Saturday, February 21, 2015
One of my readers, Ragsta, asked for a group shot of my East Gemans. Ask and ye shall receive. I apologize that everything is so small, but there's so much of it I had to get a long distance away to get any decent shot. Thank you to Mrs. History PhD for allowing me to commandeer the kitchen table and clear all the shi... umm... valuable things off of it.
The foreground is a first-line wheeled motor rifle battalion in BTR-60PB's and immediately behind it are its support platoons. Then there is a large gap where there should be a second battalion with support platoons, which I have yet to begin. And in the far rear, is a battalion T-55's configured for a motor rifle regiment.
Two 100mm antitank gun companies, as well as an antitank missile vehicle company, which all go together to make a panzerjäger battalion.
Whew!! A lot of stuff, but a fair little bit yet to be completed and then some Poles and Soviets to do. Oh, and this doesn't include my East German Air Force. And then on top of everything else, I still have quite a way to go with my Danes and West Germans. Lord!!
Ok, now I have to put it all away before Mrs. History PhD wants to start making dinner. More next time!
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Quite some time ago, more than a year, I did a bit of minor conversion work and I turned out a SNAR-10, NATO reporting name Big Fred:
and a PRP-3, Small Fred:
did this simply because O8 didn't make them. However, this past month, Marcin very kindly obliged and produced some. I bought a few and I've now dug out my converted ones and replaced them with Marcin's:
Big Fred (SNAR-10) is a battlefield surveillance radar used for finding and tracking stationary and moving targets, such as convoys, rocket or tube artillery, and even individual armored vehicles. The radar is sensitive enough that it can even see bursts of artillery shells and so can be used to correct the fall of shot from friendly batteries. Big Fred is effective to a range of about 12.5 miles (20km).
Small Fred (PRP-3) is an artillery counter-battery radar, again with an effective range of about 12.5 miles, used to locate enemy artillery and mortars. It is also used to direct the fire of friendly artillery. The PRP-3 has been superseded by PRP-4 which mounts a more advanced radar, Tall Mike:
That's it for this mid-week post. More from me this weekend.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
This weekend I've again been trying to tidy up several partially completed projects that are littering the wargaming bookcase.
The first is an East German Mil Mi-2 Hoplite:
Next up is my very first 1/600 cavalry! I decided to start off by continuing the Saxon theme that I began while doing the infantry a few posts ago, so I chose the chevauxleger regiments:
As usual, I started out doing the command stand separately so that I could simply switch it out to change what regiment I'm representing. However, at 1/600, the standards of the individual regiments are totally indistinguishable, so the command stand can also be used with any of the units, as long as the trumpeter's color matches. Also as usual, I've deliberately made the pole for the standard overly tall and the standard itself a bit larger than true scale. 1/600 stuff benefits from anything eye-catching.
And lastly, I'm also trying to finish off the final few stands of Scud B's and Frog 7's that have been lying around "for a coon's age" as my grandma was wont to say when I was a kid:
As with the last time I painted some of these, I went with Vallejo Gunship Green (895) for the missiles themselves.
Well, that's a few things cleared out of the "to do" pile. Only 5000 things to go! I plan to get it all done in time for my 186th birthday! More BS next time!
Sunday, February 8, 2015
This post finishes off the unguided rocket artillery for my East Germans (finally!). I've churned out a battery of BM14-16 rocket launchers:
Even though O8 labels this a BM14-16, by 1981, an upgraded version, the BM14M, would have been in service, the difference being that the earlier version was based on a ZiS-151 truck, while the upgrade was based on a ZIL-157. At 1/600 scale, the two are pretty well indistinguishable from each other.
The BM14 fired 140mm unguided rockets and the launchers came in a variety of tube numbers; 16, 18, and 20 being the most common. Though the BM14 was officially replaced with the BM-21 Grad in 1963, the older system was never entirely withdrawn and upgraded versions stayed in frontline service with all WarPac armies until the fall of the Iron Curtin.
Here's my version:
As well as a 1V18 for the forward observer:
With my past rocket artillery, I've painted the back of the launchers red, as that's the color that the individual reloads were, I suspect because the primer charge was packed in a red wrapper. But every image of the BM14 that I could find showed no red on the backside of the launcher, so I left it off and just went with a dirty, dark rust color to represent the built-up smoke residue from having fired multiple salvos.
That's all for now. On to the next project!
Friday, February 6, 2015
In a previous post on my East German SA-6 Gainful battery (January 2, 2015), I noted that the pack from O8 came with a Straight Flush radar vehicle, but not a Long Track radar. One other radar that was quite commonly seen accompanying the Gainful was Spoon Rest. In the SA-2 Guideline pack, there are two radars, Fan Song B and of particular interest, Spoon Rest B:
Spoon Rest B would be appropriate for the 1960s, but as my LANDJUT campaign is set in 1981, I would need Spoon Rest D:
The only appreciable difference at this scale is that the B model is based on a ZIL-157 truck, while the D model uses a URAL-375D. Spoon Rest is actually still in use and the latest model is the E. When Spoon Rest A went into service in 1956, it replaced the earlier Knife Rest B:
In order to get a Spoon Rest, I bought O8's Guideline and now I have the entire pack left over, as I have no use for the rest of it. Anybody need a slightly used SA-2 battery? In any case, here is my Spoon Rest stand:
The antenna cut-out was quite flimsy, so I took it to work and had it 5mil laminated. Now it's much sturdier. Quite a nice little addition to my combat support stands.
As an added bonus, for those of you who game Vietnam in 1/600, the North Vietnamese SA-2 sites used Fan Song A in the earlier stages of the war and upgraded to the B model when the Soviet Union made it available later. So let me show you how to convert the B model that O8's pack comes with into an A model. Here is the B as it comes in the pack:
Ok, another installment later in the weekend!