Two more bits

I finished painting two more pieces amidst studying for my licensing exam: a refurb of an old hasegawa kublewagon which will come in handy as a Forward Arty Observer, and the two crewmen from the PSC Panther Set.

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Homemade Frankenstein 17pdrs

After searching high and low for a reasonable option to supply my battlegroup with 17pdrs, I found there aren’t many options in 20mm let alone plastic. I could order metal sets with corresponding crew from one of the reputable manufacturers for a pretty price, or I could salvage some PSC barrel extras from the soviet Zis2/3 set. I used the long barreled Zis2 which is 57mm (a little smaller gauged than the 17pdrs 76mm) and carved it down a bit to look more the part. I used various pieces to create the wheelbase and gun shield from my spare parts box. I used spare shurzen from armorfast for the shields and sprue for the arms. I also found some photo etched pieces to recreate some details to give them a little flair. To reproduce the small ball shaped muzzle break I sculpted some miliput at the tip of the barrel. I will sand/file to shape it more once it cures.

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I have ordered a set of Waterloo British Paras with Pack howitzers for crew. It comes with 6 crew for each of the three guns. Below are shots from Plastic soldier review site:

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Some Finished Projects over the last Month

Hello again,

 

I just wanted to share some of my finished projects that I did in the little free time I’ve had this past month while working on my finals for grad school.  Even though I was away from the blog, I still managed to put out a few finished pieces; mostly to beef-up my German Artillery/Anti-tank.  I will start by showing my finished nebelwerfers from S Models:

 

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These are great models, as they come with 2 rocket launchers.  Unfortunately they do not include crew, so I shot them with spotters from the PSC PAK 38 set.  I intend on converting some German Infantry to serve as loaders, although I reckon that the rockets these came with are not historically accurate.  Oh well… I am not a rivet counter and will enjoy the kit’s supplied ordinance anyway.

 

Next up is my Roden Panzerwerfer.  Also a nicely detailed set, but is was a pain in the you know what to assemble with many fiddly parts and a very delicate drive/track assembly.  I think this will be enough of a ‘werfer battery for my taste.

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In the background is a pegasus Ukrainian pre-painted house #1.  I think it will make a nice addition to my eastern front scenery, as I start to build up this collection.  I am nearly done with a pair of houses that are designed to look like this one.  They are built from foamboard and card with airdry clay to simulate the thatched roof texture.  I will post pics when they are complete!

 

Next up are the last two Wespes painted up for the eastern front.  I have already completed two Wespes to serve in my Western Europe campaigns as panzer-lehr vehicles.  These two are the same ACE kits I purchased around valentines day from ModelsUA.com in the Ukraine.  A fine addition I must say.

 

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The first bears the insignia of the Wiking Division or 5th SS Panzer Division.  The Second Tank has the Grossdeutschland helmet-shaped insignia.  I have a penchant for open-topped self-propelled guns.  They are fun models to build and are nice to look at with interchanging crews to suite the forces you’d like to deploy.

 

And Finally I will do a quick run through of the PSC PAK 38 and Crews along with a pair of PAK 40s from Italeri that i re-painted.

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here is an Italeri PAK 40 being serviced by a Waffen SS crew from PSC.  The camo is supposed to be spring/summer Oakleaf

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Above is the Same Crew from the front without the gun

 

Next up are the Waffen SS PAK 38s and Crews

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these PSC sets are worth buying for the crews alone! In one Set you get 24 gun crew with both 50mm ammo and 75mm ammo, a great value for around 18 bucks if you ask me!

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And now my Panzer Lehr/Heer Gunners:

With the PAK 38s-

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…..And with the PAK 40s

 

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A shot of the PAK 40 with Lehr Crew in my current Wargame…. I will post on the finale of this game so look out US armor!

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheers,

 

Ted

Weekend AAR of Operation Bagration Front

Another week in the books working hard to produce some new scenery and finish up my giant basing project.  I managed to finish off nearly 30 pine trees and 10 large 5′”-7″ deciduous trees (both of the woodland scenics range) and glued them to bases but did not have time to finish the aesthetic appearances of the bases, but bear with me as I was able to complete my PAK 38 crews, and new Normandy building meant to be a part of my “Saving Private Ryan,” inspired town of Rammelle.  I also nearly finished some new PSC wet stowage Shermans for a Normandy game planned for this weekend, but ultimately made me go back to wanting a eastern front battle, and saving a Normandy game for next weekend when I hopefully receive my pre-ordered copy of Battlegroup Overlord from Iron Fist Publishing/PSC.   Anyway, I opted to play a scenario of my own invention on the eastern front during 1944 summer.  Below is a map of the board, with the main objective being to hold/defend the bridge or take the bridge. We are currently using my house rules for skirmish games while awaiting our BG ruleset.

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Lauren as the Soviets won the dice roll for choice of offense/defense, and chose to defend the bridge.  for her forces she chose:

-about 100 Infantry

-4 Zis 2 57mm AT

-2 Zis 3 76.2mm AT

-2 45mm AT

-2 SU-122s

-1 SU-76

-2 SU-85

-1 122mm Howitzer

-1 BT7

and

-11 T-34s   (she chose to reinforce on turn 4 with the majority of the infantry 85+ and all her T-34s, while deploying a PAK front of her Arty and Tank Destroyers)

 

The Germans led by yours truly had in their command initially:

around 40 Waffen SS panzer grenadiers

3 Panzer IVHs

2 StuH42s

3 Sdkfz 251/d

1 Panzerwerfer with two timed barrages coming on the 2nd and 3rd turns

and an Sdkfz 232 for recce,

with reinforcements on turn 5 of:

2 Panzer IIIJs

3 Panthers

2 Opel Blitzes  towing PAK 38 50mm

and an additional force of 25 Panzer Grenadiers of the 3rd Waffen SS division

below is a shot of the board at the start of the game.

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Some shots of the PAK front at the start….

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The Grenadiers and StuH42s take to the right flank

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Simultaneously the Germans Send their armored car to recce the area by the bridge…

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Contact!

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The German Recce destroys the BT-7 with a lucky roll and continues its patrol finding the PAK front and Calling in two separate rocket barrages from the Panzerwerfer.

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Destroying;/killing the crews of the Soviet Arty.  Also the StuH42s take a couple of guns down in a barrage of their own.

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the Panzer IVs move up to take some ground towards the river

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A great shot of the StuH42s advancing

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Along come the soviet reinforcements….

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and subsequently the German reinforcements for a showdown of massive armor…

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The AAR to be continued in the next post!

 

 

On the Workbench

After basing all my trees and many of my figures, I am able to get back to a little painting and modeling. Here is what currently is on my to do list for this week:

-Finish my roden panzerwerfer’s paint job weathering and decals

-paint the s model nebelwerfers

-refurb the old autumn camo Waffen SS mainly pegasus and revell kits with some improvements to the camo details and wash and base

-paint the 4 plastic soldier guns and their crews. I will do two PAK 38s in dunklegelb, and two in panzer grey, and two crews in SS camo and one as the panzer lehr in feldgrau.

-paint the motorcyclist and side car as spring side camo to become recce/dispatch riders this is an old hasegawa kit

-paint the two soldiers and their raft from the revell pioneers kit.. Not sure what this piece will mean to my games at this point, but I have been dying to see it painted up.

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Major Haul from last week- Reinforcements

Shots of some kits I received from Megahobby.com and thewarstore.com.  Both are fantastic deals for wargammers, especially the war store for Plastic Soldier Company, easily the cheapest outlet for this brand.  Both online stores are based in NY on Long Island so they ship in a day and both took me by surprise as they came on Thursday from UPS.    UPS  attempted delivery while I was at work, and i had one more chance to be home for delivery.  I was naturally devastated by missing the kind parcel-men in Brown, and so I went on the hunt for my packages.  After work I tracked down the truck carrying my reinforcements and brought these beauties home to my ecstatic relief.

 

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A shot of my ravenous face once I intercepted the packages from the parcel-man.

 

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Unboxing the Italeri Stone Walls I was very pleased with the weight/durability of this kit.  They are heavy and sturdy and I think another box will suffice for my stone wall needs right now, and at $14/pop they are reasonable sets as I was loathing trying to manufacture these important but boring pieces of scenery (my previous attempts at DIY both were miserable failures)

 

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A PST Katyusha for some Soviet Flavor- the wit has a tremendous amount of parts which will be a project to tackle on a day where I have incredible patience and focus.

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I’ve been dying to get my hands on this kits for the crews even more so than the guns.  Although some lighter AT guns for my mid-early German Forces are certainly welcome!

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I was very Indulgent with a purchase of an additional pack of Zis 2/3 because I only built out the Zis 2 version of the 57mm AT.  Naturally I needed some of the 76.5mm version so this was a necessity.

 

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Some PSC T-34 76/85 to round out my T-34s to 11… gotta love the durability and ease of build in these great kits… perfect for wargaming.

 

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PSC Sherman Wet Stowage 76mm version- there is no optional 105mm howitzer or 75mm version turrets which was a disappointment  but the 76 was nonetheless the one I was really gunning for.

 

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I am very pleased with my PSC Panzer Lehr Divisional Markings and will probably go back and purchase a few more sets of these great decals.

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Zvezda 85mm AA Soviet at $7.50 a steal and had to buy two of course- easy build, nice looking moulds on two sprues

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Zvezda Soviet AT rifle teams at $4 each for 2 guns.  Had to buy two.

 

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and Finally the Soviet Tank Riders By Hat- I would like to find  a way to fix them to the tanks where they can be removed as needed- if anyone has an idea or method they use i’m open to suggestions.

 

I also received some medium green static flock for my basing project, tamiya olive and dark yellow spray, woodland scenics undertone, and mat adhesive.

Finally I have something to work on….. a decent haul I think…

 

Cheers,

 

Ted