Saturday, January 28, 2012

EWGT (BattleCry 2012 ) Prep

Well, the time is rapidly approaching for another Grand Tournament! This one is the Early War GT being held at the 2012 BattleCry convention. For more information on this event check out their site here: BattleCry ....

For this event I tossed around four lists to bring. The first, and perhaps most controversial, was one I made up on the fly for EW Americans based on the Carolina Maneuvers completed only a week before 7 December 1941. It included several M3 Lee tanks, five M3 Stuarts, and a "Rifle" Platoon of dismounted American tankers. As much as I'd love to field this, 2012 isn't the year for experimental stuff! My painting time is a premium these days so I needed to find something that didn't involve so much work.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Leclerc's Guns

Kufra, March 1941
I know I said I was going to move on to another force, but I wanted to clear my painting table before starting anything new. I had an Tiralleurs Machine-gun platoon nearly finished, and those four trucks and inserts were just asking to be knocked out really quick. So, I spent the last few days of my holidays dusting off these platoons and getting ready for the next project. I've also included my Tiralleurs Artillery Battery, which I finished a while ago, but haven't posted up yet. So in going with this theme of gun teams, I thought I'd write up a little bit about the guns in Leclerc's column.

Leclerc left Chad to attack Kufra with few heavy weapons. This was mainly due to the fact that guns were difficult to transport across the Sahara, but also because the colonies of French Equitorial Africa were not terribly well supplied with military weapons when the war broke out. Like many colonies, the French troops in Chad had to fight a modern war with the previous era's weapons. Many of the weapons, such as the 8mm mle 1914 heavy machine-gun, were from the First World War, while others, such as the 75mm mle 1928 was a inter-war design. Basically, Leclerc had to deal with what he had and could not rely on more modern equipment.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Matford Madness! (Compagnie de Tirailleurs Seneglais, Part 2)

Welcome back for a new year! I'd like to thank all of you for stopping by, leaving comments, and following the blog. I greatly appreciate and look forward to your feedback. I'm looking forward to this year's articles. I've got a good feeling about them and I am really excited about getting nuts for raiding forces in the Sahara! I've got so much planned its unreal. Any way, lets get back to the Compagnie de Tirailleurs Seneglais.

As promised this article is going to be all about Leclerc's Matfords and modelling your Tirailleurs Seneglais platoons. I mentioned a previous article about Leclerc's trucks I had the following to say about modelling Matfords: