Posts Tagged ‘RAFM’

Southern Army Assembles

Posted on April 28th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I have scored seven Southern Jagers and one more Northern Hunter off eBay.  I’ve gone from not having enough models for a full squad to being able to make up two squads, which means I now have a Southern Milicia force to face my Northern Guard.  I can’t begin to tell you all how insanely happy this makes me, and here I was thinking I’d never get into Heavy Gear, what with being the old BattleTech grognard that I am.

And here are the other pictures from the RAFM catalogue of Southern Gears I found online, with a list of all the models issued.  Again, those listed in bold are those I’ve managed to get hold of.


Jager 1300
Blitz Jager 130 


(I have two)
Black Mamba 1302
Long Fang Black Mamba 1303

Iguana 1304
Blitz Iguana 1305
Spitting Cobra 1306
Striking Cobra 1307

Stone Mason 1308

Fire Jager 1309
 


(I have two)
Snakeye Black Mamba 1310
 


(I have one coming)
Support Cobra 1311


RazorFang Black Mamba 1312

King Cobra 1313
Light Artillery 1314

Number apparently not used 1315
Standard Infantry 1316 


(not shown)
Heavy Infantry 1317 

(not shown)

Recon Infantry 1318


Sniper Infantry 1319
Chameleon 1322  

(not shown)
Barbed Fang 1323  

(not shown)
Black Box Iguana 1324 

(not shown)

Jager Recon 1325 

(not shown, but I have six)
Artillery Cobra 1326 

(not shown, but I have one)

Lidded Iguana 1327 
 

(not shown)
Spitting Mamba 1328 
 

(not shown)
Armored Jager 1329 

(not shown, but I have one)

”Azure Devils” Box 2051
 

(not shown)
Naga Strider 2054
 

(not shown)
Hun Tanks 2056 

(not shown)

So as before, I have a plan, which is to finish painting my Northern Guard before moving on to make up a squad of Southern Gears.  After that I’m thinking of going back and making up my Grizzly, Jaguar Firestarter and Mammoth Northern Gears.  I now have a box full of old RAFM Gears, a veritable lead mountain, stashed away for a rainy day.
  

On My Workbench WIP

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

  Just a picture to show people that I am working on painting and making stuff and not just buying all the shiny off eBay that I can find.As you can see the Visigoth tank from here has been primed and now has a coat of paint.  The three …

RAFM More Reinforcements

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

I’ve done a bit of blitz on acquiring RAFM Heavy Gear miniatures, and these three Gears were acquired through the kindness of wargaming friends: Godfrey Sherridan for the two Recon Jagers and some essential spare parts I needed that he was willing to p…

Mammoth WIP

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

So this is what my recently acquired Mammoth looks like when stripped back to bare metal.I’m missing one of the small rotary cannon and the foot-pad, both of which will have to have replacements fabricated.  The large rotary cannon is a lovely exa…

RAFM Reinforcements

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

I scored off eBay four, pretty much pristine, packs of RAFM Heavy Gear models.  I now have a Northern Guard White Cat and artillery, and Southern Milicia Stone Mason and artillery.  Don’t have any plans for the artillery at this moment, but t…

Returning from Hotlead – What a Rush!!!

Posted on March 29th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Hotlead is an event that I look forward to every year. Last year I missed it, but this year – I attended and ran two participation games of Frostgrave. I will write about the Frostgrave games later, but suffice it to say, they went well. Every year, I …

RAFM Mammoth Strider Size Comparison

Posted on March 25th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

   I’ll admit that I’ve been searching the internet for RAFM Heavy Gear miniatures.  What can I say, wargaming and making models is my hobby.  I found a Mammoth Strider for sale on eBay that had a very small pictures and an incomple…

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…

Hotlead Frostgrave Warbands – Part 1

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

Today’s post is a quick look at 3 of the 6 Frostgrave Warbands I am hosting for Hotlead. If you are interested in trying the game out, be sure to come out to Hotlead and sign on the signup sheets for my games. I run games at 2pm and 7pm on the 25t…

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…

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 
(not shown)
Recon Infantry 1217 

(not shown)
Standard Infantry 1218 


Heavy Infantry 1219 


1315 Number apparently not used
Black Cat 1221 

(not shown)
Armored Hunter1222 

(not shown)
Cheetah Fang 1223 

(not shown)
Hunter Recon 1224 

(not shown)
Crossbow Grizzly 1225 

(not shown)
Predator Jaguar 1226 

(not shown)
White Cat EWH 1227 

(not shown)
Black Claw 1228 

(not shown)
Kodiak Destroyer 1229 
(not shown)
“Desert Sharks” Box 2050 

Mammoth Strider 2052 

(not shown)
Assault Mammoth 2053 

(not shown)
Klemm tank 2055 
(not shown)

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!
   

15mm Zhodani Lift Infantry Platoon – GZG

Posted on February 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

After nearly 30 years of gaming, I’ve decided it’s time to update my 15mm Zhodani Lift Infantry.

Originally, I had started with early resin Ground Zero Games vehicle mini’s back in the 90’s, with a combination of Martian Metals and Laserburn 15mm for the infantry. The rules were the original Striker and occasional Ashanti High Lightning for GDW.

Times and tastes have changed, and inspired as I am to do some Fifth Frontier War scenarios using StarGrunt II, I’ve returned to GZG for the vehicles (and Denizen/Darkstar Ventaurans for the infantry).


Reinforcements Have Arrived – Models by Ground Zero Games


For a Consular Guard Lift Platoon, I used 3 x GZG V15-56A, 1 x V15-58A and 1 x V15-57A for point defense. In retrospect, since I had to heavily modify the 57A, I could have used another 56A and saved the gun for future use. Live and learn.


GZG V15-57A


For the point defense sled, the 57A hull was used, and a new deck was created from bits of styrene sheet, with a turret from Combat Wombat.


New Deck and Turret (Turrest from Combat Wombat)


Combat Wombat turrets are nicely shaped, but suffer from a near-future look with too much reactive armour cast onto the turret, so I had to dremel the beggar to far-future standards. Then added some GZG greebles.




Miniatures included for scale: Citadel Traveller Zhodani (OOP), GZG NAC, Laserburn Ships Crew.

I plan on putting together another platoon, plus company assets (CP, EW, FDC, MRL and PD sleds), for either a large convention game or a Dirtside II game.

I suppose this means I also have to update my 15mm Imperial Marines…hmmm – I should have better thought this through....

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…

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…