Lately, my hobby mojo is coming back - now with improved interest in ultra modern battles. I am reading a lot about Force on Force and my biggest wish atm is to play some of those games with slovenian infantry. As with everything slovenian, it is a thing of pride and warm feeling we get when people abroad talk about us! :D
as much as I know about Force on Force, it needs a lot of figures, so
15mm would be the way to go...but I'll do it in 28mm. I think this may
be my main 2014 project, but then again I just could change my minds 20
times before the January. In FoF quick start scenario,
you'd need 14 US and 20 taliban figures. This is still a small count
compared to GW games, but bare in mind I've been playing games with less
than 10 figures on table lately! Actually, not counting my zombies, I'd
struggle to find enough models to proxy this scenario.
So, back to the plan. I've been revealing my great plans to Brummie
and told him how I wouldn't go heavier than humvees in 28mm. I mean,
sure I wouldn't mind a nice big fat 8x8 APC, but Humvees are all I'd
need for now. He has mentioned to me, he could pick me up some Poundland
hummers to fill in, as resin vehicles would quickly get quite
expensive. This was a great idea...and not just that, it has reminded me
that I had bought two of those last year! I've dug them out a couple od
days later and started converting them. More on the background
brainstorming later on, but I will base my moderns in Imagi-Nation
(Island called Evergreen, with capital city called Evergreen fields -
the perfect spot for Everything-bad, including zombie invasions). As it
will be imaginary, I will allow myself a slight freedom in vehicles and
equipment if desired. To be completely fair, at this time, our troops
use american MRAPs instead of our own vehicles in Afghanistan, because
of the added protection of those vehicles. So, for games, using any
vehicles would work, if need be.
I've killed enough of your time with blabber for now, so on to the hobby and pics:
have a great article at home that exposes all the modifications that
were made by our first troops in Afghanistan (made by special forces) in
2004 (picture above shows one of those vehicles). In almost a decade
since then, the uparmoured turrets were added to some of the Humvees
(and very late, as few years before that, US troops offered to improve
our vehicles, but the goverment didn't approve it because of bureaucracy
-.-). I haven't yet decided what I will do with their turrets yet, but I
think I'd go with plain gun shield. Other conversions include improved
front bumper, a special wire cutter (to help gunner avoid low hanging
wires) and a reserve wheel + jerry cans...things like that.
last couple of years I've seen them all. With HMG without a shield;
with only a shield (as above); with all-round protected cupola; same as
before, but uparmoured with little windows etc. So really, anything would work.
But as this is hobby, coolness factor wins, so I'd need to see some more
photos before I decide! :P
I've started by putting
them apart but decided to take few photos to show from where I'm
going.As said, I got 2 hummers from poundland. I did some measurements
and maths, apparently they are around 1:43 by lenght (didn't bother
checking anything else), which has surprised me as they appear somewhat
small (compared to other vehicles, not to miniatures). The tyres are
somewhat small and I can't resist the urge to try and bulky them out
with some greenstuff. I was thinking I'd roll a thin sausage around them
and then I don't know...do something to make them a bit bulkier.
I've also tried to file the doors to get the angled as
they should be, but after one door, I've decided it is not worth the
effort. So, effectively, I've done some damage that would only need
fixing. I would really prefer to have "proper" shaped doors, but losing
couple of hours (my rough estimation :P) to file those down...not worth
it. I have no picture at that stage, but I'll let you know where the
result is visible.
For future reference and perhaps your project, trunk plate
measures 4x2.8 cm. Roof plate measures 4x3.4 cm. I went with 1.5mm
plasticard at first, but then decided to use 1mm on the roof, which I
believe looks better. I kept thick one for the trunk. In retrospective, working with 1.0mm plasticard is much
easier, so now I should ask myself what to do with all the excess 1.5
plates I got. I do think I bought them for terrain basing, anyway.
to humvees, here is a shot with both types of roofs. 1mm on left and
1.5 on the right. There are some sides photos down below. You can see
the results of filing doors on the blue and planned marks on both of
them. I've scored the doors as they need to be filled with putty. I
guess liquid putty would come in handy here, but I got none, so I will
go with darker GS with maybe a bit of miliput mixed in for hardness. I'd
assume it has to be sticky enough not to fall of later on.
is a quick shot of progress, trunk plates glued on. I'm using two part
epoxy resin from my and your favorite shop. It stinks horribly, but I
think it is better than super glue for this kind of work.
have trimmed them the same day, but didn't take any further pictures. I
must say I quite enjoy working on those. I've painted something I have
yet to show, but I've decided to give this post a priority because it
shows something different for a change. I really enjoy it and I hope the
end result will be decent enough. I do expect it to bog down immensely
after I finish with the rough shape, however. I got no idea how to make
stowage basket in the end and front bumper in the front. Let alone
rotating gun mount....any tips perhaps?
Thanks for looking,