Monthly Archives: March 2014

US Infantry Squad August 1944

Well, that was weird.  Looks like the posting technique on WP has changed.  You may have seen a version of this momentarily on my other blog.  One wonders why software guys insist on changing interfaces.  Oh well.

Here’s what I intended to write about:

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The first full squad for my Chain of Command US Rifle Platoon is finished and here they are.  I need two more platoons and a bazooka team to have a full squad.  (The platoon command is already complete).

This platoon is from one of the battalions fighting to close the Falaise Gap at Le Bourg St Leonard and Chambois in August 1944.

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They are led by a sergeant, with a BAR team (two guys) and 9 riflemen carrying M1s.  They pack some firepower and will put some hurt on the Germans.

I tried to provide some variety in the uniforms looking at pictures of historic uniforms, reproductions for reenactors, and the Life magazine color photos of the Americans in Normandy.  I hope they are in the realm of the believable.

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All of these figures are from Crusader miniatures.  I’m using a mix of Crusader and Artizan but I believe all of these are Crusader.  The way cool division patch decals are from Company B.

 

Yanks for Chain of Command started

I actually started these awhile ago but have been waiting to finish them up.  I have quite a few more painted.

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That’s Lt. Dewey Evans, the platoon commander.  Check out the nice 90th Infantry Division shoulder patch.  Company B made those for me, and I was waiting to receive them before finishing the guys I have painted.  It was a custom sheet and is not in their catalog, but you can see all the great stuff they make here:

http://www.companyb.biz/

I’m not going to put shoulder patches on all the figs.  In period pictures, not every soldier has one.  I’ll probably put them on half.

Here’s the platoon sergeant, Sgt. Eugene Chambers, exhibiting a strong “Can do!” attitude:

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For him I didn’t put on a divisional shoulder patch but did add sergeant stripes decal from the armored infantry sheet from Company B.  I’m not really sure how it would work to have two decals in such close proximity, and for that matter I’m not really sure there’s enough real estate on the arm for both decals.  So, the NCOs may not get divisional patches.

Here’s some firepower from the first squad:

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The BAR and assistant with the squad’s sergeant.

Regular infantry doesn’t have an integral mortar in the list for Chain of Command, but armored infantry does, so I put armored infantry shoulder patches on my mortar crew, rather than 90th infantry.  I’m sure I’ll be using mortars in support for the 90th, but if I ever run an armored infantry platoon, I have to have a mortar, hence the choice.

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And a close-up of the shoulder patch:

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The figures are a mix of Artizan Designs and Crusader.  They go really well together.  I like that the Artizan figures have some guys in shirts and not jackets, but I don’t like that for some of them the rank insignia is cast on.

More to come of course.

 

Done!

It’s good to be finished with a project.

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These are the 17th Louisiana at Shiloh.  Well, they could be any rebs I suppose.  I couldn’t find any particular info on the unit.  I gave them a Bragg flag because they were in Bragg’s second grand division when he took command.  So it seems reasonable that they would have one of the flags he issued.

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And this complete’s Anderson’s brigade.  So I have done Pond’s brigade and Anderson’s brigade from Ruggle’s division of Bragg’s corps at Shiloh.  I’d like to do Gibson’s brigade to complete the division, but that’s another 100 figs.  I don’t have that in me right now.  It would be cool as there are a few companies of Zouaves there.  Maybe I’ll get back to this some day.

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For now, I’m turning my attention to World War 2 with Chain of Command.  Yanks coming soon!