Category Archives: Miniatures

Posted 1/2400 Post-WW2 Naval Miniature Pictures

I have steadily gathered a cache of pictures that I have now archived for your reference and viewing pleasure. Eventually, I will put them in a useful browser order using s jolly H4‘s comprehensive list.

Finding pictures of miniatures, painted or not, via searches tends to turn up very few pictures. The best sources tend to be the few blogs of modern naval miniatures players (av8rmongo being a good one) or people selling them on eBay. The most prolific purveyor of said painted miniatures is gak8346. One of which is shown above.

If you want to share pictures with the collection, would like attribution for your picture, or want me to take your picture down, email me at jokeefe at jamesokeefe dot org.

If you are into modern naval miniatures …

Pictures of 1/2400 modern naval miniatures are not prevalent, even on manufacturer websites.  GHQ and Sea Wulf are the most complete.  Viking Forge is next best.  Pfc. C-in-C and Superior have none, though Odin Arts and Collectables once had pictures of all of Pfc. C-in-C’s range.  The designers on Shapeways at least put up pictures of the rendered model, which is much better than nothing.

I have steadily gathered a cache of pictures that I will eventually post at whenimaginationfails.org using s jolly H4‘s comprehensive list.  Finding pictures of miniatures, painted or not, via searches tends to turn up very few pictures.  The best sources tend to be the few blogs of modern naval miniatures players (av8rmongo being a good one) or people selling them on eBay.  The most prolific purveyor of said painted miniatures is gak8346.

Here is one example of his work: GHQ’s California class CGN which I scooped up:

gak8346_US_CGN_California

He does commissions, so if you find that you don’t have time to paint your naval miniatures, gak8346 is your man.

Soviet vs. West German Playtest

Soviets begin their assault

Many months ago I ran a game with my son to test Fistful of TOWs 3.  The game was of a Soviet T80 tank regiment assault on two companies of West German Leopard 1A4s. My son played the Soviets and I played the West Germans. 

The Soviets attempted to flank the Germans from both sides and ended up destroying the German defenders, though at a loss of nearly half the regiment.  In retrospect, the center battalion should have held off its attack until North and South battalions commenced their attack.  Amazingly, the last stand of the center tank battalion managed to survive its morale check.  I put up a slide show of the game.

In addition to this game, I ran another game that I will post about later.  I haven't had much time to game, though I painted my LeClercs and YPR-765s.

Building IanH’s 6mm Cognac paper houses

I finally photographed the two IanH's 6mm Cognac paper houses I built awhile ago.

I printed the house, cut out reinforcements for the walls using thin styrene sheets, then glued the paper to the styrene sheets using rubber cement. After I put it together, I used styrene square tubes in each corner to reinforce it. See the next picture.

For the roof, I reinforced it using two really thin styrene sheets on either side of the roof, then glued it to the tabs I left from the paper around the walls. I am not satisfied with how the roof went on and need to glue them better in the future.

Looking at one of the houses from the bottom. You can see the thin styrene sheets I used to reinforce the walls and roof. After I put it together, I reinforce it by gluing styrene square tubes to the styrene sheet walls in each corner with Krazy Glue. The tubes were a pain to cut with a scissors, so next time I plan to use an L brace instead.

IanH's paper models are free and fantastic.  The only complaint I had was with the model on the left.  It looks to me like the sides were swapped and if you built it by cutting out in one piece, then the ivy on one wall wouldn't match the next one around the corner.  To get it to look right, I had to cut each wall separately and then glue them together in the order I thought they should be in.

On the first day of Christmas

For Christmas, my wife was kind enough to get me a set of C-in-C miniatures, including my first World War 2 miniatures:

  • 10 Soviet T-34D tanks
  • 3 Soviet KV-1 tanks
  • 5 German Panzer 3m tanks
  • 5 German Panzer 4g tanks
  • 3 German Stug IIIg self-propelled gun
  • 4 Dutch Lynx Recon vehicles
  • 4 German Leopard 2A5 (Improved) tanks

As always, the quality and detail of them was astounding.  They proved to be quite clean and had little flashing.  After cleaning them, I primed them with a gray spray primer.  For the Soviet vehicles, I then sprayed them with Tamiya Olive Drab (TS-5).  I fear that they are too dark and the fact that it was 43 degrees out today probably didn't help.  A bit of dry brushing with a lighter olive drab will hopefully help.  

I look forward to trying them with Fistful of TOWs 3 or Kampfgruppe Commander at some point.