Saturday, 10 December 2016

582 - More Germans are Coming. Verdammt!

Oops!

I did say there were more Germans, didn't I?

Here they are (with only a couple of teeny-tiny tanks to come - I promise) - and all labelled up for your convenience:

Without going into the detailed whys and wherefores of everything, I managed to secure the following - very cheaply - in order to put together those models above:


  • The Germans from two of the new 'Band of Brothers' starter sets (24 men; 2 halftracks)
  • Twenty already-based Heer infantry (20)
  • The 'Blitzkrieg' German infantry set (30 men)
  • One 'Blitzkrieg' and one Heer medium mortar (2 mortars)
  • One Panzer IV H (you've got to have a tank, right?)
Medium Mortar and MMG teams. There's a thin, rigid plastic
disc stuck beneath the holes, but it's see-through!
At first, I felt a bit frustrated at the slightly odd mix, but this was mollified as I really quite fancied taking some Luftwaffe Field Division as inexperienced troops for a change, and they often still wore jackboots and some more obsolete uniform...but then I got the new army book and bafflingly - inexplicably - the Luftwaffe squads are not allowed to take LMGs! Yup: despite the info-box covering the variety of different LMGs the Luftwaffe troops were issued, they cannot take LMGs. Go figure.
The Medic (behind the officer, bottom-left) has a converted med bag.
Sooooo, instead I made the call that my jackbooted troops would play the dual role of either second-line garrison troops in Normandy, suddenly deployed to help plug a gap or - if needed - a smattering of early war troops for early war scraps. There are still disadvantages to this, mind: namely that (a) they have early-war-style gascloaks in a prominent chest pouch - rather anachronistic after '41, and (b) the only 'inexperienced'-rated troops in the Normandy selectors are...wait for it...Luftwaffe Field Division...who can't technically take their LMGs. 

*sigh*

All of this means that I now have a sprawling German force, totalling about 2000pts (and a little more yet to come) which can be deployed either as one single, rag-tag German force comprising three platoons, or separately as early-, mid- or late-war!

As for the models themselves and their basing? Well, I shall talk about those, I suspect...next post.

Right now though, I'm a-noddin' off at my keyboard, so

Goodnight for now...

- Drax.

10 comments:

  1. Really like the idea of doing second-line troops - very much forgotten in all the 'glamour' of the more well-known units. These look like they're going to be excellent.

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    1. Thanks, Scipio!

      I don't yet know quite how 'glamorous' they're likely to be(!) but I'm looking forward to it.

      It will be a sloooooooooow process, methinks!

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  2. Inexperienced German troops are fun flavour-wise.

    And a lack of STG-44 Assault Rifles makes me like your force all the more for even more lack of cheesiness.

    Quite the horde mate. Looking forward to seeing them painted up.

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    1. Cheers!

      Yeah, their inexperience should also provide a nice balance to the potential power of German officers, too.

      As assault rifles, a couple of the officers and NCOs have them and that's it. I must admit that 2nd Edition improvements to ARs made this a much easier decision to make...

      ...but yeah: I do try to avoid cheese!

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  3. You can't use pz4h as early war unless you are going to magnetize it allowing you to swap between A,B,C and maybe D versions.
    Nice army so far :)

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  4. Oh yes, thanks, Jakub!

    I've been trying to read up on a lot of this stuff...which is weird for me, because the British stuff I just kind of 'know' through immersion and cultural osmosis, but a lot of the German stuff I've ONLY come across through comics/films as a kid or through wargaming in the last couple of years!

    Cheers, matey.

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  5. Nice looking reinforcements sir!

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