I have been wargaming for 10 years in which time I have finally settled on two eras, Napoleonic and WWII, both in 15mm (1:100). Most of my ramblings will be about gaming in these two eras. An attempt will be made to record my wargaming interests, building of armies, ideas, interests and hopefully some games played.
Still trying to get a grip on my collection of figures so continuing sorting though painted and unpainted lead.
As is typically me (I hope only up to up to this point) I started to build a Fallshirmjager Division a couple of years ago but only completed one infantry battalion plus support company, an engineer company and an AA platoon. Still need to paint the second infantry battalion. This Division will still have to be completed at a later date as the generic Wehrmacht Infantry Division will have to be my first priority. But it may take priority over the 21st Panzer Division as again I have most of the lead in stock ready to paint.
Just to put my thoughts at this down in writing as to how I see this Division being completed at this moment in time. This follows the new Rapid Fire infantry regiment composition....but I am open to persuasion if this is not historically correct for 1944 -45
Regimental HQ - From figures in stock and use the kubelwagen from my existing Wehrmacht battalion its command vehicle- Require a Radio truck see below
Engineer Company Completed (many have enough figures to add a second engineer company).
1st Battalion The existing battalion is finished - apart from I will move the Panzershrecke team from the battalion HQ to the anti-tank company and replace it with two infantry figures. Also possibly replace the existing 50mm mortar team in one company with one panzerfaust figure and one infantry figure but this is not a necessity.
2nd Battalion Using existing lead to be painted to a similar configuration as the first battalion.
The support companies. Gun company 105mm recoilless rifle - Completed 20mm AA - Completed Anti-Tank Company 8 figures, (4 x panzerschecke teams) - Required 2 more teams 50mm PaK 38 - Completed
To complete the above I need 3 packs of figures from the Peter Pig range 8. 1 pack 183 (German Para MG34 Tripod) to complete the heavy company 1 pack 50 (German Para MG42) to add the LW extra fire power to each infantry company 1 pack 185 (German Para Tank Hunters [need to ask for the pack to be made up of 5 panzerfaust figures + 1 figure carrying a panzershrecke + 1 complete panzershrecke team]) The above tank hunter pack will, when combined with figures in stock, give me a panzerfaust figure for each company, (replacing the 50mm mortar team in one existing company), plus an 8 figure anti-tank company by removing the panzershrecke team from the existing battalion HQ and allow me to add a panzerfaust figure to the existing engineer company. ALSO A Radio vehicle for the regimental HQ either - FOW GE-490 Opel Kfz 68 Radio Truck or Skytex CD16A Opel Blitz Radio / Office (Peter Pig do a Granit Ambulance command vehicle (pack number 83) that might fit the bill but no photo on web site so not sure what it looks like). Plus I have enough Fallshirmjager gun crew in stock to crew a PAK 40 so that I could have an option to uprate the existing PAK 38. BUT at the moment I will pass on this.....adds a little extra to the gane by using the PAK 38.
I was using these as command for the Panzer Regiment, with a view to repainting them in a camouflage scheme. Using them as Regimental HQ for a generic Infantry Battalion means I could get away with leaving them as they are.
Like the 21st list I'm going to use this blog as a note pad for this Division. I've added notes in green to help me keep track of whats required.This is a "work in progress" blog and will be updated as I complete units. After looking though my existing collection of German WWII and working out what I need to complete the 21st Panzer Kampfgruppe I realise that I am closer to completing a generic German Infantry Division, as outlined in the Rapid Fire version two rule set. Also it looks like I have most items in stock so to focus on this force would deplete the mountain of unpainted lead a little and be achievable in a relatively short space of time. This may well be my first objective for 2009...to complete this Kampfgruppe while I sell lead to create cash flow to purchase missing pieces for the 21st.
German Infantry Division Kampfgruppe - Normandy 1944
Regimental HQ 6 figures, staff car, radio truck Completed
Recce and Engineer platoon 10 figures (5 being engineers), panzerfaust - Completed
1st Infantry Battalion HQ CO + 5 figures, (1 being a medic) - Completed 1st Company 8 figures, Panzerfaust - Completed 2nd Company 8 figures, Panzerfaust - Completed 3rd Company 8 figures, Panzerfaust Completed 4th (Heavy) Company 9 figures, 2 x HMG, 81mm Mortar - Completed
2nd Infantry Battalion HQ CO + 5 figures, (1 being a medic) - Completed 5th Company 8 figures, Panzerfaust - Completed 6th Company 8 figures, Panzerfaust - Completed 7th Company 8 figures, Panzerfaust - Completed 8th (Heavy) Company 9 figures, 2 x HMG, 81mm Mortar - Completed
Support Companies 13th (Gun) Company 3 figures, 150mm infantry gun, Medium truck prime mover - Completed 3 figures, 75mm infantry gun, Light truck prime mover - In stock to paint (Battle Honors 4023 Opel Blitz truck)- Completed gun 14th (Anti-Tank) Company 8 figures, 4 x Panzershrecke - Completed 3 figures, 75mm (PaK 40) anti-tank gun, Medium truck prime mover - Completed
Divisional Troops Two Battalions from the Divisional Artillery Regiment HQ 3 figures, radio truck - Completed
1st Battalion 10 gunners, 2 x 105 howitzer, 2 x horse drawn limber, 2 figure OP team, light c - Completed 2nd Battalion 10 gunners, 2 x 105 howitzer, 2 x horse drawn limber, 2 figure OP team, light car - Completed
Anti-Tank Company 2 x StuG III (75mm) - Completed
One battalion may have an additional 120mm mortar 3 figures, 120mm mortar, light truck prime mover - Completed
Happy New Year to anyone that might be interested in this little blog. I hope 2009 will bring success with your wargaming interests as I am hoping it will with mine.
Resolution: I have always been doing "a bit of this and a bit of that" and never actually finishing anything. Over the last 10 years this has caused my wargaming collection to developed "arms and legs". I am going to make 2009 the year I lighten the load of unpainted lead and take time to focus on projects one at a time and see each project though to completion. This will take some discipline but should lighten that depressing feeling of all the unpainted lead and unfinished projects give me.