Thursday, 19 January 2017

From JamesM - British 5.5" Gun Battery(84 points)

Hi folks,

Trying to keep up the momentum and continue with my 'Gunuary' painting theme - so apologies for the very samey entries (to followers of my blog this stuff will be no surprise!).

This weeks entry consists of a battery of 6 x 15mm British 5.5" Medium guns of 79th Medium Regiment (The Scottish Horse), Royal Artillery. This battery represents the guns of 4 AGRA (Army Group, Royal Artillery) in my Operation Totalise project - supporting the Canadian II Corps.

Each gun consists of one 5.5" Medium Gun (BR710) and 5 crew.

I've still the command staff and OP teams to do, possibly later in the month. Also in the pile are the 8 Matador trucks for towing the damn things!

Apologies for pictures on the box, trying to reduce the glare from the table!
 




These guns will be added to the two I painted last year. I doubt very much I will ever field 4 of these guns on a 15mm scale table, never mind 8! However, I like the models and I like to have every option for the army. I'm also aiming to represent every major unit that took part in the Totalise battle, and this unit fits the bill nicely for 4 AGRA.

I mucked up the process a little on these, being far too used to painting and basing vehicles. This resulted in me having to add the crew after the static grass was applied... Thankfully I managed to sort it, but the time it took I'd have been as well starting the bases again! Guns were primed black, painted Vallejo Russian Uniform green (70.924), washed with a home made magic wash and highlighted with a lightened Russian Uniform green. Tools and wood were done with Vallejo Mahogany Brown (70.846) and highlighted with beige brown. I don't use metalics (other than the brass) so metals are just done with greys. Troops are the usual English Uniform and Khaki!

No need to apologize for the Gunuary theme, James. I have been enjoying the cannon. This lot is just as sharp as your other entries. Even though you had some issue with the order of adding crew and groundwork, I really can't see where the damage was made. The crews look hard at work and besides looking spectacular for 15's( you positive these aren't 28's!?) 8 of these should mess up any German advance! Grand Work!



32 comments:

  1. looking very sharp .. nicely done

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  2. Really like these from basing to painting and composition, you have it spot on

    Ian

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    1. Thanks very much Ian! I try and make the placement on the bases a little bit 'organic' and have them interact with each other.

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  3. Now that is heavy artillery. Excellent additions to any wargames table.

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    1. Thanks Tamsin, I'm getting quite an artillery park at this point!

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  5. Classic and distinctive guns of the Royal Artillery - great job James!

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    1. Thanks Paul, I like them - along with the 25pdr they are pretty iconic to me. I remember building the airfix kit as a kid!

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  6. Damn fine and damn big guns! Well done.

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  7. I'm in absolute awe of how amazingly clean these paint-jobs of yours are, James. They are simply mouth-wateringly good, and frankly "Battlefront" should be hiring you to paint their stuff!!

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    1. Thanks Simon, thats very kind of you! Not sure I agree, but I appreciate the sentiment very much ;)

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  8. Lovely looking artillery James!

    Christopher

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    1. As always Rod, thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  10. What a wonderful battery of guns, James. Excellent paintwork. As you say, in scale, these would need to be set up down the street from your gaming table. ;)

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    1. Thanks Curt - your right, I just need a Gym hall to play in and these bad boys are good to go!

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  11. Excellent work on these guns and crews.

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  12. Very nice work on these big guns. cheers

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  13. lovely colours on these, the perfect balance of bright and muted to let the figures be shown.

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    1. Thanks Jamie, I'm glad they come accross like that. I'm trying to moderate my highlighting as I have been too dark and too bright in the past.

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  14. Nicely done. These big guns would make for a fearsome stonk. AS you say, nice to have them, though hard to imagine them on the gaming table, though maybe it depends on which rules you use.

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    1. Thanks Michael - your right regarding rules, and a lot of them would have guns this size off the table. Hopefully one day I can play a game of Flames of War of Battlegroup big enough to have the space for these guys!

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