Friday, 25 September 2009

Painting Tray Update

Behold (at last) the behemoth King Tigers have rolled away to strike terror into the hearts and minds of the Western or Eastern Allies alike. Or alternatively presenting a plum target of opportunity for a young Jabbo fighter-pilot (Mustang or Sturmovik) to make his name. In convoy below (a faked wargame moment):

Or deployed, ready to dominate a wargames table near you ;)

Meanwhile a further batch of German heavy armour presents its profile under the painting lights. These pair of Tigers (1/72 Hasagawa and 1/76 Fujimi [early version]) pose a slight problem for me as I will have to move away from the three tone camouflage scheme I was enjoying. Something either Dark Yellow with Green or Brown irregular lines to break up the profile. The 1943 summer look as it were.Currently they sit in the Oiled and Metallic stage ready to take their camouflage markings on:

Meanwhile up in the skies the Airfix Battle of Britain single engined fighter project continues in a stop start fashion. The Hawker Hurricane MkI stands in its shade colours as:

While the Boulton Paul Defiant (viewed broadside) is shown here. It packed a surprise rear-punch to a Hurricane profile (seen from behind), but once bitten twice shy in combat as a 12 o'clock attack was its undoing.

Last but not least a second metal Goblin, The Great Goblin King himself gets painted and the Moria Goblins HoTT Army project takes an oh so small step forward:

In the background I have almost uncontrollable urge to paint 20mm WWII plastic infantry in large industrial batches, after all in the northern hemisphere the nights are beginning to draw in.



Al said...

Great job on the tanks Geordie, the Defiant is one of my favourites, that and the Battle, both of which feature a lot in our early-war games.

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Cheers Al,

I have to agree with you on the Defiant and particularly the Fairey Battle. My 1940 interest stirs here.

On record (to my knowledge at least), the Fairey Battle has the worst combat record of any bomber in combat. Which boils down to its massive loss ratio in service during the 1940 French campaign as part of the AASF (Advanced Air Striking Force under Vice Air Marshal "Ugly" Barratt) and squadrons so equipped in teh Belgian Air Force.

There is something tragically heroic about the desperate attempts in these machines to knock out the Meuse bridges in 1940. The VC's awarded seem to reflect the doomed nature of the mission. Like the Defiant "it had to be" withdrawn from front-line combat service as it was "non-combat survival".

An extended Hurricane, but now fitting three people and a bomb load that could do little impact damage but serve to slow down further an already slow plane. The design was modified and part revived as a stop-gap Fleet Arm Arm fighter in the Fulmar, which helped keep the Royal Navy alive in the Med.

I would like/love Airfix to release this kit again, but I believe they actually sold the mold on. They may remaster one as they produced a new Fulmar kit (which I have purchased but not yet have got round to doing). Here's hoping.

Glad you liked my work with the tanks to date.

Al said...

Thanks Geordie, you clearly have a lot of interest in this period also, so how about some pictures of early war stuff?


Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

"Incoming" as they say. If I could offer a preference I would undoubtedly say the "clanky tank" 1940 period over the late war heavy weights. There is something so "make do" about the German war effort until n1942.

All in good time :)

I hope to impress and be likewise informed. Nice to have your company Al :)

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Goblins grrr ...