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  • in reply to: What size / scale for WWII #175436
    Gaz045
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    I have WW2 collections in 6 & 20mm…….mostly due to availability back in the day and rulesets that defined scales of action.

    If I was to start over I would pitch for 15mm…….now there is much more miniature availability and terrain out there, it’s also a good trade off in ‘mass’ and individuality for characters and vehicles. Many rulesets now allow interchangeable scales….a stand can be individuals, a squad, platoon, company or more…..and I’d say that 15mm caters for that in being easily identifiable at arms length too.

     

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: More Korean War Stories: Three Close Calls #175366
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Great read, thanks for sharing!

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: S&S Models 122-mm howitzer D-30 #173652
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Nicely done, I bought a pair, one in travel mode and one deployed, a very ubiquitous piece as they turn up everywhere! What are you using for tows…..trucks or MTLB’s?

    I also have several Zvezda 122mm M30 howitzers for more Third World armies…

    Did you get the S&S crews too?…….I appear to have mislaid mine in the lead mountain……must  search them out.

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    Gaz045
    Participant

    That looks to have been a cracking game!

    Hopefully you’ll keep us posted on rule developments and release too! (Or get the authors to do so?)

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    Gaz045
    Participant

    Cool !

    Thanks for sharing the rules….I’ll have a delve for some suitable figures and raid my monster stash for some ‘nasties’!

    The kids will enjoy a monster hunt.

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    Gaz045
    Participant

    Those are very nicely turned out!

    Interesting read too, thanks for the temptation into another project!!

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    Gaz045
    Participant

    I’d like the 2 VBCW  books……

    Paypal invoice please.

    Thanks!

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Greek caiques for WW2 coastal warfare #154242
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Irregular Miniatures have a fishing boat…….in their 6mm Boats&Cars.

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: For Sale- please delete. #146508
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Good, definitely take them if still available?

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: For Sale- please delete. #146465
    Gaz045
    Participant

    <p style=”text-align: center;”>If those One Hour Wargame Rules are not the skirmish ones ( already have them) I’d like them…..but for the life of me I can’t find the pm button!</p>

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: The Universal Infantry Battalion #145761
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Interesting read, makes far too much sense and smacks of far to much logic for it filter through the labryntine MoD and the Regimental system intact…….. “But we’ve always been a …….. ( fill gap accordingly) battalion and we won’t change! “

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Thoughts on Tactical Assault: Combat Cards? #145267
    Gaz045
    Participant

    I have just emerged from the Battlespace ‘rabbit hole’ that I opened some hours ago!! Thanks for posting that link Stephen!!!

    I have purchased, printed and am busy cutting up the cards etc for a game of 3 this weekend……..what a great system!!

    I’ll need to find a local print shop to do the rules and cards in all their glory but the greyscale version is eminently readable……..thinking ahead now for other forces to knock out some cards and scenarios for………

     

     

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: PSC Battleravens on sale #144706
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Thanks for the heads up! Ordered, too good to pass up, £14.25 delivered to Europe.

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: ww2 in a coastal town #143731
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Coastal fog more likely…….

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Painting up GZG 25mm. NSL photos 8/19 #142602
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Nicely done , NSL/Afrika Korps look- might have to adopt a similar scheme for mine! ( I was a bit stumped for a scheme)

    So what are the Eureka figures that ‘fit’ with the GZG goodies…….I didn’t find anything on their website….?

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Daft dad – daughters present ideas needed #142601
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Graffiti? Spell signs and incantations chalked on the floor…… think pentagram and salt circles etc And gratuitous blood trails with remains………broken and discarded weaponry/armour too?

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Rifle training? #138005
    Gaz045
    Participant

    The intention was to give an indication of the proportion of time currently spent on small arms training………you could then extrapolate a similar proportion for basic training and skill at arms historically………

    But ‘hey ho’…….

    Found a German reference to only 4 weeks from civvy street to frontline for the 1914 mobilisation too……I would have thought that WW2 would show some similarly short training periods too if any in certain circumstances……

    Basic training in the USMC during World War II

    Note that this refers to weapons training and presumably involves some cross training for the squad organic weapons………

    for the British Army……( From the ARRSE forum)

    Depended very much on when/ where you were:

    In general, post Dunkirk/ pre D-Day, most Infantry recruits received 6 wks “basic” plus another 6 of Infantry specific. General pattern would be basic at Regt Depot followed by some sort of regional Infantry training centre. Thereafter there’d be continual training at battalion, brigade & divisional levels – huge areas of the UK were taken over (civ pop usually evacuated) for this purpose. Severely bomb damaged areas of cities were often used for training in street fighting etc..

    Post D-Day many battle casualty replacements were lucky to get more than 6-8 wks total.

    General pattern was lots of drill, PT, weapon training, route marching etc for basic, plus basic platoon tactics. Infantry specific got more sophisticated as the war progressed, & by 1942/3 there was far more emphasis on battle drills, snap shooting, combined arms stuff etc.. By 1943 nearly all Infantry recruits went through some sort of “battle inoculation” course; Infantry Battle Schools tried to integrate “lessons learned” into the training, & there was a lot of live firing, simulated artillery fire etc, plus in some cases crawling through muddy ditches full of rotting sheep carcasses etc!

    Far East Theatre was a bit different – 14th Army ran Jungle Warfare Schools, & most Infantry spent a few weeks at these before joining units.

    Interestingly, WW2 British Infantry training placed considerable emphasis on “hand-to-hand” combat: mainly, I suspect, to inculcate confidence/ aggression, & it was useful PT. It was common for each day’s training to end with “all in” – recruits/ soldiers squared up to each other in pairs/ by sections/ platoons & then tried to beat the cr*p out of each other. Hard times; hard men who’d grown up in the Depression, & of course most boys back then did compulsory boxing at school. The Commandos (and their offshoots the Paras) did milling bare fisted, & this was not uncommon elsewhere.

    Living conditions were spartan – huts if you were lucky, but often – esp at Battle Schools & in Divisional Areas – under canvas. Sleeping bags were a luxury – in the field you slept under blankets & gas cape. Mattresses were straw filled palliases. Food – monotonous & limited (rationing etc), but the system did try to get more calories for troops, esp Infantry, so bully beef, chocolate, hard tack, tea, condensed milk, meat extract cubes, “Spam” etc were usually relatively plentiful. Washing/ hygiene facilities were by modern standards pretty minimal – a lot of “spare time” was spent just trying to maintain some modicum of basic hygiene.

    As stated earlier, hard times; hard men.

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Rifle training? #137885
    Gaz045
    Participant

    4 of 7 weeks for the British Army Pirbright training centre…….

    https://www.army.mod.uk/who-we-are/our-schools-and-colleges/atc-pirbright/

     

    US Army at Fort Benning…..

    https://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/army-boot-camp-schedule.html

     

     

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Thoughts on stowage… #137158
    Gaz045
    Participant

    I usually use a reference photo or 3 to plan out the ‘festooning’ …………I like to keep a standard look (with small variations) for vehicles in a ‘unit’……experience has taught me that platoons,companies and battalions can/will have standard layouts and variations thereof or not at all . The military often supplied vast amounts of ‘valuable kit’ that simply doesn’t fit in the transport provided or is shuffled to ‘external stowage’ as priorities change….ammunition and stores susceptible to damage get to travel first class whilst extra uniform kit,bedding and tentage goes third class….A particular bugbear to avoid is the blocking of vision ports and vents- an absolute sin in my books!

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: M-ATV véhicule stats ? #135667
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Replacement in the role of the severely taxed and maxed-out up armoured Humvee but a significant upgrade from it with its mine resistant design, survivability and armour, more comparable to the RG-31 and the plethora of similar vehicles rolling out all over the world.

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    Gaz045
    Participant

    Congratulations on the splendid campaign, all very authentic and full of the atmosphere of the time! Looked forward to the reports and admired the elegant nature of the campaign system too.

    Now awaiting Klinks adventures in the East………..

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: M-ATV véhicule stats ? #135619
    Gaz045
    Participant

    I would run it as an RG-31 light MRap.

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: KG Klink in Greece, Fight #9 #135417
    Gaz045
    Participant

    By this stage the Allied forces were adept at rapid retreats and evacuations……..

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: 6mm Vietnam Ranges – Pricing #135415
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Your numbers for Irregular Minis are ‘off’, for 88p you get 3 bases of 3, so 9 figures, giving a price of 10p each (9.7p for the rivet fans).

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: KG Klink in Greece, Fight #7 #135107
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Now it’s just a race for the Peloponnese ports and Allied evacuation to the safety of Crete………..!

     

     

     

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: KG Klink in Greece, Fight #5 #134705
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Reads as though the Allies were lured into the trap………..and promptly rolled up by KG Klink. A haphazard and uncoordinated assault from the Alles at best……..all very apt for the Greek debacle!

     

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: KG Klink in Greece, Fight #4 #134554
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Dastardly Huns pushing the Diggers back…….pretty demoralizing for the Allies so far…….I’m pessimistic over their cavalry group counter attack………..historical gloom and defeatism!

     

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: KG Klink in Greece, Fight #3 #134422
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Great stuff, follows the theme of  Commonwealth ineptitude that marked the campaign in Greece in reality………poor performance whilst appearing capable on paper strengths.

    New dice needed for the Kiwis!

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: KG Klink in Greece, Fight #2 #134166
    Gaz045
    Participant

    These are very good….I’m hooked now and eagerly awaiting episode 3!

    The German attrition rates in their non-coms is grim………..gives credence to a mythical survivor like Steiner.

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Looking for non grav infantry transports #133598
    Gaz045
    Participant
    in reply to: Looking For A Mini Dirigible (Airship) Option? #133106
    Gaz045
    Participant

    I bought one of these for 6mm…..

    https://es.aliexpress.com/item/32920666338.html

    Admittedly though, I haven’t done anything with it yet!

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    Gaz045
    Participant

    Great AAR’s from the African front!

    These reports really encourage me to ‘extract digit’ and get on with some painting and gaming!!

    Awaiting the next instalment!!

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Military sci-fi book suggestions? #130627
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Just finished this on my kindle…..Valkyrie (The Elai War) by Lucas Marcum. A promising start without much politicking!

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: How I paint irregulars #130296
    Gaz045
    Participant

    I decide on a group of colours suitable to subject, randomly divide the figures into groups, usually mixing poses etc, then I paint a group with all the trousers in a colour, another group with jackets etc. I like to pick out some in brighter civvy colours for example – white t-shirts and/or trainers for example………and so on, mixing things up if they start to look a tad uniform.

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: 6mm WWII aircraft gallery. #129993
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Latecomer to the party!

    But just WOW! Very inspiring photos and superb modelling and painting! Might have to revisit my BoB collection and China ’37 planes……

     

     

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Playing an impossible game #129992
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Took a participation game of the Alamo on tour years back, very popular as the participants played Mexican army officers who had to balance being in at the end for glory but not getting their commands mauled to upset the Generalissimo…….

    Another bash was Zulu Run, basically the players had to outrun flanking parties of Zulus and get to the end of the table with their party of survivors……..played the same with zombies too.

    It’s all about the victory conditions and enjoying the playing………..

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Jungle Terrain and Tutorial Video on my Blog #129771
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Cool video and very timely- my winter project is to knock out some CD jungles! Great tips and pitfall avoidance too, thanks for the gen!

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Bandwagon? #129419
    Gaz045
    Participant

    I fall between both camps…………I have recently picked up several Warlord games as simple pick up n play games with my kids but I have an inbuilt resistance to big shiny rules that come with countless add on volumes to necessitate play……not to say that I haven’t succumbed to ‘ooh shiny’ in the past however! I’m just more circumspect in checking out a rules set now, looking for reviews and how to play videos etc whereas before it was more hands on experience, a game of two at the club or with mates and then being hooked!

     

     

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Painting and Building Spaces #128444
    Gaz045
    Participant

    I set up a desk in the portacabin/shed…..quickly buried it under ‘projects’ so dug it out and moved it into the office…….buried that one again after filling the shelving that took its place in the shed……..got another desk for the conservatory/sun lounge and buried it……..but now actually paint at the dining room table keeping projects in stackable and easily moveable boxes and crates ready for Sunday lunch relocation………!

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    in reply to: Looking for “big” 6mm vehicles #128443
    Gaz045
    Participant

    Some of the apc types from ScotiaGrendel are quite chunky…….

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

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