Saturday, May 24, 2014

Universal Carriers and a Crab



My 15mm British force for Battle Group Overlord and Fall of the Reich continues to grow. Plastic Soldier Company taunted me with the release of their lovely 1/72 Universal Carriers to the point that I found I couldn't wait for them to come out in 15mm, so went ahead and bought a set from Forged in Battle.



These are pretty nice little resin kits, but I was a little disappointed that they only came with a couple of crew figures. I added some, especially the Bren gunners, from Skytrex, but they don't really fit as well as I'm sure the PSC ones will WHEN THEY GET AROUND TO RELEASING THEM! Sorry...I just really like Bren Carriers.



Like all the infantry units in my battle group, these are painted as belonging to the 9th Cameronians Battalion from the 15th (Scottish) Division.



Also from Forged in Battle is this Sherman Crab from the 79th Armoured Division. The kit is made from resin and metal, and was a bit of a bastard to put together without consulting photos. Some necessary shortcuts are taken with the moulding, for example sculpting the flails as a single block of resin that makes it look as though the flail chains were far denser than they actually where, but the finished beast looks pretty good, I think.



Probably the turret should have large numbers in red, edged in white, but I don't have anything suitable and don't want to chance painting them freehand. They might be something to add in the future.



I'm looking forward to trying this out in a scenario attacking a German defensive position. Now, where can I get a 15mm Churchill Crocodile....

12 comments:

  1. Really looking nice, I look forward to seen a AAR of all your troops in action!

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  2. Looking great Dux. I got my crab turret number decals from Doms Decals. I've still a load of the forged in battle UC's to do as well. Nice to see some painted up like this! How'd you do the weathering on them? It's something I really struggle with!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, all my decals are from Dom's, but I didn't think to get the turret numbers. As for weathering, give me a couple of days and I'll write up what I do with some photos.

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  3. More stowage on the turret and no need for the red numbers, that being said I picked up some red german numbers to do some pz38ts for Barbarossa they are only about 2mm high and thus might be a bit small but you are welcome to some.

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    1. Thanks mate- the numbers were pretty big on the crabs, so it's probably better to have no numbers than ones that are too small. 38ts eh? The zvezda kits?

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    2. Yep, Zvezda all the way, at $6.00 each it is hard to not go past them

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  4. The Bren Carriers are great but the Flail tank takes the cake - awesome stuff mate!

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  5. very nice looking. The PSC 1/72 bren Carriers are very nice, I am sure the wait will be worth it.

    John

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  6. Not just me poking at PSC for the 15mm carriers, then? :D

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    1. Nope! I've been on at then about su-76s as well!

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