Thursday, 22 August 2019

Finished!: 3mm Titans and Duxford

Hi folks,

A bit of a delay since my last post. A mix of being on holiday and not painting a huge amount.

After the last batch of WW2 mini's, I decided to do something a bit more arty and unusual, so started work on a couple of 3mm scale 3D printed titans acquired last year. I used some of the Vanguard Stalker arms, which with a bit of whittling I got to fit. These have been painted up in a similar style as the Vanguard Cybershadow 3mm Stalkers I previously did. These are in my version of the Legio Praesagius colour scheme.

I used some 40k decals I picked up on the cheap to add some interest.

I'm not sure they look too great in the pictures, but they look a lot better on the table. I've now got 6 of these 'medium' scale robots, which I plan to use for Vanguards own rules and a 3mm version of Titanicus.

Painting wise, that's been it. I think the potential house move in September has put a bit of a dampener on my painting mojo. I've not mentioned it here previously, but in addition to the move, I'm going to be a dad again in the autumn. Suffice to say all this is having an impact on what else is happening with my time! I am planning to clear some of the stuff on my painting desk before the move though.

This year for holidays we were down on the south coast, in Hastings.

79 years ago, you might have been able to watch the RAF and Luftwaffe tussle high in the sky above the channel here. 

As you can see, the weather was rather changeable!

I did go on a visit to Battle, the supposed site of the Battle of Hastings. Bit of a waste of time and money, to be honest. I didn't find the information available about the battle particularly interesting (in all honesty, the Bannockburn museum was smaller and far more interesting and interactive). I was particularly annoyed to find, having paid the extortionate entry fee, that a large part of the abbey is a private school with no access to visitors. Money goes to money I suppose.

On the journey down to Hastings, I had the opportunity to stop by a proper museum in the form of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Properly cool (although a very warm day)! Here I had the joy of a Mustang and a Hurricane being towed past me as I walked through the museum. I took so many pictures by phone died. Some pictures below:

My mothers dad did his national service in Scotland as an armourer in the RAF. He served over by Stranraer (Wig Bay, I think), which at the time was a base for post war Sunderland Flying Boats. 

Airborne Assault Museum



Vickers MMG

German weapons

Briefing boards used for planning and teaching the troops prior to the Pegasus Bridge attack

Another planning map from WW2 - I can't remember what operation this was for. The maps are 3d reliefs, which was pretty cool. 

Better view of the Sunderland

B17G out on the tarmac

The Mustang in RAF Invasion markings which was towed past me. I have a cool video of that!

PR Spit? Late mark, I think. 

Later mark Spit. There were a lot of these!

Earlier Battle of Britain Spit. 

Crashed Battle of Britain Me109

The sweet looking Hurricane which I filmed being towed past. I think this took off later but I missed it as I was in one of the hangers. 

B25 in the American Airforce Museum


A10 - bringing the Brrrrt

British 2-pdr


German diorama with a Pak38

Some more German guns. A 15cm IG and a 105mm arty gun. 

88 Diorama - that gun is pointing directly at the tank commander...

Sweet little LCA model

20mm display of rear areas forward to fighting troops. Pretty cool. 

Frontline part of the diorama

Another view of the frontline

Some nice lifelike dioramas

For my own reference, an artillery tank LCT(A)
Whilst on holiday I picked up a book on the 8th Airforce and one for Dave on the rise and fall of the Mahdi's. I managed to build 3 M5A3 Stuarts for my Poles, along with several 28mm Necromunda Goliaths. Back to work this week though...


  1. Replies
    1. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would Martin, there was a lot to see.

  2. Great stuff, makes me think our club should have a "day out" too.
    Many thanks,

    1. Glad you enjoyed the pics Jeremy, my outing this time was a solo affair!

  3. Nice titans and great pics from Duxford. I suspect that 3D-relief map is for Operation Varsity given that it shows DZ B for 5 Para Bde.

    Congrats on the impending youngster :)

    1. I think your right Tamsin, I've some other pics of the other boards which make more sense of it. Thanks for the congrats!

  4. Titans look great mate. Really like that scheme on a Reaver.

    Duxford was such a treat for me last time I was there. The US exhibit was still being constructed or something so I didnt get to see that stuff, but I loved everything else.

    1. Cheers Dai! I've a few of these painted now, should really try and get a game in at some point!

  5. Fabulous looking mini Titans indeed! I imagine in 3mm you really get the feel of a vast battlefield dominated by those machines.
    Thanks for the pictures from the IWM. Really need to pay it a visit next time I'm on the island.
    Also my heart felt congratulations to becoming a dad. I'm sure you'll make a fantastic job of it.

    1. Thank you sir (for all comments)! The 3mm stuff is very cool. I've a lot more to paint for it, but have to be in the mood! Not played a game yet but the units look impressive.


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