Right, enough of the miserable crap and on to the important things. Wargames!
Then it was onto something new. The bunch of
The initial purchase was an infantry patrol box and a Landrover Patrol box, which gave me 16 figures and a Snatch Landrover. The figures are more realistically proportioned than wargames figures, but are close enough to the Empress figures that they will do. Then a bargain appeared on eBay and I ended up ordering two more boxes, a bit larger but a lot cheaper. These boxes gave me the extra figures I needed to make a full platoon, so here they are. Three sections of 8 men, plus a command group of 6 and 3 "extras". Not too bad and I am pretty happy with how they have come out.
The other bits in the bigger boxes included a pair of Landrover WMIKs, so I put one of those together as well.
Here are the 2 Landies, ready for action. I had picked up the vehicle crew box as well, which gave me the crew for the WMIK and a spare figure for the Snatch. Airfix models have certainly improved from my youth, the level of detail on these kits in amazing, even down to the mesh in the glass being replicated with decals. I have some stowage to add to these from Red Zebra Models. Very quickly delivered and beautifully cast, they will add that "lived in" look.
The final part of the boxes contents is a Lynx helicopter! I was a bit concerned about this model as it is rated as a "5" for difficulty and it's been a few years since I have made anything approaching that level of complexity. The instructions and parts are great though and it went together really well I think. The WMIK was quite a complex model with 57 steps and 80+ parts, but the Lynx blew it out of the water. There are 100 steps in the instructions and over 200 parts, plus over 150 decals. I have modelled it as landed and with one door mounted GPMG. It was quite a job to get it done, but I am fairly happy with it and hope it will be off use as an objective or something in the game at some point. And yes, I do have another one to make at a (much) later date. The price was too good to turn down, each box (8 men, 1 WMIK and 1 Lynx) cost £15! An Infantry Patrol box(8 men) is about £10, so the price was definitely right.
So there it is. I will post again soon with a few pictures from the little bit of gaming I have managed over the last few months, but that's your lot for now. Catch you all later.