Sunday, June 3, 2012

Off the shelf...

The "finishing" bug maintains its momentum. Motivated by the fantastically enjoyable 1944 Spearhead game this weekend with Keith, and the realisation that there are some divisional elements that I hadn't added (and I thought I'd finished.. ha!) I've grabbed some 6mm equipment 'off the shelf', and based and added some reconnaissance elements (3 Staghound armoured car squadrons), some heavier tank support (three Challengers that can be used in place of the Achilles, if I recall correctly) and 3 Bofors AA stands.

A symptom of the 'wargamer's disease.. I've had the vehicles for years (the result of one of those 'aspirational purchases from 20+ years ago I think - love that phrase, thanks Andrew) and I was able to pluck the vehicles from the shelf and base them. The slightly frightening thing is the number of 6mm vehicles still sitting on that shelf, unbased and unused. I should get rid of them, but.. well,.. you never know, one day you may just need them, as I've found with the nine stands above.

Next 'finishing' project... some Imperial Guard weapons and vehicles. I don't play a heck of a lot of 40K myself, but this year my College wargames group has several players new to the hobby, so my collections are well used and need extending. I've had the models for quite some time, it's time to get them finished.


  1. The Challenger is such a great looking vehicle, just as the Cromwell is. It is also a good change from the otherwise almost ubiquitous Sherman.

    Your new Bofors should have fun keeping up with the rapid and dashing advances of the Cromwell's. I'm also not sure why they are required in '44. The airforce have assured you that they have complete control of the air. The German airforce is effectively destroyed.

    Still, they may be useful in 1940 France or in Greece the following year...

  2. Keith

    I agree.. the Cromwell/Challenger/Comet stable of vehicles look cool, and I am indeed after the change from what you correctly describe as the ubiquitous Sherman look.

    And those Bofors are for attachment to the infantry battalions, the Cromwells have a nice Crusader AA to accompany them on their rapid advances deep behind enemy lines, as all good cruiser tanks do, in the best British armoured doctrine tradition..LOL


  3. Your motor infantry battalions should also be in trucks, that way they can support the crusiers in their rapid advance across France. You know you want to...

  4. Yes, but ...

    My alternative Armoured Division list uses the motorised infantry battalion that is part of the armoured regiment.. but that's one heck of a 'points sink'.

    However I will try that in a game.. just because i think I should.

    In the meantime I will work on a new Infantry Division list with an Independent tank Brigade.. Churchills maybe.