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Market Garden, Cadet bolt action introduction

Market Garden, Cadet bolt action introduction

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About the Project

A couple of years ago the Squadron got involved in a ww2 wargame at armed forces day, when asked recently if there was anything new they'd like to do of a parade night someone suggested wargames. As such I'm building a couple of forces to introduce them to the game hopefully extending to a full blown campaign.

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Winters work in progress

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Rifle still in need of repairRifle still in need of repair
Lloyd shotLloyd shot

Left side bridge suspension completed

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2 para gain a carrier

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Bridging continues

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Arnhem bridge continues

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Arnhem bridge continues

Building bridges, hopefully they won't be falling after me

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2 meter section of chip board from an old bed, 50cm either side for overpasses with a meter long bridge, wallpaper to be used as road surface, I’m thinking boxed electrical trunking for girders and footpaths of thin wood depending what either I’ve got or DIY shop.

A question for you

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What is the ideal amount of space between gaming tables?

 

I’m looking at using the Waal and Neder Rijn rivers as gaps between tables apart from the 82nds contested crossing, however i need to know how much room you fine people would recommend between tables so as to decide on the length of the bridges

Rifles

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Weapons primed on the sprue with a red oxide rattle can, metal painted with Vallejo panzer greyWeapons primed on the sprue with a red oxide rattle can, metal painted with Vallejo panzer grey

Erbsenmuster (pea dot) test

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Churchill

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First time trying to highlight something and overall it looks pretty good, any advice is welcome as I’m unsure as to reducing the contrast with a wash or not.

Fluff time

Churchill had wanted to go ashore in the first wave on D-DAY however he was understandably prevented from doing so. As such he may get used as an officer reinforcement when things start to go sideways. Considering an officer jumped with a brollie and a chicken completed all it qualifying jumps and landed at Arnhem it really isn’t too big a stretch.

A volunteer for Graebner's charge

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6lbr based

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6lbr based

Cheap grass mats

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£6.99 from aldi, Artificial grass carpet. Comes in 1m x 2m and available in green and dark green. £6.99 from aldi, Artificial grass carpet. Comes in 1m x 2m and available in green and dark green.
Non-slip latex backing and the feel pretty goodNon-slip latex backing and the feel pretty good

Choice of primer

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Priming the British infantry in army painter's army green as it's similar to so of the webbing I've seen, hopefully this will make it easier for mum to paint as its less fiddely?Priming the British infantry in army painter's army green as it's similar to so of the webbing I've seen, hopefully this will make it easier for mum to paint as its less fiddely?
Weapons primed in red oxide as im thinking it'll be a nice base for woodWeapons primed in red oxide as im thinking it'll be a nice base for wood
Experimentation, as a scheme it looks good not sure for the period though, im thinking of adding a brown contour to help reduce and break up some of the greenExperimentation, as a scheme it looks good not sure for the period though, im thinking of adding a brown contour to help reduce and break up some of the green

Concept of Operations

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The scale of market garden is quite rightly a huge undertaking especially at 28mm so why bolt action? Put simply whilst researching wargames I preferred the larger models than 15mm of Flame’s of War as it would be easier for me to paint myself and also to teach cadets.

Having decided on a figure scale I’ll need to establish an independent ground scale and decide just how much to map, to this end I came across what are apparently copies of the 1st airborne Division, 30 corps and german military maps relevant to the operation on SOFmilitary

Image 1, 30 corps covering Son to Arnhem

Image 2, Airborne map of Arnhem

Image 3, German map Nijmegen to Arnhem

Bizarrely the airborne and German maps seem to disagree on the location of the road bridge so I’m going to compare them to other sources

Using map 1 my current plan is to condense the route and towns into a ratio so that they remain the same scale and when I’ve confirmed a venue use these to decide the final map size

But how to game it?

Currently each airborne contingent will be assigned at least one of their actual Drop Zones this will be where reinforcements will arrive periodically between turns, with exact position decided by paper airplane. In the event of a plane missing the table the declared contents will be available using standard reserves dice rolls in the course of the game. However the players will need to maintain the security of the DZ in order to keep recieving reinforcements. As for 30 corps and to some extent the German forces it’s going to be a long road.

Forward spotter/officer model

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Washing the street

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Washes were an ancient brown acrylic paint diluted with boiling water and a black ink. The ink although never sticking to plastic, stuck like the proverbial to paper and turned the whole lot black. The brown paint became somewhat red and will hopefully add a differential in tone once dry

A street in Arnhem... Soon

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Dragon's teeth from egg boxes

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Dragon's teeth from egg boxes

Just a bit of mass priming

Blitz coming on nicely

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Plan is for a blitz belonging to the 9 SS Recon, a number of their vehicles were artfully damaged to prevent their transfer to the 10th SS. Upon seeing the British airborne Division fly  over their vehicles were quickly repaired and put back into action. Passengers Will probably remain removable.

Weekend hobby time

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Finally managed to get the demon 6lbr to stay solid thanks for the tips @GerryFinally managed to get the demon 6lbr to stay solid thanks for the tips @Gerry
Left the blitz cab loose so I can apply the Windows last had to remove part of the guide rails in order to fit and replace cabLeft the blitz cab loose so I can apply the Windows last had to remove part of the guide rails in order to fit and replace cab

Recce jeep and crew washed

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Recce jeep and crew washed

Reference Picture, Nijmegen bridge 1936, pre-war Dutch uniform

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Post card from the welcome packs at camp Heumensoord from a couple of years ago.

Military teams and civilian participants cross the Nijmegen bridge. If the routes haven’t changed too much this will be towards the end of the first day after coming along the exposed road atop the dyke, they still have 80 miles to go to earn their medals.

The vierdaagse ( 4 days) is a series of road marches centered around Nijmegen, Military teams complete 44kms a day whilst carrying 10kg of dead weight in addition to personal equipment

Finally some progress..

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HELP

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Trying to put the airborne 6lber together and this stuff just isn't holdingTrying to put the airborne 6lber together and this stuff just isn't holding

The demo game

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Turn 1 saw the American pathfinders land fairly centrally into positions that remained virtually unchanged, able to inflict casualties straight off the bat, whilst the germans need to adjust their sightsTurn 1 saw the American pathfinders land fairly centrally into positions that remained virtually unchanged, able to inflict casualties straight off the bat, whilst the germans need to adjust their sights
Turn 2 saw reinforcements arrive for the germans but they were only able to inflict 1 casualty on the AmericansTurn 2 saw reinforcements arrive for the germans but they were only able to inflict 1 casualty on the Americans

Turn 3

Heavily pinned 1 german section fubar’d and fell back, the Americans placed their first pannel only for a rapid german dash to steal it at the end of the turn.

Unfortunately the game had to end here as we needed to pack up for the night.

Lessons learned

Set up needs to be started much sooner possibly even the night before

I’ll run another game for my senior cadets so they can cascade to the younger guys working in smaller groups to keep everyone focussed

To start with games are going to take time and may require deviation from our standard program of concurrent training

 

Also those plastic trees need better bases…

Last minute addition for tonight's demo games

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Batch painting and touching up from tonight

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Batch painting and touching up from tonight

Grenadiers in one piece and nearly ready

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Grenadiers in one piece and nearly ready
Grenadiers in one piece and nearly ready

Trees

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Turns out you really can mess up the drill and broom method, so heres another alternative.

Drain pipe cleaner, on offer at wickes it works out a similar price to broom headsDrain pipe cleaner, on offer at wickes it works out a similar price to broom heads
You'll need to trim your way towards the wire before cutting with pliers, we found if you use 2 pairs to untwist the area your snipping its easier to cutYou'll need to trim your way towards the wire before cutting with pliers, we found if you use 2 pairs to untwist the area your snipping its easier to cut
Tree ready for shapingTree ready for shaping
Trimmed and ready for cross branches and flocking as per the hobby labs video https://www.beastsofwar.com/sci-fi-wargaming/hobby-lab-making-trees/Trimmed and ready for cross branches and flocking as per the hobby labs video https://www.beastsofwar.com/sci-fi-wargaming/hobby-lab-making-trees/

Grenadiers looking better

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Attempt at zeltbahn looks more like dpm

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Terrain

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BOW style hedges drying on massBOW style hedges drying on mass
scratch building houses, cardboard supplied by the local book shop, sealing it with PVA.scratch building houses, cardboard supplied by the local book shop, sealing it with PVA.

Currently mass producing buildings from cardboard, the plan is to create flat pack able buildings that can be stored easier and easily transported, to this end cardboard is being cut with guillotines, covered in PVA, once dry holes are punched through for pegs (cocktail sticks)  and any windows etc cut out.

next will be using superglue to reinforce the edge’s and to secure the pegs into the edges of the board

British work in progress

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3rd times the charm for this one, I’ve painted the camouflage onto the smock and used that to help decide what equipment they’re carrying

British work in progress
British work in progress
British work in progress

1st Airborne make an apperance

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whilst painting on the sprue may seem like anathema for most it’s the safest way to move models around various modelling spaces and still make progress without loosing small details (airfix 1/72 kits I’m cursing you still)

1st Airborne make an apperance

Band of brothers box set

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The Band of Brothers box set seemed like an ideal starting point, they’re all painted and shaded, just need a matt cote and basing now.