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    …..I’ve loved fighting in the sand. So when I got offered a 40% discount on FoW stuff I jumped at the chance to get back into WW2 after an absence of nearly 30 years. I’ve still got more than three quarters of it to paint up, but I’ve managed to do enough to get started. It’s the only period I do in 15mm and, using a scale of about 1:5 with a ground scale of 20″ = 1km, it allows for some pretty big battles to be re-fought. I only do Operation Crusader, so you’ll forgive me for not having Grants or Shermans. I hope you like what I’ve done so far. At some point I’ll get tired of painting 28mm stuff and get back to doing the other Armoured Brigades and infantry.


    “2nd day at Sidi Rezegh 1941″<br />The remnants of 7th Armoured Brigade group, 22nd Armoured Brigade Group, and Support Group try to hold off 21st Panzer Division.


    Battle Group Stephan (5th Panzer Regt. plus supports) advances towards the British from the direction of Tobruk.


    25pdrs batteries of Support group in the front line.


    British infantry on top of the Second Escarpment


    The A13s of 2nd RTR from 7th Armoured Brigade in Caunter pattern. Thankfully, much of the stuff in the desert during Crusader wasn’t Cauntered – but most did have ‘Crusader Stripes’: A silly idea that the Germans liked to shoot at.



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    Avatar photoAllen Curtis

    Nice to see the whole table and more of the collection, James.



    Lovely stuff James.  The escarpment looks especially effective.

    Cheers, Aaron



    Unless you have lots of time and storage it’s always going to be difficult to do the ‘large scale’ desert terrain features.

    I compromised on the escarpments by doing them as cliff’s to the front and shallow slopes to the back, you have to imagine that the cliff to the front is just a steep slope and the slope at the back is flat and higher – only at the coast were the escarpments high cliffs. They are made from 20mm insulation foam.

    The base tiles are another time, money and storage saving measure. they are the backs of static grassed terrain tiles by TSS (originally made arid for my Crusades stuff); they have been painted and stippled with household emulsion paint.

    The wadis are foam board edges on 2mm MDF with sand and grit. I did a ‘how I’ for these:


    One thing about the desert though, once you have a few basics you have most of what you need – there are no woods, hedges, rivers and the like to worry about and very little fighting happened in the coastal towns (none during Operation Crusader). There is just the odd isolated building – the settlement of Bir el Gubi, the scene of much fighting and very typical, was described by Robert Crisp as a single white building surrounded by a low stone wall.

    Some places, named on the maps (see below; the map used for the battle above – the British infantry are holding the escarpment north of the landing ground [L.G.]) didn’t even have a building there; Trigh Capuzzo, the second most useful road, running east west, was a rough dirt track only useful as a means not to get lost. I have three desert buildings and don’t need more, not even for a 15 x 6 table.

    Terrain was one of the major deciding factors in being able to change scale from 28mm (non-WW2 collections) to 15mm – I didn’t need to double buy or make tons and tons of new terrain; big tables have their disadvantages!


    A piece of the map from ‘The Sidi Rezeg Battles 1941’ by Agar-Turner and Hamilton

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    Very nice, indeed. How big is the table, in case I missed it. Very nice paint job and the terrain boards are top notch. Thanks for sharing.

    Sink meh!


    15 x 6 with the drop leaf, otherwise (and more usually) 12 x 6

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    Avatar photoNTM

    Marvellous collection always worth another look

    Avatar photoquidveritas

    Great Table and Wonderful Paint Jobs!


    Avatar photoTassie Wargamer

    That is a seriously impressive collection!

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