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Offline Gunbird

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Russian decoy guns for the Kursk game
« on: June 07, 2012, 06:17:25 PM »
I'm having a small factory line here....producing decoy guns for the Russians players for the game in August, based off a original schematic. I'll be modifying it in places to make it more wargamers/builders friendly though. Doing this on a practically 0 euro budget as well.





They are not hard to build and add a little character. I'll leave it to the Russian players to use them or not. More progress and details soon.
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Re: Russian decoy guns for the Kursk game
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2012, 11:46:46 PM »
Nice and simple construction, well done and thanks for sharing your project.

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Re: Russian decoy guns for the Kursk game
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2012, 12:54:20 AM »
 Fantastic! what would they use for crew "scarecrows" ?

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Re: Russian decoy guns for the Kursk game
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2012, 06:17:23 AM »
At the moment none are planned as these decoys replace the real guns after their demise. Maybe in the future.

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Re: Russian decoy guns for the Kursk game
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2012, 07:30:15 AM »
That's pretty groovy. I was wondering how you intended to use them but I gather that you will put a real gun model on the table as a place keeper and when the  Germans spot or destroy the gun, the actual 'dummy' gun will be fielded? Ten out of ten for commitment to detail I say.

Frank Chadwick had a similar idea to simulate Tiger terror. A model Tiger was placed on the table (in most soldiers accounts every enemy tank being a Tiger, every gun an '88'). When a unit fired on the tank or rolled a succesful spotting die, the Tiger was replaced by the real model, be it a Pz III, Pz IV or whatever. I've always thought that was a pretty cool idea.
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Re: Russian decoy guns for the Kursk game
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2012, 09:11:50 AM »
Really cool idea, and great modelling on display as well, as allways when it comes to you really!


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Frank Chadwick had a similar idea to simulate Tiger terror. A model Tiger was placed on the table (in most soldiers accounts every enemy tank being a Tiger, every gun an '88'). When a unit fired on the tank or rolled a succesful spotting die, the Tiger was replaced by the real model, be it a Pz III, Pz IV or whatever. I've always thought that was a pretty cool idea.

Yeah, this is a great idea, sort of whats in Rules of Engagement, every german panzer have that special ability/rule "Tiger Fear". A very nice little detail.
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Re: Russian decoy guns for the Kursk game
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2012, 08:18:03 PM »
Progress:

All of the decoys are now based and have wheels. I sacrificed a Pegasus fast build armoured car for the wheels plus some horse carriage ones from a Sgts Mess rubble pack.



6 guns got real wheels, 4 got wagon wheels, and one of those I wrecked cause it will look good in pictures :)





Next up: gunshields.

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Re: Russian decoy guns for the Kursk game
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2012, 11:30:52 PM »
Looks like it will be an exciting and frustrating game!

Wish I could game it,
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Re: Russian decoy guns for the Kursk game
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2012, 06:48:38 PM »
Shields up!



Gunshields are made with wooden swizzle sticks, paper and superglue. The real thing was stakes in the ground with branches woven in between, but this was a bit easier and quicker to realize. I did it with the first decoy gun and the wood weathers nicely.



I made the gunshields so they fit the gun as good as possible, then glued them down with wood glue and some sand. Paper and superglue holds the different planks together.



Drying as I am typing this, they will be ready for a dust off and green basecoat in the morning. I'll only flock my own, the ones I'm giving away will be unflocked so they fit in better with their new masters.

Here is the drawing I'm working off:

 

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