Friday, 21 March 2014
Thursday, 20 March 2014
As promised, I'm trying to catch up with posting some of the stuff I have done before getting back to my blog. I'll probably go over the figures in more detail another time, with better pictures, but for now these might give some idea...
(The 28mm Africans in the last picture I painted ages ago, and the 20mm BTR-80's in sand and green were pre-paints. A couple of the Malayan Emergency figures have been redistributed from other projects too)
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Sunday, 16 March 2014
A few people have mentioned this model over the last few years - it's a cheap diecast T55 tank, advertised as being 1/43rd (apparently closer to 1/48th) and readily available from several sellers on eBay for around a tenner.
As can be seen - it matches nicely with both 28mm and 40mm. Perhaps a little large for one and a little small for the other. I'll definitely get another though :-) I'm also hoping to pick up the James Bond T55 with ERA at some stage, and will do a comparison between the pair of them and the kitech T72...
Friday, 14 March 2014
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
My quest for compatible figures continues - this time using the Dust Tactics 1/48th scale figures. I managed to pick up a single figure from a seller in China. On reflection, the dynamic pose might not have been the best for a comparison!
The figure is a pretty good size match, although of a more slender build despite the armour and gas mask. When the figure turned up the shotgun was bent, but has straightened out fairly easily as it is a softish plastic. (The body is sturdier and a lot less flexible). Not sure what I will use him for - a militant probably, with the improvised body armour and gas mask inspired by the Ukrainian Maidan protestors. Tempted by more from the same set, possibly as some sort of police or paramilitary unit. Some of the other figures from the range might make good paramilitaries too - although probably not the guys firing water cooled machine guns from the hip!
Monday, 10 March 2014
Urdovnya is my fictional Eastern Europe setting for my 40mms. I eventually decided to ditch Chernarus and keep everything pretty fast and loose. It exists only to give a framework to games, and I may modify things to keep it flowing. It is inspired by all sorts of things; from the break up of Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Georgia in 2008, Operation Flashpoint, Rainbow Six and Ultimate Force. A major source of inspiration has been Chris Peers' article on ACQ campaigns, set in the Shirvan Republic...
Urdovnya is an outlying province of the Shirvan Republic, lying between the Black Sea and the (Russian) caucases. The population is devided between the mixed religon (Christian and Muslim), Shirva speaking, Shirv and the predominantly Russian speaking, Orthodox, Urdov. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, things have been tense with occasional riots and civil unrest. Trouble has escalated and Russia has been flexing its muscles about the safety of the 'Russian' ethnic Urdovs. The Shirvan Government has moved troops into the region, amidst reports of Urdov milita groups forming...