Friday, 5 September 2014

British Platoon, Early & Late War, WW2.



Any uniform purists please look away now......

I wanted an early and late war British platoon but I have used the same figures for both, just changing command and support figures over where needed due to upgraded weapons. So the majority of figures have a mixture of early and late war uniform and not historically correct I guess but then I am getting two for the price of one.

The figures are a mixture of Warlord Games from their plastic box set and their metal B.E.F. figures. There is also quite a few metal figures from Wargames Foundry.
Again, the vehicles are all from Warlord Games.

So, I will start off with pictures of the 'Late War Platoon' and supports. Armour in the background.





                                     
                                           Sections One to Three.


                                          Platoon Headquarters.

                                          Additional Piat and Mortar Team.


                                          Vickers MMG on tripod, FOO and Sniper Team.


                                         Engineers.



          

                                          Another picture of the sniper.


                                          Recce Section of two Universal Carriers

Ranking Leader with his Dingo. The foot figure was the free figure given out on entering Salute this year.


                                          On the left, Early War Junior Leaders with their rifles.
                                          On the right, Late War Junior Leaders with their SMG's.


                                         Senior Leaders. Early War on the left and Late War on the right.

                                         Early War Boys AT Rifle and Late War Piat.

                                         Early and Late War Mortar.

                                          Foundry Dad's Army figures and Mr Godfrey my platoon medic.

I chopped the hat off Private Pike and given him a Warlord plastic helmet. I have also promoted him, his mum will be pleased.



                                          Early War Platoon with Supports.


                                          Platoon Headquarters.


                                          Swapped one of the Bren Guns for a Lewis Gun.


                                          Sniper with added telescopic sights, Medic and casualties.


                                          Recce Section with Bren and Boys AT Rifle.


Ranking Leader with Dingo and unpainted 2 pounder AT Gun.


                                          Armour Support. Matilda Mk II and a Mk VI.

A few action shots, Early War.





NEXT POST.........
For those that might be interested, I have written a scenario based on the attack on Hill 112 and played this out using the Chain of Command rules with a few amendments for the scenario. 

30 comments:

  1. Superb work all round again Pat! I certainly have no problem with mixing early and late , I fact that is exactly what intend to do too! Great photos!

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  2. One thing I notice is how some people get all twisted out of shape about weather or not figures are painted to exact details or not. When it all comes down to what we individually want, can afford or make to a reasonable look. It it looks like a duck, acts like a duck, its a duck. I mean sure, if we had 8th Army figures playing in say Normandy, it may raise some eyebrows, but then again, if you don't have enough figures and that's what you have at hand, why not deploy them?

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  3. Superbly painted troops - everyone of them an individual character.

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  4. Excellent looking troops! Love the chap kneeling in front of the barn, with the flock on his helmet.

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  5. Fantastic painting work!!! And your mix of figures is really good, perfect. I´m thinking about to prepare a British platoon for the Late War period, and I have seen that Warlord´s plastic is the only option I have. What do you think about those figures?

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    1. Juan, Plastic figures are not everyone's cup of tea but they tick all the boxes for me. There is a good selection of weapons with this box set so you can make a lot of your platoon supports as well. I used these for my mortar, piat and some of my engineers. They have lots of character and are nice to paint up.

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    2. Thank you a lot for the information!

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  6. Another set of beautiful pictures, great looking troops and fantastic photos, as usual...love the wire vignettes and the sniper!

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  7. Awesome looking stuff! When it comes to speedy and high quality painting (as well as beautifully crafted terrain and spectacular photo set ups) you're the man. Personally I prefer not to mix early and late war as much as possible but also wouldn't make a fuzz if my opponent would field a mixed or completely out of period force. As long as it's easily recognisable what's what I'm fine.

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  8. Looking great Pat, love the sappers, just when I was thinking about something other that WW2.
    Cheers
    Stu

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  9. Well I *used to think* my home guard looked pretty good. Very very nice work there.

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  10. I'm also a plastic figure collector. They are cheaper, and lighter to transport in a suitcase.

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  11. These are awesome! Great pictures and I look forward to that next post

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  12. Wonderful painting work, top notch

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  13. Simple superb!. The painting and the scenery are excellent. Very envious of your set up.

    Cheers, Ross

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  14. Great work Pat. All work very well together. Like the us of Dad's Army figures for Early War.

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  15. Great looking bunch you've got there! And the amazing terrain doesn't hurt either :)

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  16. Absolutely wonderful!! Very inspirational too. Lovely painting and superbly presented on your terrain.

    Where did the lovely barn come from?

    Thanks

    Matt

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    1. Thanks again chaps.
      Matt, the barn is the plastic one from Perry Miniatures.
      Pat.

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  17. Excellent work, Pat !
    And for the early war, late war problem: Who cares?

    Honestly to me your selection of Tommies looks excellent. Above all the "special characters" you used. And for playing I had no problem with seeing all those chaps together in a game. Actually I'm thinking about something similar for Germans since I don't want to buy and paint 50 figures für early war, late war, greatcoats...

    Good luck with those chaps !

    Cheers
    Stefan

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    1. Thanks Stefan,
      Were thinking on the same lines, less cost and less painting time.
      Pat.

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  18. Wonderful, Pat. I liked Private Pike's promotion - well deserved!! And as for the early war/ late war uniforms - got for it! I think your solution works perfectly!

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  19. As always hugely impressed by your high quality production! All your extras vignettes are just lovely to look at at. Inspiring work Pat!

    Christopher

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  20. This is creepy...you've stolen my idea before I had thought of it. No, but I just bought the exact same models and am planning to launch the same project; an Early/Late-war Uk force with foundry models. Found this after same googling. Well, since I found this and like your work, could you please tell me what colours you used for the infantry and the tanks?

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  21. Great minds think alike.
    My latest batch of British Commandos I used the following colours. Vallejo English Uniform 921, washed with Games Workshop Agrax Earth shade, followed by English uniform again, leaving darker shadows in the creases from the wash. Then another highlight with English uniform and Dessert Yellow 977 mixed.
    Tanks - Black Primer, followed by Plastic Soldier Company British Green spray. Vallejo Russian Uniform dry brush, followed by washes and weathering.

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  22. Thank you. That is actually how I imagined painting my infantry too, maybe without Desert yellow/E.Uniform highlight. The helmets and the webbing, it's not the same green is it? The webbing looks a bit more green/khaki. Do you remember that as well? Anyway, the models are on their way to Sweden, it'll be fun to see how my Tommies turns out. I was planning to fill the gaps in the Old Guards ranks with Foundry Commandos in order to get a full platoon, but it's nice to see that Warlords BEF seems to fit in nicely. You may watch the progress(eventually) here: http://krigetkommer.weebly.com/

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  23. Hi Anders,
    The helmets you can paint in Vallejo German Dark Green or similar colour. The webbing I used Vallejo Green Grey or you could use Khaki. I have just checked out your blog and very impressed, will definitely be following your progress.
    Best wishes,
    Pat.

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  24. Thank you. Stricly speaking, most of the stuff on display are the works of my esteemed partners in crime Jonas & Simon, but my Italians and brits (and orch landsknechts)will get their day in the sun eventually.

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