Thursday, 26 June 2014

Fate of a Nation...IDF Tank Company (and how I got around Sinai Grey...)

Good day everyone.

The painting and blogging Gods have been kind to me...last night I was able to finish up the last couple of vehicles that I needed to field a small IDF tank force to counter my Arab Tank Battalion.  AND, I had the opportunity today to take some pics and write up this very quick post...

All in all...a good day.

As for the actual painting bits...I received some great advice from other painters I'd seen make some recent posts and took the painting guide from BF and Wargames Illustrated and hit the internet and got some great inspirational pics 'from the field'.

I chose to base paint my tanks as outlined in the painting guides...Vallejo Grey Green all around, then based on earlier attempts and my research, I dry brushed vj Desert Yellow overtop, which I then applied a dry brush of 50/50-ish of Grey Green and vj Stone Grey.  When the dry brush was finished I then took to the nooks and crannies with Dark Tone wash, followed with a very dry brush of vj Iraqi Sand and even drier and quicker brush of vj Pale Sand (I used this to put emphasis on weathering and sand covered effects).

Overall I'm very pleased with the results...after I had done the M51 Ishermans I made a subtle change.  I had base coated the M51s in one of my FoW base colours (British Italian Theatre, IIRC) and thought that maybe this was bringing out the yellow tones more...for s's&g's I thought for the M3's and Centurion's that I would instead apply a heavy dark tone wash to the entire model to darken the base coat before moving onto the painting guide.  I like the outcome...I like the looks of all of them and think the subtle variances compliment the overall force.

In game terms...this small humble force is equivalent in points to approx. 15-20 Arab Tanks...ouch!

Yours to judge/comment/constructive criticize...please enjoy the pics.  As for what's next...maybe we should take this theatre to the skies.


The Force

 The Boss - Israeli Tank force Commander
1st Platoon - 3 x M51 Ishermans

Sh'ot Tank Platoon - 2 x Centurion Sh'ots

Centurion Tank Platoon Commander...break time

Support Platoon - Mobile Artillery - 2 x M3's with 120mm mortars 

 Random shots of the troops



Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Bring on the Hogs!!!!

Howdy folks,

It has been a very busy month with life, has taken some time (which I'm okay with) but summer is slowly creeping up on us.  Unlike my countryfolk in the West, we have not had the rain and flood potential on this end of the country.

As the title says...<best Austin Powers> bring on the sexy Huey Gunships...ok, maybe sexier to some than to others, but I do love the look of the Huey Hog.  I actually finished this flight up over a month ago (well, about 97% finished), but life, etc...

These are both Battlefront "15mm" models from their initial Wargames Illustrated release back many moons ago...the model itself is outstanding, however I really did not like the flight stand or metal chopper blades.  The stand was ill-fitting and the blades could be a real pain in the arse to get together and keep together...very happily, these deficiencies were the first things fixed in subsequent versions/builds of the helicopters...thanks BF.

Anywho...I chose to picture these aircraft without their stands or blades...choosing to mark one as generic cavalry and the other from 'The Cav'...all I need now for this project is a 15mm Colonel Kilgor...

Any ideas let me know...otherwise, enjoy the pics.  Future post should bring on some Israeli heavy metal circa '67-'73, some recent purchases (yes, I know...I'm weak), and possibly some miscellaneous grunts.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

CanGames 2014...the final report - Random pics

Howdy all,

As the subject final report from this years CanGames...I leave you with random pics of other games that occurred in the same timeslot as mine...and...struck my interest.  I'm happy to say that my club-mates from OMG (Ottawa Miniature Gamers) had some great looking tables and well turned out games.

You've read enough from the pics!

Dr. Who (OMG club member, 28mm)

Oh No!! Zombies at the Mall (homebuilt rules, 28mm)


A 'small' Napoleonic Fist-fight (OMG member, 28mm)


Bolt Action, WW2, 1939 German Army vs. Polish Army (OMG member, 28mm)