posted on February 19th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

This is the last lot of 1/600th aircraft for the MiG Alley and Bag the MiG project, at least for the next few weeks leading up to Easter, as I need to do something else for a bit to take the strain off the eyes! Anyway, it’s a nice combination of class…

MiG Alley North Koreans Finished

Posted on February 18th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Il-10 Ground Attack light bombersLa-11 and Yak-9D fightersIlyushin Il-10Ki-51 Sonia Night RaiderLavochkin La-11The whole bananaI managed to get the North Korean fighters and ground attack aircraft finished today, which is just as well as it’s the last …

MiG Alley North Korean Fighter Bombers

Posted on February 17th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I’ve been working on the NKAF aircraft this afternoon and have completed the highlighting and washing, leaving only the canopies and detailing to do tomorrow. It doesn’t look like I’ve done very much but they are getting there and should be f…

French Indochina 15mm Squad Level Skirmish

Posted on February 17th, 2018 under . Posted by

Yet more reading on the French Indochina skirmish  theme, this time at squad to platoon level for simple patrol actions using No End in Sight, Some Corner of a Foreign Field and the like. As mentioned in previous posts, this would use my…

Climbing the Lead Mountain

Posted on February 17th, 2018 under Posted by

There really is a place called Lead Mountain!I did a brief stock check of the various nearly completed and almost unfinished projects that I have accumulated over the last couple of years or so this morning. This is an endemic feature of my w…

Armoured Guardsmen

Posted on February 16th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I’m finishing the half term holidays with a change of reading focus to NW Europe from D-Day to the Rhine and beyond. The campaign in NW Europe after the break out from Normandy has been an interest of mine for ages, with best laid plans for w…

MiG Alley Countdown

Posted on February 16th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I’ve decided to give myself until the end of the month to complete the MiG Alley and Bag the MiG project as far as I can, at least to the point of being able to play a basic game or two. I should be able to get the current North Korean a…

MiG Alley Mig-15 Fagots

Posted on February 15th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

These are all finished now, with the excellent Dom’s Decals used for the North Korean roundels. In the end I chickened out of adding buzz numbers, as I didn’t have the right sized decals and couldn’t be bothered to faff about after having already appli…

MiG Alley ‘Washing Machines’

Posted on February 15th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I finished magnet basing and undercoating the Il-10’s, La-11’s and Yak-9’s this morning, although I cut back the number of the latter to six as they were a pain to do, having a very inconvenient radiator block right where the magnet had to go. Instead …

MiG Alley Extras

Posted on February 14th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I completed the fiddly decals on the six NKAF La-5FN’s, the USAF L5 Stinson Sentinel, the ROKAF T5 Texan FAC and the USAF H-15 ASR Chicksaw this afternoon, using the trusty Dom’s Decals sheets. I am going to decal all of the eighteen (eek!) N…

French Indochina Far East Pattern Infantry Company

Posted on February 14th, 2018 under . Posted by

I have done some more number crunching and a bit of background research to come up with an organisation for a CEFEO Far East Pattern Infantry Company, which I can use as a basis for both 10mm company and 15mm platoon to squad level wargaming. This is t…

Thinking outside the Box?

Posted on February 14th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

I have been playing around with the KR Multicase storage box that I was given for my birthday, trying to work out a useful way to make the most of the two hundred 25mm x 50mm foam slots it contains. These are designed for 28mm figures, so I did th…

On the Workbench this Week

Posted on February 13th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

I got back from Cornwall this afternoon and straight away got down to the MiG Alley project, having suffered from a severe dose of workbench withdrawal symptoms over the weekend. A double check of the CY6! and Bag the MiG scenarios …

Flashpoint Taiwan: Low Level Intruders

Posted on February 13th, 2018 under . Posted by

I was interested to read about the ultra low level night overflights of South West China by Taiwanese P2V-7 Neptune aircraft during the early 60’s. These reconnaissance and intelligence gathering flights were flown so low that the pursuing MiG-17’s cou…

Chasing the Intruders

Posted on February 12th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

I’m away this weekend so have been catching up on some background reading for the MiG Alley and Bag the MiG project. This includes Catching the Intruders, a brief but really interesting biography of a PLAAF fighter ace, who flew in the Korean War and a…

Osprey Campaign Brittany 1944

Posted on February 11th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I had a leaflet from Osprey the other day announcing the various titles and upcoming publications for the next couple of months. While most of these weren’t of interest, there was one that I am really looking forward to, the Campaign Series Britta…

KR Multicase

Posted on February 11th, 2018 under Posted by

I was given one of these 200 x 28mm figure capacity cases for my birthday but have been wondering ever since then exactly what to use it for?The obvious idea would be to put all of my 28mm skirmish figures in one place using a tray each for the cowboys…

MiG Alley NKAF Part Two

Posted on February 9th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I’ve had a bit of a re-think and have decided to tackle the North Korean bombers and remaining piston engine fighters over the next week or so, rather than the B29’s which I will leave until I’ve worked out how to go about painting them. The next …

Target Locked On!: Alto Cenepa War

Posted on February 7th, 2018 under , . Posted by

I was rooting around in my workbench drawer when I found the metal tin containing the 1/600th scale Peruvian Air Force planes that I started painting several years ago for use with Air War:C21. I’m not sure where the Ecuadorian Air Force has been …

Mark Styling’s B29’s of the Korean War

Posted on February 6th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I’ve been doing some research on possible markings and insignia for the Tumbling Dice 1/600th B29’s when I re-discovered this amazing series of nose art and side view profiles. The various schemes are all great but I particularly like the ‘Atomic Tom’ …

Flashpoint Taiwan Xian H-6 / Tu-16 Badger A

Posted on February 5th, 2018 under . Posted by

I added a trio of these onto my Tumbling Dice order at the weekend, as I thought they would make a great addition to my PLAAF force for the Target Locked On! Flashpoint: Taiwan project. They are pretty hefty models and will look really good once I’ve a…

Flashpoint Baltic Sitrep

Posted on February 4th, 2018 under , . Posted by

It’s been a long while since I last thought about the Target Locked On Flashpoint Baltic modern ‘what if?’ project but today I found out that Fighting 15’s will no longer be stocking the Oddzial Ozmy 1/600th scale range. This is no cause for alarm…

MiG Alley B29’s

Posted on February 4th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

You can’t have some shiny new MiG-15’s without some shiny old B29’s to shoot down, so I am now almost ready to get started on the bombers for the USAF. I have assembled eight B29’s Superfortresses and six A26 Invaders for the bomber element of the MiG …

MiG Alley MiG-15’s

Posted on February 4th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

I’ve finished the blocking in on the Tumbling Dice MiG-15’s, La-5FN’s and the extra USAF aircraft, so now only need a bit of black lining before I can seal the paintwork and start on the decals. The canopies on the MiG-15’s aren’t great due to the stra…