Major projects when I've found the time lately have been getting ready for my D-Day game featuring the 12th SS HJ assault against the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and the Sherbrooke Fusiliers in vicinity of Buron, Authie, and Cussy on or about D+1. Originally I wanted to play with the Battlegroup Overlord rules but given the scale and the fact that I may not have all of the vehicles completed in time, I'm thinking I could play the game with my GHQ rules, Blitzkrieg Commander, or possibly even Rapid Fire...
Anyways, here are some shots of recently-completed Armor off the assembly line! Some 15mm PSC Panthers, a Mk IVH, a handful of beefed-up Mk IIIMs, and to make things interesting, I started a platoon-pack of Waffen SS Infantry from Battlefront. These will be either individually based, or based in teams (a la the Battlegroup family of rules).
I experimented with the camouflage "Plane Tree" and although it's not perfect, I'm happy enough with how it turned out. And as it turns out, patience is a big part of getting camouflage right. That explains why so many of my camo jobs turned out....not so right
|Panther taking up firing position somewhere in western Russia, Spring 1944|
|Still left to do: apply my secret formula around the decals to make the edges disappear. This works brilliantly when I can get the combination right.|
|I experimented with the "paint chipping" as recommended in the Battlegroup Kursk book. Along the front glacis in front of the hatches it actually turned out pretty well. Around the turret I think I had too much paint on the brush and it got smudged.|
|This big cat turned out very well and I'm happy with her.|
|All panzers are in position sir!|
|A Mark IVH of the dreaded 12th SS HitlerJugend Division. TC is wearing a "pea dot" coverall set with the ubiquitous grey garrison cap.|
|Scanning for targets. "Reconnaissance has spotted the Tommies!" and if you look close, you can see the 12th's marking on this tank.|
|Driver forward! Prepare to engage targets!!|
|Still needing detailing on this one. I guess I just really wanted to take these out to play!|
|Started with the light green base. Added the brown splotches, then the dark green splotches, then light green dots over all the splotches. Since I'm lazy, I just gave them "dunkelgrun" pants!!|
|damn officers, they forgot my dots.|
Here's a list of actual, yes actual, projects I'm working on at the moment:
- Microarmor Panzer IIIM platoon almost finished (Team Yankee / Blood & Thunder)
- Microarmor BTR-70 platoon (just the transports) almost finished. (Team Yankee)
- Canadian Shermans. Lots of them. In various stages of completion.
- 10mm Napoleonic Battalions. Almost finished with a "standard brigade" for Napoleon At War. That is 4 six-stand battalions to include their artillery support, light infantry detachments, and artillery battery. I have 2 strips of 5 troops per strip on a base. Funny that all this work will go into playing 1 game. (in all seriousness, I may start playing other rules sets with my 10mm stuff for Horse & Musket stuff. I am starting to realize my modest 6 x 4 table will never host Eylau or Waterloo in 15mm so it might be time to rethink plans and keep all that 10mm stuff. Thank GOD I didn't get rid of it!!!).
- 15mm US WW2 GIs (about 20 of them, individually based in troops and teams to play Disposable Heroes or Battlegroup Overlord)