Sunday 16 June 2013

Zvezda 1:100 Scale Art of Tactics WW2 Tanks

Oh dear I've been on ebay again and have discovered a new range of cool toys.  This time a range of 1:100 scale WW2 vehicles made by Zvezda.  They are simple snap fit kits (although a bit of glue certainly helps), with reasonable, although not excellent, detail.  What I like about these is that unlike the other cheap plastic kits from places like the plastic soldier company these come singly and for under £3 (inc. postage) a tank as well!  Cheap enough to pick up on a whim and provide an interesting painting diversion.  They are of course the right scale for flames of war, which there has been more mutterings about playing, although that has yet to come to fruition.

The first one I bought was this German PZ-IV Ausf.D medium tank.  A key part of the German forces and the best detailed of the 3 kits.

My next buy was this small and somewhat flimsy looking Soviet KhT-26 flame thrower version of the T-26 light tank.

 And finally this monster of a tank the Soviet KV-2, a massive tank with a massive turret and gun.
Something that these additions have made me realise is the great disparity in size between different tanks that isn't always obvious through pictures etc.  From left to right we have a Churchill, Sherman, the tiny KhT-26, the KV-2, a Panther, the PZ-IV and finally a StuG. 

Monday 10 June 2013

Army Focus - Star Wars Miniatures The Rebellion

A few weeks ago I put a post up showing my star wars miniatures Imperial collection/army.  It generated quite a lot of interest so today I've dug out their opposition, the Rebel Alliance.

Whereas most successful Imperial squads are based around a few commanders and then a whole bunch of troops the rebels are very much a hero based faction with luke, han and co normally being the driving force.  they also lake the really heavy items of the Imperials, no walkers or tanks here.

There are several 'sub-factions' in the rebellion, including commandos, wookies and the forces from the battle of hoth.  The 'sub-factions' aren't official, but the various commander effects mean that they often work best that way and add a nice thematic element to your force.

And finally, although technically part of the fringe faction (can be used by any other faction or as a faction in their own right) we have these ewoks.  These are all surprisingly useful and the standard ewok and wicket whilst not being powerful are very points efficient and are great for filling out squads with extra activations.

Monday 3 June 2013

Dreadball - Judwan Team & Season 1 MVP's

A lot of painted Dreadball minis to show off today.  Starting with the first of my season 2 teams, the Judwan.  I love both the look and gaming concept of these guys (all strikers, so no punching at all, but super quick and skilled) and will definitely be using them in my next game.  Included in the pics below is the Judwan star player Mee-kel Judwan (awesome pun!), I've decided that I may as well paint team specific MVP's in the colours of said team so from now on will be painting them at the same time as the teams.

The next batch of pictures contains The season one MVP's.  A bit of a mixed bunch, Buzzcut, the Enforcer and John Doe are all brilliant, but Gorim Ironstone and Number 88 are not.  Surprisingly my new favourite MVP is Wildcard and her Tron styling, it's amazing how a paint job can change so drastically my opinion of a model.

Buzzcut, The Enforcer & Reek Rolat
Number 88, Wildcard & John Doe
Gorim Ironstone, Lucky Logan & Slippery Joe

Finally I've also painted the Kickstarter trophy....

If you read my last Dreadball post you'll remember that there were a couple of issues with my delivery, mantic quickly got back to me and my female corp guard is no longer headless!  On top of that a z'zor jack will also be heading my way, I have to be patient on that front, but will end up with a free guard model for my trouble, I can live with that.

On other mantic related news deadzone did rather well in the end reaching over $1.2million!  Which means I will have another huge pile of models to paint come the winter, brilliant!  I'm really looking forward to the game as well and after loving dreadball have no worries that mantic will be able to deliver on their promises.
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