Armies Army

Armies Army
15mm Sci Fi Metal Miniatures

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Happy Christmas!

Just a quick one to say happy Christmas everyone! Thanks to all whom have supported me, much appreciated! I've bigger plans for next year, more figures, vehicles galore and I'm delving into the Cold War era, so keep in touch  !




Again, thanks all!

Appreciated


Best wishes

Keith


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Not forgetting the infantry.......


Ive been thinking on some additional forces for my Human Factions to start flashing out the lines

First up will be some prone characters. They will be used to create all manner of heavy weapons and support weapons, plus a sniper or two.



Cheers

Keith

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Today Канюк конструкторское бюро are proud to announce completion of the prototype for the next generation of the Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин1 (VVP1), the Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин2, (VVP2). Following combat feedback from the courageous commanders of the glorious RUSK tank regiments, additional reactive armour, a powerful 130mm main gun, Point Defence System and many other minor modifications have been made to the battle proven VVP1. With these improvements, the VVP2 will surely dominate the battlefield as we continue the struggle of this current Supreme Patriotic War. As always it is an honour to provide our brave soldiers with the best we can give.
Press release issued on behalf of the Director, Канюк конструкторское бюро and authorisation granted for distribution via all approved news channels under the control of the Media Relations Department of Armies Army.


Big thanks to Andrew....again :)


Keith

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин1 .....or in other words the Rusk MBT VPP1







This was an early Christmas present today from my rather splendid 3d sculptor Andrew Burton. I knew he was working on it, however after pulling a (very) late one as he was in the zone, he came up with the current Main Battle tank of the RUSK armed forces.

I bring to you the Владимир Владимирович Путин1 - code name VPP1.

Rather then base it on the T-72 series of tanks Andrew went down the IS family of tanks and I am rather pleased that he did!





It needs a couple of mounted HMGS (Ive a nice Dhsk) Im going to mount and point defense weapon,  however the thickness of the armor alone can stop most of its rivals guns!
As with the nature of Andrews modular work, this can also be combined with the BTR trailers and a possible flame tank option is on the cards. (I just thought of that:) )
Another option is to have Wing mounted 40mm Cannon as opposed to the Rockets.


Anyhow.....a great big hand to Andrew ....yet again!

comments welcome!

Keith

Friday, 13 December 2013

3d Prints - The Chinese WZ 993 "Xiangyu" and the Rusk BTR 160 Series



First up is the Xiangyu WZ993 APC. It currently has two turret mounts, which various versions can be seen on the BTR picture (bottom left)




Then we have the various prints and components on the many variations of the BTR 160 series



The prints will be shortly flying their way to me from the USA. Ill need a little time to clean up all the options, however I should be doing preorders in early Jan.

thanks

Keith


Thursday, 12 December 2013

1st Shock Army in Action


 Rusk Squads DeBus


Some pics of my battle this evening. A recon squad of the first army have come up against an 'unknown' Enemy....More to follow



As a note to the BTR's. In the essence of costs and efficiency I am holding back the BTR 290 until January. The reason being that I simply I am charged an hour rate for the use of the resin casting machine. To utilise the half hour I need to fill it with molds. Until I have the BTR 160's and the Chinese APC I cant fill the mold. This is delaying the stock buildup. However...the other parts are currently being printed as we speak. They should be in the post this week or next. Giving its Christmas is probably Jan and then I can clean, master and mold. I will then have enough molds to fully run the machine and I will not have to wait until its filled. So.....Ill be able to build up stock on everything very quickly!

I hope that makes sense.....

Apologies for the delays. The copies I have so far, have some tiny print marks (very hard to pick up) and Ill use them in demo's etc.

cheers

Keith

Monday, 9 December 2013

Just for fun......Rusk Naval Marine conversions

As a bit of fun I thought I would create some naval marines for my rusks



First WIP of the head








I am thinking on weapons and will probably go with the rusk standard with new sights etc

comments welcome

Keith

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Battle for Gliese 581 d - Codename сокол




Codename сокол

Location Gliese 581 d
Objective – Secure Virus Specimen and return to base
Rules Tomorrow’s War

Comrade Forces
3 Infantry Squads 3rd Shock Army RUSK  Guards (10 men squads, 2 RPG + 2 LMG)
                Q8 :M8
1 BTR 290 APC
                Next gen APC ,CRAM (counter artillery fire) Counter Measures, Advance Optics, Advanced HMG
1 Command Team
                Q10:M10
1 FO Team
                Q10:M10
On call Medium Mortar Salvo

Enemy Forces
2 Infantry Squads 68th Regiment Light Infantry (8 man teams 2 LSW,2 UGL,2 AT LAW + 1 medic)
                + AT  Team support
                Q8:M8
1 Squad Royal Welch Fusiliers Heavy Infantry
                Q10:M8
                                Heavy rifles+1, Heavy LMG +2, Plasma Cannon AT3:AP3
                                Heavy Armor +2D
1 Command Team
                Q8:M8
1 FO Team
                Q8:M8
On call Light Mortar Salvo





Turn 1
The British Commonwealth forces had the initiative for the first turn and proceeded on foot to move to the objective town.
Rusk forces landed and deployed.

Turn 2

BC forces Heavy infantry moved swiftly towards objective, supported on flanks by infantry. Command Team entered building overlooking objective.
Rusk squad mounted up into APC and moved to engage
Rusk infantry and HQ moved in tactical stances to cover.


Turn 3
BC Heavy infantry took cover behind buildings and attempted to take sample . (This involved one figure rolling D6. Needed a 6 to take sample. Each turn +1 to succeed.)
Other squads positioned
Rusk BTR290 deployed and fires at HQ. Several hits. Amazingly all hits return to action with minor or no wounds. Thanks to medic!



Turn 4

BC FO team fire salvo at BTR. The BTR CRAM defend the APC and nearby troops successfully.
Rusk forces win reaction and open fire. Several BC are felled in return for little damage.
Rusks advance (A great start! )
………BC forces pass several wounds checks and return to action….(Next initiative and reaction is critical!)

Turn 5

BC win initiative….(bah!)
Several forces open Fire. Immediate rusk casualties. One entire squad down to a man, thanks to Heavy Infantry and Infantry combined fire. Causalities are not checked due to no nearby troops or medics.

Turn 6
Rusks open fire, causing several casualties, however all squads have at least one man standing.
Return fire causes several Rusk casualties. BTR is hit and causing immobilisation of vehicle. 
BC forces successfully complete sample gathering

Turn 7
BTR destroyed taking several hits
Rusk Infantry squads decimated.
Return fire causes some casualties, most return to action
BC forces begin retreat. Heavy Infantry remain as rear guard
Medical checks prove hopeful to the Rusks. The HQ intervenes on downed squads


Turns 7 to 9
BC forces leave the field taking sample
Rusk Infantry forces direct fire against BC heavy infantry. All are hit on varying turns, however all recover using the internal medic resources the suits provide. Slowly however they start to loose numbers
Turn 10
All BC forces have left the board and the last remaining heavy infantry trooper is taken down. Rolling a 1 meaning he is dead. Several Rusk infantry have also been removed, however the Rusk Forces were firing with a full 10D per round of fire and the BC forces were in the open.


Summary

Several ranking comrades have been ‘removed’ ……
Operation сокол a failure. The sample was recovered by the BC forces.
The 3rd Shock Army Guards took 60% casualties and lost its BTR support.
British Commonwealth forces had minor casualties of its infantry squads. Heavy Infantry wiped out to a man
BC medical support proved to be the major difference plus the defensive and offensive power of the heavy infantry.  
The Rusk infantry on mass proved a much more reliable solution. A full 10D firepower helped put down the Heavy Infantry troops. The problem was keeping them down, however bit by bit the Rusks whittled away the Heavies. A tactic I should have used at the start. That and the APC would have been nasty. As it was, the Rusk  fire and manoeuvre worked well against like for like troops, just not against heavies whom pulverised them! Different tactics for fighting between quality D6, D8 and D10 troops is the answer!
My contestant Mike from BlackHat used his forces well. Using the D10 troops as the vanguard and the infantry on support. The APC was taken out quite cheaply sadly for me, despite state of the art equipment! The BC AT weapon and the Fusion Gun on the Heavy Weapons packed quite a punch, even against the front armour of the BTR 270.
All in all a good outing for my troops :) More to follow in the next battle over Gliese 581 d

Monday, 2 December 2013

A Rusk BTR 290 covers an advancing squad







A Rusk BTR 290 covers an advancing squad

Pre order news to follow soon! Building stock has been a slow process, particularly now that I changed the mold and have the old ones still :)