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I just did a google search for free truetype sci fi fonts (it’s called Data 70)
The off table fire support is just that I guess, from ground mount missiles or the like, rather than orbital space craft or whatever.
I always thought the Redemptionists were a bit like Fremen, while the Imperial troops were more like Harkonnen and the Black Guard were Sardaukar?
I’m going to need some more hills
I now have a ‘background’ for the rebel insurgents / freedom fighters / guerrillas, based on some background reading about Aden and Dhofar, with a few other ideas thrown in for good measure.
It’s the Jebali Popular Liberation Front (JPLF) aka the ‘Adoo’
Fog might be an interesting twist or a night action with the French attempting to sneak out, covered by the torpedo boats and rams.
It would be interesting to see if the French would have done any better with the coastal batteries in full operation. The approaches are covered by very extensive defences on both sides and they had static torpedoes as well as gun batteries in the 1880’s.
It reminded me of my feeble efforts but yours is far more sophisticated and all the better for it.
Nice to see the weird French armoured rams in action. I’m not sure they were ever a serious threat to the opposition but they’re very cool.
I really enjoyed reading through the different installments and I’m looking forward to more.
That’s an excellent idea.
I had a similar plan but using a corkboard and using 15mm figures for squad level skirmish.
I think your version is much better.
<p style=”text-align: left;”>The main reason is that Duel of Aces is a better fit than the Battle of Britain version.</p>
Khalkhin Gol is very much a ‘meeting engagement’ for want of a better term than an attack / defence situation.
It was fought over a frontline with defensive positions ( infantry dug in, artillery, tank formations, supply dumps, airstrip etc) as targets for aerial ground attack and bombing.
It involved large formations of fighters against other large formations of fighters in a very fluid situation, with both tactical and ‘strategic’ bombing.
There was extensive use of recconnaisse and artillery spotting by both sides and the Japanese even used observation balloons.
There was also no radar.
I will probably pinch some bits from the Battle of Britain rules but the WW 1 system just seemed a better fit.
I finished undercoating the vehicles yesterday in Humbrol Matt Green, so everything including the British infantry and transport, is ready for painting after the Xmas break. I chose green as I didn’t have any desert yellow spray paint and I plan to paint the desert yellow stripes and bands after doing the basecoat of faded green camouflage.
I’m taking a break from the project now, due to Xmas, but will be back in January!
I would have thought cy6 would be a bit too complex?
This is army rather than navy, so the principal fighter is the Ki-27, although they also used Ki-10’s right at the end, when they were low on numbers.
I’ve finished the Supreme Littleness Designs ruined fort in 15mm, which Michael re-scaled and laser cut for me, based on the 28mm version.
This 18mm / 15mm version isn’t available yet and is a pre-release prototype.
I’ll do a separate review and assembly photos tomorrow, so you can see how it all fits together.
A very nice little kit indeed
I’d also suggest Bag the MiG.
I’ve yet to play a game using the rules but have done a stack of 1/600th planes for it (and for MiG Alley). I’ve played loads of BTH and there’s not a lot of difference between the two.
It ticks all of your boxes too.
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Don’t panic Colin…I am fully in control of the ‘oooh shiny’ impulse.
Brittany was a strategical place between Spain and England, so the Spanish sent troops in, built forts as in Port-Louis, and also near Brest in a place still called “Pointe des Espagnols” which was considered so threatening that it was attacked by French and English troops in 1594.
There’s most definitely a siege wargame in there somewhere! It would be perfect for skirmish gaming too
I thought it rang a bell or two.
Funnily enough I was there last year with my family;
And I was in Camaret Sur Mer this Summer as well.
Funny old world.
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My wife is Breton from Quimperle but born in Vannes.
All her family are from the bit in the middle around Ploermel.
I’d be interested to know where in Brittany all the action occurred?
Started on the painting but there’s still a way to go before I’ve finished it properly:
I think it may be available next year. I’m painting my pre release model now and will do a proper review of how it went together when it’s finished.
If you like it, why not send an email to Michael at Supreme Littleness to get him to make it available sooner rather than later? 😊
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No but I do keep of record in a little notebook of how I’ve painted things including all the stages and the paint shades, so that I can replicate the same end result if I need to. Its also a good way to work out and remember things that go wrong so that you don’t make the same mistake twice.
Here’s the latest addition to the British platoon and its transport, two QRF Humber Pigs and a blown up Ferret scour car (this was originally going to the great Ferret farm in the sky, but the casting was duff at the back end so it got re-purposed into a mined vehicle as a handy scenario hook)
I have had good dealings with QRF in the past but recently, quite a few models have had casting quality issues, missing parts or the wrong parts supplied, which is a right pain in the backside.
The assembly saga is on the blog.
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I’m now thinking of making some rocky outcrop templates to scatter about using a similar approach to the wadi sections but with more stones and a bit more height, so that the rebels can hide in them for ambushes.
I was also wondering about some minefields or barbed wire entanglements to use as a border zone, so that the rebels can infiltrate across and the British can patrol up and down, perhaps with a watchtower or sandbagged sentry post of some sort too?
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Yes, I think it’s a lovely little model. I’ve now given it an overall undercoat in matt khaki, ready for painting up, so you can see what it looks like with all the crappy filler covered up. I really like the way the designer has thought of all the little features that make it look just like the real thing, especially the Arabian style crenellations and the inner wall gap where you add little rocks to create a tumbledown effect. Very clever bit of design!
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I’ve got some pie wedges from ERM but they are 2mm thick not 3mm like the river sections, so I’ll probably just cut a river section up using the pie wedges as a template. I think I’ll only need about four or five of them for a bendy wadi (you don’t type that very often )
I’ve now wrapped up the wadi and the road sections, so that bit of the project is done, although I still need to make some ‘pie wedge’ bends for he wadi so that it’s not so linear and also make the road junctions, crossroads and a few small filler pieces to bridge any gaps.
This is never ending…
…I’m now off to paint some tiddly planes for a bit of light relief.
Suspiciously quiet at the border crossing today……?
Watch out for soft sand…could get bogged down here?
Looks like the rebels have mined the border track again…where are those sappers?
I love this project
Nice work on the furniture and the cards look very professional.
The little bits of slate came from some decorative stones that the wife has sprinkled around her plants. It’s chalk where I am, so totally useless for terrain making!
I often pick up useful looking stones, pebbles and sand or grit when I’m on holiday in Brittany or when I go back to my dad’s place in Cornwall. You can’t beat a bit of crushed up granite for terrain texturing.
I’ve also assembled the Supreme Littleness Design fort ruin (although this took longer than I thought due to some issues with the tower upper floor section, which needed some minor modification to work properly)
This is a 15mm version of the SLD 28mm model but it’s not yet available.
Nice model, once I actually finish it
Now dry brushed and washed, ready for some more drybrush highlighting and tufting (?) tomorrow.
It’s drying off overnight so I can’t do any more today.
They had some other sci fi style vehicles including an armoured Hummer type thing and a light truck but in a more 20mm scale.
This one was also on sale and in a 15mm compatible scale but I thought it wasn’t sci fi enough:
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And I love that balloon..and the gunboats…and the cork bark escarpment!
That looks brilliant! I’ll definitely pinch your reeds method for the banks of the Nile..clever.
The basing is very much as I’d plan to do. I hadn’t thought of just having an open movement tray though, so that’s a new thing to think about.
The plan also revolves around the Suakin Field Force and construction of the Suakin Berber railway, so I will be making some additional units like engineers and some special terrain features including a redoubt and some sections of railway track.
I also want to make an improvised armoured train but will have to devise some rules for it and a scenario or two, based on some ideas I have and the actual events, one of which will feature a night time attack on the rail head.
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Now dipped in custard…or old Homebase emulsion paint?
Yes I quite like a bit of PJ Harvey or The Smiths on in the background, having pinched my daughters old CD player now that she downloads everything on to her phone.
A bit more added, ready to dry out and be undercoated by the end of the day, although it’s freezing in the garage and it may take a while to fully set.
Now making some wadi sections using ERM river templates, stones from the garden, little rocks, model railway ballast and cheapo superglue from a French supermarket: