Sunday, 29 September 2013

Rapid Fire! 20mm, French army 1940, Pt1 - Armour

Back to BleuVille to show you my French armour for the 1940 campaign. The original idea is to build the main French units for the battle of Stonne (14-25 may 1940), like the 3e DCR and the 3e DIM. The German counterparts are on the way too.

First picture are four companies of RF! CharB1bis.

A good part of the information about this battle came from the French magazine Champs de Bataille- Second Guerre Mondialle- Thématique Numéro 7, where you can find a detailed account of the battle and some nice colour plates of the weapons used.

The three rear companies are Matchbox while the one in the front is Altaya. All four companies have different camouflage schemes, the one to the left sporting the all-grey of late tanks.

The Hotchkiss H-39 are four Skytrex and (to the right) a company of the new S-Models, probably the best H-39 around.

Some of the Somuas have Skytrex and other have Matchbox figures.

Not presente at Stonne, a battalion of Somua S35. The four to the left are Heller, the fifth is Altaya and the last two (right) are Skytrex.

The command Somua has two antennae and it's a Heller kit with a Skytrex figure.

Father and sons went for a walk in the French countryside: far end, one R-40 (Frontline Wargaming); two R-35 (Skytrex) and the FCM-2C by Exokit/Alby.

The FCM-2C was the biggest tank of WWII but didn't see much combat (only its own destruction, mainly by Stukas while descending, veeeeery slooooowly from their trains...).

This model  was ordered from a French shop already built and painted by a true unknown artist. I only exchanged the very thin copper antennae by fishing thread.

Old FT-17 from Matchbox  (not present at Stonne) and from that marvellous box in which you get a CharB1bis, a FT-17 and even a nice diorama that I used for the Arnhem ruins. The command FT-17 (right) is a Skytrex model.

Recce: Panhard 178 (Skytrex and Altaya) and AMR-35 (Skytrex).

BleuVille itself ows its name to the blue agriculture fields around (yes, smoking those things is bad for my brain...). Its life started in a Chinese shop as an all resin, cheap,  very crudely painted reading light.

After painting it becomes a 50 cm French village. Unfortunately it was an only son at that shop and never saw again any other I could buy.

Next: French infantry and artillery. 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Rapid fire! New WWII campaign revamped (with a challenge)

Following Will's Wargames Blog  inspiration lets rebase old figures and AFV's.
Of course something new has always to be made namely this German painted Altaya tank who suffered a new paint job.

Next picture is a hint, can someone guess which will be the new period/campaign of WWII?

Ok, ok this was easy. But what about the specific battle?  Any suggestions? Not very easy but a guy who knows REALLY about WWII will find the solution... 

This is how it is going to be:
A) if JMM finds it I will paint his DBA Indian army.
B) if PC guesses it  I will paint his late Romans.
C) if JF can do it I will build more 15mm terrain for his beloved WWII new set of rules ...
D) if anyone else guesses he will just be famous and may be he gets  a fantastic Pineapple Miniature....

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Pineapple Miniatures - 1/32nd scale Portuguese and French cavalry

Pineapple is now riding 1/32nd scale horses. Portuguese cavalry are A Call to Arms Life Guards conversions. The helmet is not absolutely accurate even after some GreenStuff applied.

The French are again A Call to Arms. This  time straight out of the box Dragoons for the 26th regiment.

Also a few more 1/72nd scale boxes:

Also painted is another group of 30 individual 1/72nd scale miniatures, Scottish and French line infantry.

French line infantry, Buçaco 1810.

79th line (Scottish) infantry, Buçaco 1810.

All These can be found as usual at the Buçaco Military Museum.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Military Chios, August 2013

On the Aegean sea border between Turkey mainland and Chios, one of the closest islands of Greece you can see the Turkish Cesme castle, a very nice XIV century Genoese fortification later modified by the  Ottomans.

Already in Chios you can see the presence of the Greek navy with several ships. In this case a patrol boat (Wikipedia on the Greek navy calls P 287, HS Kelevstis Stamou).

There was also a small vedette of the Greek navy. Couldn't find anything on this one but looks pretty cool!

Inside Chios itself the previous ottoman fort had the opposition of a Byzantine/ Genoese style castle.

The multi coloured stone gives a particular beauty to the site.

The sloping walls shows the concern with    artillery. There are also emplacements for its own artillery where is still visible a sort of bombard.

The doubled walled city of Mesta is a Genoese site built to protect the mastic production of the island. The site forms a fantastic maze intended to make life hard to any raider or attacker.

There are numbers of entrances on the first wall that are never coincident with the ones in the second.

The streets are driven into a beautiful square.

There is monument to all who fell defending Mesta in the 20th century wars.

This monument also had a fuel depot from, apparently, a WWII bomber.

The island is filled with old stone watch towers that survey a breathtaking sight.

Back to Izmir you can see at the military port many ships, namely the  NL125 Osman Gazi-class landing ship-tank built in the early 1990s.   

According to Wikipedia, "Osman Gazi is a landing ship which can carry up to 3773 tons which includes 900 armed troops as well as 15 tanks and also 4 LCVP's. It has a crew of 109 which 9 of them are officers. The ship is armed with 2x 40/70mm,1x 35/90mm and 2x 20mm. This ship also has a large space for a helicopter to land. Osman Gazi is named after the founder of the Ottomans and the full transliteration of Osman Gazi is Ottoman veteran."

Also in the Izmir bay, but on the Alsancak  side, there were these nice patrol boats from the maritime police.

Of course much more beautiful than military subjects are the beaches and other places in the area, like Mavra Volia, an outstanding beach at the south of Chios.

Both Greece and Turkey are two fantastic countries plunged into deep crisis, the former economical and the later political. 

As one of the many symbols of resistance of the Turkish people you can see everywhere the Woman  in Red, a revolutionary symbol caught  on camera of a peaceful demonstrator being gas sprayed.

This one is painted on the sidewalk and you can see it everywhere.

Syria should not make the Europeans forget what is happening in Turkey following the Gezi park events, with repression and the toughning of governmental policies.