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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Nov 2017 11:44 a.m. PST

Do you have miniature figures that represent the necessary logistics of feeding combatants in the field? If so, what kind … what genre?

0 Nope. Nada. None.
A I have generic logistics units, but no specific cooks
B A few food units, but not the right proportions for my forces
C I have a proper set of food carriers and preparers
D Lots, so I can swap out to show different log states!
E All my units carry their own food (like an RPG party)

* Orcs only eat when they kill!
NA I don't play games with supplies as objectives

Most of my forces don't have food logistics elements.

My Medieval Japanese have generic supply carriers with packages. Likewise my MechWarrior have supply/command vehicles that can be designated as transport for that yummy Soylent.

I have some few-off Medieval and Ancient baggage carriers, but not enough to represent a legit logistic supply capability.

I have one proper Old West chuckwagon with deployable stores and cookset for unexpected raid scenarios.

Here and there are a few orcs/ghouls munching on opponent snacks and my nightgaunts have blood on their maws.

Oberlindes Sol LIC30 Nov 2017 12:38 p.m. PST

I have a set of 1/72 Atlantic Far West figures that, if I recall correctly, includes a chuck wagon. I should paint it up sometime.

I once (about 1978) built a set of 1/35 Afrika Korps troopers, one of whom was frying sausages in a pan. I probably still have them somewhere.

Neither of those have seen tabletop action.

I also have two micro scale (about 1:300) science fiction tractor-trailer rigs that I have designated as field kitchens (or maybe one field kitchen and one mobile medical facility). They have seen action in a Striker game involving a long range cross-country strike at an enemy base.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2017 12:39 p.m. PST

My Zulu war collection has a bunch of wagons and I sure some of them have biscuit boxes. Same with my mule teams.

Old D&D collection has lots of supplies as well as a few table full of food with serving staff.

WWII has lots of trucks that could be used.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2017 12:51 p.m. PST

My Zulu war Brits have a supply dump, some of my Ashigaru carry rice balls in a over the shoulder holder, and most of my other men have bags and the like where food supplies might be stored.
Our Dark Ages figures have villages to fight around/in.

So probably still No/Nada/Zilch.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

I try to keep a baggage train per scale for the pre-moderns, but as a sort of semi-mobile objective marker. I never wanted to grow up and be a supply officer.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2017 1:05 p.m. PST

I have Anti headhunters that were also cannibals. They fight in the service of the Inca against my Conquistadors. Does that count?

Dagwood30 Nov 2017 1:48 p.m. PST

My WW2 Brits have civilian petrol tanker, coal lorry (painted as if carrying sacks of potatoes), and a milk lorry (I think) …

My ancients have a generic wagon train. Doesn't get used much ….

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2017 1:58 p.m. PST

I have lots of trucks for WWII, and a series of carts suitable for Ancients/Medievals

Also a few supply wagons for my Napoleonics and ACW; mostly use them to designate where the headquarters are

For my Mexican Civil Wars I have a bunch of soldaderas

Legion 430 Nov 2017 3:08 p.m. PST

For the level we do, unless it's scenario specific, usually Log does not enter into play. The game turns in what would be real time don't last that long. As do the engagements … No one needs to rearm, refuel or resupply during our games.

I never wanted to grow up and be a supply officer.
Neither did I … evil grin

Zephyr130 Nov 2017 3:12 p.m. PST

Food supply? I have lots of cavalry… ;-)

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2017 4:26 p.m. PST

I have about a dozen various baggage trains for my Dark Africa armies.

Also generic supply wagons for Napoleonic period.

khanscom30 Nov 2017 6:08 p.m. PST

I do have a number of supply wagons for my 12mm fictional 1867 armies, and have created scenarios involving passage of supplies columns.

Also have trucks for my 15mm WWII Italians; the converted water tanker (intended for a small- scale campaign) still remains on the workbench.

attilathepun47 Inactive Member30 Nov 2017 9:23 p.m. PST

My troops have standing orders to eat the dead first, then any prisoners on hand.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 4:13 a.m. PST

I have some 15mm supply trucks for WWII otherwise "forage for yourselves you slovenly soldiers!"

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 5:33 a.m. PST

I had WWII supply trucks, but nothing for other periods. I did not realize how badly I have been treating my armies.

skinkmasterreturns01 Dec 2017 7:37 a.m. PST

I have generic wagons in 15mm that I use for a multitude of games. One of my favorite scenes from the Longest Day is when the German on horseback is riding along with the food cannisters and all of a sudden gets caught in the bombardment. Somebody used to make a figure depicting that.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 11:00 p.m. PST

We go out for lunch or more often we order pizza delivery. Wait what is the question again?

I have wagons pulled by ox I use in a variety of periods. I have wagons for my ACW games.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Dec 2017 8:42 a.m. PST

standing orders to eat the dead first

I have Anti headhunters that were also cannibals. They fight in the service of the Inca against my Conquistadors. Does that count?

Sure, so we need a separate category from Orcs. We probably also need a "They scavenge on their own" category.

BTW, most jungle tribes (which did include headhunters and people who practiced cannibalism) fought with the Spanish against the Quechua Empire. It's part of humanity's continuing story of supporting the newest imperial power against the second most recent one.

I never wanted to grow up

This is all I needed to quote from that. :)

Log does not enter into play. The game turns in what would be real time don't last that long

Almost always true for us, too, unless a specific scenario point is about low logistics.

sort of semi-mobile objective marker

This is what I was thinking, and is most of my use of those types of units.


And, of course, I forgot the Citizens of Puebla, who provided the actual food, logistics, and much more to support the Mexican Army repelling the French on Cinco de Mayo.

Oberlindes Sol LIC27 Jun 2018 10:32 a.m. PST

I do have a 1/35 Afrika Korps soldier who is frying some bratwurst. I also have an HO Roco field kitchen. I don't play any games at 1/35 or HO scale, so I guess I don't have any food-related miniatures for gaming.

I can always assign food and cooking equipment to a vehicle's cargo, I suppose.

Apache 627 Jun 2018 1:41 p.m. PST

A and B: My modern forces have trucks, and I have 'cargo modules' (one is a scratchbuilt representations of pallets of water bottles and MREs representing Class I). I've used them once, the victory conditions required the escort of a logistics convoy.

For post apocalyptic gaming I've used pigs, cows and various boxes and bags as objectives. Also a deer.

I scratch built a kitchen trailer. Its been put on the table once or twice but only as 'eye candy.'

I've got a generic 'campfire' (I think from American Pioneer set of plastics) that has also been on the table once, supporting a post apocalyptic band.

Covert Walrus27 Jun 2018 9:34 p.m. PST

Many times there is no available forage on worlds where the biology is not closely parallel to Earth, though the climate and other factors might be completely so. therefore, most of my armies have supply systems in place, even if only trucks and they take foodstuffs with them. water is less of a problem; Exhaust moisture reclamation form vehicles is a feature of several of my armies, plus there are water purifying devices linked to the water-cracking vehicles in those forces who use hydrogen fuel cells for power.

My space fleets carry at least one month's supply of food in storage ( High tech equivalents of hard tack and freeze-dried vegetable products mostly ) for ship's complement with additional hydroponic and carniculture systems. More advanced ships do use 3D printer-type replicators, but these have been prone to cyberattack and are not that common. Water derived from slush fuel when the hydrogen isotopes are removed from it is the main water supply and is supplied from tankers while water recycling at 85% – 90% efficiency takes care of the rest. Ships of course need to dock at specialist supply bases – orbital farms, transfer ports and such – to replenish some of these occasionally, as well as the need to have periodic flushing of ecological management systems by specialized craft ( Notably the Peasmold Class vessels :) )

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP28 Jun 2018 5:20 a.m. PST

I do have a 1/35 Afrika Korps soldier who is frying some bratwurst.

On his tank?

My Medieval Japanese have generic supply carriers with packages.

Some of my figures carry necklaces of rice balls.

oldjarhead28 Jun 2018 7:22 a.m. PST

I use TSatF. All of the British units have ammunition mules, every 4 units have a baggage mule and a wagon with supplies, water and forage carts are added as necessary. Zulu and Matebele have cattle herds (and Udibi boys for the Zulu). Sudanese have camel and goat herds.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2018 12:15 p.m. PST

Just some supply wagons and ox carts.



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