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Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2021 5:55 p.m. PST

All,

Well, if you thought my British force for NW Europe is big, just wait until you see this! Like the Brits, this force is set up along the T/O&Es of the Rapid Fire Reloaded rules, with a three-battalion infantry regiment and then various and sundry supporting vehicles, guns, and armor. This force is large, but only because I did my best to keep one set of infantry to serve throughout the entire war. So, rather than a gray uniform/helmet for early war and camo for later war, I went with a gray-green uniform with camo helmet covers (kind of a PanzerGrenadier Grossdeutschland look, maybe?), hoping that help me slide by from the beginning to the end, and then I took some liberties with softskins and other support weapons and painted them a dark green, as a sort of compromise between dark gray and dunkelgelb. I hope it works, and would love to hear what you think, good or bad.

As with the British, I did a lot of painting myself, but I also bought a considerable amount of stuff already painted (particularly from my buddy AJ) to help round it out.

Enough yakking, let's take a look!

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Here it is, the whole mess. The infantry, softskins, and various support weapons are in the big box at left, early war armor in the box at top right, and late war armor in the box at bottom right.

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Some German rifle stands, showing the gray-green uniforms with camo helmet covers.

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A pair of the dreaded '88s.'

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Motorcycle troops.

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A short-barreled Panzer IV. This was the first time I tried doing muddy tracks and using makeup brushes for dry-brushing, and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.

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A trio of Tigers. Man, I have no idea how I got so many Tigers, but I've got three in gray and three in dunkelgelb camo. In any case, more than I should ever need, hopefully not more than my Allies can handle.

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A Sdkfz 250 for mid- to late war.

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A pair of Jagdpanthers.

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Stuka!!!

To see a bunch more photos, please check the blog at:
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So, whaddaya think? Worthy of hitting the table and (hopefully) getting its ass whipped? I certainly hope so ;) It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally ready to play, now I just need to hop in with both feet, and it's weird, I'm kind of scared, like I don't know where to start. Which, if you follow my blogs, you know that's not typically an ailment that afflicts me, I usually hop in and hit 20 to 50 fights before I even realize what happened. Part of the problem is that I want to follow a particular British unit (brigade, probably) through the fighting in NW Europe, but then I think, "well, if I'm going to do that I should start in France 1940, then do some North Africa, Sicily, and Italy, before they hit the beach on 6 June 1944." Sound crazy? Yeah, it is, but I've already found myself looking for some Vickers light tanks, A10s, and Matildas in green (already got'em in desert colors). It's definitely a sickness…

I still have some US troops and vehicles and German FJ, all for North Africa, to post in the coming days. Anyway, hope all is well, and please drop me a line to let me know what you think.

V/R,
Jack

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2021 6:06 p.m. PST

A formidable force, sir, and well turned out for the battle!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2021 7:49 p.m. PST

Very nice stuff!

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2021 5:50 a.m. PST

Jack! (and you've never seemed to lack for that crafting ambition)…

The GD derivative is smart-looking in a number of ways.

Your track and running gear weathering looks excellent on these – great color contrast (reminds me of the look from authentic color photos of the period).

It's great to see you've continued to use your downtime productively!

A little comment that's related, but obviously not in your regards – there's gaming friends in my area that basically did nothing on their hobbying this past year….they just shut down. On the flip side, others doubled-down and got lots ready for the pipe line (the spigot is about to burst open). ;)

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2021 7:31 a.m. PST

Thank you gentlemen, I greatly appreciate it!

Glad to hear the infantry uniforms and paint-splattered wheels/tracks/running gear look alright, doing it that way certainly made life easier.

I've been doing my best to crank stuff out; it's really dumb though, I already had all this stuff in 10mm… There's just something about being a wargamer that brings out the megalomaniac in my ;)

V/R,
Jack

Bismarck25 Jun 2021 9:29 a.m. PST

Jack.
That is one BIG army! That's huge! The figures and vehicles
are beautiful. Love the varied paint schemes. Did you leave
anything out? LOL

To get all this much done and still deal with life's
necessities, I have a question. Do you ever sleep? :-)

Great Stuff!

Sam

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2021 5:39 p.m. PST

Thanks Sam, and did I leave anything out? Yeah, probably. I still have some PzJgr Is and some Panzer IIIs w/37mm guns coming.

Sleep??? Are you sure you were a Marine? ;)

V/R,
Jack

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