05/08/2014 at 07:45 #3329
Given my existing forces are up to 40 years old I decided to upgrade them like I have already done with my British, Russian and some of my Germans.
Some armour to provide a second Tank Battalion
Some Italeri quick builds
Back up with some Armourfast, picked up at Bovvy, couple of Brittania jeeps in the background, still need the crews painted
Plastic Soldier Company for the infantry, with various additional bits added from some Valiant sprues I picked up.
First an Armoured Infantry Battalion
I decided to ignore the scale issue with the MGs
Just completed a normal leg battalion, I’ve given them a water cooled 30cal instead
Sharp eyed observers will note the lack of AT guns, I’ll probably convert some of the spare PSC heavy weapons crews with some arms from the British or German AT crews to make these.05/08/2014 at 14:35 #3383Lardy RichParticipant
Nice work Will.
I’m just in the process of getting my 29th Infantry Division force together for a post-D-Day campaign. If only PSC did 28mm tanks!
Playing the period, not the rules, since 200219/08/2014 at 07:25 #4917
More progress over the last couple of weeks.
A third battalion
and finally the fourth, Italeri infantry for a change
Some extras, OP teams and radio jeeps completed.
20/08/2014 at 16:12 #5128willzParticipant
Keep up the good work Will.27/08/2014 at 17:22 #6030
Completed the 57mm AT guns guns. I needed them to finish my US infantry for a game using the 29th Infantry Division tomorrow, which meant I had to work with the resource to hand to create the guns and teams. So four of the guns are an Airfix hybrid with Plastic Soldier Company barrels and wheels and the crews are from the US heavy weapons set. The last is an old 6pdr.
For those who like comparisons, in the foreground and inset, there is from left to right a Plastic Soldier Company 6pdr, one of my conversions, then an original Airfix 6pdr.
28/08/2014 at 09:59 #6112willzParticipant
Once again Will lovely work, I must get around to building and painting some American anti-tank guns.29/08/2014 at 02:05 #6249Frank HeffnerParticipant
Nice work. I’m working on finishing some U.S. for BattleGroup.06/09/2014 at 08:00 #7331
Yet more completed.
Reece Squadron upgrade – I’ve touched up and rebased the figures and replaced the 30cal MMG with that from PSC and the 60mm mortars with the Italeri ones, so the unit is over 50% new.
Still not got enough vehicle to go with them, Still missing are three more Greyhounds, another M8 HMC and three M5 light tanks. But depending on what the scenario requires I might not need them all or can borrow them from other units.
Engineer Battalion upgrade – again touched up and rebased the old figures, only added repalced the 30cal M1917 MMGs this time. It is slightly over-strength as I’ve include a flamethrower for each company, which is needed for some scenarios
Just need an assault bridging trailer to complete it.
Some extra vehicles, two good one bad!
The good is a pair of short wheel base trucks as used for artillery tows converted from the Pegasus fast build kit. The bad is the Hasegawa M4A1 mortar carrier, way too wide and needed extra work to get the interior vaguely right, I should have converted one of the Plastic Soldier versions instead.
The CCKW352 conversion was relatively easy, just needing to cut the chassis and body to the correct length before reassembling, the two spare wheels behind the cab came from an old Airfix 88mm. A work in progress picture to give an idea of what was involved
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