BoB/AVBCW: Swedes !

A Very Moderate Swedish War caught my eye recently, with a new range of figures (Shiney stuff) supporting it.

The range so far has: a command unit; four infantry in Sewedish helmets; four infantry in Swedish kepi; four infantry in Sewedish tri-corns (really!). A great start but not enough for a meanignful platoon in the games we fight so I asked the owner if more were on the way, his response was:

He is doing an HMG, a 80mm mortar, another light machine gunner and a guy with a smg. Hopefully they will be released in the early autumn.

So here’s what I bought – a command unit, 2 sections with helmets, and a third with kepis. A few leftovers will be converted to standard bearers and medics shortly. A second LK II tank was also acquired to be fitted with an HMG to beef up the force.

So what can these figures be used for ?

Swedish Volunteers in the RCW: Over 300 Swedes volunteered to help out the Estonians in the RCW (“The Boys from the North” Ed by Lars Ericson). A picture is shown in the Osprey White Armies book where they are wearing Swedish helmets..

Hmm, looks like I can get an Austin in to the army as well with a Polar Bear head !

The Estonians were provided also with equipment from the general Russian armies, the British, and the Germans. So these figures can be integrated with many other units I already have,

The Aland Crisis
The Swedes did almost get involved in the RCW, the Aland islands midway between Sweden, Finland and the Baltics saw combat with Reds, Whites and Germans before the Sewdes intervened.

Altaernate histories
What if the Swedes directly became involved in either the late stages of WW1 or the RCW ? They could have been involved in the Finnish Civil War, the Estonian war of independence, or potentially the latvian war of independence.

The uniforms are also valid up until the 1930’s, as are the tanks (modified LK II) so I could use them in AVBCW…

Moose…Monty Python..stereotypical but still funny.

Monti Python ik den Holie Grailen
Roten nik Akten Di
Wik
Also wik
Also also wik
Wi not trei a holiday in Sweeden this yer ?

See the loveli lakes
The wonderful telephone system
And mani interesting furry animals
Including the majestic moose
A moose once bit my sister…
No realli! She was Karving her initials on the moose with the sharpened end
of an interspace toothbrush given her by Svenge – her brother-in-law – an
Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian movies: “The Hot Hands of an Oslo
Dentist”,”Fillings of Passion”, “The Huge Molars of Horst Nordfink”…
Mynd you, moose bites Kan be pretti nasti…

As for llamas…stay tuned… 🙂

Rivet Counting ! And why you should not use too many vehicles

Ok, as you can see my transport pool is expanding, something others have noticed before:

Mort: Giles, you have too many tanks !

Whilst he was looking at my AVBCW collection of Vickers Medium tanks at a game in Tring. I wasn’t fielding them all they were just in the box

Its an oft repeated joke that more model King Tigers are used in WW2 games than were built during WW2. The same goes for AVBCW and RCW. Especially in 28mm large skirmish games. No mater they are comparatively pathetic, they can dominate a game too easily as in both periods anti-tank weapons were equally rare (and pathetic).

But we all like eye candy.

A German Erhart captured by the Russians – by the use of the Triangle and circle markings, it was being used by the Don Cossacks. This one was also upgunned with a 37mm cannon.

Here’s a really useful site that lists how many of each type of Armoured Car was built during WW1 and into 1920.

If you click through the links half way down the page, you get to some real obscure photographs I’ve not seen before and are very interesting. A very useful resource site. It correlates well with the the books I have on A/Cs in the RCW.

So in wargaming terms:

  • None of the armies of RCW/BoB standardised their vehicles, so you can mix and match and still adhere to historical accuracy.
  • The numbers of vehicles were tiny.
  • So limit the number of vehicles on the game board…for the size of games we play no more than one armoured car per player, unless you modify the scenario.
  • Don’t forget they’d have been unreliable due to few spare parts, little fuel, and little support in terms of supply chain and support crews,

Several players at the BoB Big Game I ran, did comment favourably that limiting the A/Cs made for a different but still enjoyable game. You also need to limit the number of field guns, HMGs, and LMGs similarly.

Many of the points above apply also to AVBCW. In or ear the cities and ports you could justify A/Cs, in the country and remote locations start cutting down on the number of vehicles or insist on Heath-Robinson contraptions made by the local blacksmith after one pint too many.

BoB: Garford-Putilov Armoured Car

The Garford Putilov was a home grown Russian armoured car developed in WW1. Quite a bizarre beast, it had forward mounted MGs, and a turret sporting another MG and a cannon on the reare of the vehicle !

Kit by Copplestone Castings. The camouflage pattern is one the Soviets officially adopted from 1925.

Pinned by Byakhee Rich Pinning Services, with a magnet so the turret can be revolved. Transfer decals are by Brigade/Company B.

It ended up being used by several armies in the fall out of WW1, and he RCW including the German Baltic Freikorps.

I find it funny the differece in size of these Germans, look at the ones on the left !

This waspainted for my recent BoB Big Game and I didn’t have time to photograph it (I finished it at about 9pm the previous night. In game terms it waas restricted to the road,reflecting its lack of off-road capability.

BoB/RCW: 1st Corps buildings, painted

I painted the first o0f the 1st Corps buildings, just as the second batch arrived in the post.

Just to check my sanity, I double checked how wood ages and its colours:

Looks a good match. I used Foundry Granite Shade and Bay Brown Shade, washed with Citadel Biel-Tan green wash and then did a strong drybrush of Foundry Granite light.

For the logs in the porch, I used Foundry Dark Leather, with a Boneyard drybrush.

The three pieces.

The shutters are painted green and then weathered, doesn’t show so well in the photo.

And I had a go at the interior – my sources confirmed my hunch that it would have a whitewashed interior.

I didn’t spend much time on the interior, as these buildings are being painted for a Big Game w/e after next, but they are very crisp and the detail is as good on the interior as on the exterior.

BoB/RCW: Conversions

After the Spackle incident, a visit to Rich’s Pinning Service was more productive.

A simple head swap on a Copplestone White Russian HMG crew will help variation of these units – paint jobs only go so far !

This means I have:

  • straight up White crew with field caps
  • ditto, in colourful white regiment colours
  • ditto, with Plastoon Cossack breeches (blue)
  • crew with fur hats

Seeing as I am providing four armies later this month, that’s a unique HM crew for each. 🙂
Sad I know, and I’m also planning on mixing in Musketeer HMG crew with Copplestone and vice versa to make another three HMG stands all of which will be unique.

The second mortar crew – with fur hats to distinguish it from the first lot. As I also have the Musketeer HMG crew, they may well be swapped into this unit. as well.

These units are all well advanced on the paint table and should be pictured shortly.

BoB/RCW: Command Elements I

Been busy painting command units for the forthcoming BoB/RCW game – it seems I am providing 3 armies to the Lead Leeches, as well as my own !

First up, a couple of Kuban mounted standard bearers:

Copplestone White Russian Cossacks.

These are part of the massive box of cavalry I am refusing to shift from the kitchen until the entire contents is finished – I oipened the box after 8 years and found the entire contents unpainted and unused. After three weeks of promising my cleaner it will be removed, it is now getting embarrassing. She’s back on Monday, so stand by for more Cossack Cavalry goodness.

Some more Infantry support elements. These are Musketeer WW1/RCW Infantry Characters, namely Signallers (which will e observers for artillery), Ammunition carriers, and Medics.

As you can see, I have painted two sets for ordinary White Russians and one for more Colourful White Russians. Another set will be for Cossacks forces, and a fifth will be for the Shock Troopers. Both are well advanced along with HMGs and one of the mortar units,.

More on the way…and will try for better photos…

BoB/RCW: Mortar – Part 1

In the run up to the BoB Big Game in late June, one of the players (a stu-dent*) asked if they could have a mortar instead of a field gun.

Now in the 30 years I’ve been reading about the RCW, I have never come across any mention of mortars, nor seen any pictures.

So I asked over at the Lead Adventure Forum if they were used in the RCW.

Turns out they didn’t really – they pretty much only used captured German/Austrian mortars.

Fed up of HMGs as the only support weapon, I devised a new project. I bought the Great War Miniatures German minewerfer, replace the heads with some spare Copplestone BoB Infantry and err. Bob’s your uncle…actually I do have an uncle called Bob…

So I went round to Rich’s Pinning Services(C)/(TM) this morning…

Only problem was one of the crew had an entrenching tool…

It all went well.

A bit of liquid greenstuff, the mortar glued together.
First one should be ready in a few days.

* There was a student, he was acting up, he got a slap. But I was under severe provocation.

Scenery: Revolutionary Roads

I saw on TMP a new product – Revolutionary Roads, and in need of some dirt tracks for the upcoming BoB Big Game thought I’d get some of them taking advatage of the 10% discount for pre-orders.

The sets you get are quite large – about 18 foots worth of road for £44. The pieces are made out of black latex cut to size with rough surfaces.

I boubght the three inch wide roads, here they are with some Copplestone Ragged White Rusians on one inch wide Renadra bases:

Here are the different components:

Hopefully there will be more.
As they are dirt roads, I can also use them for AVBCW:

They came in plastic bags, and s far have shown no sign of the rough surface material flaking off. So far this looks like a good investment.

I left one piece draped over one of the BoB rolls and the material adopted the shape/contours within minutes.

BoB: German Artillery

I painted this a few days ago, but until now have been unable to get even a half decent set of photos of it:

Being dark grey against a dark grey field piece its very difficult to get anything other than a dingy monochrome picture.

From Great War Miniatures, comes with a good compliment of crew too.

Painted with Foundry Early War German Grey uniform colour which looks very green on the mid coat, but when applied to the very grey base coat turns out fine.

BoB: Farmhouse

Another one of the excellent Brigade Games resin scenery pieces:

A nice piece of scenery.

Again a light weight and crisp resin casting.

Makes for a richer (Kulak) farmer’s house.