17 August 2017

Hjemmeværnet (The Danish Home Guard) Transport Options Part 1

OK - so continuing the Hjemmeværnet (The Danish Home Guard) theme - and the Oxford Diecast theme - here are the first three touched up vehicles and their pax.

Starting with the Platoon Commander's ex-farmyard Land Rover:


And now with passengers:

Squad 1's ride:

And now with passengers:

Squad 2's ride:

And now with passengers:

The Land Rover was bashed up with washes and paint - and the canvas cover was completed repainted. The Ford Transit and VW vans were lined with MiG aircraft panel washes and then some Tamiya weathering powders added to the tires.

Support for the small platoon will appear in the next post.

Thanks

Richard

14 August 2017

Danish Home Guard Mortar Load - A Work-in-Progress

An odd title for an odd topic.  Back here in February I posed a question on how to treat a range of Oxford Diecasts to be used as Danish Home Guard transport.  I got a fair few comments which covered a broad range from cover them with cam nets (removable if possible) to leave them alone.

I've been striving to "finish" these vehicles, but one thing I wanted to do was to make up a couple of sabot loads to give at least a couple of vehicles a slightly more military look - or at least a used look.

One such vehicle is this VW Combi-Van ute (as we would call it in Oz):


It seems perfectly suited to a sabot load, and I thought it would make a good transport for my Home Guard medium mortar team.  So I made up a quick and dirty load:


Please bear in mind that much of this will be covered by a tarp, so I really just wanted shapes.  On the sabot are a number of boxes, a Panther spare wheel with some plastic rod added so under a trap it will hopefully look like (or at least give a basic outline of) a mortar base plate, some rod used to give the idea of the mortar bipod, and a larger rod for the mortar barrel.  I also glued three rods together and cut it up to give the impression of mortar rounds in a carrying case.  It's a WW2 thing, but witht he Home Guard that kind of makes sense.  Once the tarp is on I'll add a spade and a backpack on top of the tarp.

So here it is fitted onto the ute's load bed:


Hopefully the next time you see this it will be the final product.

Thanks

Richard

31 July 2017

Bundeswehr Bergepanzer 2

Way back here  in April 2017 I showed off my work-in-progress for the Hobbyden Bergepanzer conversion set for the Revell Leopard 1A5.  Today I can show off the finished product, minus a crewman which I haven't quite finished yet.

Anyway - onto the pics:










So there you have it apart from the Elhiem crewman I plan to add.

Hopefully the next update will turn up a little faster than this one.

Thanks

Richard

19 July 2017

West German Marder W-I-P - Part 1

This will be a very short work-in-progress update with just one photo.  I'm currently working on a commission job of some Revell Marders for a mate.  And he wants a lot of them...  So here's where I'm currently up to:


The two at the back have just been built.  One of them is likely to get a pretty full on cam net treatment.  Two in the front row have already been cammed up, and all three obviously have their black cam lines painted on.  I now need to add the NATO brown patches before I start weathering them.  Its a bit of a slow process, but it all looks pretty reasonable in the end.

Hopefully I'll be able to show some good progress over the weekend.

Have fun

Richard

12 July 2017

Danish Battlegroup

OK - back to 20mm, and back to the Danes for the last time for a while I think.

When finishing the Centurions I thought it might be nice to take a couple of photos of all the Danish armour finished thus far.  So without further ado - here we go:




Front Row Left to Right: 3 x S-Model M113 forming a Danish Mechanised Platoon, and a S-Model conversion to a M150 TOW Carrier

Back Row Left to Right: 2 x Airfix and 1 x Britannia Centurion forming a Tank Platoon, 2 x Warmaster M41 Walker Bulldog tanks to field as individual light recon tanks.

I've built an Italeri M106 to add some mortar support to my force, and will also be adding a couple of Unimog trucks, which can play a couple of roles.  One day I'd like to add a platoon of Leopard 1A4s as well - maybe when PSC does the Leopard 1 in 20mm.

Anyway - it's likely you'll see West Germans next...

Thanks

Richard

08 July 2017

An After Action Report with a (sizeable) difference!

So something a little different this weekend.  Before I start a little history.  I used to play a lot of 15mm World war Two.  It was my scale of choice for about 10 years and when I decided to expand into Cold War I looked around in 20mm and was not 100% satisfied with what was available at the time.  So I jumped into 20mm and have never really looked back - not until this weekend at least.

A couple of my mates have bought into Battlefront's "Team Yankee" in a big way.  Miniatures-wise at least.  And why wouldn't you - it looks like BF have done a very nice job on the figures and vehicles they have bought out.  I swore I wouldn't jump - as I have committed way too much time and money on 20mm Cold War - and I am satisfied with the games I get out of it.

So one of my mates has got a bunch of stuff ready and asked if we could play a 15mm Cold War game, using his models and "my" variant of Battlegroup: Cold War.  I also supplied the terrain (apart from one BF building my mate bought along to show me).  Just to have a go we also used some official playtest ATGM rules to test them out.  I should note that all the vehicles you see int eh game are from Battlefront, Peter Pig or QRF.

So here's the table - 10' x 6' - from the Soviet (my) end:


And from the American (my mate's) end:


This won't be a proper battle report as I didn't take enough photos - but I'll try and give you a flavour of what happened.  Before I jump in I'll fill you in on the two lists

Soviet - 1439 Points - 74 BR - 8 Officers
Forward HQ - 1 x T-72AK
Artillery Command Post - 1 x BTR-60
T-72A Company - 10 x T-72A
T-72A Tank Platoon - 3 x T-72A
T-72A Tank Platoon - 3 x T-72A
Motor Rifle Platoon - 3 x BMP-2
1 x ZSU-23-4
1 x SA-13
Off Table 2S1 Battery - 3 x 2S1

US Army - 1440 Points - 67 BR - 4 Officers
FHQ - 1 x M577, 1 x M1
Mechanised Infantry Platoon - 4 x M113A1
M1 tank Platoon - 4 x M1
M1 tank Platoon - 4 x M1
Self-Propelled Mortar Battery - 2 x M106
M901 ITV Section - 2 x M901
1 x M163
Off Table M109 Battery - 2 x M109

So all up we would have about 40 vehicles on the table - 9 x M1 vs 17 T-72 (I miscounted during the game and only fielded 16 T-72... only!  Ha!)  That's a pretty big game, and certainly the biggest I've played one-on-one.

The Soviets got the first move and rapidly bought on a couple of platoons of T-72's



One down each flank.  The US force countered and bought of a couple of M1 sections, plus another M1:


One section came down the main road, while the other, with the tag-along moved up my left flank:


This would almost mark the furthermost extent (plus a little bit here and there) that the Americans advanced - as they settled in to start taking long range shots at the Soviets.

More Soviets arrived and pushed forward.  My Shilka came on to prep in case any fast air arrived:


Later it would be joined by the SA-13 Gopher - so I was pretty well defended against fast-air - which never turned up (of course).


Other Soviet units moved onto the board.  Here you can see my Artillery Command Post vehicle parked behind a building when the FO spotted for the whole game.  T-72s are moving past up towards the battle area.


My leading platoon moved forward and 2 of them went in behind a hill - which would be my jump-off point when I was ready to jump.




I moved forward down the other flank as well - a little too far forward,  These tanks would pull back to a better position int he next turn.


Meanwhile, the Americans were doing pretty much the same thing.  Here their mortars set up, ready for a fire mission:


While his M163 waits on ambush fire


Ahead of it is one of the American objectives.  More American units would move up in the centre of the board, and on my right flank


They threw a mech squad into the mix on the left flak as well.  they ended up in that small house and it surrounds.


My Artillery Command Post got into action and started with this:


Then this:


And finally this:


I was ready to start my advance at this point - left flank:


Right flank



Most action was on the left - 1 M1 had come forward and I thought I was in a great spot to isolate and destroy him.



It was not to be for that turn, as I rolled a hilarous amount of 1's (it wasn't so funny at the time, but the Americans had already had their turn of rolling ones so it all evened out)

So here is my swing left:


And here is the result:


Not quite enough though as the Soviets eventually started to overwhelm the Americans:



I ended out knocking out 2 M1s and a M113, along with the Dragon fireteam and most of the next fireteam. The little blighters in the house took out one of the T-72s with a M72 LAW in the side!

Things were also happening on my right flank - side shot!


Not the greatest result for me though


Another T-72 on my right, spent the game immobilised by long range fire.  The one at the bottom of the picture.


The right ended in a point-blank brawl - only 1 tank in this pic is operational - an M1


The game ended back on the left flank - another point-blank shot into the side of an M1


This also allowed me to capture on of my objectives and force another chit on the Americans.

We had pretty much run out of time by this point, but the game was pretty heavily leaning towards the Soviets at this point.  The Americans had 2 M1s remaining out of 9 M1s (22% by my crap maths) with one of these bailed.  They had lost 44 BR leaving them with 23.  The Soviets were well inside their lines and were about to clean up a M106 battery and more in the next turn.

The Soviets on the other hand had 9 T-72A remaining out of 16 (should have been 17) which is 56% by my count.  They had lost 20 BR leaving them with 54.  They were in a much better position to win from there.

So it was a really good game.  Closer than it looks as I believe I had more luck than my mate (e.g. my communications checks to link up with my arty never failed while I think I got hit by the off-table M109s maybe 3 times in 7 turns, due to failed comms checks).  If he had pulled a plane or helicopter and ended up with an A-10 or a Cobra, it could have swung the game back in his favour.

The new ATGM rules worked well and were simpler than mine.

Having 39 or so vehicles running around on the table was definitely great.  It never looked cramped nor did we have the rolling tank park look.  A 10 x 6 table certainly gave plenty of manoeuvre space for both sides.  Playing in 15mm gives you greater scope for playing larger games.  I think if we had played a game with my normal 20mm points size (around 500 pts or so) the vehicles would have looked lost on a 10 x 6, while playing 1440 pts in 20mm on the 10 x 6 may have looked a little cramped.  We'll see...

Anyway - starting to waffle now - so time to wrap it up

Thanks and good gaming to you

Richard