Schützenpanzer Lang HS.30

The Schützenpanzer Lang HS.30 (also Schützenpanzer 12-3) was a West German infantry fighting vehicle developed from 1956 to 1958.[1] It was a Swiss Hispano-Suiza design, with a Rolls-Royce engine.

Schützenpanzer Lang HS.30

This was parked in the car park at the Bovington Tank Museum in 2016.

Schützenpanzer Lang HS.30

It was armed with a 20-mm cannon, which was an unusually powerful weapon for an armoured personnel carrier of the period. Its design proved to have many flaws and drawbacks.

The SPz 12-3 first entered service with the Panzergrenadier battalions in 1960 and was replaced by the Marder infantry fighting vehicle from 1971.

Legion Kharybdis Assault Claw

This Legion Kharybdis Assault Claw was part of a massive display at Warhammer World.

Legion Kharybdis Assault Claw

Employed by many Legions as their primary ship-to-ship assault craft, the Kharybdis is a monstrous drop pod capable of carrying large assault forces through the void and mounting significant firepower to blast a path through defending small craft.

As a fully operational dropship, Kharybdis assault claws also serve as orbit-to-surface transports, a role that allows them to use the firepower of their storm launchers and melta cutters to scour clean their chosen landing zone before disembarking their deadly cargo.

Some aggressive commanders employ the Kharybdis as an effective tank hunter, ramming enemy armour in daring low-altitude attack runs.

Red Leader, Red Leader, Still Cheaper Leader

I really like X-Wing for recreating the star fighter conflicts from the Star Wars universe. It’s a fun game and one that can be played with a few ships or a fair few.

In a previous blog post

Red Leader, Red Leader, Cheaper Leader

I talked about how I used the Keepa service to find price reductions on the X-Wing Starter Set on Amazon.

Using Keepa I have managed to find the starter boxed set on Amazon for just £8.99, the list price is £36.99.

Using the service I was able to find the C-ROC Cruiser for just £16.99 which has a list price of £55.98.

Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game: C-ROC Cruiser Expansion Pack - First Edition

The C-ROC Cruiser Expansion Pack contains one C-ROC Cruiser miniature, one M3-A Interceptor miniature with an alternate paint scheme, seven ship cards, thirty upgrade cards, and all the manoeuvre dials, damage decks, tokens, and game pieces that you need to fly your C-ROC Cruiser and its escort to battle.

Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game: C-ROC Cruiser

C-ROCs first appeared in the Star Wars Rebels episode Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion.

The C-ROC Gozanti-class cruiser was a shipyard custom configuration for the Gozanti-class cruiser, manufactured by the Corellian Engineering Corporation.

C-ROC Gozanti-class cruiser

Initially offered to the Imperial Navy as an armed long-range transport, the Navy rejected the configuration as inappropriate to the order of battle, instead choosing the Imperial freighter configuration of Gozanti. Despite this setback, the C-ROC became popular with both legitimate cargo operations and criminal operations, becoming especially popular on the Outer Rim due to its combination of hauling capacity, rugged construction, and heavy armament.

So for roughly the price of a M3-A Interceptor miniature, I got that model and the huge C-ROC Cruiser miniature.

At the time of writing the model is £19.95 + £4.62 delivery which is still pretty good discount on the list price.

Of course with Keepa, you can keep track of prices of the C-ROC on Amazon. This is useful if you want to see the history of prices for the miniature. You can then trigger an e-mail alert when the price reaches a particular level.

FFI (Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur) Char B1 for Bolt Action

B1-bis captured by FFI (Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur), battle of Paris, August 1944.

After thinking about Bolt Action for a while and reflecting on the rules I finally decided on which force I was going to build. My regular opponent Simon was going Italian, so I actually had quite a wide choice of potential foes, from Early War French, British Desert Rats, Anzio which would mean regular British Infantry and US forces, Russians and even Germans towards the end of the war. I did initially think about Greek, they used regular British equipment so would be quite easy to model. I did consider Late War Germans, so I could get a JagdTiger in 28mm…. but in the end I decided that I would go totally irregular and go with Partisans, so just infantry, or maybe a car or truck or two.

I have a few civilian vehicles, a Citroen Civilian 1000kg Dropside Truck.

Citroen Civilian 1000kg Dropside Truck

And the slightly bigger truck, the Citroen Civilian 4,500kg Truck with Canopy.

Bolt Action Citroen Civilian 4,500kg Truck with Canopy

I have been slowly painting the models, and was quite clear to myself that I wouldn’t buy any more models for this force until I had most of the existing models painted.

However…

On a recent visit to the Warlord Games Store in Nottingham I was tempted by the boxed model of the French Char B1.

Bolt Action Char B1 bis

The French Char B1 is one of my favourite tanks, probably as a result of making that Matchbox plastic kit of the Char B1 and the Renault FT17 when I was young. 

The Matchbox and Airfix Influence

I already have a few in 15mm for Flames of War on the workbench too.

Flames of War French Char B1 bis

So it was probably a no brainer to get one of these for my French partisan band.

The Char B1 was a specialised break-through vehicle, originally conceived as a self-propelled gun with a 75 mm howitzer in the hull; later a 47 mm gun in a turret was added, to allow it to function also as a Char de Bataille, a “battle tank” fighting enemy armour, equipping the armoured divisions of the Infantry Arm.

Among the most powerfully armed and armoured tanks of its day, the type was very effective in direct confrontations with German armour in 1940 during the Battle of France, but slow speed and high fuel consumption made it ill-adapted to the war of movement then being fought. After the defeat of France, captured Char B1 (bis) would be used by Germany, with some rebuilt as flamethrowers, Munitionspanzer, or mechanised artillery.

What I had discovered in my research about the FFI (Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur) was that they had re-captured many of the German Char B1s and used them against the Germans. 

Captured Char B1 bis FFI (Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur) Panzerkampfwagen B-1 740(f) recaptured by Free France forces in 1944 and used in the liberation of Paris.

B1-bis captured by FFI (Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur), battle of Paris, August 1944.

This B1-bis FFI Vercors of 13rd Dragons was used in La Rochelle in May 1945.

B1-bis FFI Vercors of 13rd Dragons - La Rochelle, May 1945

So once the model is made I have two choices about which paint scheme to use.

B1-bis captured by FFI (Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur), battle of Paris, August 1944.

B1-bis captured by FFI (Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur), battle of Paris, August 1944.

B1-bis FFI Vercors of 13rd Dragons – La Rochelle, May 1945

B1-bis FFI Vercors of 13rd Dragons - La Rochelle, May 1945

Of course there is a slight reality issue in that by 1944 the Italians had already surrendered and changed sides.

The model is a plastic kit and comes in a nice box.

The first stage will be to make the model kit.

BBC The War of the Worlds

BBC The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds written in 1897 is a novel by HG Wells, it’s one of the earliest books to tell the story of a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. In the book the aliens are Martians who fight in three legged walking fighting machines.

Back in January 2018 I blogged about the forthcoming BBC production of The War of the Worlds.

The BBC’s interpretation of the HG Wells 1897 classic will begin filming in spring 2018 and air later on BBC One.

Unlike more recent interpretations this will be set in the period it was published, so faithful to the Victorian era.

We do know that it will be three sixty minute episodes.

BBC One have announced the show will be arriving on our screens Autumn 2019 – not during the Christmas period as many expected.

BBC The War of the Worlds

Director Craig Viveiros said. “This is the first version to be set in London and [its environs] during the Edwardian period.”

BBC The War of the Worlds

This version stars Eleanor Tomlinson and Rafe Spall. Robert Carlyle and Rupert Graves are also set to star alongside them.

The trailer arrives on Sunday!

One of my favourite Osprey books is about the War of the Worlds. This is a historical record of the Anglo-Martian war of 1895.

War of the Worlds (Dark Osprey)

On one terrible night in August 1895, the world changed forever. Grey metal cylinders, launched from Mars and hurtled through space, came crashing down in southern England. The next 15 days were marked by courage and despair, hope and shock, defeat and fleeting victory as Queen Victoria’s army struggled to contain the terrible alien threat. The war, man against machines from space, was fought without mercy on both sides. And the outcome would be decided by the smallest of things. This book covers the whole of the Anglo-Martian conflict, beginning with a look at the relative strengths and weakness of the two armies, both English and alien, and comparing the different strategies employed. It then takes a detailed look at the actual military struggle, covering all of the major engagements between the tripods and Victoria’s army.

I have been thinking about since purchasing the book gaming scenarios pitting Edwardian Brits against the Martian invaders.




T’au XV104 Riptide Battlesuit

XV104 Riptide Battlesuit

The T’au XV104 Riptide is the pinnacle of the Earth caste’s battlesuit development. It stands twice as tall as the XV8 Crisis suit, but its movements are more like those of its smaller cousins than the mechanical stiffness displayed by Imperial walkers with their crude servo-motors.

FWD Model ‘B’ 4×4 truck

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.

In the Land Warfare Exhibit is a variety of vehicles and weapons from the Great War, including this FWD Model ‘B’ 4×4 truck.

FWD Model ‘B’ 4x4 truck

FWD was an American truck company. The FWD Model B was an American built four-wheel drive truck produced by the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company that saw widespread service with American and British forces during the First World War.

Ultramarines Razorback

Razorbacks are common variations of the Rhino chassis that can be armed with a variety of powerful turret-mounted heavy weapon systems that offer the squads they carry effective fire support before and after they disembark.

This Space Marine Ultramarines Razorback was on display at Warhammer World.

Space Marine Ultramarines Razorback

I have been working on (for too long now) a Grey Knights Razorback.