Monday, 21 December 2015

Review - Waugh Games 15mm Resin Cromwell and Churchill



Hi folks,

A week or two ago I saw a request on some of the Flames of War pages I am. Brian over at Waugh Games was asking if any bloggers would like to review some of their new 15mm resin tanks, and given that Waugh Games is just down the road from me, I thought I would volunteer.

A quick run over to the other side of Middlesbrough later and a little chat with Brian, and I had some samples to paint up and review. I'll state up front that the models were provided for free for the purposes of a review, but that I have no other connecting to Waugh Games other than replying to the request on facebook!

Waugh Games are in the process of producing a range of resin vehicles in various scales. The models start as 3D sculpts, which allows them to be scaled quickly. I had a quick Q&A with Brian tonight, which I will detail later in the blog.

Anyway, on to the models. Brian provided me with a 15mm Churchill (I think a Churchill VI) and a Cromwell. Both are early prototypes although Brian does have them available for sale. I believe these retail for £4.50, although Brian stated that there were discounts available for models bought in bulk - the more you buy, the cheaper they are individually. Some shots of these 'naked'.





Having discussed the marks on the top of the turret with Brian, it seems that these are from the 3D printing of the model and that he had rushed to cast from the mold - these are early trial versions.  


15mm and 10mm Churchill


The turret top has more details that I ended with, as a trimmed too much.


So starting out with my trusty craft knife, I set about cleaning up the resin. Cleaning and prepping the models was pretty quick. I decided to go two different routes with these two models. With the Churchill, I would give it the same treatment as my Battlefront models. With the Cromwell I would paint it straight from the pack with minimal prep or other work.

The resin itself was pretty easy to work with. It cut very easily without being brittle, and I was able to apply downwards pressure to clean up some of the sections that had resin in them - like on top of the tracks on the Churchill.

The other positive side effect of this type of resin is that should you dislike the cast on base, it would be easy to cut off. Of course, I base all my vehicles anyway, so the bases were no issue for me. Brian mentioned that the standard thickness for these is (I believe) 3mm.

With the hull, turret and gun, there was no major construction of the model, so it was very quick to assemble. The Churchill turret had a very short 'stalk', so I wasn't able to magnetise it. At the other end of the spectrum the Cromwell's turret had a long 'stalk' and sat quite deeply in the hull. This would have been easy to magnetise, should I have wanted to. I drilled out the gun barrels myself in order to make them look like the typical muzzle break 75mm.

No spares came with the tanks, so no crew or turret MG's.

Having cleaned the models up and given them a wash in warm soapy water. After this I took some plastic putty and filled in a lot of the larger bubbles in the resin that I could see - I gave the Churchill a lot more attention here, leaving the Cromwell as it was from the packet. I also added stowage to the Churchill from my collection of Battlefront, Skytrex and Peter Pig parts.

I then primed them with some black brush on primer. The models certainly looked better with some colour on them, the white resin hides a lot of the detail on the model. I applied a coat of Russian Uniform (Vallejo Model Color 70.924) as a base coat. At this point I noticed a lot of small bubbles. Having discussed this with some fellow painters, the consensus was that the models had not been 'de-gassed'. My conversation with Brian tonight confirmed that, although he did say that this part of the process was being introduced within the next few months. To help with this issue I gave the models a coat of Vallejo brush on Gloss Varnish.

Once that had dried, I tidied up the Russian Uniform, painted the tracks Black Grey (Vallejo Color 70.862) and the stowage various shades of Khaki. I then gave the models a wash of Army painter Dark Tone and drybrushed them back a bit with Russian Uniform. I then highlighted with a mix of Khaki and Russian Uniform. Tracks I highlighted with a lightened Black Grey. Stowage was also highlighted.

I drilled out a couple of holes in the Churchill turret and put in some fishing line. I then painted this black. I also weathered the tracks and hull slightly, and added some rain water streaks for the first time.

I glossed the areas where the decals would be going and applied them. The Cromwell is marked up as a tank from 1 RTR, 7th Armoured Division, while the Churchill is 7 RTR, 31 Tank Brigade. I drybrushed the decals with some Russian Uniform to tone them down a bit. I then matt varnished both tanks.

The base I coated with PVA and dipped in fine sand. I then painted them Flat Earth, applied more PVA and added static grass and various tufts.













I'm quite pleased with the results, given the time I spent. 

The models actually came up a lot better than I expected, especially for early versions from a manufacturer that only started making these in October 2015. There are obviously areas where the detail is a lot less than that on Battlefront or PSC kits, but in all honesty at tabletop distances I don't think the differences are as pronounced as I thought they might be. Especially with a little stowage and the likes added to draw the eye away.

Scale wise, they also compare quite well to Battlefont (I am holding off on building my PSC Churchills until S&S models bring out their AVRE conversion kits next year).

Battlefront Crocodile on left, Waugh Games (WG) model on the right.

Battlefront Crocodile on left, Waugh Games (WG) model on the right.

Battlefront Crocodile on left, Waugh Games (WG) model on the right.

Battlefront Crocodile on left, Waugh Games (WG) model on the right.Tabletop distance shot?

The WG Cromwell added to the procession. BF model in the middle.

Battlefront Crocodile on left, Waugh Games (WG) model on the right.

Battlefront Crocodile on left, Waugh Games (WG) model on the right.

Battlefront Crocodile on left, Waugh Games (WG) model on the right.Turret-less shot to show hull detail.

Battlefront Crocodile on left, Waugh Games (WG) model on the right.You can see the lack of turret detail here - I think I may have trimmed too much and taken a lot of the detail off when I was cleaning the model up.

Battlefront Crocodile on left, Waugh Games (WG) model on the right.

Another shot of the Cromwell

Tabletop distance?


I felt at this sort of distance, the WG models were on par. The details are basic, but large enough to show up.


A side shot for better size comparison. The track details on the WG tanks were lacking, but I honestly didn't mind that as I hate painting tracks...
So, some nice models at a price point lower than that of Battlefront - and bought in bulk, potentially PSC.

Having had a quick Q&A session with Brian tonight before publishing this article, he was happy to acknowledge that these are prototypes and that there are areas which still need work. I specifically mentioned the turret hatches and the likes, and a few other areas where protruding details were missing but left a bubble or hole instead. These are all things he said he would look at, and we talked about this perhaps being the reason that BF provide a lot of hatches as metal components.

Regarding my specific issued about the condition of the Cromwell turret, Brian stated that he had been trying a new type of silicone mold out and rushed to try both it and the recently received 3D print of the tank out. This resulted in some prep work being missed and the 3D printer marks showing on the cast model. There are also some holes in the hull of the Cromwell which I left unfilled in order to show the package to tabletop paint job. These were, I think, to do with the resin pouring process.

Brian also acknowledged that the very small bubbles were a result of these models being poured resin, but that he was expecting the de-gassing process to be added within the next few months. This will help remove bubbles from the resin and prevent this issue in the future. Brian is very passionate about his products, and I accept that Waugh Games has only been working on these models since October of this year, as I mentioned earlier. He seems very keen on feedback and readily accepts that they are going through a learning process. 

The design of the models starts with a 3D sculpt, which can then be scaled all the way from 6 and 10mm up to 28mm. The 3D model is printed and then cast from the print in silicone.

Waugh Games are currently working on an expanded line of 10mm models, which he plans to do in various size packs. In early January he plans to release a range of 10mm WW1 tanks. This range will have around 16 models for both the Allies and Germans - in Company packs (12 models), Battalion packs (36 to 48 models) and blisters of 3.

As I understand it, there is also a range of 10mm resin WW2 tanks coming possibly in April. This range includes Allied and German tanks, with various Shermans and LVT's, as well as DUKWS. There seems to be a particular focus on vehicles used in the Pacific, for some reason... Brian did mention that they also have Landing Craft in the works. These vehicles will be in 3, 4 and 5 tank packs and cost around £1 per model. I have a sample of a 10mm Churchill, which is very nice. I'll try and get it finished and pictures taken soon.

In 15mm they currently have a few tanks from different nations, and are still trying out different techniques. The next big 15mm release is set for the start of the new year, with around 5 different Japanese WW2 tanks.

On the Cold War front, I saw a lovely looking Leopard 2 model, with Brian planning on doing the Main Battle Tanks of all the main nations. Possibly the APC's depending on demand.

So, that's it! A quick review of some new 15mm kit on the market. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have, feel free to leave a comment which will show up after moderation.


16 comments:

  1. Good review, and nicely painted.

    10mm you say. Pendraken Miniatures (of Middlesbrough) will be facing competition then when they re-release the Blitzkrieg Commander and Cold War Commander rules next year. Some of us local gamers will be left with the choice of manufacturer to go with.

    I don't know if you know this, but the Redcar Ironbeards club play 15mm Flames of War and are a small friendly group. I've met up with them at several shows and plan on popping over for a game next year.

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    1. Hi Roy,

      I think I spoke to the Redcar guys at the Middlesbrough show. If they are who I think they are, they were mainly playing rapid fire in 15mm?

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    2. Whoops. Sorry about that, you are correct. I could have sworn they were playing FOW at the show, but I've just checked their website and it does say they play the Rapid Fire rules.

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    3. No worries Roy, I appreciate very much the thought! I might try and pop over at some point, although I really dislike the Rapid Fire rules at larger scales. 6mm or 10mm is fine, but at 15mm I would rather be playing FoW or Battlegroup.

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  2. Fantastic - thanks for this, mate!

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  3. Solid write up. For me the lack of track detail was telling on the Churchill yet it was a good effort otherwise.

    You do realise the pic kit offers an avre option already? (Made 2 from the kit myself)

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    1. Thanks Dai - The track detail is the most obvious thing, but I did feel that it wasn't obvious unless you were looking for it. If they had put the track guards on the front end that might help as well. But yeah, much less detail there.

      I was aware that the PSC kit allows the AVRE option. The conversion kit I am waiting for allows you to make a Fascine carrier and a SBG Bridge layer (with bridge). So a bit more advanced than the basic petard armed model!

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    2. O yeah, those are a bit more specialised for sure and I'm excited to see your work on the both.

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  4. hmm you can really see the print lines from the 3d printing though.. They may want to try another material when printing to get ride of them. Great painting as usual though.

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    1. Thanks Aruki. I feel the same about the 3D printing, though I have to say I didn't feel it was pronounced when I painted it as when it was unpainted. The Cromwell turret top was the worst, but there was a texture to all the surfaces. Again, like the tracks, I didn't feel it was so pronounced at tabletop distances. And I don't think that these models are supposed to be up there with Battlefront - but they would allow someone less concerned about detail to field a large number of vehicles fairly cheaply.

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  5. I hope that the people who made these miniatures have agreed with their real author.

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    1. Hi! These models are from 3D sculpts of WW2 vehicles - designs for which are in the public domain. I don't think anyone can claim ownership over them!

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  6. The author of these models, puts them under a NonCommercial license

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    1. My understanding is that the person who designed the models did so under commission by the business that printed and cast them. But I'm not that business, so am only going on what I've been told!

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  7. For personal use, you can print as many as you like. BUT selling them - you are violating the license.

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