23 August 2019

Now for some Terrain

After painting 20 AB figures for the last couple of months, I needed a bit of a break, so in the past couple of days I painted up some terrain. Our next game in the Von Luck campaign require a lot of high stone walls. In CoC speak these are 10-12' high and are treated as major obstacles. So for 20mm figures, I needed something around 40mm high. I had some Mediterranean walls from Brigade Games on hand, and although 28mm scale they were exactly 40mm high so I said why not. We are also of course talking about France but again it is difficult to get everything perfect. I liked how Rich Clarke had painted walls in his recent Blacksmith Build, so I decided to try to copy it.
Rustoleum Espresso: 50:50 Mixture of Yellow Oxide-Raw Umber: Yellow Oxide

Naples Yellow: 50:50 Mixture of Naples Yellow-Parchement: Parchement

Table 5 in Von Luck....
......forests not yet laid down
The Collection so far
Brick x 2 with Carroburg Crimson, Drybrush of Flat Red on tiles
Gate with Caliban Green, Drybrushed with warboss Green, washed with Camoshade
I realy enjoyed this project, I would like a few more straight sections so I will be contacting Brigade Games to see if this is possible, I really do not need any corners or gates.

I am off to Montreal this Tuesday, have my first game of SAGA planned there for many years. I linked up with a Montreal SAGA Facebook group and have arranged a game à Boutique de Jeux L'Abyss, this looks like quite a place so I am looking forward to seeing the shop and meeting some new players. On Wednesday, we are having our next turn in the All American CoC campaign, so lots of gaming. Maybe, I might be able to get in another SAGA game on Thursday.

I am playing a Saracen Warband in my first Age of Crusades SAGA game, taking on some Levantine Crusaders so it should be interesting.

My next project is something completely different, so stay tuned.

20 August 2019

WWII AB British

And up next we have our British platoon. Again set up for Late War but also can be used fror Early War. Thes are all AB except for the 2pd ATG.
Basic platoon with 3 sections, 2 SL's as well as 2 men Piat and 2" Mortar teams.
This allows me to field either the 1939 platoon or the 1940 platoon. These easly war platoons had Boys ATR teams with 2 men. The 1940 sections had a 11 men but 2 had to man the ATR so 1 extra rifleman was needed. I decided not to bother to paint up new rifle-armed JL's.
Vickers MMG Team
Six man Engineer section with JL with a 3 man Flamethrower Team.
Some Snipers
Extra 2" Mortar and Piat Teams
6pder, 17pder and 2pder interchangeable ATG teams. The 2 pder is from Zvedza.
Lots of room for a tank or an extra section.

Here is the smaller Chessex with a Paratroop Platoon. These are TQD figures.
So a bit of fun painting. Hopefully will do me for a while, I have quite a few vehicles and AFV's for the Brits so pretty good there. 

Time to start painting something completely different.

17 August 2019

WWII AB Germans

Over the last couple of months, I have been painting new German and British platoons for Chain of Command. I had been using Plastic Soldier Company 1/72 figures and they have done great service, fighting many battles. They were getting damaged and there were a few things I wanted to change as I was having problems with transport as well as wanting no multi-based figures. When transitioning from a 28mm Napoleonic to new 18mmAB army, I decided to go with metal bases that could be placed in magnetic drawers and easily transported. The troops have travelled back and forth to Montreal several times now without any damage so I decided to transition my WWII figures to a similar system.

As AB Figures has an excellent selection of German and British figures in 20mm, I decided to go primarily with them. I find WWII much more interesting to paint than Napoleonics (and of course easier) so I decided to take on the project myself. I have finally got around to finishing the painting and basing so time to take some photos.
Rifle or Panzergrenadier Platoon with Supports

Basic Platoon for Late War (extra SL)-3 squads of 10 men each with a 3 man LMG team and a 6 man Rifle Team. The single SL has a PanzerSchreck team in the platoon. As you can see the Leaders are marked with red flowers but the SL's also have a clump of bushes on the base. The LMG teams are aslo marked with flowers to make it easy to distinguish them from the Riflemen. I also used different coloured flowers on each squad.
I suspect this may disturb some as I do appreciate that Early War Germans and Panzergrenadiers had some uniform variations from LW Grenadiers. But for me this is less important. I am more interesting in playing the game with easily identfible weapons and teams. So above we have the figures to turn the platoon into a PzG platoon (2 three man LMG teams with 3 riflemen) or an EW platoon (2 SL's and a 5cm Mortar team without the PzSck Team.
5 man MMG Team
FO, Sniper and an extra PzSck Team
Dirty Nazi Tricks for EW games
6 man Engineer squad with Flamethrower Team. I plan to upgrade this to a 16 man Pioneer Squad for EW games, so holding off on a JL for now until I have this sorted. I should also point out that these figures are from CPModels.
Late War AT Guns with gun team and JL. The gun is easily changed out. Mixture of PSC, EWM, and Zvezda.
Early War AT and AI Gun Teams.
CI marker system: SL, SL with 2 CI, Wounded JL with 2 CI (no activation this turn), JL with 1 CI, and a Gun team JL with 1 CI. These should be all pretty obvious on the table during a game and i hope unobstrusive. These are mdf with rare earth magnets embedded so they attach to the metal base thus quickly changed out.
And finally on to the actual transport system:
I glued some magnetic sheet onto the heavy card separator. It has a cloth tab that I can use to easily remove the separator from the box with out having to reach into the box and pull out each figure. You will note 4 rare earth magnets in each corner. I am pretty confident I will be able to fit in Squad 4.
The Test!
This is a large hard plastic box that are perfect for 1/72 figures. It comes with 2 cardboard separators with cloth tabs. They come from Chessex dice and are easily obtained on ebay. I have my British Paratroop Platoon in their smaller box. The separator is held in place by 4 rare earth agnets that I glued into the base of the box.
So a few additions still needed, I am working on a Bison now but I believe I have most of the necessary AFV's for both EW and LW. I plan to paint a 4th squad as a support but all in time!

15 August 2019

Perponcher's Division

2nd Netherland's Division
von Goedeck's Brigade
van Bylandt's Brigade
Silly Billy
Dutch Foot and Horse Artillery
van Merlen's Light Cavalry Brigade: Dutch 6th Hussars.....
........Belgian 5th Light Dragoons
Got around to photographing Perponcher's Division today. I picked this division as it had units from 3 different countries, so a variety of uniforms. I recently received the 3 Nassau battalions I had been waiting for, I had not liked how they were painted on the first go around. Without any question, they were re-painted in a slightly duller green. I really like how they came out.

So that is it for the Allied forces, I do have an order in for 2 battalions of French Lancers as well as a unit of French Heavy Artillery. Hopefully that will finally put out my Napoleonic flame, I must have close to 3000 AB figures now!

12 August 2019

Von Luck-Turn 5-The Church on the Flank

We played our 5th turn in the Von Luck campaign this past Saturday, this is the 4th table of 5 and I had yet to gain a victory. I withdrew from the 1st table immediately as hardly any paratroopers had shown up from their drop points and lost table 2 and 3. I was able to initiate a Naval Bombardment at the beginning of Turn 3, so this was our 5th turn but really 3rd game. Mike decided to bring in his 1st platoon again and I had a completely new platoon which was for this scenario only.

Situation Post Turn 4
Platoon 1: Brits 9 dead, 3 missing for next game
Platoon 1: Germans 1 dead, 1 missing for next game
Brits: CO -1, MO -1, PLO Happy
Germans: CO +5, MO +8 PLO Affable

British Paratroopers (FM 11)
Fresh Paratrooper Platoon
3 Supports
2" Mortar Team

German Panzergrenadiers (FM 11)
#1 Panzergrenadier Platoon (-2 men)
14 Supports
Lorraine Schlepper

So on to the game:

The table from the British end
Patrol Markers and JOP's
Mike brought on the Schleper, an FO as well as a SL with a PG squad in the upper right hand corner of the table in the first couple of phases. I held off for quite a bit as he bombardered the church and eventually destroying it. I did bring on two 2" mortar teams to lay down some smoke. They really had a problem with accuracy and even when smoke was laid down Mike would just move it so it could re-aim. Mike also broughton a barrage pretty quickly covering two of my JOP's. I then got sorely tempted by a squad he placed on his right flank and carefully brought on 2 sections one in the churchyard and one behind a hedge. I was able to kll 3 of his men but as things went the creeping barrage started to creep. I had by now lost one of my 2" Mortars to the HE from the Schelper and was startinto take some morale hits........

.........I then foolish brought on my 3rd section to take out the German squad in the open after ending the turn,thus removing the smoke and all markers (but not unfortunately the barrage as Mike had plenty of CoC dice). I was quite unsucessful and coupled with the fact that I forgot that I even had Snipers available until near the end of the game, things started to go downhill. By then the barrage had crept over 2 sections, the church and one building had been destroyed taking the 2 snipers with it and my 3rd section had routed from the 13d6HE the Schlepher puts out. Morale plummetting, it was time to withdraw. In retrospect I really played this one poorly and deserved to lose!
So another British Loss, now really quite hopeless as I have to win 3 games in a row on the last table to prevent the Germans taking Table 5 in 8 turns. This is made all the worse by the lack of clarity in the ruleset in respect to using snipers and open topped Armoured vehicles.

Situation Post Turn 5
British Platoon 1: 9 dead
British Platoon 2: na
British Platoon 3:  Intact
German Platoon 1: Germans 1 dead next game
German Platoons 2,3: Intact
Command Status
Brits: CO -1, MO -3, PLO Affable
Germans: CO +7, MO +10 PLO Affable
Brits: 0 Supports, 0 FM
Germans: +2 Supports, +4 FM, SL 4CI 12"CR

07 August 2019

The Black Brunswickers in a Smaller Scale!

Brunswick Corps at Waterloo
Black-uniformed Avantgarde
Light Brigade
Lieb and 1st Light
2nd and 3rd Light
Line Brigade: 1st, 2nd and 3rd with their glorious colours
Cavalry Brigade
The Black Duke
I finally recieved the final units required to complete the Brunswick Corps at Waterloo. All AB Figures of course. Unfortunately with Napoleonics, one is never finished and I just have noticed that the Brunswick Artillery figures and guns are now available and I think there is also some ADC's. So 2 units of artillery yet to be added and I will need 4 ADC's. One of my favourite armies to be sure. They just look terrific!

I will photograph Perponcher's Division in the Netherland's Order of Battle in the next day or two as they are complete as well.All painted by Old Guard Painters in the Ukraine.