Last 15 posts from Paint-it-Pink

RAFM Jaguar

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

And here is the final model for my first squad of RAFM model for my Heavy Gear project.As you can see this is the first Gear I’ve gone off piste by converting the medium autocannon using a contemporary Dream Pod 9 very light field gun as the basis of m…

RAFM Assault Grizzly

Posted on March 20th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Again, due to the kindness of a fellow wargamer, Jochen Wenzel from Germany, I now own a Grizzly… ho, ho, ho!  Jochen thank you very much for your generous offer, I’m lost for words.My plan is to be able to get nine Northern Guard Gears onto the…

Size Comparison RAFM versus Blitz

Posted on March 17th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

  Click on the picture to see a larger image.As requested a size comparison of a RAFM Gear next to Blitz models and with added 1/100th and 1/144th scale models of the Abrams for real world comparison.From this quick shot my gut feeling that t…

Russian Walker Combat Group

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

And here are my Russian walker conversions that I’ve completed so far.

This project seems to have dragged on longer than I intended down to being distracted with other things, and being undecided on how to organize them.  My friend Roger suggested in a comment that I use, the Russian motorised rifle company layout–a total of twelve vehicles, of which something like nine are general purpose, two are special purpose (carrying the machine gun / anti-tank platoon in the original) and one is command/HQ.

So, I will need to assemble three more Accos, and then I can start painting them.

Also, as a result of this decision, I’ve decided that my Ammon conversions will be used as part of my 15mm Heavy Gear Force project and plan to get a Moab and add two extra legs as a support walker.
  

RAFM Assault Hunter

Posted on March 13th, 2017 under , . Posted by

This is the third of my original RAFM score that consisted of three Hunters, two Jaguars and a Bricklayer.  My next step is to make up the standard Jaguar as the squad leader for this my first squad of Gears.  I’m not sure if that’s a legal s…

FATS-C

Posted on March 10th, 2017 under , . Posted by

When models are in the process of being painted sometimes accidents happen.  I dropped one of my Chinese FATS-C and broke the leg.  This slowed me down as fixing the leg and repainting the joint was a bit demoralizing.  Now repaired, and…

X-Wing: Into the Asteroid Field

Posted on March 8th, 2017 under . Posted by

Sunday last, we had some friends over for the afternoon from the Physics department, who had all expressed an interest in Star Wars and were up for learning to play X-Wing.  For the occasion I played the soundtracks to the movies in the background…

RAFM Hunter

Posted on March 6th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Back here I showed my first clean up of my Hunter Commando, and now I’ve moved onto the next RAFM Gear and tidied everything up, as can be evidenced by the picture of what it looked like when it arrived.What I learnt during this assembly was how easy i…

MARPACE Suits

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 under . Posted by

Hopefully you see that I tweaked the standard poses the figures come in to add a bit more variety to the squad.Again these were a project I started on over the Xmas period, but not quite getting around to taking pictures and posting my progress.  …

RAFM Hunter Commando

Posted on March 1st, 2017 under , . Posted by

And here it is, painted, decals applied and varnished.  A classic real rob anime scheme inspired by the VOTOMS show.

Also, I’d like to add an observation about size and scale, one of my hobby horses.

This model, measured to the top of the head, stands 43.5mm.  That’s 1 and 3/16ths of an inch for my American readers.  In 1/87th scale, 3.5mm to the foot, this means the model represents a Gear that stands at 12.42 feet.  The current Blitz 1/144th scale, 2.12mm to the foot, and my Hunter stands at around 28mm, which is 13.2 feet.  And just as a comparison a slightly larger Blitz Gear like the Mamba stands at 34mm, which is 16.04 feet tall.

Funnily enough the RAFM Hunter, if treated as a 1/100th scale model, which is 3mm to the foot would stand 14.5 feet tall in real life.  So everybody is right when they say these models are suitable for 15mm wargaming, because they are.

I found  some pictures from the RAFM catalogue Heavy Gear Northern Guard online, with a list of all the models issued.  Those listed in bold are those I’ve managed to get hold of.  Still looking for a model of the Kodiak for my collection just because I like it

Hunter 1200
Assault Hunter 1201
Jaguar 1202
Strike Jaguar 1203

Cheetah 1204
Strike Cheetah 1205
Grizzly 1206
Assault Grizzly 1207

Hunter Commando 1208
Bricklayer 1209
Fire Jaguar 1210

Rabid Grizzly 1211

Kodiak 1212 

White Cat 1213 

Light Artillery 1214

1215 Number apparently not used

Sniper Infantry 1216 
(not shown)
Recon Infantry 1217 

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Standard Infantry 1218 


Heavy Infantry 1219 


1315 Number apparently not used
Black Cat 1221 

(not shown)
Armored Hunter1222 

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Cheetah Fang 1223 

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Hunter Recon 1224 

(not shown)
Crossbow Grizzly 1225 

(not shown)
Predator Jaguar 1226 

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White Cat EWH 1227 

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Black Claw 1228 

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Kodiak Destroyer 1229 
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“Desert Sharks” Box 2050 

Mammoth Strider 2052 

(not shown)
Assault Mammoth 2053 

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Klemm tank 2055 
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So my plan now is to make up my standard Hunter next, and then the assault Hunter and a Jaguar so I can field a four Gear squad.  After that I’ll make up a squad of Southern Gears then it’s either the Cheetah or Bricklayer: the former is missing its butt-plate and the latter is missing its claw, so both models will need to have new parts fabricated.

Day by day my RAFM Gear Force project proceeds to grow ever larger.  Muwuhuhahaha!
   

Jovian Wars KickStarter

Posted on February 23rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

 

I told myself I wasn’t going to get into another project and resisted making a pledge with the new Dream Pod 9 Jovian Wars.  I really can’t afford it: time more than money, but also money: it’s a thing, right?

Anyway, I failed my resist new shiny roll.

So now I have a pledge in for the basic four capital ships and a pack of exo-armors and fighters.  Given the KS ends in the middle of next month I may be able to add a couple more ships to my pledge.  We shall see, but how could I resist Gundam!  Sorry, I mean Jovian Wars cough Gundam really cough.

The latest blog on how to make a fleet for a basic skirmish game.

Jovian Wars is about building a strategy when selecting your fleet and then using that fleet to achieve your objectives in a game, usually by out maneuvering your opponent and defeating in combat.

 

The Jovian Wars Kickstarter has new ship designs available so let’s look at how you might go about building a fleet.

And here’s the link to the full text.  And the KS is already fully funded with extras unlocked, so it looks like a good deal is there to be had, and those spaceships are gorgeous.
  

Last Russian Walker Conversion

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

The plastic Ammon from the Dream Pod 9 KickStarter is for me the most disappointing Caprice model.  Primarily because it doesn’t match the size of the resin and white-metal version they produce.  As you can see from the picture the legs of th…

Heavy Gear Cobra One

Posted on February 18th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

  I think I mentioned that I managed to find a RAFM Artillery Cobra, and it arrived today.  The box was incredibly tatty, but this is my first pristine out of the box Gear, and it’s a beast.  Just look at the sprue!  They don’t…

Heavy Gear Force Awakens

Posted on February 17th, 2017 under , . Posted by

  It’s the kindness of friends that makes life fun.  Thanks to Sitzkrieg for expanding my Southern Gear collection.  Left to right: Mamba Brawler, Jager Blitz and Armored Jager.For a long time there was no hints or signs that I woul…

Traveller: Martian Metals K’Kree

Posted on February 17th, 2017 under , . Posted by

There is rare, and then there is rare as rocking horse pooh or chicken’s teeth, the latter not being as rare as you think–genetics being what it is and all.  I bought these models on a trip to Toronto back in 1984 from a shop on Yonge Street.  Yes, they’ve been sitting in a box for 33 years waiting for me to paint them up ever since.

Equally surprising is that fact that despite all the things I’ve gone through over the years I managed to keep hold of them.  What provoked me to get them out, clean off the white oxidation and base them was assembling the Clear Horizon figures, because I thought what the heck, three more 15mm figures is no big deal.

So here they are ready to be primed.

By now the news of Loren Wiseman’s death has broken out on the internet.  He along with Frank Chadwick, Marc Miller and Rich Banner were the founders of Game Designers’ Workshop who published the Traveller RPG.  Though I had played D&D before going to university, it was playing Traveller that made me go and buy the rules (little black books), and start running games.  So many happy memories.

So now I have another good reason to paint these because time is fleeting, and there are not enough hours in the day to do everything one wants to do, so best to do those things that are meaningful while one has time.