Imperial War Museum

A few years ago I visited the Imperial War Museum in London.

In the main atrium are a range of aircraft and missiles. Standing tall on the left if a V2 missile. The V2 was the world’s first long range guided ballistic missile. he missile, powered by a liquid-propellant rocket engine, was developed during the Second World War in Germany as a “vengeance weapon”, assigned to attack Allied cities as retaliation for the Allied bombings against German cities.

Imperial War Museum

In the atrium is a V1 Doodlebug or flying bomb. The V1 was an early cruise missile and the only production aircraft to use a pulsejet for power.

V1 Doodlebug

There is also a Spitfire. The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during, and after World War II.

Spitfire

And a BAE Harrier GR.9.

Harrier

The Battle For Angelus Prime at Warhammer World

One of the huge displays at Warhammer World is The Battle For Angelus Prime.

The Battle For Angelus Prime

This enormous diorama is full of models; with space marines, tanks, flyers and titans.

The Battle For Angelus Prime

The moody lighting made photography difficult, but I did like how the walkway around went up so you could see right into the heart of the diorama.

The Battle For Angelus Prime

Matilda II

When I was last in Manchester, I had some time so I popped over to the Salford Quays to visit the Imperial War Museum North.

Imperial War Museum North

This is a fascinating museum, but unlike London and Duxford there aren’t quite as many vehicles or aircraft.

They have lots of smaller items and the displays are both fascinating and informative.

They do have a Matilda II infantry tank.

Matilda II infantry tank

This is a British WW2 infantry support tank, crew of 4, powered by two Leyland 6-cylinder diesel engines, armed with 2pdr gun and machine gun.

Matilda II infantry tank

This tank served with various Royal Armoured Corps training regiments within Britain.

I do have an old 15mm metal model, but that is still on the workbench since I bought it in the 1990s, typical wargamer!

Hawker Sea Fury

Imperial War Museum Duxford is a branch of the Imperial War Museum near Duxford in Cambridgeshire, and on a recent visit I was able to take a range of photographs of the aircraft and tanks on display.

On the airfield itself running its engine was a Hawker Sea Fury.

Hawker Sea Fury

I also managed to get some video too.

The Hawker Sea Fury was a British fighter aircraft. It was the last propeller-driven fighter to serve with the Royal Navy, and one of the fastest production single reciprocating engine aircraft ever built. The Sea Fury has many design similarities to Hawker’s preceding Tempest fighter, having originated from a requirement for a “Light Tempest Fighter”.

Imperial Knight attacking against T’au forces

There was a huge display of Tau forces defending themselves against an attacking force of Imperial Knights.

Imperial Knight attacking against T'au forces

The Imperial Knights did appear to be significantly outnumbered, but were holding their own. I really like the Imperial Knight models and nice to see them in big scale compared to the Epic ones I have somewhere…

Imperial Knight

Fighting for the T’au was the KV128 Stormsurge.

KV128 Stormsurge

An absolute colossus of a machine, piloted by graduates of the Ves’oni’Vash, the KV128 Stormsurge is designed as an extreme heavy-weapons platform. Not as manoeuvrable as a Riptide, instead relying on thick armour and devastating loadouts, these hulking, squat ballistic suits are capable of changing the course of a battle in seconds with a decisive volley of astonishing firepower. Fitted with thrusters to counter recoil, bristling with pulse weaponry and missile pods, the Stormsurge is the T’au Empire’s Titan-killer.

It was an impressive display and included a huge T’au Manta as well. The scenery is excellent representing a T’au base or colony.

A34 Comet Tank

Guarding the entrance to the Imperial War Museum Duxford is an A34 Comet Tank.

A34 Comet Tank

Imperial War Museum Duxford is a branch of the Imperial War Museum near Duxford in Cambridgeshire, and on a recent visit I was able to take a range of photographs of the aircraft and tanks on display.

A34 Comet Tank

The Comet was was a British cruiser tank that first saw use near the end of the second world war. It was designed as an improvement on the earlier Cromwell tank, mounting the new 77 mm HV gun in a new lower profile and part-cast turret. This gun was effective against late-war German tanks, including the Panther at medium range, and the Tiger.

I do have some of the Flames of War plastic models, but they are currently still in their boxes.

Tau Manta

A finished and painted Tau Manta at Warhammer World.

au Manta at Warhammer World

The Manta measures 630mm/25 inches long and has a wingspan of 860mm/34 inches! Weighing in at 12.5 kilos/28 pounds, it weighs six times as much as a Thunderhawk Gunship.

This is one big model. I was never sure how you could use it in games, the weight must make it challenging to use in tabletop games.

I certainly don’t have the funds to buy one, and no time to build and paint one. As it comes with two Devilfish, two Hammerheads, eight Battlesuits and six Gun Drones, I don’t think I would even have the time to build and paint those.

Bring back the Epic version, well bring back a version for Adeptus Titanicus.

Making the Ork Megatrakk Scrapjet

So one of my Christmas presents was an Ork Megatrakk Scrapjet. I haven’t really had a chance to paint or look at my Ork forces, but when Games Workshop announced their new plastic Ork vehicles and Speed Freeks, I really liked the look of them.

So it was nice for Christmas to receive the Megatrakk Scrapjet.

Ork Megatrakk Scrapjet

A favourite amongst Speed Freeks and grounded Flyboyz alike, Megatrakk Scrapjets provide rocket-propelled acceleration, impressive firepower and the hilarity of ramming into enemy lines at the helm of what is effectively a gigantic, thrust-driven drill. These vehicles allow former Ork pilots to revel in the dimly-remembered joy of mowing down enemies at point-blank range – a joy which, of course, often caused the Flyboy to crash in the first place. Explosions blossom amidst the enemy as rokkits and missiles collide with their targets, while Grot tail-gunners blaze away with chattering big shootas – the array of weaponry welded, bolted, riveted and lashed onto a Megatrakk Scrapjet is fearsome.

The box contains a single sprue. There is a lot of detail on the model, but there is only really one way to put this kit together. I think I like the potential for variety with Ork vehicles, but there is very little included with the kit that would allow you to make a second model that was similar to the original, but different enough to look Orkish. I don’t see Orks having factory production lines producing identical vehicles and even if that was the case, I don’t think that the similarity would survive contact with the enemy. Even the back story to the Scrapjet implies that this is a converted Ork aircraft.

Ork Megatrakk Scrapjet sprueThe instructions are very clear and easy to follow, and the part numbering means that you can quickly put the model together.

Having put the model together the next stage was to undercoat it with a white paint undercoat.

Ork Megatrakk ScrapjetI did consider giving the model a black undercoat, but if the main body will be either yellow or polished metal then a white undercoat will work better than a black one.

Ork Megatrakk Scrapjet

I really like the model and am looking forward to painting it.

Ork Megatrakk Scrapjet

Once it’s painted I think I might go with the Rukkatrukk Squigbuggy to accompany it.

Top Ten Blog Posts 2018

In 2018 I wrote 21 blog posts, a much smaller number than in other years.

Here are my top ten blog posts in reverse order. As is typical most posts are from previous years.

The tenth most popular post was about a Forge World Diorama at Games Day 2012.

Forge World Diorama – Games Day 2012

Post number nine was about the Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, which you can find on Amazon Prime Video.

The Man in the High Castle

54mm D-Day was my eighth most popular post. In the depths of the Nothe Fort in Weymouth (as well as a civillian nuclear bunker (now abandoned)) there is a really beautiful 54mm scale model of the D-Day landings

54mm D-Day

Seven was Downed Valkyrie.

Downed Valkyrie

Sixth most popular post about the time I ordered Ork Battlewagon Upgrade Pack.

Ork Battlewagon Upgrade Pack

Post number five was photographs from Dwarf City under attack. This was of my favourite display game at GamesDay 2008, it was the Dwarf City that was under attack by a sea borne Orc and Goblin army.

Dwarf City under attack

Fourth post was Tsar Boris of Kislev on Bear.

Tsar Boris of Kislev on Bear

Ay number three was a Dwarf City under attack post.

Dwarf City under attack

My second most popular post was a photograph of a Beautiful Dystopian Wars game.

Beautiful Dystopian Wars

My top post in 2017 was another Dwarf City under attack post.

Dwarf City under attack

 

On the Cruel Seas

When I first saw mention of Warlord Games new game, Cruel Seas, I was both intrigued and a little tempted.

In Cruel Seas, you take on the role of a naval crew manning their fragile coastal craft as they head out day and night to take on both the sea and the enemy. Command your flotilla of small ships as they head out to attack a convoy, drop off Commandoes for a behind-the-lines mission or task them with one of the other myriads of missions this small and versatile craft would perform.

Be it the Coastal waters of England or across the Channel to France, on to the Mediterranean waters or on further to the vast Island chains of the Pacific, Cruel Seas will ensure your small ships see plenty of adrenaline-fuelled action.

Cruel Seas is a 1/300th scale tabletop miniatures game where you command flotillas of small ships in battle. Action in the game is fast-paced – with six or more ships per side, a thrilling seaborne dogfight can be fought in forty-five minutes or less.

So when I saw that the December 2018 issue of Wargames Illustrated was going to come with a free plastic ship sprue, I thought this was an opportunity.

Wargames Illustrated 374

The magazine would come with either two Royal Navy Vosper MTBs or two German Kriegsmarine S-Boats. Well thinking that really I would need both, I also thought this is the kind of issue that would sell out very quickly. I decided in the end to see if WHSmith would carry both. I was in luck they did carry both, so on release day, I bought two magazines, one with MTBs and one with S-Boats.

The fact that these days that gaming companies can produce such excellent plastic model kits and give them away free on the cover of a magazine demonstrates how far the gaming industry has come over the last few years (or is it decades).

I really like the plastic models, and certainly gives you some great models to start playing Cruel Seas.