Friday, 26 July 2013

A slight diversion....and that damned Spitfire!

As it's been over a week since I updated here I thought I would post the usual pictures of what I have been working on recently. The weather has been so hot that I have had a few day's break from commission painting, although I have been painting during the cooler evenings.

A couple of weeks back I saw a post on TMP 'AWI' board that really inspired me! It featured an enlarged boardgame map with some beautifully painted 28mm figures, in fact painted by the incredibly talented Scott MacPhee. Take a look here.

I got the idea of doing something similar with Commands & Colors, adapted for the AWI! I have managed to knock out quite a few 15mm Peter Pig figures to go with the idea, using a single figure to represent a single C&C block. It's a boardgame with figures, no more than that, but I can see some real potential for fun games in this. I'm working on the adaptions required, but here are some of the 'units' completed so far. A couple of weeks and I'll have enough to play a couple of test games, indeed I may complete all of the figures required in that time, I estimate 150 figures, including guns, cavalry etc will do it.

I have also painted a handful of 20mm plastic Generals for no other than Mr.Conrad Kinch. This was a little 'one off' that was a real pleasure to do, knowing that they will feature in some hard fought battles in the War Room in due course of time. Three Russian and two Austrian, I have to say these plastic figures are very good indeed.

What else? ..... Oh yes, the Spitfire!
At a local airfield down here on the Romney Marsh in Kent they have been taking up paying customers in helicopters in order that they might photograph a Spitfire. I'm told the experience costs in excess of £400.00, but what you get is the chance to have a genuine Spitfire diving and spinning amazingly close in order that you can get close ups of the beast in flight. Anyway, upshot is that we now have the Spitfire passing overhead on a twice daily basis, quite low, and I have been trying in vain to get a picture of it! This morning I did it ...... blurry I admit, but it's there, no mistake. I guess it's not everyone who gets to see a Spitfire buzzing overhead these days, the engine sound is very distinctive. It's great to watch as it dives at speed towards the helicopter before pulling up sharply in order that they get close ups of the undercarriage, pilot must be incredibly skillful. I'm sure you will laugh at my effort, but I can assure you it's a mk1 Spitfire, and a most beautiful and evocative sight she is.


  1. I'll be interested to see how your AWI games work out.

    Well done on the generals, they look great! I'm looking forward to seeing them in action.

    1. I was determined to get some crisp pictures of the Generals, these are not too bad I think.

      As for C&C/AWI .... I have some clear ideas on this, main thing though is I have to lose the 'form square' rule, and a few other tweaks. I'll post more as I develop these ideas.


  2. Living not too far away from the Battle of Britain Memorial flight I get to see them regularly.

  3. Really love Peter Piggy 15's and these look just the job.
    I picked up C&C at Salute having read so much about it here - haven't actually played as I spend sooo much time playing other wargames, time will tell.
    best wishes,

  4. Very nice painted figures! I like most of all the Russian generals.


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