Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Invincible Indian Infantry Immenseness

4th Indian Infantry Division.

September 5 2013 and the divisional infantry brigades were complete. And now, a mere eight months later, the rest of the division's toys have caught up! Compared to the Italian infantry division I finished last week this Indian-job is a BEHEMOTH. So much artillery for a start.Then there's all the other stuff as well.

The infantry brigades and part of the HQ units have already been covered here.


Left to Right:
Staff & Signals (Dodgy diecast conversion)
HQ (Corgi diecast)
Divisional Recce (PSC)
Divisional MG Bn (Frontline)
The divisional engineers were clearing a mine-field but returned in time for the divisional pic.

As above

Divisional AA Regt & LOG (Airfix)
Divisional AT Regt & LOG (Zvezda, Corgi)

Divisional Fd Arty Regts.
25pdrs & LOGs (Airfix)
18pdr & LOG (Irregular, Corgi)

Infantry Brigades' Transports

4th Indian Infantry Division

All the best!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

April 23rd

Happy Saint George's Day to you all!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Regia Aeronautica (Version)

The toys get airborne in this blogpost with the Regia Aeronautica. My difficulty was I didn't have any Italian warplanes to hand so I had to think laterally to get what I wanted. So I bought a Revell Micro-Wings P-40E Warhawk and tried to turn it into a Macchi 202.Cue much bodging and hacking. first I had to trim off the huge air-scoop thing under the Warhawk's nose. Then fill it with greenstuff and get a more bodged stream-lined shape. Then I had to cover the aft section of the huge cockpit glazing. Again with green stuff and again much bodging. What I was left with after all the surgery looked reasonably like a 202 if you did this with your eyes: -_-

Here are some pictures of the bodge-in-process:

Air-scoop off. Putty in.

Underside. New nose and putty in-fill on landing gear

Gaps in wing roots & tail plane filled with putty

Close up of putty bodging on wings & tailplane

The putty was left to harden in its own time. I then turned my attention to those unsung heroes of all air operations: The Groundcrew. For without them no aircraft would ever fly nor engage in meaningful acts of war. Now, this being a Megablitz unit some creativity is called for. Sadly I have none so this is what I came up with:

I really like this chap. He looks like he knows his stuff and could probably re-arm, re-fuel and generally do an operational turn-round on his aircraft on his own. 

So what of the aircraft itself? Well, if you'll forgive the obvious bodges and remember to look at it with your eye-lids half closed here it is:

And finally the complete Regia Aeronautica unit:

I hope you all had as splendid an Easter as I did and I'll be back with more toy-based nonsense soon!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

I Marmittoni

Today's blog post is a 1940ish Italian infantry division. It has two infantry regiments, each of three battalions (Airfix). The HQ unit is a Fiat 500 (Early War Miniatures) with a couple of figures. The divisional artillery regiment (HAT) is represented by a 75mm gun and two figures. The artillery LOG vehicle is a 1/100 model Zis (Zvezda). The divisional LOG train is represented by a diecast bus with added detail. The division has no anti-tank unit but does have a fearsome AA capability: 20mm HMG. The division is also very lucky to have Recce capability in the shape of an attached Bersaglieri m/c unit. This infantry division is a small unit and is almost immobile once emplaced but it does have some firepower. Well, a little.

1. HQ & AA 
2. AA & HQ
3. LOG Battalion
4. Recce Battalion (r)
5. Artillery Regiment
6. Artillery Regiment
7. Infantry Battalions
8. Infantry Battalions
9. Infantry Division On Parade

 PS I Marmittoni is the Italian way of saying 'The Squaddies', 'Les Poilus', 'The GIs' or 'Las Guripas'. I believe it is a reference to the large cooking pots the infantry used to use to prepare meals. Unless someone knows different?

Updates as they happen!

Friday, 18 April 2014

1940ish Italian Armoured Division

In line with my policy of vagueness where dating of units is concerned I have finally completed the build of this Megablitz unit. Well, it is Easter time after all. As is well known Italian armoured divisions of WW2 did not have the best kit compared to their erstwhile allies the Germans. This is, however, irrelevant unless you're a Fl*mes of W*r groupie and love only heavy armour and big, bigger, biggest guns. I'll stick with the tin tanks and dodgy organisations of '39-'42. Unless someone's putting on a late war game and then I'm in. I know, I know.....

Anyways here's the pics I've kept you waiting for. To be fair some of the toys have appeared elsewhere on this blog but this is the first time the entire unit has been on parade. The division is also very well equipped compared to the historical versions. I can give and I can take away.

Division In A Box
Divisional Artillery Regiments: Field, AA & AT
Divisional LOG & POL
Divisional Recce Battalions
Divisional Bersaglieri Battalions & Transport
Division On Parade

Happy Easter!

PS: Welcome to new blog follower Michael Awdry whose blog on 28mm Victorian Wargaming is utterly splendid! Don't take my word for it, go and have a look yourself.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

On Radios & AA Guns

I'm back from a month long doss-about doing anything but blogging. I haven't been entirely plastic-idle though, you'll be delighted to hear!

I have completed the Radio Truck and AA Regiment of Divisione Ariete which now just leaves a couple of battalions of Bersaglieri to knock together and it's done! And so am I, with Megablitz units at least. Fear not though, Dear Reader, I've been attracted to a new 'Bright-Shiny-Thing' after reading the latest issue of WSS magazine. What is it? Well, all I'll say is it REALLY caught my interest and involved blood suckers.

So, what about these Megablitz units then.The first model is the divisional AA regiment. It comprises the Cannone 90/53 mounted upon a Lancia truck.A pretty deadly AA and AT gun which was built in insufficient numbers for the real war but which makes an imposing and a pretty deadly model.

AA Regiment Deployed For Action

As Above But From The Other Side

Regular Checks Are Vital In The Desert

"Up 20 & Left a bit!"
Ammo Supply Is Essential

 The second unit is the Divisional Radio Unit. Represented not by any old Italian radio wagon, no sir. What we have here is an early example of Italienisch-Deutsche Freundschaft in the form of an Opel ambulance being re-imagined into Un Camion di Radio. Nice.

It's been finished in the now traditional Vallego Green Ochre. The camo pattern is Sand & Cabbage. The vehicle had a watered down wash of brown Army Painter slapped on and allowed to dry. The camo net is a piece of bandage. I soaked it a water and Vallejo Desert Sand for a short while. Dried it out on a radiator and then gently pulled the weave a bit more open. The net supports are cocktail sticks which are little thick. I've now found something which would have been better and which will appear under future camo nets. I used white glue and patience to fix the net in place. Once dry I applied Cabbage with Vallejo German Uniform. Once dry i dry brushed everything with Vallejo Buff. 

Nets Out, Doors Open, Tuned In, Coffee On
Parked Up, Trees of Oasis el Khazi in the background
Close-Up Of Man Working
Close-Up of Man Sitting On A Box Reading A Newspaper

Laters Taters!

PS Welcome to new blog followers Andrew GiffordWargaming Pastor The Mad Padre. Peace be with you.