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Saturday, 19 January 2019

Back to the Red Devils

Well what can I say the Red Devils are back! I decided to add a few with looted weapons and a bit of support for slightly trickier situations in the form of some artillery.

I originally decided that when I did my airborne forces I would base them on A bridge to far scenario so they would be on rubble strewn urban bases! But I had already started basing my Soviets on urban bases so to add a bit of flavour to my Red Devils I went for the looted weapons to reinforce the dropped behind enemy lines and hold out at all costs.

                                                     Looted Weapons

The three on the right are all carrying looted German weapons! The arms from warlords Fallschirmjager fit perfectly! Just trim off the button on the cuffs and stick them straight on to the British para bodies! I think they work a treat. I love plastics and this is one of the reasons why. It makes conversions so very very easy! I love converting figures but sometimes easier is almost as satisfying. 

Much needed support

The artillery is much needed and very welcomed! I added a few bits from the plastic set to add that bit of extra details. I'm chuffed with the way this turned out, the base looked big and empty when I first laid it out but once finished it looks pretty balanced.

I laid out the full force so far and took a couple of pics, the lighting was terrible but I think one is just about passable 

There is a good mix of both plastic and metal figures, the metal are slightly more slender compared to the plastic but once painted and based they fit in pretty well. I don't think I've finished with these guys just yet! Although now I've started thinking about my Soviets I may just add a few of those next! 

So thanks for looking, and one way or another I'm pretty sure i will be adding more stuff sooner rather than later! 
Cheers for now 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

A mixed bag

It's being a while since I last posted so here we go. I painted some of this stuff ages ago but I'd forgotten about them! I dug them out and took some pictures of the Vikings. The saxons needed basing so I got some of them finished today, there are still more to do but the bases aren't finished yet. All figures are gripping beast plastics with a few head swaps with other manufacturers.

                                                   The Vikings
 first up the warlord ! Head swap with a GW barbarian head. It took abit of hacking to fit but I got there in the end, the severed head is a warlord games addition. I love the spares box! 

Group shot


Hirdmen with spears 

Hirdmen with swords and axes

The levy

                          I ran out of D A warriors to finish up my levy so I converted some of gripping beast Arabs.

The Saxons     
                                 the warlord in all his glory! 

                                  I've painted quite a few of these guys over the years but they still look bloody good to me. 

The archers 

                                 now these guys did look uninspiring before they were painted, but they do say don't judge a book by its cover. I reckon they painted up pretty well. 


                               these are some of my favourite figures! They just look spot on once painted.

                           the shields are a necessary evil but they do make a   impact when they are all lined up!


                             hearthguard with spears.

                            hearthguard with swords and axes 

                              the leader flanked by his best warriors, ready to die to protect him.

I'm still playing around with more stuff for saga so there will be more to come! But now I'm back into full hobby mode anything could crop up so keep your eyes peeled for more hobby goodies!

So thanks for looking 
Cheers for now Russ 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Last of the Red Devils for now?

So last of the Red Devils for now! Ok that could very well change knowing me, i do have another ten built up and ready to be painted! although I am half way through a couple of German vehicles so they may just nudge ahead on the paint table.
These are mainly plastic minis this time although a light mortar team as snook in which are metal. I think I'm roughly up to 40 minis so far and still more to do, I will try and get a group shot of them all in thier glory, ready to drop in and give Hitler's boys a bloody nose. 

                                              GROUP SHOT

The ten men include, 1 light mortar, 1 piat team, my number 2 for my Bren gunner which I've already painted, a sniper moving, 2 smg's and 2 rifles. Pretty good mix to add to my slowly growing collection.



 I've yet to add a spotter. 


 I can't take all the credit, these figures are cracking little sculpts and the detail is just waiting to be painted. 

 The plastic figures are slightly more chunked then the metal but not enough to spoil it. 

Despite the fact I'm a plastics fan and slightly biased I would recommend these figures to anyone, ok plastics can be fiddly to put together but anyone who likes to varie the poses and have no two figures look the same then plastics are the way to go. They are pretty good at being mix and match and very easy to convert! Especially if like me you grew up on converting metal figures. 

For some reason I don't seem to have a separate photo of the light mortar but hopefully there is enough of it on show in the group photos.

 So that about sums up my latest and possibly last red devils for now. I know I break from these guys is on the cards but sometimes I just can't help myself so we will see!

As always guys thanks for all the support and comments it means a lot, my view of things are slightly different from  post people in this hobby! Its not really about gaming to me, I love painting, collecting and converting. So thanks again for the support of my humble blog. 

Cheers for now Russ 

Sunday, 4 November 2018

A few more additions for Bolt Action

Latest batch of Red Devils ready to go! I've added a mortar team and several of the plastics I've being working on. I do like plastic figures, not just because of the price difference but it's amazing how they can be mixed and matched! The poses can be frustrating at times but once you get the knack of putting them together well the sky is the limit. Now Warlord Games have come on massively with their plastic sets, just compare some of the early kits to the more recent releases. Look at some of the other manufacturers! Gripping Beast, Perry, fireforge and Victrix they all contribute to the growing number of plastic sets.

So on to the figures!
                                              Mortar team

 The mortar team, a bit more support for tricky situations. 

The plastic figures 

 The plastics are a bit chunkier but blend in nicely enough with the metals 

 The plastic set includes Brens, rifles and sten guns. To start with I wasn't keen on the rifle slings but they certainly add that bit more detail. 

 There is a good selection of sten guns and the bayonet is a nice touch IMHO. 

 Finally a group shot of my latest additions, I may take a break from the Red Devils but you never know! Anything is possible?

So thanks for looking, feel free to comment and catch you all soon 

Cheers for now Russ 

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Next batch of Red Devils

Next batch of Warlord Games Red Devils based and ready to, I've added a few support weapons to give these guys a bit more punch. The bulk of the troops are going to be plastic, although I've still got a few metal models to go. I decided to start on the plastics sooner than I planned but I've yet to get any finished! They will have to wait for another day.

So on to the figures, I'm enjoying my painting more than ever at the moment and hopefully it will long continue. My butterfly mind could at any moment drift off on to a new project but for now it's still the Red Devils

 The addition of a Vickers, 2inch mortar, flamethrower and a bren gun should help keep the enemy at bay. 

 Bren gun team. 

 2inch mortar.

 Vickers Machine gun.

 flamethrower bringing up the rear. 

 plenty of Berets included.

 A few pics of the Vickers crew. 


So there we have it, my slowly growing collection of Red Devils! Hopefully I will post some photos of my next batch soon. 

So thanks for looking 
Cheers for now Russ