- HQ with two PIAT teams
- 2 transport jeeps (these never get used)
- 3 full size Airlanding platoons
- Airlanding Platoon, Royal Engineers with Supply jeep
- Airlanding Recce platoon (which also rarely gets used)
- Airlanding Mortar platoon with four tubes and two observer teams
- Airlanding Anti-Tank platoon with four guns
- Airlanding Light Battery, Royal Artillery with four guns
- Airlanding Armoured Recce platoon of four tetrarchs
- Armoured Platoon with three Shermans and a Firefly (representing the DD Armoured Platoon)
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2009
- Started Renovation
- Lost job
- Found job
- Finished Renovation
- Got a dog (arf!)
- Started Renovation
- Moved contents of upstairs downstairs (including the computer)
- Still Renovating
The good new is that I have moved much farther along in my painting. My original goal was met. I even attended a tournament which used more points/figures than I originally intended to finish. Hopefully I can get my computer back up and running in the next couple of weeks and therefore post pics and after action reports.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Unfortunately, I don't have any "in-progress" pictures, I was too engrossed in what was being done.
Have a look at the far tank, the commander is emerging from the hatch and my friend was kind enough to add the radio antenna as well.
The German infantry wears a uniform that is not easily reproduced by the paint colours I have so once again I must experiment. Here are the test figures:
I numbered each figure so that I know what colours I used. Unfortunately I have since lost the page amongst my other gaming supplies. I'll post it once I find it.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Here is the second airlanding platoon.
I changed my "order of operations" when painting these teams. I added the drywall compound before finishing the figures. The reason I did this was to make cleaning up errant compound easier and to reduce the "touch up" time.
In all cases a touch up of the original jacket colour was needed.
I originally was going to paint the tanks using the same method as the jeeps and universal carrier, but I just found that they were painted with a black and green camouflage scheme. Some picture research will be required. I am looking for the book "Airborne Armour" by Keith Flint, who is supposed to be the authority on these tanks.
I had some difficulty assembling these little buggers. The resin bits needed to be scraped and sanded. Note that resin dust is toxic, when sanding or scraping the resin, wear a mask and use a fan to blow the resin dust away from you. The mantlets also needed to have the flashing on the inside edge scraped away before they fit nicely on the turrets.
The commander was also fiddly to put together. He barely fits into the turret (the mini is a bit small) and the hatch needs to be notched at the bottom for it to fit on the turret. In the end I used hatch and the commander to prop eachother up (like two drunks!). A better solution would be to build up the turret opening with a bit of plastic card. I did finally get the tanks assembled and primed using Orkhide Shade.
Somewhere in France, August 1944...
British airborne troops attack the German defenses of a small farming town ...
My opponent and I are both new to playing Flames of War and we both used small forces, so the following battle report is a bit simplistic. Later I will upload some diagrams of the battle field each turn. On my side of the battle field was a couple of large hills. The centre was dominated by wheat fields and apple orchards providing ample cover for the infantry, while my opponents half of the table was covered in forests, hiding my objectives from view. My British Airlanding troops were attacking a German Grenadierkompanie in the outlying areas of a farming community from the cover of surrounding hills. Fields and orchards provided cover in the valley. The whole area was lightly forested.
The grenadiers had setup evenly across the board and advanced across a broad front in the first turn. Meanwhile the paratroops deployed in a refused flank (east/right side), with the artillery (howitzers and mortars) behind a hill in the south and advanced in to the cover of the wheat fields. Shooting in the first turn was light, resulting in the loss of a single gun from the howitzer platoon.
On the second turn the heavy machine gun platoon moved to support the grenadiers on the west flank while the second grenadier platoon broke cover and rapidly advanced on the lightly held eastern objective. The paratroops jostled for a better position to assault next turn under cover of a smoke bombardment from the howitzers. The recce and antitank platoons moved to the eastern flank and fired on the advancing grenadiers, destroying the platoon. The airborne mortar platoon was hit by fire from the heavy anti-aircraft gun (one of the dreaded 88s!) on the hill and two German antitank guns firing HE (high explosive).
The grenadiers and heavy machine guns dug foxholes in the beginning of turn three instead of firing through the smoke bombardment. The German anti-tank guns fired and destroyed the remaining mortars. The British Airborne broke through the cover of the wheat fields, both platoons pouring fire on the grenadiers dug in around the tree line, but failing to cause casualties. Since the howitzer's smoke bombardment was off target this turn Airlanding Platoon 1 carried on their assault on the German anti-tank guns instead of the grenadiers, finishing them off quickly and consolidating on the objective.
With the British on the objective the Grenadiers had to assault. The heavy machine gun platoon fired on Airlanding platoon 2 pinning them in the wheat field. Fire from the grenadiers and the Flak 36 was shrugged off by the paratroops on the objective, but the assault was very effective. Airlanding platoon 1 was reduced to two fighting teams. These two teams rallied and fought on, throwing back the counter assault and holding the objective at the start of turn 5, winning the game. We called it a draw, however, because the platoon had only two stands and considering how "green" we were it could have gone either way.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The mortar platoon is looking a little bland. I'll try using a brown citadel wash (these paints are the "bees knees" for shading) to darken the face and clothing and give a bit more definition to the figures.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
As for painting I intend to finish a Airlanding Mortar platoon with an observer team this month, as well as a second Airlanding platoon. I also intend to get my platoon of Tetrarch tanks onto the painting table this month.