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  • #138676
    Just Jack
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    All,

    For anyone that’s followed my blog, you’ve seen I have a very strange relationship with 15mm WWII miniatures.  I began wargaming in 2009, at which time I spend around $400 on Old Glory US and German forces for Northwest Europe.  I painted them up, played a few games, then gave them to my nephews.  A couple years later I did it again; I bought about $400 worth of toys from Plastic Soldier Company for US and German forces, painted some of it up, then gave it to Kyote.  A couple of years later I switched up slightly; I bought about $400 worth of Plastic Soldier Company minis for British and German forces in NW Europe.  I painted up some vehicles and most of the infantry, then sold it off.

    But here I am again.  I bought fully painted US and German forces for NW Europe (featured in a recent battle report using Battlegroup Normandy, which you can find here: https://hakunamatatawars.blogspot.com/2020/05/somewhere-in-normandy-with-battlegroup.html), and then I spent A BUNCH of money on 15mm forces for… North Africa!  Well, I bought it, I prepped it, I painted it, I based it, I washed it, and I sealed it, so it’s ready to be played with and ready for me to show it off.  It’s not the prettiest set of forces, and it’s certainly not perfect, but it’s definitely the largest collection I’ve ever completed, so at the very least I’m proud of the accomplishment.


    The whole mess, with Commonwealth forces on the left and Axis on the right.  It consists of 72 tanks, 23 armored cars, 19 transports, 6 aircraft, 19 guns of various calibers, and 64 stands of infantry (command, rifle, MGs, and mortars).


    Crusaders on the move.


    A British Bofors.


    Tommies in the sand.


    British air support.


    Panzer Mk IIIs with short and long 50mm guns.


    Some armored cars.


    The dreaded ’88s.’


    Italian M14/41s.


    Some AB40s.


    Italian artillery.


    Italian Platoon Commanders.

    To see a bunch more pics, please check the blog at:
    https://blackhawkhet.blogspot.com/2020/06/thank-you-coronovirus-or-how-western.html

    So, there it is, my massive North Africa collection, warts and all.  That was a tremendous amount of work, and it’s very cool to sit back and stare at it, having finished off such a large project.  My plan is to play out the war in the Western Desert from the first clashes at the frontier in 1940, up through the 2nd Battle of El Alamein.  I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to do it, but Peter (https://gridbasedwargaming.blogspot.com/search/label/WW2%20North%20Africa) and Jon (https://grymauch.blogspot.com/search/label/WW2%20N.Africa) have given me plenty to think on.  In any case, with a little fudging, we’ve go enough gear to get through the various phases of the war with the appropriate vehicles, or at least reasonable proxies, I think.

    In a perfect world I would go buy some more early war tanks for Brits and Italians, get some German arty, and get the Italian command and ATGs squared away, but the fact is that I’m exhausted, and I don’t need any of that stuff to play some games.  My boys, of course, absolutely love them, and can’t wait to get their little mitts on them.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #138677
    Norm S
    Participant

    Beautifully done and clearly a ton of work ……. keep them 🙂

     

    #138678
    Whirlwind
    Participant

    Very nice indeed! As chance would have it, I have recently completed exactly the same British and Italian infantry…

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #138681
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Woo Hoo !!! 15 mm North Africa is my favorite theater of WW2 (Pacific is number 2) I am so looking forward to your AAR’s when you play this!!!!!

    #138686
    Tony S
    Participant

    Even since I was a kid, and heard my grandpa talk of the Desert War and Rommel, I’ve been interested in that theatre, but have never put brush to lead to do anything about it.

    And here you are, with a massive and fantastic looking army – and its the third time you’ve done it!? To quote Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, “I’m most dreadfully embarrassed”, as I’ve never even painted up a single desert force, let alone three!

    Nicely done, even if you put some of us to shame!

    #138688
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    I still have all my FOW North Africa forces.

    #138689
    MartinR
    Participant

    Very nice indeed Jack. Funnily enough I also used to have 15mm desert forces but in a fit of madness, I sold them. Goodness knows why. I’m slowly working my way through the scenarios in Benghazi Handicap in 6mm now.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #138692
    Sane Max
    Participant

    Lovely Jack, add me to the list of people with 15mm Desert War stuff as well. I blame ‘The World at War’ for the love for the theater being so widespread among wargamers.

    I do wish the Crusader had been a better tank, it just looks so good.

    #138707
    deephorse
    Participant

    Lovely Jack, add me to the list of people with 15mm Desert War stuff as well. I blame ‘The World at War’ for the love for the theater being so widespread among wargamers. I do wish the Crusader had been a better tank, it just looks so good.

    Are you old enough to remember ‘All Our Yesterdays’ (I think it was!).  I seem to recall the desert war being covered for weeks on end.

    Less enthusiasm, please. This is Britain.

    #138717
    Sane Max
    Participant

    Lovely Jack, add me to the list of people with 15mm Desert War stuff as well. I blame ‘The World at War’ for the love for the theater being so widespread among wargamers. I do wish the Crusader had been a better tank, it just looks so good.

    Are you old enough to remember ‘All Our Yesterdays’ (I think it was!). I seem to recall the desert war being covered for weeks on end.

    “The series ran weekly from 1960 to 1973”

    hell no. I am young and vibrant and full of life.

    “and from 1987 to 1989”

    i would have been down the pub, being young and vibrant etc etc

    #138743
    Darkest Star Games
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    Wow Jack, you’ve put in a lot of work!  Looks great.  I wish I had 1/8th of your motivation and ability to knock out projects.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #138796
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Thanks everyone, I appreciate the kind words and support!

    Norm – We’ll see; it’s just that 10mm is so perfect for North Africa…

    Whirlwind John – We are inextricably linked 😉

    Kyote John – The boys really want to play with them, so batreps coming soon.

    Tony –  I apologize for the confusion; fourth time going 15mm WWII, but the first three times were all NW Europe, these are my first Western Desert forces in any scale.

    Martin – Not madness to me 😉  But everyone has their own idea as to what they’d like their table to look like, just down to personal taste.  Looking forward to your Benghazi Handicap battle reports!

    Sane Max – I’m a big fan of the aesthetics of the Crusader, too!

    Darby – Let’s go man, get off your butt, I wanna see some more SOG stuff outta you!

    V/R,
    Jack

    #138807
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Your boys have good taste in gaming!!!!

    #138812
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Jack:

    So will KG Klink be sent to North Africa or will this be an independent campaign? The figures and vehicles look great as do the aircraft. That is quite a volume of kit and soldiers which you have accumulated there. I am very impressed. Keep up the great work and like Kyoteblue I look forward to seeing your AARs and your terrain. Well done, sir!

    Cheers, good gaming and be well.

    Rod Robertson.

     

    #138813
    Rod Robertson
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    Your boys have good taste in gaming!!!!

    Kyoteblue:

    Jack’s boys lucked out with a great Dad who has a super hobby and a great Mum who puts up with it all. That and being born in free and affluent country means they won the Trifecta in the lottery of life. Cheers and huzzah to a great wargaming family!

    Now, mow the lawn old man!

    Cheers, good gaming, and be well.

    Rod Robertson.

     

    #138814
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Weirdly enough I was mowing today and will do more tomorrow. And yes Jack’s boys are very lucky.

    #138830
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Weirdly enough I was mowing today and will do more tomorrow. And yes Jack’s boys are very lucky.

    Kyoteblue:

    Then it is as it should be. Now you need to dust off some of that WWII Desert War stuff and fight some scraps between Benghazi and Cairo. Then you will be aligned with the universe.

    No such luck for me. I am taking a break from the 20th and 21st centuries and am painting up Bronze Age and Iron Age  ancient armies. Presently 20 stands of Early Middle Assyrian archers (60 figures) and eight stands of of Neo-Babylonian Spear and Bow “phalanxes” (96 figures). Then it’s 21 assorted chariots and six stands of Neo-Babylonian cavalry and those two armies are done.

    Cheers, good gaming and be well.

    Rod Robertson.

    #138867
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Kyote – Indeed! 😉

    Rod – Glad to see you’re still kicking, I love how you resurface every six months or so to surprise me 😉  Negative, KG Klink will not be heading to North Africa; my original intent was for that to happen, but then I bought a bunch of 10mm PzIVs with long 75s (and no schurtzen) and painted them gray, rather than brown, so KG Klink is staying on the Ost Front.

    I am truly blessed, great times with the little guys.  I hope all is well, and quit messing around and get back to your 15mm USMC in Afghanistan!

    V/R,
    Jack

    #138884
    Rod Robertson
    Participant

    Jack:

    I regularly visit the site but usually do not comment. But I make a point of checking in to see what you and Kyoteblue are upto. My silence =/= absence.

    Messing around? When the Early Assyrians are done I will have four complete Bronze Age armies done, all of which will be 500 pts. in DBMM (that’s really Big). Then there will be two more Bronze Age armies to do, one a Sea Peoples army and the other a Gasgan Anatolian horde to harass the Hittites and Early Assyrians.

    When the Neo-Babylonians are done then I will have four complete Iron Age armies done to 500 pts. Then there will be three more to do, one a Thracian army, one a Lydian army and finally a Median Army.

    Then it’s on to the Classical Period. Two Armies done, two more to go.

    Large Confederate and Union armies for ACW – I’m dreading those because they are huge armies involving about a thousand figures each. Oy vey!

    Then it will be back to Modern, Cold War and WWII forces.

    I thnk I have lead-poisoning.

    But back to the deserts of North Africa c 1940-1943. Looking forward to what ever mischief you and your boys get up to.

    Cheers, good gaming and be well.

    Rod Robertson.

    #138933
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    Good to hear from you, Rod!!!

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