Author Archive

Bag the Hun B17 Combat Box Game

Posted on October 19th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ve booked in a Bag the Hun multiplayer game for the 21st November at the club, which will be built around an early 1945 bomber mission over Germany by B17G’s, escorted by P51D Mustangs and/or P47D Thunderbolts, with a couple of P38J Lightning tw…

Bag the Hun P38L Lightnings

Posted on October 18th, 2017 under . Posted by

I found two of these 1/300th scale P38L’s in a box this evening and thought I’d base them for the next Bag the Hun game using  a couple of recycled resin stands. I think they are either Skytrex or Heroics and Ros models but, to be h…

Knights of the Sky 1918 Game Photos

Posted on October 17th, 2017 under Posted by

We had a very enjoyable game of Knights of the Sky at the club this evening, with the RAF winning by a long way despite the efforts of the German Imperial Air Service to disrupt their ground attack mission. The game ended up with more players than I ex…

Sturmovik Commander

Posted on October 16th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I’ve been thinking about the potential of 1/144th scale model kits for WW2 air gaming again, with an eye on something suitable for a simple multiplayer, participation style club or show game. I had some initial thoughts about this ‘upscaling’ idea befo…

Scrimgeour’s Small Scribbling Diary

Posted on October 16th, 2017 under . Posted by

I found a decent, hardback copy of this famous first hand account of life in the Royal Navy during the First World War in the Oxfam bookshop on Saturday. It’s of particular interest to me as my great grandfather was a Royal Navy artificer, at the same …

B17G Masking Up

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ve spent most of today at my daughter’s rugby tournament in Alton but got back at about four this afternoon, giving me some time to mask up the B17G’s for the next stage of painting. This involves both the olive drab anti-glare panels on the eng…

Trench Strafing Dice

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

I have bodged together the trench strafing dice for the club WW1 game on Tuesday, using a couple of GW scatter dice, some white sticky labels and good old fashioned Letraset rub down lettering.  In the end I decided to have only one hit face, two …

More Blue Swastika Rampant Russians

Posted on October 14th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ve been reading up on the Continuation War and realise that I will need some more Soviet aircraft to extend any scenarios up to 1941-42. This includes more modern fighters including the MiG-3 and some reconnaissance aircraft like the Pe-2, which…

Agema RJW Paper Naval Fleets

Posted on October 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

I was thinking of getting these in order to play test both David Manley’s new Russo-Japanese War naval rules and Rory Crabb’s pre-dreadnought rules, as an interim adjunct to the Tumbling Dice 1/2400th scale warships that I’ve gathered togethe…

Trench Strafing Rules Draft

Posted on October 11th, 2017 under . Posted by

These are the special rules that I’ve devised for ground attacks in the club WW1 aerial games, which use the club’s own rules, Knights of the Sky. I’m not sure about the rules for observer machine gun fire, which I have disallowed for ease of play,&nbs…

Knights of the Sky Trench Strafing

Posted on October 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

I am working out some additional rules for bombing and strafing for the WW1 Knights of the Sky aerial game next week, as the RAF will be supporting the advancing troops on the ground with some well-placed strafing over the German front lines. The …

B17G Insignia Options

Posted on October 9th, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ve been working out the unit markings and squadron codes for the Eighth Air Force Flying Fortress combat box and have got a couple of options based on the contents of I-94 decal sheet US-142: USAAF Natural Metal Finish B17’s. The first is t…

Bare Metal Finish B17’s

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

It’s been a really packed weekend so I haven’t got much done much on the Bag the Hun B17’s apart from preparing the last two and giving them all an overall basecoat of Foundry Spearpoint. They are looking a little bit more like bare metal fin…

Bag the Hun DIY Flight Stands

Posted on October 7th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I have now run out of Raiden Miniatures flight stands for my 1/285th scale Bag the Hun projects, although a recent offer of some spare bases from a fellow club member will help me to keep my existing Battle of Britain, North Africa and NW Europe projec…

White Bear, Red Sun

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Just noticed that this has popped up over on Wargame Vault, so will definitely be taking a closer look tomorrow, it being far too late to download it tonight. I have plans in place for just this sort of thing using the 1/2400th scale Tumbling Dice…

Blue Swastika Rampant Russians

Posted on October 5th, 2017 under . Posted by

I added a handful of Scotia Collectair Soviet aircraft to the Blue Swastika Rampant project lead pile today, with the arrival of twelve I-153 Chaikas and one enormous Tupolev TB-3. The I-153’s are listed as I-15’s but they don’t have a fixed undercarri…

Discount Death in the Dark Continent

Posted on October 4th, 2017 under . Posted by

Northstar had a very brief sale on yesterday of these rules, the last two versions of which I already have but never got round to playing, despite being keen to give them a go. So, for no very good reason at all, I have now got the third edition in glo…

Knights of the Sky 1918

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

I’ve organised a game of the club’s home grown WW1 aerial rules, Knights of the Sky, for a couple of weeks time, as a follow on from the game that I ran back in February. This time we’ll be taking to the skies over the Western Front in October 1918, fo…

Spitfire on my Tail

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 under . Posted by

 Here’s my latest addition to the actual as opposed to the virtual bookshelf, found as usual in the local Oxfam second hand bookshop at the weekend. Having just finished Thunderbolt! by Robert Johnson, which was excellent, I’m definitely inte…

Basing the B17’s

Posted on October 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

How small is that Komet..and **** fast!I have been scraping, filing, sanding and cutting away at the Scotia Collectair B17G’s this afternoon and have managed to base and prepare four of them, with one left to do and one sadly consigned to the bin after…

B17G Markings

Posted on October 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

I have been trying to decide on the fuselage, wing and tail codes for the B17’s that I’m working on and have a range of possible options. I have enough of both of the I-94 decal sheets to mark out the six bombers that I am painting, although I have als…

Bag the Hun Me163 Komets

Posted on September 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

I went off on a tangent this morning and based up two Scotia Collectair Me163 Komet rocket interceptors, which I had in the bag of stuff that I bought on the Bring and Buy at Colours a couple of years ago. They are so tiddly that I decided to base…

Bag the Hun B-17G’s

Posted on September 29th, 2017 under . Posted by

The boys at the club are keen for another Bag the Hun game and suggested a bomber escort and interception scenario, which I thought sounded like a good idea. I have had half a dozen Scotia Collectair B-17G’s knocking around for a while, so I thoug…

Finnish Blenheim I’s

Posted on September 28th, 2017 under . Posted by

I noticed in the original ‘Blue Swastika Rampant’ post that I had promised myself some more Bristol Blenheim I light bombers for the Finns, so I have ordered five from Museum Miniatures to add to the one I have already got in the box. I …

Blue Swastika Rampant Revival

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under . Posted by

A couple of years ago I assembled a pile of lead for Bag the Hun with a focus on the Finnish and Soviet air forces in the Winter War and Continuation War. This was booted off by a bargain bucket sale of Raiden Miniatures models by Dom of Dom’s Dec…