Sunday, 12 January 2020
From TamsinP: 28mm WW2 British Airborne Supports (150 points)
My fifth entry this Challenge sees me complete (for now at least) a project that I have been working on for the past few months - my WW2 British Airborne force for Chain of Command. I started out with my usual good intentions - just a platoon and a few supports - but inevitably the project has crept and I can probably now (with this lot) field a full company plus a lot of supports. Oh, well! *lol*
But on with the pics, and there are a lot to be on with! I'll start with the artillery.
75mm Pack Howitzer
I know what you're thinking - "On-table artillery isn't a thing in CoC". Quite right, but on-table anti tank weapons are, and the 75mm pack howitzer was used in that role at Arnhem (well, Ooosterbeek if you want to be pedantic). This is the second 75mm in my collection - you'll be pleased to hear that I don't intend to add any more.
20mm Polsten Gun
The Polsten Gun was originally developed by Polish engineers as a cheaper alternative to the Swiss Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun. There were two of them (the guns, not Polish engineers!) with 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron at Arnhem, as part of the squadron's Support Troop. Although designed as an anti-aircraft weapon, the high rate of fire meant that they were also very effective ground weapons - the two guns saw off some German armoured cars near Wolfheze on the first afternoon of Market Garden and did see some action later on.
The gun, it's tow jeep and a trailer could all fit into a Horsa glider along with a few other things.
17 Pounder Anti-Tank Gun
The big beast of the Airborne's anti-tank batteries. I need say no more.
And now for the non-artillery bits:
At some point I should go back and add some blood stains. I'll probably do that once I've added tufts and rubble to all the bases.
Signals and Forward Observers
I told you there were a lot of pics!
The guns and crews are from Warlord Games; the casualties, signals, engineers and snipers are from Black Tree Designs.
Before someone queries the colour of the cap badges - those of the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers and the Reconnaissance Corps were all bronze/brass.
In case anyone is wondering just how many paints were used in painting this lot, here's a pic:
I've left the bases as just painted texture for now - when the Challenge is over I'll be adding tufts and rubble to the whole collection.
20 x 28mm foot @ 5 = 100 points
6 x 28mm prone @ 2.5 = 15 points
3 x 28mm crew served weapon @ 10 = 30 points
Total = 145 points
From MilesR: WOW - you certainly have a well kitted out para force and the painting is sublime - I love the camo smocks - they look perfect. I'm throwing in 5 bonus points just for the sheer variety of paints used!