In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

In which I blog about my miniature wargaming and whatever else takes my interest!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

First Chain of Command Platoon

Just finished my first platoon for Chain of Command. Actually they have been almost done for over a month now, but March was a wash out for painting.

Instant platoon! Just add LMGs.

Over a year ago, I decided to remove the 5th figure from all my Flames of War style stands of German infantry, to make the sections 8 figures strong. Most of my Lardy scenarios involved reduced 8 figure sections and it confused people to have 2x 5 figure stands representing only 8 men. Letting them run with 10 figures per section put them at a distinct advantage over my Canadians, too. I thought the spares could be used for making change when the sections take casualties and rebased them on small squares in ones and twos.

Well back in December or January, when I was prepping my Canadian and FJ platoons for CoC I realized that with 3 platoons, each of 4 sections, I had enough spare German riflemen to make another platoon for CoC! I had to attack some of the 3 figure FoW style command stands (which I've never actually used) for a couple more riflemen and some leaders. These were all put together back when I used epoxy to glue the troops to the bases! Gads, what a battle to get those off. Some I gave up on.

Basic landsers got glued to 4Ground 15mm round bases. Big Men got glued to 20mm washers.

Played as a Grenadier section

All I needed were some MG42 teams. Fortunately I had a half dozen prone teams squirreled away. They're Old Glory figures, not sure where I got them from, probably in a trade with someone. I used the now cleared off small FoW stands (why waste them?) to base them on and had them primed and black undercoated by the end of February.

Where they sat until this weekend.

Played as a Pz Grenadier section

Got them painted up in about an hour before going to Mass on Good Friday. With the extra MG42 teams the unit can be played as a run of the mill Grenadier platoon with 7 riflemen, one MG42 team and a leader per section or as a Panzer Grenadier platoon with 5 riflemen, 2 MG42 teams and a leader per section.

Spare MG42 team from Resistant Roosters
I also had a couple of sample figures I got many years ago from Resistant Roosters who had been knocking about looking for a home. So they are a 7th MG42 team, just in case I need them. Because you never know.

I should attack those FoW command stands again and free up some fellows with AT mines to give them a tank hunter team.

The Canadians won't take long to paint up, they actually got their base khaki on before the painting hiatus, but the FJ and their camo will be longer.

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