Project America: Test Stand

Found a great YouTube channel called Dr. Faust’s Painting Clinic that provided a really nice tutorial on painting US Infantry and Armor in a super speedy but really good looking fashion. Knowing that I have a ton of infantry to get through for a 1750pt tournament list I wanted to be sure that I was getting the technique down pat and maximizing the output while still making really good looking models.

The camera is a little dark (and light) but I did take some quick snapshots of the test stand that I did up recently. Took about a half hour all told from when I started painting to when I applied the final touches of flock on the base. Not bad!

Project Lehr: Painting Challenge

I decided to join Adam in his Project America with my own Project Lehr so that I can redo my lehr to a quality that I am happy with.

First the List:

Panzergrenadier Lehr Kompanie HQ  p.103
2
3
2
Cmd SMG team
Sd Kfz 251/1
Panzerschreck team
130
Combat Platoons
Panzergrenadier Lehr Platoon  p.104
1
3
3
1
6
Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
Tank-hunter team
Sd Kfz 251/1
Sd Kfz 251/10 (3.7cm)
MG team
290
Panzergrenadier Lehr Platoon  p.104
1
3
3
1
6
Cmd Panzerfaust SMG team
Tank-hunter team
Sd Kfz 251/1
Sd Kfz 251/10 (3.7cm)
MG team
290
Panzergrenadier Lehr Platoon  p.104
1
2
2
1
4
Cmd MG team
Tank-hunter team
Sd Kfz 251/1
Sd Kfz 251/10 (3.7cm)
MG team
175
Panzergrenadier Lehr Heavy Platoon  p.104
1
1
1
1
2
2
Cmd SMG team
Sd Kfz 251/1
Observer Rifle team
Kubelwagen
Sd Kfz 251/2 (8cm)
Sd Kfz 251/9 (7.5cm)
190
Weapons Platoons
Panzergrenadier Lehr Heavy Mortar Platoon  p.105
1
1
2
2
4
Cmd SMG team
Sd Kfz 251/1
Kubelwagen
Observer Rifle team
12cm sGW43 mortar
160
Divisional Support
Panzerspäh Lehr Platoon  p.113
1
2
Sd Kfz 250 (Recce)
Sd Kfz 250/9 (2cm)
115
Armoured Rocket Launcher Battery  p.201
1
1
1
1
3
Cmd SMG team
Kfz 15 field car
Observer Rifle team
Kubelwagen
Panzerwerfer 42 (5+ crew – counts double)
180
Anti-aircraft Gun Lehr Platoon  p.119
2 Sd Kfz 7/2 (3.7cm) (armoured) 120
Heavy Anti-aircraft Gun Lehr Platoon  p.119
1
1
1
1
Cmd SMG team
Kfz 15 field car
8.8cm FlaK36 gun (8 crew)
Sd Kfz 7
95
Company Points: 1745

This list allows me to put in some strong infantry platoons (2 of 10, 1 of 8 and 1 of 6) as well as 3 bombardments. I have the 12cm mortars, 15cm rockets and the combined 12cm and 2 8cm mortars in the KG that go with 7 infantry teams to give me the third bombardment and fourth infantry platoon.

The Painting:

I have some halftracks finished and the 2cm HT Recce finished. I decided to throw the Recce up since they are the only full platoon that is completed so far.

I like these little guys as they will allow me to lift gtg and support the main thrust with a couple extra AA shots if needed. The models I spent some time applying battle damage through scratches and also rust marks (not sure the rust will show on the photos) and then converted a couple models and got out the putty in order to make a soldier manning the AAmg on the rear of the command HT. I am quite pleased if I do say so myself.

I am hoping to have the Heavy platoon and/or HQ dismounted teams finished and up for Sunday.

Project America: The List

M18 Hellcat with Muzzle Brake

I’m in the middle of transitioning from one job to another right now which has pretty much been completed, so I’ve a lot of spare time on my hands during the day.

So as a result I’ve been playing a lot with EasyArmy and coming up with my first 1750pt American tournament list.

I think I’ve settled into something pretty sweet.

I was pretty sure that I wanted to go with a mechanized list because I think that combined arms provides the most versatility and, frankly, looks the best on the board. You get a good block of troops with good mobility and you can take a nice variety of vehicles and toys.

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Project America!

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, it’s been pretty damned busy for me lately. Job change and lots of changes at home what with the seasons changing.

I did manage to think long and hard about my allied army though. What with the Kelowna tournament finished, I felt it was time to really commit to an allied force so that people weren’t forced to play blue because I was playing black. At first I thought that I was going to upgrade my British force to Late War and play them but what with the new Blood, Guts & Glory book out and the truly horrid paint job on my desert-themed British, I was loathe to take the time to strip them and paint them again.

So in the end I decided to go with Americans. I like their versatility. We only have one regular player of Americans in our club, so I figured that it was either them or Soviets (gasp. The thought of all that painting!) because British were pretty well represented in our gang.

I think the Americans are interesting because of their presence in the D-Day campaigns, the sheer production capacity that enabled them to secure their position as a world super power in the post-war era as well as the decision to wait until later in the war to join.

So this is the first post for “Project America.” Every week I shall commit to at least 1 post showcasing the work that I have made on my American army.

So far I have collected 2 boxes of Armored Rifle Platoons, 1 box of M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyers along with the Security Detail (VERY excited about those!), a box of Shermans and an Armored Rifle Command Section.

I’m starting the long task of assembly so I can start field testing lists. Later this week I’ll cover the M18 Hellcat boxed set.

28th Maori

 

   I was able to complete my 28th Maori, New Zealand Rifle Company in time to take to the Kelowna Tournament where they were able to take best overall! It is a massive company for 1750 points of Confident Veteran, tough as nails troops.

There are 10 Maori 25 pounders, 3 Bofors with transport, 3 full Maori platoons with Sticky bombs, 2 with Pioneer add ons, 2 3″ mortars with PIAT upgrade, 2 6 pounder AT guns, 3 Universal carriers (2 with .5 cal MG and one with a PIAT launcher), a AOP and limited Kittyhawk support. The HQ is also joined by a sniper hiding under a blown out truck I might add. 😉

All in all I am very pleased with the army and it has been playing incredibly well for me. I am going to give it a second tournament run in May at the Saskatoon tournament.

 

 

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