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15 Jan 2019

Why Russia is getting back 30 World War II tanks from Laos

A Soviet T-34 tank drives in the Victory Day parade in May in Volgograd, Russia.

Russia is taking back World War II-era tanks from Laos because, well, Moscow needs a star, lots of them.

The Russian Defense Ministry said this week that 30 T-34 tanks had arrived in the far eastern port of Vladivostok after a 4,500-kilometer (2,800-mile) journey from the Southeast Asian nation. They soon will be on their way to the Moscow area.

Until recently, the tanks were on active duty in the Laotian military, almost 80 years after first being introduced into the Soviet military in 1940.

The T-34 was the backbone of Soviet armor in World War II and beyond.


"No tank affected the outcome of World War 2 as the Soviet T-34 Medium Tank series," according to the militaryfactory.com website.

Some 57,000 were built before the war ended in 1945, a number so large that "availability in numbers certainly played well for the Soviets as T-34s could swarm enemy positions seemingly at will," militaryfactory.com says.

T-34 production continued into the Cold War, with more than 80,000 produced in all. Thousands were exported around the world.

And while the Soviet Union and then Russia have produced more modern tanks since, the T-34 holds a strong place in Russian hearts. And that's what led to the need to bring the 30 back from Laos.
Russians, it seems, can't see enough of them.

"The equipment transferred by the Lao side is planned to be used during the Victory Parades in various cities of Russia, for updating museum exhibits, as well as for making historical films about the Great Patriotic War," the Russian Defense Ministry said.

And if you need any more evidence of that need and popularity, a feature-length film about Soviet soldiers and the tank, titled "T-34," broke Russian box office records last week, according to news reports.

By Brad Lendon, CNN

1 Jan 2019

Wargaming Projects, 2018

Wargaming Projects, 2018

Wargaming Projects during 2018, I've actually been really good this year I've managed to stick with one project all the way through the year, I am hoping to continue this formula during the coming year what time will tell.

Wargaming Projects

The three projects below are my main interests at various stages of completion. further down are a list of distractions which keep me from completing my main interests.

I haven't touched this project since 29 November 2017, and then it was only to write an article the last bit of modelling I did was on November 2014, so it's been 4 years since I touched it. However I did buy both Celtic Warrior Army & Caesarian Roman Army Kickstarter by Lancer Miniatures.

Gallic & Celtic Army 99% complete
Caesarian Roman Army. 0% complete
Imperial Roman Army. 99% complete
Painting Romans. 0% complete

I haven't touched this project since 5 June 2017.

American Civil War (ACW) Confederate Army. 0% complete
American Civil War (ACW) Union Army. 10% complete

I've done really well this year with this project I've pretty much consistently done it all year, and I hope to continue doing the same this coming year.


I've not really completed any scenery pieces this year, started lots of bits and pieces but not finished any.

Completed Scenery & Terrain
  1. Barb wire fences 
  2. Making Buildings 
  3. Cornfields 
  4. Diorama Bases
  5. Fences 
  6. Hedges 
  7. Hills  
  8. Mountains 
  9. Ploughed fields 
  10. Ponds and Swamps 
  11. Rivers 
  12. Roads 
  13. Snake Fencing 
  14. Trees and Woods 
  15. Walls 
  16. Mat-O-War Wargaming Mat
Figures & Scenery Bought 

As you can see I've spent a considerable amount on Figures & Scenery, this coming year I'm only going to buy what I need. Not what I want lol

Figures & Scenery Bought, 2018.
£1573.17

Rules Bought

I've not spent a great deal this year on rules.

Rules Bought 2018.
£105.99


Wargaming Books Bought

Books Bought, 2018.
Books £302.01
Ebooks £71.99
Total £374.00

Shows & Events

I've managed to attend for shows this year which which is pretty good for me, as you can see I've still got two write ups to do.
  1. Vapnartak York Wargames Show 2018.
  2. Partizan Wargames Show
  3. Bovington Wargames Show.
  4. Claymore Wargames Show
Games Played

As always it's been a fantastic year for playing games, as you can see it's mainly been rapid fire this year, I'm also hoping to keep playing a lot of World War II this coming year.

Black Powder Rules 3
Blitzkrieg Commander Rules 3
Cold War Commander Rules 3
Dropzone Commander Rules 1
Hail Caesar Rules 1
Rapid Fire Rules 37

Games Played, 2018.

Painting Competitions

The painting competition was definitely a highlight of the year for me I never expected to come anywhere let alone second. So obviously a massive thanks to Leon from Pendraken Miniatures for organising these Competitions.
  1. Pendraken Painting Competition 2018.
  2. Pendraken Painting Competition 2016.
  3. Pendraken Painting Competition 2015.
  4. Pendraken Painting Competition 2014.
  5. Pendraken Painting Competition 2013.
  6. Pendraken Painting Competition 2012.
Previous Years
  1. Wargaming Projects, 2017.
  2. Wargaming Projects, 2016.
  3. Wargaming Projects, 2015.
  4. Wargaming Projects, 2014.
  5. Wargaming Projects, 2013.
  6. Wargaming Projects, 2012.
Below is a list of other projects I do at various stages of completion, however I now class these as distractions.

10mm English Civil War (ECW) Project

French Indian War (FIW) British Army. 0% complete
French Indian War (FIW) French Army. 0% complete

American War of Independence (AWI) American Army. 0% complete
American War of Independence (AWI) French Army. 0% complete
American War of Independence (AWI) German Army. 0% complete
Painting American War of Independence (AWI) American. 0% complete
Painting American War of Independence (AWI) French. 0% complete
Painting American War of Independence (AWI) German. 0% complete

Texas War of Independence (TWI) Texian Army. 0% complete
Texas War of Independence (TWI) Mexican Army. 0% complete
Painting Texas War of Independence (TWI) Texians. 0% complete
Painting Texas War of Independence (TWI) Mexicans. 0% complete
Texas War of Independence (TWI) Battle Reports & Scenarios. 0% complete
My Texas War of Independence (TWI) Book Library. 0% complete
Useful Texas War of Independence (TWI)  Links. 0% complete

Making Rorkes Drift Base. 100% complete
Painting AZW British. 99% complete
Painting AZW Zulus. 99% complete 

10mm Wings of War Project

10mm Sci-Fi Projects

The Scourge Army. 0% complete
Post-Human Republic (PHR) Army. 0% complete
Shaltari Tribes Army. 0% complete
Resistance Army. 0% complete
Painting The Scourge. 0% complete
Painting Post-Human Republic (PHR). 0% complete
Painting Shaltari Tribes. 0% complete
Painting Resistance. 0% complete
Dropzone Commander Battle Reports & Scenarios.

Earth Alliance Army. 0% complete
Nova Federation Army. 99% complete
Painting Earth Alliance. 0% complete
Future War Commander Rules.

Survivors. 99% complete
Zombies. 50% complete
Painting Survivors. 99% complete
Painting Zombies. 99% complete
Zombie Rules.

10mm Aliens Project 
Colonial Marines. 0% complete
Aliens. 0% complete
Aliens Buildings. 0% complete
Aliens Artwork.
Painting Colonial Marines. 0% complete
Painting Aliens. 0% complete
Aliens Battle Reports & Scenarios.
My Aliens Book Library.
Useful Aliens Links.

10mm Starship Troopers Project 
Mobile Infantry Army. 0% complete
Arachnids Army.  0% complete
Skinnies Army.  0% complete
Starship Troopers Buildings. 0% complete
Starship Troopers Artwork.
Painting Mobile Infantry. 0% complete
Painting Arachnids.  0% complete
Painting Skinnies.   0% complete
Starship Troopers Rules.
Starship Troopers Battle Reports & Scenarios.
My Starship Troopers Book Library.
Useful Starship Troopers Links.

10mm The War of the Worlds Project
Humans Army. 0% complete
Martians Army. 0% complete
The War of the World's Buildings. 0% complete
The War of the World's Artwork.
Painting Humans. 0% complete
Painting Martians. 0% complete
Future War Commander Rules.
The War of the Worlds Battle Reports & Scenarios.
My The War of the Worlds Book Library.
Useful The War of the Worlds Links.

Abandoned Projects

Games Played, 2019

Games Played, 2019

Games played during the course of 2019 at either the Grimsby Wargames Society or my Operations Room, (Purpose built shed at the bottom of the garden) using the various rules I use.

Aliens Rules 0
Black Powder Rules 0
Cold War Commander Rules 0
Dropzone Commander Rules 0
Hail Caesar Rules 0
Rapid Fire Rules 0
Zombie Rules 0
Kriegspiel is what i use for running campaigns.

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Rapid Fire
2) What armies were confronted? - Russian vs German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4

14th Oct 2019, Russians vs Germans, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Rapid Fire
2) What armies were confronted? - Russian vs German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4

7th Oct 2019, Russians vs Germans, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Dropzone Commander
2) What armies were confronted? - Scourge vs Shaltari
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 2

12th Aug 2019, Dropzone Commander, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Dropzone Commander
2) What armies were confronted? - Scourge vs Shaltari
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 3

29th Jul 2019, Dropzone Commander, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Rapid Fire
2) What armies were confronted? - Russian vs German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 2

22nd Jul 2019, Russians vs Germans, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Rapid Fire
2) What armies were confronted? - Russian vs German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4

15th Jul 2019, Russians vs Germans, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Rapid Fire
2) What armies were confronted? - Russian vs German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4

1st Jul 2019, Russian vs Germans, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Dropzone Commander
2) What armies were confronted? - Scourge vs Shaltari
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 2

24th Jun 2019, Dropzone Commander, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Black Powder
2) What armies were confronted? - Confederates vs Union
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4

15th Apr 2019, ACW Game, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Black Powder
2) What armies were confronted? - Confederates vs Union
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4

8th Apr 2019, ACW Game, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Black Powder
2) What armies were confronted? - Confederates vs Union
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 5

1st Apr 2019, ACW Game, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Rapid Fire
2) What armies were confronted? - Russian vs German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4

16th Mar 2019, Arnhem at Collins

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Rapid Fire
2) What armies were confronted? - Russian vs German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4

25th Feb 2019, SYW Game, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Rapid Fire
2) What armies were confronted? - Russian vs German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4

11th Feb 2019, Russian vs Germans, Club 

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Rapid Fire
2) What armies were confronted? - Russian vs German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4

21st Jan 2019, Russian vs Germans, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Cold War Commander
2) What armies were confronted? - NATO vs Russians
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 3

19th Jan 2019, Cold War Commander, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Rapid Fire
2) What armies were confronted? - Russian vs German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 3

14th Jan 2019, Russian vs Germans, Club

1) What ruleset do you use in your last game? - Rapid Fire
2) What armies were confronted? - Russian vs German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 2

11th Jan 2019, Russians vs Germans, Club

Wargaming Expenditure 2019

Wargaming Expenditure 2019

This is an attempt for me to actually record how much I spend in a year on wargaming, so if I can keep up adding stuff to it, it will be interesting to add it all up in December.

Figures & Scenery Bought

B & Q
Filler
£3.00

Pendraken Miniatures
£75.00

NOCH
Summer meadow grass
£13.00

10mm WW2 / german - 12 trucks from eBay
£27.01

Preiser 9010 Railway Personnel
£2.94

Pendraken Miniatures
1 x FRE15 - Civilians / refugees (6) £1.75
1 x GEA4 - Sailors £5.25
1 x GRA1 - 20mm AA with limber and crew (formerly code GR59) £2.95
1 x GRA2 - 20mm quad AA with crew (1) (formerly code GR56) £2.95
1 x RP7 - Cossack cavalry £5.25
1 x SVV26 - Tachanka (formerly code SV49)
£24.10

Pendraken Miniatures
1 x HUM-EV-2 - Evoco brush, size 2 £1.10 2 x HUM-PA-3/0 - Palpo brush, size 000 £2.30 1 x NW11 - Pack mule team with mountain gun £5.25 1 x NW12 - Pack mule team with maxim gun £5.25 1 x RP7 - Cossack cavalry £5.25
£24.45

Hornby Controller from eBay
£4.95

Pendraken Miniatures
1 x RO-AP WWII Romanian Army Pack
£17.00

Books Bought

Red Road From Stalingrad: Recollections of a Soviet Infantryman
£0.99

Rules Bought


Total
£