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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mig-29's and F-16's for the Baltic Battles!

Hi everyone!
     Well I had to go to the Urgent Care today because this cold is kicking my ass!  Oh well now I am a little off because of the medicine with Morphine in it.  Well I hope it will help me get better.  In between coughing and going to the Urgent Care unit I was able to paint up two F-16's with an aggressor paint scheme that I figured would work well in the Baltic Battles that I have planned.

F-16 in a new paint job

Joint force, JAS-39's and F-16's on patrol

I did some research and the upcoming exercise that will involve the U.S., Sweden, and Finland will participate in this coming March.  The US will be using F-16 during the exercise. So I figured I would paint them in the aggressor paint scheme. 


To go with the F-16's I painted up two Mig-29's to help improve the Russian's force.  I have some more surprises coming for the game.  Enjoy the pictures and I look forward to any comments.

Russian task force on patrol looking for a fight

F-16's moving in for a shot.

Have a good week.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Su-27's and JAS 39's

Good evening everyone!

Su-27 Flankers on the move.

Well I was home today because of medical appointments and I was able to get some painting done, I painted up one more JAS-39 and two Su-27's.  I have been reading AirWar:C21 rules and I have been wanting to play for a while. I have been working on some aircraft data sheets and other markers to put together some games that are very close to reality here in the Baltic region.  With all the news stories of aggressive Russian air actives makes for some great wargaming scenarios.

Two JAS-39 Gripens on the tail of two Su-27's

The 1/600 scale miniatures from Pico Armor

JAS-39 Gripens fit well on the Cadillac of the Sky Flight Stands

JAS-39 with a view of the Russians

Top down view

SU-27 top down view

View of the back end of the Su-27's

Have a great week! Maybe I will have more images to paint up before the end of the weekend.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Local Club Blog

Hi everyone!

Well my local wargaming club, LittleWars has launched its own blog today.

Stop by and check out what is going on here in Stockholm!!! Link
Welcome to Little Wars!

Have a good week!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Off Topic

Hi everyone!
Well I had a crazy week at work, at the end of the week I ended up with a new title at work and a promise of a promotion and hopefully a pay raise. 

On Friday I left work early for a planned Valentines getaway with my Love! I had made all the arrangements without letting Cathrine know where we were going and or what we were going to do. I made reservations for the two of us to spend Friday night at Hasselby Slott, It is a high end hotel that is a castle.  It was built in 1650 and is a beatiful building. The grounds are very beatuiful and the best of all it is not far from where I live.

The walk up the driveway

View from the room
I had to come up with a story to tell Cathrine about why we were going to Hasselby Slott and I came up with a story that we were going to meet a bus that would take us to where we were going to spend the night.  Instead it was the destination that I had planned all along.

Our room was awesome. We had a sauna in the bathroom.  I had reserved a suite for the night and it was one of the two wings of the orignial castle building.  There are other rooms around the grounds but this was perfect.

Great room

Sauna for two!

When we walked out of the room to go to dinner the room opened up to the main court yard and it was just cool! I have never spent a night in a castle before.  

We had a great break from all the normal crazyness of life and enjoyed a good dinner and a quiet night alone. Remember I am here in Sweden to be with the woman I love!

Our table at the restaurant
Yes I did do some building of my wargaming miniatures. I finally glued together the 12 foot men at arms for Lion Rampant but I did not paint them up yet.

Well have a great week and remember the loved ones in your life!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Run for the Boarder!!

Hi again!
Well today I ran a mission for my 1941 Campaign.
I call the Mission Run for the Boarder because the date that I created the mission was on 15 June 1941, before the invasion begins. The background is that a flight of 3 I-153's get lost and end up on the German side of the lines. They are trying to make a run for the boarder to get back to safety.

My new mat. The Soviet boarder is two map sheet away with the top of this image being towards the boarder.

 The Germans are up flying a training mission. The Squadron Leader is flying with third section pilot Alhard Bastian.  This is Alhard's first combat assignment so the Squadron Leader,Leopold Kellerman is taking him up for a training mission when they stumble on the inexperienced Soviets.  Kellerman sees this an opportunity to get Alhard into the fight and trained quickly.

The hunted, Running for the boarder, all 3 pilots are green pilots.

Heading into the morning sun.

The hunters, up for a training flight.

Alhard Bastian is in the plane with the white nose and Kellerman is in the plane with the blue nose.

I used the Squadrons Forward campaign system to set up the map and the approach to the enemy. I had a slight advantage in position since Kellerman is an Ace pilot skill.

The initial setup, the Germans are coming from the North and the Russians are heading East.
Once the game started things went fast. The BF-109F-2 is a superior fighter aircraft and the Germans were able to get in behind the Soviets quickly.

Tools of the trade, rules, dice, pen, paperwork, aircraft, and my Cadillac of the Sky flight stands.
 The Bf-109's came in fast and the Soviets continue to run to the boarder.

Turn 2

A view of the battlefield from the Soviet point of view.

The German's slip in behind the Soviets and get on there six.  Alhard slips in front of Kellerman and takes a shot with Kellermans direction! The result is devastating. Alhard's 15MM Cannon tears the I-153 to shreds and the I-153 goes up in flames.

Turn 3 position after movement.

All lined up!

End of one Soviet!

No parachute from this plane.

Now the Soviets realize they are in trouble and try to dive for the deck and run. The Germans are in a position to anticipate the Soviets moves and they are able to keep on the Soviets tale and adjust there position so that both pilots have a line of sight on the enemy.

Turn 4
Lining up for the shot!

This time Kellerman scores a hit on one of the remaining I-153's.
This time Kellerman scores an airframe hit on the I-153 and Alhard's shots miss the target.  The chase continues!

Smoking Soviet continues to fight.

The I-153's continue to run for the boarder, despite being chased at close range by the Germans.

Turn 5
Now with the two Soviets in line and flying straight as fast as they can both Germans fire there guns.  Alhard scores another killing hit with the 15mm cannon sending the Soviet to an early grave.  Kellerman's aim was thrown off by the explosion of the Soviet aircraft and his shots missed.

Another Soviet goes down to the newest pilot of JG/54

Big BOOM!!!!

Now that there is only one Soviet left the Soviet decides to turn to try to get away but is unsuccessful.  Kellerman waves Alhard off from the attack since Alhard used up all his ammunition in his last attack run.

Turn 6

Alhard breaks to the left as Kellerman presses his attack.

The last Soviet goes down near the boarder but still on the German side.

The end of the game!

The battle is over and both German's make it back to base without a scratch.  I used the Squadrons Forward campaign system to finish up the game and the result was that Alhards is notice by the Admin officer, which could provide some support when replacements are needed.  Also both pilots received the Iron Cross 2nd class.

The updated Pilot roster
Well I hope you all enjoyed the the first battle of the Eastern Front JG54 Campaign.