sexta-feira, 23 de fevereiro de 2018

Rapid Fire! Ayatollah's army in 20mm - F-14

Another aircraft for the IRIAF this time a repainted F-14 Tomcat from Altaya with home made pilots.
Next: France 1940. Stay tunned because it includes nude scenes.  

terça-feira, 20 de fevereiro de 2018

Rapid Fire! 20mm D-Day, the British beaches (part 9) - Characters and small bits.

Here we have the famous beachmaster of Juno fame (Cpt Douglas Maud in reality) on the 1962 D-Day movie. His true dog was a German Shepard but as Pluskatt already had one the movie directors chose 'Winston' the Bulldog instead. Britannia figures including the LCA.
The happy mayor of Colleville-sur-mer running to meet the liberators with its bottle of champagne. Also a Britannia figure.
Josef 'Pips' Priller on board of its FW190 looking for his 100th victory over the British beaches (which he would achieve on the 15th June). Airfix model.
The supporting Centaur of the RM Commando. A Revell model with a scratchbuilt 95mm gun and Britannia commander.
Next: probably the return wether to Iran-Iraq war or France 1940.

sexta-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2018

Rapid Fire! 6th Guards Tank Brigade in 20mm - (Part 3) 3rd Scots Guards

The 3rd Scots Guard advances to the departure line of Operation Bluecoat where they meet the batteries of Achilles TD that will provide protection against the Panzers...
This is the last of the brigade's battalion and its again a 1/76th scale unit: the Churchills are Frontline Wargaming and BPM and the Achilles are Britannia.
The command group has a Frontline Churchill MKVI and a a Frontline conversion with a 95mm gun.
The normal Frontline Churchills have the 6pdr gun and a few extras: Britannia figures, extra tracks from Churchills and Shermans, antennae, rear fuel drum and plenty of stowage.
These are the printed models from BPM. They are very similar to the Frontline models and also received the same extras. As they are the latest builds, have nets and some Hessian tape as camouflage.
Finally the Britannia Achilles. They also have some of the above extras and use some Airfix crews along the Britannia ones.
Next: the last four Churchill to the Coldstream Guards. They are 1/72nd scale PSC and will join the ESCI models of  that battalion.

quinta-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2018

Rapid Fire! Ayatollah's army in 20mm - First Iranian tanks and aircrafts

My favourite wargames subjects are the ones I can remember from my youth. Among them are those I could see on the TV news while sitting at the table with my family and listening to my father explaning his version of events.
The Iran-Iraq war acompanied me through my teens and while it fascinated me at the beggining to the
end it clearly became on of those merciless games were gas was cowardly thrown, bad tactics used, no prisoners were taken and the death toll kept on increasing due to 'human wave tactics'.
Recently while reading the new books from the series Middle East@War (Helion publishing) many of these common places were put aside in my head. The Iranian used Infantry attacks due to the lack of armour, but they were many times sucessful even if the Pasdaran and Basiji suffered tremendously. The river and sea assaults by the Iranians are acts of tremendous bravery and their use of the American armour and aircraft from the seventies (up to today) is a proof of skillful engineering even without any support from the producers and without any software related to repair and logistics taken home by the US personnel when the Shah was overthrown.
Another interesting aspect of the Iranian army  is the mix of the hundreds of British Chieftain and Scorpions, US M-47, M-48 and M-60, Soviet material still bought under the Shah and many other captured from the Iraqi army or bought during the war. Even WWII tanks were still active like Chafee's and M-36 TD's. In the air the famous F-14 - not even sold to Israel - was flying and shooting down dozens of opponents alongside  F-5's and Phantoms.
Finally another good reason to make an Iranian army of the 80's is to have another army to fight with my two Iraqi tank and mechanized divisions in 20mm and its air support.

A few M-60A1 from Esci painted with the closest light green I found to the Iranian AFV colour, Citadel Straken Green. As usual plenty of details were added namely a crewman with the typical M1 helmet and scarf made of GreenStuff.

The small Iranian roundel was constant and these M-60's also carry the symbol of the 12th Imam.

Up to now only one Chieftain, a repaint from Altaya.

Also repaints from Altaya are these two F-5 Tigers the equivalent of the Iraqi Mig-21.

The famous F-4 Phantom (also Altaya repaint). A few were recently seen targetting ISIS in Syria...

Closing this batch a AH-1J Cobra from Italeri. These excellent helicopters were credited with the destruction of hundreds of Iraqi targets with TOW ATGM.

Next: probably more of the same or close. Or maybe the last Churchill tanks for my 6th Tank Brigade.

sábado, 3 de fevereiro de 2018

Rapid Fire! 1/72nd scale British aircraft Gulf War 1991

 Now for the British aircraft in the Gulf. Not many up to now but the most important models are here:
The Tornado GR1 from Airfix.
The Tornado ADV (fighter version) also from Airfix.
The Jaguar GR1, a conversion from Hasegawa. 
And the big and beautifully ugly Blackburn Buccaneers. On the the left an Airfix model and on the right the Altaya die-cast version with home-made pilots.
Next: Probably more Gulf War aviation or the begginning of my Iranian 1980-88 army or some French WW2 trucks I'm making up.

quinta-feira, 1 de fevereiro de 2018

Rapid Fire! Russian Contemporary Wars in 20mm - Georgian Didgori 2

For a long time I've been looking for  non-russian based vehicles to equip my Georgians. I already placed a few BMP-1 with them and some BTR-70 are on the cue but something different would really be ... different. Georgia used Turkish Otokar Cobras on its invasion of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in 2008. I looked for 20mm minis of these things and nothing. Then I looked for the Georgian made Didgori series and I found them! Well, not exactly as you can see in the photo of the real vehicle but close. Didgoris were not still made when the 2008 war happened so this is a compromise. 

The Didgori 2  APC looks to be quite impressed having won a number of orders and faring very well in international trade events. Besides the new Georgian camouflage is just great.

There are obvious differences between the Didgori 2 and my fake Didgoris but my cheap solution catches somehow the main lines of the real vehicle.

The truth disclosed: I found them in a Chinese shop and had to scratchbuilt the firing area in Evergreen and place an ESCI torso to man the Minigun. The Die-cast Humvee that joined the group can be seen in its awful colours trying to flee the picture.

Next: British aircraft in the Gulf 1991

quarta-feira, 31 de janeiro de 2018

Rapid Fire! 1/72nd scale American Airforce Gulf War 1991

At the same time of the building of the Iraqi Airforce I also built the American Airforce for the 1990-91 Gulf War. So most of these models are over 20 years old and are all plastic kits. The era of Die-cast 1/72nd  was still a bit far and model kits still ruled our options. Later I'll show you my newer Altaya US aircraft with the addition of home made pilots.
This F-14 (Airfix) sports the old fashioned stars of the USN still used by a few squadrons in the Gulf and that were being replaced by the low visibility ones.
The F-15 was the Coalition deadlier aircraft in air-to-air combat with 36 kills according to US sources. On the left you have a F-15E Strike Eagle and on the right a F-15C. Both are Airfix.
Here is a F-4G Phantom Wild Weasel. The model started as a F-4E (Airfix) and I scratchbuilt the extra equipment of this SAM destroyer.
On the left a Grumman EA-6B Prowler (Italeri) and on the right an A-6 Intruder (Hasegawa) that made its last important missions in this war and was being slowly phased out.
This big F-111F Aardvark is an ESCI model. You have to place the variable geometry wings like in the picture because its the only way  for the bombs to go on the correct position. The Gulf war made the model companies to produce hundreds of new models and some with big design mistakes.
The F-16C on the left is Airfix and the one on the right is Hasegawa. They were used mostly on air-to-ground attacks.
Two F-18 Hornets of the USN (Hasegawa). The one on  the right has Canadian markings.
The AV-8B Harrier (Airfix) from the Marine Corps.
This OV-10 Bronco (Hasegawa) saw the end of its carrier in the Gulf War.
Hard to explain why you need this thing for wargames. The F-117 (ESCI) is nonetheless a must have model for this war.
Two A-10 Thunderbolt (Academy). They were credited with the destruction of 4000 tanks, AFV and artillery pieces during the Gulf War.
Two AH-64 Apache (also Academy).
Boeing 107 Sea Knights (Airfix).
Finally a sole AH-1W Super Cobra (Hasegawa). With the addition of the Altaya die-casts this American Airforce will grow with some 10 more models.
Next I'll show you the British aircraft of the Gulf as they are built and painted for a long time.