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Ollie paints…. Flames of War (Take 2) (Slow Grow League)

Ollie paints…. Flames of War (Take 2) (Slow Grow League)

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About the Project

Battlefront have launched Late War for Flames of War.... It's the FoW Bootcamp weekend.... and I can't be there... I hate my job sometimes.... So I thought I'd join in the fun remotely. This project will follow my FoW army build and units as they come along (Now this is Take 2 as I tried this late last year and the idea got swamped by other goings on aka shiny syndrome)

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First Outing...

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Went up to Battlefield Hobbies for an intro game ahead of the Hobby League kick off today…. Managed to knock up a 100pt list after raiding the Mid War units and played the Breakthrough mission…. much fun was had and came away with a glorious victory! Had I remembered to fire the M10s on the last turn I would have tabled them (We played out them firing after the game had finished to see what if), but managed to get them the run away having killed the HQ Panther early on and made a mess of the remaining units (including 2 Tigers)
Looking forward to playing more!

Ambushing Sherman 76mms is the trees and Sherman 105mms making a mess of a PzIV platoonAmbushing Sherman 76mms is the trees and Sherman 105mms making a mess of a PzIV platoon

All glossed up and nowhere to go

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Paintwork and gloss done on the TD Co, now just decals and weathering (and crew)Paintwork and gloss done on the TD Co, now just decals and weathering (and crew)

Another 50pts...

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With the Shermans on hold and the reinforcements arriving on friday, thought I’d get the Tank Destroyer Co up and running next…. couldn’t face painting infantry right now ๐Ÿ™‚
This pic also highlighted I may have a possible addiction…. as that makes 20 M10s in the past 2 months…

M20s and M10s built and basecoatedM20s and M10s built and basecoated

Reinforcements

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Fresh from the OTT store, now with added Warzan!Fresh from the OTT store, now with added Warzan!

Shiny Shermans

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All glossed up and ready for decals and pinwashingAll glossed up and ready for decals and pinwashing

Clean-ups...

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This afternoon has been spent cleaning up infantry ready for priming….. urgh….
An Armoured Rifle platoon, the halftrack crews and tank crews for 8 M10s…. (Pic below) and after doing that you remember there’s more tank crews and another 2 AR platoons to do….
…. and then I went to the OTT Store and ordered more tanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

All cleaned and ready for primingAll cleaned and ready for priming

Round 2 Progress Report

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Little bit of progress this past week, but been away for 2 days this weekend so Bank Holiday monday was spent playing catch up. Got the first round of Shermans painted earlier this week ready for gloss varnishing ahead of decals and pin washes…. however it’s too frickin warm today to airbrush anything so spent the day assembling 2 units of M-10s

Unfortunately Battlefront are out of US decals and as a result, everything is in a holding pattern for 3-5 weeks as they’re on back-order, so it’s tank assembly and painting up to pre-decal point…. and infantry….. oh the infantry….. honestly not looking forward to all of them! ๐Ÿ˜€

M4 ShermansM4 Shermans
M10sM10s

Objectives and WIPs

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Realised I had 2 little bits left for the desert force to finish, my 2 objective markers – an M3 Stuart providing some cover for a mortar team, and a Bazooka team taking cover behind the burnt-out wreck of a Honey.

Objectives and WIPs
Objectives and WIPs

In the meantime, Shermans have been built and primed…

Objectives and WIPs

Round 2... Ding ding!!

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That’s North Africa dealt with, 109pts in 2 months, fairly successfully I think…. time to move onto D-Day! I picked up 2 US Starter Sets as with some minor additions I can create 3 very different core armies. I had an Armoured Rifle platoon sat around from my faltered start in v3 so that’s now added to the mix as well.

2 sets gives me:
10x M4 Shermans
6x M5 Stuarts / M8 Scotts
8x M10 Wolverines
2x Armoured Rifle Platoons
6x M7 Priests

Added to that will be:
4x M10 Wolverines
4x M4 Shermans
4x M4 Sherman 105s
1x Armoured Rifle Platoon (mentioned earlier)
1x Armoured Rifle Platoon HQ
2x Recon Cavalry

Which gives me….
A Sherman Company – a staple formation of armour
A Tank Destroyer Company – well, after a North African one would be rude not to have a D-Day one with them as veterans ๐Ÿ˜‰
An Armoured Rifle Company – always needs boots on the ground
plus various support assets to back them up

So for my first Late War 50pts, 10 veteran Shermans comin up!

Assault on Sprue Mountain beginsAssault on Sprue Mountain begins

End of Part One

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Well, there we go! The Fighting First are ready for the deserts of North Africa. This week has been spent finishing the units – the 2nd M10 platoon, the Armoured Recon platoon and the M7 Priest batteries, so here they are in their final glory

Armoured Recon PlatoonArmoured Recon Platoon
M10 GMC PlatoonM10 GMC Platoon
M7 Priest BatteriesM7 Priest Batteries

Of course it would be rude not to show them in their entirety ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fighting First Tank Destroyer Company with Armoured Rifle and Priest supportFighting First Tank Destroyer Company with Armoured Rifle and Priest support

Now, onwards to D-Day….

Details, details, details...

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This weekends productivity has been all about detailing and some more detailing… Tracks, tyres, tools, guns, shell casings, crates and seats all done ready for oil washing.
I thought I’d nearly broken the back of it…. then I remembered I still need to paint the crews! ๐Ÿ˜€ They’re now drying after a brief visit from the airbrush, but in the meantime here’s the remaining units in their near complete glory.

Details, details, details...

Production continues....

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The war effort continues and production is ramping up…
Hot on the heels of the first unit of M10s comes the Tank Destroyer HQ in the form of 2 M3 Stuarts, a 3rd Stuart as an Artillery Observer whilst the 4th is going to be part of an objective marker

(PS – there is place reserved in hell for those turret decals…. even with the use Micro Sol/Set!)

Production continues....
Production continues....

Weekend's Progress

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After last weekends mass airbrushing session, I decided it was time to focus on some individual units. As the infantry are finished, thought I’d get their taxis done to complete the unit, and as it’s a TD formation, best get one of the M-10 units done as well.
Taking the units to the next stages from the modulation stage in the previous entry, they were given a pin-wash using AK Interactive Dark Brown was for Green Vehicles to provide some definition. Then came the decals so a coat of gloss varnish in the applicable places, and of course always use Micro Sol/Set on decals to get as decent finish. Next, the crew! They had been painted alongside the infantry platoon so they just needed gluing in place. Finally a coat of matt varnish, before a light dusting with VMC Ivory to add some sand effect. Decided not to go full weathering for these (paint chips, scratches etc)… maybe on my D-Day force instead ๐Ÿ˜‰
Turned out quite nicely, my only complaint being that after adding decals,ย  varnish and dusting, the modulation looks like it’s disappeared and the paint scheme looks a little flat in the pics, although they don’t look quite so “bad” in the flesh
Now to finish the rest…. and then onto the D-Day force!

M3 HalftracksM3 Halftracks
M10 GMCsM10 GMCs
Weekend's Progress

Weekender Viewing Update

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Whilst watching the weekender this morning, decided to break out the airbrush and get some layers down on the armour with the Mig Olive Drab modulation set. Quite happy with the result so far

Weekender Viewing Update

Mid-War Infantry done...

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Exactly as the title says, the infantry part of my Fighting First armoured rifles platoon is finished…… I never thought they would take this long! ๐Ÿ˜€
(only have another 3 platoons to do for my Late War US….)
Now, time to crack on with the real part of the army….. some armour…..

The full platoonThe full platoon
HQ, Rifles and LMG teamsHQ, Rifles and LMG teams
Rifles, Mortar and LMG TeamsRifles, Mortar and LMG Teams
Rifle and Bazooka teamsRifle and Bazooka teams

What happened??

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Well, I think it’s safe to say I dived headlong into this one!
I had intended to be at my first FoW event today taking my mid-war Fighting First Tank Destroyer Company for it’s virgin outing, but life (work) got in the way…
Anyhow, here’s a few pics – all vehicles basecoated with Mig Ammo Olive Drab Dark Base and some with a follow up of Olive Drab Base. I managed to finish a few stands of infantry from the Armoured Rifle Platoon off today, with the rest still WIP…..
And I haven’t started on the Late war stuff yet, although I did get my D-Day Americans book and Command Cards this afternoon so will have a good rummage through that later!

Not content with my Mid-War Tank Destroyer army....

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Not content with my Mid-War Tank Destroyer army....
Late War US begins.... (courtesy of the OTT shop)Late War US begins.... (courtesy of the OTT shop)

Some progress, some sideways and some backwards...

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A week later…
Managed to get the crew of the Halftracks painted up, however after having a look at the rifle platoon under the magnifiers I found they were covered in mould lines/slight miscasts so need to go back and clean them up before hitting them with paint again.
In the meantime I also built and basecoated an M10 Tank Destroyer (Wolverine) platoon, also built the M36 Jackson turrets as well so I can swap them out later on. All the turrect are magentised as I find this makes storage and movement easier as opposed to the turret pegs that have a tendency to fall out.
Waiting for the basecoat to dry on the M10s then I can crack on with layering up the paint alongside the halftracks in one batch…. meanwhile back to cleaning up the riflemen…

First unit underway...

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First unit I’m working on is a US Armoured Rifle Platoon.
Halftracks have been assembled, then along with the infantry primed in good ol’ Halfords grey primer (automobile primer if you’re out in the colonies).
The infantry have been airbrushed with a basecoat of Vallejo Khaki, whilst the halftracks have been given coats of Mig Ammo Olive Drab Dark Base and Olive Drab Base…. more paint to follow later…