Here are some shots of my new FJs from ESCI.  I bought this set back in the late 90s, and have wanted to paint them up since getting back into the game this past fall.  Here are the results… I must say I am really happy with these 18 lads:




Updates for Tuesday

I am updating with my projects for the week.  My longest standing issue is trying to find a way to fit/build/store an appropriate board in a NYC 300 sq/ft apartment.  After much negotiation with my lovely and understanding Girlfriend Lauren, (she is game to play me and help with these projects, the saint), is allowing me to install a board that will double as a mural on the wall.  The plan is to build a frame out of 1×2″ firing strips and panels of 2’x4’x1/4″ board to make an 8×4 ft. gaming table.  I am planning on covering one side of the finished board with a Woodland Scenics Readygrass vinyl mat, and the other side with a lovely poster measuring 48″x72″.  Additionally I wanted to make the board expandable with holes built in for pegs to attach two additional sections on on the side a 2’x8′ section and one on the bottom of this widened piece measuring 2’x6′ creating two additional sizes of boards measuring 8’x6′, and 10’x6′.  This largest board is 60 sq. ft., while the original is 32. I think making peg holes in the boards will be an awesome way to expand and grow with my living space size.  Below are two schematics showing the plans:




And the two expansions, which will be built at a later date:



I’m planning on a trip to home depot to buy the lumber and supplies to finish the first 8’x4′ board and will use 1 inch screws to put it ll together.  I am also banking on the fine folks at home depot making these 10+ cuts for me!  Hopefully I will have such luck.


To conclude my ramblings, I want to say that I have been basing my men on pennies for skirmish rules/my pre-ordered Battlegroup Overlord ruleset that I am eagerly anticipating.  if you pre-order today Plastic Soldier Company will give you a free sprue of their new US late war infantry sets, as well as entry to the raffle for some great prizes.  I guess only the first 500 pre-orders will get these great offers.  


Basing has been a real pain in the you know what!  I have been struggling with this for a long time and finally bit the bullet.  I have spackled about 200 of my men of the intended 500.  I will use Woodland Scenics Earth Undertone and static grass flock.  If anyone has any suggestions to help me in this conquest please feel free to send suggestions!


I will also update on my Ukrainian sets which have all been primed and are ready for the base coats of Dunklegelb (tamiya TS-3 dark yellow spray).  I also want to do a post on a couple squads of ESCI Fallshirmjaegars I painted to mix into a Normandy Wargame.  


Excited to get the board project going, and finally put up some shot of the board, and hopefully and game quite soon!


Cheers and happy Tuesday!



Update on the German armor from the Ukraine

Here are some updated shots of 4 pieces I am working on. 2 Wespes, a sdkfz 234/2 puma, and a marser










Both the Wespes and Marder went together pretty easily. The tracks on both are exactly the same and are a little on the fiddly side and I ended up gluing them on the road wheels. I have built two roden sets before one sdkfz 234/4 and one 232 and find that the drive trains are really difficult to assemble. However the price is so nice that I have opted towards these purchases for my armored car needs because they are 1/3 the price of revell, italeri etc.

Late War Waffen SS

Here are some shots of a group of late war Waffen SS that I finished last week and had meaning to put up in a post.


There’s something about the pea dot pattern that I find visually appealing.



A nice shot of the MG, a fine pose from the Italeri elite German infantry set.




Another set of tank men, the one in black is representing Michael wittman.






The kits used are Orion Panzer crews, italeri elite infantry, ceasar German infantry in winter gear, and revell German infantry.

Hope you all enjoy the recent work as much as I do, and I can’t wait to deploy these men to my table!

From down under…

This post is a shout out to my readers from down under. I was in Houston this past weekend visiting my hopefully soon to be in laws with my Girlfriend Lauren and her parents just got home from their trip to New Zealand and Australia. Aside for their recounting what a lovely visit they had, they brought some edible souvenirs…



Here are some shots of the Tim tams in ice cream and raspberries.. Our dessert after a lovely meal of Tostadas, a true Mexican special!


Well at their airport heading back to the work bench and NYC… Cheers,


Early War Wehrmacht

As a part of my 2012-2013 painting overhaul I decided to paint up a group of early war Wehrmacht to experiment with feldgrau and uniform choices. I decided on a lighter shade of grey-green from the tamiya line. I used a number of revell panzergrenadier, esci infantry, esci afrikacorps, and some horsemen from the revell German artillery. Below is the end result. I also used a home brewed wash of some left over flat black and water to thin it down. This was my first attempt at using a wash and since have gained some more control.









New Armor from the Ukraine

I just received my long awaited package with new armor for the Ukrainian Website modelsua.com. They have great prices on some of the rarer pieces I was hoping to collect nearly 50% off from even megahobby.com which is my primary go to for wargaming shopping. Here is the list of my order and a peak at the boxes:

2x Marder II
2x Wespes
2x pumas
1x SU 76
1x panzerwerfer





I ordered these fine models around a month ago and was delighted to see that they were delivered! Will post updates on the building/painting process soon.