Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Burning Empires: Compagnie de Tirailleurs Seneglais (Part 1)

This new year my resolution is to paint up every single platoon in all of the forces from the second part of Burning Empires. Simple enough!

To kick things off I've began with the Compagnie de Tirailleurs Senegalais (Senegalese Light Rifle Company), but nowhere in my resolution does it say I have to stay with one force until its done, owing to my fluttering attention span! This way I can tackle new and different things found in the book along the way.

I have to admit I've cheated somewhat by having a pile of things already painted, but even though I have many platoons done, I can't actually make a complete force with any of them! So, hence my resolution. I have a massive passion for the Sahara campaign, and I'm counting on that to see this thing through!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

LeClerc's Trucks

One of LeClerc's many Bedford trucks 
An interesting post in the Flames Of War forum has prompted me to write this article on the crazy world of LeClerc's trucks during the Sahara campaign and how to field them in Flames Of War.

When I was writing Burning Empires, the most difficult of the raiding forces for me to get a handle on was the Free French in Chad. A lot of this has to do with the language barrier, but really it comes down to available reference material. The Italians and British kept excellent records of the fight in the Sahara, but the French seem to have been more concerned with victory than keeping inventory, fair enough too. But the nature of the desert campaign was that of expedience and thrift, so getting a grip on what exactly LeClerc had in his Free French column is something of a shot in the dark with at least a pale moonlight.