Monday, 7 December 2020
Sunday, 15 November 2020
Two hours later and the build is largely complete. I have, of course, dispensed with several of the more delicate parts including many of the bits of harness. But so far so good.
Sunday, 8 November 2020
Despite the restrictions of COVID, I’m pleased to report that Sara and I were among a couple of dozen people who attended the understandably short and rather low key ceremony in our local churchyard.
I always feel uncomfortable about taking photos at such events so I offer instead pictures of a war grave Sara spotted in the churchyard. Aircraftman K Kent died in 20 December 1942 at the age of only 20. That means he was born a mere 43 years before me - not much in the sweep of history. Makes you think.
Friday, 6 November 2020
The lack of recent posts was due to being mad busy with work and two family house moves (fret not, I’m still safely installed at Megablitz Towers) but happily my weekly games by Zoom/Skype have largely continued. Unfortunately. With so much of my work time and all of my gaming time being online, when I’ve come to compose blog posts, motivation has been sadly lacking.
So here to fill the gap, and following on from the popularity of my Polish armoured train are some photos I took of my 1/300 German WW2 armoured train. There are all Heroics & Ros castings. The lead flatcar has been adapted to mount a ‘captured’ T-34 turret while that at the other end carries a Somua S35, again not in the colours of its first owner....
Friday, 18 September 2020
Saturday, 5 September 2020
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
A quick note on the troop representation. I gave each of the Panzer Rgts three battalions - they should in fact have two larger btls each. This was something of a contrivance to force the Germans into the piecemeal attacks which 4PD actually carried out. Sure enough it resulted in some very shot-up units. The Polish cavalry regiments were a challenge, composed as they were of four smallish squadrons and a MG sqn. I decided to represent them as two fairly chunky stands per rgt. They were quite tough due to high morale, good training and wide issue of a fairly dangerous AT rifle. Dangerous to the the tin-foil armour of 1939 panzers at any rate. Finally, the train had two artillery cars, each with 2 75mm guns, and a company of infantry so I treated it for combat purposes as a weak artillery unit with similar close-combat capabilities as an infantry stand.
A further visit to Poland may be in order in a few weeks.
Sunday, 30 August 2020
Friday, 28 August 2020
Having played through the first few turns on Tuesday evening, we gathered (virtually) again the following night. It was a sufficiently busy evening that I will spread the remaining report over two posts.
This btl of Pz Rgt 36 got off to a good start by getting stuck into the Polish armoured car squadron.
Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Mokra is a battle which has long interested me, so it was only a matter of time before I revisited it for a WW2 Brigade Commander game. Getting the terrain right was tricky - I tried three versions of the layout before I was happy with it. Mokra, for those of you unfamiliar with the battle, was fought on 1st September 1939 between the Wolynska Cavalry Brigade (plus some hangers-om) and most of 4 Panzer Division. It wasn't the walk-(or rather drive-) over that the Germans were expecting. Part of the appeal of the battle is the variety of kit. In the grey corner all the trappings of what will soon be called Blitzkrieg - two Panzer regiments, motorised infantry and dive bombers. Versus horse cavalry (mostly fighting on foot), tankettes and an armoured train! The latter can be seen in the first two photos. It's the Heroics & Ros model (I've had it for ages but only painted it at the weekend) which fits nicely on my plastic Bandai ZZ Gauge track.
As regards the other toys, the Germans are mostly H&R with some Scotia Panzer I. Scotia also provided the Polish cavalry. Polish vehicles & guns are a mix of the two manufacturers. All infantry and gun crews are H&R.