Assyrian army

Assyrian army

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Rocket Trucks

Standard 99p for 2 Chinese toys, these rocket trucks look quite effective painted up. 'Towed Artillery' models are of limited use - they don't look all that good - so the various rocket trucks are going to have to do as anti-tank, anti-aircraft and field artillery. I have  2 variations  - one with 3 rockets and this one with a single missile.
Just noticed that I haven't painted a window on the left hand vehicle! Easily sorted.

Not sure whether they are better with or without red stars - these are just stuck-on paper stars. They do make the rocket truck a bit more detailed.

The rocket trucks fit in OK with the figures.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Retro Toys 60 soldiers

Wandered into a seaside gift shop and spotted this - thought '£2.50, why not'

They're down as 'World War II Soldiers' but if so I haven't the faintest idea what country! Probable best use would be some near-future conflict, definitely in the 'toy' range. I have checked and they can be bought online in both the UK and USA, just not at £2.50.
Box art has no similarity to the figures(though back of box does!)

Weapons on some figures are weird - no idea what the one in the middle is meant to be.

Minimal paint job and on 25mm bases they are... acceptable

Comparison between my 'normal' semi-flat Chinese types and these

Mixed unit - Retro Toys slightly shorter and a lot bulkier than the Chinese thin guys.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Halloween means...

... spiders.

This lot were infesting the local branch of Sainsburys - 8 for a pound.

Careful where you land... spaceships are a couple of TinTin figures I've just bought.

This could make an interesting Cthulhu type scenario.

As for going to church - Sarissa church 28mm scale. These things have a 65mm 'legspan'.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

And the cavalry have arrived

Though why it took 2 days longer than the infantry is anyone's guess!

OK, 30 cavalry, quality not brilliant and will need reworking. On the other hand, 30 42mm cavalry that are, at a push, usable now, for a total of £17.29 including postage! New Irregular cavalry are £4.50 each, so to buy 30 would be £135... so who's complaining about quality? - I can live with it.
30 cavalry, 5 units of 6, plus a few unpainted riders.

2 units of Prussian lancers, reasonable condition though some work needed on front unit - the head has come off one of them.

Front unit more Napoleonic than 1897ish but...

I'm guessing these are from the Schleswig Wars range and are nothing like the later Russians. Comes under 'toy soldiers' - and they look good (well, perhaps after a repaint...
 One problem. At the moment I'm on a 6mm terrain building thing...

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Repairs completed...

Though not sure how long the glue will hold on the rifle....

Meanwhile, cavalry haven't arrived yet.

Monday, 1 October 2018

1897 An EBay Order 1

I'm always on the lookout to put in bids for 'bargains'. Just arrived is the first of 2 'wins' - some 42mm Irregular Russian and Turkish troops (assume the next lot will arrive tomorrow) that I got for, really, very little.

This lot are all down as Russians.

While these are the Turks.

To be honest, personally I've no idea what the one in the green jacket is - so I'll accept the Russian tag for now..

There are 2 'Russian' guns, but again I'm not fully convinced.

There were quite a few bent rifles and fragile leg joints but only 2 broken figures as such.

So, discounting the 2 broken pieces, a total of 30 infantry/artillerymen and 2 guns, generally acceptable in most areas and requiring very little to get them in action. Bought from Irregular as new unpainted casting this would cost £69 excluding postage. Total I paid for this lot? £15.50 including postage - just over 22% of the new unpainted cost.

The next lot were an even better deal...

Friday, 21 September 2018

Panthers and Ferdinands

Continuing with the die cast tanks... which gives me a Regimental HQ and a tank destroyer unit.
I had 2 Panthers and a JagdPanther left so these became the HQ Company. I didn't cover this batch with dots.

The Ferdinands have mgs and would be (in reality) some of the 45 that survived Russia and fought in Italy. I've gone for 'my' colour scheme rather than using a 'real' one - it's not meant to be the original unit anyway.

I oversprayed with matt varnish and got a few patches of the dreaded white mist. Happily, on these vehicles it actually enhanced the vehicles - just gives them a more weathered look.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

All at Sea

It's easy to see why a certain US President gets upset with the Chinese over cheap goods - I've been building up stocks of cheap Chinese toys over the last few months because, even though I don't have an immediate use for them, they are so cheap that the first game virtually pays for them.

So this lot were bought for as-yet-unknown sea going games. At about 60p each inclusive of postage...
I've got enough for a game of something.

The warship is about 135mm long, the sub 155mm Which means that the sub is roughly OK for a 6mm U-Boat in length, the ship needs to be bigger but... it'll do.

So, will probably be able to fit in with some 6mm games, but apart from that I haven't the faintest idea how I could use them.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

1897 - not forgotten!

I'm still working on the odd regiment even though I've got several other projects on the go!

Already have some Irregular French firing infantry but these are the first Spencer Smith Brits.

The standard is toy style - in other words, red diagonal cross is corner to corner! However, next time I might paint the standard before I glue it on the figure.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Timecast buildings - and sort of all change...

The last of the resin manufacturers figures have arrived from Timecast - these were ordered well after the Irregular and Leven models.

Many of these are large industrial buildings and when I started laying them out it caused a change in my view as to the layout of the system....
Some examples of the industrial buildings.

These generally have bigger doors and so perhaps not completely compatible.

I bought 2 bridges.

The bridges are a bit too wide to be used with the boards the way I wanted to use them...

Lengthways they work - though might cause issues with the ones I've already done.

Doing them this way will also affect the possible street layouts - have to see how it goes.

So, in terms of models, Empires at War provide the high rise element, Irregular mostly terrain, Leven the bulk housing element and I think Timecast will probably get more industrial orders. Meanwhile I have accepted Robbie's kind offer of some of his terrain boards which will provide the 'rural' element - though they won't be compatible with my own boards they will provide a good parallel set.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Early Hinchliffe 54mm catalogue

I'm posting this on the Pages section - it's from about 1970 and before Hinchliffe started producing wargames figures. At that time they probably produced the best comercially-available 54mm artillery.

Sukhoi Su2

Paper ships and balsa tanks are not my only efforts at scatch building - I've also made a couple of attempts at balsa  models. The Sukhoi Su2 was one of these efforts and I've just got round to repainting it.

I never got round to adding a prop - there is one lying around somewhere, it's red and came off one of those cheap Chinese things I get every now and then.

On this one you can just see the stand under the cowling.

It's just a 25mm round base with flock matting and a brass rod pushed into the underside of the fusilage. Later I glued a 2p coin under the base to make it more stable.

Friday, 7 September 2018

6mm Leven Miniatures

Order has now arrived from Leven Miniatures.

Nicely packed

Models are cleanly cast - no flash though the ends of the railway lines will need trimming.

Bought 1 of each of the 3 churches - again, nice models, cleanly cast.

Need more of these. Not exactly like the ones of my childhood but the streets will be based on the Team Valley and Askew Road Gateshead! Need lots more of these.

At the bottom end of Rose Street were a couple of green Gas Holders - quite a distinctive part of the area.

Arrived today and some already have a white undercoat. Painting will not be to a high standard!