PSC M3s and some Italeri US

Some reinforcements for the US armored division! The PSC kit is awesome as usual!!! Highly recommend it!!!

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Some more Panzer Grenadiers for Normandy

Here are a few newly painted Caesar assembly series and cape/zeltbahn panzer grenadiers for the collection. I am thrilled with the end result as I am now able to field nearly 2 full platoons of SS for BGO. I am eying the armourfast German mortars, and need two more MG teams to complete the outfit.

The assembly series is pretty nice when not to fiddly, but I found that the limbs provided are not enough to create the exact poses I wanted, however I was able to replicate this gem…. Minus the Italian camo jump suit… All are a combination of pea dot, oakleaf, and plane tree camo.

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British infantry

Below is my finished British infantry. I have combined my recently refurbed (lazily with agrax earth shade) revell troops with a heavy vickers MG from Zvezda that was converted with green stuff for helmets to look more late war and also one sprue of PSC Brits to fill on numbers with some additional unique poses. Also are some shots of the mG team WIP… Hope you like it!

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AAR: Battle Near Carentan

To Commemorate the 69th anniversary of D-Day Lauren and I fought a Battle Group Overlord version of a Platoon Level game.  The battle was fought between elements of the 17th SS panzer grenadier division around a small village near Carentan and the 2rd US Armored Division taking place on June 13th 1944.  The US forces are probing a German Defensive line to break through and link up with the US Airborne troops holding the town itself.

 

Below are PDFs of the forces:

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And here is the board layout with the Germans defending the town at the bottom edge of the map and holding secret positions in the bocage.  I simulated secret hidden units with unit markers created by basing and painting (ghosts) which are heavily dry-brushed to give them a hidden appearance.

 

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Above a Sherman 105mm crosses a farm field to support the advancing column seen below in several pictures.

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Above on the left is the Column on the Main Road…. some Sherman 76mm ready to engage the enemy!

Meanwhile a separate column (photo on the right) supports the far left flank (US perspective).

 

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The American Commander is Caught on Camera by a German Scout with a look of pure disgust….

 

 

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Armor is rolling quickly to the town….. unopposed…???!!!

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The photo on the right is a view from the Right Flank (US perspective)

 

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A German sniper is spotting the US Armor along the roads from the Church’s Bell tower

 

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A Puma and FAO team in a Kublewagon lurk behind a ruined building…. awaiting the left flank column….

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Two “Ghost” unit markers in the town being held in reserves

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Also a PAK 40 is on Ambush awaiting the column in a 2nd tier defense line just outside the town…

 

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However in the first tier is an MG, Rifle Squad with Panzer Faust lying in ambush for the column as it is moving into close contact.

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The PanzerFausts open fire from point blank and destroy the first two Shermans that are advancing along the main road.

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The Tiger which is hidden between two buildings open fires on the other flank’s column and scores another hit!!!

 

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Awaiting the the far right flank’s maneuvering M36 Jackson is a Jagdpanzer IV…..

 

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The Jagdpanzer rolls over a friendly mine which the US commander drew as  battle counter….. and is destroyed without impacting the game…. this is a big loss for the German defenders.

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A German MG/Rifle Squad moves up the right flank meeting the oncoming M36 and destroys it with a panzerFaust.

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Meanwhile on the left flank the US general brings up the 3″ anti-tank gun to check the Tiger at the roads convergence and deploys it to stop any flanking maneuver. . However a close assault from a hidden grenadier squad quickly kills off the defenseless gun crew.

 

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Above are some shot from the assaulting Germans’ Perspective….

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The Germans reposition the Opel and deploying it to carry panzer grenadier squads to support the right flank, and the left is pretty secure from advancing armor.  However the germans are losing troops in the bocage to mortar fire and off-table artillery support.

The Tiger swings around to begin a flanking move up the far left side of the board…

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The US Infantry close assault the german panzer grenadiers in the bocage and nearly wipe out the whole squad thanks to the BAR attached to it!   This is the last straw as the German squad have only a single man who is surrounded and must draw a battle counter.  This is one too many casualties and the Germans must call all forces to retreat and the battle is over with the US victorious.  Below the German forward HQ is preparing for a strategic withdrawal towards the center of Carentan.

 

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All in All a most enjoyable game!  Hope you enjoyed it too!

 

Cheers,

 

Ted

A Small bit..

Here is a small resin fountain I found at the Michigan toy soldier company store in Royal Oak michigan. I do not have info on the make and it was not totally cheap at $15 USD but I think it will make a wonderful center piece to any town I fight my battles in Northwest Europe. I sprayed it flat black and drybrushed several light coats of a combo of pale sand, yellowish rust, and dark tan. I then washed with nuln oil formerly known as Badab black from the games workshop collection. A tasty little piece to add flair to my townscapes!

Cheers,

Ted

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Armourfast Achilles and Pack Howitzers

Here are some shots of my armourfast Achilles with pairs of hasegawa tank crew. The decals are from a Michigan company called Alleran who makes 1/76 markings. I probably did not reach perfection for accuracy with the markings but overall I am very pleased with these kits.

Also I built up a pair of the pack howitzers from the Waterloo kit. I think they make handsome additions to my close infantry support if I may say so myself. Thanks for looking!

Cheers,

Ted

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