Friday, 17 February 2017

Barely broken Bronco

Back to the pile of dusty plastic now.  The latest to emerge is this OV-10 Bronco.  A distinctive design, it was developed for counter-insurgency use and widely employed in Vietnam.  US (Navy, Marine and Air Force) Broncos have been retired but I gather some serve on in the Philippines.
I recall briefly owning another 1/72 Bronco abut 40 years ago - it's fate is lost to history.
My repairs were limited to reattaching some of the explody stuff and removing the remains of the undercart.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Awfully Amateurish Agincourt

I had been gently pondering this game since a chance acquisition of some old Britains Deetail knights about three years ago.  Arguably it goes back to my visit to the Agincourt battlefield in 2010, so it might be said that this game has been seven years in planning!
All of which will have raised your expectations.  So now let me dash them by explaining the er, game.
I began with a potted history of the campaign and then drew the players' attention to the field of battle.
As with the original - which really hasn't changed in the intervening 600 years - my representation of the battlefield was bounded on both sides by woods and tapered towards the English end.  What my version doesn't show is that the fields were muddy and ploughed.
The 2010 version. Note the new spelling!
Soon the players were hard at work.  The game will also appear at COW this year, so I'll post the full details afterwards.  In short, though, the Frenchies trotted lethargically towards the English at a dice-determined rate.  Meanwhile the Bowmen of Olde England twanged their longbows.  Turns out that longbows look a lot like Britains 25-pounders...
French saddles were emptied at an alarming rate.
The aforementioned bowmen of Olde England - Tom and John.
Appropriately, the knight who got furthest was this nutter.  A Timpo veteran, he looked very likely to kill his own horse!
The result was predictable and as in 1415 the field was littered with the fallen.

The players then swopped sides.  Here Martin and Jerry entertain with historically accurate hand signals.

Monday, 6 February 2017

A brace of Hinds

You'll remember the Esci and Airfix Mi-24 kits I was knocking together before Christmas?  I actually finished them a few weeks ago but the first opportunity to photograph them outside only arose a couple of days ago.
They seem to have turned out quite well.  I went for the same colour scheme on both as I expect them to appear as a paid more often then not.
 Above - Esci with Spiral AT missiles.  Below - Airfix version with Sagger AT missiles.



 I left the main rotors removable to ease storage and transit.
These are the 3-foot aircraft stands I built last year.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Hillman

 This was a WW2 game run by Martin a couple of weeks ago using 15mm toys and a version of John's 'Battlegroup' rules.
Apparently Martin had been planning this game for around 17 years, partly inspired by a visit.  I visited the site in 2005 and I can well understand why it proved such a problem in 1944.
A full report appears over on Martin's blog so aside from photo captions I'll not repeat the course of the game.
 The Suffolks form up on the outskirts of Coleville.
 A squadron of the Staffs Yeomanry in Hermanville.

 The wicked Germans were quick with a mortar stonk

KG56 put in a brief appearance. The Ju88 survived land and sea based flak and the RAF but sadly failed to hit it's target.  I built this 1/144 scale model in the late 1990s and bodged it into a night fighter version.  The paint effect was achieved by painting the thing black and then adding oversprays of dark and light grey while the previous coat was still wet.

 The Staffs - with an added troop of DD Shermans from 13/18 Hussars - laid down barrages of HE on the Hillman position.
 It looked impressive and kept the Germans' heads down.




 A particularly troublesome bunker was treated to concentrated fire

 Not a sight my die rolling often produces!



 By now the German gunners were warming up.

 Ouch!  But by now the main British assault was about to go in.
 It was led by heroic assault engineers ...
 ...who did away with a troublesome MG position.
 Mopping up would continue for some time but we had broken the main 
German resistance.  Clearly it was the tanks wot done it....
The A-Team.  Col. Armatys, J; Maj. Mecredy, T; Capt. Elsmore, J; Cpl. Gow, T.