11 January 2022
12 May 2020
A few years ago our small wargaming group gave a demonstration game of the Operation Biting Bruneval Raid at a local comic / cosplay / gaming event.
The scenario was designed by one of our fellow gamers Iván, who also built the magnificent terrain board and coastline.
You can see a game report on the link below, which will open up in a new window if you click it. It's in Spanish, but with pictures that speak for themselves
For the game we already had plenty of 1/72 scale Germans as the defenders, and also lots of British Paras left over from an Arnhem wargame campaign (albeit in the wrong uniform for this raid, but we could live with that) and more than enough scenery.
What we didn't have were some rescue vessels to to provide covering fire as the paras were picked up from the coastline, and something to represent the Würzburg radar.
We knocked up a crude representation of the radar just a few days before the game.
Well, I did say crude ........
It's basically a perspex ball cut off at the top and mounted onto a structure taken off a toy crane, and then fixed onto the base of an Italeri 90/53 Gun.
A good dousing of grey paint and on the day it did its job and nobody mentioned that it bore only a fleeting resemblance to the real thing.
Should also add that nobody mentioned either that the British paras were wearing red berets and were dressed for Arnhem.
British Motor Gunboat
This was a bit of an invention, made from a modified toy motor launch.
The missile launchers and oversized MG on the the stern were removed and the bridge was taken off and moved forward.
It was also cut down to make it a waterline model and two Bofors were added, one the bow and stern.
The vessels couldn't be complete without crew members, and the sailors are mostly conversions with a mix from various sets.
Just to say that I was inspired to finally get around to posting these picture after viewing an excellent post on sailor conversions and a huge WW2 vessel by Simon from the Service Ration Distribution blog which I recommend you visit. You can access his post on the following link (click and it will open in a new window)
As always, keep safe and hope that wherever you are the lockdown is easing and that we are all slowly but surely getting over the worst.
26 June 2009
These were painted by a friend and fellow gamer, Carlos de la Concha, and were used in one of our wargaming club's recent Stalingrad type wargames.
30 January 2008
I was sent some really nice photos of a conversion done by a friend, Doug Iovinelli, some time ago. I meant to put these on the main website back then, but they got misplaced on my old computer and I only recently dug them out again (sorry about the long delay Doug).
"I bought some toy boats for my 3 year old daughter and one of them was screaming to be converted into a D-Day Europe Station keeping boat. Since I had not really looked into what one looked like in any detail, I used my liberal imagination to convert this toy boat into something that I imagined might be in the water to guide the landing craft to the correct beach and double as a rescue boat for any unlucky boats. It will join my collection of landing craft.
30 July 2003
This article is one of many articles and gallery contributions from fellow amateur smallscale enthusiasts all over the world that appeared on the old MiniatureZone website during the first six years its existence when there were only a handful of websites dedicated to smallscale models and wargaming.
The Seehund midget submarine is actually a 1/87 piece from the Dutch company Artitech. The kit consists of a beautiful one-piece casting and some smaller resin parts; you get two of these waterline subs in one box (or rather bag). I binned the smaller resin parts, made new periscopes and vacuformed a new perspex cupola.
This was really a fun project. Scratchbuilding the smaller parts took perhaps 15 minutes, the rest was painting and enjoying the result, which could serve as a nice accessory to a harbour layout for a wargame.