Saturday, March 15, 2014

From ClintB: 10mm SCW Trucks and Artillery & Feudal Samurai (32 points)

From Clint:
Yet more 10mm Pendraken figures. Starting with some heavy artillery. These are 2 French 155mm Field Guns crew and tows. As they are larger artillery I have given them regular army crew. As about 1/2 the army deserted at the start of the war both Republican and Nationalist forces had trained troops as well as militias so the uniforms don't really identify the troops.
The two lorries are generic lorries from the period (Skytrex 200 range Opel Blitz circa 1934). 
Additionally finishing as I started, here are 16 Pendraken Samurai Archers. I still have more to do of course and an order for more to pick up at Salute. These will just bulk out my red army with 4 extra stands.

Great work Clint. I had to laugh when I saw the first pics of the SCW vehicles. With how those trucks are set on that cliff backdrop they look as if they're pulling their own last stand, 'Thelma & Louise' style. ;)

Those samurai are fabulous with their sashimonos waving bravely in the wind. I really think this is a great scale for feudal Japanese wargaming as it provides the iconic mass of the period formations but yet, due to the small size of figures, reduces the perceived need to get drawn into all the crazy detail of the armour (right Tim!). 

These miniatures will give Clint 32 points. Well done!

From KevinS: 28mm WWI Captured British Mark IV in German Service (15 points)

From Kevin:
More pics for you today as I finish up a few "almost done" projects.  Here's an Old Glory Mk IV converted into a German Beutepanzer.
The Germans were adept at capturing and salvaging or appropriating British tanks for their own purposes in the later years of the Great War.  In fact, one history I read stated that my previous submission, Fray Bentos, was eventually transported to the Fatherland and shown to the Kaiser himself.  In any case, here is another Old Glory Mk IV, in German livery. 
I based the paint scheme loosely on contemporary photographs and Osprey's volume on the German Panzers of World War I, as well as some artistic license by using stahlhelm colors.  The combination of Maltese Cross and skull and crossbones is found in photographic evidence.  
Two modifications I've not included but which would increase the historical accuracy would be to completely remove the forward-most Lewis gun and replace it with an anti-tank rifle or indeed no armament at all, and to put an escape hatch on the upper part of the hull.  I've yet to find an image that shows the position of the escape hatch German modification.  More armour and infantry to come in the next few days.
Wonderful work Kevin. I remember a while back when you first got your Old Glory Mark IVs and discovered that they did not really mix well with your existing Foundry machines. I think this is an excellent use of the model.  I also quite like your interpretation of the German 'stormtrooper' camo. 

I'm curious about your hatch question: Have you tried to examine photos from the post war German revolution? I remember seeing many photos of Friekorps troops next to captured British Mark IVs and wonder if any of those images show any hatch detail. Interesting little puzzle.

This fine lump of British ingenuity will give Kevin 15 points. Thanks for sending it in!