Ah, as I listen to the oft-heard sound of wife and eldest daughter arguing about...well, I don't know what and, quite frankly, have no wish to know as I might then get dragged into it, I think it's time for a painting challenge update.
Today's entries are from:
Mr Douglas with more LOTR figures
Mr Baldwin with an entry that originally got lost and is now found: some 6mm Sudan figures and some 15mm WW2 American Paras (I must get started on mine)
Joakim with twelve Brimstone figures
Mr Luther with over 100 6mm infantry and 24 6mm AFVs
Jon Yuengling submits some cacti
Mr Slade submits some Prussians
Our friend Topi submits some 15mm WW2 vehicles and guns
Mr Ralls returns with some more re-basing and also a spot of Brimstone painting
Bad news for Carole: she's been laid up with a bad foot...but good news for her painting challenge score as it's given her a chance to ready another prodigious entry
Carole also becomes the first person to beat her 2014 score (new entrants don't count) although I suspect her previous year's score was so low because she only started submitting entries late in the year!
Today's picture is a reminder to me to get on with my US Paratroops: it's Mr Baldwin's US Paratroopers...
Something we haven't had for quite a while: a Charlie Don't Surf! after action report.
This one comes from the excellent A Wargaming Gallimaufry blog (click on the name to go there) where you'll also find AARs for Chain of Command and other, non-Lardy games.
The scenario pitches a Free World aid station coming under attack from NVA while an under-strength company is on their way to relieve it. The aid station has the advantage of a Platoon of special forces but were likely to face a heavy assault before the relief force could get there. Click on the picture, below, to see the full report.
I really like Zombiesmith's Quar: alien ant-eater types locked into a perpetual civil war in what is effectively World War One in terms of technology and troop types.
Available in 28mm, 15mm and 6mm, Zombiesmith regularly release new factions, each with their own distinct heritage and equipment.
The latest faction for release in 15mm are the Kryster: desert nomad types who fight in small companies of mixed infantry and armour. Best of all, the armour is typical Quar: wild, whacky and looks like something that could have been developed here on Earth.
First off the painting table is the armour: two Dosran-Ka, each comprising two Sothwyr armoured wagons and one Gwaeyr light armoured tractor. Here are the models grouped together rather than split by unit:
Well, it's early and no-one else is up, not quite light enough to paint by...so it must be a good time to do an update and perhaps tidy up a few bits and pieces on the site.
BTW if you have your own website and like Vis Lardica, as I'm sure you do, whether you're in the Challenge or not, do please put a link to VL on your site: the Lard must be shared with all! Whatever it says in the top nav, www.vislardica.com will get you here, and it won't take more than a moment of your time to do.
Now, on to today's Challenge entries...
Joakim enters some 28mm fantasy figures
Topyob bangs in some AWI figures (photos please)
The prodigious Carole finishes a whole brigade of horse and an orc found in the back of her drawer. That takes her flying past the 500 point mark: huzzah!
Mr Yuengling pops in three more panzers
Owen is back, and with a vengeance. Three entries at once: some 15mm infantry, and then an enormous amount of 6mm sci fi including 58 houses. Takes him straight past the 500 mark as well: huzzah again!
To all you people who have been slaving away all weekend but haven't managed to send in your entries yet: don't worry, I'm sure I'll do another update tonight, tomorrow or Tuesday!
Today's picture is of Carole's brigade of horse: how does she paint so quickly?
I've wanted some A13s for use with the Operation Compass scenario book for some time, but have never wanted to spend the money on metal or resin models. I've got A13s for France 1940, and they ably substituted during the booklet's playtesting.
Late last year, however, Russian manufacturer Zvezda released plastic A13s that were available at just £1.95 a model...and I couldn't resist and immediately bought a squadron from PSC.
Let's start with the downside:
the model released is the A13 used in France (no extra trackguard etc).
they are rather erroneously called Crusaders on the box, but then even I keep a special spreadsheet detailing all the different early war British tanks, so I'm quite forgiving of their mistake
the models are pretty basic. A six-part snap together kit (for God's sake remember to put the tracks on the bottom of the hull before you put the top on!) with minimal detail and a very thin, snap-py looking gun.
However, the upside easily outweighs the above: ten tanks for under £20 that paint up very adequately for use on the tabletop. An absolute bargain, and I don't think they look too bad. Let me know what you think...
A bit blurred, but here's the Squadron HQ tank
And here's No 1 Troop
You can see them all in the British Desert War gallery (click here or use the navbar, above).
Here's an actual picture from the western desert. You can see that there's no divisional ID number on the front mudguard, and that there's an the 'added on' track guard along the sides...but otherwise it looks about the same. Camo scheme seems right, although I'm intrigued by the track guard colouring. Also love the tattoos on the bloke on the turret's forearms, and the pith helmets on the front deck!
A Tuesday update for a change...mainly because I spent all last night watching Band of Brothers!
Today's achievements are from:
Carole gets his act together and confirms the scale of his Anglo-Scottish Nine Years War Brigade from Lurkio
Then adds loads of tanks and halftracks...not to the same army, I'm assured
Mr Helliwell adds a couple of 15mm vehicles
Benito sends in a lovely picture of an armoured car for the Spanish Civil War
Mr Douglas adds some more Greeks (I'd love to repeat the joke about the elephants, but I try and keep the site as apolitical as possible!)
Paul Baldwin, who probably can plow, adds some nice WoR men-at-arms and lots of teeny-tiny chaps from the desert
Jon Yuengling with a big entry of planes and tanks in 6mm and 15mm
New entrant "I'm Bruce" pops in a Sidney and a Finnish tank
and Ashley adds some more sci-fi
Today's official pictures are from Benito (a Union Naval de Levante (UNL-35) armoured car for his Republican Army of the Spanish Civil War); newbie I'm Bruce (a Finnish tank); and Carole (the Anglo-Scottish Brigade).
Finally, one of the list above who shall remain nameless (no, it wasn't Carole) deserves a special mention for his attempts to claim for painting his mother-in-law's bedroom.
I was tempted to give him the points for a "building greater than 28mm", but then I remembered that in the past I've disallowed a greenhouse and a biscuit tin.
Keen to clear the painting table ready for my next major project (WW2 US Paras modelled on Band of Brothers' Easy Company), I've just finished a couple of British Morris CS9 armoured cars for the desert.
Nice little models these, from Battlefront, and with some nice detailing on the hull and crew figure. They will represent vehicles from 11th Hussars for Operation Compass.
Another huge batch of entries this week, from participants both old and new.
Some of the point scores being racked up already are incredible. It both bodes well for the challenge as a whole and inspires me to get my own finger out and finish the ten 15mm tanks sitting on my painting table.
Today's achievements are from:
Regular Mr Yuengling with three Japanese tanks in 15mm
Mr Baldwin with some literally small pickings
The Mad Padre bursts onto the scene with three entries for January
Matt Slade also adds three entries, including some SYW figures and the Ghostbusters (no controversy here: they are all of the male variety)
Ralph Plowman plows on with his Fireforge knights (and yes, I'm sure he's heard that one before)
Doug Melville reappears with a boxful of Wallachians and Hungarians
Steve Burt adds a few more Makedonians
Mr Ralls threatens to overwhelm his gallery with three more entries: Bavarians, Wurttemburgers and a hotel for them to stay in
Mr Luther adds some more of his lovely Japs and a double handful of 6mm vehicles
Ashley Pollard also reappears...this time with some starships
Newbie Andrew McCarthy adds some Italians and a KO'd T-34
And the rather worryingly named 'Topyob' puts in seven 15mm vehicles and some British Guards.
There's another entry but as they (no names, no pack drill) forgot to let me know what scale the figures are and, unusually, I can't tell, they will have to wait!
Today's picture is from Mr McCarthy...the aforementioned Italians :
Just a quick note: the TooFatLardies have just published the second of their pint-sized campaigns for the WW2 platoon-level game Chain of Command.
Here's what they say about them:
"Kampfgruppe von Luck is the second of our Pint-Sized campaigns for Chain of Command, designed to be played using the campaign handbook At the Sharp End.
"Thirty pages long, Kampfgruppe von Luck contains an overview of the British airbrorne landings and the response of 21 Panzer Division on D-Day before then going on to present a mini-campaign covering the first counter-attack by Kampfgruppe von Luck, striking for the bridges on the Orne.
"The campaign is a total of five game tables with the duration running between five and eight games. Briefings are provided for both sides, along with measurable objectives, period maps, force and support option listings and everything you need to play this campaign through to its conclusion.
"Like all of our Pint-Sized campaigns, this is available for the price of a pint in our local pub. We're sure that you'll agree, that is great wargaming value!"
Hopefully the next Special will contain a conversion guide for IABSM!
Demonstrating just how big the painting challenge is getting, here's a huge update that represents under a week's worth of entries...
So, in no particular order, we have:
Benito breaking his 2015 duck with some El Cid Moors
Mr Yuengling with some more 15mm WW1 infantry
Carole with a mixture of entries that include a rather nice scratchbuilt Normandy church and loads of Nine Years War Frenchies
Mr Plowman adds some beautifully painted knights for his Rampant Lion army
Fred Bloggs enters his usual mixture of weird figures: witches, dwarves and some figures who shall not be named for copyright reasons!
Joakim adds some more big Dusters
AJH eventually manages to submit some Dux B and TCHAE figures
Mr Douglas adds more Greek cavalry - hope they got their votes in before posing for the photo
Mr Ralls enters lots of monsters from the Shadows of Brimstone game
Mr Luther adds more 6mm aeroplanes and some more 20mm Japs
Mr Bax also appears in the lists for the first time in 2015, with some lovely Fallschirmjaegers and Dutch police
Mr Blankenship achieves 'fousands of 15mm Japs (well, 157) and a lot of tanks and anti-tank guns
Steve Burt builds an Airfix cafe
and finally Mr Helliwell adds more Germans to his autumn collection
That's entries from 14 people this week. Not bad going considering its only January!
Today's pictures? From two people I think. Let's have Carole's scratchbuilt church and Mr Bax's Dutch police:
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