Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Keep on Walking...Dead, that is...

Howdy all,

Having recently joined the ranks of the Walking Dead...at least Mantic style...I am happy to have another batch of post-apoc, TWD completed.  I recently had some success and enjoyment with this game, getting through one of the expansion packs and a prison-set game.

The Lori Pack

The Prison - Battle Report

While I have never been captivated by the show, I can certainly appreciate the artwork and original story that inspired the television portrayal...I can also appreciate the portrayal of the various characters by the actors.  Some I recognize from other works...others I do not...but I must say, there are few characters that while "I don't know"...I kinda "do know"...but Negan is certainly one of those that I have no idea, but boy I sure know of this character...and I do like the actor.

The Negan pack has 7 different pieces in it and was a lot of fun to paint up and experiment with the different schemes for each character.  The pack has Negan (of course), Abraham, Michonne, 2 walkers, a bag of guns (awesome loot token), and Rick's badge (for game play, this is used to signify who has initiative).  All in all, each piece was pretty fun...also because I have no real context for the show or comic, I had to head over to Mr. Google and get some research in...which does bring its own brand of entertainment.

I have a bunch of pics...I took the chance to dig up my 'real' camera...an older Canon and take pics with that and my phone to try to work on my photography work...I think my lighting was definitely better than before and I have a nice stable platform for taking pics...I just have to work on focus points...

Enjoy the pics...and as always, got something to say, add, or help me improve...always welcome.
 The contents of the box and the crew...2 game pieces, 3 survivors, and 2 walkers...
Michonne with the Kill Bill sword... 
The walkers...these guys do provide some challenge getting skin tones that are believable but also varied enough so that all my zombies don't look just brown or green toned.  For these 2, I used browns and greens in layers along with normal flesh tone to try to get a sense for rotting flesh that is transitioning from live...not sure how well I captured it, but I'll have more practice as I slog through the main box 
The game pieces...I have seen a few nicely painted Sheriff badges online...either a really nice bronze or silver...maybe gunmetal? But I wanted to try something different and searched to see what Harrison Country badges currently looked like...it was an interesting collection of metal and cloth badges/patches...from there I settled on a scheme and went to work...I like the traditional bronze badges that I've seen, but I do really like how this one came up and really makes the eagle pop... 
Lead Mountain Progress - Expedition 2018


28mm: 10
15mm - vehicles: 4

Purchased - 0

Progress - +14

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Sharper Claws for the Bear - Team Yankee Support

Howdy everyone,

Playing some Team Yankee at the end of the year gave me some motivation to get back to some models that I had on the workbench and get them painted up proper for the field.  I had a chance to field a couple of ZSU-23-4's for air defense for my Soviet Motor Rifle Battalion and thought it only proper to get a couple more and paint them all up together.

US vs Soviet and East German hordes

The ZSU's were pretty easy to put together...the bulk of the model is resin and metal like most old school Battlefront models...so just the normal process of sanding and filing...but it came up pretty quickly so I was happy with that.

Based on feedback I received previously and wanting to keep trying some alternate paint schemes I elected to go with a lighter...limier (??) green than what I used for my BMPs and T72s...I ended up with a very similar scheme to that of my BRDMs...

Support for the Bear

I like the pop of the green a little more than I thought I would the first time I tried this...I kind of wish I had adopted this for my main force...but oh well...it's here now and I'm pretty good with it.  So, this is the scheme I went with for my ZSU's.  Makes them easier to spot on the table amongst my rabble of Russian metal...so that's a bonus.
As far as vehicles go, the ZSU is definitely one of my favourite Cold War era vehicles.  It matches an impressive rate of fire with a high degree of mobility that puts it near the edge of the action.  I don't recall seeing any examples in movies until the original Red Dawn movie...and if I remember correctly, that vehicle was modified from the chassis of an M60 tank.  And then in Flight of the Intruder it played a very critical role in setting the scene for the final sequence of the movie...Willem Dafoe, tiger striped flight suit..."come on Sandy you'd do it for me"...
I digress...anyhow, here are the pics...I hope you enjoy them, feel free to pass on some advice or constructive criticism...
After seeing a wide range of examples on google search, I settled on a colour for the radar dish cover and intentionally chose khaki for one so that I could easily pick out the unit commander during game play...

Lead Mountain Progress - Expedition 2018

Painted - 7

Purchased - 0

Progress - +7 


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Last Group of Stormtroopers - Imperial Assault

Howdy one and all,

Just a quick post as I get back to a little Imperial Assault painting...I finally managed to get the last batch of Stormtroopers from the core set completed.  I had already gone through the majority of the troopers and some additions from the expansion blister.

First Group
Second Group

With some distractions from The Walking Dead, Team Yankee, and Flames of War getting in the way it felt pretty good knowing there were no more Stormtroopers on my workbench.  I used the same technique as I had with all the previous others (thank you Sorastro!!) and am very happy now that I finally have a way to consistently paint up white.

I hope that the blahs have evaded everyone out there...any advice or constructive criticism is always appreciated.

Take care folks! Here are the pics...

these last 3 will round out what I need to have 2 complete sections of troops...the only thing missing for these sections are the heavy troopers...they're in the queue...and they'll be done down the road.

Lead Mountain Progress - Expedition 2018

Painted - 3

Purchased - 0

Progress - +3

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Back to Work...

It was inevitable...rejoin the 'realworld'...sigh, I did enjoy my break from it all...however, rather than treat the day like...

I think I'll try to just treat it like...

At least I can do some more painting when I get home! Happy work day everyone, cheers.

Friday, 12 January 2018

4 CMBG Tactical Callsigns and Vehicle Markings - various resources --- UPDATED 15 Jan

Howdy folks,

I recently received a question regarding vehicle markings on Canadian Leopards from my previous post of the start of my Leopard C1's  for my Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD) squadron.  While I have spent some time around Canadian military equipment and vehicles, like any other nation, Canadian markings have adapted, adjusted, and changed many times over the years...subtle changes and not so subtle.

Starting with my Flames of War Canadian tank company, I carried out a lot of research to satisfy my OCD and make sure I was reflecting some historical accuracy...to this end, I discovered the Armoured Acorn website and the dozens of Order Of Battle docs as well as the dozens of Vehicle Markings docs and representations.

Giving full credit to the Armoured Acorn...unfortunately that website is no longer active...here are the docs for Canadian Vehicles with 4 CMBG and also Canadian Army circa 1990's-2000's in Canada:

Canadian M113's - general

Canadian Vehicle Markings - 4 CMBG

M113's and Lynx - 4 CMBG

Canadian Vehicle Markings - general, early and later Brigade Markings

Canadian Vehicle Markings - general, continued

Canadian Vehicle Markings - M113, Leopard, M109 - in Canada

For my current Team Yankee run...I have also used the Modern Canadian Vehicle forum as there are many discussion threads on specific Canadian vehicles and units...and I have also gone and dug up my old Battle School notebooks (couldn't believe that I still had them) as well, I have also leaned on buddies and family for pics and advice from their time with the Brigade.

From the Modern Canadian Vehicle forum:

Royal Canadian Dragoons

A Squadron Headquarters element:
Officer Commanding vehicle marking 1A - tac callsign (c/s) 19 (one-niner)
Battle Captain - 1B
Dozer - 16 (Sergeant or Master-Corporal
Liaison Officer - 19E in Lynx

1 Troop (4 x Leopard MBT/Troop)
Troop Leader - 11 (Lt or 2Lt)
Senior NCO - 11A (Warrant Officer or Sergeant)
Sergeant - 11B
Master-Corporal - 11C

2 Troop          3 Troop          4 Troop
12                   13                  14
12A                13A               14A
12B                13B               14B
12C                13C               14C

From my buddy Pete (ex-PPCLI and gunner):

PPCLI (1984-1988) - the regiment had 3-4 companies numbered from A to D; each company had 3 platoons numbered in sequence...however first platoon of second company was not "1" platoon, it carried on the sequence (as indicated below)...each platoon had 3 sections numbered 1 to 3.

Alpha Company: 19 is the Officer Commanding (OC); 19C the Company Sergeant-Major (CSM); 19D and 19E Company Quartermaster (CQ)
A Coy, 1 Platoon: 11 Platoon Commander; 11A is 1 Section; 11B is 2 Section; 11C is 3 Section
A Coy, 2 Platoon: 12; 12A; 12B; 12C
A Coy, 3 Platoon: 13; 13A; 13B; 13C

Bravo Company: 29 is the OC; 29C is the CSM; 29D and 29E is CQ
B Coy, 4 Platoon: 21 Plt Cmdr; 21A 1 Sect; 21B 2 Sect; 21C 3 Sect
B Coy, 5 Platoon: 22 Plt Cmdr; 22A 1 Sect; 22B 2 Sect; 22C 3 Sect
B Coy, 6 Platoon: 23 Plt Cmdr; 23A 1 Sect; 23B 2 Sect; 23C 3 Sect

Charlie Company: 39 is the OC; 39C is the CSM; 39D and 39E is CQ
C Coy, 7 Platoon: 31 Plt Cmdr; 31A 1 Sect; 31B 2 Sect; 31C 3 Sect
C Coy, 8 Platoon: 32 Plt Cmdr; 32A 1 Sect; 32B 2 Sect; 22C 3 Sect
C Coy, 9 Platoon: 33 Plt Cmdr; 33A 1 Sect; 33B 2 Sect; 33C 3 Sect

Combat Support Company: 59 is the OC
Mortar Platoon: 51 was Headquarters element
Mortar Group 1: 52 callsigns
Mortar Group 2: 53 c/s
Pioneer Platoon: 54 c/s
Armoured Defence: 55 c/s
Recce Platoon: 56 c/s
Spare number: 57 c/s...for some time, this also included extra armoured defence elements

Info from my buddy Jay at the OMG club:

"I thought I'd stick my oar in since one or another of the 2PPCLI tracks was my home from '85-'88 in Germany...in the Coy HQ would be 19A (Coy 2i/c I think). I forget who 19B is. The CQ vehicles were 2 1/2 ton trucks.
Delta Coy (call sign 4) arrived in the summer of '85...

Delta Company: 49 is the OC; 49A is the 2ic; 49C is the CSM; 49D and 49E is CQ
D Coy, 10 Platoon: 41 Plt Cmdr; 41A 1 Sect; 41B 2 Sect; 41C 3Sect
D Coy, 11 Platoon: 42 Plt Cmdr; 42A; 42B; 42C
D Coy, 12 Platoon: 43 Plt Cmdr; 43A; 43B; 43C

...here's what I remember about mortars:
51A was HQ M577; 51A was a Lynx (platoon 2ic, Lt, command the Lynx responsible for recce and baseplate positions).  Each group had 4 x M113s and 1 x M548 ammo vehicle. (I sat in group2)
Mortar Group 1 and 2:
52 and 53 (Group comd - WO, and 1 mortar and crew)
52A and 53A (Line Cpl and 1 mortar and crew)
52B and 53B (Mortar and crew)
52C and 53C (Mortar and crew plus the Command Post Operator the guy who did the math and stuff so the mortar rounds landed in the general area of where the MFC wanted them)
52D and 53D - the ammo M548
From about '87 the Charlie vehicle would be one of the M113A2's with the external fuel tanks. When we got them (one per mortar group), they took a while to settle into being the Group CP vehicle, which is probably why Barry Beldam (Armoured Acorn) shows one as 52B. They never got painted in a camouflage pattern, remaining the base green at least as long as we had them in 2PPCLI."

From other folks on various forums:

"Combat support company housed anti-tank platoon (Armoured Defence)...this comprised 16 x M113s in 4 groups subdivided into 2 sections each.  Recce platoon also housed the battalion snipers"

I think that covers all that I have in my notes...the beauty of this is that thanks to my notes, I realize a little late that I made an error with my RCD's...so I'm off to fix my err and remove callsign 11D from my troop.

Please let me know if the links are troublesome.

Cheers and take care.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Bold and Swift - RCD's for TY --- EDITED POST

Howdy folks,
I'm just keeping up my posting momentum while I enjoy my extended holiday...given the time frame of Team Yankee (mid 1980's) that places the Royal Canadian Dragoons as Canada's armoured regiment in Lahr...post 1987, this transitioned to the 8th Canadian Hussars...so, as further inspiration I thought I'd title this post in honour of the motto for the RCD's, Bold and Swift.

f you've been following for a while, you might remember a couple of command vehicles that I modeled up over the past year for my Cold War Canucks project.  A couple of Command 113's...the CP Track from the Bannon Box (marked up as command vehicle for 1 RCHA) and an M577 Command Vehicle (markings for the first company of the first Infantry Regiment of the Brigade):

Carrying on from these models, mid last year I had begun prepping some Leopard tanks for the heavy metal force for my 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group force...enter the Royal Canadian Dragoons.  There are some great online resources for pics for Canadian vehicles from that time frame, but I also sought some advice from friend and fam that had served in 4 Brigade during the 80s.


So, at the end of the year, I made a concerted effort to get some elements of my RCD squadron painted and modeled up so that I could feel like I actually made some progress.  The main difference with the Canadian Leopards compared to any other vehicles in Germany at the time, was the initial paintscheme of the tanks.  When the Canadians started receiving the Leopard C1 they came from the factory in the standard Leopard colour of violet brown or olive brown...

-picture by Armoured Acorn, taken from ColdWarGamer-
-pic taken from ColdWarGamer, author unknown-
For the most part this colour stuck for a while, however when vehicles went in for 3rd line and factory maintenance they would then end up getting repainted...later in the 80s this meant that Leopards started to look closer in colour to other Canadian vehicles...either NATO green or like my command tracks above, Vallejo 924 - Russian Uniform.

-pic taken from TankNutDave-
For my C1's, I decided to go somewhere in the middle with a base coat of vj 887, then a 50/50 mix of 887 and 924, I then took a mixed wash of Army Painter strong tone and Citadel nuln oil...this brought a really nice brown hue to the undertones...I then went back with the 50/50, followed by another layer of 3:1-ish of vj 924 to 887.  Finally I took a watered down layer of 924 to highlight certain spots of the tank...


To better reflect Canadian Leopard C1's I had to change the XSW-30 infrared/white searchlight...'the box' that you see on early Leopard 1's to the more round PZB200 image intensification system or passive low light level television (LLTV)...the Battlefront box only included the square XSW units.  I was at odds of how to fashion the PZB as it is a fairly small piece of equipment and very difficult to accurately reflect its overall shape...

-picture taken from google, author unknown-
as you can see above the gun mantlet, the frame is kind of oblong with some flare near the opening...the PZB system fits inside the frame...the system is round and rather barrel like...
-picture taken from RUAG Defence Deutschland-

So, I had angst over this conversion for some time, however when Plastic Soldier Company recently announced their Leopard C1 kit, I saw how they tackled the conversion and I saw the opportunity to move forward.  So, instead of the square box, I cut down some plasticard rods and then attached some framework around them...I won't reflect the actual piece of kit 100%, however I think it is an effective adapt and overcome to the problem.  The framework I used is the mesh drywall adhesive tape...it is adhesive so it sticks to the rod and is roughly the right scale.

-pic taken from Tankograd Publishing-

As well, I wanted to show camouflage netting on the turret and hull of the vehicles...for this I used some Flexx-rap medical tape that I had some success with previously. 

The Tanks!!

A Squadron, Headquarters Troop

1A - A Squadron Officer Commanding (OC)

1B - A Squadron Battle Captain

For the headquarters troop, I used the white bordered black maple leaf...this was fairly standard for the Canadian Leopards...for my own modeling purposes, I have used 1:87 scale decals instead of 1:100/15mm scale...this is for 2 reasons, 1) availability...it is more difficult to get 15mm decals, and 2) the larger maple leaf does standout more...and I like that.

A Squadron, 1 Troop...numbered 1111B, 11C to D looking to my notes, I realized I had brainfarted and started numbering the troop vehicles from A to D...

A more accurately numbered Troop...feel free to enjoy the "older" pics as well...
the troop vehicles renumbered...I tried a different setting on my camera today as well...lighting was a touch lighter...
I painted the water containers hanging off the rear of the turret to better differentiate platoons/troops for when I was looking down on the field...1 Troop has 2 spots of Russian uniform/green grey on their containers
11 Troop Leader
11A - Troop Senior NCO - WO or Sgt
For this troop, I went with the straight black maple leaf decal without any bordering...not only will it help me to differentiate platoons/troops on the 'battlefield', but there were realworld instances where tank crew used duct tape to hide the white bordering of the maple leaf...
11D...before his promotion to Troop Leader callsign 11
A Squadron, the force so far...

Hope you enjoy the pics folks...thanks as always for the views, feel free to hit me with constructive critiques and comments.