SdKfz. 222 Dragon

I put up a cry for help on the boards over at the Guild for some 222 kits.  Dragon made a nice 1+1 kit with PE parts (the kit is currently Out of Production) and a friendly Guild member Steve had a spare kit to sell me.  Here are some pics of one of the finished models:

 

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Early War Miniatures/20mm Zone review

In my quest to build and fill out some more rare and non-existent in plastic form kits I have been exploring the realm of resin and came across the website for the late skytrex/hinchcliff line.  I recently on the boards over at the Guild found out two guys bought the moulds and are in the process of recasting all the old kits to offer at very reasonable prices.  They also were advertising some of their recent and first attempts at redoing the old kits from the hinchcliff line.  These kits were of captured German SPGs, which is exactly the first kit in resin that I was hunting down.  It fell into my lap as I had been trying to get a hold of a lorraine PAK 40 for some flavor and was planning on deploying it to my new HJ panzergrenadier division.  With the offerings were also the 105 and 150 models and a beobachtung artillery observation vehicle.  I decided on principle that I must order at least 3 to justify any postage expense from the UK.  I went with the 150, the PAK 40 and observation vehicle and they gents at EWM threw in a packet of german stowage for free!!!

 

I received top notch service and communication from Paul and Ian at EWM and the package arrived in an astounding 6-7 days from the UK to New York City.  I was amazed to open it and start working on these beauties shortly after my order shipped!  These are my first resin/metal kits and I was very pleased at the look and quality of the moulds.  I did some minor cleanup of the metal to get rid of flash and was on my way.  below are some pics of the assembly and paintjobs:

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These kits come with some crew cast in white metal.  I will give them a go once I obtain a tool to cut off the bases

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These three kits are a handsome addition to my Germans, and I want to thank Ian and Paul over at EWM/20mmzone for buying up the old skytrex moulds and making resin kit accessible to me!!  I will definitely be ordering more kits once they put some more moulds into production.  I am most looking forward to buying up some nice british and german trucks, and rare bits like the M18 hellcat.  I suggest taking a look at their website for updates!  http://earlywarminiatures.com/

 

Cheers,

 

Ted Maturo

 

 

Some Birthday Goodness

My lovely Lauren bought me some nice new reinforcements for my allies for my Birthday.  Some PSC M5 Stuarts, PSC Universal Carriers, and some LAH and 7th Armoured Div. Decals from the warstore.com.  The warstore is the place to go for any PSC products here in the states as they offer the best discount prices.  Anyway here are the results from the lovely order, from my lovely Lauren:

 

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500 Point AAR from Battle Group Kursk

Lauren and I played a small 500 point fictional scenario set around Kursk.  I was the Germans and she the Russians.  We played a couple Sundays ago and had a blast.  It is funny how much different games play in a Normandy Bocage table than a more open one like the steppes of Russia.  In the bocage it is a grind and slow moving, while in the plains of Russia it is fast and exciting.  Below are some shots from the game, unfortunately due to time restraints we were not able to record the play by play so all I have to offer are pictures and the finale which had Lauren defeat my German panzer army handily.  All in all a very fun day!

 

Cheers,
Ted

 

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Reinforcements for the 6th Airborne

One of my big projects is to make a good sized battlegroup for a Holland 44′ campaign.  I have 1.5 platoons painted up and ready with 75mm pack howitzers, so I have decided to beef this group up with some more support options.  My goal is to have 2 platoons with nice support options, recce jeeps, a command jeep, jeep tows for 6 Pdrs, and Jeep tows for 75mm pack howitzers.  Basically I need 5-6 jeeps and some additional reinforcements in terms of metal men.  I have scoured the internet for some reasonable options and in this first wave of reinforcements I have decided to start by painted 15 of the revell and esci holdover plastics to round out a platoon.  I also did some head swaps to incorporate more berets into the mix.  With head swaps I turned a Brit 2″ mortar from the revell set into another para mortar for platoon level support, and an old revell ANZAC vickers gun with crew into a nice piece for the para platoon.

 

As for the jeep project, I started with a couple of bodged jeep driver converts from airfix bofors crews with ESCI para heads on fully loaded airfix willys jeeps.  I am starting out with two jeeps, one recce, one that could double serve as a tow or recce.  Both jeeps have a nice amount of stowage that I provided from my spares box.

Phase two of this project will be to order more plastic jeeps- either going to grab up more airfix kits or also try some S Models which comes in a 2 pack, and then kit them out to round out a nice corp of jeeps.  The crews I am coveting are from AB, and I would like the officers and radio set that AB makes as well… all around beautiful work, and eventually I want to explore what AB full offerings are for the war table.  However with limited funds I don’t see phase 2 going into effect until the new year.

 

Below are some shots of the new pieces I have made:

hope you enjoy!

 

Cheers,

 

Ted

 

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Autumn Waffen SS Repaint

Hello readers, I have been away for a few weeks because of starting a new job and spending the majority of my free hours painting instead of posting pictures.  I also have lost my wifi capabilities with my phone which is where I would post some of the less tedious and wordy posts.  Anyways I have a lot of content coming out from projects that I have been working on before re-upping for the last quarter of the year.

 

One of these projects is some Autumn Colored Waffen SS.  I had painted some pegasus ss as my first painting experiment a little less than a year ago, and after looking at the mess they were decided to get them to my current painting standard.  Mixed in are some old ESCI poses and revell panzergrenadiers with a couple armourfast mortars for good measure.  This mini platoon will help create a good look for a mid-late war fall campaign.  Hope you enjoy!

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