Sunday, March 2, 2014

A few random projects

Last weekends Day of Days has got me re-inspired towards Flames so I've been working on a a few bits and pieces for next years Day of Days- nothing lie an early start.

To date we've not really given EW a try, none of the guys have EW armies so we tend to play Mid War (our preferred era) or LW. Truth be told though, we play very little Flames these days and comps are probably where I get most of the games. Still Dale and Nigel both have British Mid War desert tank compnaies that can easily be morphed for EW- Dale has the remnants of his infamous  Stuart horde of a decade ago (32 Stuarts was enough for us to ban multiple companies in our standard games). So I've decided to look into DAK options.

I've had a few EW blisters lying round for far to long so have started to work on a few bits and pieces. I hope to get the guys together soon for a few 1100pt doubles games. 

I'm keen to try and run a kradschutzen kompanie (motorcycle infantry) so have ordered some motorcycles. I had one blister of DAK motorbikes lying round to get the project started. I intend to have 2 platoons worth as the core of my company which will be run supporting a panzer company. I must admt of am a fan of smaller points size and doubles or even triples games of FoW, the support options become a lot more limited and the forces actually better represent companies than the larger points totals do. So I am looking at running something like this:
Kradschützenkompanie
1100pt DAK Kradschutzen
German Early-War
Mechanised Company
PlatoonQtyUnitPoints
Headquarters
Kradschützenkompanie HQ  p.71
2Cmd Motorcycle SMG team65
Combat Platoons
Kradschützen Platoon  p.71
1
1
6
Cmd Motorcycle MG team
Motorcycle Light Mortar team
Motorcycle MG team
290
Kradschützen Platoon  p.71
1
1
6
Cmd Motorcycle MG team
Motorcycle Light Mortar team
Motorcycle MG team
290
Weapons Platoon
Schützen Mortar Platoon  p.66
1
1
1
4
Cmd SMG team
Motorcycle & Sidecar
Observer Rifle team
8cm GW34 mortar
125
Divisional Support
Tank-hunter Platoon  p.87
4Panzerjäger I335
Company Points:1105
www.EasyArmy.com Source document: Hellfire and Back!       












My British have also had a bit of tidying up. I finally completed a platoon of 2pdr portees (not sure how long I've had the blisters lying round)
 And a couple of Breda portees- I am tempted to run a motorised infantry company (Jock Column) to be able to run these.
 My 25 pdrs have also had a bit of a facelift. A quick repaint and drybrush.

Today I've been tidying up a mittlre panzerkompanie (4x panzer IVs, 5x panzer IIs, 2x 8rads and air support) which will be used to support the kradschutzen.

 I also scrounged up another mortar team to make a platoon of 4 as part of the kradschutzen's support.


 I've come up with this to test out: 
Mittlere Panzerkompanie
Medium Armoured Company
German Early-War
Tank Company
PlatoonQtyUnitPoints
Headquarters
Mittlere Panzerkompanie HQ  p.63
1Panzer IV D150
Combat Platoons
Mittlere Panzer Platoon  p.63
3Panzer IV D450
Weapons Platoon
Panzer II Platoon  p.61
5Panzer II C (late)280
Divisional Support
Heavy Panzerspäh Platoon  p.73
2Sd Kfz 231 (8-rad)95
Air Support  p.90
5Limited Air Support Ju 87B Stuka115
Company Points:1090
www.EasyArmy.com Source document: Hellfire and Back!


Finally today I made some pinned markers for Bolt Action.

 
 So overall, I've been fairly productive.  

Craig

12 comments:

  1. An impressive collection!

    Good idea for the pinned markers too.

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    1. Thanks Boggler- the war in the desert is one of my favourite theatres alas we just don't seem to play that many desert games any more,.

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  2. Very very nice Craig. The pinned markers are a great idea. Might have to steal that one!!

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    1. Thanks Rodger, been meaning to make some pinned markers for a while now. Toothpicks and & spare FoW small bases.Will probably add some static grass as well.

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  3. I've been knocking around ideas in my head as well. I may try to run Autosaharianas paired with a German Panzer Kompanie. Or with motorcycles troops as well. (We may see a bunch of these!)
    Of course I might switch to OSS at the last minute;-)

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    1. Autosharianas would be cool! Don't discount the carri company as support either. Unlike the Germans you an get a decent number of hulls and 1-2 artillery batteries for smoke etc

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  4. Nice looking battle groups.

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    1. Crazy timing...
      You announce we are doing EW and the Greece campaign and I get a box of random stuff delivered from my late Granmas house...
      In the box was two original small paper booklets from the NZ war office in 1943,
      one on the Campaign of the 2ndEF in Greece and the other the Campaign in Tunisia.
      Pretty chuffed, good score!!

      I prefer your british force, they look really gd, and its infantry, perfect for Greece :D

      Hopefully I can make it again, had an awesome time at DoD, thanks Craig

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  5. You and Jason looked like you had a lot of fun. Was one of the best DoD yet :)

    I think we'll open it up to Med '41 rather than just Greece.

    Those booklets sound awesome!

    Hope to get some EW games in next week.

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  6. LRDG all basecoated.. somehow unless fow hav a list i wont be taking them and probs run german armour anyway.. got some gd painting tips.
    Med 41 it is. Hopefully i can make it :)

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  7. There is a list in Burning Empires apparently. I'm doing my German armour the colours in the book (ochre-brown?) and a heavy dry brush of Iraqi sand. Pretty simple but loos pretty good.

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