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I continued with my late war Germans and completed the infantry support units. From start to finish the force took me 6 weeks of building and painting 64 figures, amounting to 300 points in Battlegroup, a squad level engagement. Costing £27.50 for two sets of figures (plus £2.50 for the German Field Grey Vallejo paint), this is probably my cheapest and quickest playable force so far. Going smaller scale, plastic and Army Painter dip in a historical setting really makes a difference for getting things done.

German medium mortars Normandy 1944

I put together two medium mortar teams with loaders, two MG42s on tripods, an additional grenadier squad with an MG34 on bipod, plus MG ammo carriers. I still have a spare medium mortar and MG42 but felt it’s unlikely I would every use those. I also didn’t build the 120mm mortars since I would rather have them as off table support.

German MG42 machine guns Normandy 1944

German grenadiers Normandy 1944

Two panzerschreck teams, a medic and enough grenadiers with panzerfausts to equip every squad complete the infantry element of this army. Next up, armoured support and possibly some halftracks.

German panzerschreck teams Normandy 1944

German medic and soldiers with panzerfaust Normandy 1944

Beyond the Beaches

For the longest time I have been contemplating which scale to collect World War 2 forces in. A while back I bought the Battlegroup rule set thanks to its good reviews and the nice presentation. Its miniature photography is really the best in capturing the eye level view of a soldier in the field that we are hoping to recreate with our wargames (well, I am anyway).

The choice then came down to either 15mm or 20mm scale, and I opted for the larger of the two. Since I am more interested in infantry engagements over tank battles, individually based soldiers appealed most to me. I wasn’t going to go with 28mm since I wanted more room for manoeuvre and more realistic weapons ranges on my usual 6’x4′ gaming table, in addition to cheaper armies that would be easier to store.

I kicked off my collection with a platoon from a German infantry division fighting in Normandy 1944. It is based on the army list in Battlegroup: Overlord – Beyond the Beaches.

German infantry platoon Normandy 1944

I am only going for reasonable representation with regards to colour schemes. In terms of accurate base uniform colours, the opinions online are already divided. I opted for Vallejo’s German WW2 Field Grey. All other colours are chosen from the range of paints I had in my collection for all-round use.

The figures are kits from the Plastic Soldier Company. They are easy to assemble hard plastics. Details are a bit soft and there were some mould lines to scrape off but I am happy enough with the quality to keep using the range. All figures come with integrated bases, so after gluing them to 1p and 2p pieces (40mm Renedra plastic bases for the MGs) I used Polyfilla to blend them in. This provided a good ground texture at the same time.

I simply applied a layer of base colours over a white undercoat and then brushed on Army Painter Dark Tone. My usual grass mix works in this scale and setting I find. After giving them a dusting of Testors Dull Coat they are at an agreeable gaming standard for me.

The only ‘conversion’ I did was replacing the antenna on the radio operator (which broke off anyway) with a plastic broom bristle.

German infantry platoon command Normandy 1944

German infantry squad Normandy 1944

German infantry squad Normandy 1944

The platoon contains three bipod mounted MG34 teams. I painted up two in deployed mode and one advancing for now, to give me some variety. For gaming later on I will probably want all three deployed. First off, I am going to work on various support units though.

German MG34 team Normandy 1944

German MG34 team Normandy 1944

Salute 2019 – World at War

Gringo 40s put on a colonial game at Salute 2019 in the unusual setting of the Tonkin Campaign. In a combined naval and land action, French troops and their allies went up against the Black Flags.

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Colonial French in naval and land action against the Black Flag Army

Tonkin 1885 by Gringo 40s at Salute 2019

Ardhammer created a battle on the ‘Highway to Hell – the Road to Nanjing’ during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War in 1937.

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

Battle on the road to Nanjing

Highway to Hell by Ardhammer at Salute 2019

TooFatLardies presented ‘Malaya 1942’ using their Chain of Command rules, pitching Australian forces versus Japanese. Thank you undeadhighelf for the close-up shots.

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Australians fighting Japanese in the jungle

Malaya 1942 by TooFatLardies at Salute 2019

Peterborough Wargames Club staged D-Day landings by US forces on the beaches of ‘Bloody Omaha’.

US landing on Easy Red sector

Bloody Omaha by Peterborough Wargames Club at Salute 2019

US landing on Easy Red sector

Bloody Omaha by Peterborough Wargames Club at Salute 2019

Pendraken Miniatures demonstrated a 10mm scale WW2 battle using their rules set Blitzkrieg Commander.

World War 2 battle in 10mm scale

Blitzkrieg Commander by Pendraken Miniatures at Salute 2019

World War 2 battle in 10mm scale

Blitzkrieg Commander by Pendraken Miniatures at Salute 2019

Salute 2019 – Victoriana & Wild West

There were a couple of 19th century shenanigans going on at Salute 2019.

The always gorgeous OSHIRO modelterrain cooperated with Highgate Miniatures and Wiley Games on ‘Horror in Limehouse’. The game introduced the new ‘Tales of Horror’ supplement for ‘Fistful of Lead’.

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Victorian London streets and docks haunted by vampire and ghouls

Horror in Limehouse by OSHIRO modelterrain at Salute 2019

Two stompy robots faced off in Micro Art Studio’s Wolsung introductory game.

Steam powered robots among warehouses

Wolsung by Micro Art Studio at Salute 2019

Steam powered robots among warehouses

Wolsung by Micro Art Studio at Salute 2019

Spirit of the Game staged ‘Blaze of Glory’, a Wild West skirmish in the town of Persistence, Dakota.

An Old West town

Blaze of Glory by Spirit of the Game at Salute 2019

An Old West town with stagecoach

Blaze of Glory by Spirit of the Game at Salute 2019

An Old West saloon

Blaze of Glory by Spirit of the Game at Salute 2019

The team behind the Wargamer Collection Calculator fought the Battle of the Little Big Horn over a series of hex based game boards.

Hex based battlefields in miniature scale

Battle of the Little Big Horn by Wargamer Collection Calculator at Salute 2019

Salute 2019 – Modern Warfare

All the cool kids are gaming modern warfare right now and accordingly there were a number of choices at Salute 2019.

I was very tempted to pick up the rules for Spectre and some figures to recreate scenarios from Narcos but in the end decided to postpone such a project. Any wargame that can justify the use of a swimming pool and sun chairs is a winner for me however.

Modern warfare skirmish using the Spectre Operations rules

Spectre Operations at Salute 2019

Modern warfare skirmish using the Spectre Operations rules

Spectre Operations at Salute 2019

Another favourite of mine in terms of setting is Wild in the Streets, which I bought the Straight Edge crew for previously. The lack of terrain is holding me back but I might go for a less authentic approach and use the figures with my cyberpunk Infinity terrain.

Skirmish game of youth subcultures fighting

Wild in the Streets by Slow Death Games at Salute 2019

Skirmish game of youth subcultures fighting

Wild in the Streets by Slow Death Games at Salute 2019

A few years earlier in the same streets of downtown NYC, gangs clashed to disco beats courtesy of Funky Skull Games.

A New York gang find themselves in hostile territory

Escape from the Bronx by Funky Skull Games at Salute 2019

The more dusty and deadly setting of Helmand province was the scene for ‘The Panther’s Claw’ by Whitehall Warlords.

Recreation of British operations in Helmand in April 2009

The Panther’s Claw by Whitehall Warlords at Salute 2019

Recreation of British operations in Helmand in April 2009

The Panther’s Claw by Whitehall Warlords at Salute 2019

Recreation of British operations in Helmand in April 2009

The Panther’s Claw by Whitehall Warlords at Salute 2019

Scimitar Wargames Group recreated old town Jerusalem during the Six Day War, playing with the Fate of a Nation rules set.

Jerusalem during the Six Day War

Fate of a Nation by Scimitar Wargames Group at Salute 2019

Thor’s Hammer Gaming Club built a historical location in popular culture for the Batman to rid of rogues and villains.

Axis Chemicals plant in Gotham city

Batman the Miniatures Game by Thor’s Hammer Gaming Group at Salute 2019

The Joker's crew at the Axis Chemicals plant in Gotham city

Batman the Miniatures Game by Thor’s Hammer Gaming Group at Salute 2019

Batman and a SWAT team at the Axis Chemicals plant in Gotham city

Batman the Miniatures Game by Thor’s Hammer Gaming Group at Salute 2019

Salute 2019 – Horse & Musket

On to the riot of colours and massed ranks of the age dominated by horses, muskets and black powder. There was a strong showing for this period again at Salute 2019, combining beautifully painted armies and terrain. Photos by myself and undeadhighelf.

One of the largest and best displays came courtesy of the Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club and the Battle of Aughrim 1691 during the Williamite Wars in Ireland.

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland

Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland

Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland

Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland

Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland

Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The decisive battle of the Williamite Wars in Ireland

Battle of Aughrim by Crewe & Nantwich Wargaming Club at Salute 2019

The Friends of General Haig fought the Battle of Lützen 1632 between the Swedish and the Holy Roman Empire, which saw the death of Gustavus Adolfus (historically, not sure if he had a better fate during this recreation).

Battle between the Swedish and Holy Roman Empire

Battle of Lützen by Friends of General Haig at Salute 2019

Battle between the Swedish and Holy Roman Empire

Battle of Lützen by Friends of General Haig at Salute 2019

Battle between the Swedish and Holy Roman Empire

Battle of Lützen by Friends of General Haig at Salute 2019

The Old Guard fought a battle during the Napoleonic Wars, as one would expect from their name, using the Command & Colours rules set.

Battle in the Napoleonic Wars

Napoleonic battle by the Old Guard at Salute 2019

Battle in the Napoleonic Wars

Napoleonic battle by the Old Guard at Salute 2019

Battle in the Napoleonic Wars

Napoleonic battle by the Old Guard at Salute 2019

Dalauppror presented the Battle of Dänholm during the Siege of Stralsund 1807 which won this year’s Robert Bothwell Memorial Award for Best Historical Game at Salute.

The French landing to attack a fort held by the Swedish

Battle of Dänholm by Dalauppror at Salute 2019

The French landing to attack a fort held by the Swedish

Battle of Dänholm by Dalauppror at Salute 2019

The French landing to attack a fort held by the Swedish

Battle of Dänholm by Dalauppror at Salute 2019

More games from this period were fought by the Gravesend Gamers Guild, Tin Soldiers of Antwerp, Wargamer Poland and Loughton Strike Force.

Late English Civil War skirmish

Skirmish at Staplethorpe by Gravesend Gamers Guild at Salute 2019

Late English Civil War skirmish

Skirmish at Staplethorpe by Gravesend Gamers Guild at Salute 2019

Belgian revolutionaries versus Dutch troops in Brussels

Once Upon a Time There Was a Revolution by Tin Soldiers of Antwerp at Salute 2019

17th century battle using By Fire & Sword rules

Muskovites versus Ottomans by Wargamer Poland at Salute 2019

Napoleon's last victorious battle

Battle of Ligny by Loughton Strike Force at Salute 2019