Monthly Archives: April 2014

Soviet scout squad

In Chain of Command the Soviets can get an elite scout squad as a support option.  It’s a must have.  According to Chain of Command it consists of a junior leader with an smg and two teams each with two smgs and two rifles.  All rated as elite, even as support.

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The figures are mostly from the Warlord scout pack but with some BTD snipers to fill out the rifle component of the group.  Nice figures all, although the rifle in the heavy camo suit (kneeling in the foreground on the right) has a badly miscast face.  I just painted a tan sniper kind of mask across it rather than fiddling with trying to fix it.

Soviet camo is pretty easy to paint.  Just do the base color and shade it then add some brown amoebas and highlight them and you’re done.  Here’s a closeup of the leader:

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I’m basing all of my Soviets for urban fighting.  I need to get some urban terrain going for them to fight over.  Sounds like a good summer project.

The most interesting figure in the Soviet scout squad pack is this guy:

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Now it didn’t really make sense to me why with bullets flying, bombs bursting, and rockets crashing nearby he would be sneaking around with a knife until I realized:

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And a close up of the commissar:

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Looks like I need to touch up his base a little bit….

 

 

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Platoon Finished!

This is the third squad for my Chain of Command US Rifle platoon.  Hopefully I can get a snap of them all together but this was all I could manage for now.

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These figs are mostly Artizan.  I *think* there is a Crusader figure or two in here, but maybe not.  Most of these guys have shirts rather than jackets and I really like that about them.

Here’s a close-up of the BAR team.

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And the sergeant came out really well,  I managed to get both his stripes and the division patch decal on his arm.  I’d held off trying that on the earlier ones because I wasn’t sure they would fit, or not damage each other when I put them on.  They went on splendidly!  Decals from Company B.

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And a partial view from behind.  I can’t wait to get them into a game.

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I have a fair amount of additional support for them to paint up still, but I have a playable amount now.

 

Some support for the riflemen

A pair of .30 cals and a couple of bazookas.

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In chain of command the US rifle platoon has a pair of guys with a bazooka.  The .30 cals are support options, as are additional bazookas.  In an armored rifle platoon there is a mg squad with a pair of .30 cals.  So, I’m getting to where I could field either a rifle platoon or an armored rifle platoon with the lead I have.  I’ve marked the riflemen with jackets with the 90th infantry division patch but I’ve left that off these so I could use them with either.

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I’m collecting info about the fighting the men of the 90th did around Bourg St Leonard and Chambois.  I’m looking forward to getting them all on the table.  I have 11 more riflemen to paint and I’ll be able to field the rifle platoon.  Soon.

I’ll have to get some tanks and tank destroyers done also.

 

 

More Tough Ombres for Chain of Command

I like these figures!

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Again these are mostly Crusader.  There are a couple of Artizan figs mixed in.  (I’m still waiting for the bulk of my Artizan figures to arrive).  Although I don’t like messing with decals, what I’ve found is that after putting on about 3 of them I get into a rhythm and the rest are really easy to put on.  And they really set the figures.

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This is the second squad of my platoon from the 90th infantry for fighting around Falaise.  I’ll have to make an org chart for them and give all the leaders names.  I started doing that with the company command.  I guess when I finish the last squad I’ll do that.  I didn’t think I would enjoy painting Americans from NW Europe so much, but it’s really great.  I try to make every figure a little bit different within the constraints of what the color palette seems to be.  Painting all the gear they carry around can be a little tedious at the end, but they do look good when they are done.

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Next up will be some guys with bazookas.