A commission

Time ago I sold my Baccus EIR army, that you can see in my 10mm gallery, to a guy from UK and he liked so much that he asked me to paint some more, and here they are:

Now in my area Art of War is the new sexy thing and I am repented of having sold them :(


Attack - defense scenario at 500 points, second try.

This time I played the defender and in the picture below you can see my deployment in the central area of the table: a Stug III G squadron in the cornfields, a pak 40 in a dug-out on the road and next to it a Flak 37; at the top there is a trench with one Panzergrenadier squadron and the platoon command squadron in it. There is also a Kubelwagen on the road with the senior officer.

The Russians brought one T-34, one infantry squadron and one Zis-3. You can see some of them in the top left square of the picture below, with the German forces waiting for them to get closer.

And here is the Zis already deployed on the hill. It shot many times against the Stug in front of it which returned fire to avoid spotting. Ultimately, my Flak fired and killed one crewman and the rest abandoned the gun.

Obeying order from above, the Russians charged madly and when they passed the hill my Stug destroyed it and then my infantry slaughtered the already pinned tank riders.

The Russians were left without forces and had to wait until turn three to receive reinforcements. They scored a six and all the remaining tanks plus the senior officer and commissar entered the table. There was a tank duel from the hill in which the Russians killed one Stug III whereas my Pak40 destroyed one T-34.

Ray, a doggy German collaborationist also helped in the destruction of the Russian forces by completely devouring one Zis-2 and all its crew. It later was martial courted and shot (isn't it cute).

My senior officer finally could call for artillery strike and a 82mm mortar battery pinned all commanding staff on the hill, as well as my firing tanks which also pinned two of the Russian tanks. Later on, Russians had to draw two BR cards to rally all his forces.

Below you can see my reinforcements entering on turn 5; two Panzergrenadier squads plus a Pz-IV, on the road behind the house.

The Russians reached the hill containing one objective and destroyed another Stug III, the one behind the trench. I could not destroy any of his tanks in response but at least I was able to pin one of them.

In the last turn of the game my Flak killed the remaining HQ staff on the hill and the Russians broke. Game over for 35 to 12. In the end the Russians could not pass beyond that hill and take the other two objectives.


PSC WWII German infantry painted for Battlegroup

I have just finished the box of Plastic Soldier Company WWII German infantry that I will be using for all my Battlegroup games. They have a few wrong things as Plastic Soldier Review pointed out, but they are also very well sculpted and casted miniatures in hard or rigid plastic, and a bargain too as you get one full platoon plus some extras in just one box.

They were fast painted at tabletop level but in the end I had to put more work on them because the spray varnish (from GW) turned them white, so I had to paint new lights on them to cover the mess and varnish them again, this time with a brush. Still you can see some of the white if you look at them closely. This is the last time I ever use a varnish spray can. 

The figure with binoculars and pointing is not from the box. I have to say that the box included many spare heads but none of them with an officer cap, so to have a lieutenant for my Battleground forces I borrowed this figure from a Revell artillery set, which I think it fits perfectly with the PSCs.

 Here you can see a Panzergrenadier team.

And here a Recon team with Sdkfz.

I have to say that I already had a German infantry platoon painted, but they are from Valiant miniatures; too big and with weapons a bit disproportionated for my taste. In the picture you can see clearly the huge gap between Valiant's and PSC's, both 1/72 scale.

And another comparison shot.