SgtWilTan's mods and conversions of A&A pieces

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    Wil,

    ––Here’s a link to a web-site I found a long time ago, and a none too detailed drawing. The web-site has a good color drawing of the APDs and a LOT of info.

    http://destroyerhistory.org/flushdeck/apd1/

    More info soon.

    “Tall Paul”

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    Wil,

    ––I’ve found and purchased an excellent copy of “The Green Dragons” book. It’s a 2nd edition that has 40 additional pages. These books are so few and in such demand their prices ranged from $110-$563! I should receive it in a week or so, I’ll read it, and then send it to you for your reference. Just remember to ship it back with the completed APDs, please(Grin). I have to go right now but will continue on this subject later.

    ––Also, do you think you could salvage the lifeboats from some of the FMG Italian Transports to be used on the APDs?

    “Tall Paul”

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    Awesome - reworking transports with cranes, lifeboats being used on other ships… sounds like a proper warmachine in the works  :evil:

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    V,

    @Viracocha:

    Awesome - reworking transports with cranes, lifeboats being used on other ships… sounds like a proper warmachine in the works � :evil:

    ––Yeah, we have a real WARMACHINE TEAM of Tan/Hoffman/Harwell going on here with lots of projects in the works. Planes, Tanks, Ships, everything! It shouldn’t be very long before we have some “stuff” to share with everyone. Sometimes we comunicate via this forum instead of by e-mail. I hope it doesn’t bother anyone.

    ––BTW, I’m always interested in seeing some MORE pics of YOUR interesting paintjobs on your thread. Pleeeeeeeeease.

    “Tall Paul”


  • Some great modding i tried modding some U.S transports but it was messy at such a fine scale. Thanks for mentioning my half tracks too

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    Just realized it Paul, you named your talented detailing crew the warmachine I mentioned.  Eh eh eh - appropriate.

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    @chagadiel:

    Some great modding i tried modding some U.S transports but it was messy at such a fine scale. Thanks for mentioning my half tracks too

    Your painted Halftracks showed me how good they could look even without added 3d details.
    I decided to raise some details and like the vieports, rear hatches, MG, and helmets and will paint them in the same manner as yours.

    Love all these Picture threads and at the same time hate them.
    Too many possibilities and not enough patience to get my own pieces into a playable finished state for even just one Game.
    Maybe I’ll have the original game ready within the year.

    Pics comparing OOB units to modded and if possible without base coat coming up for this weekend.

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    @sgtwiltan:

    @chagadiel:

    Some great modding i tried modding some U.S transports but it was messy at such a fine scale. Thanks for mentioning my half tracks too

    Your painted Halftracks showed me how good they could look even without added 3d details.
    I decided to raise some details and like the vieports, rear hatches, MG, and helmets and will paint them in the same manner as yours.

    Love all these Picture threads and at the same time hate them.
    Too many possibilities and not enough patience to get my own pieces into a playable finished state for even just one Game.
    Maybe I’ll have the original game ready within the year.

    “Too many possibilities” - yeah. I hear ya.  Curse you and Chag and Hoff and Paul for posting so many damn options. eh eh eh

    I like your camo schemes Chag… I’m gonna kipe some of 'em.  :evil:


  • painting the whole set is a gigantic task. something i have not done.
    i started with the country i love and end up playing mostly the americans and then do the next lot.
    I finaly got to play the germans last weekend and becuase of the extra minis i have got for them i was able to be anal and play the first two rounds with dark grey panzer4d’s and dark grey mechs. Then replace new tanks with the new camo panzer4’s stug3’s and yellow cammo half traks and finaly at the end of the game my tigers and elephunts.
    The allies took great pleasure in bombing my tigers to hell after they counter attacked the allies off the normandy coast.

    The raised parts will do a good job especially if you do washes. They look nice and detailed. The mechs i did was one of two experiments and i liked the one with helmets i kept the paint brush random after all men dont sit there perfectly in line and added a couplie of dabs of highlight on parts of the helmets. It really doesnt matter if they are perfect as the eye and brain pick it all up and except it so.

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    Fricking love your Germans!  Eheheh - you did the appropriate change up of figs - sweet, man after my own heart.

    I was thinking when I looked at your half-tracks, ‘cool, realism in that those guys are on a bumpy road and/or talking amongst themselves’…  :lol:

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    Those are sick Wil. They look like almost completely different pieces. It will be a pleasure to work with them.

    What do you use as material and adhesive? Or did you already state that at the beginning of the thread?

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    Wil,

    ––Wow! Awesome! I agree with Lucas in that these ‘modified’ pieces look like completely new pieces!
    ––All of the details on the Tigers are simply overwhelming.
    ----And on the Panthers, I keep finding more & more changes you’ve made. The modified glacis plate and gun tube are major improvements.
    ----The Pz IIIs and Pz 38Ts are in such proportion, especially the new barrel on the Pz 38Ts.
    ----To my surprise, the 105 Artillery is probably my favorite. For such a ordinary unit it looks so fascinating.
    ----And although I was not planning on using Armored Cars in my games, These babies are too pretty not to have. Shame on you. 😄
    ----If I may ask, I’d certainly enjoy a close-up of that nice AK Cargo Transport.

    Again, Great Job!
    “Tall Paul”

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    Sorry Paul,

    I need to take some more pics for your Panzer group and make them bigger as well as get enlarged pics of the scaling set.
    I made the picture height 300 pixels but need to double that for the wider pictures.

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    Wil,

    ––Cool pics. Dare I ask who the “12 year old” is?

    “Tall Paul”

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    The 12 year old is in 3 of them pics!!!
    Sure is a camera hog!!

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    Yeah, I have some… you just gave a me shove down memory lane Sgt.  Eh eh eh - and you’ve reminded me to contact some of my friends still serving.  Cheers.

    Have to agree with Paul about the mods in regard to the artillery… such a boring piece now looks pretty cool.  I tried to spruce up mine by detailing some bolts and on the plates but still rather plain - think I’ll have to try this.  Love the way you cut out the top bit of the front shield piece.  Oh man… Sgt., you know you’re making me have to go back to what I considered “done” pieces.  Ah well, all for the greater good.  8-)

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    Maybe not for the greater good, But for your own sanity or INSANITY as some might think.
    In 4 days it’ll be the start of ODS 23 years ago. We’re like how we perceived Vietnam vets back then.
    Semper Fi

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    Without a doubt, it’s insanity.

    Oh man… now why you gotta be that way Sgt.?  Bringing up numbers and sh!t?  Now I feel my age - where’s my damn cane?  😉

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    Some of you might be wondering why do I go through all the trouble of doing these mods when there are already models with much better detail?
    I’ll enumerate.

    1. I bought the games for the pieces. I’d be stupid to throw them away and spend the equivalent amount of the game itself in replacing the pieces.
       The OOB models have merit and with a little work, can be made into much better playing pieces visually.

    2. Most aftermarket replacement pieces like GHQ are made of metal. Metal barrels end up looking like spaghetti destroying the look of the rest of
       beautifully detailed pieces. Plastic pieces react with the paint solvents so they chip less and are not in as much need of touchups as metal
       models.

    3. Weight. Plastic is lighter than metal. Aren’t the game boxes already heavy enough?
       Physics dictates that Force= Mass * Acceleration. A heavier object that is moving generates more force. When 2 metal pieces get jumbled around,
       their weight causes more damage as they hit each other and your beautiful paint jobs get marred with shiny bare metal showing through. Metal does
       not have the resiliency of plastic so when it deforms from impact, the paint chips off. Hardly so with plastic as the plastic provides more support for the
       paint since the paint is bonded to it.

    4. Fun. I mod the pieces as a past-time and gain satisfaction in the end result. I’m proud of turning representative pieces into miniature models of
       the real thing. I come from a modelling background so it is a natural progression helped by some OCD in detailing for realism.

    5. Insanity. See above.

    Hopefully you can gain some inspiration and add another dimension of fun to this game.
    I also have recently accepted commissions as a way to allow my hobby to be self sustaining.
    I’ll have to judge any offers on a case by case basis due to availability, labor, materials and workload.
    This is a hobby I do after I come home from my job and have no desire to make this too time consuming.

    Enjoy.

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    Wil,

    @sgtwiltan:

    Some of you might be wondering why do I go through all the trouble of doing these mods.
    Fun. I mod the pieces as a past-time and gain satisfaction in the end result. I’m proud of turning representative pieces into miniature models of the real thing.
    Hopefully you can gain some inspiration and add another dimension of fun to this game.
    I also have recently accepted commissions as a way to allow my hobby to be self sustaining.
    I’ll have to judge any offers on a case by case basis due to availability, labor, materials and workload.
    This is a hobby I do after I come home from my job and have no desire to make this too time consuming.

    ––FUN. It’s a worthy objective. And you’ll notice that it’s a THREE-letter word. I think your very wise for taking that in consideration of any/all projects you do because working for others can very easily and quickly turn into a FOUR-letter word, WORK(among many others :-D). It’s a smart man that considers his options fully. Several years ago I ended up getting “burned-out” on painting railroad models for others. I used to enjoy it, but not nearly so much any more. You’re obviously an intelligent fellow, even if you “look like a twelve year old” 😄

    ––But seriously, Thank You for sharing your talented modelling skills with us all.

    “Tall Paul”

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    Fun is a worthy point in that regard…

    But I’m going with #5 with Sgt.  😉

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    “V”,

    ––Yep, I’m sure a case of insanity could be made against almost all of us here on A&A.Org,…especially YOU!!! 😄
    ––But you know what? I’m having a He!! of a good time playing A&A and interacting with my friends here on A&A.Org.
    ----One day, (IF)whenever we get all of these units detailed and painted I’d love to have a bunch of friends like you over for some games. It’ll be great FUN! I’ll even let you play the English if you like.

    “Tall Paul”

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    @Tall:

    “V”,

    ––Yep, I’m sure a case of insanity could be made against almost all of us here on A&A.Org,…especially YOU!!! 😄
    ––But you know what? I’m having a He!! of a good time playing A&A and interacting with my friends here on A&A.Org.
    ----One day, (IF)whenever we get all of these units detailed and painted I’d love to have a bunch of friends like you over for some games. It’ll be great FUN! I’ll even let you play the English if you like.

    “Tall Paul”

    HEY!  I took their tests, I’m only a partial nut job.

    Oh man… if I had the spare cash and time, I’d grab a flight next week - not only would it be a fantastic A&A venture, but your weather has GOT to be better as well… Oh yeah, I’d play the UK like no one’s business (though actually, I prefer playing the krauts - imagine that 🙂

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    It’s been weird warm here in NC. 71 Saturday and 73 yesterday. Almost had to turn the AC back on.

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