Saturday, 30 March 2013

LRDG-jeep in 1/76 by Revell

The Revell (old Matchbox) set ”L.R.D.G. 30cwt Chevrolet & Jeep CJ-2A” has been on my painting table the last year. I’ve been fiddling with it now and then, adding some stowage, painting a crew-member etc.
The Jeep has been nearly finished for a long time, and I made a rush the other day. Here it is, with original crew and weapons from the kit. I have added stowage from my bits box, some plastic, some metal.
It is a very nice little kit, fully recommended if you’re into LRDG.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Somua S-35 in 20mm by Frontline

Two resin Somua S-35 tanks by Frontline ready for the France 1940 front. I painted one of them a couple of years ago, and the other in the same colour-scheme just now.
The models are in two pieces, hull and turret, and very basic. The running gear especially is rather vague on the details. On the plus side – they are rather cheap.
Painting French tanks are always fun, as everything goes. I have some French magazines with lots of photos and also some assorted books on French armour as inspiration.

Colours used (Vallejo)
Base – Tan Yellow 912
Camo – Yellow Olive 892
Camo – Beige Brown 875
Lines – Burnt Umber 941
Tracks – Gunmetal metal
Wash with Citadel Devlan Mud
Decals from Aleran Miniatures, the France 1940 set FR-2 (for H35 and H39).

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Book review – January and February 2013

I’ll try a more condensed sort of books reviews for a while. Everything relating to history and modelling I’ve read each month, with a couple of words on each book. Hopefully to whet your appetite.
Much WWI in early 2013, some brand new titles and some oldies.
Images of War  Blitzkrieg in the West, Ian Baxter, Pen & Sword, 2010, around 140 pages. Lots of interesting photos, but sadly some facts wrong in the text. 4 out of 5.

Erwin Rommel, Karl-Gunnar Hoffman, Osprey, 2004, around 125 pages. Rather badly written and no analyses to speak of. Rather bad actually. I rate it a weak 2 out of 5.
Flames of Calais – A soldiers battle 1940, Airey Neave, Pen & Sword, penned in 1972, around 220 pages. Thomas pointed me to this book a long time ago, and I finally got around to reading it. It is written by a veteran of the battle of Calais in 1940, and a really good read. Especially good as the gaming group is playing some of games from the Too Fat Lardies’ scenario-book The Defence of Calais. You’ll find accounts of some of the battles in that book here, from a guy that was there. He is even a Big Man in some of the scenarios. I rate it a 4 out of 5.
Italian Medium Tanks 1939-45, Osprey New Vanguard no 195, 2012, 48 pages. It’s an Osprey… Interesting about the topic, relatively well written, and some good photos. 3 out of 5, just as you expect from an average Osprey.
Chuchill vol. 1, Leszek Moczulski, AJ-Press, 2008, around 175 pages. Everything you ever wanted to know about the Churchill tank, with loads of photos and drawings. Great book. A rating of4 out of 5
Images of War – Special Forces Vehicles, 1940 to the present day, Pat Ware, Pen & Sword, 2012, 144 pages. Loads of photos and info on special forces vehicles, just as it says. I would have liked more SAS/LRDG, but that’s me. Rating 3 of 5.
Images of War – British Tanks, the Second World War, Pat Ware, Pen & Sword, 2012, 144 pages. I have this thing for British AFV:s, and I got my fix here. Very nice book about the topic, with great pics. Also American tanks in British service. Rating 4 of 5
Italian Navy & Air Force Elite Units & Special Forces 1940-45, Piero Crociani and Pier Paolo Battistelli, Osprey Elite 191, 2013, 64 pages. A good summary of Italian elite units, both before armistice and after. Good compliment to the other books on the italian armed forces I have. Rating 4 out of 5.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Hooray, an airbrush for me!

A couple of weeks ago the folks at my job asked me what I wanted as a birthday present. When you have your 50th birthday the company chucks in a bundle of money, and there’s a collection amongst the co-workers.
I was asked a couple of weeks ago what I wanted. Maybe a vase, a wrist watch or candelabra… uck…
So what did I really want… After some thought the answer was easy: an airbrush.
I have never used one before, so I needed a decent beginners model, and have no idea what is right. So I took a lunch walk to Hobbybokhandeln. Needless to say they were glad to help. I discussed with Marko at the shop, and told him that a confused young lady would probably come and ask about a birthday present J
This Friday was the big day at work. Reception with coffee, cake, speech and a small and rather heavy packet.
Here it is!
And this is what is in the box

Now this is just super. This is something I have wanted since I was 10, but never gotten my hands on. This is the best present!
I also got a gift certificate to use at Hobbybokhandeln, and that will more than cover the paints I need. Also the promise of a short introduction on airbrushes in the shop.
A trip to Clas Ohlsson, every hobbyists’ dream-shop, will get me a compressor. More on that later.

No one at work really knows about my miniatures, so I took the chance to show them at the reception. A photo of Elori Ebonscythe, one of my favourite models, magnified on to an A4 sheet. Lots and ooohs and aaahs. Then the look on their faces when I picked up the little miniature from my breast pocket. That was so fun!
I got the highest praise from one of my colleagues
“Hey, you’re a real nerd. I like that!”
Yep, that’s me.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Miniatures Man 2 years and 50

A couple of weeks ago The Miniatures Man-site celebrated its second birthday, and I was fully occupied with other stuff at the time. But life is back in old rut now, and it is time to celebrate.
Let’s check the two years
Hits: close to 28 000 in total (6500 after the first year)
Followers: 63 (32)
Articles: 181 (92)

Most popular articles all time:
German infantry guns, WWII – my fist blog post!

Most viewers from US, followed by UK, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Spain, Australia, Canada, France and Italy – essentially unchanged from the first year.
A good year, with steadily climbing view-rates and more and more people finding the site. I still feel it’s fun to do this, but I will probably change some concepts a bit. For one thing - probably shorter book-reviews, but on more of the miniatures-related and history books I read.

Another jubilee happened last week, namely the Miniatures Man himself turned 50.
I fled the country, with its snow and ice, to a warmer place in the sun. Had a nice trip with the family, looked at the local Canarian flora and fauna and had a great, if miniatures-free, time.
Now it’s time du remove the dust from the neglected painting table and get some modelling done.
The Miniatures Man protecting himself from the sun on his 50th birthday.

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