Friday, 30 March 2018

Atlantik Wall

The WW2 bug has taken hold, still don't like tanks. I actually don't like elephants but except for Hannibal Brookes they weren't major players on the Western Front. Tanks are the same, I have no luck with them and handle them badly. This explains why I built a Flames of War British Para force. D-Day is therefore obviously looming and James and Dave have Brits, Germans and Americans. James has tons of brilliant terrain and Dave will no doubt go mad and build Cannes or Corentin. So I decided to build some of the Atlantik Wall, something for the Brits and Yanks to come to my rescue through.
1st up a major gun emplacement - think Point du Hoc or Guns of Navarone. In reality think the Airfix kit from when we were young. This is made from hardboard (back of a broken picture frame) and a mini Jenga set = the wooden blocks are perfect size. The gun aperture i got from Barrage Miniatures or Ainsty (can't remember which and think it's Barrage). Glue it together and apply liberal doses of filler.

Para sections and a 6lb gun. I had to build a gun platform from polystyrene as the aperture was too high. The undercoat then partially melted the polystyrene and i had to bodge a fix. This made the too low for the roof to fit on when crewed. Another bodge needed. James has some spare gun barrels so i can install them.

Painted up, dry brushed and flocked

Final fix, added blown sand, oil drums and ammo boxes. May add more. Thought about duck boards but it's supposed to be concrete so not needed

To go with it I made some beach obstacles. Didn't add mines to them yet but may later. Should be enough but need some hedgehogs and barbed wire to complete the set.

James has some spare German figs and support that I can have from him. enough to start to build an infantry regiment, still hate tanks. Will need some tank support and artillery but will give me a very nice force. I also have some commando figs which will give me another variation on raiding. Generally I've been fishing around for a new thing. I have tons of figs from many periods and need to play more but post challenge my lead pile contains stuff I don't really want to paint. WW2 appears to be it, after 40 years of not collecting it of playing it

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Analogue Hobbies Challenge VIII - The final Update

It's been ages since I've posted. The reasons for this are work (newish job is keeping me very busy, I love my job most of the time and the Boss thinks I'm fab, which is nice) and the Challenge. This is my 4th Challenge and it finished yesterday. I don't post many updates as it seems duplication and many of my followers are also Challenge participants.
This year has been another productive one and I've painted the equivalent of 760 x 28mm infantry figures and have come 5th out of 76 in productivity. Although I've bought loads of stuff I have managed to make a significant hole in my lead mountain.
Here are some of my highlights

VBCW - obviously

Numidians - love Numidians


ACW - completing my collection (still have a regiment to paint but they are a pain to paint)

Russian Revolution / civil war

My 1st foray into Napoleonics wit some Portuguese


I've gotten into Flames of War - James has run some awesome battles an so i went all para

Finally i've been buying some stuff from Mr Lees - Kyle from the challenge's company. Really beautiful stuff

80mm Afro Samurai - my biggest figure ever

40mm gorillas

40mm gorilla king

I've painted other stuff. Overall a great challenge. I've now pretty much run out of space for new toys, need a new plan or a bigger house Couple of week's rest and then some new painting

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Operation Pomegranate = Battle 4

Today most of the old guard met and fought the next battle of Operation Pomegranate, the taking of Noyers Bocage. This is James' main focus of his collect and he put on another great battle. James was the Germans and umpire, fielding constant multiple questions from the Allies - Me, Angus, Ian, Roy, John and Pete. The German deployment was done by Dave from London. We each received an infantry platoon and a 3 shermans with me and Ian under captain Angus getting a HMG platoon and a pioneer platoon. John and Roy under Captain Pete got a heavy mortar platoon.

The Geography

The beautiful battlefield. Noyers is to the bottom and we will enter from the top - Pete's command and the left - Angus' command

How cool is this

The main objectives are the ruined church in the centre and the roads to the bottom and right

Pete's force will enter through these fields

We decide to attack before dawn so infantry only - Shermans can't see at night. We (Angus' lot) advance close to the town

Pete's lot

We advance to the hedge line and the empty house. German AAA and AT appear. THe single house is occupied by a german platoon

Pete's lot are facing lots of AT of various sizes inc 88s. THe counters are collected by the Brits as they advance and can be used to call up artillery or reinforcements

My platoon advances and prepares to assault the house. I have to pause to attack and take hits from next door. I charge home and the house is bloody empty. 

Our tanks arrive

More infantry pop over the hedge into a ditch and the Vickers section advances to take their position

Supported by concerted artillery bombardment Petes force advances to the AT line and takes it. John is closest and most advanced. Roy charges home in the centre and clears the house. Pete's men have been pinned and are stuck at the top 

A pill box opens up on John's men and they take a couple of casulaties

One of the German AT guns takes out one of Pete's tanks

Pete calls in a typhoon strike on the 88 and takes it out

Stugs appear in the town

We are struggling to clear the houses and send for Crocodiles

Ian advances his tanks down the street. I'm in the brown corner house and we've brought on our pioneers who are in the closest house
We take out one of the Stugs and have captured the lone house at the front. But SS have stormed out of neighbouring house and kicked us out. We have troops in the the houses on the square

The tanks advance

Germans in one of the houses faced with Crocodiles assaults one of Ian's tanks and brews it up before retreating across the road away from the tanks

But it's too late and we are in the town with lots of tanks

Pete's forces have cleared a 2nd line of defence. I say Pete. it was Roy, whose platoon, fired up on Dutch courage stormed the hedge line. John attacked the hedge flank and the Germans were toast. Pete however is still stuck at his jumping off point, right at the top of the map. He will be mentioned in dispatches for all the wrong reasons while Roy will get medals and Alker Sletzer for his hangover from all the dutch courage.

It was an awesome battle played in the right spirit, ran brilliantly by James. I'm so taken by the game that I've bought a British Para Company and support. Expect more battles