Saturday, 12 August 2017

1980s West German Gepanzert (Mixed) Brigade

The first of my West German Brigades is ready to roll. I now have the details for the full Spearhead Order of Battle for the entire 1980s West German NATO army and have decide to concentrate on the II Corps which defended Northern Germany opposite the main expected Russian thrust. It contains a Full Panzer Division, a Panzer Grenadier Division, a Mountain Division and an Airlanding Brigade along with a veritable menagerie of corps ,divisional and air assets.

I've already ordered a Full Panzer Brigade and the Airlanding Brigade (for a bit of variety) from H&R.

Here are the pics of the first completed brigade. It took two weeks to complete. Painting scheme is standard NATO three tone camouflage and after a bit of reading and interrogating of some of my ex military colleagues at work, I have learnt that other than supplying the paint and stating that colors should go on in order of green ,brown ,black there does not appear to have been a  set pattern and it usually fell to individual battalion commanders to decide how to apply it
Four fighting battalions plus command and support companies and a full artillery battalion

From top to bottom ,Gepanzert (Mixed) Battalion of Leopard 2A1 plus Marder APCs, a Panzer Battalion Leopard 2A1s,the Artillery battalion 4x M109s 155mm, an antitank company of 3 Jaguars, a combat engineer company, Recon company and Brigade HQ

Two Battalions of Panzer Grenadiers in Marders and M113 and with their own mobile 120mm mortar. 

M577 Command Vehicle and Luchs 8 wheeler Recon company

Jaguar Anti Tank Company

Combat Engineers

M109s 155mm of Bin Lid

Panzer Battalion ,Leopard 2A1

Close up of Leopard. By the early 1980s all the West German Panzer Brigades in the Panzer Divisions ,Panzer Grenadier divisions and Mountain Division were equipped with the Leopard 2A1 with the exception of two brigades. The Divisional recon battalion Heavy companies were equipped with Leopard IA4s as were the Heavy Territorial Defence Brigades whilst the Light Territorial Defence Brigades were equipped with the American M48 still a match for most soviet tanks. By 1986 all of the Frontline German Units including the Recon battalions were equipped with the Leopard 2A1 and some had already begun reequipping with the upgraded 2A4. The Light Territorial Defence Brigades had by then inherited the Leopard IA4 phasing out the M48s

Gepanzert (Mixed) Battalion ,1 company Leopards and two of Marder APC

Panzer Grenadier battalion

Friday, 11 August 2017

thursday night

With the club closed this week Russ and I decided to try out the Battlegroup rules
Americans against Germans 2 platoons each

Americans won
whats happening next week

Friday, 4 August 2017

Playing with myself

Trying out the battlegroup rules with a bit of solo play

Americans and Germans contest a small village

Flanking moves out of the woods

Close combat in the bottom left building

American reserves move up on the left

Thursday night at the bar

Rebel scum

Might is right

1st move

last move
The sneaky Rebels pulled off another win destroying a victory class destroyer, Boba fett and Darth vader, for the loss of the rebel transport and 2 fighter squadrons

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Britian confirms it's Nato commitment


1st battalion

Milan ATGW teams

Blowpipe AA

Scorpion recon

Scimitar recon

Striker ATGW

Spartan Milan ATGW

Air assets

Brigade ready for Rusties ruskies

Saturday, 29 July 2017

The land of Oz

Last Saturday, I popped over to see Ozy and his friends at Rhosesmor Village Hall.  It's in a lovely spot just less than 5 minutes form the A55 in one direction and 5 minutes from Mold in the other.

The hall area is about 18' x 30' in one wing and a kitchen and toilets in the other wing.  You could easily fit in 3 or 4 different games, or one operational game.

Oz and co are planning to use the facilities again in October and it might be an opportunity for us all to put on a game.  Ozy's friend's are a friendly bunch and one of them is into Spearhead and has a WW2 Russian army.

The custodian is a friend of Ozy and is a member of Deeside Defenders!

The venue is easily accessible for all of us, just 5/10 mins further along from the A55/Queensferry interchange and may give us an alternative venue for the future.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

On The Work Bench July 2017

Selection Of July's Painting Projects 

Baccus Early Imperial Roman Legion

All based and ready - 60mm x 30mm bases

For DBx, Impetus and Adlg

I primed these grey this time and found them a joy to paint

Heroics & Ros Modern Soviet SP 120mm Artillery (4 per regiment!)

Regimental Recon AC and support tank

ZSU 23-4 AA

Regimental HQ and Defense vehicle

Soviet Tanks

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

On the work bench

A selection of stuff that is on the work bench at the moment
1980's British

APC, some with MG turret

Battle group WW2 rules

American rifle section including BAR LMG

Platoon, 3 rifle sections,50mm mortar, 30cal MMG and command section.
This would be represented by one base of infantry in Spearhead

Higher HQ and 50cal HMG

German rifle section and MG34 MMG section

German platoon
3 rifle sections, 3 MG34 sections and command section
with 3No MG34 per platoon, no wonder spearhead Germans are so good

Higher HQ, 50mm mortar, MG42 HMG section, sniper stand and Panzerschreck