Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Work Bench

Working on some contingents for my Commonwealth collection, Far East.

The Strelets figures are just getting better and better. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Game, on the Frankfurt-Oder line 1955

Enraged by West Germany's entrance into NATO, Khrushchev orders elements of the 11th Guards Tank Division out of lower Saxony to attack along the Frankfurt-Oder line

Played at Dave's using CD3 Modern rules. We tossed a coin to see who command what. Heads, me the Soviets, Dave the NATO commander. The kit is from both of our collections

Forward British elements had to withstand two free turns of Soviet advances before help could arrive - about 90min in real time

The West German contribution - AFVs by Pegasus

3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade heading up supported by 13th/11th Hussars with their Fireflys 

B Coy, 3rd RTR

Dave's tank destroyers anchor the extreme left of the NATO line

Somerset light Infantry in travel-march formation make a hurried crossing of the river covered by elements of 120th Field Bty and their 25pdrs

67th Guards Infantry Regiment made a rapid advance across their designated front, causing a difficult gap to plug for Dave, who was still waiting for armour and air support to arrive

In the center, Guards T34/85s head full advance towards units of 3RTR, while their supporting tank destroyers make a bee-line for the West German contingent. AFVs by Armourfast

SU company eliminated 

Followed a turn later by the loss of the Soviet spearhead group, things were starting to go badly for the Russians.....

Both sides received air support about midway through the game

NATO bombing run on the Soviet RHQ, infantry AA platoons proved to be ineffectual - figures are a mixture of Orion and Esci

It should be noted here that late in the game, Dave still had two battalions of motorized infantry yet to deploy, whilst the Soviets had everything they could muster attacking across the entire front

The loss of the Comets from A coy did little to help the Soviet drive in this area. Supporting British infantry just moved into hard cover and sat there - figures by A Call to Arms

Tank destroyers forced a bridge crossing to support forward infantry from the Somersets and ran headlong into the Guards HQ platoons

The result... x1 each

We eventually only played 7 out of 10 turns, as by this stage the Soviet drive had pretty much come to a halt across the whole front. There was still a lot of fighting going on between various infantry units but the communist commander had almost run out of AFVs
Result: Decisive British victory.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

x3 per battalion

The official issue rate of the Thompson sub machine gun 1939-1940

This is one of the company command stands for my planned forth battalion of my BEF collection

As with most previous additions to this collection, figures by Zvezda.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Work in Progress

Eventually this formation will be an infantry brigade....

Mostly Strelets, Esci and Revell figures 

I chose Lewis guns for the LMG platoons

This will be the machinegun battalion

Engineer stands, in more of assault style poses

Another engineer company 

Still quite a bit of work to do but the aim is to produce a 1939-43 New Zealand Infantry Brigade.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Stuff from Dave

A few snaps of some goodies from my friend David Russell...

Beach obstacles 

Assorted bunkers

And a few palm trees.

Cheers Dave

Saturday, December 9, 2017


Almost finished the command platoon

Minor paintwork to finish

Command figure is by PSC

Very nice models from this company - highly recommended.