Thursday, 31 January 2013

All I'm Saying Is.....


PS I still think Zvezda's AofT is ace.

PPS Welcome to Steve's Wargames Stuff. His blog seems to have disappeared for some reason.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Stoneleigh Swing Dance 26/1/13

I went to a big 1940s dance last night. The dance was great fun but I think it was rather more about WW2 given the number of non-dancing uniforms present. Still that meant the dance floor was never too paced for a little jitterbug action! To think that just 12 months ago I went to my first dance lesson; I never thought I'd have the fun and the friendships I've had and made since then. Marvellous!

Here are some photos a friend took which I've lifted from the relevant Facebook album. Thanks to Dawn Fitzgerald for taking the pics in the first place.

All the best!

All photos by Dawn Fitzgerald.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Megablitz Continues.........

I love Zvezda's Art of Tactic toys. They're such good value at less than £3 for a crewed 1/72 scale artillery piece or 1/144 scale combat aircraft it's got URRAH! written all over it. So much so that I went a bit mad today and bought this lot:

  • 2 x 76mm Infantry Guns
  • 1 x 45mm Anti-Tank gun
  • 1 x M-16 Quad AA
  • 1 x LAGG-3
  • 1 x Hurricane Mk1
  • 1 x Infantry
The 1st Westmidlandsgorsk Front grows in strength daily at its Birmingrad headquarters! Tremble in your nest of evil, fascist vipers, for vengeance is coming!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

I'm An Action Figure

I don't know, you wait ages for a 45mm M1937 and then two come along at once!

No one believed me when I told them BUM had used a photo of myself and two chumrades manning the said anti-tank gun. The pic was taken during an SCW event at Castellon de la Plana in 2007. We were blowing holes in fascist trucks and the back of a Republican officer's head who popped up in front of us at the wrong moment. Qué lastíma!

Now, finally, here's the proof. I am a toy action figure:

That's me at the back.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

RKKA All The Way!

The saboteur responsible for the recent technical failures has been detected and dealt with. In the Soviet way; he is no longer on the ration strength.

I, in the meantime, have not been idle. Megablitz has grabbed me by the lapels and said 'DO ME!' In a fully consensual way, of course. So here's my first efforts in that line. The Glorious Red Army is the obvious choice and I thought I'd start with a Rifle Corps. So far I've got the three divisions and anti-tank regiments done. I still need to source and paint up the Corps artillery, transport and headquarters. The figures are Italerai 1/72 Soviet infantry from the, frankly, poor winter clothing set. The next toys are from the 'summer set' and are much better. The anti-tank gun started life as a weapon of the fascist vipers and is now re-branded as a 45mm M1937.

There are also four vehicles. Most likely bound for postings to an armoured unit but we'll see. Two are definitely LOG vehicles. One of which has a load of sacks in the back that were once cement bags but now contain Lend-Lease food for Ivan. One looks like a good propaganda wagon for The Commissar. The last one could well be used by The Boss himself, hence the out-sized star.

On To Berlin!

Where's The Rest Of Us?


PS Hello to new blog followers: Ray RousellLaffe, JOMPS & Friendly Fires. Welcome!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Names And News

One of my cupboards. Yesterday.

Hi all,
I've been a bit quiet the last week or so. There are several reasons for this:
  • The batteries in my camera need recharging.
  • I have no re-charger until the weekend.
  • I've been having meetings with RBL & CAB.
  • The meetings have led to promising outcomes.
  • I've been out dancing. A lot.
I have been working on some stuff too you'll be delighted to hear!
  • Three uniformed cozzers for Geezers
  • RoK infantry company for Cross-Fire
  • Soviet 41st Rifle Corps for Megablitz (I finally gave in)
As regular readers will know I possess several cupboards of seemingly limitless storage. The latest hunt turned  up:
  • 2 x I-15 a/c
  • 1 x Hurricane MkI
  • 1 x box of 1/72 Soviet infantry (summer clothing)
  • 3 x 1/72 Soviet style trucks
  • 1 x 37mm German anti-tank gun which will become the Soviet 45mm.
There was a lot of Italian stuff too; I must study those Megablitz orbats again.......

And names. Has anyone noticed that when you do the anti-spambot test to publish a comment on a chumrade's blog how the randomized letters are often name-like?

For example today yielded:
  • IIlystor which sounds like a fine fantasy hero to me. Possibly an elf.
  • Gargedy Mr Gargedy - Dickensian and/or character from Victorian sci-fi.

Laters taters!

Monday, 7 January 2013

I'm Such A Rotter!

I am. I completely forgot that my friend Virginia runs a smashing website. She sources and sells only real vintage clothing; none of your retro/vintage-style for this girl! Her stock is almost solely women's clothing so if you know someone who is looking for vintage heaven then she might be able to sort you out.

Have look at her website here: GingerMegs. Her shop is in The Custard Factory in dear old Brum.!


Sunday, 6 January 2013

A Career In Korea 1

With Christmas and New Year consigned to the dustbin I was at something of a loose end. So, I went exploring and I found yet another abandoned project in another forgotten cupboard. This project must have happened around 2010 and the 60th Anniversary of The Korean War. A quick look at the bookshelves confirmed my possession of Max Hasting's book The Korean War and a number of films which are set in that war. The Hunters, The Bridges At Toko-Ri, Pork Chop Hill and my favourite: A Hill In Korea.

All of the films tell good stories with believable characters. They are also full of wargaming suggestions, possibilities and ideas. Noteworthy is the 'friendly fire' incident in A Hill in Korea.

Anyway back to my find. First onto the bench was a box of IMEX 1/72 Chinese PLA troops. The box contains a large number of dead, dying or surrendering figures. I decided that most of them would be found work in the ranks. Three became machine gun loaders, one became a political officer and one was given a rifle and placed in a rifle platoon.The remaining three dead were turned into disordered/pinned markers for Crossfire.

Once painted and based I organised the toys into a PLA infantry company based and organised for the Crossfire rule-set.I found this site invaluable: Steve's Balagan. Light on heavy weapons but with plenty of man-power for the human-wave assault. The first platoon is armed with SMGs, A/T Bombers and LMG. The other three platoons are rifle armed with supporting LMG. From what I can gather the Chinese used a massive variety of weapons including kit left over from WW2 especially Japanese stuff.

Here are the toys:

2nd Company

Company HQ 1

Company HQ 2

1st Platoon/ 2nd Company 1

1st Platoon/2nd Company 2

2nd Platoon/2nd Company
Note the A/T grenades and petrol bombs!

3rd Platoon/2nd Company

4th Platoon/2nd Company

Close-up Company CO & Political Officer
Note Politically Conscious Bugle Boy of Chinese People's Volunteers in Korea.

Pinned Markers

Next on the bench: freedom loving RoK troops. (Still WIP I'm afraid)

All the best!

PS Welcome to newest blog follower Baconfat. I've had a look at his blog and, well, WOW!