Monday, 18 March 2019

675 - On the Workbench at the Moment...

A bunch of Hail Caesar Vikings...
 ...some Cruel Seas card holders...

...and a fiddly ol' 1/350 model of HMS Eskimo:

That is all.

- Drax

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

674 - Cruel Seas Fast Boats Showcase

A few pretty pics, seeing as I had the light box out...
These are the ten boats from the starter set, and as Guy needed some at short notice for a demo game, he borrowed mine and we spent a very pleasant evening together painting them! I did the Brits (mais oui!) and Guy painted the S-Boats. 

The Brits:

...The Germans:
Things like pennants have yet to be done (and some of the German guns, I've realised) but otherwise, it was an evening VERY well spent!

 - Drax

Thursday, 28 February 2019

673 - Cruel Seas... at the proper scale, this time!

Yup. Actually played Cruel Seas with the proper vessels in the proper scale. 
It was great fun: it looked fab and the plucky Brits won!
However, I'm knackered, and it's hard to tell a photostory with Cruel Seas, so here are some pics (The Vospers and S-Boats are mine; all others are Guy's):
Big thanks to Guy and David for the game. 

- Drax.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

672 - 2018 Winter Challenge: British Paras - FINISHED!

It's over! Hooray!

Yes, Gentle Readers, I have actually finished my 1000 point Bolt Action force of British pathfinders from 21st Independent Company. 

The platoon selector is taken from the 'Market Garden' book, and comprises the following:

Captain +1,
Medic,
3x Sections of 5 men each, with a Bren,
3x Snipers,
3x PIATs,
3x 2" Mortars,

Vickers MMG.
Command Group 
1 Section
2 Section
3 Section 
3 Sniper teams
3 PIAT teams
3 2" Mortar teams
Vickers MMG team
Obviously, this is a very unusual platoon for Bolt Action, but I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing with a pretty tough but super-short-range force... what I'll miss in armour, transport, numbers and free artillery, I'll hope to make up with resilience, leadership, and order dice: these 1000pts actually generate 15 order dice! Three lucky snipers can commit carnage, and three light mortars can put down a lot of smoke, plus, veteran "small teams" are notoriously hard to hit and kill.  In terms of expansion, the three sections will eventually be reinforced by five men apiece, but that's about it. 

For the record, I also finished off my RAF Regiment PIAT team and my 4KSLI medic:
Lots to follow soon, including more finished toys and a couple of my recent games. 

Cheers,

- Drax.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

671 - 2018 Winter Challenge: British Paras! Days 37-42

Back in the saddle again.

Thankfully, I'm feeling better now (I hope I never ever catch flu again), and thankfully, I've been able to get back to painting, so the boys of 21st Independent Company are now pretty much done: all that's left now are the beret badges, a wash for everyone, and the basing.
...except I've just remembered about their jump wing decals.

Oh, strewth.

Aaaarrgh!

Well, we'll see, I guess...

- Drax.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

670 - Bolt Action Cromwell ARV

Hi All,

I still feel way too poorly to paint, but I did at least manage to get something built this week: my lovely new Cromwell ARV from S and S models:
The metal conversion pieces can come with the Italeri 1/56 kit at a tempting discount, and they're beautifully crisp with next to no flash or mold lines at all!

I chose to pin most of the bits in place, as they're REALLY bulky and heavy, but they are well-measured to fit the kit.

What makes this even better for me, is that I now - at last - have a spare Cromwell 75mm turret, just in case I want to field my CS howitzer variant as a normal tank. Why might I wish to do this? - well, because if I wish to play a squadron of Cromwells in - say - 'What A Tanker!', howitzers are useless in that game: there are no squishy targets. Hmmmm.
Rear view.

(Incidentally, S and S make a Cromwell CS conversion kit, too, as well as other ARVs!)

Another piece of the 11AD puzzle in place.

TTFN,

- Drax

Thursday, 31 January 2019

669 - 2018 Winter Challenge: British Paras! Days 33+

Alright, All?

Well, it's the last day of January and I have failed to make my challenge. 

However, being the generous person that I am, I have magnanimously decided to give myself a ten-day extension. This is because of four significant factors. 
1) I mentioned before the Bolt Action 'Desert Heroes' event up in County Durham, but I'd failed to take into account that it would wipe out three whole painting sessions;
This remains the last photo taken, but now, they ALL have almost all
of their khaki bits painted. That honestly doesn't leave much!
2) I utterly hadn't anticipated needing to both build and paint the Cruel Seas starter vessels - my pal needs them for a demo he's running this weekend. We worked on this together...but that;s something else for a future post! 
Terrible flash-pic: they look cracking in real life!
3) I also got the sudden commission to build this 28mm 4-Ground kit on a five-day turnaround. It's immense (7" tall; 12" wide), and ridiculously complicated: hundreds - quite literally hundreds - of those planks had to be individually stuck on:
4) Finally, Mrs Drax and I (and sadly now even Draxlette No.1) have all come down with - in my doctor's words - "a bad case of the flu." This is the first time in three days that I've even been able to look at a screen for this long! 

So...

The 2018(?) Winter Challenge continues...!

Watch this space.

- Drax.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

668 - 2018 Winter Challenge: British Paras! Days 16-32

Evening, All!
This screen-grab of my latest Draxian Painting Chart(TM), shows which
Paras are built so far [pink] and which are currently being painted [blue].
Again, mixed fortunes in the interim with regard to to the hurried painting to completion of my 21st Independent Coy Paras. On the one hand, my red ('Crusted Sore!') arrived and - although the pics below won't do it justice - it's PERFECT...

...and on the other hand, THIS arrived,  
...so naturally I had to both build all the vessels and play a game of it. Two more nights gone, and totally worth it. More on this second naval skirmish in a future post.

Then I did manage to get some painting done. Whist still waiting for the Crusted Sore I painted everyone's flesh and even managed to complete the painting on my RAF Regiment PIAT team:
It's hard to tell, but the fellows below now have the red-brown camo patches:
...and then, THIS happened: I had to dig out my Sikh and Destroy army for an early-war desert-themed event hosted by the entirely excellent Vital Ground Wargames Group up in County Durham:
I had to repack these to get them into my carry-on
My end of the 24ft-long table during Turn 1. I had a blast,
but - inevitably - this is for a future blogpost.
(Note the new mug)
I'm pleased to announce that - even with too many evenings squandered on my poxy day-job work - I believe that I should be able to get the remaining tropers FINISHED in 5-6 days.

Do I have this long until the end of January (my arbitrary time limit)? - Yes. Just. But already, REAL LIFE is threatening those remaining days (note that I'm typing here - not painting!) so I may run over time. C'est la vie, eh?

So there. I may well manage it, but I'm not going to break myself trying, that's for sure!

TTFN,

- Drax.