Monday, 29 January 2018

15mm Forwards

One of the big plans for 2018, in fact the only big plan at the moment, is to switch from 28mm to 15mm for company and platoon level wargaming. This is now closer to actually happening after my birthday delivered a 15mm Plastic Soldier Company US Tank Company box set, together with some of the Battlefront Flames of War US Winter infantry, half tracks and AFV's. The plan is to 'blitz' these over one of the holidays, probably at Easter when I'll be home for a change due to the sprogs GCSE exams, with a late war company sized task force assembled and (eventually) painted for I Ain't Been Shot Mum.

This means that my existing collection of Peter Pig British and German figures, which I originally gathered together for IABSM, are now free to use for Chain of Command and similar single figure based 'skirmish' rules. I think this is a much better way to deploy them and also much less time consuming than the 28mm alternative that I struggled to get together before (although my Artizan US infantry platoon is nearly all there). I'm sure I can put together more than enough figures for a late war British platoon of the 5th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, as well as a matching late war Heer platoon complete with AFV's and support.

All this is a long way off yet, so in the meantime I will be starting my 15mm French Indochina skirmish project using the handful of figures and vehicles that I already have in the lead pile. I've found a few more useful bits and bobs for this including a nice Peter Pig Panhard 178 armoured car and a couple of Renault trucks, which will be handy for patrols and will add a nice Gallic whiff to the French contingent. I will also pinch an M5A1 light tank and a couple of M3 half tracks from the PSC set, which I can easily spare and which will add some armour for the Vietminh to ambush.

I'm really looking forward to this little French Indochina project!

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