Monday 30 October 2017

German Armoured Recce Infantry Company.

This is the first instalment of vehicles to give my German infantry a bit of mobility. Here is featured an armoured recce infantry company mounted in 4 x sdkfz 250 APCs. The vehicles are from PSC and are lovely little models. I have added stowage and crew figures, both PSC and from other sources and am quite pleased with the result.

The company is comprised of three infantry platoons, each mounted in a 250, with an attached MMG and HQ group in the 4th vehicle. A mobile force that packs a decent punch. In the rules that I will be using, the figure scale is around 1:10. I usually de-centralise the battalion support weapons down to company level where possible, hence the MMG. The HQ group (2 figures) is there to provide enhanced command and control, as well as to spot for the battalion support weapons. This will take the form of a further 250 kitted out as the mortar variant - the vehicle is finished and awaiting its complement of crew.

I have also done the HQ (37mm gun) version, which is likewise awaiting crew. I am also working on a load of 251s to form an armoured panzer grenadier battalion, along with a number of armoured cars to complete the recce battalion. More to follow.

Monday 16 October 2017

Raupenschlepper with PAK40

A handy purchase from the PSC is the general utility prime mover, the Raupenschlepper tracked truck. This comes with either a towed or SP version of the famous PAK40 anti-tank gun and two cab options. A really lovely kit. There are two in a pack along with plenty of crew figures to customise the vehicles.

This one recently made its debut in the first playtest of a set of WWII rules that I am working on (report to follow). It performed superbly, taking out a T34/85 and a T34/76 before finally succumbing to enemy fire.

Sunday 1 October 2017

Light Flak

One of the many bargains that EBAY has thrown up, was a number of die cast vehicles, picked up a while back. At around £4.00 each, they were too good to resist. A couple of the sets included a lovely 20mm flak gun, unusually, on its wheeled trailer along with a prime mover (truck or field car). I bought half a dozen! Ever since seeing the closing battle scene in Saving Private Ryan, where the German force included a light flak gun on its trailer being pushed around by its crew, I fancied having such a model. This first one represents a Waffen SS piece, others will no doubt be Luftwaffe or Heer.

Most of the crew are AB, although the guy in the black panzer jacket and the vehicle crew are PSC. This must be my 4th or 5th attempt at SS camo, and I feel I am starting to get somewhere with it.