Category Archives: After school Club

Winter is coming…….


Meng KV2 B

……..No, Not Game of Thrones……….World War Toon KV2 Russian Front, Winter!

Its first outing on the table proved to be combustable……….The lend lease Sherman lasted a bit longer!

Big Battle 6

Meng KV2 A

A very nice model, though, looking forward to the T34’s when they arrive in new year to beef up the russian armoured unit.

Now Winter in the Ardennes……………………..

Meng King Tiger A

King Tiger with Ambush scheme Camouflage….not much use in the snow!

Meng King Tiger B

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RetrokiT Conversion parts W.I.P.!!!!


retrokit 1

Just wanted to let you all know about Domi over at Retrokit  who , apart from other things, makes Conversion kits for Meng model/Roqovan World war Toon tanks. I’m going to be using them for my after school club project.  The kits themselves are neatly cast in resin, and are designed to fit, in this case, The M4 Sherman.

At the moment you have a choice of M4A3 Sherman Conversion and Rocket Launcher  “Calliope” Sherman. Other releases are planned for January, and later in year, with a KV1 Turret, Sturmtiger, Tiger II Henschel Turret confirmed. If you want to keep up with news on these and other releases head over to the retrokit face book page

A lot of other Sherman conversions are planned, and one can only imagine things like JagdTigers, and several different versions based on the new Toon Panzer III model, like a StuG III that might also be on their way at some point…..either way I just can’t wait! I’m going to have to buy a whole lot more World War Toon Tanks just to keep up!

I have 4 weeks before clubs start again, so plenty of time to assemble both versions. I’m sure club members will be fairly interested in converting their kits, a lot of them have been busy buying additional models to add to the Sherman they get in the club….and no doubt santa has also been busy sourcing the new T34’s and Panzer III’s!

So over the next 4 weeks i will be updating my progress as I complete work on these 2 new kits, so watch for updates. but for today I’m going to do a little bit of prep work and remove the resin parts from their sprue, and tidy them up a bit, I’m also intending to have a bash at making some scratch built rockets for the launch tubes on the Calliope version!

Retrokit 2

 


After School Club….The Battles!


We have a set of Meng model Tanks we use for Gaming in the club, The rules we use are a stripped down version of Battlefront games “Tanks” rules, we modified the stats cards for easy reference and made our own set of tokens, rulers etc. I also made some fire markers from cotton wool balls to place on destroyed tanks.

Really have to put in a big plug here for battlefront games rules, they worked fantastically well for what we wanted, easy to pick up and fast, which is essential when you only have around 45 minutes playing time.

The first set of photos are mixture of several differnt games over several weeks using our 8 Shermans and 4 Tigers. You’ll notice the Sherman Players like to bunch up and take cover for protection! Results were pretty even, sometimes the Tigers won, sometimes it was the Shermans

group game 1

group game 2

Group game 3

group game 5

battle table

battle late

battle group 2 C

We decided to take our game to the School Christmas fair to raise some funds as well as interest in our little group. We trimmed the rules a little bit more, the objective being for the Sherman players to knock out the Tiger Tank, the person that did so would be entered into a prize draw…for a model kit!  The Tiger Tank was eventually knocked out each time…not surprising since it had to take on 4-6 Shermans at a time!

I only had time for a couple of shots……very busy evening!

Chrim 1

Chrim 2

Chrim 3

Our last Club session of the year was a massive tank battle, some of the groups completed models were used alongside all the club models, the battlefield area was about 6ft X 6ft. with some mountains in the middle of the board! it was also the first time I had managed to play the game.

The Shermans (13), plus a KV2 had faced off against 4 Standard Tiger 1’s, one Tiger 1 ace, and a Tiger II.  Tigers took some damage but none were actually knocked out in the battle. the Shermans however lost about 8 and the KV2, the remaining tanks were huddled in the middle of the battlefield taking cover and unable to fire at any Tigers for most part of the game! The Tigers split up into two groups and destroyed everything in their path. Time ran out before the battle could be finished but victory was given to the Tigers.

Big Battle 1

Big battle 2

Big Battle 3

Big Battle 4

Big Battle 5

Big Battle 6

Big Battle 7


After School Club, Finished Tanks.


With The first 10 or so weeks of Model club now concluded, the first groups tanks are now all complete. For most of them these were the first model kits they have ever made or painted.

Our club has already inspired several of them to buy further Meng Models, World War Toon Tanks to build at home, and many of them have also taken trips out to the tank Museum at Bovington to see real tanks up close and personal!

Below are photos of all the finished tanks from group one…..second group begins in new year.

Ptank 1

Ptank 4

ptank 5

Ptank 7

Fury 1

Titan 35 s

Turbo 2

Group 2 A

Group 2 B

Group 2 C

Group 2 D

Group 2 E

Group 2 F


After School Club Painting…


group paint 3

Our first Club of the new term was way back in September. We split the group into two managable chunks, Jeremy the headmaster, took the gaming group, and I sorted out the kit construction, and painting side.  The first couple of sessions were spent assembling the kits, once everyone had managed this, we looked at some images  of actual camouflage schemes to get the general idea, They then went away to design their camo scheme on a print out of a Sherman tank, coloured it in with felt tips, choosing the colours they wanted to use once the painting began.

We were then able to bring in all the paint that was needed from home! Once painting began some of the schemes evolved into something other than the planned scheme, which can sometimes present problems with the colours available.

The important factor here is we wanted them to have free range to choose any colours not just use the recommend Olive drab on the box art. We then also asked them if they had any names they wanted to add to their tank to make it even more unique.  While some tanks ended up being fairly standard in terms of normal tank colours, some were very imaginative indeed!

Group paint 4

group paint 6


After School Club 6


meng sher 2 a=club advert picture 1

Our next club is quite a large under taking, and we have spent months on this project. We had seen these extremely cute tanks from a company called Meng Models

and thought they would be perfect for our after school club, on the grounds that they would really appeal to the children, they are clip together so that helps us out a lot, and it seems they were designed for first time modellers in an attempt to get children interested in the hobby, which is basically what we are doing with our club, so it seemed the sensible next choice.   One issue with the club is always cost of the kit, so in order to bring this down we found the local importer and ordered a large number at trade price with the funds from our table top sale, which also means they are within budget for the children.

The plan for our next club is to make and assemble the Sherman tanks which the children can keep, and we also have enough of the Shermans and some Tiger tanks for the school club to have a table top game with. We ordered enough for several groups of after school clubs.  We will mention to the group that there are several other Cartoon style tank kits available from Meng Models if they wish to go out and buy their own, which to be honest, I think they will.

So far I have managed to assemble and paint the Tanks that we intend to use in the table top game. there will be 4 Tiger Tanks Vs 8 Shermans. I will be adding to this post once the club kicks off in September when we will begin to build the first Shermans with the group, so more Photos will follow.

Tiger group 1

tiger group 2

Sherman group 1

tiger sherman 1

Sher fury 2

Fury in tank Museum Bovington 20/08/17

Fury film tank

sher hot dog

Sher looney toons

Sher rebel yell

sherman oddball

 


After school Club 5


DW dalek destroyed gold

For the next Club we thought we’d go a bit Sci fi.

I had spent some weeks collecting the figures from ebay, I went after the daleks but also managed to get quite a sizeable amounts of other alien races, like Cybermen and Sontarans. All these figures were issued free sometime ago with the Childrens Comic “Dr Who Adventures” and were roughly 28mm ish, (enough for me to consider an army or two of Daleks for myself. )

After an epic amount of painting I had managed to get together two dalek armies and still have some left for the children to keep  for themselves.

I also managed to paint and convert hundreds more figures for selling at the summer fayre to rise more funds for the club, but more about that later……

cybermod 2

DW Dalek section Gold

DW dalek section red

DW Judoon

DW The Silence

dw sontaran

DW weeping angel

Some shots of the battlefield, we used a street in other games, sadly no photos of that!

Battlefield 2

battlefield 3

battlefield 4

Here is our Summer fayre stall to raise club funds

This is another good way to raise funds and buy stuff for the club

table 1

some of the conversions for sale!

Gold Rocket art Dalek

Gold Flak dalek

Gold dalek squad

We also ran a participation game with the help of some of the club members

table 2

All the Daleks and other aliens  were sold and we raised enough funds for our next project.