Tuesday, May 12, 2015

USMC Jeep

...and now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

When I returned from Vancouver the middle of last week – not only did I have a few treasures I brought home with me – but I also discovered, to my delight, that the order I had placed with Brigade Games in February had finally arrived! It was a bit of a wait  - they were waiting for a re-stock from Company B who, in turn were waiting for a restock of some parts… anyway… it finally arrived...

I ordered a pair of Jeeps with Rat Patrol crew (mounted and dismpounted), and some Japanese on bicycles, some WW2 British, and another pair of jeeps for these WW2 USMC crews I’d picked up a few years back from North Star Figures when they were blowing out a bunch of their Brigade Games stock…

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USMC Jeep from Brigade Games/Company B.


I’m not really sure what they’ll be used as…? Jeep recce team? Company Commander?


Here it is with a few of my other WW2 US Marines. 

As I mentioned I have another team like this and then the Rat Patrol…I think I’d like to pick up a couple of their SAS/LRDG jeeps at some point. I was thinking about putting together an SAS Jeep patrol/raiding squadron and, just to have some uniqueness to the different teams, I thought I might order jeeps and crews from different manufacturers…? I know Company B, Warlord Games, and Dixon Miniatures make them (Warlord games has two variants, Company B comes with different heads…) are there any others out there? How wildly different could their Jeeps be…?

Oh, dang… I just realized Perry Minatures has added an SAS jeep to their WW2 Desert Line-up…


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Ummmmmm…? I’m not really sure… so much stuff polluting my workbench… it’s really time for a clean-up…. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cthulhu Cake

(on a not-entirely-related note...)

That moment when you start to feel you may have succeeded as a Geek Dad:



When your 9-year-old daughter asks for Cthulhu on her birthday cake...


Sunday, May 10, 2015

French Renault R-35


Not dead yet.

I’ve been in Vancouver.

While I was in Vancouver I made a trip out to Richmond to visit Imperial Hobbies and picked up a few things there – including this French Reneault R-35. I also picked up a box of Gurkhas ( to add to my Chindit force, a German Puma armoured car, a Battle Honors Russian T-70 and a pack of Coppelstone Back of Beyond Russian Partisans (the last two being items I found in the bargain bin). The week before I went I’d been checking their online catalogue and they’d had an Italian M13/40 tank listed and a boxed set of Bersagliaeri… unfortunately when I arrived the tank had been sold and so I talked myself out of picking up the Bersagliari. There were a few other things I’d gone there looking for that they were out of stock on… and a few other things I saw there that I now wish I’d picked up… but… whatever… I got what I got and I have no shortage of things to paint (and potentially play with)!

I also bought some socks while I was there and a fancy new pair of shoes. But not at Imperial Hobbies.

Also some books…

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French Renault R-35 from Warlord Games.


I didn’t just pick up the R-35 because it happened to be available. I’d been planning on getting an R-35 anyway as the majority of the Bataillion de Chars de Combat (armoured battalions that provided support to Infantry Divisions) seem to have been equipped with them.  


This adds a whopping 96-144 points (most likely 120 for a “Regular” tank crew) to my Early War French for Bolt Action, which, even if I took the forward Artillery observer and everything, leaves me about 120 points shy of the “suggested” 1000 points for a force…



Not that I care all that much about having the suggested 100 points – I just wonder what it is the makers of the game imagine should be in a 1000 point Early War French Force? What would other playes with French forces add to be able to take it to a 1000 point tournament…? I suppose there is the pack with the Anti-Tank Rifle and Sniper Teams that could be added… I could also add another 75 or an antitank gun team…? It already seems like this solitary platoon has a ridiculous amount of support weapons!? I suppose the “historical” thing to do would be to field a company of understrength, inexperienced Infantry without so much support…


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

The basement is a mess. I’ve got stuff all over the game table and stuff for painting spread over two other tables in the basement… I have no idea what I might finish up next… I really need to clean up down there and come up with some sort of PLAN and maybe actually PLAY some games with all these minis I’ve been painting!? 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tiger I


I hope everyone over in Blighty (who has been able to make it) has been enjoying Salute this weekend – I’m looking forward to all the pretty pictures that I’m sure will be all over the blogosphere in the coming week!


I’ve been enjoying a rather unseasonable snowstorm this weekend


Maybe “enjoying” isn’t quite the right phrase…


I think Mother Nature’s been at the sauce again.


You're drunk Mother Nature! Go home!


Yep… looks like ol’ Persephone’s gone back for one last cuddle with the Lord of the Underworld…



And I just took the winter tires off all our bikes... not that we're going anywhere in this mess!



By Tuesday it's supposed to be +20°C!? Welcome to Saskatchewan weather. 


But that hasn’t stopped me from taking pictures and updating my blog!!

I finished up this Pzkw VI (Tiger I) from West Wind Productions’ Berlin or Bust line last night.

(Actually I finished it up while watching Fury… well… listening to Fury and occasionally looking up to watch the action…)


I picked up this kit a few years back – at the same time I bought the Sherman Troop and the T-34 Platoon. West Wind was having some big sale and the Canadian dollar was doing well (or the Pound Sterling doing poorly… depending on who you ask, I suppose) and I seem to recall they worked out to about $20 per tank!?


The West Wind tanks are a bit on the small side – compared to most other 28mm WW2 tank manufacturers… but since MOST of my later war tanks for the European fronts are all from West Wind, it doesn’t really matter…


That may not be the commander that came with the kit... I have an assortment of German tank commanders that got all jumbled together...

I also have two Panthers and two Pzkw IV to finish up. I didn’t do this tiger first because I have any real need or desire to have the Tiger done first… it was mostly because… well there was only one of them and of the three kits it was by FAR the easiest looking to assemble – the other two have all sorts of bits and bobs that I – for the most part – have NO IDEA where they’re supposed to go!? (and there were NO INSTRUCTIONS included with the models!?)


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I have a couple more SS in the works to finish up that force… then…? I’ve been eyeing up the Fallshirmjäger… and the American Paratroopers… but a few 40K Imperail Guard have infiltrated their way onto the workbench… so…

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Waffen SS

blogger tells me this is the 1300th post...

I have a small force of SS that I am working on – mostly as an opposing force for my Canadians in Normandy and Paras in Arnhem. I though this might be the last of them, but I found a few more I’m going to paint up before I call them “done for now…”

While some of the figures are genuinely marketed as “SS” figures, others are just Germans I’ve painted up in pes-dot cam to pass off as SS.

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The latest batch.


An SS Command team from Bolt Action Miniatures


LMG team – also from Bolt Action Miniatures


Advancing LMG team – also from Bolt Action Miniatures



SS with Panzerfausts – I’m not entirely sure of the make of these – I think I picked them up off of ebay and they were listed as “Battle Honors” but they seem a bit chunkier than other battle honours figures I have…?


Panzershrek teams – came with the batch with the panzerfausts above.



Flame thrower – again – came with the two batches above


Assorted SS from Artizan Designs



And a few more from Black Tree Design


SS Casualties from Black Tree Design - it’s possible they were simply meant to be “prone” but I’m using them as casualty markers…


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Perhaps a few more SS… though I’ve also been working on a Tiger tank and been eyeing up both Fallshirmjägers and 40 Imperial Guard… so… who knows!? 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Early War French for Bolt Action

Below is a small force of French Infantry I’ve organized for Bolt Action. All the figures are from Bolt Action/ Warlord Games.

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French Platoon and Support – about 639-749 points (so far…)


Platoon HQ: CO (Lieutenant), Sergeant-chef, Signaler
(Regular 1st Lieutenant plus two extra Regular s) 95 points



1st Section
(French Infantry Section - 10 Regulars, 1 LMG, 1 pistol, VB launcher)  137 points



2nd Section
(French Infantry Section - 10 Regulars, 1 LMG, 1 pistol, VB launcher)  137 points



3rd Section
(French Infantry Section - 10 Regulars, 1 LMG, 1 pistol, VB launcher)  137 points


Other Attached Elements:



Hotchkiss Mle1914 Machine-gun Team – from one of the battalion’s four MG Platoons
Regular MMG Team @ 50 points



Mle 1927/31 81mm Mortar Team – from the battalion’s Heavy Weapons Platoon
(Regular Medium Mortar Team) 50points



Medical Aide – from the Regimental Medical Services Squad
(Regular Medic) 23points



The trusty old Soixante-Quinze (75mm Mle 1897 gun) – state-of-the-art in 1914… 1940… not so much – but according to the Bolt Action lists I can field one for FREE due to the Forward Artillery Doctrine rule – from the Division’s Light Artillery Regiment
Light Howitzer Team – 0 points!




Officer and signaler. Could be either:

Company commander – Capitaine
(Regular Captain + 1 Regular) 120 points

OR

Forward Artillery Observer Team
(Regular Artillery Forward Observer +1 Regular) 110 points

OR

perhaps I could just use the signaler as a Spotter for Mortar…? (+10 points)


If I were to add anything to the force it might be an Renault R35 tank (which I probably will in the not-too-distant future)… I’d go for the R35 as the majority of the Bataillion de Chars de Combat (armoured battalions that provided support to Infantry Divisions) seem to have been equipped with the R35 (I’m all about versatility).

Additionally I could add an AT gun - probably the 25mm M37 (as I imagine they could be facing some blitzkrieging light panzers) - or possibly some French Cavalry from Crusader Miniatures just for fun.


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

I have some more German SS infantry on the workbench at the moment… so seems I’m going to be finishing them up next… Then perhaps the Fallshirmjägers…? 

Maybe at some point I should throw some of these on the table and play a game or two!? 

Last of the French and Japanese (for now…)


Just finishing up a few last French and Japanese...

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Last of the French – to finish up my Early War French Infantry Platoon – all figures are from Bolt Action Miniatures/Warlord Games.


A few more Japanese - that didn’t make it into the post about my complete Imperial Japanese Army for Bolt Action post (because they hadn’t quite arrived yet). This gives me a spare officer for… whatever… (Perhaps I could call him a Kempeitai Political Officer..?). The LMG team makes it so I can field three later war mixed sections for both of the platoons. Figures are also from Bolt Action Miniatures/Warlord Games.


Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

French Infantry Platoon for Bolt Action!