15 June 2020

Hell's Angels in 1/72 scale



On a previous post  I mentioned on the blog that I'd seen some Hell's Angels / bikers in plastic in 1/72 scale in a board-game based on a series called "Sons of Anarchy".

I've never seen the series and I only played the board-game once, but what really interested were the figures.




My good mate Carlos was having a clear-out during the lockdown and when we got together after the distancing restrictions had eased he came round and gave me a dozen or so of these bikers. Lucky me !

I test painted a couple of them over the weekend and they do look the business.




The figures all have the same pose unfortunately, but I think that with some cutting and converting, a few head swaps, and maybe cannibalizing the Italeri 1/72 German motorcycles and combos, I could get a nice gang of marauding bikers for a near-future / post-apocalyptic / zombie-dawn-of-the-dead kind of game scenario.


12 May 2020

WW2 British Motor Gunboat, Würzburg Radar & Sailors



A few years ago our small wargaming group gave a demonstration game of the Operation Biting Bruneval Raid at a local comic / cosplay / gaming event.

The scenario was  designed by one of our fellow gamers Iván, who also built the magnificent terrain board and coastline.

You can see a game report on the link below, which will open up in a new window if you click it. It's in Spanish, but with pictures that speak for themselves

https://wargamestenerife.blogspot.com/2015/03/bruneval-commando-raid-1942.html

For the game we already had plenty of 1/72 scale Germans as the defenders, and also lots of British Paras left over from an Arnhem wargame campaign (albeit in the wrong uniform for this raid, but we could live with that) and more than enough scenery.

What we didn't have were some rescue vessels to to provide covering fire as the paras were picked up from the coastline, and something to represent the Würzburg radar.



Würzburg Radar

We knocked up a crude representation of the radar just a few days before the game.




Well, I did say crude  ........

It's basically a perspex ball cut off at the top and mounted onto a structure taken off a toy crane, and then fixed onto the base of an Italeri 90/53 Gun.

A good dousing of grey paint and on the day it did its job and nobody mentioned that it bore only a fleeting resemblance to the real thing.


Should also add that nobody mentioned either that the British paras were wearing red berets and were dressed for Arnhem.



British Motor Gunboat

This was a bit of an invention, made from a modified toy motor launch.



The missile launchers and oversized MG on the the stern were removed and the bridge was taken off and moved forward.

It was also cut down to make it a waterline model and two Bofors were added, one the bow and stern.


Painted grey and with a Royal Navy Ensign flying, it makes a more or less passable MGB.


And here she is, MGB "Conversio" providing covering fire as the Paras made their way down to the beach with a German prisoner and parts taken off the radar. 


The landing craft crashing onto the beach in the foreground is an Airfix LCM with the pilot's house removed and a few other minor conversions. 




Sailors

The vessels couldn't be complete without crew members, and the sailors are mostly conversions with a mix from various sets.


There are a couple of Airfix civilians and a Dapol railway worker with new heads, plus a few Revell Kriegsmarine figures and some Emhar WW1 British


Quite a few of the sailors have heads taken off the old Airfix British WW1 figures in caps as they make good donors and you just need to slightly trim down the visor at the front and they are perfect for representing the flat visorless hat worn by British sailors. 


The idea for using the WW1 British Infantry heads like this isn't my original idea, I got it from a very old Airfix magazine article back in the 1970s.








Just to say that I was inspired to finally get around to posting these picture after viewing an excellent post on sailor conversions and a huge WW2 vessel by Simon from the Service Ration Distribution blog which I recommend you visit. You can access his post on the following link (click and it will open in a new window)

https://servicerationdistributionhobby.blogspot.com/2020/05/ships-finishing-touches-lock-down-catch.html



As always, keep safe and hope that wherever you are the lockdown is easing and that we are all slowly but surely getting over the worst.

04 May 2020

"Ale-Hop" - Repainted Toy Trucks for WW2

Still on lockdown and have been fluttering from one unfinished project to another like a veritable wargame butterfly, but I have actually managed to finish off a few things, one of them being a repaint of these niftly little civilian trucks mentioned in the previous post on this blog


I had to change the wheels for some I had in the spares box, I kept looking at those spokes on the originals and they just didn't look right.

Now with their new wheels they're ready for the wargame table.


Here they are below being requisitioned by a French officer for the war effort off some unfortunate locals


I doubt these trucks are based on any particular model, but if I'm wrong please let me kmow in the comments section. 


Whatever the case, real or invented models, they make nice WW2 era cvilian trucks.



Keep safe everyone wherever you are.

29 March 2020

"Ale-Hop" - Toy Trucks for WW2

More toys. I got these from a shop called "ale-hop" two weeks ago, the day before the lockdown here in Spain.

Ale-Hop sells a lot of cheapo gadgets and tack, but these trucks at 3 euros each caught my eye ( I bought three😝).

They should make nice generic 1/72 scale WW2 era civilian trucks. The figure gives an idea of the size.







Those large empty wooden cable drums could come in handy too for an industrial setting once repainted.


Keep safe everyone wherever you are.

21 February 2020

Playing with fire




I've been meaning to do this for a while after seeing tons of great stuff by people online using flickering LED candles for a whole variety of stuff.



This is just a mock-up, to see how it looks and have to permanently base it.

A clumsy hamfisted "smoke" test below using some pillow stuffing to stick on the LED.


I'll have to hide the battery which will probably end up under a removable bush on one exteme of the stand.


The campfire itself is from the 1/72 scale Italeri Desert Well and Tents set and the Zvezda Vikings standing around in awe at the wonders of modern miniature firemaking technology are there to give an idea of the scale size.



01 February 2020

How-to : Removing paint from plastic figures

Removing paint from plastic figures

Ive used this technique with old models and figures, even those that have been covered in two or three coats of thick enamel paint. It works equally as well with hard and soft plastic plus its a technique that's not just limited to smallscale modelling.

You'll need the following items :

Household oven cleaner
Plastic gloves
Plastic bag
Plastic bucket
Toothbrush
Detergent (washing-up liquid)




Household oven cleaner in a spray-can form is cheap and readily available in practically any supermarket. Its used to dissolve thick carbon and burned fat deposits from off the inside ovens and off frying pans. Luckily for us modellers it also dissolves enamel paints without affecting plastic.

In this example well use a couple of old soft-plastic polythene figures. They're all in good condition, but have been painted with thick blobs of enamel paint.



A word of warning oven cleaner is caustic and may cause burns to the skin or eyes or respiratory problems if not used correctly. I would stress that it be used with caution. Minors should never use these products themselves,they should ask a responsible adult to do it for them.

Start by laying out the plastic bag on a flat surface and place the model or figures onto the bag.

Put on your gloves. Make sure you use plastic gloves to protect your hands as oven cleaner can burn the skin. Don't use latex gloves as the oven cleaner may dissolve the latex.

Hold the oven cleaner spray in one hand, and spray the model liberally. With the other hand you can turn over the model while holding it over the plastic bag so as to get into every nook and cranny.








Close the plastic bag with the model inside and tie a knot, place into the plastic bucket and leave overnight. The plastic bucket is so that if any oven cleaner leaks out it will not stain the floor.

Rinse any over cleaner off your gloves and put them away and leave over cleaner to work overnight.

24hrs later, get out your plastic gloves again and take the bucket to somewhere you have access to a cold water tap and a sink.

Put on your gloves, take the model out the plastic bag you'll find a huge gooey mess. Throw the plastic bag away and put the model into the sink.



Turn on the cold water and you'll find the paint will fall off as you rinse it. Now with the toothbrush and with a little detergent you can remove any stubborn remnants of paint stuck in little nooks and crannies.





Give them a final rinse and leave to dry. Rise your gloves and don't forget to clean out the bucket or container.



Once dry that's it, finished. Shiny new figures, ready for painting.