Saturday, 30 October 2010

River armored boat BKA-1125 - 1/144

Prior to the beginning of the second world war, three projects were begun for the building of armored boats: The two-gun BK-1124, the one-gun 1125 and the S-40. By June, 1941 85 boats had been built and 68 more were commissioned. The boats were to be used on the constrained river fairways in immediate proximity to the shores held by the opponents. The sizes of a boats allowed throwing them quickly on railway cars and moving them from one battlefield to another. The additional installation of the "Katiusha" volley fire system on the boats increased the efficiency of boats considerably. The boats active participated in operations on the Volga, Azov, Danube, Dnepr flotillas, on the Black Sea and with the Baltic Sea fleets. Because of their versatility and damage tolerance, along with their use of turrets from the legendary tanks T-34, these armored boats were called "River tanks".
The soviets also used the BK1125 Bronekater armored ship in frontal attacks against other land tanks and enemy infantry. The Katiusha rockets used in conjunction with the T-34 turrets caused terrific effects. Bronekater ships were also used for carpet bombing against fortifications and cities. Viene in Austria were bombed by Bronekaters. The Soviet BK1125 Bronekater had a crew of 10/12 naval sailors. The Soviet Bronekaters were transported by rail from one river to another. They were specially designed to be carried on wagon trains through tunnels and over bridges.

AER miniature

PS: This is not a diorama, only a wargaming section river with the BKA 1125 on top of it.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

SdKfz 250's Collection - 1/144 scale

My "little" SdKfz 250's, are my favorites H/T's.
I made several decorations to change the look of my monochrome units used on my gaming table.
 WGS miniature
 SdKfz 250/7- Vehicle and figures within are WGS (Fallshimjager with 81mm mortar).
The fallshimjager equipped with a panzerfaust and hidden in the rear of the vehicle is a Pendraken figure.
 WGS miniature
 SdKfz 250/10 - WGS vehicle.
The Pak 37 and gun crew are Pendraken miniatures.
WGS vehicle with Metal Troops crew

This post is dedicated especially to the members of, wich have posed some questions about the diferences between the miniatures from various manufacturers.
Thanks to them it's possible to build several WWII armies in its different periods and campaigns, either "Early" or "Late".