Tuesday, 6 October 2015

A Slight Sidetrack...

My 20mm output is down this year a little thanks to these fellas...





So the first of my Oldhammer projects is done... Well I have run out of Dwarfs to paint, so better paint something else till I get more!
 
But starting on something 20mm WW2 tonight...



Thursday, 3 September 2015

Sorting out the next 20mm infantry batch...

Last night I spent sometime going through all the remaining groups of infantry I have left in 20mm to try and decide what to do up next. I was quite surprised at how many I still have left to do (and we wont mention the vehicles!) and have been wondering what to start with for the winter campaign season! Last year I stuck the options up on this blog and let people offer their views, from that my Fallschirmjager finally got done.
 
So in similar vein, this is what I have... and if you feel the need, offer your views on what to do next for 20mm infantry!
 

First, I have a platoon of DAK Infantry waiting to be done, mainly from the new Wartime Miniatures range, lovely figures and highly recommended. I do need to get a couple more packs, but nothing too excessive in budget terms. My idea was to paint them up in a manner that will allow them to be used for any tropical encounters - North Africa, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy and the Adriatic. I already have a bunch of British done for the region so these would have something to fit, but taking these on would mean adding a bunch of desert vehicles to the melting pot too...
 

Next up is a full Commando Assault Boat Troop comprising AB Figures, Battlefield and Wartime Miniatures with a few support weapons for them. This is a smaller project than most and is fully complete, so no budget implications here! Nice selection of figures, but will be painted in the same manner as all my British infantry so a tad on the tedious side... That said would clear out all my standard British stuff for Normandy...
 

 
Following the Commandos, I also have a full platoon of British Airborne to do, along with their support weapons. These are all AB Figures and are another complete project with no additional expense required. Problem is I already have two platoons for Britannia British Airborne painted up and they see little use as it is...
 

The 'big' project that I have is really my US Infantry batch for Normandy. While my 1945 US troops are done, my Normandy set has languished for sometime. This is a huge project - Full platoon plus extra Rifle Squads, support weapons, half-tracks, jeeps, tanks, AT guns, air cover - the works! A truly massive lot with AB Figures, Battlefield, Wartime Miniatures and Sojers all piled in. If I commit to this, then nothing else gets done as I suspect it will take until next year to finish... But it would be great to finally field a proper 1944 US Army on the table.
 

My other US project is a US Airborne Platoon made up entirely of Elhiem Figures, including the horse mounted despatch rider I asked Matt to do! Really nice figures and another complete set of miniatures with nothing to add. A little different from the norm but a little specialised and perhaps not the most useful option?
 

Sticking with the airborne theme, I have another Fallschirmjager Platoon to do, along with the some support weapons and the recce vehicles for my FJ Army. Another complete and quite small project, and would finish off my FJ completely, but not that long since I last did some... Im also waiting in hope that Battlefield will release their rumoured 'Lions of Carentan' Blitz range, and I kinda want to add them in... But who knows when that might be!


My final selection is my Volkssturm Platoon. This is another project that has been waiting for Wartime Miniatures to release their new VS range and these are now out, so a couple of packs of them, and its all go for the German Home Guard! The figures are a mix of the OOP Battlefield range, CP Models and the Wartime Miniatures new range. Something very different, and something to face my Late-War Soviets who havent been out for a rampage for a while...
 
 
 
So what to do next? Its all pretty much sat ready to go, though a couple of projects need things, none of them are major expenditures, maybe a total of six packs of figures to complete all the above. All of them offer good gaming options and all fit in with existing stuff I have. Really its a matter of picking one and getting on with it... I do have an awful lot of vehicles also sat waiting for the off, so the choice from the above list will also inform the decision I take on what vehicles to work on to a degree. I also have a few Soviet infantry and a few more German Heer MG teams to paint up, but these are very small amounts of figures so not a major undertaking. Of course, no matter what I do, I suspect I will find it needs something else to buy for it...
 
I have a couple of vehicles to finish off at present, plus an ambulance to complete for my Kampfgruppe 'Chill' project and for The Guild 'Ambulance' group build, so a little time to think on it, before I plough into the selected project in October...
 
 
So any thoughts on which one to pick?
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Platoon Action In Poland 1939

Another weekend, and another playtest of 'Platoon Leader', this time with a revised deck structure and upping the game size to see how it copes.
 
 
 
This week it's Poland 1939. A reinforced German infantry platoon, supported by tanks and a mortar battery push forward to secure a road and rail junction. Preparing to meet them is a Polish infantry platoon, supported by a 75mm field gun and TKS tankettes. Interesting game this one, the Poles suffered from a lack of command and control, the Germans having more units with 'command' traits and a wider command ability that really helped to keep things moving. The Germans kept on the firepower as much as possible and the Poles took quite heavy losses and many units got pinned down. The German advance across the table was well coordinated and allowed support fire from each flank.
The Poles were always playing catch up as their officer tried to rally units but ended up getting killed before he could do much. But the Germans took a few losses too, but around half as many as the Poles. But the actual loss of 'Platoon Morale' was even, the Poles proving rather resilient in the face of the assault, while the Germans took fewer casualties but suffered just as much. The Germans finally got lucky, and clever use of their cards saw them wipe out several units in one turn to break the Polish Army.
 
 
 
In the end the Germans finally won with only 4 Platoon Morale left out of 18.
Close run thing really. Lots to do with the game though...
 








 

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

An Old Campaigner...

PSC Panzer IV straight from the box with AB Tank Commander...