Gisby's Gaming Blog

August 19, 2022

VBCW/Great War: Renault FT

I bought this tank for several reasons: To go with the Wargames Atlantic WW1/2 French infantry, to bolster my VBCW forces, and because I really wanted one.

The FT (commonly called the FT-17) is one of the earliest ‘modern’ tanks, with a rotating turret atop a tracked hull. It was used by (and copied by) many nations in both WW1 and WW2.

This model is a 3D print from Butler’s Printed Models. He offers a number of different variants, and also sells the turrets separately so you can switch turrets if you need a different version. It was a clean print, and takes paint and glue well – Of course I broke the main gun and replaced it with wire.

I chose a rather colourful scheme for the tank because it reminded me of a lithographed tin tank I had as a child. I keep wanting to wind this one up!

There are no markings on it, so I can use it for VBCW, WW1, Pulp, Back of Beyond, or even WW2. I could use it dam’ near anywhere.

For more information on the Renault FT, look here.

April 22, 2022

VBCW: Scout and Machine-Gun Carriers

Filed under: 3D Printing, Butler's Printed Models, VBCW, Woodbine Design — gisby @ 10:28

Before there was a Universal Carrier, there were several specialised carriers in service with the British forces. The most common were the Bren, or Machine-Gun Carrier, and the Scout Carrier, and these are perfect in time frame for the VBCW.

Machine Gun Carrier

Mine are 3D printed models from Butler’s Printed Models. The service was great, the prices good, and the models are great. Each was a single-piece, with a number of supports to trim away, but nothing difficult.

Machine Gun Carrier

The Machine Gun Carrier comes without any weaponry – The rear crew compartment is on the left – The right side is completely open.

Scout Carrier

The Scout Carrier comes with a Boys anti-tank rifle in place. The rear troop compartment is on the right, and is similar to that of the Universal Carrier. The left side is open, almost a mirror of the MG Carrier.

Scout Carrier

I have a particular conceit about my VBCW vehicles and guns: I try to paint them as if they were Dinky or Crescent die-cast toys from the period. It’s cheaper and easier than searching out originals (If they were even made) and it keeps me from falling into the trap of AFV modelling rather than wargame modeling. – Nothing WRONG with it, but it’s not the look I am after.

The lack of crews is very apparent, so I made crews for the vehicles. I took the torso from a Plastic WW1 German, and added legs and arms from putty. I also modified the collar to accept Woodbine Design WW1 British heads. (Above is a body before the arms were slimmed down, but with head attached)

Dry fit of driver

I made a blue-stuff mould, and cast six crew bodies from putty. It’s easier to sand than plastic or metal, so you can get your crew to fit in some oddly small spaces.

They aren’t beautiful, but the crew figures on Dinky vehicles weren’t beautiful either. That being said, the Woodbine heads improve them greatly. (It also means I can use these same bodies with different heads for different vehicles)

I added a HMG to the front of the MG Carrier. I am not certain it would work, but it counts in the rules the same as a Bren, so it does not matter.

The rear crew compartment was rather tiny, so it took a lot of filing to get him to fit. I also had to be careful with my sanding, so the crew would sit upright and not lean in any direction.

There was a mount on the back, so I added a floral wire aerial.

All in all, I am pleased with how they turned out. The models themselves were great (and Butlers has a lot to choose from) and the crews really make them ‘mine.’

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