We’ve trudged through snow, ice, sleet and waves of nagging from Frogdog to bring you another batch of finished models. Gaze upon them disdainfully.
There’s a lot to like here in Lowry’s entry. These are the stalwart good guys of the Warmachine setting and it shows in their oh-so-noble, pretentious poses. The white robes and rich reds all work well but it’s the little touches that make it. Only one is wearing their trademark flowing cape and the other has befriended the crow accessory from the Wracks set.
My own contribution follows on last month’s entry. This is a small unit of Romano-British auxilary infantry. The colour scheme is unchanged but to reflect their scratch unit status, I’ve been painting a higher proportion of the models as old men, beardless boys and gingers. Soulless abominations.
Nosediver shows off two things, another completed platoon and his fancy new 4grounds buildings. There’s not a lot more to be said for his painting, it’s spot on. The Army Painter tufts continue to make his great work look even better. I think it’s in the nature of 15mm models to require good basing. You simply can’t just throw on some sand and assume that the paint job on the model will carry it.
Here’s an advertisment for airbrushing, check on the finish on this tank. Frogdog sends in a Tiger with what can only be described as very nicely blended camouflage. That quality is actually near-impossible to replicate with brushes and just makes a mockery of my efforts to produce something similar.
Craftfeld sent in a few pictures this month, I went with this one to highlight the ultra-realistic basing. This just reinforces my earlier point that 15mm bases can be mini-vignettes and look their very best when people make good use of their basing materials. Craftfeld has been getting ever more ambitious in his use of household/garden materials of late and the tree is just spot-on.
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We’ll be doing another roundup in April so get your works into firstname.lastname@example.org before the end of March. As ever, our local tech adept states that photos above 5MB in size tend to bounce back so keep your entries below that size.
1) Each participant may only send in one entry for a given month. You can send in multiple photos of the entry but only one will be used.
2) The entry can be a single model or single unit. The smaller the unit, the more detail in the photo so aim low.
3) The model can be from any game system. If it’s particularly esoteric, we’d appreciate a covering note explaining what it is.
4) The entry must have been finished within that given month. You can’t submit completed pieces from your back catalogue.
5) If you want us to include a link back to more of your work, we’d be delighted to do that.
Blitzkrieg–the word evokes images of charging panzers, Stuka dive bombers, and encircled French troops. The purpose of this article is to discuss the accuracy of this general impression and then meditate on the whether or not Flames of War captures this style of offensive warfare on the table top. So what are we talking about when we use the term? In practical terms blitzkrieg refers to the mobile warfare doctrine developed by a younger generation of German officers in the 1930s. These officers argued that armoured forces should be concentrated along a narrow front to achieve a breakthrough in the enemy’s lines. Many military forces in the 1930s saw armour as primarily a tool for infantry support and tanks were distributed among infantry formations rather than concentrated in armoured divisions. According to the German model the concentrated mobile forces could exploit breakthroughs and plunge deep behind the enemy lines to destroy logistics and command structures. At the same time large portions of the enemy would be encircled and eliminated.
Let’s take a look at an actual German operation. The German strategic offensive for the summer of 1942, Case Blue, involved a huge drive into southern Russia. Hitler committed a blunder in August when he split Army Group South into two groups. One group continued to push south to the oil fields. The other group headed to the Volga and Stalingrad. As the Germans approached the Volga there was a major engagment west of the Russian village of Kalach. The German military published a magazine called Signal for popular reading by the troops. The following maps of the battle of Kalach are taken from it.
In this first map below we see the initial German penetration north of Kalach. There is a major cut from the north and a broader application of pressure from the south. Bear two things in mind as you look at this first map. First, we’re in mid-1942 now and the Soviets and others are now implementing (or attempting) counters to blitzkrieg. You see it in the two black arrows. These represent Soviet forces attacking the flanks of the armoured spearhead. If these attacks succeed then the German armoured forces become encircled, not the Soviets. The attack failed in this circumstance–beaten off by German grenadiers following up the armoured forces. The second thing to note is the bulge created by the German advance. This illustrates the dual purpose of the blitzkrieg: exploit but also encircle.
With interest in Flames of War increasing I thought it would be a good idea to go over some of the “fluff.” Here’s a thing. It’s the first message sent from General Eisenhower to General Marshall on the morning of 6 June 1944. I obtained it from the National Archives and Records Administration. Digital history FTW. Have a read:
First we note that it’s from SHAEF–Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. This was the allied command for all U.S., U.K., Canadian, and French forces. It called the shots and Eisenhower was in charge. The ability of the allies to coordinate grand strategy was a real strength of the alliance.