|Cap Badge of the Chasseur Ardennais|
After having a good look through the 1940 CoC Blitzkrieg, I felt the most interesting force to game with would be the Belgians. They put up an initial heroic defence especially in the Ardennes, in which the Chasseurs Ardennais played a significant role. The Blitzkrieg source book laid out a fairly simple core platoon with limited supports so I said why not?
In 20mm, there are only 2 suppliers of metal figures that one could use being Early War Miniatures and FAA Miniatures. I decided to go with EWM as they had a slightly better selection with more supports and they are I believe a good supporter of TFL. The order was placed in September 20th, and was mailed out about 3 weeks later. I believe the figures were cast to order. It was pretty expensive coming in under $175, but this gave me a pretty complete core and support force with a few extras. They arrived within a couple of weeks.
I will discuss the miniatures after the photos, but they certainly were a little rough. My painting scheme was as follows:
- Green Tail Light (Vallejo Panzer Aces 308): Chasseur Ardennais beret
- Leather Brown (Vallejo 871): Webbing and ammunition pouches
- Green Brown (Vallejo 879): Uniform
- Black (Vallejo 950): Boots and gaiters
- Khaki (Vallejo 988): Breadsack
- Russian Uniform Green (Vallejo 924): Gasmask container and mess tin
They were primed VMC Panzer Grey using an airbrush and then hand painted. I used Citadel Sepia as a final wash. They came out OK as long as you do not look too closely and certainly on the table they look like a coherent force. I have just recently bought a bunch of metal washers as I wanted to started transporting my CoC troops in magnetised boxes. Up until now I have been using coins. Made a big mistake here though as I not not test the washers to see if they were attracted to magnets. They were NOT! Clearly I do not know much about metals, and of course I never checked until the figures were all based.
|My Belgians with the core platoon and supports.|
|Group de Combat One, this is quite a powerful squad with a Fusil Mitrailleur Team with 2 FM1930 Automatic Rifles and 8 riflemen as well as a Fusilier Grenadier Team equipped with 3 grenades and 1 smoke grenade. They are led a JL with a SMG.|
|Group de Combat Two, similarly equipped. The FM 1930 AR has a Firepower of 4, so the total GdC fires with 22d6 .|
|The DBT Lance Grenadier Section. A JL and 9 riflemen who fire with 10d6 under 18" and use their DBT Launchers at >18" giving 2HE each. They also have 3 smoke grenades each.|
|The platoon has only 1 SL which is definitely a limitation.|
|Some ancillary figures: FO, Sniper, Medic and extra JL.|
|A 5 man Fusil Mitrailleur with a JL and a FM1930 AR mounted on motorcycles|
|MMG Team here with a Maxim, if equipped with a Hotchkiss M1914 MMG they fire 9d6|
|47mm FRC M1931 ATG with 5 crew and a JL.|
|A small 3 man engineering team, no engineering models out there ufortunately, these guys have Adrienne Helmets|
|T13 B1 Tank|
|Very nice but very expensive Retrokit Model.|
|T13 B3 Tank|
|Armour 3, AP 6, HE 4, Low Profile|
I have to admit that I sort of wished that I played CoC in 28mm after painting these figures. Warlord Games has a very nice set of Chasseurs Ardennais which look like they would be nice to paint. I suppose that I should not complain as this is a pretty rare force which can really only be utilized in one very short campaign. The infantry are not bad and do have some variation (5-6 models) but the support troops are a bit of a joke in that I really only think there are 3 basic models which one has to use for the MMG, ATG Team and the DBT teams. There is only one figure with a SMG.
They were very poorly cast, faces a complete mess. I am not sure what the original greens were like but they could do with an improvement. And amazingly enough it appears in early November they re-mastered this line. I am not really happy that I was not told this as I think I made a fairly major purchase but so it goes. I see they have an Off-Table Mortar team now as well as some Belgians tanks so I suppose I will be making another order.