AVBCW: Painting Challenge

Well hopefully it won’t have escaped some peoples’ notice my mate JP & I are hosting another one of our Big Games on the 27th September. So we’re busy gearing up to organising it, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.

As usual, I am providing armies for delinquents who don’t know better and haven’t got their own little toy soldiers.

A recent review of the detritus, found a load of Foundry WW2 Home Guard cyclists.As one of the things JP & I are pushing in our latest game is the lack of fuel and ammo, bicycles are an ideal anitdote to lots of tanks and armoured cars.

As you can see, there’s a fair bit of greenstuff to make the arms meld in with the bodies, otherwise excellent models, so I planned to have a new unit of them to deploy on the battlefield – in accordance with my plan to get a new unit on the board with every single game I play !

In addition, my review found a number of other units to put together…

Luckily, Byakhee Richard is one of them so as Chief Engineer for many of the larger more complex items I build, he has been busy building new armoured vehicles for me. These (Musketeer) Lancia Armoured Trucks were used in the 1920’s not least in the Irish Civil War.

There was a fair amount oif blue language used whilst Richard built this Austin Morris A/C, however the outcome is very good with an excellent crew including one of Paul Hicks’ tank commanders – a bren gun, BOYS anti tank rifle and smoke bombs and this makes an excellent addition to the mechanised arm of the MHC.

Richard did however send me his list of mobile BUF….including a request for more cavalry, and even dismounted cavalry.

Good job I have some on the painting table. Again Musketeer BUF…

Looks like I’ll be busy over the next couple of weeks painting this lot up in time for the ganme.

Good job I almost finished the command group for the socialists for Mike then isn’t it ? 😉

AVBCW: A Week’s challenge

Byakhee JP and I are planning a game of AVBCW next Friday. Having had the unit of (10) shotguns on the painting table for ever and a day, plus a built Lanchester A/C, I will now use the next week to complete these figures and vehicle.

So I’m seeting myself a challenge to do these figures. They’re a mixture of Gripping Beast and Musketeer miniatures. Civilians, so will all need unique paint schemes which is probably why I’ve procrastinated over painting them for so very long !

Then there is the Lanchester (Copplestone Castings). As I intend to play the Malvern Hills Conservators, the Local Defence Volunteers, they only have A/Cs and other light vehicles save for one tank (Tanks and the Malverns don’t get on well together).

Having done loads of tanks for AQMF, I’ll be using the same schemes for painting this so I can get this on the table ASAP.

Updates of scenarios and paint progress over the next week.

I’m hoping this self imposed deadline, will also spill over into finishing off the BUF dismounted cavalry unit I also have half completed on the painting table. I’ve not done enough figure painting for AVBCW (and Warhammer) for some time…

This week’s challenge – Thursday

The Musketeer miniatures got finished off.

The hybrid Cooplestone/GWM mortar was finished off as was an HMG.

A 1st Corps building that got spackle was repaired, and the a/c s also got painted.

Weather nopt good for paint to dry off.

Still made good progress with the second mortar and crew; the second HMG and crew and the remans of what I need to do for Saturday.

BoB/RCW: Command Elements I

Been busy painting command units for the forthcoming BoB/RCW game – it seems I am providing 3 armies to the Lead Leeches, as well as my own !

First up, a couple of Kuban mounted standard bearers:

Copplestone White Russian Cossacks.

These are part of the massive box of cavalry I am refusing to shift from the kitchen until the entire contents is finished – I oipened the box after 8 years and found the entire contents unpainted and unused. After three weeks of promising my cleaner it will be removed, it is now getting embarrassing. She’s back on Monday, so stand by for more Cossack Cavalry goodness.

Some more Infantry support elements. These are Musketeer WW1/RCW Infantry Characters, namely Signallers (which will e observers for artillery), Ammunition carriers, and Medics.

As you can see, I have painted two sets for ordinary White Russians and one for more Colourful White Russians. Another set will be for Cossacks forces, and a fifth will be for the Shock Troopers. Both are well advanced along with HMGs and one of the mortar units,.

More on the way…and will try for better photos…

AVBCW: A little Game at Little Marcle

On Friday Byakhee Gav H and I had a little game to try out some rules we’d been tinkering with loosely based on the newly released “Went the Day Well” rules Ook has produced and that we are bashing into shape for my Back of Beyond game.

A cut down platoon of two units plus command unit faced off against each other – MHC vs BUF.

Gav’s unsophisticated walk straight at them tactic should have spelt disaster.

But a combination of good cards for initiative…

…and good dice…

Saw him win.

A quick and simple game that tested out a few of the new rules we’d dreamt up (mostly his).

Which left time for a quick game afterwards of my BoB rules…

Stay tuned pop pickers…

Clearing out the Play Room

Now the observant will have noticed a lot of RCW/BoB figures being painted.
Yup, that’s because I found a box of them on the floor of the playroom and I’m trying to paint all of them along with their brethern before I put them all away and I am catalogouing them on the way. So lots of White Russians, especially mounted figures, and you’ll be able to see the next unit in the background in the next couple of photos:

Yes I found a big box of stuff that needed sorting through.
As you can see from the photos, how big it is, because there is a cat who loves it!

And anyway, it’s not like I’m going to get to see the DVD/TV:

So I have three days to clear out:

  • 10 Plastoon
  • 5 RCW Command Squad
  • 10 BUF Cavalry
  • 5 BUF Command Cavalry
  • 15 Cossacks

For starters.

:-O

(The Dark Elves are done just waiting for the winking of a photograph)