Monday, 24 April 2017

Holiday Reading: "Something for weekend sir?" - A 1943 "What If" Scenario ...

Picked up from"The Works" clearance house, partly (OK mostly) from the interesting cover, though I had to come back to it several times before I eventually thought ("What the heck for £5.99") it could be a good light holiday read that could end up as a good or unusual "What-If" Chain Of Command game (see below):


The premise being there is circumstantial evidence to suggest that the Germans mounted a successful seaborne Commando raid against a radar installation on the Isle of Wight in 1943. It has had a hard time with the Amazon reviews, light on detail but asks an important question "Why didn't the Germans run Commando raids against the UK mainland?" The what-if is there. Anyway I enjoyed the read as it gave me interesting ideas for small skirmish scenarios.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Dogger Bank Information - WWI Naval "YouTube" Lecture: courtesy of Simulating War forum

Gawd bless those little Internet elves they keep finding gems like this and then posting them to forums like Simulating War:
Thanks must go to Mircea Pauca who pointed this one out:
The slides used to support that lecture:
Have only had a "peak" but like what I saw (the whole lecture is a just over an hour)
Enjoy 
:)

Saturday, 22 April 2017

New Wargaming Book: Zones of Control (MIT Press)

Quite simply a feast (or rather a gourmet buffet) that I am currently tucking into (see below, 59 mini articles from the Wargaming Great and the Wargaming Good):


Amazon UK: Zones of Control

As recommended by the alumni of Connections UK 2016, got mine for under £30 and it was worth it as there is ;literally something for everyone.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Canopy Capers (Airfix Fw190 WIP)

Calm, calm, calm. I approach the Fw190 canopy with trepidation .. I cannot use conventional glue as that would end up in one unholy mess resulting in painting over the canopy, hence I use ClearFix. A slow sticking fragile glue that does not smear canopies. Actually the Fw190 has a large part of the rear canopy to paint over (see below, aka the black part):


Now I had bit of a struggle to get the canopy on. The 'blooming canopy' part was being pushed off by a chunky piece of rear cock-pit detail. Hence I had to shave this back until the full canopy fit nicely over it, luckily the "shaved part" was totally hidden by the painted part of the canopy. A bit like the front cockpit detail (chair/instruments and control stick) fantastic detail that ends up hidden in 90% of the possible configurations - closed cock-pit with pilot at helm (see below):


The black primer over the canopy trimmings was then covered by the dark grey paint (see below):


The glue and paint in these kits goes a long, long way. In addition to this kit I have put together some eighty odd Saxon and Norman 25/28mm plastic figures.

:)

Decals beckon next!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Test of Honour: 28mm Samurai Skirmish Games - "The One That Got Away"

I was too slow to grab this on first release, but managed to "see" somebody else's "OPEN BOX" and was very, very impressed. I have to add that I am not a Samurai buff myself but nevertheless could feel myself tingle at the quality of teh game (see below):


Hope to be able to pick up a version on second printing! The figures looked stunning (though apparently fiddly).

It has all the hallmarks of a "one box" game and extensions only if you want to!

Friday, 14 April 2017

The "Butcher Bird" ... Continued (Airfix: Fw190-A8) WIP

The basic paint scheme is added (see below):


The underside is "lined" via covering recesses with "Vallejo Black Wash" (see below):


The upper works are treated accordingly and then touched up with e original paint (see below):


Likewise the underside is touched up in its basic paint scheme (see below):


Coming along nicely!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Audible Books: Fleet at Floodtide

Completing the Pacific War saga in grand style. Again a very good read (or rather listen). Admittedly "one way traffic" (or rather the writing was on the wall after Guadalcanal) with much previously unknown (to me) anecdotes and information. I didn't realise how close the US Fleets (particularly with respect to Carrier Operations) were to the Japanese mainland and how costly a US lead invasion would have been. I can recommend "The Fleet at Flood Tide" (see below):


Footnote: I feel good (as in knowledge refreshed) with respect to the Pacific theatre [50+ hours of audio books over three+ months]. The only segment of Pacific history I am missing seen to need is a overview of the Pearl Harbour raid itself.