Friday, October 31, 2008

Inspiration for a Sopwith Squadron

In searching for pictures of Sopwith Camels for some repaint ideas I came across a few links on the 148th. The 148 Aero Squadron was a US unit that served with the British. I think it will make for some pretty easy repaints and offer something different.

Here are a few of the links.
This one also has some great prints of two RNAS squadrons. Future plans?

"The 148th fulfilled many ground attack and bombing missions, as well as their normal pursuit duties."

Perfect for FOW1918 and WoW.

Pics and details to follow.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sneak peak at WoW series 3 planes

Here are a few pics of some of the Series 3 planes.
They are due out in November and will give use FOW1918 players some Austro-Hungarian Air support and the Nieuports can be modified to Italians.

Nieuport 17 (Lufberythenault)
Nieuport 17 (Nungesser)
Nieuport 23 (Kibanov)
Albatros D.iii (Brumowski)
Albatros D.iii (Hautzmayer)
Albatros D.iii (Voss)
Ufag C.i (Flick 23/d)
Ufag C.i (Luftfahrtruppen 1)
Ufag C.i (Luftfahrtruppen 2)
RAF R.e.8 (Longton & Carson)
RAF R.e.8 (Ferguson & Fry)
RAF R.e.8 (Aviation Militaire)

These pictures were taken from

Here is a picture of the Peter Pig WoW pilots. I really want to get my hands on some of these!

This picture is property of Peter Pig.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

FOW1918 Armies and what to do next.

So far I have created a number of armies for FOW1918 and since I have not been actively playing or painting resently I thought I would take inventory and plan my future projects. Currently I have the following:
British (mid to late war)
One HG section
Four full infantry platoons with two Lewis gun team stands. Three extra rifle stands to replace one Lewis gun team for 1916 - 1917 config. One Hotchkiss LMG team so one platoon can represent dismounted cav. (replacing the Lewis gun).
One, two section Light Trench mortar battery (Stokes 3" mortars).
One Lewis Gun AA section, two stands.
One HMG platoon, four Vickers stands.
One, one section Medium Trench Mortar battery (Newton 6" mortars).
One full cavalry troop (mounted).
One full six gun Field Artillery battery (18pdrs)
Four Mk IV tanks, two male and two female.
Four Mk V tanks , all male.
Three Mk A 'Whippets'.
One full 17th Battalion (Armoured Car), Tank Corp section.
Three Sopwith Camels for Air Support.
Additional HG section - Australians.

French (mid to late war)
One HQ section with one 37mm IF gun team and one sniper.
Two and a half infantry platoons.
One HMG platoon, three Hotchkiss stands and one mortar stand.
One, two squad cavalry troop, lancers (mounted).
One full four gun Field Artillery battery (75's)
One St. Chamond tank.
One Schneider tank.
One full FT-17 tank platoon (two MG tanks, three gun tanks).
One SPAD for Air Support.

German (mid to late war)
One HQ section with two ATR teams, two Granatanwerfer teams, two Panzerknacker teams and one sniper.
Three full infantry platoons with two MG08/15 gun team stands.
One full Light Trench mortar battery with one AT gun team.
One, two section HMG platoon, four MG08 stands.
One full Division Trench Mortar battery.
One, two section cavalry troop (mounted).
One full four gun Field Artillery battery (7.7cm)
One full Independent Infantry Gun battery.
One full Divisional Stoss troop platoon with all options.
One full Flammenwerfer platoon.
Five Mk IV Beute tanks, three male and two female.
Three A7V tanks.
Tons of Air Support. Jasta 15 (late 1918), Jasta 11 (early 1918), Albatros fight for 1917.

Austro-Hungarian (mid to late war)
One HQ section. Using Germans
Three full infantry platoons. Using Germans
One full HMG section.
One, one section Field Artillery battery (80mm)
One full Independent Infantry Gun battery.
One full Divisional Storm patrol.
One Divisional Armoured Car platoon, one Junovicz, one captured Russian Austin and one captured Italian Lanzia.

Italian Alpini (mid to late war)
One HQ section with one sniper.
Two full infantry platoons.
One full scout platoon.
One full HMG platoon.
One full Light Trench Mortar battery.
One, one section Alpini Pack Artllery battery.
One Armoured Car platoon, one Lancia IZ, one Lancia IZm and one Bianchi AC.

Ottoman Turk (mid to late war)
One HQ section.
Two full HMG platoons.
One, two section Arab Cavalry troop (mounted).
One full Artllery battery.

Lead waiting in the wings are Australian Light Horse and United States.
I have a based the Turkish Infantry so that would be a good one to start.
I have enough Italian Alpini to finish up the Pack guns.
I also have some motorcycles to create the MMC for the British which would be very cool. I also have some Italian truck mounted artillery to mod into German AA trucks that were used as Anti-tank.

So much to do and so little time.

I really should get back on the Turks and finish them so I can then move to the LH. I know they would make for some great games and big draws a conventions.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Small modeling to WoW

I have made a few little modeling modifications to my Wings of War gaming to make it a bit more eye appealing. The first is making smoke markers out of foam rubber. I cut the general shape, cut a slit to slide over the lower wing and then rough it up by pulling small bits off.

The second is to make an angled altitude peg. It allows for banking to either side, climbing and descending. Take two of the clear pegs provided with the models. Cut one in half straight across and the other in about a 45 degree angle. Swap them and glue together. You end up with two angled pegs.

Wings of War meets Flames of War (1918)

In gaming FOW1918 I have created a number of armies and was wanting to build air support for each. I found the metal models in 1/144 scale at first but then I came across the Wings of War prepainted models. For about the same price I did not have to assemble and paint those little buggers. The line is limited but expanding and the game is a blast so I highly recommend it to any WWI gamer.
In FOW you can only get a maximum of three planes so that is what I started to collect. I decided I wanted them to be all form the same squadron so it has actually lead to researching the airwar and really finding some neat stuff. I have started a few Jastas and plan on rounding them out with a few more planes.

My first squadron is of course Jasta 11 (Spring 1918) part of JG1 'Richthofen's Flying Circus'

Then I started Jasta 15 (late 1918).

Here they are ganging up on two US spotter planes.

I will post more photos and detail on these later.

Friday, October 17, 2008

I have been remiss in my postings!

It has been some time since I last posted. The usual stuff of work, family, etc. has kept me busy. I have also put the 6mm stuff aside for a while and was thinking that I would expand this blog to the other scales and interests I have in miniature gaming. I am very keen on gaming World War One and have been very active with FOW1918 (Yahoo group) and Wings of War. I am also very interested in the American Civil War. How can one not be living in the area I do? I have been doing some lite research into the cavalry battles that happened in Virginia and the action at Gettysburg. I have also been known to play a game of DBA on occasion and have a few armies. So I will start posting on all of these subjects along with my 6mm stuff as well. Currently my gaming time and partners have all but disappeared so I am hoping to work out some new time and get my friends gaming again or try to find a few new ones.