WW2


Initiation of my 28mm Soviets. Inicjacja moich Sowietów w skali 28mm.

There is nothing better than pushing your freshly painted models straight into the table. There happened with my Soviets in 28mm, during last Thursday game. We used the Chain of Command rules for that.Nie ma nic lepszego, niż możliwość wysłania świeżo pomalowanych figurek prosto na stół. Taką szansę mieli moi Sowieci w skali 28mm, podczas ostatniej czwartkowej gry. Do tego celu użyliśmy zasad Chain of Command.SCENARIO/SCENARIUSZ: The Patrol from the main bookUMPIRING/PROWADZENIE GRY: Bartek ŻyndaSCENERY/SCENERIA: Michael Schneider, SESWCFIGURES & MODELS/FIGURKI I MODELE: Peter Mearns, Bartek Żynda1. Forces. Siły.SOVIET UNION/ZWIĄZEK SOWIECKI(Alasdair, Bartek)Regular Rifle Platoon + Maxim MMGTank Riders Platoon + Maxim MMG3rd REICH/III RZESZA(Peter, Michael)2 x HEER PLATOON 2. The game. Gra.We divided our game into two separate clashes. In first Soviet Rifle Platoon under Alasdair fought against Michael's Heer Platoon and in the second my Tank Riders fought Peter's Heer Platoo

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Dispatches from the front II

I bloody hate cavalry...… I have been sitting looking at the same cavalry unit for the best part of three weeks, if I can't break the back of them tomorrow they might have to be bounced from the queue for a while. I am not sure if it's the mass of horse flesh or the fact that I have glued the riders on first, something that I don't normally do in the painting process. Do we all have a touch of OCD when it comes to painting? Meanwhile we had a crack at Osprey's latest card game, a two player game with a number of missions from D-Day to play through, you use your cards to grab the initiative and use your squads to grab objectives I must admit it was a real blast and felt very realistic, very much a band of brothers feel to it, the early missions contain only rifle squads, but later missions introduce MG's Mortars and snipers.MG's are great at pinning troops, mortars are flaming nasty and you need to get a move on once the targeting round lands. Stick and move is the name of the game.Send your scouts out to cl

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Soviets 28mm. Sowieci 28mm.

Today something I recently painted. Here you have my Soviets in 28mm from Plastic Soldier Company besides one figure which is from Warlord.  I decided to base my figures for Chain of Command. However, they can be used for other rules too. The figures already had their initiation on the table, details in my next post.Dzisiaj coś, co pomalowałem ostatnio. Oto moi Sowieci w skali 28mm od Plastic Soldier Company i Warlorda. Zdecydowałem się przygotować moje figurki pod  Chain of Command, ale mogą być one wykorzystane również i w innych systemach. Figurki miały już swoją inicjację na stole, ale o tym w następnym poście.Senior officers (one in the black coat is from Warlord):Medics:SMG team 1:SMG team 2:SMG team 3:Rifle team 1:Rifle team 2:Rifle team 3:ATR teams:Maxim MMG teams:Light mortar teams:Medium mortar teams:75mm Infantry Gun:45mm AT gun:

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US Army Tank destroyer

Need to share this with my fellow wargamers.  This is the information most of us miss.  Here is what companies made them during WW2.  The American cars companies where the back bone of the Tank Destroyers.   Let me know what you think about this chart.Ford M-10s builrt in Highland Park,MIFord built V8 for the tanksLincoln built tank enginesInside the Highland Park plant.

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Tales Of Cromwell Tanks

If like me you love Cromwell tanks, then you will enjoy this video of annecdotes and facts about the British Cromwell Tank in WW2. The Cromwell first saw action in the Battle of Normandy in June 1944, equipping the armoured…Read more ›

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WW2 Dutch village finished

My Dutch village is now complete. I’ll pack it away soon, to wait till I’ve painted up an enemy force from May ’40 Miniature’s forthcoming Fallschirmjäger (German paratroops) Kickstarter for my 1940 Dutch to fight. The final addition was to make the canal. I simply sprayed some textured sandpaper dark green, then edged the banks with sand and flock. Simple and effective, especially with the addition of some random bits of fencing and a couple of boats. The back gardens on the left are a Sarissa Precision product, which just happened to match the dimensions of two of my cardboard row houses. The only thing I had to adapt was to draw a little more crazy-paving to align the garden paths with the the back-doors of each house. By the way, some people have asked why I use 1/72 scale buildings with 28mm figures. The answer is that I prefer my houses to have a small footprint, as they then don’t dominate the table as much. In any case, wargamers usually play with underscaled trees, ri

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Cobbaton Combat Collection.

Sneaking away whilst the family did the usual beach and shops, I had a morning at the Cobbaton Combat Collection, well worth the visit if you happen to be in North Devon. First things first it is not a museum, more a collection that as the owner put it a “hobby that got out of hand”. Perhaps a warning to us all.To the untrained eye it can appear a little jumbled, dusty and unkept but if you know your history, military vehicles and weapons there is plenty to see. With a large collection of WW2 Allied vehicles and numerous cabinets of rifles and other memorabilia.Here's some of the highlights..Centuar Mk 1V with D Day Markings.Tucked away in the corner a T34 although how they got this down the Devonshire country lanes is beyond me.A Beaverette from 1941when you get close up it is very rough and ready, but it was afterall the stop gap after Dunkirk, you really would not fancy your chances against a Pz III. It got me thinking about dusting off my AVBCW collection.A T55 perfect inspiration for the North Korean pro

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Jagdpanther with Hilary Doyle

Fantastic Video of the Weald Foundation operational Jagdpanther, presented by Hilary Doyle (renown German Armour Expert) with some absolutely fascinating and obscure facts included. A must watch if you are a WW2 Tank fan. Here is where you will find…Read more ›

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Rapid Fire battle of Bréville 1944.

The table has had its first outing, although all of the tiles require more work. Hedges, trees, airbrushing the fields, some pigments, the roadside weeds, crop fields, water puddles and ponds and road connections to be completed  on the whole twelve boards. So a lot to doVisitors  Cookie and Mick from Perth Western Australia stayed with us at L'Hotel de Hercé, on their way to visit the grand white Chateaus of the lower Loire with their wives. They also booked in a rapid fire game with me, giving me the chance to bless the table for its first outing.We played a scenario I wrote for the 9th parachute regt defending against the german counterattack by the 857th Grenadier  Regiment at Bréville 8th June 1944. The British Commandos were on the left on hold/support orders, the 9th Parachute regiment held the high ground south of Bréville to the woods south of Chateau Sainte Come on hold/defend orders.Cookie who played as the Germans elected to slowly advance using the two battalions of  infantry

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WW2 6mm game East Front 1942 testing out my own platoon rules

IntroductionPlaying a small 6mm WW2 game on a 2’x2’ table using my own rules converted to cards.RulesThese rules were designed for the 12x12 grid games and are very close to the same rules I playtested in 2018. I have been tweaking the rules just a little and decided that as an experiment I would convert the rules to cards rather than use dice.  I was influenced by Buck Surdu's Combat Patrol.  While I followed the testing of Combat Patrol on his blog, I do not have the game, nor have seen it either.  I simply converted the results in my rules of combat, melee, spotting and morale into 72 cards.  All unique results fit onto 36 cards but just doubled it for ease and greater randomness.  They are printed on paper but if I like it I will glue them to some playing cards.  No dice were rolled during the game.Sample card with results (from top to bottom) for combat, melee, activation/event, spotting, artillery, unit morale, force morale and then a row of various helpful rolls - 1d, dire

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Tirailleurs Sénégalais for my WW2 colonial French army

The Foreign Legion is well known as a force for foreigners fighting for France. But in addition to the legionnaires, the French also made use of ‘tirailleurs’—units made up of troops recruited from their colonies in Africa and Asia. Tirailleur translates as ‘skirmisher’, ‘rifleman’, or ‘sharpshooter’, and was a designation given to indigenous infantry recruited in the various colonies and overseas possessions of the French Empire during the 19th and 20th centuries. The first unit of Tirailleurs Sénégalais was raised in 1857. Despite their name, the Senegalese Tirailleurs drew in troops not just from Senegal, but from across West Africa. The Senegalese Tirailleurs served France in many wars, including World War 2, when 179,000 men were recruited for service both in Africa and Europe.  I decided that my WW2 colonial French army needed some of these stalwart soldiers. So when it came to equipping my army with support weapons, I chose tirailleur machine gun and m

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Valentine MK II Infantry Tank.

Now then,I have recently finished off my Valentine tank for the western desert.Add captionI have continued with the Caunter scheme as I really like how it looks.For markings I have taken a bit of artistic license once again, but after spending a few hours online and looking through my books, it seems almost haphazard how tanks were marked up in the desert.So I went with what looked cool.This is a resin model from blitzkrieg miniatures,  but purchased from the Perry miniatures website.A solid chunk of resin, and minimal clean up meant that this tank was completed in a single evening.Highly recommended!Cheers for now,Stig.

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