Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Saints win the JPT!!!!!!

O.k. this has nothing to do with wargaming but as a life long saints fan I just had to post something. As a fan to young to remember the FA cup in 76, I've waited a long time to see my team win a trophy. I was there with 50,000 other saints fans and had a cracking day out watching my team thump Carlilse united 4-1 to lift the Johnstones paint trophy. Hopefully this the turning point for my club who only 8 months ago were staring oblivion in the face. Now we have a new owner, a new team and a new manager looking to put this club back up the leagues and win some trophies it's a good time to be a saints fan.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Armoured trains

I've been well and truly bitten by the VBCW bug at the moment. Sadly the wargames budget has been taking a bit of a hit at the moment mostly due to my other hobby of following Southampton football club, which for those not in the know are off to wembley this weekend for the JPT final which isn't a cheap trip.
Anyway to keep the hobby juices flowing I've been doing a bit of scratch building. First up on my list was an armoured train for the Swanage railway. This is the second armoured train I've scratch built, the first (bottom four pictures) was built for my RCW/BOB games however I think it would work for a VBCW probably as a goverment train. Basically its a 1/55 scale teamsters toy train (it even makes choo choo train sounds) with a good layer of cardboard and plastic card armoured plates plus some drink bottle lid turrets with scratch built guns.
The new train is another teamster train with a different engine. This time I've tried to make it look more jury rigged more like something that has been armoured up by railway workers with materials lying around the engine sheds (like sleepers, sandbags and scrap metal). I've also scratch built a 3pdr naval gun on the back for some heavier firepower. Its just about ready for painting now just needs a few more sandbags and I'm ready to go.
Cheers Jon

Friday, 12 March 2010

Anglican league 1st Platoon 2nd company Swanage Rifles

Hi All,
some pictures of my finished platoon for my Anglican troops for the Very British Civil War setting. These guys are part of the Swanage Rifles who are one of four battalions of the Anglican leagues All Saints Brigade. The figures are a mix of Musketeer Miniatures, Bolt Action Miniatures and Artizan. A little bit of green stuff was used to add the arm bands and a pistol holster to the Reverend George Mallard.
The platoon consists of two rifle sections of ten men (1st section also has the platoon Lewis gun) and a command section including Sergeant Turner with his Tommy gun and vicar Mallard. I think I needed to add a Standard bearer to the command group and the local GP as the platoon medic (as soon as I find a suitable figure). I also might have to add a support weapon or two maybe a heavy machine gun and an Anti tank rifle.

Cheers Jon

Saturday, 6 March 2010

VBCW WIP anglican league

Hi all,
I've been bitten by the Very British Civil War 1938 fad. For those that don't know this is a hypothetical setting for a British civil war in 1938 sparked off by Edward VIII decision to Mary Wallis Simpson. Lot of information here http://gwargamesp.18.forumer.com/index.php?s=37258ae5cd8375c36e4c8d7e7feaef53&showforum=4
Here are a few pictures of my test unit for Anglican league of Dorset. These troops will be part of the All Saints brigade based on the isle of Purbeck. the Miniatures are from Musketeer Miniatures Irish civil war range http://www.musketeer-miniatures.com/store.php?r=19&rule=Historical&id=49
Cheers Jon

Monday, 1 March 2010

AK-47 Royal Zumatan Navy

Hi all,
been a while scene my last post but I've been busy finishing off another army for my Zumatan Dictatorship the Royal Zumatan Navy. For years I've admired all those WW2 D-Day you see at wargames shows and in glossy wargames mags. So when I saw the rules for Boats and river craft in the AK-47 rules I was struck road to Damascus like and decided to do a navy. Like all AK armies there are five units
Unit 1- Professionals (1st troop Zumatan SAS)
x4 S/A bases, x1 transport helicopter (Wessex) air support from fleet air arm Cessna
unit 2 - Regulars (Royal Zumatan Marine commandos)
x4 S/A bases, x2 LVTP (MG)
Unit 3 - Militia (Royal Zumatan Navy sailor's landing party)
x10 S/A bases, x3 LCA landing craft
Unit 4 - Regular (HMS Cleopatra jet powered patrol boat)
counts as x2 A/C one with tank gun one with A/A gun
Unit 5 - Regular (PTB 212 ex ww2 us)
counts as x2 A/c one with tank gun one with an A/A gun
As well as painting up the units I made three army specific objectives in the form of some bunkers to capture.
Miniatures are a mixture of Peter Pig and Skytrex. Both ships are old Heller model kits. the Landing craft are conversions of 1/76 Airfix pontoon bridge boats. The air support are cheap toy die casts. The marine LVTP in full and waterline versions are from peter pig. The armies not quite finished as I haven't painted up any dead markers yet and I need to paint up four sailor heavy weapon bases form the political charts.
As any army I doubt this will be very effective, and the rules and scenery may needed fudging. After all I can't really defend with this army and the table needs a large body of water. I'm also tempted to use the the artillery support rules from the Lebanon supplement to represent naval gun fire and shore batteries.
Anyway enjoy the pictures.
Cheers Jon