Category Archives: Flames of War
Not much happening here unfortunately, I can blame it on having a baby, changing job, moving and renovating, but in reality getting hooked up on World of Tanks is my main distraction, but hopefully I’ll get back to the fold soon.
But at least I haven’t added to my lead mountain that much, but I have kept stacking up on books, most recently “Viking Summer: 5.SS-Panzer-Division in Poland”, an excellent little book on the vehicles involved in the 1944 fighting, with a lot of color profiles and photos.
This year and the next ones is filled with new book-releases on the 5th SS.
A part from the afore-mentioned 3-part series by Charles Trang (the first part is available for preorder with a scheduled release date of december 19th), Marc Rikmenspoel has an upcoming two-part series under the working title “Sunwheels & Siegrunen: Wiking, Nordland, Nederland and the Germanic Waffen-SS in Photos” that will feature around 1400 photos.
Also in Mark C. Yerger’s series on “German Cross in Gold Holders of the SS and Police” the next two volumes (7 & 8) will be on the Wiking division, hopefully getting at least one volume out this year.
And lastly Lars T. Larsson’s book “Hitler’s Swedes” should be published on June 1st.
Hopefully this will be it on Wiking related stuff, otherwise I won’t have any money left to spend on miniatures!
Sappers more or less finished!
I’ll add a few more and base them as soon that I return home, and also add some T34-85s.
I’m on a 5 day conferance and I have brought almost a complete engineer sapper battalion to paint in the evenings!
I managed to prime them the night before I left and have made some progress so far, my goal is to finish them off before the week is over, I’m progressing quite good, probably because I don’t have any other stuff with me to distract me…
…since I posted on my blog, apologies for that, but sometimes life get in the way. Hopefully I’ll be able to post a bit more regularly now.
As always I have a lot of unfinished projects to share, the most current is the Soviet Engineer sappers I’m waiting on to arrive.
Since I’m very much into on the visual aspect of building armies and like to fiddle around, my plan is to mate some Battlefront Engineer-Sappers with the Plastic Soldier Company Soviet Heavy Weapons box to have HMG and Mortar crews with body armour. This is probably not historically accurate but I want them to blend in visually.
Hopefully I’ll be able to pull it off, but right now I’m still waiting for my toys.
Speaking of waiting, I’m very eagerly awaiting on the upcoming 3-part book series on the 5th SS Wiking division from Editions Heimdal written by Charles Trang. I’ll have to be patient until December 2015 for the complete series though, since they will be released annually starting with part one in December 2013…
But at least Santa knows what to bring for Christmas the next couple of years.
I’m in a conversion mood right now, it’s usually easy to tell by the amount of glue on my fingers…
Well here’s a few WIP shots on the T-50 tank and a older projekt, a Marder II SdKfz 132 based on a Skytrex Pz II Ausf D.
My plan is to build 3 of these for my 1942 Wiking lists, we’ll see if I ever finish them…
I need to put a longer barrel on the Marder, I put a spare StuG barrel on it now but it’s way to short.
Another one of my projects is to try to scratch build a T-50 “Pikkusotka” tank for my Finns.
I’ve been gathering some drawings and even a paper model but spurred of a post in the Flames of War forum I’ve started the construction.
So far I’ve done the basic hull and the superstructure, I think it looks ok so far considering it is my first real scratch built tank.
A few pictures with it’s bigger brother the T-34 as comparision. It isn’t that much bigger so I hope I got my scales right….
When i finally mange to get it ready, Battlefront will probably make an T-50 and include it in the Barbarossa book…
Just to show you how unorganized I am, here’s a list of projects I’ve more or less started but not completed:
- My MW/LW Finns – most infantry options are completed but a lot of support option remains unpainted.
- EW/MW Winter Finns, I’ve started collecting some suitable miniatures and hope the BF will add some more when Barbarossa comes out.
- A couple of objectives for my Finns, including a BT-43 and a remake of the wrecked T-34 on the Ihantala road.
- A 1942 Fall Blau SS Wiking Panzergrenadier list.
- EW/MW Greatcoat German grenadiers on frosty city bases.
- Scratch-built T-50 light tank for my Finns based on a paper model.
- Conversions of 3 Panzer II Ausf Ds to Marder II Sdkfz 132s for my Wiking project.
- A Wiking Panther list, sine I’ve collected so much Wiking books I have tons on info on them and Panthers has always been a favourite of mine, I even got myself a motorized 1:16 Panther model in my early teens.
- A StuG Abteilung with Begleits.
- I had to buy a Sperrverband box since it was discontinued.and I really like the figures.
(Pity almost all of my potential LW EF German lists been nerfed somewhat with Grey Wolf…)
- MW/LW commandos, I’ve already done a lot of head swaps to get some beanies mixed in with the berets.
- I still plan to get a Sapper company box to compensate for all the axis stuff and because they are way cool, both model and rules wise.
I also recollect the answer of a pair of sappers the Finns managed to capture on the questions on why they kept advancing into HMG fire; “The guard sappers don’t retreat, they advance!”
The new hero miniature also adds fuel to my desire.
- A lot of half-finished terrain projects.
- An EW SS list, I’m torn between a Kradschutzen (but not looking forward to do 20+ MC-bases) and a more standard grenadier list.
I probably have a few more half-forgotten projects I forgot to mention, and I won’t mention that I’m very close to buying some DBA armies in 10mm…
It’s been quiet on the blog but I have actually managed to produce some StuGs!
Well up to the point of getting them painted at least, this will, together with my earlier StuGs and another box of The Plastic Soldier Company StuGs, become a Sturmi Company and a StuG battery.
There is also a box of PSC PZIVF1s that will form the heavy 3rd company of my 1942 Wiking Panzer Abteilung and lastly a Panther Panzerkanone that soon will be joined by a box of comrades to become the backbone of a Wiking Panther company.
So yes, I’ve been spending and adding up to the pile of tin, lead and plastic that crowds my working space.
And no, I still havn’t learnt how to organise and prioritize my modelling and painting…
A quick post showing my progress with the Sturmikomppania, I’m getting the hang of it somewhat and I even managed to put the decals on with the right side up!
I also tried my light box for the first time so the pictures has improved somewhat, but I need to play around with the ISO setting of my camera or add more light to get rid of the graininess.
For further progress I need to await some reinforcements from the Plastic Soldier Company, but then they will have to compete with my cravings for a German StuG battery, but I think there will be StuGs enough for everyone…
I’ll try to throw in a quick review when they arrive.
At last I have actually finished a tank! And it’s even painted with hard-edge camo, it’s not perfect but I learned a lot, so hopefully there will be more of them in a not to distant future, I’m mainly waiting for The Plastic Soldier Company to release their StuG IIIs to re-sellers (to get 10% off, yes I’m a cheapskate).
Here are some pictures, but of course they suck, I actually have a new lighting setup but I haven’t had the time or space to test it out…
Some details, a Battlefront StuG IIIG “finnified“by me and painted with Lifecolor Airbrush paints, with some GW Badab Black added on top, and decals by Doms Decals. I also tried to add some weathering using Tamiya powders with limited success.