I have been to … the Model Ship Collection at the Tallinn Maritime Museum: Part 4: Freighters and Cargo ShipsPosted: July 31, 2017
Steam Freighter Tatjana
Steam Freighter Kajak
Steam Freighter Neidenfels
This model was used to teach Merchant Navy Cadets how to stow cargo safely and securely aboard a ship.
Vehicle Transporter Narva
Bulk Freight Carrier Kristjan Palusalu
Bulk Freight Carrier Gustav Sule
Freighter Hans Looglemann
Steam Freighter Eestirand
I used some of the Megablitz units that I have in my collection, all of which have slightly larger bases than they need so that magnetic strength markers can be fixed to the back edge of the unit base.
I began with a Russian Rifle unit which has a base that is 50mm x 35mm. (This is larger than the recommended size of a Megablitz Infantry base, which is 35mm x 35mm.)
I then used a Russian Light Artillery unit with a base that is 30mm x 60mm, …
… followed by a Russian Anti-tank Gun unit with a base that is 30mm x 75mm.
I concluded with a Russian Tank unit with a base that is 40mm x 85mm.
You will note that I added some extra hexes to the last three ‘experiments’ to indicate the units’ ZOC (Zones of Control) and/or the hexes that are adjacent to the hexes ‘occupied’ by each unit.
I found the results of these ‘experiments’ rather encouraging, especially as it would be quite easy to re-base some of my 20mm World War II figure collection onto bases that will fit within the boundaries of one or two Heroscape hexes.
This has given me something to continue to think about, and even if it ends up going nowhere, I am enjoying the process.
Trawler Juhav Sutiste
Base Ship Johannes Vares
Base Ship Fryderyk Chopin
Freezer Ship Briz
Freezer Ship Sovetskaja Rodina
The figures I have used in this experiment are metal 20mm figures, most of which are mounted on 20mm x 20mm bases. It certainly shows that I can get two infantry figures into a single hex without too much trouble, but that artillery (even an infantry gun!) cannot be placed in the same hex as its crew. Likewise the space occupied by a heavy machine gun with two crew would be just a little too large to fit into a single hex, although the same gun with a single crew member fits without any problems.
If I do decide to take this further I will have to:
- Use similar-sized single figures on smaller bases or
- Use smaller-sized single figures on smaller bases or
- Use smaller-sized figures on multi-figure bases that will fit inside a Heroscape hex.
I have been to … the Model Ship Collection at the Tallinn Maritime Museum: Part 2: Harbour Craft and IcebreakersPosted: July 27, 2017
Harbour Tug/Icebreaker Tasuja
Harbour Tug/Icebreaker Jaan Poska
Harbour Tug/Icebreaker Juri Vilms
Icebreaker Suur Toll
Buoy Tender Lood
Harbour Tug/Icebreaker Merikaru
In order to ensure that the hexes did not move about whilst I was using the wargame board, I attached thin beading inside the edge of the notice board.
This not only stopped the hexes from moving, but also helped to stiffen the wargame board so that it did not flex as much whilst it was being carried or moved about.
Once finished the game board could accommodate a 6 x 8 hexed grid …
… and during the following weeks and months I used it for several mini-campaigns set in Eastern Europe …
… and the Middle East.
Having seen what MAN OF TIN …
… has done using Heroscape hexed terrain on a small wargame board …
A photograph of MAN OF TIN‘s recent Battle of Pine Ridge River Crossing wargame. It used Heroscape hexes, old Airfix American Civil War figures, and a repainted ‘Train in a Box’ railway set. I thought that the whole thing was an inspired use of relatively easy to obtain components. © MAN OF TIM.
… it made me wonder how many Heroscape hexes I could get onto my wargame board. (I bought loads of Heroscape hexes years ago, and I have been waiting for an excuse/good idea to use it ever since.) I tried it … and found that I could fit a 14 x 19 grid of Heroscape hexes onto my wargame board.
The Heroscape hexes are 4cm from face-to-face as opposed to the Hexon II 10cm face-to-face hexes, but having a greater number of hexes to manoeuvre on has set me thinking. By using single figures (i.e. one per hex) I might be able to develop a skirmish-level version of my PORTABLE WARGAME rules. Alternately I could deploy smaller figures on the warboard and use the rules as they are … but on a much larger grid that I can get on my normal wargames table.
It is certainly something for me to think about.
As you can imagine, this has been more than a little irritating, and has meant that I have had work with a cobbled together connection using my mobile phone, Bluetooth, and my iPad. This has allowed me to read emails and surf the net, but not to do much else.
In my frustration I finally started work on re-writing LA ULTIMA CRUZADA, and so far progress has been quite good. I have decided to restructure the content so that it is more thematic (i.e. the chapter on the Spanish Army in 1936 will be followed by chapters on the Republican and Nationalist Armies from 1936 to 1939 … and then I’ll cover the Spanish Navy and Spanish Air Force in the same way). I also intend to add relevant illustrations wherever possible.
This looks as if it is going to be a much longer project than I expected, and is one that I will dip into every so often when the mode takes me.
Barque Rock City
Barquentine Andreas Veide
Motor Sailing Ship Jaen Tear
After the initial scenes, during which the numerous characters are introduced to the audience, the film depicts a series of attacks by German Infantry and Tanks on a Rifle Company of 316th Rifle Division. The latter was commanded by General Panfilov, and the film purports to tell the story of the heroic defence conducted by the company during the German offensive to capture Moscow in November 1941.
There is some doubt as to whether or not the original story is totally true or whether it might have been a propaganda version designed to bolster Russian morale at a very difficult time. Regardless of that, the film seems to portray the fighting that the 316th Rifle Division took part in very realistically, and shows why the unit was renamed 8th Guards Rifle Division.
Two things to note:
- Firstly that very few of the special effects were done using CGI. Most were done using models … and in my opinion everything looks more realistic because of it.
- Secondly that this film was crowd-funded in the earlier stages of development and production, although it did receive state support later on.
I bought my copy of this DVD for £3.00 … and felt that it was very good value at the price. It certainly entertained me for two hours and revived my interest in starting an Eastern Front/Great Patriotic War project at some time in the future.