Saturday, 10 February 2018

Finished: German 15cm Heer Nebelwerfers and 10.5cm leFH 18's + Terrain

Hi folks,

I've had a busy week or so, between training at work, being really ill for two days and rushing last weekend to get an entry into the AHPC themed round when I thought I have a whole week before the deadline...

Still, I managed to get a few things done for bother the themed round on Saturday and my regular entry on Wednesday. As mentioned, the Saturday entry was rushed. As such, while I got the unit submitted, I really wasn't happy with the job I had done on the basing. Over the last couple of days, whilst not being well, I've just gone ahead and re-based the whole unit so that it's up to scratch.

These three launchers give me a full unit of 6 for my Heer forces. The actual unit would be one of the two regiments in 7. Werfer Brigade, which was a German Corps level asset supporting Panzergroup West. These launchers would be from either Werfer-Regiment 83 or 84.

I've another 3 of these to do, which are being painted up as SS battery from SS-Werferbataillon 12. Unfortunately it looks like the SS Werferbataillon was made up of 3 batteries of 4 15cm Nebelwerfers - so I'll be one short. As these come in packs of 3... I think I'll just have to live with that (for now)! Although I think I might know someone who has some spare crew! So far, as Battlefront don't do any SS Werfer crews, I've greenstuffed the helmets to give them the camo covers, and have started making an attempt at camo clothing. Time will tell how these guys look!

For Wednesday's entry I finished a battery of 10.5cm leFH 18's, which will be from 89. Infanterie-Division.

These guns made up the bulk of German divisional artillery throughout the war. I'm quite happy with how these turned out, although I did end up 'double grassing' the bases. Not sure whats going on with my Static Grass just now but I am just not getting the coverage I need.

Lastly, for Wednesday's entry, I also finished up some terrain. Additional walls for round my Church from Tiger Terrain, some little 'outbuildings' also from Tiger Terrain and some wooden fencing from Blotz.

I was pleased to be able to replicate the colour of the walls with those I finished last year. I am planning on basing the wall sections to make them more sturdy on the table and build in some foliage around them. The fencing was sprayed a dark green and then drybrushed up with some lighter shades, then buff.

While 'Gunuary' might be over, I'm still in that mode so will aim to get the 88's finished this month. Really pleased with my progress this year artillery wise - for the Germans it leaves me to focus on vehicles and infantry for the next little while. I'm still aiming to try and get the 10mm ACW limbers and stuff done before the challenge ends in March, which will be my other artillery related project done.

Vapnartak was last weekend, and I picked up a few odds and ends. Including a pack of PSC 25 Pounders... mistakes were made. I want the Quads to pull some 17 Pounders (the British infantry divisions seem to have used Quads for this, while the armoured divisions used half tracks - the Canadians used Ram Tanks...). But mainly I bought hobby supplies and terrain bits, including some more hedging. Other purchases included some spray paint, tufts, magnetic sheeting, carts/village scatter terrain, a book on ww2 transport vehicles (for £1), the new White Dwarf (Necromunda interest), an old White Dwarf (for £1, making me want to paint some BFG ships), Vallejo paints...  Not as much interesting stuff spotted at the bring and buy this year, which was a shame.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Finished!: 15mm Mdf buildings

Hi folks,

This weeks unit entry to the AHPC was delayed as i got distracted by painting some terrain. I think I was actually a bit sick of painting gun crew, so diverted myself for a night or two which resulted in me having less time to finish things that I thought. Rather than rush myself, I finished off a couple of the buildings I've had sitting half done/not started.

The two 'scoring' entries for the challenge there these:

A 15mm 'barn' from Warbases - which is the same size as most of the houses I have... and a 15mm shopfront. I'm not sure about the maker as these came from a batch I bought 2nd hand a good while ago. I hadn't planned on using the shops, as they are what I would consider to be inferior to the other buildings I have (no separate floors, so only one level). However, I've a good few buildings now, so these will be handy just to bulk out an already full table. Once painted they look ok and from a 'roof down' view of a busy town or village you can't tell they only have a single level. I've 3 more of these types to build, though this was the biggest. These two buildings scored me 30 points - 3 less than the Wespes that took me a week and involved detailed modelling work. But thats just the way the scoring system works!

I also finished these two buildings. I think they might be Sarrisa and I suspect they were models I got from Lee a while ago. I saw Lee was selling off more 15mm terrain on Ebay recently, but was sniped at the last minute for some of his stuff :(

I added some black paint and rubble to the work Lee had already done. The rubble piles are removable (including the burnt out upper floor) to allow models to be put in, if needed. I've had these two models half finished on the painting shelf for months, so it's good to move them on. I think my rubble piles need a bit of paint, but that's something I can return to (ha ha) in the future. Even a 'soft tone' wash on them might help... I might experiment when I'm not just trying to churn out units!

In the works currently is a load of 15mm rough fencing from Blotz. A load of 15mm gravestones for my church that need another drybrush then a lot of basing. 4 little outhouses (finished this week, for next weeks entry) and 8 more strips of church wall (also finished awaiting Wednesday). I've time today so will be working hard to finish off my 10.5cm guns for the Germans as well as moving on next Saturdays entry as much as I can (six nebelwerfers and crews). I've also got the 3 other buildings spray primed and waiting detailing (a handy 45 points worth, hopefully!). Surprisingly, I am actually getting through my Gunuary German project at a decent clip, with only the 88's and Nebs to do from the 15mm stuff I had prepped. And most of the gun crew have at least flesh and/or uniform colours on already.

I'm going to Vapnartak in York tomorrow, where I'll be on the lookout for village 'clutter' such as carts, barrels, garden stuff and the likes, interesting terrain (I feel like I need a chateau, schoolhouse and more outbuildings), interesting bring and buy FoW stuff and anything else that takes my fancy - perhaps some Necromunda terrain! Hopefully a good few of the club guys will also make it!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Finished!: 15mm Wespes, 15.5cm sFH 414(f)'s and Quad 2cm AA guns

Hi folks,

Busy few weeks of painting for me, with one 'themed' challenge entry and two weekday entries.

First up, a battery of 15.5cm sFH 414(f) guns. These guns were French Canon de 155 C Modele 1917 Schneider Howitzers. The Germans captured a load of them during WW2, and not just from the French. The French had exported this gun to Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia, Poland, Belgium and Russia to name but a few users. The various versions from these nations all received different German designations. They used these guns for coastal defence and equipping 2nd line infantry divisions. 

While doing some research into 89.Infanterie-division last year, I came across an American post war intelligence interview with one of the divisions officers. He gave all sorts of interesting details about the equipment of the division going into Normandy, including this:

So I got it into my head to do a German battery equipped with French 15.5cm guns, and this was the result:

Four guns, which I entered in the 'BFG' themed round. You can vote for my entry (and I'd be very pleased if you would!) by visiting here and voting on the right. If your on a device other than a PC, you'll need to go to the bottom of the page and click 'desktop view' in order to see the voting panel!

Next up, I'd painted some AA guns - a battery of Quad 2cm AA guns, painted up with Luftwaffe crew:

And lastly a unit of 12th SS SdKfz 124 'Wespes'. Self propelled artillery mounting 10.5cm guns on a Panzer II chassis. These will form part of  1/Panzerartillerieregiment 12, part of the 12th SS Panzer Division (Hitlerjugend). Yes, I know - me doing SS! But they were present during Operation Totalize and if I'm representing all the forces involved then the SS should be represented.