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Saturday 24 April 2021

Look at what I bought! - Battle of Britain Game

 I spotted this game for sale at around £16.  It is by Plastic Soldier Company and is a strategic game covering the Battle of Britian. :

I am sure many are familiar with this product, but I had not seen it before.  It has a rather nice Ops Room style map, some plastic aircraft markers and a load of cards which allow the management of the assets during the three campaign scenarios:

The model planes, which will have to be painted, are made of a rather odd bendy plastic, that I learned had been replaced in later games.  I sent off to PSC and was able to buy a bag of hard 100 plastic aircraft for around £10.  One of the bendy Spitfires:

I am looking forward to trying the game out.

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Medieval Mayhem 2 - The Cavalry

Sorting out the mounted men took longer than anticipated.  The mangled heap of metal has been slowly bent back into shape, broken weapons replaced and paint touched up.  Unfortunately just one of the standards survived, but I may add some more later.  The majority of the figures are Minifigs 25mm but are a mix from the various ranges.  They will now go into storage at ground level!

I also rebased and renovated thes two groups of dismounted men at arms, by Hinchliffe, I think:

Tuesday 20 April 2021

SYW Prussian Dragoons

 As I continue to work through my Eric Knowles collection of Seven Years War figures, over the weekend I refurbished another cavalry Regiment.  This unit is marked up as the 1st Prussian Regiment of Dragoons.  The figures are 25mm Minifigs and they look splendid in their light blue, trimmed yellow uniforms:

Saturday 17 April 2021

Plastic Soldier Company 'The Great War'

 A few weeks ago I took the plunge and bought a set of PSC's 'The Great War' board game and rules.  I have been thinking about this for some time as I have an interest in WW1 but always tended to shy away from the later trench warfare.  This game appears to offer some fast play rules and the necessary pieces to make this possible. It comes in a huge box that very much matches the Command and Colors game style:

The main differences between this game and the C&C offerings are that the playing area is larger, as are the hexes.  Also, the playing pieces consist of plastic miniatures in 15mm scale, as opposed to the little wooden blocks:

My plan however, will be to transport this game onto the wargames table, with slightly larger hexes and 3D scenery.  I have also decided that the figures need to be painted.  I have completed the British, which I have mounted on bases.  In all there are 150 figures, which is quite a painting task.  This is what I have managed to do so far; British infantry:

There are three machinegun teams:

And three mortars:

I have based the Germans and will be starting the painting over the weekend.  I have also nearly finished off my badly battered medieval knights, with just some final touching up to do.

Sunday 4 April 2021

SYW Bosnian Lancers

Another cavalry unit from the Eric Knowles collection that has had the revamp treatment.  These colourful figures by Minifigs make an unusal unit that formed part of the Prussian Seven Years War army:

The standard bearer is a bit of an oddball.  I think that he was originally a Hinchliffe Russian Cossack!