Wednesday, March 14, 2012

6mm Revival

Hey, here's a thought, my 6mm WWII project! The project was the first I seriously bought miniatures for a few years ago, when I decided to make this a hobby. I'd had some D&D minis from when I was a kid, and some ancients and medieval stuff in 15mm that I bought on a whim about 15 years ago, but then GHQ caught my eye and now I'm into about 300 projects.

I have some 6mm American stuff done for a while now (see some of my first blog posts), and I've had a batch of American, British, and Russian tanks sitting half-started on my table for a couple of years, but the situation was getting silly with my backlog of microarmour. However, my friend Ron brought out his microarmour to play an east front game with during a lull in a Napoleonics campaign, and they looked pretty good. So I put 2 and 2 together and asked if I could commission him to get my mini's at least started.

I put together my inventory (just WWII for now, I didn't scare him with the moderns or, god forbid, sci-fi) and we worked out a price. On March 4th I handed over the rest of the Russians (not the stuff I'd started - but more on that later). On March 11th I was at his place (back to Napoleonics) and he handed them back!

One week for 74 vehicles? That's 5-10 years at my pace!

Anyway, here are the pics. I still have to make them look field-used with rust, dirt, shading and drybrushing, but they've at least rolled out of the factory.

The whole lot:

Trucks, GAZs, White Scout Cars, T-70s, JS-2s, T-44s, SU-76s, ISU-122s, T-34s (1943).

T-60s, T-44s, AA Halftracks, BA-10 Armoured Cars.

As I prepare to dirty these up, it's given me incentive to get back to the rest of my half-started backlog on the move. Ron's getting my Germans next to start for me.

Of course, the fly in the ointment is that I committed to doing the infantry (so I can base them my way for I Ain't Been Shot Mum). That may still hold my project back till 2100...or guilt me into being more committed.