Thursday, October 27, 2016

And so it begins...again


My 28mm WW2 army addiction...


I have begun collecting a building yet another army in 28mm for Bolt Action and other games. This time it's US forces...yay! This will join my Germans (Heer and Fallschirmjager) and Canadians (Commandos and 5th Canadian) that I am already in the process of building.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Warlord Games StuG III 28mm (1/56) scale

Ah, the StuG life!

Part 1



The Warlord/Italeri (plastic) 28mm StuG III Ausf. G. This one is actually a kit-bash of sorts; I've added/replaced some parts from the Rubicon Models StuG III kit and modified the gun barrel(s) to allow me option to field either the StuK 40 and the StuH 42 armed vehicles. This early/mid version of the Ausf. G seemed like the perfect candidate for some Mr. Surfacer love. Some minor corrections were also made to the kit after I had some some initial painting and of course will eventually be covered with crew stowage, when I get around to finishing it...eventually!

Zimmerit made with Mr. Surfacer

Gun mantlet from the Rubicon kit

I glued a small magnet inside the gun mantlet, and then drilled out the barrels and inserted metal rods in them. This allows me to easily swap barrels out and they are held in place by the magnet.



All-in-all not a bad kit, with some minor drawbacks. The tracks are the usual, fiddly, multi-piece type - very similar to their (Italeri) Panzer III tracks. There are not a lot of optional paths in terms of variants for the kit, but for the most part, a pleasant and quick build.

-Sam

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Rubicon Models 28mm (1/56) scale M4A3 76mm

The ubiquitous M4 "Sherman" with a bit more bite!



A welcome addition to my 28mm US armored force is Rubicon's M4A3. I chose to go with the 76mm variant, but with a little creativity (and possibly some resin part casting) you can make all three versions; 76mm, 75mm, or the 105mm option.

The "business" end of the 76mm.

I tried giving a little cast texturing using Mr. Surfacer.
Once again a true pleasure to build, even with the accuracy "omissions" of some of the finer details of the historical vehicle for game piece purposes. Remember, these are meant to be used to play games and not static display models...still a very nice kit!

-Sam



Rubicon Models 28mm (1/56) scale Tiger

Can you really have a German tank force without the iconic Tiger tank? I didn't think so either! Here are some pics of a WIP that I have been tinkering with, and balancing effort with historical accuracy - I hope you like it!


I chose to model a mid/late production (early '44) variant with mostly included parts from the Rubicon kit and some Mr. Surfacer 500 "roughly" applied zimmerit by hand. I've had good luck in the past with this technique, and I think it turned out well here.

Some of the selection of parts in Rubicon's instructions don't match historically with my reference materials, so I opted to pick and choose appropriately.

The headlamp still needs to be added as well as the mount and power cable.

I removed the molded on ring just before the muzzle brake.

A bit more filling needed.


I would have to say that overall, the kit was, as usual with Rubicon, a pleasure to build.

-Sam

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Working through the backlog...

I'll be posting more updates here soon with some of the work I have have been doing off and on over the past year in various scales.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Picking up again...

Well, life got the better of me and I had to take a good part of the year off of modeling, planning, and gaming. Now that the weather is turning colder here (Montana), I'm back into the modeling cave to get cracking on several different projects. New and more interesting posts to follow...

Friday, February 26, 2016

Time to get started

Hello and welcome to my historical miniature war-gaming/modeling blog. I plan to post updates that will include current projects, after action reports, reviews, and general musings about my foray into these hobbies. Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for updates as I flesh out this site.

-Sam