This part is going to address different hobby directions, and I need an early night, so I'll try to keep it brief (the pics are below, as is my plea for advice). I'll stick tonight to...
FLAMES OF WAR
Although I'm starved of reasonable opportunity to play this game, I'm absolutely bursting to do so again. I know it isn't a flawless system, but I love the mechanic of it, the scale works, tactically, and it looks great on the table too. My plans for Flames are - sadly - mostly predicated on what the excellent Plastic Soldier Company (PCS) does next, as my hoped-for North Africa force is based entirely around buying cheap tanks from them...
'FLAMES' ARMY EXPANSION
- Finish off my beloved 11AD force (all I need really is a Vickers MG platoon and some Bofors guns);
- Put together a bare-bones, fast, light tank company for North Africa: one based on Stuarts. I was on the cusp of buying fifteen of these from PCS when I double-checked and realised that the ones the have currently are M5s, and I really need M3s (which are on their 'future releases' list). The reason I want to build this force is not because I think it'll win lots of games(!) but because I want to challenge myself by fielding something other than grunts and big guns. A manoeuvrist approach to war is alien indeed to Drax!
- Make an alternative LW force as a Guards Armoured Recce company. This is mostly so I can play with the Guards' more elite rules, recce Stuarts (not available to 11AD) and - vitally - field some Cromwells. I love these tanks, but they're simply better as Guards, and I want to get my money's worth.
- [oh, and maybe I'm interested in getting the 'Open Fire' box set, because it's just fantastic. Anyone wanna go halfsies?]
Here's where stuff gets interesting. I have a few projects either on the slow-burner or still on the drawing board. These include:
- Making my 'Pausing for a Brew' objective marker and getting it painted-up...watch this space!
- Tweaking and painting up my other objective marker - the pre-made Battlefront British Command Post
- Scratch-building more North-Western Europe rural buildings and finishing up those that I have already made (I've realised I really enjoy making these)
- Maybe scratch-building a 1:144 Auster to replace the 1:100 one I made before in good -but misguided- faith. Not a priority, but fun
- Trying my hand at making more 15mm rural terrain. In fact, I'm even considering...
- ...Putting together a simple Flames board based around a crossroads near Isigny-Sur-Mer in Normandy, near Carentan, and finally (linked to most of the above,)
- Experimenting with my newly purchased clump foliage.
|Note the ID flashes - 3" on white.|
- How are you supposed to stick this stuff on so that it stays put?
- Ought I to have soaked it in PVA first?
- Does it look okay on these bases so far?
- Does anyone have any tips for making it look better? I know that I could mix up the colours, but I'm just trying it out to start with...
Please note also the now-completed conversions to the Universal Carriers (all three now have drivers and an extra Bren):
Thanks in hopeful advance,