Friday, November 17, 2017

Carpets, anyone? Turkish flyers ...

Something of a cliche, perhaps, but irresistible all the same, are these flyers for the Turkish VSF army.... flying carpets.

The 'carpets' were made by gluing 2 layers of 40gsm card together, and coating heavily with PVA glue. They were then painted with fairly thick layers of paint top and bottom. The figures come from the ESCI Zulu Wars British infantry, with head swaps from the Strelets Turkish Infantry 1877.

Then there is the 'Cleric' - a man of mystery and magic (maybe even a 'Mad Mullah?) calling forth the Gods. The figure is one of the Strelets Artillery figures.

So here now is the army so far:

5 x Blade
4 x Shooters
2 x Artillery
1 x Airboat
1 x Cleric
1 x Hero
3 x Flyers

By my count that's 40 points.

.... just over half way to the Big Battle size.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

An airboat made from ... ????

A deep dig into the good old fashioned spares box produced this creation - an airboat for the Turkish VSF army. 

The body was a sweets container from the late 80s or early 90s (when our kids were little - they are both in their 30s now). Might have been 'chuppa chups'? Or something like that.

I had two, the other I use for the aerial hero for the British VSF.

I sifted through the spares box for the other bits that I added. The fins were from an old Airfix Bloodhound missile, the cupola on the bottom (not sure if you can see it in the photos) from an Armourfast A13, and the other bits from a Warhammer Dwarfs sprue.

The 'weapon' on the nose is an old biro point/refill, and the 'rotor' assembly on top- are the propellor, radial engine and cowling from an old 1/32 Boeing F4B kit.

There always seems to be an issue with 3 pointers in army composition (a function of the maths of factors, I guess). So in total there are three 3 pointer elements in the army.. that's awkward, demanding either another 3 pointer, or a 1 pointer somewhere.

I like the airboat theme for VSF generally. I think I was inspired by HG Wells 'War in the air'. So maybe another airboat?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Turkish artillery for HotT

These two artillery bases for the VSF Turkish army were one of those 'quick wins' in painting terms.The guns and figures come from the Strelets 20mm Turkish Artillery 1877 set. They are standard artillery and offer two 3 point elements.

And the Turkish VSF army so far:

5 x Blades
4 x shooters
2 x artillery
1 x hero
 - giving 28 points.

Of course none of these elements yet reflect the particular theme I want for this army, other than that it is Turkish.

You'll have to keep guessing on that one.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Turkish hero for HotT

It's been fun thinking about how to depict the range if 3, 4 and 6 point bases in the Turkish VSF HotT army. I decided that there should be a gunner hero, a tribute to Mohammed the Gunner, if you like.

I used figures from the Strelets Turkish Artillery 1877 set, and some pieces from the spares box. The gun barrel came from the GW Dwarf set, mounted on some Airfix napoleonic artillery wheels.

As this is a great hero, I thought he ought to have a standard bearer with flag too. I'm reasonably happy with the result.

The army so far, with blades, shooters, and the hero.

I think the next couple of bases will be pretty unsurprising, but I'm still formulating/plotting/scheming some more interesting and thematic bases to add. The goal will be a 72 point Big Battle army, but.. one step at a time I think.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Turk shooters for HotT

Next step with the VSF Turks... four bases of shooters. I thought shooters were less likely to want to be easily seen, hence no banners.

Nine bases of infantry so far, 18 points. A significant chunk of the infantry core of the army (although there will be more to do to get to 72 points.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

It's ......

Another two bases of blade for the new HotT project. The army will be a VSF Turkish opponent to the Brits. The question is, how will this be different from the Brits? By different I mean the look, and the composition/play style .... keep guessing.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A new project... the same madness!!!

Finished the first three bases of a new project ... all I'll say is that it's a HotT army.... guess away.