Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Fire&Fury ACW using Epic miniatures for the Western battles (part 4) - Last McLernand Brigades and a few extras for Shiloh
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Rapid Fire! Operation Barbarossa and beyond in 20mm - One more group of early Russian armour and artillery
Thursday, 18 March 2021
Close to the Bois de Anthony Martial the command group of the 192nd PzGrenadier Regiment is counting the models still missing to complete the 21st Panzer Division Normandy 1944. The report says:
"No more models are necessary for the division as all units are Kampfwert I. The only thing it can still be done is the Nachschubtruppennhenhenhe 200 and such useless units for RapidFire." Then the report became more personnal: "Besides, your wife (mine in this case) is not finding any fun in your relation with the mailman. Are you two having a case?".
This is how the report ended and it fell like a bomb!
Well, the prospect of having made all possible models for my beloved Normandy 21st PD leaves me sad and distressed. It was a long journey of maybe more than 20 years interrupted of course by many other projects. But this one was special as there is no other division as the 21st PD in Normandy.
These models are: figures- Simon´s Soldiers; Lorraine 38L - Minigeneral PLA print, Citröen CV11 - Resin print. The Lorraine 38L follows the suggestion of Don McHugh and Alan Mcoubrey of these being used as radio vehicles.
Sunday, 14 March 2021
End of April 1945, Germany. A group of STZ-3 tows heading for Seelow Heights are escorted by a company of T-35/85. The danger awaits as the village of Rudi Voeller is not secured and some roaming Volksturm AT groups have been spotted in the region.
All models are resin 3d prints made by my friend Mário Laranja (yes, the true Super Mario, the other one is fake). They all started in 28mm size for his own collection and they were resized to 1/72nd scale.
The T-34/85 is a beauty with only two parts, turret and body. All 16 necessary T-34/85 for the biggest scenario (Diedersdorf 18 of April) are done and only 6 limbers and 6 Sherman M4A2 76mm are missing for the Seelow Heights Scenarios. But Super Mario is taking care of the issue.
The STZ- 3 is another one piece beauty. Only the drivers were added. The good thing about Russian tows is that most the more important ones, STZ-3, STZ-5, Voroshilovets and Komsomolets started to be built before the war and can be used them up the end of the conflict.
Saturday, 13 March 2021
Bird view of the USS Lexington. The painting of these boats is very scruffy due to the haste I have all the time and also to the hot glue used to put together all parts. This glue leaves plenty of bumps everywhere but its an easy way to attach different materials. The blue board was covered with PVA glue and then all joints got a small stream of superglue to strengthen the final result. Don´t forget to paste your blue board with PVA otherwise you will get a smaller scale thing in the end.
A big Thank You to the FB ACW buffs that gave me precious information in particular to Richard Schwab and Mike Hinton this time and also Brad Butkovich for some of my future projects.
Next: More Russians for Seelow Heights.