Friday, June 29, 2012

Last of the Soviet Strelkovy Company painted up

Today I finished painting the last of the Soviet Late War Strelkovy. May I just say I am glad that's over.
Between the poor motivation to paint all 44 of those little guys, and the damn heat, progress was very slow.
Anyway, let's get to the preview!

And that's it! This really made me miss the 20mm scale, and after talking it over with my friend James, we're probably going to look into a fictitious conflict taking place during a U.S. Military coup d'etat. With that being said, I've finally found a rule system I'd like to use.
Force on Force sounds like my cup of tea. After watching a few reviews on YouTube, from what I've gathered the rules can apply to really any force or army, and it doesn't sound too incredibly complicated. 

The rulebook is very cheap, also. About 20 dollars on Amazon, and the miniatures used for it are cheap and a good scale as well.
I plan on buying it after my trip to Boston on the 4th of July. Obviously, I won't be around on the 4th, so in advance to my fellow American viewers, Happy 4th of July! Enjoy your fireworks safely.
 I'll be sure to keep the updates coming, so stay tuned!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Satus Report (June 21, 2012)

The Soviet Strelkovy company is almost done! Although, I've been doing some "soul-searching". I tend to have a really (and I mean really) hard time making up my mind with things.
I'm caught between doing Flames of War, or sticking with 20mm and doing a fictitious conflict, maybe the 2nd American Civil War. 
Very confused at the moment. So the ultimatum, stick with 20mm or do Flames of War?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Soviet progress thus far

I've managed to paint a few Soviets over the past few days, and I thought I'd show you how I'm doing. They're not the best, and let me just say I think they're very far from good.
Anyway, here they are!

If you ask me, they all look absolutely terrible from the basing to the paint job its self (not to mention the incredibly heavy wash, which is awful as well). But then again, that's my overall cynicism kicking in.
Anyway, tell me what you think. I'll probably paint more up and I'll go lighter on the wash.
Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Soviet Comrades have arrived!

After a great weekend with my friend James at his families' summerhouse at Pemaquid Point, I got home and found that my package had come in the mail containing the Late War Soviet Strelkovy company that I ordered. I'll get to that in a second, but first...

The wide-open Atlantic Ocean!

Alright, no more funny business. I was very excited to get these.

Here they are all based with spackling.
Since I've never painted WWII-era Soviets, I'll have to do some test figures that I had left over.
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

68 years ago today...

It was exactly 68 years ago today that the greatest invasion in man's history was carried out.
The people who took part in it deserve some good recognition.
Operation Overlord was one of the biggest invasion forces in history, and it was also the biggest amphibious operation in history.
Paratroopers were dropped 6 hours ahead of the seaborne troops (seen in this picture) to clear bunkers behind Utah Beach (this is the beach in the photograph). A funny thing about Utah Beach is that the troops landing there actually landed in the wrong location!

The Canadians also landed on Juno Beach. The Canucks actually pushed further inland that day than any other army taking part in the invasion!

The British landed on Sword Beach.

Omaha Beach was a tough nut to crack. It was taken by the Americans and it saw the heaviest casualties out of the 5 beaches.

Gold Beach was also taken by the British.

Pointe Du Hoc was tricky because of it's cliffs.
About 200,000 American, Canadian, British, Polish, French, Australian and New Zealand men died that day along with 200,000 Germans as well. Let them never be forgotten.
Also, while we're on the subject of WWII, I ordered a Flames of War Late War Strelkovy Platoon, which should be along either today or tomorrow.
Stay tuned!