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Lucius07 Jul 2018 6:45 a.m. PST

Bug ate my previous post, so I'll try again –

How do you guys model the headquarters stands in Spearhead?

Do you do anything different to distinguish battalion HQ from division HQ?

Desert Fox07 Jul 2018 10:02 a.m. PST

I game in 1/285 micro scale with ghq miniatures. My battalion hq stands have the prominent AFV of the battalion based on a round 30cm by 30 cm base. I paint platoons that belong to the same battalion the same color. I play very large battles so this helps me keep which platoons belong with which battalion straight. Before I mounted my battalion hqs on round bases I used a tooth brush bristle glued where an antenna would be to designate the battalion command stand. For other battalion hq stands I use a single Jeep or kubelwsgon.

For regimental hqs I use a HT together with a Jeep or kubelwagon on the same base. For divisional hqs I use either two command-type vehicles or two HTs. GHQ has a German command vehicle pack. For the Russians I use scout cars and for the western allies I use HTs with the canvas covers.

This way you can tell in a glance what the level of the HQ stand is.

Desert Fox07 Jul 2018 10:06 a.m. PST

For 3mm I would do the same thing but with one change. I would put 3 vehicles on a divisional hq stand. This way battalion hq was one vehicle,regimental hqs are two vehicles and divisional hqs are three vehicles.

Lucius07 Jul 2018 11:46 a.m. PST

Great advice! I'm doing it in 1/144, so it looks like jeeps/kubelwagons and round bases are the ticket.

Desert Fox07 Jul 2018 12:28 p.m. PST

For 1/144 I would glue a broom bristle for an antenna to signify a battalion hq, use halftracks and scout cars for regimental/brigade hqs and use jeeps and kubels for divisional hqs.

Out of curiosity, does anyone make command-type vehicles in 1/144?

Lucius07 Jul 2018 12:31 p.m. PST

Between Arrowhead, Minifigs, and Pendraken, it is covered pretty well in 1/144.

Lucius07 Jul 2018 12:41 p.m. PST

My Arrowhead command truck:

monk2002uk07 Jul 2018 10:51 p.m. PST

In Great War Spearhead, my standard infantry company stands (aka platoon stands in Spearhead) have four infantry figures – 1 per section/squad FWIIW. The regimental HQs (again, one up from Spearhead) have 5 figures, with several being command figures of some description depending on the manufacturer. Division HQs have some additional feature, typically a tent if using Baccus figures. Corps HQs have a staff car.

Matt has some lovely examples of what can be done here:



Lucius08 Jul 2018 1:27 a.m. PST

Those are awesome! Thanks for the link.

Martin Rapier08 Jul 2018 10:15 p.m. PST

As above, the higher the level of the HQ, the more figures and vehicles are on it.

Personal logo Blackhorse MP Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2018 1:09 a.m. PST


I use 3mm Litko bases for my 15mm infantry(vehicles unbased) and paint the back of each individual plt base a different color for each Bn. So you end up with a red, blue, green, or white Bn, for example. I also use tick marks on the back of the base to denote command stands, using the same marks as on unit map symbols: 2 ticks for Bn HQ, 3 for Reg HQ, or an X for Bde HQ, etc. I like this method for OPSEC purposes as well; you can see who's who on the back of the stand but your opponent doesn't see anything out of the ordinary like more figs/vehs on the stands, antennas or what have you. I use 3 figs per stand for all infantry stands.

I also write the title of any specialist stands on the back of the base(Forward Observer(FO), Recon, SMG etc.). I find these measures help out tremendously when units are in close proximity or become intermingled. However, if your stands are less than 3mm thick my way not be viable.

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