2019-11-06

6mm Cold war - Nato-force

My next 6mm-report will cover my collection of NATO-models-
It is mainly UK and German vehicles but also some from the US.
In my opinion I think the former owner (I bought these models
second hand fairly cheap) cover a interessting range of models
and it will be great fun to test these on the gaming-table.
First up is the UK-models:

The Warrior IFV has an all-welded aluminum armor hull and 
laminated steel armor turret. 
It provides all-round protection against 14.5 mm armor-piercing 
rounds. The front is likely to withstand 25 mm armor-piercing rounds
The vehicle has a crew of 3 and can carry 7 men.
It has a weight of 26 ton and carry one 30mm cannon and one
7,62 MG.

The FV438 Swingfire was an armoured anti-tank vehicle of 
the British Army.
It had two firing bins and could carry fourteen missiles, 
which could be reloaded from inside the vehicle.
Total weight is 26,2 ton and has a armourthickness of
maximmum 12,7mm.

The landrovers are softskin-vehicles that mainly will be
used for recon and special-missions.

The FV107 Scimitar is an armoured reconnaissance vehicle.
Aluminium armour and a weight of 7,8 ton.
Armament: 30mm cannon and a 7,62 MG (coaxial). 

The FV4201 Chieftain was the main battle tank of the UK.
Crew of 4. Weight: 55-62 ton. 
Armament: L11A5 120 mm rifled gun and two L7 MG.
Armourthickness: chassi 50-127mm, turret 350mm.

Military jeep 1/4 ton m233. Soft skin but can be 
used for recon or fitted with a recoiless cannon.

The Marder is a german APC fitted with a 20mm cannon a
rocket and one 7,62 mm MG.
Weight 28 ton. Crew: 3 and can carry 6 soldiers.
Armour 20mm welded steel.

The M109 is an American 155 mm turreted self-propelled howitzer-
Ammunition storage: 39 rounds.Weight 27 ton.
Crew: 4.

BO-105: a specialist anti-tank version armed with up to six Euro-
missile HOT missiles.

The german Fuchs is a APC that can be used for a variety
of missions. Weight 17 ton.Steel-armour.
Crew: 2 and can carry 10 soldiers.

The M60A3 american-tank was built in two configurations:
M60A3 Passive, uses a passive gunner's sight and the
later uses a Tank Thermal Sight (TTS).
Crew: 4. Weight 55 ton. This model is also fitted with
reactive armour.

The MBT Leopard 1A2A2 received digital radios and is also
fitted with better armour-protection than the earlier models.
Crew: 4. Weight: 42 ton.Armour: welded steel 10-70mm.
Armament: 1 × 105 mm Royal Ordnance L7A3 L/52 rifled gun 
(13 rounds in turret 42 rounds in hull).
2 × 7.62 mm MG 3 or FN MAG (co-axial and commander's hatch) 
(5500 rounds).

The Leopard 2 is a main battle tank developed by Krauss-Maffei 
in the 1970s for the West German Army. The tank first entered 
service in 1979 and succeeded the earlier Leopard 1 as the main 
battle tank of the German Army. It is powered by a V-12 twin-turbo 
diesel engine.
Weight: 62 ton. Armour: 2A6: 3rd generation composite; including 
high-hardness steel, tungsten and plastic filler with ceramic component.
Crew: 4. Armament: 1× 120 mm Rheinmetall L/55 smoothbore gun
(42 rounds).

2× 7.62 mm MG3A1[1] (4,750 rounds).

To summarize: these vehicles will be a nice force to encounter my
collection of soviets. It will take some time to get these painted
and ready for gaming but I am really looking forward doing this.













2019-11-01

Soviet aircrafts and more helicopters

In my ongoing report about my big collection 
of 6mm models and figures
I now turn to the soviet aircraft and helicopter-range
First up is a very useful range of aircrafts:

Su-19 (NATO-name: fencer)
Attack and bomberplane
23mm or 30mm autocannon. Rockets and missiles

Su-7 (NATO-name: fitter)
Fighterplane
2x 30mm autocannon. Rockets,missiles,bombs

Mig-19 (NATO-name: farmer)
Fighterplane
3x 30mm autocannon. Rockets,bombs

Mig-21 (NATO-name: fishbed)
Fighterplane
23mm or 30mm autocannon. Rockets and missiles

Su-24 (NATO-name: fencer)
Attack and bomberplane

23mm or 30mm autocannon. Rockets and missiles

Mig-25 (NATO-name: foxbat)
Fighterplane
Radar. Missiles

Mig 27 (NATO-name: flogger)
Attack and bomberplane
23mm or 30mm autocannon. Rockets and missiles
Nuclear bombs!

To the new 6mm-models above I also add two more Mig-21, 
one Mig-19 and Su-7 and
together this will be a massive striking force when combined!

Next up is my helicopter collection.
The big Mil Mi-6 (NATO-name: hook) can carry 14 tonnes or 
5 crew and 61 soldiers and will be very useful when making an 
air-invasion.
Another transport is the Mil Mi-8 (NATO-name: hip) that can 
carry 6 tonnes or 3 crew and 24 soldiers.
A impressing sight is the 6 Mil Mi-24 attack-
helicopters(NATO-name: hind). 
To these 6 I can also add another two from my "old collection". 
These "death from above-machines" are my favourites equiped
with one 12.7mm HMG and rockets/missiles.These Mil-24 can 
also carry 3 crew and a figthing squads with 8 soldiers.
A combined helicopter-force with all these models can airlift a 
big threat to any and will be fun to use when it comes to 
wargaming.





2019-10-23

Swedish 6mm cold war-army complete
















Last friday a very nice delivery arrived directly to my doorstep.

The wife of my friend Fredrik in Stockholm delivered a package
full of 6mm figures and models. The collection is a big one and
I can´t describe it in only one report so it will result in 3.
The collection contained swedish, soviet and Nato-models and
the first will be written about the swedes.

Very nice models and the collection cover almost all except
naval forces.
Lots of S-tanks (strv 103) to be the bulk of the force supported
by centurions (strv 102/104) and also the infantry-support-tank
Ikv 91. The Ikv 91 is fitted with a 90mm low-velocity cannon
and 2 MG.
The centurion (strv 102/104) was a very good tank with a armour-
thickness of 17-152mm and fitted with 105mm L7-cannon and
2 MG. The S-tank is a versatile tank and with its low
profile(sloped 12.5 dgr) and with a armour of 40/20mm it is a hard match
when dug in to knock out.
The S-tank is fitted with 10,5 cm automatic-loaded cannon that could
fire up to 30 projectiles in a minute.
In addition to the cannon the S-tank has a massive mesh (30mm steelbars)
in the  front(not on the model) to halt armour-piercing projectiles and 
finally two MG.











The artillery is represented by the tracked Akv 151. This artillery is built
on a S-tank chassi and can fire 14 artillery-shells in 45 seconds with a
range of 25 km. Each shell had a weight of 47 kg!!!
A lot of fire to be delivered! :)
Some very nice detailed APC´s, Pbv 302 will also be a nice addition
to my force.
The Pbv 302 is amphibious and can carry 8 infantry men with a
crew of 3.The Pbv 302 is fitted with a 20mm automatic cannon
and one MG.
For recon I have some jeeps with a MG called Terrängbil 11. Two
transport-trucks that will be used as Terrängbil 20 and these two will
be converted and fitted with two extra wheels.
As anti-tank-vehicles I will use jeeps as the Pansarvärnspjästerrängbil 1111
with a recoilless rifle cal 9cm (rocket is 920mm long and a weight of 10kg!).
In addition to the jeeps the collection also contains three HKP 9A (Bo 105CB3)
with Heli-TOW to halt enemy-tanks.
The crown of the vehicles on the ground are the aircrafts: Draken and Viggen.
Saab 35 Draken(1 pilot) is fitted with 2 pieces of 30mm automatic-cannons and
rockets and bombs.
A good plane to bring down enemy bombers but also for dogfights and
close support.
The Draken was very robust and could land and lift from short roadstrips that
was built all over Sweden.
Finally the Saab 37 Viggen is a versatile fighterplan in 4 versions and
very robust fitted with 1 piece of 30mm automatic-cannon and rockets
and bombs.
A very nice collection and this in addition with the previous one that is already
fitted on bases will be fun to start playing games with. I guess I have some
hours ahead designated for painting and basing. :)












Old collection (prior to october 2019)




2019-10-21

Visiting the local gaming-club

Last weekend I managed to get some free time for myself all by myself.
First I planned to go to Lund and visit a historical gaming-club in Lund that
play a lot of historical figure-games (pike and shot, Seven days to the Rhine etc)
but the preparations for a Thirty years war-scenario was not ready for play so
I went to the local gaming club in Helsingborg instead.
I visited the gaming-club in Helsingborg very shortly in 2018 but back then
my oldest daughter wanted to test the variety of buying an ice cream instead of
looking at the minis in vivid colours.
This saturday I could watch very nicely painted figures en masse and I
got a lot of inspiration doing so. I took some pictures for sharing.
My absolute favourite is the painter that made the rusty orcs and I simply
love his way of making these figures come alive.
On the last picture I have a new article that really looks good, tuft in 
various shapes and heights.Looks very good when mounted onto the base.





















2019-10-11

My 15mm japanese

In my last report I wrote about my latest buy and
my completed collection and now I will go into
details.
On these pictures you can see my unboxed collection of 
tanks. I have both medium and light tanks and also
very light tanks for close support or fast recon.
In my opinion the tanks of the japanese imperial army
was not good both in armament and in armour.
I have built up collection with a bulk of many light tanks
to hit on many front simultaneously and try to make
the enemy to advance into dense terrain where I have
placed a lot of light anti-tank-cannons.
I also have two sections of medium tanks but these
are for protection and to hit very vulnerable front-sections.
The infantry of the japanese is more interessting and
I like that they come with lots of light mortars to
barrage the enemy when advancing.
On these pictures I have no picture of my Nikuhaku teams
or as translated into english "human bullet teams" used
to take out enemy tanks with molotov-coctails.
Very interessting to paint these models and figures and I
can´t wait to test them on the gaming table in Flames of
war version 3.