sábado, 15 de outubro de 2016

Gulf wars in 1/72nd scale - Iraqi rocket brigade

With this post starts the presentation of my Gulf Wars ground armies. I have the full Iraqi 3rd Armoured Saladin division, the 5th Mechanized division and  many Qatari, Saudi, US and British  battalion sized units to show you. I'm in the process of basing the tanks for Rapid Fire! but basing is all they need so I hope to speed up the posts to keep your nails and hart safe...

A Frog-7 battalion is parked while the even more famous Scud-B passes guided by a communications Zil-157.

The Zil is an ICM plastic model. The Scud-B is a resin ARMO model. The Frog-7 are conversions from the Uragans of the last post.

The ARMO model is a beauty. The amount of parts and detail forces you to use a careful painting. The figures standing by are ordinary command sections I'll show you when posting the Iraqi infantry.

And here it is the Frog-7 with the famous red triangle of the Republican guard. All vehicles were painted with Vallejo Iraqi sand. The missiles on the Frog-7 were painted buff as they appear a different color from photos of captured vehicles. 

terça-feira, 11 de outubro de 2016

Gulf Wars in 1/72nd scale - Converted Frog-7 for Iraq

The Frog-7 (Luna M), ground to ground missile system, was one of the last vehicles I still needed for my Gulf Wars Iraqi army.

This vehicle exist in resin but its expensive and I wanted at least three.

Somehow I remembered not to place the missiles from the 4D Puzzle Model S-300 AA missile system inside their tubes. Without knowing I had the beginning of the Frog-7 as the S-300 missiles are similar in shape to the Luna M.

When the Fabbri/Amercom (not sure about the origin) showed up in Portugal with the name Veículos Militares the number 2 was the BM-27 Uragan which uses the same Zil-135 truck as the Frog-7.

After looking carefully at the plans the main changes are relatively easy to be done:

Take out the 16 missile pod and its support from the Uragan and use Plasticard tubing, rod and plate for most of necessary parts.

The launching ramp for the missile is in a triangular shape. Be careful with this part. I made mine 2 or 3 mm thicker and it shows.

The end of the missile (from the S-300 AA missile) had to be increased in 1 cm for proper length.

The missile elevator was the trickiest part. I burned and twisted a number of plastic parts until I got this ugly thing.

The elevator ended a bit shorter and it should be almost as tall as the launching ramp (but as the launching ramp is also too tall, maybe the elevator is not that bad... who knows...).

Three Frog-7 represent a Battalion for Rapid Fire! rules. 

With all this scratch building no Frog-7 is exactly similar to the other but the final result is Ok for me.

One of the most difficult parts in these diecast vehicles is to open them and extract parts as it is needed here. Find a screwdriver that fits ONLY and tightly in one of the three sides of the triangle and apply some strenght in order to unscrew it.  

Most of the faults are hardly seen after priming. 

quarta-feira, 5 de outubro de 2016

Russian Contemporary Wars in 1/72nd scale - Painted 3D printed T-72B's

Last post 3D printed T-72B's painted roaming somewhere in Arnhem 1944... ehhhhr... South Ossetia 2008, I mean.

These models paints easily as the detail Mario Laranja placed is fitted nicely and the most compex parts like the frontal lights are simplified but still making their part. 

After assembling, priming and painting I used a piece of acetate to make the full commander's turret shield. This part had to stay to the end as I wanted the small rectangular visor to show its glass. Green and brown (to simulate the cloth around the bottom part of the shield) was painted around the small rectangular visor.

The turret Mg's are metal Skytrex.

Some seams from the 3D printer can be seen but in some places they even add to the detail!

sábado, 1 de outubro de 2016

Russian Contemporary Wars in 1/72nd scale - 3D T-72 BV from Mario Laranja's ...3D printer.

Last toys to arrive are these 3D prints by my friend Mario Laranja. In order to see his awesome work you should pay a visit to his blog


and drool at paper tank models, houses and such.

If you are close enough to Algarve you just yell his name anywhere and someone will lead you to him.

As soon as Brigada Tripeira spy network informed me that Mario had bought a 3D printer I asked him for 10 T-72 BV. I had the pleasure to pick from his house this first group of 4  and look at his fantastic latest material like other 3D tanks in 15mm and card houses.

The only parts I asked him not to print were the MG's and the open turret hatches as I have some left overs from other models. 

The white plastic doesn't let see the level of detail of these 3D prints but you will see after painting that these are really good.

The usual few extras like antennae, MG and torsos with GreenStuff arms.

The final result is great and with only two parts - turret and hull - you can't have an easier model. 

terça-feira, 20 de setembro de 2016

A wargaming trip to Constantinople 1453 - Part four (and last), the Military Museum of Istambul

The Military Museum of Istambul is a classic museum crammed with paintings, weapons and dioramas. In spite of its nationalistic aproach, in which for instance the thugs of the Armenian genocide were the Armenians themselves and the victims were the Turkish soldiers (when its more than proofed it was otherwise), its a nice and big space with plenty to see. Save yourself at least some 5 hours so you can see everything.

Regarding Constantinople 1453 there is plenty of information. The top picture  is a nice diorama of the conquest where you have to the right the Genoese Galata neighbourhood and to the left the main Constantinople itself.

Here you can see the road built by Mehmet II surrounding Galata in order to transport by land the besieging fleet after discovering that the defenders had a big chain protecting the mouth of the Golden Horn.

The remains of the original chain can still be seen in the museum.

Panorama style you can see a very beautiful and detailed painting of the main assault. I took  several sequential pictures L-R so the detail can be seen more clearly.

The painting also shows some scattered materials like artillery baskets, guns and helmets which enhances detail.

Even today you can find remains of the walls of Constantinople everywhere. Even normal houses or shops used them for its own benefit.

Istambul is a great place for holidays speciallly for the History lover and the Constantinople siege of 1453 is a great wargaming subject. I hope to have contributed for that in this series of posts.

domingo, 18 de setembro de 2016

Russian Contemporary Wars in 1/72nd - BMP-1's

Last addition to this series are these S-Models BMP-1. The models are superb, containing photo-etched parts sometimes even superfluous. 

As usual the drivers have arms made of GreenStuff. The torsos are PSC. This camouflage is close to the Russian BMP's of the peace keeping force in South Ossetia in 2008.

This camouflage is more usual and matches some of the tank companies I've painted. 

quarta-feira, 14 de setembro de 2016

Rapid Fire! 20mm Blitzkrieg - Dutch and Polish aircraft

Some more Blitzkrieg planes. The one on top is the main Dutch fighter, the Fokker DXXI. 

I don't have much more for the Dutch. The ground forces can be seen in this old post: 


For the Polish I have an army filled with good intentions, with Hat and First to Fight models all waiting patiently on the shelves but with nothing painted or built yet.

The exception are these three planes. On top the famous PZL11 a model by Encore.

Here, the PZL23 Karas (Heller) and the PZL37 Los (Plastik).