Friday, 20 April 2018

10mm Falklands British Support Elements

Got 3 bases of GPMG SF completed to round off support company, which now consists of 3 81mm mortar stands, 3 Milan stands, 3 GPMG sustained fire stands and a sniper team. Pics below. Dougie

GPMG sustained fire teams

 81mm Mortar teams


 Sniper team

Saturday, 17 March 2018

10mm Falklands Brit GPMG SF teams

As the majority of regular readers will know I've been rebasing my 10mm Falklands collection for the modern adaptation of Fire & Fury's "Battlefront WW2" rules. I now have a fully based Para Bn useable as either of the 2 that went down south apart from the Support Company GPMG SF teams.
I've used Pendraken Figures in the past, however Timecast have released a stonking Cold War British range which are ideal, here's the link Timecast Cold War Brits
I picked up a selection at Vapnartak at York in February, GPMG SF teams, Command, CVR(T) and a pack of Wombats.
I already have the Pendraken CVR(T) but the Timecast one is in a different league so they're getting replaced. Wombats? The pack is to convert to Argentine RRs deployed on Longdon.
The Cold War Brits are very nice sculpts wearing correct equipment as well as 44 pattern helmets which are accurate for the period. Being my usual anal self I had to alter the helmet to the Airborne pattern with the aid of a little green stuff. You can hardly notice the difference but if I hadn't altered them it would have got me agitated when I looked at them. The photo below shows the very slight modification. I'll get some photos of the rebased Brits up asap.
Oh and here's a line of sight blocker for the Falklands

Monday, 26 February 2018

28mm Colonial Brits

A few of the fellas at my club suggested Playing "Death in the Dark Continent", I'd had a copy of the rules from the Nickstarter and went for a generic British Imperial force using List 68 British in South Africa. As these are high quality troops you don't get many for your 300 points which also meant quicker painting!
I'd decided to use Perry Plastics and although not strictly correct went for the Sudan/Afghan box as well as the new Perry Zulus for a native contingent.
I've painted these as quickly as possible using a wash technique so they're not up to my usual standard but I'm happy enough with them.
They're based for DitDC so all on 60mm x 30mm bases, the force consists of a Commander/chief stand, 2 units of 4 bases of Elite British Infantry and 4 stands of native contingent.

The full force all 284 points
 Native contingent
 One of the 2 Elite infantry units
 The Commander

Thursday, 1 February 2018

More 20mm Falklands scenery

The battle for the schoolhouse at Goose Green has necessitated a purchase from my local model railway shop. Faller HO playground

A classic photo of John Geddes low under some swings

 An interesting conversion possibility
Whilst in the shop I saw these reduced and thought they may be appropriate
Force on Force is looking favourite for the engagement, update to follow.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

28mm Late Roman Command Stands

Late Roman Command stands finished for "Sword and Spear". 28mm figures by Footsore.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Battlefront WW2 and the Falklands

I've had a set of Fire and Fury's "Battlefront WW2" rules since they were published in 2000, read them but not actually played them, however, I always liked the concept. Very quickly a stand represents a section or squad and maneuver elements are companies, ground scale is 1" = 40yds and a turn is 10 minutes.

Out of the blue I recently came across their forum which had a modern adaptation, provisionally called "First Echelon". Here's the link Modern BF . The guys doing this have put a massive amount of work into the project and the majority of rules and unit stats have been completed covering armies and engagements from WW2 up to the Cold War.
The level of the rules lend themselves really well to the Falklands War with the majority of land engagements being battalion attacks so a standard British battalion has 3 rifle company maneuver elements plus support. With the exception of Goose Green the majority of battles don't cover a big area and are definitely doable on an average table.
I'm not doing a review of the rules, there's loads out there, but I would recommend that if your looking at modern engagements at the company/battalion level give them a gander.
Figures wise I'm using my 10mm Falklands stuff, basing wise I've used the 15mm sizes and with the 10mm figures it looks more accurate. The majority of infantry bases are 30mm x 20mm with 2 figures on representing a section or squad. Some photos below.
Check out the Goose Green battle scenario by a guy on the forum, R. Mark Davies, a cracking job. Here's the link Goose Green - Sunray Down


First pic is a rough example of an Argentine company less support, 1 command stand and 12 squads
 Close up of a command stand
 Mortar and 2 GPMG stands

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Missing photos

Just to let you folks know I've had numerous requests about missing photos on my earlier posts and tutorials, this has been due to photobucket altering its 3rd party hosting policy.
Over the next few weeks I'll be redoing the missing tutorials and posts as and when time allows.
Thanks,  Dougie