Posts Tagged ‘Heavy Gear Miniatures’

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…


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…

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…

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 
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Recon Infantry 1217 

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Standard Infantry 1218 

Heavy Infantry 1219 

1315 Number apparently not used
Black Cat 1221 

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Armored Hunter1222 

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Cheetah Fang 1223 

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Hunter Recon 1224 

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Crossbow Grizzly 1225 

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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 

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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!

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…

Visigoth Tank

Posted on February 14th, 2017 under , . Posted by

When I got the Visigoth Khan from Dream Pod 9 my first thought had been it looks very Russian, but when got to thinking about playing games I felt that my Russian walkers would look better with air support, as in a helicopter gunship.  Given that …

Heavy Gear Mods

Posted on February 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

After fixing my RAFM Hunter Command I was looking at my Hunter conversion I made to represent Sergeant Espera’s APE suit, from my second novel, and thought I can do better than that.  Such is the burden of being self-critical.  Below is the o…

RAFM Hunter Commando

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 under . Posted by

      I can see why old Heavy Gear grognards lament the passing of the large Gears.  This is a lovely model, full of character, even if the casting quality is not a patch on current Dream Pod 9 products, which are far better as e…

Further Size Comparisons

Posted on January 26th, 2017 under , . Posted by


Last year I posted a piece comparing the size of Dream Pod 9 Gears/Mechs against a scale real world vehicle.  And then another piece looking at the size of the Visigoth tank next to an Abrams.

This time I’m comparing a RAFM era 1/87th scale Hunter Command with a 1/144th scale Hunter conversion next to 15mm–1/100th scale–Abrams and a 1/144th scale Abrams with a Clear Horizon Epsilon 15mm miniature and a MechWarrior Dark Age 10mm Grey Death Legion power armour figure.

What does this mean?

I’ve been bitten by the accidental purchase of six RAFM era Gears.  I say accidental because I put a low bid on them not expecting to win, but I did: hence accidental.  Now I have the urge to acquire more RAFM Gears because they’re lovely and shiny, must catch them all…

Realistically, if I can get hold of a couple of Southern Gears then I’ll probably be satisfied as it will allow me to have heroic scale stand-in models of my character’s mechs from my novels.  OTOH though, the temptation to go full-on 15mm for my Bad Dog verse project is strong because it’s so much easier to get figures in different poses.

What you’re hearing is the sound of the wargamers lament.

SF Figures: What I Want

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

Work in progress on my Clear Horizon Epsilon 15mm miniatures that I’m using as MARPACE suits for my Bad Dog universe setting.  I’ve still got to add the heads and some weapon packs to finish these off, and hopefully you can see that I’ve tweaked the poses a bit.

Following on from my previous article about SF wargame rules, I shall now talk about what I want in a range for any science fiction miniatures game.

A variety of poses.

It’s really as simple as that, with the caveat that with poses comes support weapons.  How many poses?  Thousands of them!  Well, perhaps, but realistically I probably want the following:

Commander doing the pointing at things thing, so that I can imagine them saying five rounds rapid fire sergeant!

A radio operator, though it’s arguable whether we shall still have a separate RTO person when soldiers are networked together, but assume a dedicated receiver-transmitter has better range, but there again satellite phones suggest perhaps not.  I want one.

A senior sergeant figure character, then with these three your command team is sorted.

For the rest of the platoon I want enough poses to make a squad look like people, rather than the old school toy soldiers who are all in the same pose.  Think Airfix infantry, but without the naff poses.  So, we could have:

Standing casual (weapons at rest)
Standing shooting
Kneeling casual (weapons at rest)
Kneeling shooting
Walking  (weapons at rest)
Walking shooting
Lying on the ground (sniper or taking cover)
Lying on ground with binoculars (sniper or recon)

Then there should be support options:

Light support gunner
Heavy machine gun team (two figures)
Anti-tank/vehicle missile operator (two figures–one carrying spare reloads)
Mortar team (two or three figures)

That adds up to 19 poses, which would allow one to make a platoon of 27 to 39 figures with sufficient variety that unit would look good.

Two More Russian Walkers

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

Over the Xmas period I had about four days of hobby time that was taken up with a request to take some pictures for a magazine, and then there was writing a reflection on last year for my other blog.  Despite those distractions I have still manage…