martedì 14 gennaio 2020

Sd.Kfz.2 - Kettendrad and other German troops


Some months ago, Riccardo, another of my club mates, gave me two Sd.Kfz.2 (better known as kettenkrad). Considering that I have in 28mm green devils army and in February my club will organize a Bolt Action tournament it is the right moment to paint them



This vehicle started its life as a light tractor for airborne troops but during the war it was used as runway tug for aircraft too. I have not aircrafts in 28mm so I used them only as troops tractor


One of the things I appreciated more in a wargame club it is that you can find many people (Ivano, Flavio, Ezio and others) that are able to prepare great scenario elements as the ones I used for my pics




I know that I already posted some of these miniatures but last month I re-painted some faces using the advice that Aurelian and Maurizio gave me.




Below other pics … I hope someone can appreciate them





venerdì 10 gennaio 2020

Another Napolenic battle - Black Powder Jan, 3 2020

In the last weeks my mates continued with their Napoleonic battles ..



Last week our Duke of Wellington used his military skills to destroy the evil French but ... 





... the French are hard to defeat even if they are forced to be in a defensive formation




At the end my friend must launch his Scots Greys  to win




domenica 5 gennaio 2020

Sd.Kfz.184 (Elefant) - Sd.Kfz.171 (Panther) - Panzer Brigate 150

Last week my friends played to Rapid Fire and after they finished their game the table was already prepared so ... why not to take some pics of my new tanks?



The tank crew of a Sd.Kfz. 184 ... also called Elefant ... is working to refill his tank




The Elefant was an heavy tank destroyer used at the end of the war in particular during the Battle of Kursk.  It was a great tank if used for a static defensive role ... unfortunately poor mobility and mechanical unreliability greatly diminished its operational capability.




Before Christmas holidays I bought two Tigers and two Panthers to create armour unit in line with Rapid Fire ... waiting I finished to paint them I took some pics of the Panther I painted for test.



The Sd.Kfz.171 was initially used to fight against the Soviet T-34 but this model was largely used in a lot of war theaters.



That day, I had also some American soldiers with me so I thought  to take some pictures using them. The idea was to create a simple vignette inspiring to Panzer Brigate 150 


This German Brigate was formed to take part in the Ardennes offensive and it was a special unit that included English-speaking members wearing American Army uniforms to cause disruption and disinformation behind the American lines. 

Finally, why not to use the same crossroad to re create a movement of troops?



... or a simple hill or a road to take some pics of a Stug?




sabato 28 dicembre 2019

SAGA - La Piccola Armata tournament - Dec, 21 2019

Last week end my club mates organized and played a SAGA 2.0 tournament. The participants to this event were 10 and they played for all the day. Below some of them during the first phase of the game



They deployed a lot of different armies: Jomsviking (Eugenio), Normans (Antonio), Umayyads (Falvio), Huns (Aurelian), Welsh (Alberto), Later Romans (Enzo), Irish (Riccardo and Giancarlo) and Vikings (Bartolomeo and Paolo)

Below some pics of the various armies took part of the battles



The tournament is organized by Riccardo and divided in three rounds




At the end the winner was Eugenio with his Jomsviking ... below a photo of him with his battle helm



but my friends have decided to give away a box of Gripping Beast miniatures to be awarded with a draw among all the participants ... this time the winner was Antonio


At the end it was a funny day for all respecting the typical wargamers tradition ... see you nex time.

venerdì 20 dicembre 2019

Rapid Fire Nov 30, 2019

Some week end ago Maurizio and Ezio played another test game using Rapid fire. The idea is to test a new rules set for ww2 in alterative to Bolt Action.

Maurizio and Ezio painted a great number of pieces to play this scenario. The German army (the 130th  division Panzer Lehr) must counter attack an English infantry division placed in a Normady village. The Panzer Lehr had double points respect his enemy.

German units are painted by Maurizio while the English-ones by Ezio. Scenario and terrains prepared by Ezio.

This is not a real battle report but I kind of album of pictures to show the amazing miniatures painted by my two club mates with some brief reference to their game

Below the German HQ are discussing of the best way to reach the enemy


The panzer division is approaching to his objectives



The initial deployment


Maurizio placed his artillery near a hill starting with a preliminary bombardment


The Panzer Lehr starts his attack


The English troops try to defend their positions but …




… it is hard and the cathedral is taken by the German troops



Some English tanks try to destroy the German panthers but they have not luck and …




… they are forced to go back


At the end the battle is a German victory