Friday 24 July 2015

The Canadian infantry arrive

      My Canadian infantry have been a real labour of love, and at times, hate, but now they are done and I have managed a couple of games with them, I'm really enjoying the end result. These guys were a real slog at times but I have done exactly what I wanted to do with this army, additions will now be small and quick to do, so I should be able to play whatever I want.

    I've built/painted the equivalent of 4, 10 man squads, each with an nco with smg, at least one more smg, a lmg and loader, and the left overs with rifles. Then to make sure I have something for every job, I have; a piat team, light and medium mortars, mmg, sniper and 5 man engineer squad who I see as a cheeky little extra unit in games where I need them. Then lastly I have my HQ units, my lt and adjacent, a forward artillery officer and adjacent, a captain for bigger games and an adjacent for my medic*.

* This was my infantry done until an order arrived from North Star and ruined it all . . . But the order includes a guy who looks like a better medic than the one Warlord supplies.

 HQ units

 Piat, sniper and light mortar.

 Medium mortar, mmg and flamer.

The engineers, 4 rifles and nco with smg for good measure.

 The NCOs.

The brave, unwashed masses.

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Sunday 19 July 2015

Dinosaur or Monster?

      It's been a while since my blog was graced with a dinosaur, but now that's about to change. This is the Megalosaur from Antediluvian Miniatures*, one of the two victorian Crystal Palace dinosaurs. Now that I have said all that it's time for an omission; I'm not planning on using as a dinosaur, this thing just looked too generic monster for my liking. I can see this thing living in dark caves scaring the peasantry until a Knight came along to do his thing. Ok so I might have gotten a little carried away there.

* I'm really glad I only had to write that name and not pronounce it.

     I'm not going to take credit for this find though, I had one of those emails during the week from another guy at the club (Antmaster) who had obviously stumbled across this company himself, and I sold from the moment I saw it.

Antediluvian Miniatures megalosaur hyde park dinosaur monster

      Now I have the photos up online I'm not sure about the base, I think that may be re-done in the future, but I think this thing will look amazing as part of a Dragon's Rampant army as a men-at-arms equivalent in the future.

dragon rampant fantasy lion monster dragon

       I bought a few more bits as part of the same order that will be painted as part of my dinosaur project, but I haven't even started on them yet so they will have to be a topic for another day.

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Thursday 9 July 2015

Viking Trader's Knarr

      In a break from all the writing about Bolt Action I have done recently, I have decided to throw in something completely different, so here is the Viking Knarr I bought at Salute 2013, finally finished. The model is by Warbases and like the ash wastes vehicles I did a few weeks back, it is more of a scratch build aid than a kit in it's own right. I have to say, once I got my head around what I needed to do to make it look right, it was a really good project to pass some time, plus it put me into a really good place to get on with my next big, non-army project.

warbases viking knarr long ship longship 28mm saga

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Tuesday 7 July 2015

Canadian deployment begins

     I am going to try and present the bulk of my WW2 Canadian army over the course of 3 posts, this one will be the odds and sods of my armour, next will be all my infantry and last will be my tank wars platoon. I will then try and have some non-bolt action bits lined up as the last months of this blog have been fairly Bolt Action solid and I am in danger of losing the 'random meanderings' part of my title.

Left to right; Daimler armoured car, universal carrier, Cromwell tank, 
quad tractor and a 6 pounder gun in the front row.

The Cromwell is the tank I become unstuck on. As far as I can work out, the Canadian 4th division tank companies were based around Shermans, so they had no Cromwell companies, but as the British spread equipment to each of the commonwealth countries, they must have had one or two at some point. . .
canadian bolt action cromwell 4th division tank

canadian 4th division universal carrier
The universal carrier, the only model on this post that wasn't bought for a specific army list, I just really liked the look of the kit. Even though I don't have an actual use for it at the moment, I am absurdly pleased with how this one came out.

   canadian bolt action 4th division quad tractor
Daimler armoured car, quad tractor and 6 pounder anti-tank gun.
canadian bolt action 6 pounder at anti-tank

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