Monday, September 19, 2011

A Little Bit of Focus Pays Off

Despite a hectic start to the academic year, I finally got focused and finished painting the rifle platoons for my U.S. infantry company. Well, okay, they still need a protective clear overcoat, so they're technically not completely finished, but all the real work is done.

So now I need to turn my attention to a few HMG and mortar stands, and then I should have two full opposing infantry companies for Crossfire.

After that I can start thinking about some of the Armourfast tanks I have sitting on my to-do pile.


  1. Those look really good. Do you follow any type of painting guide for you infantry because the paint jobs look great! And would you be willing to share it :)

  2. Nice! I want to come and play at your table. Nice minis (even the bases are cool), nice scenery.

  3. Dan: Thanks! For the color choices I can't take any credit. The color scheme I use comes from the Flames of War website (with one small modification):

    I use the following Vallejo colors: Jacket/Leggings = Khaki 70988; Pants = US Field Drab 70873; Web Gear = Green-Grey 70886; Helmet = Brown-Violet 70887; Boots = Mahogany Brown 70846 (I like this better than the "Flat Brown" recommended by the FoW site)

    My Germans are based on a color scheme suggested by the Lloydian Aspects website:

    Vallejo colors I use are: Jacket = German Fieldgrey WWII 70830; Trousers = Basalt Grey 70869; Leggings = Mix of Brown-Violet 70887 and Black (I kind of do this by feel); Helmet/Gas Mask/Mess = German Grey 70995; Musette Bag = Khaki 70988; Canteen = US Field Drab 70873; Boots/Belts/Straps = Black

    Jagatai: Thanks! The funny thing is the bases are really quite unsophisticated – just a simple layer of flock – but they're functional (and easy).

    Hein: Thanks for your kind words – very encouraging and much appreciated!

  4. Very nice work indeed Bard, the whole lot looks good. The painting is spot on.

    I have found that you are never really finished with this hobby, Just distracted!

    Regards Paul

  5. Paul:Thanks! Your statement that "you are never really finished with this hobby, Just distracted!" is something I'm finding to be very true -- though of course I'm also finding it's also part of the fun, too.

  6. Those Valiant Miniatures are great

    Well Done :)

  7. Geordie: Thanks! Valiant minis are nice. These boxes of Germans and Americans are the first I've ever had from Valiant, and I must say I was pleased with the quality of the minis.

  8. Very nice Bard. Like how you photographed them with the scenery. Looking forward to the rest of them

  9. MiniMike: Thanks! Going to try and do some machinegun stands this weekend (with a bit of luck). :)

  10. I love how you've painted the buildings.


Two Up, One Back

"The dominant (though not the only) tactical formation for the infantry in both attack and defense remained 'two up, one back.' This was a product of the triangular organization that the infantry used from platoon to division level. Triangular units had three main 'maneuver' elements (weapons units did not count as 'maneuver' elements). Rifle platoons had three squads; rifle companies three rifle platoons; battalions, three rifle companies; and so forth. This encouraged commanders to place two of their maneuver units forward while keeping back the third so that it could relieve or reinforce a frontline unit."

--John Sayen, U.S. Army Infantry Divisions 1944-45 (28)