WW2


Bolt Action 8th Army

Now then,I've become tempted by bolt action. I blame Mr Dave Docherty......Last year he very kindly gave me a Perry 8th army box set, along with a Perry bren carrier and a metal 6 pounder anti tank gun. He also gave me a Perry afrika korps box set, which I've since passed on to another club member, stuart.Bolt action has gained some momentum at the club with players picking their side, Allies or Axis. Clearly I have maintained a stiff upper lip and gone for the Brits. The 4th bn the East Yorkshire regiment to be exact.The 4th bn were part of 150th infantry brigade during the battle of Gazala in 1942, and were caught in rommel's great outflanking manoeuvre and fought in some bitter battles in what became known as the cauldron. Cut off from supplies, and surrounded they surrendered to the Axis forces.So far I gave painted up a full platoon, with more in the form of support weapons and vehicles to be painted.The Platoon consists of :Platoon commander and radio operator.3 x 8 man sections, each with a bren gun.1

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Cruel Seas First Games

Manged to play cruel seas using our house rules last night at the club ,we got in 2 games the "ships in the night " and the "Torpedo Run" scenarios from the main rule book . The first game was fast and bloody but all my 2 vospers just managed to escape but with very heavy damage and the Torpedo run finished with one of my vospers sitting floating along with no damage points left waiting to be resued or captured and the other being forced to leave the table with crew and bridge hits but luckily one of its Torps managed to hit the tanker which although ablaze was still under power so technically a German victory .The house rules certainly made the game more realistic and fun . Next week Johns Yanks take on my Italians .ships in the nightthe brits run while they still can Torpedo RunTorp away ,destined to miss@nd vosper makes a daring run to fire its fish boom

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Fairmile D's for Cruel Seas

Bought a couple of Fairmile D MTB's from Navwar to see what they were like compared to Warlord Games offering and to be honest they are not bad ,not as much detail as teh Warlord ones and they dont come with the cards but at £11 for 2 compared to £30 for 2 from warlord I think I can live with them and the cards are available from the facebook groups that are dedicated to the game.I also bought some aircraft as well again around .75p -£3.00 each here the warlord ones are £10 for 3 .

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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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Book Review: Painting Wargaming Figures - WWII In The Desert by Andy Singleton

My last book review was quite critical, so I am pleased to say that I am a lot happier with this one.WWII in the Desert by Andy Singleton appears to be the first in a new series of books from Pen and Sword called Painting Wargaming Figures.The subject of the book should need little explanation, covering the four major forces in the desert campaign of World War Two. British and Commonwealth (including Canadian, Australian, Indian, South African, as well as Poles, some French and others), Italian, United States, and German.The layout of the book has been well thought through. The book is split into two sections, Basics, and the actual Painting Guides. The Basics section covers the various tools, paints and varnishes that will be needed and then goes on to explain how to prepare and assemble figures before the painting begins. This covers metal, plastic and resin miniatures and so all bases have been covered (well actually, basing the figures is covered at the end of the painting guides, but you know what I mean

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Mussolini's Pride the Regia Marina and a merchant ship for cruel seas

Finished my Italian Navy fleet box and also a merchant ship which I have left with no mrkings so it can fit into a convoy for any nation .The Italians consist of a Gabbiano class corvette which I showed off in an earlier post , MZMotozattera a well armed conversion of a german f lighter , another  f lighter with italian weapons but still able to carry a 100 men or 3 light tanks and 4 MAS boats really fast but lightly armed and armoured MTBs .A battered merchant ship these are quite large even in 1/300 scaleMussolinis Navyagain with ruler to give an idea of sizeThe MZ a well armed conversion of the german F Lighter every thing in its transport box tin foil and magnetic sheet to prevent heavy seas causing damage .

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The Wolves of St Augustine: A WW2 Tale of Horror

It’s the early hours  of June 6 th, Allied paratroopers are dropping all over Normandy. They are tasked with capturing important crossroads and bridges, blowing up bridges and generally causing panic to the enemy.But Task Force 13 has a very special mission. Resistance contacts have reported strange goings on at the ruins of the Church of St. Augustine. Local villagers have disappeared and weird lights have been seen at night. But most importantly, the German scientist, Dr Rudolf Seltsam has been spotted in the area. Task Force 13 has tangled with Selfsame and some of his experiments before. Task Force 13 is to investigate, and capture the vile scientist if possible.In honor of D-Day, we ran our own weird little tribute. This was a Fistful of Lead: Tales of Horror WW2 crossover. The Allied paratroopers led by Sgt Stone (a super soldier with Rock like Skin) were trying to capture his old nemesis the evil Dr Seltsam to prevent him from unleashing his latest experiments on the invading Allies.We had 3 Germa

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DDay event at Sainte Mère Église and Carentan 2019

We visited Carentan and Sainte Mère Église for DDay this year with our Canadian guests, along with several thousand other international visitors. As we live directly south of  Caen, we thought we would approach from the St Lo direction to enter, it was a very good choice as we reached camp Arizona easily parking within 300m of the event.The para drop occurred at 11:30 first with a fly past of the C-47, who then circled and lined up for the drop, it was a great spectacle to see and bought back memories of my service with the 2 troop, 2/3 Royal Australian  Engineers attached to 3rd Royal Australian Infantry paratroop regiment.We then visited camp Arizona, a US camp which predominantly was made up of trucks and jeeps, some great civilian vehicles also.We then had lunch and back in the car travelled the back roads to Sainte Mère Église, again scoring a car park within 100m of the famous church. The place was alive and bustling with current servicemen, re enactors and visiting tourists. After walking aro

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Company of Heroes Board Game Hits Kickstarter

One of the most popular World War 2 PC strategy games is being brought to a tabletop near you! Stand to attention for the Company of Heroes Board Game. [...] The post Company of Heroes Board Game Hits Kickstarter appeared first on Tabletop Games UK.

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6th June 1944 75 years ago Beaches of Normandy and Saipan

June 6th. The day we landing in Normandy. On the other side of the world there was an island called Saipan. That Americans where landing on that beach also. Saipan would be the Key stone to end the war with Japan. Father landed on Omaha breach late in the day with artillery unit. They had been firing of their landing ship to support the troops on the beaches. Mean while my father in law Gil was clear the beaches of Saipan Japanese defense obstacles. Later he would build the arming pit for the atomic bomb. But never knew what would be the use of what he called a stupid hole in the ground. Normandy was a great event in history. Please also remember the troops the landed in Saipan on this day also. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇨🇦🇬🇧\\

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D-Day game

Last night at sheffield wargames society we played Johns game based around the British airbourne landings on D-Day , we had to paln our operation based on the original objectives ,then fly in in our paper planes ,I mean gliders then perform our set tasks. Glad tosay all went very well and the Landings were successful and we held until relieved .Great fun .some serious planning the invasion beginsup the Ox and Bucksthe german counter attack ...BANGusing the captured AT position to take out the hotels roof another German counter attack ....BANG Urrah  help arrives 

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A Kiwi at Partizan

As I mentioned in my last posting, during my recent trip with my wife to the UK and Europe, I was able to fit in a day at the Partizan Wargames Show in Newark. This was actually the second British wargaming show I’ve visited, as back in 2013  I was lucky enough to attend SELWG in London. Based on that previous experience, I had some idea of what to expect. But despite this fore-knowledge, the sight of so many incredibly impressive games at Partizan was a real eye-opener to this colonial boy! The show was held in a very roomy and light venue at the Newark Showgrounds. I arrived just before opening time, and there was already a queue at the door. At 10.00 exactly the doors opened and the line moved quickly as the entry formalities were carried our efficiently by the organisers (including giving the first 500 visitors – including yours truly – a specially commissioned 28mm figure of the famous inter-war revolutionary, Rosa Luxembourg). I spent the next six hours happily wandering round the ha

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Historigue wargame markers for cruel seas

Having purchased the cruel seas starter set which includes Royal Navy and Kriegsmarine boats ,I was stunned to find that the game came with US navy and Italian order dice .I contacted warlords customer service who told me the dice were put in at random so technically I had the correct dice ? and also they dont actually make dice for the Royal Navy but would supply Commando dice ? I looked on the warlord shop and saw the dice were £18 a set so I would have to pay out another £36 to get what I considered the correct dice ,looking elsewhere I came across Historique wargames markers and I purchased a set of 10  counters to replace the dice for each of my proposed fleets German ,Italian and British plus a set of critical hit markers for not much more than one set of warlords dice ,and the service was superb and fast .Highly reccomended http://www.historiqueshop.com/index.phpThe counters are metal ,laminated with a protective covering , they fit into the order bag a lot easier than dice  The critical hit

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Gabbiano class corvette

My latest build from the Warlord Cruel Seas range is the Gabbiano class corvette , a wonderful anti submarine design fitted with sonar and hydraphones and could switch to electric engines when sub hunting , they were very well armed with a 3.9inch main gun , a number of AA guns and torpedo tubes and depth charge launchers which could lay down a complete circle of charges around the ship ,they stayed in service until the 1970's .I have given this the penant number c11 which was the Gabbiano which the type was named after . The model is nice made of resin and white metal so was a bit of a git to stick together and lots of delicate parts so not sure how it will stand up to wargaming , the rear crane was miscast so ended up in the wrong place slightly . The dazzle camo was copied from a photo but each ship seems to have a diffferent pattern also the pattern was different on each side ,the red and white deck stripes were for aircraft recognition .

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