31/03/2022 at 20:46 #170734WhirlwindParticipant
I was wondering if it is more common amongst WW2 gamers to have 1 or 2 armies, or have multiple armies in their collections? What’s your impression?
https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/31/03/2022 at 21:11 #170735Steve JohnsonParticipant
Well I have (not all painted or based)
- German Heer & Fallschirmjager
- British & Paratoopers
- US Infantry & Airborne
I think that’s it…31/03/2022 at 21:16 #170736willzParticipant
USA Marines.31/03/2022 at 21:59 #170737Tony SParticipant
6mm German, British/Canadians
15mm German Heer, Fallschirmjager, Russian, British paras, French
All painted.31/03/2022 at 22:24 #170738Shaun TraversParticipant
I have a number of armies, mainly as the people I used to play with had one or none. I have 20mm German (early and late), European British, British Paras, European US, Russian (winter and summer). But for my first 20 years or so of gaming I just had Germans, British and Russians, so 3.
Actually, thinking about it, I have much the same in 6mm!
Last year I acquired some 20mm Desert Australians and Italians so the number has gone up now.31/03/2022 at 22:25 #170740Olaf MeysParticipant
Hmmm. I only do 28mm, but here’s my list:
Heer, Gebirgs, Hermann Goering, SS Gebirgs, Luftwaffe Field Division, Volksgrenadier. FJ (waiting to be assembled & painted).
Mid War Soviet. Late War Soviet.
Italian (waiting to be assembled & painted).
12 so far, each consisting of a mix of infantry, artillery and some vehicles.
wargames review site...31/03/2022 at 22:32 #170742Mike HeaddenParticipant
Germans in 3mm, 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 20mm, 28mm
Russians in 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 20mm
UK & Commonwealth in 3mm and 6mm
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!31/03/2022 at 22:35 #170743Tony HughesParticipant
1940 British, French & German all in 3mm. Still need to have the bases textured and a few units missing bits but nearly there.31/03/2022 at 23:43 #170744Rod RobertsonParticipant
15 mm Early War (1939-mid 1941) – German Heer (Coy.), German Fallschrimjäger (Coy), German Kradschutzen (1 Ptn Motorcycle and one Ptn truck), French Infantry (Coy), French Motorised Infantry (2 Ptns), British Infantry (Coy), British Motorcycle (1 Ptn), British Motorised Infantry (1 Ptn). Plus lots of tanks, guns, trucks, armoured cars, some halftracks (German and French) and Loraine Carriers plus towed trailers.
15 mm Mid War (mid 1941 – end of 1943) Soviet Infantry (2 Coy – one w. great coats), Soviet Regular Cavalry (52 Troopers), German Heer Infantry (2 Coys. one w. great coats), Italian Infantry (1 Coy for the Eastern Front), British/Canadian Infantry (1 Coy) plus lots of tanks, armoured cars, guns, trucks, tractors, halftracks, etc.
15mm Late War (1944-1945) German Heer infantry (1 Coy), German SS (2 Ptns.), German Fallschrimjäger (2 Ptns.) Canadian Infantry (1 Coy + 1 Trp Recce Infantry with 21 Carriers), British Infantry (1 Coy. Plus 1 Ptn in Great Coats). Soviet Infantry (1 Coy), Soviet SMG (1 Coy), Soviet Motorised Scouts (1 Ptn.), Soviet Regular Cavalry (60 Troopers), plus lots of vehicles and guns.
it is clear that I have a problem.
My opinion – More! British/German/Italian North Africa or Japanese and Early/Mid/Late War American Infantry and Marines might be next.
The problem grows.
Cheers and good gaming from debtor’s prison.
Rod Roberzson.01/04/2022 at 08:38 #170747MartinRParticipant
Depends what you mean by an Army, but I’ll have a go. Bear in mind some of stuff dates back to the early 1970s.
Desert Germans, British and Italians. Early war and late war Germans. NWE US and British. Russians for the entire GPW. Rumanians who stand in as French on occasion. Six or seven box fulls (with tray inserts), plus planes.
Early war and late war Germans incl Paras, cavalry, panzergrenadiers, blokes on bikes etc. Early and late war British, incl Paras. US Infantry and armor. Russians for the entire GPW incl cavalry. Generic “European” infantry who stand in for Italians, Rumanians, Dutch, French or whatever. Plus a few boxes of aircraft. A dozen boxes of figures and vehicles?
20mm (these are mainly based for Megablitz)
Mediterranean and European theatre British and Germans. Mix of infantry, armoured units and Paras. Approx eight divisions plus Corps assets. Plus a couple of boxes of individually based British, US and German infantry for skirmish games. Ten boxes.
Germans, British Paras and Commandos (Airfix!) plus a few vehicles. Also for skirmish games. A couple of boxes.
The oldest figures in each range are some original HR infantry and some Skytrex vehicles in 6mm, original Airfix German infantry (1st set) and US Marines in 20mm.
"Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke01/04/2022 at 11:23 #170763EtrangerParticipant
Not enough…01/04/2022 at 12:04 #170764RuarighParticipant
6mm UK and Commonwealth, Italians and Germans for the Western Desert.
15mm Norwegians, French and UK for skirmish games in the Norwegian campaign.
I need to get some Germans for the Norwegian campaign. A friend was collecting them but we now live in different countries. I should have learnt my lesson ages ago that I move too often and should have at least one army ready for each side at all times so that I can always play a game regardless of opponents. I’m half tempted to just substitute some sci-fi figures I already have in place of the Germans. It would save on painting and increasing the size of the lead mountain.01/04/2022 at 12:46 #170765Sane MaxParticipant
Early War French
Early War German
Late War German
Early War Russian
Late War Russian
Desert War British
all in 15mm, and in 20mm I have
Late War Russian.
Interesting – almost all my mates also have at least 2 or more WW2 armies.01/04/2022 at 12:46 #170766irishserbParticipant
21 different armies in two scales for 6 nations.01/04/2022 at 13:11 #170770ThuseldParticipant
I have in 20mm:
British, German, Soviet, Japanese, US. About a platoon worth of each. Mostly a single box of figures that I painted up. The Japanese are the old Airfix figures.
US, German, Soviet. More vehicles than in 20mm, more figures just about. I fully intend to end up with British NWE, 8th Army, Paras, DAK, Japanese, US Marines, Winter Soviets, French 1940, British 1940, German 1940. It will take some time to finish though. I want everything.01/04/2022 at 14:23 #170782Just JackParticipant
The correct answer is, “as many as possible” 😉
Of course, there is no correct answer, everyone should do what suits them, but to answer your question, I think (anecdotally) most WWII gamers have multiple armies/forces.
And since the trend was begun, I’ll catalog mine as well:
American: US Army (desert, temperate, winter, and urban -not completed-)
-US Paratroopers (desert, temperate, and urban)
-US Marines (tropical)
British/Commonwealth: Army (desert, temperate, and urban -not completed-)
-Paras (temperate, urban, and desert -not completed-)
-Commandos (temperate and desert -neither completed-)
-Australian (tropical and desert -not completed-)
-Indian Army (desert – not completed-)
Soviet: Army (temperate, winter, and urban)
-Naval Infantry (temperate -not completed-)
French: Army (temperate and desert -neither completed-)
Italian: Army (desert)
-Bersaglieri (desert -not completed-)
Japanese: Army (tropical)
German: Army (temperate, desert, winter, and urban)
-FJ (temperate, desert, winter -not completed-, and urban -not completed-)
-SS (temperate and urban -neither completed)
I’ve also got 10mm Soviets, Germans, and British, and 6mm US, British, and Germans, as well as aircraft and ships of several nations. It’s a sickness…
Jack01/04/2022 at 15:52 #170790McKinstryParticipant
I’m not a WW2 land guy (sold my FOW 15mm US) but in WW2 navies I have…
- MN (French)
The first 6 in both 1/4800 and 1/6000. The Soviets and South Americans in 1/6000 only.
The tree of Life is self pruning.04/04/2022 at 20:57 #170917TerrainShedParticipant
6mm France 1940 French, British, Belgian & German all painted
Dutch is a bit of a WIP still
Enjoy your gardening
Les & Alison04/04/2022 at 21:00 #170918WhirlwindParticipant
Tends to multiple armies from this small sample then…
https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/05/04/2022 at 00:38 #170929kyoteblueParticipant
Both sides plus planes and ships…more than 10 less than I want.05/04/2022 at 08:33 #170932deephorseParticipant
All of the above.
Play is what makes life bearable - Michael Rosen05/04/2022 at 11:10 #170944Tactical PainterParticipant
It’s easy to do. Once you have a late war German force then you have one side for battles in most European theatres covered. So you start fighting them with the British and do Normandy. Then you think it would be nice to have some Americans for variety. Then you think it wouldn’t be much to add some Russians and do Eastern Front, I mean it won’t need much than a few T34s, then before you know it….it’s out of control.
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http://www.thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/05/04/2022 at 13:43 #170957bobmParticipant
In 20mm and pretty small forces for mainly infantry combats:
all roughly 1944
Soviets (they might be Russian…they might be any one of the myriad others)
Polish paratroopers (in my games they go to Warsaw not Arnhem)
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