Sunday, 4 March 2012

20mm Painting Tray Distraction

Remember that 20mm Cromwell I recently made from HaT's ArmourFast? Well the nice thing about ArmourFast models is that they always come as part of a double act, two to a pack. The other Cromwell was just staring at me from the yonder side of the painting tray and I fancied a twenty minute fast assembly as a break from the small scale painting (see below, back rank, leftmost two for the HaT models). So I had what you wold call a bit of a WWII 20mm 'distraction break' from the WII 1/300 and 1/285.

The above and below comprises my 20mm Command Decision Order of Battle 1944 "Cromwell" British Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) ensemble. In total seven Cromwell's so far and a strange looking thing called a Challenger (an extended Cromwell that housed a 17pdr in its 'high' turret). I need a further four Cromwells (probably sourced as another two from HaT ArmourFast and the other two from the new Airfix kit), an ARV tank(?) and a Crusader AA tank. Note: I already have three Sherman Firefly's to add in as the company "Tiger Killers" for the RTR, the Challenger only being used in the Armoured Reece Regiment of a 1944 British Armoured Division (so I can technically field a full company tank force from that formation).

I may also need a Centaur 95mm Howitzer variant too to plug into RTR, unless they were still specialised Royal Marine (RM) formations as per D-Day(?). Still plenty of "make" to do with the above. A friend from the Hartlepool Club asked me when I last played Command Decision (in anger) as he had only seen me play with 1/300 or 1/200 kit using BGC and to be fair (and to my shame) it must be over ten years ago now. That is something I shall have to try and rectify this year.


Monty said...

Blimey, nice one Geordie! That's a busy table mate ;)

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Busy true, but the Cromwells will be parked in a drawer until further notice

But it is one less kit in the "to be made" pile

I am getting bitten by the 1/300 wargaming scale bug, which means I have been gaming in the wrong scale for the last thirty years

At least I've found it now

Paul said...

Cripes Geordie! Thats a lovely mass of solid Brit armour you have there.

I now get a better idea of those tiny tanks you have been slaving over.

Most impressive.

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Cheers Paul

XXX Corps needs all that armour if it stands a chance to bust through to Arnhem ;)

I have another mass of Airfix Shermans in the process of building up another RTR, (only trouble is that they have to share the Fireflys with the Cromwells)

Again, time I took Command Decision III out for a romp again

Have you ever toyed with CD IV?

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

Yes those 1/300 tanks are tiny and they do cause classic eye-ache, I will have to be careful and take plenty of breaks.