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Swedish Rifle Platoon in WW2 for Chain of Command – Part 2 fleshing it out

His shoes are too big and his hat is too small,
His trousers are tight and his coat is too long,
But it does not matter, because he is my soldier,
Somewhere in Sweden!
– Translated from the 1940 Swedish Song “Min Soldat” (My Soldier), performed by Ulla Billquist and written by Nils Perne.

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Here is the link to the Original Song.

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Some of the Swedish Troopers and a slightly Converted 38(t) from Plastic Soldier Company

A few weeks back I presented an initial stab at a Swedish Platoon Organisation for the WW2 era (here is a link to the earlier posting) for Chain of Command.  Since then I have been working on some miniatures for the platoon and some of the support options – I will present the work to date in this blog update.  I will leave out the work I have been doing on vehicles (armoured cars and tanks, I think that will be a good one on its own) as I have not yet finished the tank markings/decals – but I am working on it with some help from some friends.

I want to state how grateful I am to the community when doing something like this, the support from all kind of places with encouragement, the research and offers of help.  I even got a fair few of 3D printed models for a Swedish Tank type sent to me by a friend on Twitter.  Good stuff!

Later blog updates will also show/discuss jump-off markers and some terrain features to make the battle field having a touch of Scandinavia – making it look as Scandinavian as a wargames table with Snake rail fencing looks American!

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Here is a clue!

I would like to do an what-if Scenario based on the operational plan developed by the commander of the 25th Panzer Division (link to Wikipedia here), Adolf von Schell, to attack Sweden with a handful of divisions from Norway.  This is described at high level in the book “Andra Världskriget och Sverige (2002)” (that translates to: The Second World War and Sweden) by Jan Linder, and contains the following picture.

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The side note states “Map showing the German Operative study against Sweden the Summer 1943”. Sketch from Ny Militar Tidskrift 1961.  The Heading of the Map states “Study of a Operation against Sweden in 1943”.  The Map show airborne attacks and the movements of divisions, the two top arrows for the “Operation II” goes through the County were the Roller of Ones was born – therefore I find this potential scenario interesting.

I have not been able to find any more information on this operation and if you are reading this and know more – please let me know.  It would be fun to do a linked campaign of fighting in some of the areas I know very well from my childhood.

It is interesting to note that the 25th Division was issued with outdated French Tanks and according to the Wikipedia entry above the following was the combat strength in 1943:

..21,000 men and fielded 14 Panzer II tanks, 62 Panzer III, 26 Panzer IV, 40 Hotchkiss H39, 15 Somua S35, and 15 Self-propelled assault guns, such as the StuG III.

It would give a nice opportunity to get some French tanks and do them in German “livery”.  However that is for the future and I have yet some research to do…

The Swedish Platoon Organisation and Models Used

In reading the old manuals there are a few changes required to the original list that are summarised below.  I will update the Platoon document at a later date.

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1940 Platoon – More pictures below

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(i) Due to allocation of runners, I have reduced the number of Riflemen in each section with one.  I need to verify this so I did 4 extra models just in case!

(ii) The first Section/Grupp had an SMG armed rifleman in the Rifle Team/Gomgången.  However, due to shortages this was not always possible, especially early in the period.

(iii) The manuals indicate the presence of two Teams/Omggångar and that there are situations when they fight as two elements – one K (Kulspruta / Light Machine Gun) and one G (Gevär / Rifle). Therefore I have re-organised the Platoon organisation in the picture to reflect these changes.

This is still work in progress and may change as I read more stuff. For the 1943 to 1945 Platoon I have made the same changes to the organisation.  Again, this is an aspirational platoon, and as you can see it offers a significant increase of fire Power with 2 SMGs per section and the M/42 Semi-Automatic Rifle, and in addition the Platoon 47mm mortar and the Anti-tank rifle.

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1943 Platoon – More Pictures Below

Part2_2I decided to make enough miniatures so that I could field a platoon at any stage of the WW2 period.  Following some discussions on twitter and a few other similar projects the 15mm Italians from Flames of War seemed to be a good match for the m/39 uniform.

This assumes the M/37 helmet and the M/39 uniform, at the time the latest equipment available.  Some units would be equipped  older uniforms and helmets, like the earlier helmet M/26 and older uniforms.

If you are doing this project in 28mm you could use the fantastic Ådalen Range that depicts interwar Swedes, these are just troops that have not had new kit – the range covers all that you need for the early war (limited poses, and there are no SMGs and the Machine Gun is perhaps a bit dated, but I think it would work and if you even use some of the earlier uniforms in the mix you may get a motley crew of ill-prepared 1940 soldiers), more information here (I have not ordered any, but they do look good.  I suggest you contact them first before you make your order – I always do).  

Anyway back to my 15mm project.

I bought the following from Battlefront

  • 1 pack of ISO101 Italian Artillery Group – gives you crew for your guns as well as some SMG armed gentlemen.
  • 2 packs of IT702 Fucilieri Platoon – your bulk infantry
  • 3 packs of ISO131 Italian Fucilieri (Late) – again gives some SMG armed soldiers and some more LMG (for simple conversion)
  • 2 pack of GSO517 7.5cm GebK15 howitzer – for the infantry gun option (more below)
  • 1 No. PL510 37mm wz.36 gun – this is the famous 37mm Bofors Anti-tank gun, used by the Poles, Finns and the Swedens (and others).

I also had some Polish Machine Guns from Batttlefront and bought the WW1 Austrian Machine Gun from Peter Pig.

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This is a picture of an enactor I found on the net, with an older helmet than the M/37.

I used the following paints for these:

  • Jacket and Trousers – Vallejo German Field Grey 70830
  • Helmet – Vallejo 70895 Gunship Green
  • Bread bag – Vallejo 70886 Green Grey
  • Leather / Belt – Vallejo 70875 Beige Brown
  • Water Bottle / Gaiters – Vallejo 70988 Khaki

I tend to use Field Drab, then Medium flesh tone for skin, saddle brown for the rifle buts.

I put a wash of army paint quick shade on top – soft tone.

The Swedish 1940 – 1943 Platoon

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The full platoon with the Platoon HQ and the 4 Sections
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Platoon HQ
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1st Section (with the SMG, he is the kneeling Soldier in the middle of the left team, from the Artillery Group Pack)

 

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2nd Section

 

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3rd Section

 

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4th Section

The Swedish 1943 to 1945 Platoon

This is the same models as above but with some swaps and the Mortar Section.

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The Platoon with the HQ, Mortar Section and 4 Rifle Sections
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Platoon HQ – note the Platoon Sergeant now has a Submachinegun.
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1st Section – As before but now Sergeant also has a Submachinegun. Note that two of the Rifel

 

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2nd Section – as the 1st Section

 

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3rd Section – as the 1st Section

 

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4th Section – as the 1st Section

 

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Mortar Section – built from a casualty Polish miniature and 2 Polish anti-tank crew from the 37mm AT Pack.

 

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The 47mm Mortar again!
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Before paining – mortar built using a paper clip and a thin spaghetti!

In addition there is an anti-tank Rifle for the Platoon, I made two of these conversions.

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The are based on a kneeling rifleman and I did the simplified rifle from some plastic coated paper clips, it shows better in the picture below.

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It also shows the simple Snipe Conversion.

Some support options

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A Sniper
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Three blokes on a base, the Engineering Team for now. Will do some conversions at some point from Peter Pig Engineers.
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Bofors 37mm Anti- Tank Guns, mix of the Italian and Polish Crew to create these dynamic bases! Perhaps they were not Camouflage painted, but his is a little bit of a what-if so I may perhaps be forgiven.
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Same as above
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Same as above

The next one was a little bit trickier, but once I found a reasonable proxy the conversion was simple, using some very thin cocktail straws I bought may years ago. I wanted to mode the Bofors 75 mm Model 1934 Mountain Gun.

It looks like this,

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Battlefront makes the GSO517 7.5cm GebK15 howitzer, it looks like this.

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I hope this sequence is self explanatory

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Again, using the models from the Artillery Group Pack!

And finally some Machine Guns, one using an old Polish MMG set and the other head swapped Austrian WW1 MMGs from Peter Pig.

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I am really enjoying this project, it is not a Labour of Love, just Love
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Järnringen / The Iron Ring (Mutant 1984) – Part 1 Opening Scence

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The Iron Ring – Can Nordholmia be saved from doom? 

Relaxation?, Comfort?, Breathtaking Nature? – Hotell Imperator

Nordholmia is in danger. The farmsteads of the city gets destroyed by an unknown powerful enemy and the mayor turns to the adventurers for help.  During the adventure a big conspiracy is expose that could threaten the whole of the Pyri Commonwealth.  The Player Characters are confronted with a investigative problem that leads to countless dangers, first in the city of Nordholmia and afterwards at the ancient hotel Imperator.  Big skill is required by the players in addition they should have experienced player characters.

– Backblur from the 1985 scenario Järnringen (the Iron Ring) for the Swedish Roleplaying Game Mutant!

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This was the first and perhaps the best of the adventures produced for the Swedish Mutant 1984 RPG (apart from the starter adventure in the box). The “Grey Death” adventures (I wrote about part 1 of those in here) were more epic but I think this is the one in the whole that captures what I feel was the essence – maybe because it came first?  It was also funny that the scenario took place in the county in Sweden where I was born – Dalarna.  I have written about this RPG in an earlier blog (link here).  But in summary:

Basically following a deadly and incurable epidemic caused by samples from a mission to Mars the human civilization collapses.  The survivors build enclaves and start experimentation on humans and animals, in effect creating mutants, to see how they will survive outside the enclaves.  However conflicts arises between the enclaves and it leads to a nuclear war sealing the fate of the world.

Fast forward a few hundred years and the from the ashes new civilizations start to emerge with mutated humans and animals, some “pure” humans and even some mutants with mental powers. There are remnants of the old worlds scattered all around, and some androids/robots from the old days are still around. In addition there are certain areas where the effect of radiation has left some strange effects on the flora and fauna and these areas are called “Forbidden Zones”.

The game is set in Scandinavia, but not as we know it today, and the general level of new technology is equivalent to that of the 19th Century, give or take.  There are steam engines, muskets and some emerging rifle like weapons, heliogram for communication, etc.  Some of the old technology has survived but is rare.

 

The Prologue – The Postman dies once, but slowly…

 

Although the cover of the adventure is intriguing, not so much in what is happening on stage but more about what is going on in the crowd. But there is one picture that I think stands out in the scenario and it is the one that illustrates the opening scene.

The fog is dense around you.  From a distance you can hear the howling from wild beasts prowling in the unknown. But it is not your main bother as you are fully occupied trying to figure out who really suggested that you would get out on the Moor.  It has been raining all night and your are thoroughly wet and miserable.  It is now the third day that you have been straying around the wilderness between Hardin and Torsvad.  Comments like “Shortcut to Torsvad, my arse!”, “Are you happy now, when we have no food left!”, “I was against this from the start!”, “It was you that ….”, has been flying around during the last few days.

Suddenly you hear the sound of hooves approaching.  A lonely rider seems to pass by at a distance in full gallop.  The fog starts clearing and you can see the silhouette of some crags on the left.  You realise that the rider must have passed behind them.

The silence is interrupted by a scream followed by two loud bangs of musket fire and another scream.  From the crags a saddled horse without rider storms against you. When you carefully advance you hear voices and can soon see to whom they belong.

On the ground behind a large stone a man is lying down and desperately holds a shoulder bag against his chest.  He holds his other hand against his bleeding shoulder and next to him lies a smoking pistol.  Around him stands four creatures that all are directing their weapons against him.  The leader seems to be a giant mutated moose and the other three are mutated lynx.  The Moose grins against the man and asks him to hand over the bag. When the man refuses he aims his musket towards him to end his life.

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Roughly translated from the Järnringen scenario book (page 3, this is from the introduction to the players).  The picture is drawn by Peter Johnsson.  I love this picture especially the “Bobby on the Beat” Hat!  Proper “In Medias Res” – straight into action.   It is how we liked to roll.

There is limited information in the scenario about these four creatures, apart from the information above and some mediocre game stats (they were not suppose to give our character any major problems), so in normal fashion I have fleshed out these characters a little bit in my take on them – given them some names (with my apologies to Alexander Dumas), sketched out a little bit of a background story and tried to find a suitable way of representing them on the table in miniature form.

As always these are not artistic master pieces, but I do hope a sufficient representation to give some kind of homage to an old Swedish rpg from the 1980s that I have so many fond memories of.

The Three Lynxeteers – Arameow, Purrtos and Arthiss 

These henchmen (or should that be henchlynx) are brothers and were born in the outskirts of Hardin to a very large and poor family.  From an early age they had to fend for themselves and became reasonably successful in picking pockets and locks, and other illegal means, to make ends meet.

On the day of the annual celebrations in Hardin commemorating the killing of the Hound of Tandalsåsen (Sorry Lovecraft!), the brothers decided to pay a visit to the Mayors house.  As was custom the Mayor, Signe Frihamn, held a speech and attended the celebrations with her family – the house would be empty –  they thought.

On the morning of the festivities Signe’s husband Johannes, the previous Police Chief of the county, had woken up with a very bad back pain and had decided to stay home.  The Couple had given their servants the weekend off to go and visits some relatives in Hindenburg.  When the trio entered the house Johannes heard them from upstairs and armed with a rifle he went to investigate.  She startled Arameow and Purrtos as they were rummaging through his belongings and held them at gunpoint.  Arthiss, being elsewhere in the house, sneaked up on him and drew his knife and stabbed him in the back.  The trio quickly took what they could, including Johannes trademark black helmet, and fled the house.

When Signe returned Johannes was still barely alive, but in his dying breath identified his assailants.  A manhunt ensued and the brothers took their refuge in the Moorlands outside Hardin.  Here they met a mutated Moose (Dart an Älg, see below) who realised that the three brothers could be useful for his needs – although the brothers thinks he has joined their gang.  They are now operating as highwaymen and hiding from the law.

They recently robbed a short noble man who had a travelling wardrobe with a large number of coats – seemed a shame not putting them to use (this is of course to justify the choice of models and their clothing below).

MetHelmetThe helmet worn by the constables of the representatives of law and order in Pyrisamfundet is based on a so called Custodian Helmet used by the police force of the former countries of England and Wales.  The design was based on the Prussian pickelhaube and was used by constables and sergeants. 

Signe and Johannes Frihamn were seasoned adventurers and apart from being the slayers of the Hound of Tandalsåsen in 86 they had travelled wide and far.  They had worked as troubleshooters and mercenaries for the King of the Scottish Badgers and travelled in other parts of the Islands known as Ängland (meadowland, due to the green and pleasantness of the flora and fauna).  In the forbidden zone of Batteracid (in former London) he had found his trademark black helmet, that he had worn since then.  When he later became responsible for law and order for Hardin he had some copies being made for his officers – the helmet was now standard all throughout Pyrisamfundet, and some versions has even been developed for civilian use.

[Yes, this allows me to use Victorian Bobbies to represent the law and order in my version of  Pyrisamfundet]  

Modelling the Brothers

I ordered a few cat people form Black Cat bases (link here), and did a few modifications, like adding a policemans hat (you can buy some heads with Police hats from Crooked Dice, here) and weapons (I got some flintloque pistols etc from Black Cat bases too, link here). The cat with the sabre got a police hat, the cat with the parasol got a musket and the cat with the tray got two pistols.

Overall I am happy with the look (they originally did not had a fancy clothes but I thought they would look ok in the attire they came in).

Dart an Älg (The Mooseketeer)

Dart originates from the forests around Nordholmia (where incidentally this adventure will progress to) and worked as a trapper during his youth selling furs to the Nordholmia traders and occasionally working as a scout for the Army or other daring folk who ventured in the area.  He gained some reputation as a reliable man and his fur trading grew to a healthy business.  However Swizzle, one of Pyrisamfundets biggest trading houses did not like the increased competition.  Swizzle’s operations in Nordholmia were run by the founders grandson Vizel Swissle.  Vizel instigated a campaign to damage Dart’s business, bribing officials, burning down storage facilities, threatening suppliers, etc.  However, Dart was resilient and seemed to recover stronger from every set-back.  Vizel had to escalate his efforts and framed Dart for the murder of a local school teacher by the name of Elvira Snyft.

Dart did not stand a chance against the resource of the Swissle House and ended up in a labour prison outside Hindenburg. Here he was , to put it in the words of the stern judge at the trial, “..to serve for his horrendous crimes until the day he died”.  He felt betrayed by his town and his country, but most of all he had a raging anger towards the Swissle family as he was more than sure they were behind the plot.  From the moment he put his foot in that god forsaken prison he tried to work out a plan to escape and seek revenge.  As the years progressed he became more and more bitter.  He made numerous attempts to escape but were caught and brought back and was punished severely with beatings and long times of isolation – somewhere along the way he went insane.  One day when a group of prisoners were out working on a road repair job one of guards suffered from a heart attack.  Dart told the second guard that he could save his colleague and lied that he had been a doctor as a civilian.  The guard dropped his guard for a few moments whilst Dart pretended to help the his suffering comrade.  The opportunity presented was quickly exploited by Dart who strangled one guard whilst watching the other man die.  Needless to say he sought out Vizel and took out his revenge in the most brutal of ways.  He was chased by the Nordholmia Sheriff and a Posse but managed to escape.  Since then Dart has been an outlaw and have become a terror in the area around the Hardin Moors.  One day he stumbled across on the three brothers who also were outlaws – a relationship was formed and the group operate as robbers and thieves in the area.  They have successfully avoided capture as they are careful and knows the lay of the land very well.

Modelling Dart

I got myself a Garrison Caliverman from Perry Miniatures – it is part of their fantastic Border Reivers 40mm range (here is a link).

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Picture from the Perry Miniatures Web Page

As you can see in the picture it comes with a number of heads – but none of them being a moose head.  So I had to find it elsewhere.   I got myself a Moose from Northstar (pulp miniature range, link here).

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The Moose from North Stars Webpage

Some cutting later I had my Mooseketeer!

 

As for the dying Postrider, his name is Erjan, and I think he may be from a the body of a WW2 soldier I had in my bit box?  I made the post bag from some putty (Somewhere along the way I forgot that he was bleeding from his shoulder and not his leg – my mistake).

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Anyway here is the set-up, this should not have been a life changing encounter for the group but this is untampered nostalgia on overdrive – so why not!  My 13-year old self would have been as happy as I am now!

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So just do not stand there, get on with it…. what do you do?

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Some other related stuff

I have painted a few models from the interloper miniatures range (link to their webpage), they are wonderful models.  I hope you like them they form part of my overall Mutant 1984 “collection”.

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/Hope that was some interest.

Currently I am working on another scene from the adventure – the Robot Attack in Nordholmia.  But that is for some other time.

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SELWG 2018 – had a great time!

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I went to the SELWG 2018 show this Sunday and in summary had a great time! I think it is a good show and has a good blend of traders, games and the bring-and-buy is always brilliant. This is not a full walkaround report, more my own absent-minded rambling around the show.  There were things I did not take pictures of that I perhaps should have, like the neat little 7TV game or a few of the naval games that looked very nice.

On the 7TV subject a big shout out for their latest kick-starter if you are into Post-Apocalyptic stuff (link here).  Some really interesting stuff and a nice nod in the direction of some of the different movies and tv-series from the past.

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However this is what I did take pictures of at the show…

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Overview of the Show – I really like the venue and on a sunny day like it was, the light is very good.

Tonbridge Wargames Club presented The Battle Segesvár 1849 (somewhere near Transylvania), this was part of the Hungarian revolution in 1848 to 1849 of which In knew nothing.  The battle was fought between the Hungarian Revolutionary army (supported by Polish volunteers) and a Russian-Austrian army.  The battle was fought using their own ‘War in the Age of Blood and Iron” using the “War in the Age of Empires” supplement.  I think it was fought using Heroics and Ros 6mm miniatures.  Here is the Wikipedia link to the battle. Very interesting times.

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Simple and effective battlefield

Simon Miller was fielding his very nice English Civil War 28mm miniature using his new For King and Parliament rules – it looked like great fun.  The action was the Battle of Soggy Bottom 1643.

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Lovely miniatures – lovely period – lovely table
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Some Dragoons advancing through the fields of fur!
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Apart from that bloody Costa Cup (again) a nice picture!

Gravesend Gamers Guild was also putting on English Civil War game but in a smaller scale in their Skirmish at Staplethorpe. Great little game, with 4 factions (royalist horse, parliamentarian horse, neutral local defenders and raiding deserters) with differing objectives. Fun idea using the good old Featherstone’s Skirmish rules.

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Nice table for Skirmish
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Those small meadow features looked bloody brilliant!

Battle of Asculum from the Society of Ancients.

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Again simple but effective set-up

The Too Fat Lardies were busy all day doing a Barkmanns corner game with the participants, supported by Nick Skinner, trying to blow up Richard Clarke’s Tiger tank.  Of course using their fun What a Tanker ruleset.

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This is how Lard is spread!

There were two other games using the Too Fat Lardies rules, first out the last outing of the beautiful “Alliés Peu Fiables” a Chain of Command game set during the retreat to Dunkirk in 1940.  The action takes place in the small Belgian town of Gehondeskirk..

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Wonderful detail in this game
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More detail – wonderful gardens.  This is gives a fantastic immersion.

 

Another Lardy one was a Sharp Practice game – the Biscotti War. I let you read the small print yourself – I have seen this one before and it is a nice game.

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Nice terrain and I should have had the whole Church in the picture

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Battle of Mats, sorry I meant Battle of Matz was put on by Robert Dunlop. Another of his fantastic 6mm battles. Full of stuff going on.

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This is the Beautiful  Battle of Kawanakajima 1561 – a Sengoku era battle that looked really nice.  I forgot to ask about any details at all – I got samurai struck!

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There was also this fantastic Middle Earth battle presented by the Shepway Wargamers, it is a table fully loaded with different stuff and was one of those you needed to look at from different angles – a lot of things to see.

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Stompers as the Little Ones calls them
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Elves in the forest
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Fire Demons / Balrogs
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Spidery forest

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Very nice stuff

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…and finally (almost) a participation game by Peter Pig with their new Western Rules.  I also did most of my shopping from Peter Pig – 15mm WW2 stuff.

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Peter Pig is one of my favourite companies out there – I am not a hardcore fun of their rules but they are fun and I really like their range of figures.
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Got myself a lot of miniatures and battle field clutter for the 29 Lets Go Chain of Command campaign, I also got a half price set of AA Guns I will use for the Swedish WW2 project, and finally a set of warlord miniatures.

As for what to do with the warlord miniatures, after the show, I ordered some heads from Sally 4th that I thought could be used to make a nice set of characters for my Mutant 1984 project.

 

My favourite of the day was the absolutely beautiful game from Maidstone Wargames society that I was so happy to see again.

Twisting the Dragon’s Tail

On St George’s Day! 100 years ago the Royal Navy attempted to block the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.   The idea was to block the canal entrance by sinking obsolete ships – this to stop U-boats and light shipping from leaving port.

The game shows HMS Vindictive that carried a troop of royal marines that were to take out some German Gun positions. It is a fantastic looking game and the work that has gone into the terrain is phenomenal!

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I also had a chat with a few of the traders, and a special shout out for the dynamic duo who can take care of not just your painting needs, but also make sure your dice are safe and sound and that you can change into something more leisurely than your combat fatigues and black t-shirt – it is of course Deborah and Matt of Glenbrook games and Saddle Goose Designs.

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Kirbekan 1885 – (Mostly) Some Mahdists

Busy times at the moment but I have made some progress on the Kirbekan 1885 project and this time mostly with regards to the Mahdists to fight the British. I have limited information on these forces in comparison of the detailed accounts of the heroics and sometimes not so heroic deeds of the British. I have mainly used the various Osprey titles for inspiration.


Anyway, for the battle itself Peter Riley, in his draft rules, suggests.

Moussa Wad Abuhegel – CinC
Organised Command Infantry – 1 base
Organised Rifle Infantry – 1 base
Ali Wad Hussein – Commander
Organised Command Infantry – 1 base
Organised Rifle Infantry – 1 base
Irregular Dervish Infantry – 3 bases
Irregular Hadendowah – 3 bases
Hamisd Wad Lekalik – Commander
Organised Command Infantry – 1 base
Organised Rifle Infantry – 1 base
Irregular Dervish Infantry – 4 bases
Irregular Hadendowah Infantry – 4 bases

So in summary, I would need.
• 3 No. command bases
• Organised Command and Rifle Infantry – 6 bases
• Irregular Dervish Infantry – 7 bases
• Irregular Hadendowah – 7 bases

I started out making the 6 No. Organised bases (40 by 20mm basing) and based these on the Baccus CMA07 – Mahdist Riflemen (all codes for the Mahdi can be found here).

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…and the Hadendowah Sword and Spear men (on deeper bases 40 by 30mm), using the code CMA02 – Hadendowah Infantry – Spear, Sword, Shield.

In addition, I have spent some time doing some of the smaller units I need for the battle.

Camel Corps

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19th Hussars

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And some more Mahdists in the pipeline,

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I also based the Horse Grenadiers that featured in the last update (see here).

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Gearing up for Poltava 1709, painting some Horse Grenadiers & the Swedish Breakdown – Towards Moscow Trilogy (TMT)

I have done my first proper effort on the 2019 Joy of Six project – the Battle of Poltava 1709.  As I have stated before it will be a full blown table showing not just the main battle, but also the besieged Poltava, the Monastery and of course the redoubts (more background at the end of a previous blog here).

I did a inventory of the Swedish miniatures needed and found (not to a great surprise to be honest) that I have everything I need apart from some Cossacks and the models required for the Poltava Siege works (I want to make the siege lines, siege guns and sappers, etc), as for the forces on the table, all I need is (excluding artillery and command bases):

  • 41 cavalry bases (60 by 30mm bases)
  • 18 infantry bases (60 by 30mm bases)
  • 24 Vallack and Cossack bases (large light horse bases 60 by 60mm)

That is 83 No. of bases (and detailed below) in total compared to 100 No. of bases for the Horka battle.

I will do the same review for the Russians, but I already know that there will be substantially more work as the number of bases for Horka was 155 No. but I will need a total of 259 No. for Poltava.

  • 140 cavalry bases (60 by 30mm bases)
  • 89 infantry bases (60 by 30mm bases)
  • 30 Cossack and Kalmyk bases (large light horse bases)

Now all these did not fight in the main battle, but it allows a little bit of a reflection as to the relative strength of the Russians vs the Swedes in terms of available resources in the area. It will be a busy table, considering that it is about 40% more models (however they will be somewhat differently spread).

In the interim I do know that I have no Russian Horse Grenadiers and I need 3 No. regiments of 4 bases worth of models, so I have been painting some of these.

Horse Grenadiers

In 1708, Peter the Great, formed some Horse Grenadiers regiments, taken from the Grenadier company of existing Dragoon regiments.  It is a little bit confusing and unclear how these units were uniformed at the Poltava battle and how many were present, so what follows are an interpretation.  In game terms we will treat these as a better quality dragoon units and I have modelled these on a basis of 4 bases per regiment. Note that these are from Baccus Seven Years War range (and not from the WSS or GNW range) – they are wonderful little models and you can find them here.

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A. Kropotov’s Horse Grenadiers

I painted these in the most common uniform combination of the Russian Army at the time with Green jacket with red facings, this is a speculative uniform combination. The flag is green and I am thinking of making some transfers to add some detail to them (I bought some printable transfer paper).

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G. Kropotov’s Horse Grenadiers

Again speculative uniform – I made them as above but with blue instead of Green, apart from the flag.

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von der Roop’s Horse Grenadiers

Yet again speculative uniform – I made them blue coats with red facings and a blue and red Mitre.

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I have given them an ink wash (nut brown of course, see below) and will base them up shortly.

/ Hope that was of some interest

List of the Swedish units required for Poltava 1709 based on a rough guide of one base of 9 models of riders per 200 to 300 cavalry (about 2 squadrons) and the same for base of 24 models of infantry per 400 to 600 infantry (a battalion).

Unit Type Ref Bases
Drabanterna Cavalry S01 1
Life Horse Cavalry S02 4
Life Dragoon Cavalry S03 2
Småland Cavalry S05 1
Nyland Cavalry S06 4
Östgota Cavalry S07 3
Norra Skånska Cavalry S08 2
Södra Skånska Cavalry S09 1
Hielm’s Dragoons Cavalry S10 2
Meierfeldt Dragoons Cavalry S11 4
Taube Dragoons Cavalry S12 2
Duckers Dragoons Cavalry S13 1
D Albedyhl Dragoons Cavalry S14 1
Gyllenstierna Dragoon Cavalry S15 1
Upplands 3 männingar Cavalry S16 1
Skånska Ståndsdragoon Cavalry S17 2
Vallacker (light horse) Cavalry S18 4
Karelska Horse Cavalry S21 4
Livlands Adelsfanan Cavalry S22 1
Schreiterfelt Dragoon Cavalry S24 1
Schlippenbach Dragoon Cavalry S25 2
Upplands Ståndsdragoon Cavalry S28 1
Livregementet Infantry S29 4
Upplands Infantry S30 1
Skaraborgs Infantry S31 1
Södermanlands Infantry S32 1
Kronobergs Infantry S33 1
Jonkoping Infantry S34 1
Dal Infantry S35 2
Östgota Infantry S36 1
Västmanland Infantry S37 2
Västerbotten Infantry S38 1
Kalmar Infantry S39 1
Närke-Värmland Infantry S40 2
Kossacker Cavalry S52 20

 

 

 

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29 Let’s Go Pint Sized Campaign for CoC – Houses and Battlefield Clutter in 15mm

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In the post last week I discussed the Project the Little One and I are doing to play the 29 Let’s Go Pint sized campaign from Too Fat Lardies (link here if you are interested). The German platoon and supports have not yet been delivered as an item is on back-order, so we have pressed on with other stuff.  One of the most pleasing aspects of a WW2 Skirmish is a nice looking table that sets the scenes alive. If you look at any of the Too Fat Lardies games there is plenty of character in the table itself – nice buildings, trees, hedges but also those additional things that makes it look real, like Green houses, planters, sheds, benches, telegraphs poles, pissoirs, statutes, monuments, civilian cars, old advertisement on buildings,  etc.

Warbases have a nice range suitably called Chain of Command that has some very nice item including two garden sets (link here), they have been developed with Too Fat Lardies. The only problem for our project is that they are all in 28mm – if I did this in 28mm I would definitely get these.

I contacted Warbases and said something in the line of “Hey Lets Go 15mm?”.  They told me they do not do them in 15mm, but that perhaps the stuff that Scenic Route Models could fit my needs (link here).  Now these model are in OO scale that technically is 1/76 whilst 15mm is about 1/100 (most of the time) – in reality I feel that most of the Battlefront miniatures are bigger than 15mm.  However, I thought to myself, I could throw a few pounds in their direction in the interest of research. So I ordered the following sets this Tuesday and they were delivered this Saturday.

And of course their Green House (well I got two).

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I got them and as I suspected felt that there were a little bit on the large side (as they are design for another scale), this is the Greenhouse door vs the doors on the houses I am using (more about those below).

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However I got out my good old razor saw and cut of a few layers on the bottom on all the pieces before assembling (you could use a knife and cut carefully as well) – A relatively easy modification.

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And, I did similar modifications to the other stuff – always modifying the height.  The only further modifications I did to the buildings where adding roof ridges (cocktail sticks), and gluing on 80 grade sandpaper on the shed roofs, and adding some glass to the plant boxes and green houses – this was from some sheets from some thin plastic from packaging for strawberries (I ate them and cleaned it up first).  After I painted them I added some flower tufts to the planters and green houses. And, I almost forgot, I also added some detail to make the opening to the Green house look more like a door.

I am very happy with the results (the 15mm Americans from last week making another appearance).

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I have made a second order for some more stuff (mainly repeats, but trying out one or more other things) and also ordered some other things from some other suppliers I hope will work as well – but will write about those in future updates here on the blog.

I also stumbled upon the following during an eBay search for something completely different.  I thought it looked like some kind of stone pattern.

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So, I got myself a piece of it to try out – it is called Faux Leather Python Pattern Upholstery Fabric and is sold in 1 meter lengths (1.4m wide) for £12. I got it and did a quick dry-brush and detail and this is how it turned out – not 100% satisfied but it does work.

 

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Finally I bought a whole bunch of 15mm Normandy houses/structures (16 No. in total) from Empires at War – they are pre-painted stuff and are very good (link here).  We only built a few and will only need about 5 No. for the 29 Lets Go campaign and only applied a little bit of additional paint mainly to hide the brown laser cut mdf sides – if you look at the pictures you can see the before and after look – they do work well without any modifications as well.

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I will show more of the houses when I finished them.

/ All the best

 

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29 Let’s Go Pint Sized Campaign for CoC – the American Platoon

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I have bought all of the Too Fat Lardies Pint sized campaigns for Chain of Command to date, but I have to admit of not yet played any of them.  I have used Chain of Command for some very fun Games in a Finno-Russian Winter war setting and for the Continuation war period.  I am currently struggling with time to do any bigger gaming ventures apart from some gaming with the Little One as I spend more time than I would like away from home due to work.  He had up to recently not been to interested in Chain of Command but now, out of the famous  blue, he would like to do some Normandy actions, so I thought the first campaign Richard Clarke did could work well (and I have to admit I fancied painting some Americans and Germans).

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I really enjoy the format of the “Pint Sized” campaign books and you can find this one and others on the Too Fat Lardies webpage (link here), you would need the Chain of Command Rules as well as At the Sharp End campaign supplement for the full experience – but I dare say you could use this with any WW2 plutoon based rules and have fun they are great products. The campaign covers the advance of the US 175th Infantry Regiment and their struggles in linking the Omaha and Utah beaches.

To play the scenarios you basically need a platoon or US Infantry and a Platoon of Germans, with some support options.

I am also using this project as an opportunity to get the Little One a little bit more involved in the terrain making aspect of the hobby, this time we did some roads and telegraph poles – which was great fun and with immediate gratification (at least for us) in the pictures below.

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The Little one dry brushing a road with great care and precision, I wish I had that dedication but I do not have the time. Joke aside he was a great help and it is nice to have some company doing this kind of stuff.

We also did some Telegraph poles that we bought from e-bay, they are laser cut MDF but I think they work very well and saved us some building time and 24 for a fiver (£5) is much cheaper than some alternatives – that perhaps look better, but for us this was perfectly adequate.

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The one we bought, but I battlefront, Galeforce 9 and I believe Peter Pig does versions too.

We did not use the base it came with instead installed them on top of thin washers with superglue (some of them on bases) and made a few damaged ones.

We also have a set to winterize for some other theatres, but that is for another colder day.

American Rifle Platoon

The American Rifle Platoon and the support options is more or less completed – there are a few I have not done yet and I will pick these up from Peter Pig at SELWG.  The basic Platoon is based on the Battlefront US Rifle Company pack – this is not the plastic one they are currently selling but the old metal version, it gives you everything you need for the campaign except for some Shermans, Flamethrower, 50 cal. HMG and some Engineers (the new plastic box should do the same too).

Here are the models…

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One of the three Rifle Sections, those Shermans will also come handy for the Scenarios.
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An extra Bazooka Team taking a careful aim

 

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Some 30 cal. MMG teams in a little bit of an awkward position.
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A Sniper Team – taking out a Tank Commander
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Three Sniper teams

 

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Some extra BARs
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The Whole Platoon with the Options

And then two mortar teams finished today (apart from gun metal colours – I realize now),

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That is all we need for the American side, next the Germans….

/ Hope that was of some interest, take care