Happy Thanksgiving British

Here are some shots of some British tank riders by hat in some old matchbox die cast halftracks refurbished and repainted to add some mobility to my armored columns…

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

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AAR: Battlegroup attack-defend scenario in Holland for Operation Market Garden 450 pts game

A couple of Saturday’s ago, my fiancée and me played a made up scenario located in Holland during Operation Market Garden using the Battlegroup overlord ruleset from Ironfist Publishing.  The scenario included British Airborne forces (470 pts) holding a town (presumably outskirts around Arnhem) from a German counter attack of mixed armor and infantry (440 pts).  The game was a lot of fun, but it was never completed due to time restrictions.  However, the battle was significantly favored for the British defender led by Lauren, while my German’s took a beating.  The lesson learned is that infantry defenders in a town in hard cover are tough to break and they inflicted too many casualties for the Germans to advance and take the objectives located in the town.  The German’s never even breached the out perimeter of the town.

Below are links to the battle lists:

http://www.battlegroupbuilder.com/?load=OAA0BA1AB-BBB_B-BBB_C-BBE-AB1D-BB0CD-AB0DABI0FBF0&roster=1

http://www.battlegroupbuilder.com/?load=EAA0BA1ABB_BB_CCDFI-CB1A_B1ABB_BB_CCDG10FB0IA0&roster=1

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A shot of the board setup and close-up of the town.

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some British Defenders guarding the main road armed with PIATs

 

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Some views of the town roads from the east….

 

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Some shots above of the internal town defenses, a 17 pdr, and an MG positioned on a roof top covering the square, while the platoon command squad is positioned behind the brick row houses awaiting the initial probe.

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The initial recce probe by the SdKfz. 222 and SdKfz 250/1 is unsuccessful when the 17 pdr easily destroys the armored car.

 

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A couple of glamour shots of the Horsa MKII glider from the initial landing.

 

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The Main elements of the German Forces with the infantry and armor moves in to place to shell the town and it’s defenders before moving in.

 

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…..While the British recce jeep guards the eastern flank from infantry on foot slowly advancing through the fields approaching the town.

 

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The Panzer grenadiers get bogged down under MG fire and take cover in the bushes…..

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While the two Wespes run out of ammo… they never really had any impact on the game… next time I must bring a supply truck to keep them in Ammo (each only get three shots before needed to re-supply!

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With the German’s taking several casualties and not wanting to risk an all out suicide against the 2 British Platoons, they pack it up and go home to regroup and hopefully bring more artillery and armor into the Frey.

British Updates

In my ongoing project to update/upgrade my British Forces for late war northern Europe, I have purchased the Hat British tank riders and an airfix Bedford QLT and QLD set along with the British Infantry by Caesar.  I have a surplus of extra tank riders that are almost completed and will be removeable to use on tanks or in the new M5 Halftracks that I am working on.  The halftracks are refurbs from very old diecast (probably matchbox) that I completely remodeled.  I replaced the clonky wheels and added a ton of stowage.  These will look great once finished in the next few days.  I am also converting a few of these seated poses to Airborne with simple head swaps.  They will go into additional jeeps for recce etc.  All very excited stuff that will get my battlegroup past a basic phase and onto a more complete looks as a covet Mr. Brand’s fabled forces of the Battlegroup books and of ww20mm blog.  Piers certainly has all his bases covered and once some of these projects are completed I will be able to branch out to having more odd bits.  I also painted an additional 20 or so Caesar Brits to have more poses and possible a second platoon down the road.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Cheers,

 

Ted

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German Pioneers Revell

Here are some shots of more pioneers I finished.  I would like to incorporate more engineering into my Battlegroup games so I thought that I’d first need to paint some up.  I am also anticipating the new PSC conversion kit for the SdKfz 251 to make the pioneer light bridging halftrack to add to this unit.  Excited for the new possibilities!

 

Cheers,

 

Ted

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Ardennes Germans Test

In a binge of posts this afternoon, I am putting up some test-shots of a group of German Panzer grenadiers dressed in winter clothing for the Battles in the Ardennes Forrest and for early 1945.  I am planning on painting enough Germans, US, and Ruskies in Winter Clothing so I can start fighting some of these battles towards the very end of the war.  For the Germans I have collected a forces from Revell’s Late War Germans, Italeri’s Elite Germans, and Caesar’s Panzer Grendiers in the Ardennes, and Caesar’s German Infantry in Winter Dress which is now out of production.  For the US down the road I have collected Caesars US infantry set #1 and #2, and for the Russians I will start with the new releases by Pegasus.  A lot more to come with respect to this project.  I am also hoping to get a copy of Battlegroup Fall of the Reich for Christmas to complement this wonderful period.

Hope you enjoy! Cheers,  Ted

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Some new/refurbed German Armor

It has been awhile since my last post.  I have been very busy at work, and have also lost my wifi to my phone so it takes a lot of data to blog from the phone, and I share a computer with my fiancée.  Either way these are all weak excuses for not posting some of the work I have done lately.  I decided to upload the pics on her computer at home and use lunchtime at work to post them.  I guess that is what you call dedication.

On to the kits:

I have been on a refurbing rampage and have gone back to bring old kits to the current standard.  The first kit is an old Revell Panther A/G from my childhood.  This kit underwent a refurb last year, but with new techniques I felt that it could use a boost in appearance, and wanted to make it look similar to the two new panthers from PSC in order to round out a company of panthers.  Below it is the fellow with the number 1 on the turret.  I love this kit, however when it was build in 1997 I was not yet proficient at the link and length style tracks that are a part of the revel kit.  Therefore the tracks are rather dodgy in my opinion.  Nonetheless a welcome addition to my Normandy forces.

The second refurb in the works was an armourfast StuH42 that I built last Christmas and hastily painted in an eastern front scheme.  I was not pleased with the overall result and due to the fact that I wanted to field this assault howitzer in a 1944 Normandy or Holland battle and feeling that I did not need two of these beasts for the east, I went with the idea to repaint it to reflect a more western-front look.  I used a picture of a StuH42 from the Arnhem campaign to base the camo-scheme.

Finally, we have a brand new addition to the forces….. A beautiful Dragon Jagdpanther Early Production with Zimmerit.  I love dragon kits and if I only need a single tank will probably purchase them as often as I can due to the overall quality of manufacture and ease of build.  The kit features Photo-etched parts as well as metal screens that go over the engine housing.  The zimmerit also looks brilliant.  I will play this large cat in Normandy and Holland as well for 1944 battles.  I also have another revel Jagdpanther that will be repainted to reflect a very late 1944-1945 look.  Below are shots of the finished product.  I hope you enjoy!

 

Cheers,

 

Ted

 

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