Saturday, 20 August 2016

Modern Terrain and SWAT team.

I finally finished the Caravan (or should I say Trailer?) that I teased earlier. It was inspired by Jim Rockfords Trailer but since I could not find up close photos of the original I went slightly wrong with the windows. Not to worry as these were built from the late 50's according to a reference I found online so would have loads of variation. I can use it in Vietnam or anywhere more Modern. You probably cannot see from the photos that I used pre scribed panels which I was hoping the wash would bring out more. The wheels are the second set I've tried on it from an Airfix Scammell trailer. I think that they are a bit over scale but look correct. I may go back and correct these later.

I made a Diesel Tank out of a HO/OO kit that I was given at the Railway shop. It looks about the right size and supposed to be plastic rather than steel. It holds fuel for the Generators (still being prepped) that provide power to the Refrigerator Containers. Hopefully it can be kept supplied so there is not another Zombie outbreak. (but that would be no fun)

I dug out some SWAT figures from Foundry that have been in my Lead pile for about ten years. I wanted a SWAT team to provide security for the Zombie Containment farm. The spotter is from TAG. I have named the Blond bloke Bojo as he reminds me of Boris Johnson.

My terminators have been languishing in a box for years and have never been used in a game. I thought that I should get them out and try and make up some stats for them using Bolt Action. So far I have found it impossible to kill them so have settled on pinning them which slows them down for awhile. I think I will have to mount some HMG's on trucks and will have to buy some Bazooka or RPG armed figures. I should have some spare VC with Bazookas in my spare pile, I wonder?

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Sharp Practice 2 at Call to Arms.

I was invited to join in a game of Sharp Practice put on by a couple of gaming friends Ray and Peter plus their sons Michael and Simon. I just provided a bridge, a bit of road and a house.

I was in charge of  the Russian Cavalry which was actually Prussians, but I would not have known the difference. I can manage French, Spanish and British but struggle with anything else in this era.

 The game was good fun but not fought till the end as we packed up early. We decided that the French could not hold on much longer to the wagon which was the objective.

I liked the rules so much that I am thinking of using them for Zulu rather than use Black Powder. I feel they should work with a few modifications which I have found on the Net.

This unit of Cavalry managed to make quite an impact but I was told that I threw their lives away frivolously.

The remainder of the Cavalry I massed on the other flank drawing away the French Cavalry.

The Wagon was about to be taken away by the Russian Light Infantry but was hotly contested by the French who won it back.

The Russian Infantry about to replace the Light Infantry after wiping out most of the French in front of them.

My Cavalry waiting to charge across the river but being hit by the French artillery.

One unit distracting the French Cavalry.

My remaining right Flank Cavalry unit.

This Pegasus Church really impressed me. I think it was being used in the 40k tournament.
I only bought a single box of Warlord Unmarried Zulus but sold NZ$270 worth of old models and buildings at the event. Over the next couple of days I ordered Sharp Pratice2 with the cards. Through the Mud and the Blood as I need rules for my WW1 project (unpainted). Upgraded my Bolt Action Rule book with a set of Plastic Japanese Infantry, plus ordered another box of Umarried Zulus and a sprue of the British Infantry to make sure I got free shipping.

Von Peter himself has posted a much more detailed report of this game with more photos here.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Good Night Vietnam and Hello Zombies.

Well I decided that it was time to put away my Vietnam setup. It has been on my table for over a year which has given me quite a bit of fun. I feel that I need to paint another couple of Platoons of Infantry for each side to do the scenarios I have in mind. I am currently working on some guntrucks and will return to paint the Infantry when I can fit them into my schedule.

The last gaming session the VC had managed to break into the Firebase and caused quite a bit of damage to the Mortar pits, buildings and caused about 30% casualties to the US before slipping away into the night. Unfortunately I took the photos after I had taken the VC off the table. They had almost gotten to the HQ tent and driven the US forces back to the middle of the base.

After I put my Vietnam terrain away I found all my modern buildings and other bits and pieces for a Zombie setup. I was not sure what rules I am going to use but tried my Bolt Action mods with some friends which did not work as satisfactory as I had hoped. I am currently working on some SWAT figures and a bit of terrain for this.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Just another Married Zulu regiment.

This is my seventh Zulu Regiment which I seem to be able to breeze through without any problem. Nothing fancy just a basic Married unit. I've called it the Utulwana Regiment.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Colonel Kilgore command base.

I've long enjoyed Apocalypse Now as a Movie rather than a realistic portrayal of the Vietnam War, as some of the scenes are very memorable. So when I received a figure of Tim Collins from TAG with an order I immediately thought that he would make a decent Kilgore figure for a Command stand. The Hat came from a Pulp figure which was hightened and some cords were also added with Greenstuff. The Radio figure is a Westwind figure with a Head swap as I only had a long haired example left. The Surfer is also from Westwind which is the really odd looking figure holding a shotgun and kind of waving with his other hand. He has a head swap from a German pack from Westwind. The Surfboard was made from plastic card.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Refrigerator Containers.

I popped into the local Train-shop the other day to buy some Vallejo paint and had a look through the secondhand train items as I usually find something of interest for 20mm terrain. I found instead some Containers which had been removed from either Truck bodies or Train wagons in either O scale or 1/48th scale. (if there is any difference?) I've looked on Ebay and have Googled for these but cannot find anything that matches the refrigerator units on the front so am unsure who makes them.

I initially picked up two of them as they were $8.50 each but then thought that I'd regret not buying them all in six months time when I had forgotten how much they had cost.

My plan is to make some of them as truck trailers and the rest as dismounted units, used as permanent storage units for the Factory that I plan to make for my Post Apoc or Zombie gaming.

The doors are able to be opened but the interior looks like it would need some work to look decent. I'm thinking of having some Zombies or supplies spilling out. The labels look decent in the photos but they are only paper labels stuck on. I may remove them or just varnish and do a dark wash over them. No rush to decide at this stage so I might come up with another plan.

Saturday, 2 July 2016


My 28mm M113's are almost done. I feel that I need to make some kind of marking on them as its going to be almost impossible to remember which of them are which squad. I use a card driven system in CDS which could get a bit confusing without this. The M577 still looks a bit bare so I am going to make up a tent section for the rear and some boxes and sandbags for the sides. The passengers are a mix of FOA and TAG.