I love the miniature modelling aspect of wargaming, and there’s a ton to offer in the World War II period. In 15mm, my go-to manufacturers are Flames of War from Battlefront Miniatures, the Plastic Soldier Company and Command Decision from Old Glory Miniatures. My modelling mostly focuses on Germans, Americans and UK forces, all geared toward the Late War period from D-Day onward in Western Europe. In the summer of 2014 I expanded my US forces with some troops fitted out for the 1943-1945 Italian Campaign. For the Americans, I’ve modelled a hefty number of basic US rifle infantry and US airborne, plus supporting heavy weapons for all. The airborne troops are filled-out with special warrior characters from the famed 101st Airborne “Band of Brothers” of Easy Company. Added to that I have lots of Sherman tanks (in both 75mm and 76mm gun versions), some M7 Priest mobile guns, a M10 tank destroyer platoon, a group of M3 Stuarts and a 155mm field artillery battery. Flying above the field is a P-47 Thunderbolt and a L4 Grasshopper observer plane. To keep enemy aircraft away, I also have a some M13/M16 MGMC “quad-50” anti-aircraft guns. The whole force is rounded out with some jeeps, trucks and half tracks. The core of my Germans feature both infantry Grenadiers and the Fallschirmjäger platoons with the requisite mortar and heavy-machine gun support. For mobile firepower, I’ve got a deadly Tiger I platoon plus Panther As, Panzer IVs and some Stug assault guns. To thwart Allied aircraft, I’ve got some Sd. Kfz. 7/1 anti-aircraft guns. I also have a motorcycle platoon as well as half tracks, trucks and various smaller transport vehicles. My UK collection is growing. I’ve recently finished my Guards Armoured Division with some 75mm Shermans and powerful Firefly tanks. My Royal Artillery Battery was completed next, followed by my British rifle company and supporting weapons. Finally, I’ve flown in a Typhoon for some British air support. One thing you’ll notice from the photos of my games is that I love terrain, so I’ll also post some articles here from time time on what’s new in modelling the beaches, towns and bocage-lined inland areas of France and the rest of Western Europe. The posts below give a view into some of my more recent projects and some reviews of models from different miniatures companies.
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