Sunday, 19 April 2015

499 - "Men of Harlech, On to Glory!"

This is Post 499 - that means the next one's a biggie for Drax. There'll even be a wee competition, with predictably underwhelming prizes. But first...


...Because you gave the world Dai, over at The Lost and the Damned and the Stunted [link] and he sent me a wonderful pressie through the post: A pack of flowers, with which to prettify the bases of my new 28mm Bolt Action Brits...and as a special treat, a dessert-painted Honey Stuart for my next-on-the-list-and-soon-to-be-cobbled-together Flames of War Desert Rats. 

What a gent!

Sadly, I don't have access to the camera at the moment, so I can't take any pics, but in honour of his lovely gift, I spent an enjoyable two evening hobby sessions watching the marvellous 'Zulu' (which is - of course - my favourite film of all time), so here instead is Alphonse de Neuille's 'The Defence of Rorke's Drift' instead. A smashing piece of work:

In the meantime, by the way, the internet is still TERRIBLE here, which is why I've been on your blogs less. Do be patient - I'll be back, I promise!

- Drax.

Friday, 10 April 2015

498 - Bolt Action 28mm British Progress

[NB: my rural internet connection has been TERRIBLE lately, so please forgive me if I've missed stuff on your blogs...]

Well, it's been a weird week - I've been travelling around a lot, and my evenings have been taken up - quite pleasantly - with social engagements, but here's a pic of the bulk of my assembled 28mm Bolt Action (although since this pic was taken I've now finished building and base-coating ALL of my infantry and vehicle crew...):
I don't know why the lone chap, bottom-right, stepped forward. "Hey, Tommy: never volunteer!"

As it stands, then, my 28mm Bolt Action British force comprises the following; all 'regular' and from the 'Normandy' force selector. Naturally, they're 4KSLI, 11th Armoured Division...:

  • 2Lt
  • [free] Artillery Orserver
  • Medic
  • Sniper Team
  • PIAT Team
  • 1 Sect, 10 men with 2 SMGs and 1 Bren
  • 2 Sect, 10 men with 2 SMGs and 1 Bren
  • 3 Sect, 10 men with 2 SMGs and 1 Bren
  • 4 Sect, 6 men with 2 SMGs and 1 Bren [the spare Tommy can act as a runner]
  • 3" Mortar + observer [not pictured (not yet assembled)]
  • Vickers MMG Team [not pictured (not yet assembled)]
  • 6 pdr Anti-Tank Gun [not pictured (not yet assembled)]
  • Recce Carrier
  • 3x Bren Carrier (transports)
  • Cromwell Tank

I've also constructed a 1000 point list - which I'm rather excited to run - that is essentially a fighting 'Carrier Section'. Yay!

In other - not dissimilar news - I've also started revisiting my 15mm Bolt Action troops, and without purchasing anything have now cobbled together a fairly substantial Monte Casino list. Watch this space for parallel developments...

- Drax.