I have been helping a lot with the poopers lately. My painting projects have been suffering due to this. I did start a 15mm WW2 desert project recently. I found a set of rules that work very well for company level skirmishes. It is called Manouvre Group. Earlier this year I picked up a PdF copy of Operation Compass from Too Fat Lardies. It is a scenario book that focuses on the early actions in North Africa. The opponents are Italians and the various British allies. There is quite a bit of action and fairness to be had. I love the Italians in WW2. So I decided to give in and paint up some Italian vehicles. Here is the first batch of stuff. I have another M11/39 batch on the way.
To add to this dreary tank the hull plates were riveted together. Every time a round hit the tank (and did not destroy it completely) the rivets would come undone and bounce around inside the tank. It was a death trap. As a tanker myself I felt very confident in the M1A1's ability to defeat any round thrown at it. These tankers knew they were out gunned by the British. They soldiered on with that knowledge. This camo pattern is one of several patterns used by the Italians. There is a recognition marker on the back of the turret of the Italian flag. I refrained from putting other designations on the tank because all the photos I could find did not have many marking at all.
L3/35s and M11/39 in convoy formation.
I played my first game of DbA 3.0 this Saturday. One guy was very interested in it. He used to play it with his dad when he was a kid. The game was between Ming Chinese and Athenian Greeks. I converted my Irregular Wars troops over to DbA standards. I got some of my other 6mm forces for Irregular Wars in the mail recently. I was disappointed because the models were about half the size of the Baccus models. The company is called Irregular for a reason. I am tempted to return them. They are just to small for me to use.
The battle was a close. My opponent rolled multiple ones for PiP initiative. The dice gods were nice to me. I rolled 4 sixes in a row!! He could not clean up his lines after they had been disrupted by crossbow fire from the Ming. My take away is that putting your troops in column can make them much more flexible for where you will battle. Artillery is very strong when assaulted by cavalry. I felt like we did something wrong there. The game was a blast, and I look forward to playing again. I have a Later Nomadic Mongol army that is currently being assembled for play. They were racial enemies of the Ming.
The Ming setup. My Ming forces eventually won. I got luck due to the Greeks low PiP dicing and strategic application of ranged fire. It disrupted his battle line enough that the fight was even instead of my blades being overlapped. It was a very close game and I am sure my friend will do better next time.