Perry's DAK in feldgrau

I needed a platoon to play Too Fat Lardies' Chain of Command ruleset at my local hobby shop, and the Perry's DAK infantry box for 20 pounds with 38 figures in it, had quality and nice price, so I went for it. Only minor problem, I did not want them for the desert but for Europe, mostly France; so I committed the heresy of painting their uniforms in German field grey colour after removing everything DAK related from them with a cutter. 
Moreover, as I wanted them ready for action, I committed the second heresy of dipping them.

The box contains enough miniatures to build a full CoC platoon plus some extras for support. I made three full sections and one FO (the radio guy), one medical orderly (his suitcase is the AT ammo box) and one panzerschreck team I made using a spare panzerschreck I had from Valiant Miniatures. I also used Valiant panzerfausts to equip the junior leaders.

I "planted" some flowers on the junior and senior leaders' bases so I could distinguish them more easily.
The plastic bases that come in the box are so tiny that they could be used as tokens and nothing else. Instead I used metal washers for my figures.

The box contains enough miniatures for six LMG teams; just the right number for a CoC panzer grenadier platoon.

I highlighted the panzerschreck soldier after the dipping.


Foundry Orcs

These are pre cast Foundry War Orcs I bought cheap on Ebay long ago, and they are also sculpted by Kevin Adams. I am planning to make a Mordheim band with them.

As you can see in the close ups, I have problems with transitions, especially with the clothes, but last Saturday I was lucky to attend at a local hobby shop, a Claudia Zuminich masterclass with her technique of wet blending, and I am going to try it with the next Orcs I will paint.

Every single Orc model has a unique face full of personality.

I particularly like this brute with the mace...

Here they are next to some Goblins, and you can see how big and bulky they are compared to their lesser cousins.


More Goblins!

More Goblins sculpted by Kevin "Goblinmaster" Adams. I think these all come from Blacktree.
I painted these for my Mordheim Orc warband; a pity I did not have one more Goblin archer to make a group of five.

As you can see, I am having problems with their eyes. I just need a magnifier because I cannot see anymore the inside of their eyes and I am painting them by guess.


A bunker is a bunker

I wanted a bunker for my 10mm soldiers from Eastern Front, and wanted one in which you can put the soldiers inside. I thought about making a removable roof but seemed too complicated, and then remembered those bunkers White Dwarf made for Epic, using a cavalry base for the roof and leaving the back opened.
My infantry bases are 3X3 cm. and artillery pieces like ATs are 4X3 cm, so I needed a bunker of 4X4 cm. that could contain either, so I took a 40X40 mm. base and some plasticard I had lying around, and made this bunker.
Maybe is not historically accurate but it works!

Below you can see a Pak 40 entering inside.

Pak's view from outside.

HMG inside and officer standing next for scale.


Five Core Company Command with my son

My son is ten years old and only knows about Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, and as I wanted him to play some WWII games with me I started to tell him about it. Then I thought that the best way to show him would be by watching films just like he did with SW & LOTR, and then I wondered what films could I watch with him.
I have saving private Ryan, Iron cross, a bridge over river Kwai, dirty dozen, etc, but none of those seemed me appropriate for him. Finally I chose Kelly's heroes and it was a success; he laughed a lot with Oddball, but also knew about artillery support and friendly fire (Mulligan's) as well as troop morale, and also that you need to be real close to kill a Tiger with a Sherman ;-)

Well, after the film we played a WWII game at company level. For this game I chose Five Core Company Command by Nordic Weasel because I think it is perfect to play with kids. All measures are done with a six inches stick, you only activate three or four stands per turn from an army of twelve or less stands, there are no tables or modifiers and you only need to look for ones or sixes on a D6 rolls, and still it allows you tactical decisions and gives some tension, all in less than two hours.