Daily Archives: November 30, 2015

Fall In 2015 – Encounter at St Joost – January 1945

Don Hogge
This is the second Battleground WWII game:

Encounter at St Joost – January 1945

The scenario: The British 8th Hussars had the task of breaking out towards the River Roer. In their path, lay the village of St. Joost with an unfordable stream and one bridge across it. St. Joost was thought to be held by a unit of second-line Germans reservists. Looks like a cake walk. Can the Germans prevent the British from breaking out towards the Roer River?



Rules:  Battleground WWII

This was a slightly modified scenario from Squad Leader – Cold Crocodiles.  Another member of the HAWKs ran the same scenario earlier in the day using the same terrain and figures but showcasing the new Combat Patrol rule set.



The German defenders used hidden map set-up and movement to make things more interesting.

The British cautiously advance into the village.  A view of the British attack as they entered the village with the infantry supporting the Cromwell’s advance. 

One squad with a Cromwell enters the village

A building is captured

Another view of the British advance; in the bottom right corner you can see the Vickers MMG set-up to cover the street crossing.


Another view of the British advance

This British artillery barrage scattered a bit too close to the British Cromwell and infantry behind the wall.  It had no effect on the German defenders.  In fact, the British artillery was not very effective at all during the game.  Even the smoke barrages hindered the British as much as the Germans.

Danger close – no kidding

The Pak-43 claims its only victim of the evening – a Cromwell IV.  The Pak-43 then received a barrage of small arms fire that kept it out of action for the remainder of the game until the Crocodile moved into the village square and finished it off with a burst of flame.

A Cromwell is brewed up

A supporting Churchill Crocodile finally enters the fray. 

A Churchill Crocodile lumbers into the village

The hidden map movement and set-up didn’t slow things down too much.  But because they couldn’t “see” anything, the British advanced very slowly and were not able to capture enough of the village to claim a victory.

As usual, I failed to take enough pictures throughout the course of the battle.

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Fall In 2015 – The Assault on Villers La Bonne Eau

Don Hogge
 The Assault on Villers La Bonne Eau

The scenario:  During the later stages of the Battle of the Bulge, the 137th Infantry was deployed near Villers-la-Bonne-Eau.  On the night of the 29 December 1944, Companies K and L forced their way into the village.  They radioed back that they had taken the village but needed bazooka ammunition.  They settled in and waited for the inevitable counterattack.  The following day, the Germans attacked.

Rules:  Battleground WWII

This scenario was the first of five games that would be played using the village terrain over the course of the weekend.

A top view of the village square.

A top down view

A few views of the village from various sides.




A view from the North side
A view from the West side
A view from the East side

A view down one alley showing American GIs slowly maneuvering forward to engage the Germans.

GIs advance…..slowly

A squad of German infantry dismounts and prepares to assault into a building containing American GIs.  The GIs laid out the welcome mat with grenades and BAR fire.  A misthrown German grenade landed on their own flamethrower operator, killed him, caused the fuel tank to explode which then took out two German riflemen.

Panzergrenadiers prepare to assault a building
Panthers in the square

After several bazooka shots failed to hit, Panthers claim control of the village square.  It was a good close fight but the Germans failed to capture enough buildings to control the village.

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Andre Durand: Figure 182 of 265

Chris Palmer

    I finally had the time to finish up the Chronoscope set this week by painting the Andre Durand figure.   This set now joins the list of completed sets over on the right.
      I’ve been in such a state of disorganization lately, that I forgot to take a “before” shot of the figure. So I will have to rely on this one from the Reaper website.

      I prepped the figure in the usual way; soaking it in a dish of water with a couple drops of dish- soap added, then giving it a light scrub with a soft toothbrush, and then rinsing and drying it.  I then glued the figure to a black-primed 1" fender washer with Aleene’s Tacky glue, and then glued the washer-mounted figure to a tongue depressor with a couple drops of the Elmer’s glue.
     I began by painting his face and right hand with Americana “Shading Flesh”.   I then painted his shirt with Folk Art “Deep Tomato Red”, and his pants with Cermacoat “Territorial Beige”. After these, I painted his coat with Crafter’s Acrylic “Cinnamon Brown”.

          Next, I painted his boots, belt, and holster with Americana “Charcoal Grey”. I painted his hair with Americana “Sable Brown”, and the stock of the gun in the holster with Folk Art “Dark Brown”. The stone platform he’s standing on I painted Americana “Neutral Grey”.  When all these colors had had a chance to dry, I gave the figure a wash with Winsor Newton “Peat Brown” Ink using a wet brush.  When the wash was dry, I painted the gun in his right hand, and his goggles with Black.

      When the Black had dried, I drybrushed the gun with Folk Art “Settlers Blue”.  I then painted his powerfist, the metal parts of the holstered gun, and the bits on his belt, with Folk Art “Gunmetal Gray”.  I then did the trim on the powerfist,  the center of the round object hanging on his belt, and the buttons on his shirt and the lapels of his coat,with Ceramcoat “14K Gold”.   I did the trim on his right-hand coat cuff with Apple Barrel “Yellow”, and then painted the lens of his goggles with Crafter’s Acrylic “Christmas Red”.
   I then drybrushed the platform he’s standing on with Crafter’s Acrylic “Storm Cloud Grey”, followed by Folk Art “Porcelain White”.

       Next, I drybrushed his hair with Americana “Khaki Tan”, and then painted his eyes.  I followed this with highlighting his face and hand with the base “Shading Flesh”.  I then highlighted his shirt with Americana “Burnt Orange”, and his pants with the base “Territorial Beige”.   I highlighted his coat with Crafter’s Edition “Spice Brown”, and his boots, holster, and belt with Americana “Mississippi Mud”.   I then highlighted his powerfist and the metal bits of the other gun with Folk Art “Silver Sterling”. Lastly, I painted the lens of his goggles with DecoArt Metallics “Festive Red”.
         When everything had overnight to dry, I gave the figure a coat of Ceramcoat “Matte Varnish”.  Then, that evening, I applied white glue around the figure’s platform base and sprinkled a sand and grit mixture on it.  The next day, I sprayed the figure with Testor’s Dullcote.

     I’m happy to finally have had time to finish a regular figure rather than another Familiar. 🙂    I’m generally pleased with how he turned out, though it looks like I didn’t wait long enough for the Dullcote to dry, before taking the final photo. 

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