AK47


15mm Nissen Hut

I put an order in with The Scene a while back and it arrived today, which was a nice surprise as I had forgotten about it. I ordered a selection of 15mm oil drums, ammo boxes and other bits to use for the Sandbox Skirmish project, either for scatter terrain or for adding to the patrol base that I constructed for the British infantry platoon. I also ordered a resin Nissen hut that looked suitable as an additional building for the British base.This is a really lovely crisp and sturdy model, well cast with no air bubbles or deformations. I'm seriously impressed and may well take up the offer of three for twenty quid, as it is a bit of a bargain for such a versatile and ubiquitous structure. It would give me a proper army camp for the rebels to assault and I could use them for AK47 too. A definite *****  rating for price, quality and usefulness.https://thesceneuk.com/product-category/buildings/15mm-nissen-huts/

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LWB Landrover Conversion

 I haven't done much today for the Sandbox Skirmish wargaming project except for a bit of work to convert a standard Peter Pig Long Wheel Base Landrover model into something like a mine protected patrol vehicle, as seen on the streets of Aden and mountains of the Radfan in the 1960's. This was a simple, or so I thought, matter of adding a roll bar and wire cutter from brass wire, a radio box on the front bumper and some stowage in the back. I'd made this model several times before for AK47 armies, so there should have been no unpleasantries or colourful language involved.It took me about an hour to get all the right bits in the right places, which is bonkers given that the basic model only has six parts and I left one of those off! The roll bars were a bit of a pain and the wire cutter still needs some brackets but I got to the end eventually after quite a lot of trial and error. The three man crew have been undercoated so aren't available but they consist of a driver, front passenger and radio man in th

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Sandbox Skirmish Platoon Patrol OP

 I'm not sure what to call this, as platoon house sounds too modern and OP sounds too generic, so I'll stick with Platoon Patrol Observation Post to avoid having to make a decision. This is a couple of Brit Kits models which I've re-purposed as a patrol base for my British platoon, complete with a perimeter pre-fab concrete wall, a guardhouse and a barracks. There's also a concrete apron for some AFV's to park on, with enough space for a couple of Saracens or Humber Pigs to be laagered ready for patrols.I'm going to add a sandbag observation post on top of the main building and lots of sandbags on the parapets elsewhere, to give it a more military appearance. I'll also add a radio mast and some other stuff to complete the overall effect. Here's how it scales out with 15mm figures, in this case some of my AK47 dictatorship regular troops of the Mbote Defence Force (MDF), which are the same Peter Pig Hardened Militia figures I'll be using for the Sandbox Skirmish regular bad guys.Colonel Banga Boum inspect

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Plastic Palm Trees

I found these and a whole lot more in a box yesterday. I knew I had them but wasn't sure where they were, having stashed them for an AK47 terrain building project that never happened. They are about 7cm tall and ideal as scenery for Sandbox Skirmish project, once I've based them and re-painted them to look less plasticy, if that's an actual word. I've also found some Peter Pig concrete telegraph poles that were for the same AK47 terrain purpose, so I can assemble them to use as scatter for the built up areas. I'm planning to get a move on with all of this terrain over the weekend.

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Sandbox Skirmish Air Support

I'm a big fan of planes and helicopters in AK47, so I'm determined to use some model aircraft in the Sandbox Skirmish project. I already have a couple of 1/144th scale Revell Hawker Hunter kits for ground attack, so that angle is well and truly covered. I don't have any suitable helicopters, however, or at least that's what I thought until I remembered an old 1/100th scale Heller Alouette II kit that I bought in a French supermarket years ago.I had one of these as a gunship in my old AK47 Colonial Settlers army but sold it to a gamer at the local club. It's a lovely little model and surprisingly robust, so ideal for wargaming purposes. The Army Air Corps used them in the 1960's as a stop gap before the Westland Scout was available, so it's entirely reasonable for my British infantry platoon to have one as a spotter and liaison machine, as well as for casualty evacuation purposes. I'll see if I can find it in the loft?

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British Infantry Platoon for Sandbox Skirmish

I dug out my big box of stuff for AK47 last night, sifted through the figures and separated out the British forces for the Sandbox Skirmish project. I had based up some 1960's British AFV's and soft skins a few years ago for an AK47 colonial settlers army that is still waiting to be painted, so it was easy to choose a few from that box to re-deploy for the skirmish project. The figures, however, are new and were bought a while back for the specific job, using the newer range of professionals from the AK47 range that were released a couple of years ago. I have loads of the older, smaller figures that I could have used but they are all based for AK47 already.I've organised the figures into a platoon sized force of three sections of eight men, armed with SLR's and a GPMG or LMG, together with an HQ section of an officer, an NCO, a signaller, a sniper and a sustained fire GPMG team, the latter three figures also included as prone models. This is all a bit speculative but roughly right for a British platoon of the

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DIY Desert Skirmish Board

I was pleased with my DIY gladiatorial arena that I boshed together using an old cork pinboard, some tester pots and some cheap emulsion paint, so I thought I'd have a go at a similar 40cm x 40cm square terrain board with a desert theme for 15mm modern and post colonial skirmish games. This time I used my £4.99 2.5 litre tin of Homebase Cashmere emulsion paint as a basecoat, followed by a random spray pattern of Halfords Ultra Matt Khaki for some variation, with a final light brush splodge from a tester pot of Laura Ashley Old Gold. The board was being thrown out by my daughter so that was a freebie, although it originally cost £7.99 in WHSmiths, making the total cost only a few pence.The overall effect quite subtle and difficult to see in the photos but looks good enough and is accentuated by the cork board texture, which has a nice baked earth effect. I've plonked some AK47 vehicles on top to see what it looks like but I won't be using these with the board, as they are based in a darker shade. Instead, I'll

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1/144th Scale Lethal Skies?

I have been pondering the possibilities of larger scale modern aerial wargaming using Lethal Skies, the new air to air combat rules that I downloaded yesterday. These have been designed for 1/200th scale and upwards, rather than the usual 1/300th scale and downwards, which seems counter intuitive given the ranges and speeds involved in modern fighter engagements? Anyway, it gives me the excuse to dust off some old 1/144th scale Airfix, Revell and Minicraft plastic kits that I have stashed in the loft!After a rummage, I have found a trio of the old Airfix MiG21PF Fishbed D plastic kits, which I bought really cheap in a Hobbycraft sale years ago, with a view to using them at some point for wargaming purposes. These models are re-issues of an even older Chinese kit, so they are pretty crude but ideal for wargaming as a result. I quite like the idea of painting them up for a Middle East or African air force, perhaps Egyptian, Syrian or Angolan, or even an imaginations air force from my AK47 Republic wargames? It'

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Saladins....in Honduras!?

Is that the Presidents lawn?Very tasteful camouflage.There's more than one!That would be fun to paint!I've been reading around the subject of the Football War and have been digging about for background information on the armed forces of Honduras and El Salvador as a result. Much to my surprise, I stumbled across these press photos of a Honduran Saladin. I thought that the last of these 1960's heavy armoured cars had been sent to the junkyard, to military museums or to private collectors years ago, but apparently they are still soldiering on in Latin America.I suspect that anything armoured and armed with more than a heavy machine gun is a game changer and therefore worth hanging on to? It's all a bit AK47:Republic, which reminds me that I haven't had a game of that for ages. It also reminds me of my on-going post-colonial 15mm skirmish ideas, which I really should re-visit at some point in the next few months. I wonder if I could do a retreat from Empire 'Imaginations' themed project in 1960's Central America

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The Soccer War 1969

How cool is that!I've been thinking of ways to squeeze extra mileage out of the jungle flight stands I've made, without starting anything too long winded, time consuming or expensive. I thought of Thud Ridge but that would be too much to do. I also thought of doing an imaginations 'Air War AK-47' based on the fictitious nations in my AK47 Republic games, but that was too random. I then remembered a Bag the Hun article on the so-called Soccer War between El Salvador and Honduras in an old Too Fat Lardies Special, so I dug it out and took a closer look. The article written by Tom Ballou is in the 2007 Xmas Special and includes a brief overview of the two air forces involved, an explanation of the key events of the 100 hour long conflict, statistics for the different aircraft and three scenarios. This looked to be just what I was after; a handful of interesting aircraft with funky camo schemes, some dogfighting and ground attack missions and some ready made scenarios, all set over the steamy jungles of Cent

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