Normandy


My small print farm

As of late I have been trying to get my print up and running smooth.   As of  now I have the rights to print and sell some of the WOW WW2 buildings.   Latest build is St Marie Eglise.  If anyone is looking to something printed for a fee I can do. You would have to provide the .STL file.    Here are the latest pictures of the print farm.Ender 3CR-10s modifiedSt MarieEgliseTank holder for my Any Cubic Photon S

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Wargame Holiday in France with Bluewillow

Bluewillow, has a couple very good blogs.  But his specialty is Normandy tours and wargaming holidays in Normandy.  The bed and breakfast in located in Mayenne, France.  Link to book a holiday:Normandy HolidayHere is his story:Wargame Holidays FranceWargame Holidays at L'Hotel de Hercé "Walk the battlefield in the morning, Wargame it in the afternoon"©Welcome to L'Hotel de Hercé, former residence of Baron de Hercé, unleast until the French Revolution! We are a B and B in Mayenne, Pays de Loire, France, with two ensuite king bedrooms, and one double room. The use of two grand salons, the 1 hectare garden and orangery. We offer guided battlefield and history tours in Brittany, Normandy and Pays de la Loire, plus Wargame Holidays.We offer unique Wargame holidays for you and your partner in two ways:-For the Gentlemen - We offer battlefield tours of the regions main battlefields and Châteaus, then you have the opportunity to Wargame them at L'Hotel de Hercé in the Salon de Guerre, a fully

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20mm Deadmans Corner building (3d print)

This is one of my latest prints,  I used Prusa 3d splicer program.   Not as my headaches  was with cura 4.2,   Still I need to fine tune the print.   I have the right to sale this and more of this series.  My next print will be still in 15mm scale.    Hope you like the print.Deadmans CornerDeadman's corner mapM5 that was knocked by Pak 40.  The commander was burned alive getting out of the turret. The how the corner got named.

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Tales Of Cromwell Tanks

If like me you love Cromwell tanks, then you will enjoy this video of annecdotes and facts about the British Cromwell Tank in WW2. The Cromwell first saw action in the Battle of Normandy in June 1944, equipping the armoured…Read more ›

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15mm Normandy Barn

This is one of the prints I made from 3d Terrain Normandy part 1 set.  I'm still working my way through this set of files.  Just like the Dark ages set I got a couple of monster prints to make.  I'm talking about week per building. Still have to make the interior building for the castle.  Let a only paint them. Here is the painted barn.

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DAK's over Duxford - Build up to D-Day

Over the next two days, the Imperial War Museum Duxford is having a special air show called DAK's over Duxford. It gathers together dozens of Dakota aircraft that served in WWII, many in the D-Day invasion and later in Operation Market Garden. As members, we were able to have access to the site on Sunday to watch many of these aircraft arriving from across the world. Later in the week, they will be performing a mass flyover to Normandy, replicating the huge airborne armada that mirrored the seaborne landings below them. Unfortunately, I won't be in Normandy to see that, as I'm accompanying local D-Day Veterans to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire for a special anniversary service. As usual, I took a load of pictures of the aircraft but rather than bore you with yet another museum photo report here's just a handful of pictures from the day. This C-47 was built in 1943 and towed Waco Gliders on D-Day and later dropped Paratroopers during Market Garden.A C-47B Skytrain built 1943 which a

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"Your Graveyard is in the Post"

Way back in April I headed off to Salute 2019 with a very long shopping list. One of the items I wanted was a set of 15mm gravestones to accompany a church I have for my Normandy setup. I wanted to get the MDF 4Ground ones but by the time I got to their stand they had sold out. Thankfully though they offered to order them for me and send post free, so I paid for them and tucked the receipt into my wallet... and then promptly forgot all about it. Then last week I received an email from an unknown email address with the above-mentioned subject line and for a moment several thoughts passed through my head, including "This is a rather unusual spam email...", "The local undertakers have taken marketing to a new level...", "My wife has bought me a plot and not told me about it!!",  and finally (as the penny dropped) "Hang on a minute, didn't I buy something at Salute...".A few days later a little package arrived in the post and settled the question, it was my order from 4Ground, a little later than expect

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Normandy Farmland - Making fields

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been gathering materials and experimenting with several ideas for mass producing some cheap and easy terrain fields. During the Painting Challenge, I made a load of Boccage hedgerow suitable for 15mm Normandy games and quickly realised I needed fields to put between the hedges. Commercially produced wargames terrain can be quite expensive to buy and at a recent show, I looked at some simple ploughed fields that ranged in price from £7-12 depending on their size and complexity. I needed quite a lot of these and quickly came to the conclusion that I could replicate the commercial examples for a fraction of the cost. The following examples are the product of that lightbulb moment and have been produced for under £2.00 each. So the technique is very simple and well within the ability of most modellers. The key to success I have discovered is using the right materials. I experimented with various products, including rubber matting and a range of sealants and pastes. In th

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Two Pzkfw IV Ausf J painted twice!

I nearly finished these tanks last week but in the end, I cleaned and re-primed them and started again...let me explain the madness. I decided to give these vehicles a different colour scheme, opting for something called Ambush Camouflage. This is a hard-edged camo that started to appear on German tanks in August 1944. It consisted of the usual Green and Red/Brown stripes over Dunkelgelb with dots of opposing colours over the top. A bit complex, but considering I don't have an airbrush I thought it would be a good alternative to my previous attempts at soft-edge camo. Initially, I was reasonably happy with it, although the dots were a bit bigger than I liked. Then I made a massive tactical error. Add captionI usually apply an ink wash to my models to darken shadows and, in the case of vehicles, deepen the recesses around hatches and engine grills etc. This time, for reasons even I don't understand I didn't use my normal ink but opted for Army Painter Strong Tone instead. And frankly, that ruine

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British Sherman III's in Normandy & some Hedges

(Saturday DRAFT) British Sherman III's in Normandy & some HedgesSo this week I'm departing from 6mm ancients to fast forward in time to WWII and a trio of 15mm tanks. These are M4A2 Sherman tanks by Peter Pig but they could also be used as M4A3's with the larger 76mm Gun. I have painted these in British service where they were known as the Sherman III. I'll be using these to play What a Tanker and will be teaming up with the Sherman VC (the Firefly) that I painted in Challenge Eight in a series of games I have planned for the summer. They will be facing off against a series of increasingly dangerous scenarios, culminating in battle with a King Tiger.I've painted these lend-lease tanks as belonging to the 8th Armoured Brigade as this unit was issued with Sherman III's and Sherman VC for the Battle of Normandy.As with my earlier Dingo Scout car I used a Vallejo textured paint to muddy up the tracks and lower hulls of these tanks. This stuff hardens quickly and can then be varnished along with the rest

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Planning for the Challenge

I've been feeling a little bit 'unfocused' for a while. Not quite between projects so much as struggling to bring several to a conclusion. I have a number quite usable armies for different periods that I want to expand and I have some vague ideas for future projects that I don't want to rush into. In short this particular wargames butterfly has become stuck in a web of his own making! Don't get me wrong, I'm not in a 'slump', I'm not struggling with time (any more than usual), I've just allowed myself to become distracted by multiple projects to the point where I have ground to a halt unable to make any clear decisions. So this week I have been giving some serious thought on how break the deadlock and I'm using the upcoming Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge to drag myself out of this stalemate. In previous years I have gone into the painting challenge with a very clear 'project' as my goal. One time it was painting 6mm armies for the 2nd Punic War; The year before last I focused on a  Pyrrhic army

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Tinkering with... Flakpanzer 38(t) (1/56)

  Far to frequently I start projects, primarily just for fun, unfortunately not all progress to a finish. This lucky one was resurrected so it can slip in with an interesting part interest/part commission Normandy "Becker" themed collection currently being assembled, but more on that over Christmas. So if anyone takes a fancy to it, it can be theirs in Feb! Earlier pictures of the build are somewhere on the hard drive and phone, so we'll just have to go from here. So this is the progress so far....flakpanzer 38(t) based on the warlord resin Marder with Pak 40. Its not finished, clearly, next stage will be rivets, hinges, exhaust and final detailing, but the grunt work is done.   Particularly impressed with the empty shell mesh assembly, third or fourth I've done and its getting easier. The flak is the Company B white metal model, certainly the best on the market, although I've replaced the barrel and some odds and sods.  Crew are from the spare

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