Tuesday, February 9, 2016

French Anti-tank Gun Crew

Next up is the 3 Anti-tank gun crew by Blitz Figures.  I have two anti-tank guns - both by ACE Models.  This first is a Hotchkiss 25mm Anti-tank gun S.A. Mle 1934:

While the second is a APX 47mm Anti-tank gun mod.1937 :

Right now I only have one gun crew set (the second is on the way) so all the subsequent photos are with just the 1 crew - which look like this:

Here they are with the 25mm gun (I wasn't happy with the front on photos so I'll not show them):

And the 47mm gun:

Pretty happy with how they turned out.  The ACE 47mm gun comes with 5 or 6 shells, so I'll be doing some very small conversions to give the crew the larger shells.



Monday, February 8, 2016

French Forward Signals Unit

I can see myself trying to use a lot of off table artillery for my 1940 French - so a Forward Signals Unit is a must.  They allow you to re-roll your communications check, when you're attempting to contact an artillery unit.

They are meant to have a transport vehicle - which will come later.

Again these are lovely figures from Blitz Figures 1940 range.



Sunday, February 7, 2016

A new project - France 1940

Over the next little while I'll be adding a new project to this blog - a French 1940 force for Battlegroup Blitzkreig.

BG Blitzkreig gives the French player 3 different options for army choice - a Cavalry Division Force, an Armoured Division Force and an Infantry Division Force.  Within those 3 choices there are a variety of infantry platoon options but all (apart from a cavalry platoon on horse back) variants on a theme.  Paint enough figures and you can play almost any type of platoon - just swap the figures around to match the configuration you are after.

To help paint them I needed a few references.  I used the painting guide in the BG Blitzkreig book along with this one from Battlefront.  I also bought this book to help:

Anyway - each French battlegroup gives you the option of having a Forward Headquarters.  Here is mine:

These are all Blitz Miniatures from the BFI 12 Staff Officer set.  The one on the left is painted to look like a Cavalry (tank) officer in a leather jacket and scarf.  His Kepi colour represents the cavalry as well.  The one in the middle and the one on the right are meant to look like infantry officers, witht he one on the right having a flasher looking jacket.  It was hard to find colour pictures of senior officers, but from what I could see there was a variety in colours in the uniforms of the officers - so that is all I was really trying to represent.