I kept meaning to get this entry up for several weeks. Things kept stopping me. I have started having more responsibilities around the house. I am now a house husband. My duties mainly involve watching the kids. I have become very good at reading my six month old's moods. Who says a man cannot do women things. Let's hear it for the Masculinist movement.
My other batch of M11/39s are now finished. They came out very well. I mixed up the dry brushing on the second set. They look fine and probably appear to be a little more dusty.
I did the camo schemes in what I believe are historically accurate references. One thing I did notice is that in all the m11/39 pictures I could find none of them had any platoon markings. They were mostly naked. It is also amusing that all the pictures are of abandoned or broken down tanks. So I put recognition markers on the back of the turret but left the platoon symbols at home. These tanks were fun to paint.
Here are the completed vehicles for Warfare in the Age of Madness and Manoeuvre Group. The Hemmt sat on my painting desk for far to long. The Dew Raiders' vehicles are the Hemmt gun truck, the humvee and the FaV dune buggy thing. The T54 tank in the background is a generic model. The Hemmt and the FaV are QrF models. The humvee is from Flytrap studios. The owner is a really nice guy. The T54 is a Peter Pig model. I was really impressed to get crew models with it. The barrel came out of the bad completely straight and needed no re-positioning.
The Hemtt is the heavy support and firepower of the Dew Lords. Whenever the Dew Heralds get into a entanglement the gun truck is radioed in for help. It carries several rifle teams with machine guns and Laws, a 240B machine gun team and a dismounted Mark 19 team. Add a forward facing Mark 19, a .50 cal gunner and a rear facing M60. This gun truck is heavily armed and poses quite a threat to anything but an armored vehicle.
I am disappointed that my original idea for the Dew Lords was to have the Dew Heralds on dirt bikes and 4 wheel atvs. The idea came from the novel 1632. It is about an alien making a mistake on his course calculation and warping a small mining town in West Virginia to war torn Germany in the middle of the 30 years war. I may have the name of the book wrong. The two guys on foot are the scouts that dismount from the FaV.
I decided to get into a 28mm game. Infinity has always been cool and the rules are very enjoyable. I got a little carried away and bought a little to much. I have the Ariadna army box with the dismounted Maverick girl and a lot of Nomad models.
I did not take any pictures of the Greek 6mm stuff I need to paint. I have decided to do a DbA Spartan force. It needs 10 spear units, a psiloi and a cavalry. The good news is that I have psiloi and a suitable cavalry unit. I did a tally and I have 18 stands of Greek infantry and maybe 3 stands of Greek cavalry to paint.
I am also not buying anything else until I get more stuff painted. I may consider buying 3 2pdr guns for a WW2 desert scenario. The fun thing is that I could buy loose 47mm Italian AT guns and use British crew. The Australians used captured Italian equipment. They even had several m11/39s. I am really excited about painting that because they painted giant kangroos all over them. That was to avoid fratricide.
If anyone knows a good source for Italian tank camouflage in the desert please leave a comment.