Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Unknown Metal Figures - Help needed

 Recently I purchased a bulk group of 25mm Science Fiction themed metal figures off eBay. Currently they are sitting happily in Pennsylvania as as the time of writing there is no regular mail service between the USA and NZ. 

This means that I am relying on pictures alone to identify the figures and don't currently have any idea of what codes could be on the base of the figures. Fortunately the internet has been useful in identifying quite a few of the figures.

125 Old school metal figures

I have managed to identify a number of the figures as being from the following ranges:

However, a number of figures allude my identification so I am hoping that if I post pictures of the mystery figures with a nice red ring around them, readers might be able to assist with identification.

Unknown Set A 

Figure A1 Soldier in green fatigues?
Figure A2 Large Robot. Update: It could be Garrison Miniatures Star Troopers range ST12 Humanoid Robot
Figure A3 Spacer in blue jumpsuit. Update: It could be GG-20 Mercenary, Standing w. Assault Rifle from the Ral Partha Galactic Grenadiers range.

Unknown Set B

Figure B1 Not James Bond type?
Figure B2 Kneeling Sniper?

Unknown Set C

Figure C1 Agent with pistol and cane?

Unknown Set D

Figure D1 Vampire slayer with  wooden stake?

Unknown Set E

Figure E1 Knight or Robot with dual swords?

Unknown Set F

Figure F1 Large Robot. Update: It could be Garrison Miniatures Star Troopers range ST12 Humanoid Robot
Figure F2 Large Robot.  Update: It could be Garrison Miniatures Star Troopers range  ST1 Trooper in Powered Battle Armor with Missile Launcher

Note that both figures are missing their weapons

Unknown Set G

Figure G1 Man in Cowboy hat with SMG?
Figure G2  Soldier in green fatigues?

Unknown Set H - Woman with RPG on cast hexagonal base

Figure H1 Woman with RPG on cast hexagonal base?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. 

Sunday, 2 January 2022

Some ZSU-57-2 SPAAG For You

 A couple of years ago I ordered some ZSU-57-2s  from S&S Models (product located here), with the intention of painting them up in a way that would let me us them as a support element for a range of forces. 

Note that there are only four road wheels, as opposed to the T-54's five.

Recently, as part of an effort to finish off a number of projects that have been left half done on my work bench, I decided that they would be the next models to complete. 

I gave the crew a mix of brown and black headgear.

The resin turrets, hulls, and track sides cleaned up nicely and the white metal components were nice casts with a minimum of flash to clean.

Despite having been replaced in Soviet service by the ZSU-23-4 Shilka in the early 1970s, the ZSU-7-2 soldiered on in other armies. The Wikipedia page here has information on both previous and current operators.

Of course, in addition to the obvious Anti Air role, the ZSU-57-2 is capable of engaging ground targets. I suspect that will be their major employment on the tabletop as the twin 57mm guns look to be useful against targets such as soft vehicles, and troops occupying buildings. This fire support role was their main use during the wars in Yugoslavia (click here for the history of the ZSU-57-2 in Yugoslavia).

The business end of a pair of ZSU-57-2s.

Now that these have been completed, I will need to find another project to finish so that I can continue procrastinating about painting figures for Volley and Bayonet.

Saturday, 18 December 2021

Skytrex Warsaw Pact Troops

 Some time ago I purchased a large number of Skytrex Firefight 20 figures from the UK. While long out of production these figures still have a great deal of character and their sculpting style lends itself well to my style of painting.

Armed with a mix of AK-47s, SVD-63s, and RPKs

The purchase was made up of from a variety of their modern ranges, including:
  • Dogs of War
  • Vietnam War (both North Vietnamese and US Forces)
  • Cold War East Germans
  • Cold War Soviets
I like the look of these larger stands with prone figures.

Unfortunately there wasn't quite enough of the East Germans or the Soviets to make a reasonable stand alone force. So I decided to combine the figures into one force and paint them all in my usual Soviet paint scheme.

Crew served support weapons.

One of the nice things about this selection of figures is the number of support weapons that is present. I was particularly pleased to discover two packs of  AT-3 Sagger ATGMs

Close up of the Sagger stands.

When these figures were produced information on Soviet and Warsaw Pact produced weapon systems was hard to get and was often based on blurry photographs and speculation.As a result the detaails and scaling of some of the weapon systems are a little off.

AGS-17 stands.

The biggest error is in the size of the AGS-17 Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGS). It is rather larger than it should be. I did debate replacing them with a more accurate version, but I decided against it as it would have involved a great deal of effort removing the weapon from the gunner (it is a one piece casting) for ultimately marginal benefit.

82mm Mortar stands.

The mortars are most likely meant to represent the model 82-PM-41 82mm mortar a WW2 era system that soldiered on in the Cold War. While the 2B14 Podnos 82mm mortar had entered service during the 1980s, the bipod for that weapon attaches further down a much longer barrel, so it is very unlikely to be intended to represent that weapon system. 

Other support weapons include a couple of RPG-7s and a pair of SA-7 Grail MANPADS.  The SA-7s are rather chunky and held at an angle suggestive of being an anti tank weapon rather than an anti aircraft weapon.

Also included in the selection were two figures that could be used in Command Decision as command stands, and three figures that could be used as radio stands or as FO/FAC stands.

Overall I am very happy with how these figures have turned out. I can only hope the rest of the figures turn out as well.

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Soviet Anti-Tank Rifles

 I am currently attempting to finish a number of unfinished projects that are overdue for completion. This weekends effort was finishing off some WW2 Soviet Anti Tank Rifles (ATRs) of which some had been lurking around uncompleted since at least 1999 - if not even earlier!

I have started using larger bases than the standard Command Decision base for some prone figures and support weapons - particularly where the figures the protection a larger base can provide. 

Esci Russians converted using resin Leva Productions parts

The first two stands  use figures from the Esci Russian Soldiers set (PSR review here). Two prone LMG gunners had their DP-27 LMGs removed and respectively replaced with  PTRS-41 and PTRD-41 ATRs from the Leva Productions WW2 Russian Pioneer Equipment set  that also contains dogs with anti tank mines, demolition charges, flame throwers, and various other combat engineer stores. (Henk of Holland has details on Leva Productions and other Leva sets)

Spot the Clone 

One of the figures on the right hand stand is a scaled down clone of an Airfix 1/32 scale Russian. I have a number of these Hong Kong produced figures spread throughout my Soviet forces.

More ATR stands

Since I was already doing some ART stands I figured I could paint up some metal figures of unknown manufacture that I acquired in the early 2000s but had done nothing with. I had enough to make four ATR stands - each equipped with a PTRS-41. 

ATR stands or AMR stands 

I hope to be able to integrate these stands into both WW2 Soviet and postwar Soviet/Russian equipped forces as either ATR stands or as Anti-Materiel Rifle (AMR) stands. Post WW2 both the PTRS-41 and PTRD-41 ATRs have seen service, with the most recent use being in the current conflict in the Ukraine as an AMR (click here for more information). Given that, it would also seem very likely that they would be used in that way by various forces in Twilight 2000.

Saturday, 6 November 2021

3D Printing Round Up

 Late last year I was fortunate to receive as a late Christmas gift a 3D printer. Since then I  hae been experimenting with it to produce models and terrain pieces. Most of what I have printed, I haven't taken photos of and as a result it hasn't made it on to the blog.

M1133 Stryker MEV upscaled to 1/72 scale

M1133 Stryker MEV file located here

As I don't know how to digitally model items in 3D, I am reliant on the hard work and talent of others. The files that I am using to print are sourced from:
  • 3d printing community sites that host free files, 
  • Websites that sell files,
  • Kickstrarters, or
  • By direct arrangement with the file creators.
I suspect that the vast bulk of people using 3D printers to produce gaming aids are reliant on the efforts of others to produce the files they print. Hopefully this potential market means that folk who create files find it worthwhile to continue doing so.

1/72 M1074 Joint Assault Bridge 

M1074 JAB file located here

105mm L118 light gun (file from here)

My 3D printer uses filament so doesn't produce models with the same crispness as a resin printer. I am planning to obtain a resin printer in the future in order to produce more detailed models and figures.

NZLAVs around a vehicle obstacle ( obstacle file here)


1/72 Scale Technical (file located here)

As I intend to post more on this blog there will be more 3D printe items in the future.

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Duchy of Warsaw 13th Infantry Regiment

I have completed another brigade stand for Volley and Bayonet, but unlike my more recent efforts - it has nothing to do with the 100 Days campaign. Instead it is a Polish infantry regiment from the army of the Duchy of Warsaw.

Waterloo 1815 Polish Infantry painted as the 13th Infantry Regiment

In late 1809 the Duchy of Warsaw added another six infantry regiments to their army. One of these regiments was uniformed with captured Austrian uniforms which resulted in them wearing white coats with white lapels, light blue collars and cuffs topped off with a czapka. More information on Polish troops during the Napoleonic period can be found here.

I also based up a skirmish stand.

This produced a uniform that is in my opinion quite pleasing to the eye. So when some painted examples came up for sale on a local internet auction site I asked Kat to to put a bid in for me. The figures are all from the Waterloo 1815 Polish Infantry 1812/14 set (click here for the PSR review).  

Only four each of the standing firing pose and the reloading pose is supplied in each set according to PSR, so this group of figures has been collected from three separate sets. 

A view from the side.

The figures were individually based which required me to unbase them carefully in order to rebase them in a pleasing manner for V&B. The unbasing process did damage the paint job slightly on some figures, and the ramrods were painted as wood rather than iron, so some minor repainting was required.

The rear view

The flag had also been painted as blue with a golden eagle, so I repainted it to more closely match what most secondary sources have described the flag. Once the touch ups had been completed I used a very light black wash to pop the detail in the figures.

Monday, 4 October 2021

Tcho Tcho Goblin Hastur Cult

 As a quick break from my 100 Days Napoleonic project, I decided to finish off a project that I started last year - namely completing painting up figures for "Children of the Tattered King" a Hastur cult for In Her Majesty's Name (IHMN). My previous post dealing with these cultists is located here, and it in I hinted at my idea of using GW Night Goblins as Tcho-Tcho cultists.

Looks like Bak Bon Dzshow is back on the menu boys!!

Naturally this would mean yellow would feature heavily in the paint scheme:) The fleshtone was a nice pale clay colour, with a heavy brown wash appliedd in an effort to tone down the yellow and make everything look dirty.

Tcho Tcho bow in the foreground blocking the view to the spearblock behind.

While the Tcho-Tcho don't feature in the background material provided in IHMN, the nature of the background doesn't preclude the introduction of elements of the Cthulhu Mythos (click here for a basic primer on the Mythos). Indeed, IHMN is flexible enough to accommodate material from a variety of sources.

These banner holders will work as specialist wielders of arcane powers. 

The intent is to use these figures against both 28mm and 20mm forces. In 28mm the figures will use a Hastur cult flavoured Pygmy list with the Tcho-Tcho being the bulk of the force using Pygmy stats, while in 20mm I am making a custom list where the figures will represent the more robust purpose bred combat monsters that some backgrounds have the Tcho-Tcho breed for war. Naturally the 20mm list will largely consist of the cheaper, and more expendable, human cultists detailed in the previous IHMN post.

These fine fellows are intended for use as either leaders or champions.

The internet is full of different interpretations of how Tcho-Tcho can be dealt with in games, and how they can be used in a manner that doesn't rely on the usual tropes.  A nice discussion on this can be found here, and here. It should be noted that the only certainties regarding the Tcho-Tcho is that they seem to originate from Leng, are non-human (but may have interbred with humans at some stage), and when ever and where ever they manage to establish settlements on Earth, they are feared and despised by their neighbours.

Cannon Fodder Garden variety armed cultists.

Of course this raises the possibility of Tcho-Tcho communities across the world, each with their own distinct culture that has resulted from interacting with human neighbours, while still maintaining a core set of cultural characteristics that are uniquely Tcho-Tcho.  

Five more cultists, for a total of nine spear.

The more I look into this, the reater the possibility of me grabbing a copy of Delta Green, GDW's Dark Conspiracy RPG, and seeing if I can get something suitable worked out for a nice game of Stryker.