Welcome to my blog. I have upwards of 100 projects in various stages of incompletion or total abandonment, so you may well find something of interest if you rummage about a bit. I concentrate on solo air and naval wargaming but other 'skirmishy' things quite often pop up out of nowhere, only to disappear again after something else grabs my attention. I even finish the occasional project now and again!
Sunday, 31 January 2021
First Draft - Playtest One
Jet Knights of the Sky Korea
I've been thinking of developing another version of the Jet Knights of the Sky rules for the Korean War, using 1/144th scale models and focused on MiG Alley. This would need a new altitude and speed calculation method, together with a more specific set of damage tables and a revised gunnery chart, but wouldn't be too difficult to do. The aircraft would be limited to the F-86 Sabre and MiG-15, both of which are readily available and relatively cheap, the first from Trumpeter and the second from Eduard. This would be a solo project rather than a club effort but it's a nicely self contained project and a bit of fun fort the sprogs.
Saturday, 30 January 2021
Kit Build - Dutch F-16A
First Draft - Cut and Paste Playtesting
Friday, 29 January 2021
First Draft - Aircraft Sheets Assembled
I've finished the rest of the aircraft record sheets for Jet Knights of the Sky but may well add a couple more later like the SU-25 and Blackburn Buccaneer. I'm thinking of changing the blog to Jim's Wargames Wordprocessor, although the vast majority of the keyboard bashing has now been done, so it's on to the playtesting!
Thursday, 28 January 2021
Air Battle Central Europe
I'm re-reading this at the moment, in search of inspiration for potential scenarios, using the Jet Knights of the Sky rules. I'm planning to do some playtesting at the weekend, having finished half a dozen more of the aircraft record sheets, some of which I can use with my 1/600th scale Peruvian and Ecuadorian aircraft. I just hope that after all the effort over the last week or so, that the rules actually work?
Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Royal Navy Navwar Reinforcements
Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Flight Stand How To
A magnetic pickup tool:
A pack of four 90mm x 3mm laser cut hex bases from Warbases.
A 7mm or 6.5mm drill bit.
Brown or Desert colour acrylic paint.
Basing sand, flock and scatter.
1. Glue and clamp together three of the four bases and leave to dry.
2. When dry, drill a 7mm hole right through the middle of the sandwiched bases (you could use a 6.5mm drill bit then ream out the hole for a tighter fit)
3. Glue the fourth base onto the bottom of the sandwiched bases, clamp and leave to dry.
4. Spray base coat the assembled base. If you just want to have it painted, you should then sand it down and respray in your chosen colour.
5. Add basing sand, then paint and dtybrush in a suitable shade (I used Warpaints Brown)
6. Add static grass, flock, scatter or whatever you like to decorate the base.
7. Use superglue to fix the stand in place, taking care to remove the screw in finial first.
You could just slot the stand in but it tends to wobble, so it's probably better to fix it in place with glue.
Monday, 25 January 2021
Flight Stand Finished
I finished the prototype light weight flight stand over the weekend. I've glued in the magnetic extendable pick up tool to make it less wobble prone, having given up my futile attempts to make it detachable.
Sunday, 24 January 2021
After all that complicated number crunching, head scratching and table formatting, I thought it would be a good idea to actually have a decent MiG-21 model, so I now have two thanks to eBay, where I was able to get the Eduard Dual Combo kit for a very decent price. Splendido!
Saturday, 23 January 2021
First Draft - Aircraft Sheet
Friday, 22 January 2021
First Draft - Rules Editing
Thursday, 21 January 2021
Sepecat Jaguar 1/144th
The latest box on top of the kit pile is an Academy 1/144th scale Sepecat Jaguar, which I'm going to build and paint as a French Jaguar A. The kit is really nice even though it's an old one but the four missiles it is provided with are way over scale and not at all realistic. I'm thinking of replacing them with a couple of spare AA-2 Atolls, to represent Sidewinders or Matra Magics, then adding a Phimat chaff/flare pod and a Barax jammer on the other pylons, although I'll have to make these myself.