Cold War


A-10 with a P-51 Mustang paint job makes us want to BRRRT like it’s 1945

The paint job was the work of the Air Force's A-10 Demonstration Team, based out of Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, and was inspired by the storied P-51 Mustang of World War II – a fighter-bomber that was the U.S. military's answer to Axis fighters and ground forces alike.A10 Retro Paint Job

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Cobbaton Combat Collection.

Sneaking away whilst the family did the usual beach and shops, I had a morning at the Cobbaton Combat Collection, well worth the visit if you happen to be in North Devon. First things first it is not a museum, more a collection that as the owner put it a “hobby that got out of hand”. Perhaps a warning to us all.To the untrained eye it can appear a little jumbled, dusty and unkept but if you know your history, military vehicles and weapons there is plenty to see. With a large collection of WW2 Allied vehicles and numerous cabinets of rifles and other memorabilia.Here's some of the highlights..Centuar Mk 1V with D Day Markings.Tucked away in the corner a T34 although how they got this down the Devonshire country lanes is beyond me.A Beaverette from 1941when you get close up it is very rough and ready, but it was afterall the stop gap after Dunkirk, you really would not fancy your chances against a Pz III. It got me thinking about dusting off my AVBCW collection.A T55 perfect inspiration for the North Korean pro

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Seven Days to the Rhine - South Korean Formations..

On to the South Korean's.So it turns out I had not painted anywhere near enough of these, time to check the spares box or a quick order to GHQ to flesh out the ranks in the coming weeks for some SP Guns, AA vehicles and recon elements.Once again based and formated for Seven Days to the Rhine.South Korean Mechanized RegimentRegimental Headquarters1 Infantry RegimentArtillery BatteryReconnaissance CompanyTank CompanyInfantry Battalion Battalion Headquarters 33 Points 1 Infantry Stand Jeep A Company Infantry 73 Points 2 Infantry Stands M113 B Company Infantry 73 Points 2 Infantry Stands M113 C Company Infantry 73 Points 2 Infantry Stands M113 D Company Machine Gun Company 73 Points 2 MG Stands M113 E Company Support Company 104 Points 2 81mm Mortar & 2 Dragon Stands M113 Regimental Heavy Weapons Company Regimental Heavy Weapons Company 104 Points 2 120 mm Mortar & 2 Dragon Stands M113 Regimental Air Defence Company Regimental Air Defence Company 46 Points 2 M16

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Seven Days to the Rhine - North Korean Formations..

Not a bad turn around in 24 Hours I am going to call these done.The Infantry look far more functional on the larger bases and the added flock gives them some depth that was missing before on the smaller 2cm square bases.I am not sure to upgrade the vehicles to the FOW bases but lets see how much game time they get in their new formations first.Having dug out some formation stats for a North Korean Infantry and Armour Brigades for around the mid 1980's and adding a couple of tweaks to fit what I have this should give me largely enough to represent the major formations in the Red Phoenix novel.Given the point requirements for Seven Days to the Rhine Rules, I thought I would save myself some time by pointing them up and documenting the various units here on the blog. There are a couple of stats and points missing for the less mechanised units but it's a start.As usual I am now looking at a couple of extra purchases to flesh out some of the units but am pretty pleased with this weekends efforts.North Korean Infan

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The North Korean's prepare for war.

Having dusted off the Korean's from their hiding place in the loft they are in need of some repair and reorganisation.The non-slip basing material in the storage boxes it turns out is not so non-stick and rather ineffective so a number of the vehicles will need a slight touch up and a bit of a make over, The vehicles are based on plasti-card bases might be fine be fine but the infantry on 2cm sq bases is a little on the small side.A quick order from the guys at warbases and I have a bunch of bases designed for FOW, but perfect for giving the infantry a larger surface area and a size that I can see and pick up.Having decided to follow the rest of the gang at the club and use the latest rules from Great Escape Games. Seven days to the Rhine rules. The infantry are broken down into sections or platoons and support elements, so with this in mind I opted the Flames of War style medium bases for the infantry  whilst the smaller bases are pressed into service for the support elements such as ATGW, Mortars and t

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Idle hands are the devil’s workshop - Red Phoenix Project

Whilst working my notice I suddenly found that I had more gaming time than I would normally have. Bad news when you start thinking about new projects or those mothballed from years back even before this blog existed.Whilst clicking through the numerous wargames items on e-bay I end up back at the fictional invasion of South Korea by the North, a couple of days later I find myself the owner of the new rules by Great Escape Games and Larry Bonds book plus a second hand copy of Korea 1995 by GMT Games more eye candy and inspiration than a desire to play the board game itself.Somewhere in the loft is a North Korean and South Korean Battle group packed away. One of those projects that I could not quite bring myself to sell off. Good job as with a few tweaks they can make a fresh reappearance on the table top. I did find a box of shame, all the unfinished troops, vehicles and buildings mostly Time Cast Buildings and GHQ Micro Armour from the first time around.Plenty to do in the weeks ahead without laying out a sin

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