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Tuesday, 22 October 2019
While waiting for the wash to dry on some of the Tirailleurs I decided to try and get the Panzer II that has been languishing getting dusty in the backlog with a coat of Panzer Grey. I think the kit is from Chieftain Models.
The tracks and exhaust were painted with a mix of Gunmetal Grey and Saddle Brown then the whole lot was washed with Army Painter Dark Tone
Once dry the base colours were re-applied and a couple of highlights added then the decals applied.
Once the decals had set I gave it a light going over with some Tamiya weathering powders.
No shots from the right hand side, I really messed up the decals on that side and some stowage will be applied at a later date to try and mask the mess that I made!
Saturday, 19 October 2019
This week I finished off the last few Crusader Miniature Senegalese Tirailleurs that I picked up from Northstar at the Partizan show back in August.
The first group is a NCO (Junior leader) with a 60mm mortar with a couple of crew.
The original French heads with Adrian helmets were replaced with Senegalese heads.
The second group is another three infantry men who will be used to either make up the numbers on weapons crews, or go towards another Groupe de Combat.
All were painted using my previous palette, although as noted on that article I think the small packs were too pale, so I did them off a base of Khaki this time.
All the platoon and supports are now painted, now to use them in a game.....
I played in Liams second Chain of Command: DMZ game set during the Vietnam war.
The game was titled 'Stretched Thin' and I played the Americans attempting to evacuate the wounded after a friendly fire bombing incident.
Four parties of stretcher bearers had to make it to the LZ before Charlie could intervene. My forces were deployed along a narrow trail through the jungle and enemy forces were all around.
The initial attacks by a section of NVA regulars were thrown back in disarray, but I had become distracted securing a base of fire where I should have been playing a more mobile game. Two strecher parties had been evacuated when another section of NVA regulars cut the road and my two remaining parties had to dive into the jungle to avoid capture.
Re-deploying to clear the path I was surprised by some VC Mainforce on the trail who broke one of my sections who ran into the jungle. With Charlie on the path though I was able to redeploy my teams and start pushing back up the trail. The broken section also rallied and found a VC tunnel system (jump-off) so when the turn ended, not only did they return to the game they also secured one of the enemy jump-off points.
Weight of fire was beginning to tell on the Vietnamese and as their moral collapsed the platoon sergeant shepherded off the remaining two stretcher parties for a victory for the forces of freedom. Although the victory was tempered some what as I had sustained over a dozen casualties escorting four casualties to the LZ.
NVA and VC casualties are high so Westmoreland will likely be telling the press that we killed a whole regiment of them!
Liams report of the game is here
More pictures from the day.
|Jims 15mm AWI game|
|Eds 28mm English to quell the Jacobites|
|Liams 15mm Chain of Command: DMZ Americans|
|Liams NVA in a bunker|
|More Jacobite action|
|Wills 15mm AWI|
|Wills 15mm AWI|
|Wills 15mm AWI|
Friday, 11 October 2019
Crickey, it's been quite some time since my last update, but in my defence Victoria and I did go on a big adventure again for a couple of weeks then I've had a ton of work to catch up on.
I have had chance to do some more work on the Tirailleurs Sénégalais for my France 1940 project. The last post was the standard platoon organisation, and this time I've been working on some support choices for them.
All the figures are Crusader Miniatures from Northstar.
The first trio is a European sergeant or junior officer in a leather greatcoat accompanied by a couple of Tirailleurs who will either be used to make up the numbers on gun crews or form the start of a new Groupe de Combat.
Next is a French 25mm anti-tank gun with three crewmen. I wondered if to paint the crew as Senegalese or European and in the end opted for the former.
The second support option is a Hotchkiss machine gun, again with three crew.
I did a couple of head-swaps on these models, simply chopping off the helmeted heads and replacing with Senegalese heads. The original Adrian helmet is re-purposed, the gunner has his slung from his belt, while the loader has left his on the sandbag barricade they are sheltering behind.
The sandbags are from the Renedra set and come in very useful for these sort of crewed weapons (I have almost exactly the same in my WWI French collection)
I think I now have enough done for some Chain of Command Blitzkreig 1940 games.