Alright, alright, alright, here we go, now we're getting to the big stuff! Sure the WWII Marines and Vietnam gear were cool, but those were small potatoes, this is where we really get dug in! So, I've been building up this force of British for Northwest Europe for about a year now, and I think I'm about finally ready to get some stuff on the table. I figure I painted about 35% of this stuff, and the rest was bought from various locations, a lot of which I had to put some serious work into in order to get it to match the rest of what I had going on.
I've been wanting to play some larger sized games, some games where I'm throwing down a brigade vs a brigade on the table, so I organized these forces along the lines of the Rapid Fire Reloaded tables of organization. I haven't actually played the rules yet so I have no idea if this was a great plan or not, and even then I didn't follow it exactly as they want you to individually base, or base in 2s, your riflemen, and I was already basing them FOW-style in 4s ;) Rapid Fire has it set up that a rifle company is eight figures, so that's two 4-man bases per company for me, and eight bases per four rifle company battalion (like the British), or six bases per three rifle company battalion (like the Germans). At the battalion level you add in the support weapons like 2" mortars, 3" mortars, PIATs, 6-pdr Anti-Tank Guns (ATGs), and Vickers MGs (it assumes you would break up an ATG or MG Company into platoon-sized elements and directly attach them to the rifle battalions).
So let's take a look at where we're at.
I didn't paint a single one of the Shermans/Fireflies.
Well, there it is, my Commonwealth (and Polish, I suppose?) force for NW Europe, ready push into Caen and then into Holland. Lots of work went into it, but I couldn't be more happy with how everything has turned out, and I'd love to hear what you think.