April 30, 2011

Battletech 3 way

Rob, Chris and myself are playing a 3 way battletech game. Here are a couple of in game shots.

April 22, 2011

Even more Vietnam Goodness.

Here’s three more box sets i did for the FOW Vietnam release. These boxes are available from FOW retailers or the FOW store today. Get them fast as the Sheridan’s and Patton's are screaming out of the NZ, USA and EUROPE Warehouses.
M48A3 Patton (VBX04)
The M48 Patton tank was completely modernised version of the WWII M26 Pershing heavy tank, designed to fight Soviet tanks on a nuclear battlefield. Oddly, many of the lessons of WWII had been forgotten and the M48 lacked a stabiliser and was likely to catch fire when penetrated. Its impressive anti-tank capability was of little use in Vietnam.
M48A3 Patton (VBX04)...

M551 Sheridan (VBX05)
The M551 Sheridan was developed as an amphibious cavalry tank or air-landing tank capable of tackling Soviet tanks. As a result its main armament was an anti-tank missile launcher that could also fire conventional shells. Getting this complex weapon system to work delayed the introduction of the Sheridan, but it finally reached Vietnam in 1968. Once there, its crews liked its firepower, speed, and ability to cross flooded rice paddies, but missed the thick armour of the much heavier M48 and its ability to smash its way through thick jungle.
M551 Sheridan (VBX05)...
PAVN Divisional Fire Support (VBX15)
Equipped with an array of different armaments for a diverse number of roles; the PAVN Divisional Support was armed with equipment that was either Chinese copies of Soviet equipment or actual Soviet-made weapons.
PAVN Divisional Fire Support (VBX15)...

That’s it for all my Vietnam work.  If any of you want to know how i painted any of the miniatures shown over the last 3 weeks worth of posts just drop me a line.

April 16, 2011

More VIETNAM goodness

The Flames of War Vietnam releases keep coming and that means i get to show off more of the painting work I've been doing for Battlefront Miniatures over the last 6 months.

M113 APC (VBX06)
The M113 APC (armoured personnel carrier) was developed to fill the same role as the WWII M3 half-track carrying infantry up to the edge of the battlefield safe from artillery and longrange fire. In Vietnam the mechanised infantry battalions used their M113 ‘tracks’ much more aggressively.
M113 APC (VBX06)...

M132 'Zippo' (VBX08)
The M132 was an M113 APC modified into a mobile flame thrower. The cupola was replaced with the M10-8 flame gun and the passenger compartment was taken up by four 50 gallon (190 litre) spherical flame fuel tanks.
M132 'Zippo' (VBX08)...

PAVN Infantry Battalion HQ (VBX12)
The basic unit of the PAVN is an infantry battalion called a Tiểu Đoàn Bộ Binh (pronounced tee-eh-oo daw-an boh bin), or just a Tiểu Đoàn, a battalion. The battalion commander is a Thiếu Tá or Major, but is usually referred to in typical revolutionary fashion as a D Trưởng or D Leader (after the code for a battalion, ‘D’).
PAVN Infantry Battalion HQ (VBX12)...

PAVN Infantry Company (VBX13)
The bộ đội, foot soldiers, are the core of the infantry companies. As the troops of B3 Front are some of the best in the PAVN, they have an almost equal mix of the newer AK47 assault rifles and older SKS carbines. The squad automatic weapon is the RPD machine-gun, a modernised, belt-fed version of the WWII-era DP ‘record player’ machine-gun. Each squad also contains a B40 rocket launcher, a Chinese copy of the Soviet RPG-2.
PAVN Infantry Company (VBX13)...

PAVN Weapons Companies (VBX14)
The PAVN weapons companies were equipped with an array of different armaments for a diverse number of roles. Much of the equipment was Chinese copies of either Soviet weapons or American equipment that was captured during the conflict in Korea.
PAVN Weapons Companies (VBX14)...

That's it for now, next up should be the Sheridan's and the Patton's.

April 11, 2011

basic step by step painting guide for US vehicles in the Vietnam war.

As promised here is a quick run down on how to paint US vehicles in the Vietnam war.

Note: this step by step assumes you have an airbrush and have access to Tamiya colour acrylic paint.

Step 1: base coat the model with black primer.
Step 2: spray the model xf-62 olive drab.
Step 3: using the panel fade technique spray a 50/50 mix of xf-62 olive drab and xf-60 dark yellow.
Step 4: again using the panel fade technique spray a 25/75 mix of xf-62 olive drab and xf-60 dark yellow.
Step 5: once step 4 is dry apply a thin magic wash over the whole model.

At this point you have done all the basic body work for the vehicle. In my next post ill talk about detailing the model , dirt, dust and paint chipping ect..
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April 03, 2011

Newest FOW Paint jobs go live on the FOW website.

This week two new boxed sets are released for Battlefront miniatures FLAMES OF WAR – Vietnam range. Both sets of miniatures in the box pictures were painted by me. I'm really happy with how they came out. Pictures of the boxes and links to the website below.

M113 ACAV (VBX07)
The M113 ACAV (Armoured Cavalry Assault Vehicle) was developed by the 11th ‘Blackhorse’ Cavalry based on feedback from South Vietnamese units. They fitted an armoured tub for the commander and gun shields for two machine-guns on the sides, converting the M113 into a (rather large) tracked scout carrier.
M113 ACAV (VBX07)...


M125/M106 Mortar Carrier Platoon (VBX09)
The M125 and M106 were variants of the M113 armoured personnel carrier that saw wide spread service during the course of the conflict in Vietnam. The M125 was armed with a M29 81mm mortar while its big brother, the M106 was armed with a M30 4.2in mortar. This allowed both vehicles to provide quick and responsive fire support to the
hard slogging grunts during a fire fight.
M125/M106 Mortar Carrier Platoon (VBX09)...

Over the next couple of months a whole series of FOW Vietnam boxed sets will be released that have my painting work on the box covers. – this is why my posts have been pretty thin for the last 4 months.

April 01, 2011

Happy birthday to me

I'm 36 today!, as the fact dawns upon me that in all probability half my life my be over i sit here in the comfort of my nice warm house drinking a glass of port reflecting on how good life is.  I work as a terrain maker and miniature painter for a popular war games company. I have a wonderful supportive wife and two fantastic children, two quirky but awesome dogs and some really good friends.  All in all not a bad way to be. :)