Saturday, 14 July 2018

BG Tobruk AAR

With a certain individual visiting for the weekend, a hasty game of Battlegroup was arranged.

Mid 1941, the Western Desert: a DAK Battlegroup has forced a crossing over a Wadi and prepares to expand their bridgehead.

500 Pts from Battlegroup Tobruk. Bridgehead Breakout Mission from the rule book.


The table: The DAK force, having found a crossing point over a Wadi, has established a bridgehead and is racing reinforcements to secure it. The British naturally have other ideas...

German sMG34 and PaK38 cover the advance of some Motorcycle infantry.


Moving rapidly forward they put fire onto an infantry section and 25-pounder, pinning the former.


A pair of Crusaders arrive to lend support but fail to do much, the 25-pounder is soon eliminated.

Meanwhile, DAK reserves arrive in mass, though they struggle for orders.
A shoot by the second 25-pounder KO's the Sd Kfz 222.

More Crusaders arrive and they, along with the infantry, gun-down the isolated German Motorcycle troops before the Panzers can reach them.


Panzers working the flank...


...and Crusaders burn.


More German tanks arrive and the fight heats up considerably.The German right progresses well before being disrupted by artillery strikes which KO a Panzer III. On the German left things do not go so well, but the Bitish cannot advance against the Pakfront.


Both sides are close to breaking: a draw of 3 will see either force retire. Meanwhile, a Boys AT Rifle team sneak p into some rocks...

...and knocks-out a Panzer III with a lucky shot.

The Boys kill is enough to break German Force Morale: a British Victory!


Another excellent game of Battlegroup; very close as they so often are and thoroughly enjoyable. Good practice for the coming Battleaxe campaign.

CdlT

Friday, 15 June 2018

Battlegroup Desert Objectives

Some objectives I've made for Battlegroup, which will also work as Jump-off-points for Chain of Command in 15mm. Since I had the German stowage bits out, these were all quite German-themed: I've made five for NW Europe and five for the desert, though I still have to paint the NW European ones. In time, I'll also do others themed as British, US or Soviets objectives/JoPs.

BG does not need scenic objectives as the objective is really just a point on the table, or more often a piece of terrain. "Take the bridge" is quite obvious, but sometimes you need a marker in an open field and these suit the purpose. This is especially true in the desert.


My objective are on 25mm washers (i.e. 1 inch): the idea was to build up a core with filler pieces (boxes and crates, a tarp over filler, etc.) and then add details for interest. They became "themed" as one became a repair point, another gained several hand-held AT weapons, etc.

The simple tarps are just tissue paper soaked in watered-down PVA glue (as you'd use for applying static grass or flock), placed over filler, which is just several bit of scrap plastic sprue cut to size and glued to the washer.


I base coated the predominant colour on each pieces by airbrush (because I had it out so why not?), then did the rest of the painting and details by brush. Some smaller bits of scrub were added for interest and colour (Woodland Scenics Olive Green Bushes). Since I model my DAK forces on 15. Panzer Division, I've themed a couple with 15. Pz divisional signs, one ostensibly being a vehicle repair point, the other with a sign perhaps pointing to a staging area? It adds some interest and colour.

Panzer III for scale.




The bare pole is waiting some desert signs, but apart from that the desert objectives are done.

CdlT

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Afrika Tigers



The new-ish BF mid-war Tigers: a very nice kit, here done as a fairly simple out-of-the-box build.














CdlT

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Terrain Hacks - Extreme Makeover: Treeline Edition!

Improvement...and transformation to something better. Really this is about taking an old piece of terrain and giving it a make-over.

The tree-line: the old classic few-trees-on-a-base-that-magically-blocks-line-of-sight terrain piece, so beloved of FOW gamers and Stormtrooper-abusers everywhere. I hated them; they made little logical sense though they were useful as LOS blocks. Nonetheless, I've wanted to re-do mine for ages, so the old ones were set for a makeover.

Tree-lines...

Pretty bland, if functional. I had not used them in ages since in Battlegroup or Chain of Command they don't really work as much more than decoration, in which case singly-based trees would be preferred. Time to re-base: mine are Woodland Scenics Pine tree armatures with clump-foliage attached. Not the best, about eight years old and used in many games, but I thought they could be re-used for something functional.


On 3mm MDF bases originally, I soaked them in water to soften the sand & PVA basing.

After about an hour, I took them out and broke the MDF into one-tree pieces,
using a pair of side-cutters to help "tear" at the MDF.

I broke away the MDF until close to the tree base, then cut the rest away with a craft knife.
Please try not to cut an artery if doing this or you might bleed out and die. Apparently.

With a bit of work the trees were freed and ready for re-basing.

Rather than basing singly I now formed a new plan after looking at some pictures of Normandy hedges. New bases, a few rocks and stumps were added for interest. The trees are "glued" with caulk (acrylic silicon).





Next I covered the bases with wood glue, then sand. When dry, it was painted dark brown,
then dry-brushed a lighter colour and a very light dry-brush with a sand colour.


Next I glued on flock: Woodland Scenics, a 3:1 blend of Green and Earth blend.

The flock was really just to provide a base for the static grass.
I also painted the rocks and the tree stumps at some point.

I painted diluted wood glue onto the flock areas (when dry), and applied
some 2mm static grass using the WWS Pro Grass Micro applicator.


The grass looks very green in the pictures but is much better in real life.

On to the 2mm grass I placed a few patches of diluted wood glue, then applied
some 4mm static grass, again with the applicator (of course!)


With some decent grass added, I was ready to move on to the next part.
15mm Sherman for scale.


Woodland Scenics foliage clusters, Medium and Dark green, were glued onto the bases to start the hedges.


I then added more clump foliage to thicken the hedges, and glued a few smaller pieces to make the growth seem "rougher" and less pristine. A 15mm Sherman gives some idea of the height, i.e. fairly tall, certainly above man-height for 15mm.

Once the pieces were done and bulked-up suitably, the entire lot was sprayed with matt varnish (spray can)
to help protect it and because I can't be bothered to do the whole "spray with diluted PVA" thing.

The completed pieces have the foliage built right to the edges, thus the sections can
 be joined together to create a longer piece...

...or to build in different ways without the need for corners, T-pieces, etc.

The first lot done: I plan to do more in the future as the above
looks considerably more attractive than anything I had before. 


CdlT
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