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Bob’s Black Bulls 11th Armoured Division.

Bob’s Black Bulls 11th Armoured Division.

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About the Project

I actually started this project numerous years ago, it got added too at the D-Day Bootcamp, and now with Bulge BriI can try and Finish it

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Oh and I forgot!

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Sorry I forgot most Important part of move 2 after some considerable prompting from the umpire who had spent a week painting them, and wished he’d seen John’s Americans at weekend@!@@

The arrival of the Rifles Carrier Platoon (German should surrender and go home. Hurrah!)

Oh and I forgot!

Operation Cheltenham! Part 2. Still continues

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The assualt in the Bridge finally gave the British a sight on the lone Pak 75 that had despatched the Innes of Courts Staghound command vehicle (cheers from Gerry).

In a rather gutsy move Jo’s Scout troop sped round to put it under my fire quickly dispatching the crew..

Operation Cheltenham! Part 2. Still continues

This wasn’t as suicidal as 1st thought as on the 88mm on one of the JagdPanther on the far hill was in range, but it did manage to put a hole in the AEC armoured car forcing it to bail out.

That was pretty much all the excitement for move 2 as the British continued to jockey positions for an advance, and a steady flow of Germans arrived including Tigers.

 

Operation Cheltenham! Part 2. Still continues
Operation Cheltenham! Part 2. Still continues

Gerry as did I later has probably realised that the A.I Germans are actually winning at this point, having destroyed the American Airborne onthe Bridge and forming an increasingly strong defensive line around the bridge. This is also slowly dawning on the players who are beginning to realise this has been helped by their reluctance to push units forward.

Although we only got 2 moves it was a good social event , Everyone again enjoyed themselves , the FOW rules worked the mechanics well and didn’t get in way of playing the game. Plan is to carry on in a month due to various commitments,  plus we found Sunday lack of pu lic transport put back the start by an hour, so back to Saturdays. 

Operation Cheltenham! Part 2 continues

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In the meantime the Guards on  the Right flank, having lost a Stuart to a Panzershrek , began to give the Germans a dose of the same medicine, Pulling back the Stuart out of range, just about every tank troop I  range began to pound the building into even more rubble, and reduced the defenders to only 4 bases   who unable to respond bugged out.

This is were during the interlude lull Kevin realised he had done part of it wrong, most of the 95mm Howitzer tanks had been using the Artillery rules and he had hadn’t realised that they don’t get the brutal trait if use that way, Has nobody could remember how much difference it had made we let it stand.

That pretty much wrapped up move one, The British tried to sort out the traffic jam to be able to breakout of the hedgerows , and by now the main force of the Panzer Lear had begun to arrive  but were having the same problem as the British as they were all atlrriving down the one side road.

Keith kept rolling for the same deployment marker. Purely random but it was if the dice gods had git into the narrative spirit!

Move 2. All the dice in the bag plus extras for new arrival s bag was getting packed, need a bigger bag! Keith has got one but forgot it.

With the end of the Bridge now bereft of Americans , the German Infantry in the are consolidated their hold by forming a defence line on the railway line, with a company of Stugs moving in Support.

 

 

Unfortunately this was spotted by one of the British scout units who were able to bring down Artillery fire from the newly arrived Battery of Sextons, and a few casualties resulted.

Operation Cheltenham! Part 2 continues

In the meantime the other 2 platoons of the Rifle Brigade in Sextons arrived and began to deploy into the Farmhouse and on attempted to cross the canal Bridge

Operation Cheltenham! Part 2 continues
Operation Cheltenham! Part 2 continues

Operation Cheltenham! Part 2.

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Well not quite bright ans Early on Sunday morning we reassembled for dat 2 of game. Now it seems we have settled into a 2 move day, move and beer and Doughnuts break , 2nd Move and Pub. But we are pushing the envelope on the initiative on this, It may be an idea to drop the number if dice to just command units and move whole Squadrons and company’s on drawing of dice.

The Germans quickly decided to move their unit of exposed Panthers , which in theory could have been caught side on by Shermans and Cromwells crossing the Bridge.

They had two options move into treeline by canal, but this would stiil leave flank over from flank, or take up position in high ground behind station.

On a die roll favouring the later option they chose the latter.

Operation Cheltenham! Part 2.
Operation Cheltenham! Part 2.

On the whole the British Armored Advance seemed stalled at the Headrows with no one wanting to advance .

Operation Cheltenham! Part 2.

So itcwas decided to bring on the Infantry with Jo debusing his Infantry Platoon to seize the farmhouse on the left flank, in an attempt to get sight of and shoot at the Jagdpanzers in the court yard.

Operation Cheltenham! Part 2.

Being a little wary of this possibility and with no Infantry support, heard the Infantry assault on the empty farmhouse plus the known Sherman force to the front and promptly fell back across the railway line to the line of trees.

Operation Cheltenham! Part 2.

What was left of the American Airborne decided to make a last stand at the British end of the bridge, digging in and hiding amongst the vehicle wrecks.

Operation Cheltenham! Part 2.

This unfortunately was spotted by virtually all the German Forces, who began to pound them with all the available gun in sight, until they and the anti tank gun with them were wiped out.

Operation Cheltenham! Interlude 2

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I found some more photos of the 3nd move so:

Operation Cheltenham! Interlude 2
Operation Cheltenham! Interlude 2
Operation Cheltenham! Interlude 2

Operation Cheltenham intelude

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Above is some appropriate music to keep you all going:

 

But have to give you quote of weekend during game

 

Kevin…… Keep the German Reinforcements to what you have built and avaibalble!

Keith ……Bob has an awful lot of Germans in those Boxes

 

Some fun for those who want to point it some are already deployed

5 Platoons Panzer Grenediers with 4x MG42 on Tripod

4x Hannomags

2 x 222 Armoured Cars

2x Pumas

4x Pak 75

4x 88m pak 30 flack

2x Hornisse

5x Panxer III

3x Hetzer

5 x Stug 75mm

2x Stug 105mm

6 x Panzer IV

5x  JagdPanzer

4x Panther

2x JagdPanther

4x Tiger 1

Not Gerrys 12,000 pts but should keep them occupied for a bit.

 

Oh and interesting point forgot how much I like Glen Miller , the one thing missing from D-day bootcamp…..

 

2nd oh! dont forget to check out all the D-day boot camp Content specially the how they built it blogs .

 

 

Operation Cheltenham! 1st moves continues

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The AEC was destroyed outright,  both the Daimlers had to bail out and completely destroyed by Geman armored units arriving on both flanks. The armoured cars had hoped to be able to reach the top of the Bridge with a tactical move I  order to fire on the Hornisses but dropped short.

Operation Cheltenham! 1st moves continues
Operation Cheltenham! 1st moves continues

In the meantime the Guards recon troop on the right flank had attempted to scout the Church of the Fallen Madonna and had lost Stuart to well placed PanzerShrek team in Church.

Operation Cheltenham! 1st moves continues

A troop of Churchills was quickly ( well as quickly as Churchill’s can sent in support  , who quickly put the chuch under fire including one Churchill CS.

Operation Cheltenham! 1st moves continues

In the meantime the 1st Troop of 15th/18th Hussars attached the central farm buildings , suprising a pak 40 which had changing its facing from the bridge, it managed a snap shot at the approaching tanks but blasted to oblivion by thr returning fire.

Operation Cheltenham! 1st moves continues

We allowed revealed Geman units reaction or opportunity fire o  a skill role ans a -1 to the too hit role.

All being well the 2nd part of Operation Cheltenham will continue on 29th Jan.

At this point the remaining dice were drawn, which allowed sone Jockeying of British units but allowed German Reinforcements to arrive. Pre Game we had maneuvered German deployment markes in similar manner to those used in The Lardies ‘Chain of Command’ Infantry and guns could deply within 8″ of marker, preferably in any available co er, and vehicles at the nearest table edge.

Operation Cheltenham, 1st Moves

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Despite an all day game, a combination of the initiative,  learning or relearning rules , and devising realistic A.I for Germans meant we only got 2 moves completed. The upside is that all the players had fun and want to continue I  a couple of weeks ,which isn’t a problem with my permanent Games room.

The Redoubtable Players , left Kevin 15th/18th Hussars ,Keith 2nd Genedier Guards, Jo 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry The Redoubtable Players , left Kevin 15th/18th Hussars ,Keith 2nd Genedier Guards, Jo 2nd Fife and Forfar Yeomanry

Morning Dawned on the 16th June with the Surviving members 504th Glider company (fictional) of the 101st Airborne , set too.

Now little more than a Rifle platoon in strength the company had held the bridge over the River, after being totally mis dropped after hitting heavy flak as they crossed the French coast.

They had survived initial disorganised German attacks , but these were becoming increasingly more intense with the arrival of the Elite Panzer Lear Division.

Their only hope was the news that British Forces were closing in.

They would be Heartened to hear that 3 armoured Suadrons were closing on their position.  Led by Majors Keith ‘Tudor’ Prossett 2nd Grenedier Guards, Kevin ‘By the Book’ Broomhill 15/18th Hussars, and Jo Leftbridge 2nd Fyfe and Forfar Yeomanry , who had advance had the Bridge in Site,

The Guards were to advance on thr Right flank led by the attached 6th Guards Churchill Troops, to secure the high ground at the Church of the Fallen Madona and provide flanking cover on the advance to the Bridge. Likewise the 2nd Fife and Forfar were to advance on the left flank . The 15th/18th were to advance as quickly as possible to relieve the American Airborne boys and secure the Bridge crossing.

The advance started slowly as rhe Recon units threaded the way through the bocage, and were almost immediately slowed when o e of the leading Stuarts was brewed by an unseen anti tank gun. ( actually by a Jagdpanzer the only one ever covering the rear , most had been deployed to attack the Bridge.)

1st blood.1st blood.
Operation Cheltenham,  1st Moves

All the players got into the narrative of the game. Although we kept fairly strictly to Historical formations for the British, we allowed the Germans much more free flow in both formations and command, to as ”Keith put it having been action fairy continously for sone 9 days.

To make matters worse a platoon of Panzergrendiers had managed to quietly manoever into one of the buildings close to the Glider troops holding the Southern side of the Bridge. And prepared to launch an assualt, assisted by covering fire from 2 recently arrived Hornisses, who managed to severely maul the American defenders with accurate shell fire.

Operation Cheltenham,  1st Moves

This was achieved by each side having a command dice for company/squadron commanders. In this case a unit dice  was put on hold for the Panzergrenadirs , when the Command dice was drawn it was rolled with the number of units it could activate. In this case the Hornisse’s were activated by the Infantry’ Co commander to fire followed by a close Assualt by the full platoon of grenadiers.

The Grenidiers charge hone into the lone squad of Glider Troops  and despite covering fire from the Americans on the adjacent building  , the squad was overrun.

Operation Cheltenham,  1st Moves

In attempt to provide some relief to the Americans, a troop of Inns of Court armored cars raced for the Bridge, but were quickly shot to pieces on the edge of the bridge , by a combination of AT tank gun on the ridge looking over the Southern approach to the Bridge, and Reinforcements of German Assult guns and Panthers.

Operation Cheltenham,  1st Moves
Operation Cheltenham,  1st Moves

Operation Cheltenham part duex the Mechanics and ammendments

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This bit is very much for Garry who is curious on the mechanics of the game:

1 This game is going to use modified Flames of War rules:

Why , FOW has all those nice cards that do most of the rule work for the player, so they don’t have to wait while the Umpire etc searchs for the rules bit ,once they have had a brief breakdown of the card layout

 

2 Modifications I will be using a different initiative system:

Why

a)… Im not a big fan of I go you go , never have never will 

b) its not a standard 2  player game, as the sides are asymmetrical, the majority of players will be playing British ,  Who will have  to work round the  inequality in armour , but will have to use numbers and tactics to prevail.  The Germans will be an Umpire controlled A.I, 

The ideas is to use a modified Bolt Action initiative system , I could have gone down the ‘I aint been shot down method of cards, but that is a bit cumbersome and takes time to organise. So the plan is it to put a dice in for  each unit – Green for British – Grey for German as an example but also put in a different coloured dice for their command units. On  drawing the dice the player can decide whether to activate on its draw or hold it back (place on unit ) till a command dice is drawn. The command dice will be activate a no of units up to its level , either from units with dice or not . The idea is a commander can then launch co-ordinated attacks , which he would not be able to do with just random dice drawing , but without the card sorting of IABSM, and should be a bit more freeflow.

Spotting

Most of the German units will begin concealed in position and not not on table till they open fire , to give more of the for of war, But the British will need to use their Scout units as well Scouts. to spot concealed Germans

Dont want to make it complicated, but will get players to role for spotting and will probably work out  as to hit with modifiers

-1 light vehicle-Towed gun /Large vehicle partical cover

-2 Infantry -light Vehicle/Towed gun  patial cover 

-3 Infantry partical cover 

-1 to above if buttoned up tank etc

As its umpire led above can be modified as req:

 

A.I

I have a reaction table that I originally developed from the old Pony Wars for use in my Hammers Slammers games which I will use.

German reinforcements will be rolled for each move, still some kinks to be sorted on this but, quikc idea is use two d6, with any double rolled mean that reinforcements are not immediately deployed  but ars stacked up until another double is rolled and then they arrive on next move:

More modifiaction will appear as req on day , one advantage of umpire led game, will post on post game report.

 

 

Operation Cheltenham part duex the Mechanics and ammendments

Operation Cheltenham!

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Well all this effort ( plus Pnzer Lear to come) had a purpose, the 1st attempt at  Big all Saturday Game, so here is Operation Cheltenham,  a mix of Goodwood and a Bridge to far.

A bad miss jump has put elements of the 101st Airborne  including Glider Borne 57mm guns , right on top of the main bridge that crosses the La Pugh River  at the small town of Cesse Piett. It is now D+10 , and the original company of 101st is down to little more than 1 platoon of effectives and 1 sole 57mm gun after repeated attacks from the Pazer Lear Division. Ammo and rations are running out.

Luckily they are in the avenue of advance on elements of Both 11th and Guards Armoured Divisions who are within a mile of relieving the hard pressed Americans. But battle hardened Elements of the Panzer Lear lie  between them and embattled Americans, with Reinforcements expected at any moment

View of table from 11th Armoured positionsView of table from 11th Armoured positions

Photo shows initial deployment of 15th/19th Hussars on the Left in Cromwells,  2nd Fife &Forfars in Center with Sherman, 1st & 2nd  Grenedier Guards on Right with mixture of Churchills ( 6th Guards Tank Brigade) and Shermans ( Guards Armoured Division)

View from Panzer Lear edgeView from Panzer Lear edge

Recon Troop and Innes of Court

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Not forgetting the Recon, I have done most of a Recon Squadeon, mainly M5 Stuart’s but also a few of the new Chaffee’s for really late War.

Recon Troop and Innes of  Court
Recon Troop and Innes of  Court
Recon Troop and Innes of  Court
Recon Troop and Innes of  Court

The armoured car Regiment is not forgotten, either units of the Inns of Court Regiment, consisting of Daimler Scout Cars and Armored cars beefed up by sone of the Battlefront exclusives with a staghound and AEC’s.

Apologies for the slipped road, it moved when I was moving the lighting lamp and didn’t notice till.I was editing photos.

Recon Troop and Innes of  Court
Recon Troop and Innes of  Court
Recon Troop and Innes of  Court
Recon Troop and Innes of  Court

Hopefully be another update tomorrow with my Carrier &MMg  Platoons

Divisional Support

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The part of project that has taken the longest so far. Beginning with the 75th Anti Tank Regiment.

Firstly the Self propelled guns in the form of Achilles M10’s and Archers.

Divisional Support
Divisional Support
Divisional Support
Divisional Support

The Towed Anti tank gun are a mixture of Battlefront and PSC models, the 17pdrs are Battlefront but the Morris Towing vehicles are PSC,.I do like to have the TOWs for my guns and had these in the PSC 25pdr set.

The 6pdrs are PSC as they came with the Lloyd Carrier.

Divisional Support
Divisional Support
Divisional Support
Divisional Support

3rd Milestone 15/19th Hussars

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Been a few weeks since last update, but I have Been Beavering away at this project. I have been motoring through painting stages but have been slowed down by applying decals which seems to have taken for ever.

Anyway I finished another Milestone for the 11th Armoured,  my 15th/19th Hussars Squadron is now Finished.

Full Squadron Full Squadron
In detail including new Challenger'sIn detail including new Challenger's
3rd Milestone 15/19th Hussars

2 Milestones Completed!

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Been a bit since I updated, though been beavering away on this. I Actually have virtually all the armour painted, and I am currently working on Anti-tank units, but putting the Decals on is a slow process, as I have to do them in stages ,as my ability to put my finger or thumb on a newly applied decal is legendary.

Anyway I have made one Milestone, I have Completed my 1st Squadron of Shermans, only took me about 5 years.

So here is B Squadron 2nd Fife & Forfar Yeomanry.  When I began this project  the initial models came out quite dark , the Blue Squadron marking of the Regiment didn’t pop so I used Yellow, which should be for 3rd Tank Regiment.

2 Milestones Completed!

Here are the newer lighter models from recent paint.

2 Milestones Completed!
2 Milestones Completed!

And here are the earlier versions,  some of my 1st attempts at using undiluted washs

2 Milestones Completed!
And here they are all again.And here they are all again.

I also have finished not only the two Churchill Crocodiles,  I started post the D Day bootcamp but also the 3 from the Desert Box.

2 Milestones Completed!
2 Milestones Completed!

The Basics part deux

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It was after I had nearly finished a troop of Shermans and Churchills I thought there isn’t enough contrast in the base armour colour shading, so decided a light dry brush Dusting was required so I tried GW Layer Ogryn Camo.

The Basics part deux
The Basics part deux

Then it was the tedious task of painting Tracks and mg barrels tec  Metallics, and for no other reason than I actually had a bottle used Vallejo Army Painter Gun Metal. I  then started a bit if weathering the model by dry brushing with the same to pick out were paint may have worn off.

The Basics part deux

The basics painting

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My last spurt on the 11th was during the follow up to the D-day bootcamp, although new tanks were added I did finish the Infantry and some Kangaroo’s from various sources on ebay. AS previously said painting a company of British Infantry. an additional Company of Germans, the 2nd platoon of U.S. paras plus a U.S. mechanized platoon had killed my enthusiasm at the time.

The Bulge starter pushed me to try and finish some long forgotten models, I had completed in the day before BOW’s , basically when the original Tanks game came out, 3 troops of Sharman’s for the 11ths, so to begin with I dusted out the built and not painted and un built and painted up the rest of the troop . Problem was without our glorious project system I had only a vague idea how I had done them plus some of the ranges of paints particularly wash’s have changed since then, I know it involved wash’s/inks and dry brushing and…..

The final result didn;t come out bad but wanted a lot simpler method , that was similar to the method I used for the Americans I did, but would not make them identical to Americans.

 

The basics painting
  1. Now depending on sources above is probably accurate, but always looks a bit dark plus you get the grainy effect of dry brushing. To be honest if the new ones are a ligher shade of Olive green or the British Equivent it is liveable as the shade probably changed depending on batch of paint , its age time is sun etc, plus touch ups etc. Kevin probably summed it up that only a Wargamer’s army would have everything the same shade.

So this time I bagan with a spray can or Army Painters , Army Green . mainly as it was darker and a bit whiter green than GW’s Catachan Green .

Now to add insult to injury , GW have just changed the formula of the old Standard Nuln Oil, so was a bit wary, think originally put it on neat hence the dark nature, plus I heard reports that it was more patchy now than originally.

I intially tried mixing it with medium , but that seemd to grey it a bit, so went back to diluting it with water.

This seemed to work, and then I dry brushed for highlights off GW Steel Legion Drab.

Here are some Challengers at the above stage.

 

The basics painting
The paints used.The paints used.

Starting on my Backlog and Finishing a Sherman Squadron.

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Digging through my backlog of shame, I kept finding Shermans, mostly V’s but a splattering of M1A1’s (apologies previous conversion was on a M4A1).

So thought need to match the previous 2x troops colour. Now these were done when ‘Tanks were released and beefed up with some PSC’ models andthe original on the Beach which had British Shermans and Stugs rather than M4A1’s and Panzer IV’s. . It was the reason I actually had painted Infantry at the D Day bootcamp ( I didn’t believe I could get them finished in time so didn’t bother, hats of to Laughing Boy and those that did)

I think I had a Regiment in mind when I did the original two troops but will have to backtrack to figure which.

11th Armoured Division was equipped primarily with Shermans, apart from Recon Regiment which had Cronwells, the Shermans being replaced with Comets gradually by end of the war. So in some ways they are still the meat of this project.

It was before the project system and before contrasts so I have to remember how I did them. They were much darker than my Later Americans, with multiple dry brushing and washs.

I’m pretty sure they started off with Army Painter Army Green base colour and luckily I had a can already so:

Starting on my Backlog and Finishing a Sherman Squadron.

6th Guards Tank Brigade

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6th Guards Tank Brigade

For the History Grognards reading this , the Churchills Shown above are not part of the 11th Armoured Division as Infantry tanks were put in the independant Tank Brigades or part of Infantry Divisions. So these will be painted up as ^th Guards Tank Brigade.

From wikipedia

The 6th Guards were originally equipped with the A13 Mk III Covenanter; but in early 1943 the Brigade was reequipped with the Churchill tank. The early Churchill tanks were deemed a dismal failure due to its rapid development and being hurried into production. It was so dreadful that it got mentioned several times in heated debates in the House of Commons. For example, early models would flood in heavy rain as it had no drainage channels. However, modifications were ongoing, and by the time the Brigade went into action over 71 alterations had been made. These along with its heavy armour made the tank an extremely good infantry tank.

Heavy losses suffered by the 6th Guards in Italy between June 1943 and January 1944 nearly caused the 6th Guards to be disbanded. Due to indecision regarding the Brigade’s fate, the entire Brigade had its Churchill VIs replaced by Churchill III and IVs.

Prior to the Normandy landings, all of the 6 pdr guns were replaced with 75mm guns at the Brigade’s workshops; oddly this prevented the Brigade’s deployment in Normandy. Montgomery had a preference for 6 pdr armed tanks. Finally the Brigade’s commanding officer, Brigadier Verney, complained to King George, who in turn took the complaint to Prime Minister Churchill. Montgomery was persuaded to deploy the 6th Guards. This was further aided by the fact that a third of the tanks had been converted back to 6 pdrs, to meet Montgomery’s requirements.  Finally on the 20 July 1944, the 6th Guards were landed at Gold and Juno beaches.

One of the things I didnt notice till beginning to build the 3 Churchills from the Desert war box , is they were different sprues, you didnt get the ones with the 75 mm and the Crocodile trailer but these had the 2pdr turret and 6pdrs of the earlier part of war. Plus for the real Grognards the side escape hatches are round on the MkVII Churchill as they were square on the earlier models (they were changed as it was found the blast and hit damage could deform swaure hatches making them hard  or impossible to open).

So I made on with a 6pdr (it fits orbit in the Bulge British FOW book) one with 95mm Howitzer and on with 75mm , both of which were supplied by extra bits in a FOW Cromwell box I brought some years back.

6th Guards Tank Brigade

And So it continues

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By the time  Battlefront brought out the D-Day British, I had moved on to other projects. I had  completed a fair amount of 15mm WW2, from previous spurts of Enthusiasm. The  original plan had been to use       ‘ I Ain’t Been Shot Mum,’  by the Two Fat Lardies, which we have done, but found it a bit slow in Big games, so plan to replay it with Base Flames of War mechanics but modified Bolt Action Initiative.

One of the 1st thing I have done is sort out the models I had built and not finished,  plus all the unbuilt models.

Anybody who remembers the Bootcamp will remember I brought the Fortress Europe British Starter set, Strangely the only thing I built and Finished was the Bren Carriers and the Infantry. I had built the Churchill’s but it had stalled as I had concentrated on my U.S. and German forces , see my Road to Falaise project.

So whilst waiting for my British Bulge starter to arrive from OTT store  I built all the Shermans/Firefly’s and the Achilles M10’s.

 

And So it continues

I started with the 1st couple of Shermans and M10 building them with stowage as I built them . But found a box of Battlefronts ‘Churchill King Force (a unexpected present from Kevin who had picked them up a a bargain Price when a book/games store in Birminghamhad closed down)’ Which also had Sherman I’s so thought , leave stowage till all finished and customise them all.

And So it continues

Anybody who has brought any of Battlefronts British Sherman V’s or M4A4’s knows you get a separate hull front and turret top for Firefly variant, so thought why not use some of the Sherman 1’s for Sherman 1C’s Fireflys, so did easy conversion of change turret parts and shave down hull gun. ( now for John , I’m its not totally correct as believe most of the non M4A4 Shermans had composite hulls consisting of Cast Sherman M4 fronts welded to M4A1 Sherman Welded hull backs,  and vaguely remember there were no recorded M4 Sherman conversions,  but its close enough.

And So it continues
And So it continues

11th Armoured Division

A long time ago I had decided to base my late War British Forces on the 11th Armoured Division, based on two points.

  1. I didnt want to 7th Armoured as everyone does them.
  2. They were the only War Time Division to be issued with Comets (I had a couple of the ‘Tanks’ models already.

As is my want I did quite a bit of research on Division and found out how successful the Division had been under its Commander ‘Pip’  Roberts.