martedì 30 gennaio 2018

Bolt action US Chaplain

In the second edition, Bolt Action introduced for US Army a new figure: the military chaplain. It is a useful unit because the chaplain may select one friendly unit within 6" and (applying the right modifiers) remove 1 pin.

Unfortunately it is hard to find miniatures suitable for this role ... luckly in our Club we have the right person for a challange as this: Maurizio.

He started with a preliminary study and ...

... then he modified a 1/72 miniature

The results are below

mercoledì 24 gennaio 2018

Ww2: 8th army - Bolt Action/Rapid Fire

The 20 mm scale is not one of my favorite one  but it easy and quick to paint. Some months ago I bought two boxes of 1/72 plastic Italeri and I prepared them as the British 8th army.
Before to paint them I did some search to be sure what kind of colors should been more realistic … and, at the end, the result is below

The 8th army was involved in different ww2 theatres but they became famous for their actions during the African campaign.

In the photo below there are some soldiers of the 8th army during Operation Lightfoot (Oct 1942) and one of them is armed with a Thompson submachine. Some of the miniatures have the same gun. Below one of them with an NCO.

Other miniatures are equipped with Bren as well as the men of the Greek company during in Africa

I painted also some Vickers teams and to prepare them I was inspired by the photos below

For the officers I decided to paint some of them as members of the 9th Australian HQ's

and to support the infantry I painted some churchill tanks too.

giovedì 18 gennaio 2018

Black hawk down Zombie - Jan 2018

Maurizio is continuing with his Zombie project. At the beginning of January he completed some characters and a squad of regular troops to increase the range of his creations.

Below a zombie jester tries to break the barriers ...

... Elvies Spresley that walks again

and some zombie policemen

Maurizio does not paint the miniatures only but he prepared all the building and the other scenographic elements too. 

Modifying a simple children's game he prepared scenario that seems a scene of "black hawk down"

and, with the same attention, he prepared some crashed vehicles to depict a barrier against the zombie hordes

mercoledì 17 gennaio 2018

Chain of command Test battle – Jan 13, 2018

Last Saturday Ezio, Riccardo and Ivano played a match using another ww2 rule system: Chain of Command. 
It is a game system at platoon level with different phases (Patrol, Activation and so on) that it seems more tactical than Bolt Action.

The scenario they played was one of the scenario included into the base rule book. Mission was simple: the Americans have to break Germans defense reaching the opposite site of the table

Miniatures are 28mm and they are painted by:
- Americans by Ivano, 
- Germans regular troops by Riccardo 
and some Green Devils by me

I took some pictures.

This is the initial deployment during the patrol phase … it is possible to see the German markers on the table

An American squad advances …

… and his artillery observer takes position

German green devils open fire and block the American’s advance killing one of them Nco

Other two American squads advance but German does not permit them to move freely

The match ends with a German victory