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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Flames Of War” January 2023

Updated: Jan 3, 2023


"Before Allied troops even came ashore, the Germans suffered a bombardment from Naval ships."

This month's themed attempt to diminish my mountain of metal, plastic and resin models will once again have me setting my sights upon my collection of 15mm World War Two Germans by “Battlefront Miniatures”. Rather embarrassingly I've been chipping away at my 50-point strong “Flames Of War” German Beach Defence Company for well over a year, so really need to get the Panzergrenadiers' armoured support and anti-tank teams finished.


Fortunately, I've found my interest in both the period and range of figures to have been significantly re-energised by my recent purchase of "The Fields of Normandy" rule-set by Mike Lambo. Admittedly, the temptation to build some bases in order to specifically represent the Sixth Royal Scots Fusiliers for the solitaire wargame is somewhat strong. But I still have a fair few Panzer IV tanks and support infantrymen to complete first, as well as some extra reinforcements to bolster my company up to 75-points.

"Reactivation completed."

Alongside this 'final push', I am also busy trying to achieve a target total of 500-points in the Thirteenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC). As a result I have finished/submitted another 28mm scale Cybermen sculpted by "Big Mr Tong" which I produced using "Elegoo" Water Washable Resin on a Mars 3 Pro 3D Printer.


Strongly influenced by Eric Saward's incarnation of the Mondasians as first seen in his March 1982 "Doctor Who" story "Earthshock", the miniature was undercoated in "Citadel" Abaddon Black and given a double-helping of "Vallejo" Gunmetal. It was then shaded using "Citadel" Nuln Oil, dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Gunmetal, and had its hand-weapons' power cylinder 'picked out' using "Scalecolor" Speed Metal and "Citadel" Flesh Tearers Red.

"3D Breed Miniatures" WIP - These seven 10mm Saxons have been primed and dry-brushed.

In addition, I have my eye on a year-long project to fight the Battle of Hastings in 10mm using the STL (Standard Triangle Language) files found inside the Hastings and Stamford Bridge Battles Pack by "3D Breed Miniatures". This particular period/genre has come completely out of the blue, and has predominantly been inspired by my purchase of "Battles Of Medieval Britain" - another of Mike Lambo's solitaire wargames.


The paperback book contains twelve battles, including all three contests concerning King Harold's forces in 1066, and my idea is to print/paint the relevant forces required for an individual scenario on a monthly basis. This should ultimately lead to me building up quite a substantial collection of Saxons, Normans and Vikings throughout the year, and give me plenty of units to field when the time comes to shift over to a different rule-set (quite possibly "Hail Caesar" by "Warlord Games") which will allow me to use them all at once...

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undercoat2670
09 sty 2023

I am glad you have your mojo back for WW2 painting as your FoW forces look amazing enmasse. More cybermen is always nice to see and those teeny tiny Saxons look amazing! Fabulous detail in such a small scale. I cant wait to see what they look like when finished.

Polub
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
09 sty 2023
Odpowiada osobie:

Thanks Undercoat. Hopefully I'll have the German Panzer IVs finished soon. Plenty more Big Mr Tong figures to come too - though that's the last of my Cybermen for now - unless he releases a different version at some point.


I absolutely adore the 10mm Saxons, so expect some finished stands to make an appearance soon. 😀

Polub

planetmut
05 sty 2023

I'm very proud to say that my granddad was on one of the Royal Navy ships bombarding the Germans on D-Day :-) Your troops look great as always, and the Cybermen are just outstanding, you've really captured the look of the 80s metal monsters.

Polub
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
06 sty 2023
Odpowiada osobie:

Cheers Matt. What an awesome family link to such a momentous moment in history. 😀 My father apparently delivered Monty his morning paper/s once whilst he was in Gosport planning the D-Day landings.


The Vallejo Gunmetal and Citadel Nuln Oil do all the heavy lifting for the Cybermen. I just have to be patient with the dry-brush and not rush things with an overloaded tip. LOL!!!

Polub

wsd50
04 sty 2023

Another nice Cyberman mate, and you 15mm Germans look good all laid out like that.


But the star for me has to be the 10mm Saxons, I thoroughly enjoyed doing my 10mm Wild West stuff the other year, and have to admit I've a bit of a hankering to do some more 10mm stuff, so look forward to seeing how you get on with these.


Cheers Roger.

Polub
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
04 sty 2023
Odpowiada osobie:

Thanks Roger. That's the last of the BMT Cybermen for now. I only need ten for the homemade rules I plan to use with them. There certainly do seem to be an awful lot of Germans for their points, LOL!! And I'll still got the Panzer IV's and Tank-Hunter Gun Teams to paint.


"3D Breed Miniatures" really caught me off-guard with their 10mm Medieval range, and I've bought them all just as soon as I looked at the crispness of their freebie Saxon & Norman STLs. LOL!! They've also got Napoleonic French and Austrians - so I'm really going to have to stay strong not to get them too - I've printed out their samples and they're terrific too. 😁

Polub

Dai Dead
Dai Dead
03 sty 2023

Plenty of cool looking projects to keep you and this blog busy Simon! Looking forward to seeing how they all pan out as the year progresses.

Polub
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
03 sty 2023
Odpowiada osobie:

Cheers Dai. Fingers crossed the FoW should be finished by the end of the month. I've plenty of Big Mr Tong 3D prints already painted & ready for posting, so should be able to start some BatReps with them soon, and hopefully I'll be able to make a start on the 10mm Saxons later this week too.

Polub

wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
02 sty 2023

Good luck with the target on the 15 mm Germans, and the AHPC, the cyberman looks great. and shall be interesting to see how the 10 mm adventuring goes.

Polub
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
02 sty 2023
Odpowiada osobie:

Thanks Dave. The end is almost in sight for the 50-point German FoW D-Day Defence Company - and then I'll be straight onto a 25-point expansion force. LOL!!


The AHPC is going surprisingly well currently. I'm a little behind with my 10x28mm figures per week goal, but have made up the difference in points with some bonus scoring. This week's submissions just need varnishing and flocking.


Loving the 10mm Saxons currently. For a little more than twenty notes I've bought a Saxon, Viking and Norman army as STL files. A definite bargain in my books.

Polub
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