Friday, 27 March 2020

Impetus Baroque - Mohacs 1526 in 20mm - More Hungarian heavy cavalry

Led by Archbisop Pál Tomori another wing of Hungarian Heavy cavalry charges the Ottoman lines at Mohacs. The figures are Zvezda and  MiniArt.

There are some problems with the horses: The MiniArt are too thin and the Zvezda too short. But for the Hungarian Cavalry there aren´t many choices apart from the difficult to get Dark Dream Studios.

The figures from Zvezda are some of the French for the 110YW that suited the beggining of the XVI century. Some of the original weapons were replaced by new lances made of broom sticks. The Miniart figures come from the French Cavalry and the Burgundian cavalry sets. 

The flags are fotocopies of my own designs of flags used in the battle (at least they are showned on the Mohacs 1526 Internet movie).

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Rapid Fire! Normandy 1944 in 20mm - The British Motor Battalion for the 7th AD

The British Motor Battalion of the 7th AD disembarks from its M5 Halftracks under the protection of the organic 6 pdr. The five Carriers are far ahead in a reconnaissance mission … well, they are not I confess. They are still in Alentejo inside the printers of Pedro Pato,  the Minigeneral big boss. 

This organisation is from the RF! 2nd rules book, a bit different from the one proposed by the Normandy Battlegroups book (the later proposes less figures in the infantry companies and one extra 6 pdr AT gun). 

One of the Loyd Carriers will go to the Motor battalion of the Sherman equipped division and its just here to show off. 

The HQ White Scout Car is Italeri (ex.Esci). I just added the crew (Airfix and Matchbox), an antenna and the usual stowage. You may recognize the second figure with bonoculars from the Airfix Bofors gun. Originally the figure is looking to the sky but after some seconds very close to a lighter assumed a more 'infantry' look.

The HQ group, all big and beautiful Valiant. 

The company Halftracks are, left to right, an Hasegawa M3A1 with Valiant crew, an Italeri M3 with Valiant, Britannia and Hasegawa US conversion crew and an Airfix M5 with Matchbox crew. 


All three companies are Valiant and the first row of this one has several conversions. The most distinctive figure is the running Bren as the original is in a too relaxed pose that wouldn't harm anyone if he had to. 

Two FO stands from Valiant for the artillery were also added.

The Support Company. More Valiant minis. 

Both Loyd Carriers are PSC but I scratch built this 6 pdr AT gun in EverGreen plastic card and tubing a long time ago and I'm using it finally together with a Valiant converted crew. The two 6pdr from PSC will go to the US Paratroopers that are still  inside the boxes for a project I have of building the 101st.   

This Valiant figures are not the new 20mm figures. Even if they are a bit big they are detailed beauties, excelent material for conversions and they paint extremely well.

Next: Impetus CP Hungarians for Mohacs 1526.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Impetus Baroque - Mohacs 1526 in 20mm - Azab infantry

 I had these StreletsR figures based and painted for months still without an idea about what to do with them. They would become part of Suleiman's army for sure so I chose to depict Azab close combat infantry, armed with lances, axes and swords.

Well there is no such thing as Azab close combat infantry in Extra Impetus No 3 so if they (ever) fight they will have the status of FP Levantine Infantry. I used plenty broom sticks lances instead of the separate swords provided in the set. 

This set is the Arab Infantry set of StreletsR aimeds at the Crusades, 200/300 years before Mohacs battle. The teardrop shields are anachronistic but I like to think that they could still be used mainly by the many Arab forces that integrated the Ottoman army. 

The standards are my own and you can track them in previous Impetus posts. 

Next: Wether more Hungarian CP for Mohacs or the second British Motor Battalion for 1944/45. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Rapid Fire! France 1940 in 20mm - Additions to the BEF motor park (part 1)

Elements of the Motor Battalions of the British 1st Armoured Division depart from Route Longue (not far from Bois Perdu and other stupid names I made up) in order to join the tank brigades for another push against the Germans.

 The first four Scout Carriers are from 2nd KRRC Motor Battalion while the one to the right is the missing Carrier of the 1st Rifles Motor Battalion. Here a big thank you to John Pews and Andre Foulkes for sorting out the correct markings for these units. 
The Carriers are MiniGeneral 3d models with Hat torsos from the WWI US Artillery. I think these figures go very well for the BEF as they have clean helmets and the gas mask bag properly sculpted in the figure besides giving you 8 different poses. I burned the figure's legs and stucked them in place using a bit of two paste component for details. 
The Scout Carriers are detailed minis, a bit difficult to clean but with patience you get a nice result. Only a small mast was added to place the Bren LMG. The Boys ATR is also provided.

More MiniGeneral models this time a trio of Austin Tilly radio vans for the artillery batteries. The figures are torsos of Hat WWI US artillery again with Esci legs from the kneeling Enfield firer. The radios are Evergreen bits. 

Two more Bren Carriers for the regular infantry Division again MiniGeneral with the same kind of conversions as crew. 

One last MiniGeneral model with this Austin 10 staff car. 

Finally four Airfix Morris Quad to tow the 4.5'' Howitzers from Hat I built months ago. The two to the right are very old 1964  soft plastic models with bigger resin wheels and scratchbuilt trailers as they dont exist in the original. The trick of the wheels makes them the same size as the hard plastic brothers and very acceptable models. The holes of the windshields and all glasses were all covered with hot glue.

Next: Ottoman/Levantine infantry for Impetus and the battle of Mohacs 1526.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Rapid Fire! Poland 1939 in 20mm - More Polish models for land and air

A Polish HT (hasty force) gathers by a stonewall in order to protect from the pesky Germans an improvised airfield in south-central-north Poland. The models are both kits and my usual conversions. 

The four anti-tank Bofors 37mm came from two boxes of FtF kits. The models and figures are very good and easy to put together. 

The infantry had this kind of limbers to pull the AT Bofors. The cavalry had and extra horse per limber.

These limbers were scratchbuilt with several styrene pieces and plastic card. The horses were slightly transformed from the original Hat Medium Persian Cavalry. Two of the drivers are Hat WWI American artillery bodies with Revell Marines heads and the other two are true Polish figures from the Hat Artillery  box.

Taking advantage of the primer cloud I used a few more Hat Artillery figures to crew two more scratchbuilt 81mm mortars.

A company of FT-17 models from 3d MiniGeneral was added to the Polish tank force. 

Now this is a great mess. I wanted a reconnaissance aircraft for the Polish. There are two possibilities for the Polish airforce of 1939: the RWD-14 Czapla and the Lublin R- XIII. I looked for them at Hannants but nothing. So I converted an old and relatively useless KP Letov S-28 to a Lublin R-XIII changing the Letov in many parts: only the upper wings were used and cut in some parts with new support structures; rear rudder also cut, MG pit made new and new wheels.

Only when all parts were out together I noticed that main fuselage was much more similar to the Czapla than the Lublin. But too late...

Finally a P-7 fighter from Arma Hobby was added and with this one all main types of Polish aircraft are covered.

Lastly a big thank you to Robert Rycharski for all information provided.

Next: BEF 194O or Punic Wars.