Wednesday, March 30, 2011

AAR - SS Panzergrenadiers vs US Glider Infantry

Greetings troops,

Monday evening, I was able to get a great battle in with Sean at Steve's house.  The German forces were rolled for before the game to add a hint of fog of war.  The scenario was also rolled for with the result being Trench Fight with Sean's forces being the 12th SS Panzergrenadiers (Fearless Veteran).  I brought my US Glider troops (Confident Trained, Armor Support Confident Veteran) to the fight.  Total force point load out was 1750.

Steve briefly covered the battle with some awesome pictures. Check it out ... WWPD

It was a great mission to play because  ...
  1. I never had used trenches and defenses before.  So this was an awesome opportunity
  2. Sean has never attacked entrenched troops. So this was an awesome opportunity for him.
  3. I got to play Sean in a game which was great because we haven't had a chance to do such in a long time.
Sean had the following to command ...

12.SS Gepanzerte Panzergrenadiers (Fearless vet)
  • HQ + 2 Panzerfausts + Panzerschreck
  • Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier Platoon w/ Panzerfaust
  • Gepanzerte Panzergrenadier Platoon w/ Panzerfaust
  • SS Scout Platoon (3 teams in kubelwagons)
  • SS Panzer Platoon (4x Panzer IV H)
  • Assault Tank Platoon (4x Heer Brummbars)(CV)
  • Armored Rocket Battery (Heer Panzerwerfers w/ crew)(CV)
I was commanding the following ...

US 327th Glider Infantry
  • HQ + 3 Bazookas
  • Glider Rifle Platoon
  • Glider Rifle Platoon
  • Engineers + 3 Bazookas
  • Weapons Platoon (LMGs attached out)
  • 81mm Mortar Platoon
  • 5x Shermans (from 2ID- CV)
  • M10 Tank Destroyers (CV)

 Fair right of the American lines.

 Objective near the center of the American lines

 Engineers with additional bazooka support on the American left flank

 German advance on the American right flank

 American left flank looking down the line towards the right flank

 I can see for miles and miles ... of barbed wire & minefields

Expanded view of the American Front

 German advance on the left flank

A preliminary artillery barrage hits the center and right flank !

View of the barrage from the center of the line.
 German advance on the right flank ....

 Engineer HMG covering the road approach on the left flank ...

 German Panzergrenadiers disembark their transports to advance

 American Infantry view on the left flank

Panzer IVs crash through the church wall to get around minefields. Tank 2 bogs in the rubble

 American Command screaming to hold the line !!!

Left flank getting ready for the onslaught ...

 Panzergrenadiers advancing towards the wire of the right flank


 Left flank forming for an assault.  A brummbar bogs in the woods and is ripe for an assault!

 Center of the American lines ...

 The center's view of the upcoming assault ...

The right flank already showing signs of weakness. can they survive ?

I will leave you off here till the next posting.  It will conclude the final photos of our battle ... till then ...

Keep the Paint flowing and the Dice rolling ...

Joe ... aka Mezz

    Sunday, March 27, 2011

    Work in Progress

    Greetings troops,

    Just some quick photos.  Nothing spectacular to type about but wanted you all to know work is being done.


    Keep the Paint Flowing and the Dice Rolling ...

    Joe ... aka Mezz

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Comrades till the End ...

    Comrade Джо Мессерле sat on the bench and let out a deep sigh. Other villagers from surrounding lands shuffled by to sign their names in the defense for the Motherland.  A party Komissar sat at the table and nodded with delight as the men signed names with no regret or fear.

    In truth, he had no choice.  Germans had brought war and suffering to the Motherland.  Her troops were being pushed back and needed help.  Comrade Stalin had not expected Germany to launch an assault into the heart of Russia.  Everyone including women and children would have to suffer and give to push these huns from the Motherland.  He was ready to do his part.

    "Come Comrades!" The Komissar yelled as he stood from the table.

    "Join me and give all for the Motherland.  You have pledged your loyalty.  Now it is your country that will provide you the tools and skills to defeat these German invaders!  Come, now is time."

    Джо Мессерле was no longer a citizen.  He was a defender of the Motherland.

    ** This is a character that will be included in AARs of our new escalation league for Eastern Front. **

    Joe ... aka Mezz

    Comrades to Arms! (5)

    Greetings troops,

    Company HQ has finished Basic training (Popsicle sticks) and have began field maneuvers (basing).

    The Company HQ consists of 2 Platoon Leaders, 2 Komissars, 3 Light Mortars and 1 HMG team.  Basing is in progress as we speak.  8 more stands totaling 19 more men to fight for the Motherland !  The Army is currently at 16 stands totaling 36 men ! It has only just begun ...

     Company officers

     Komissars of Company HQ

     Light Mortars 

     HMG Team

     Light Mortar


     Light Mortar

    The last two pictures are of a truck that is part of a Rocket Platoon.  These are for my friend Luke, of WWPD gang fame.  I started with Russian green primer and then used Delvan Mud Wash in the grooves.  I still have to detail touch metal spots and some dirt as well as basing.  Keep on the look out for these on future blog posts.

    Keep the Paint flowing and the Dice rolling !

    Joe ... aka Mezz

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Comrades to Arms! (4)

    Greetings troops,

    Here is the completed Battalion HQ in all her glory.  8 stands totaling 21 figures.  The new method rocks and will be a consistent throughout the Russian forces mobilization.  My Company HQ has the first coat placed and will be receiving their first coat of wash this evening.  The first platoon of strelkovy will be reporting to infantry basic training (ie Popsicle sticks) in the next day or so.

    Enjoy ...

    Keep the Paint Flowing and the Dice Rolling ...

    Joe ... aka Mezz

    Saturday, March 12, 2011

    Still here ...

    Hey troops,

    Little update .... busy month so far between family life, school and work. The Russian hq is almost ready for the wash process. I will also try to get the final photos up for the finished battalion hq. I am also painting a small group of rocket trucks for my friend Luke. I will get those up soon as well.

    Be safe, keep the paint flowing and the dice rolling ....

    Joe ... aka Mezz
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    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    WWPD: News from the Front - Episode 14

    Greetings troops,

    Brief message to let you guys know that the newest episode of the podcast is out.

    You can grab it via iTunes or follow links provided at ...
    Enjoy ... Keep the Paint Flowing and the Dice Rolling ...

    Joe ... aka Mezz

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Comrades to Arms! (3)

    Greetings troops,

    Battalion HQ has been based!  Also, the weather allowed me to be able to undercoat the Company HQ on the basic training "sticks".  So for your viewing pleasure please take a look at the based Battalion HQ (in drying phase).

    Let me know what you think of the new method showing highlighted after 2 wash coats.

     Company HQ being "recruited" for basic training ... ie primed on Popsicle sticks

     Battalion HQ ... CIC

     Battalion HQ ... 2IC

     OIC stand ...

     OIC stand ...

     OIC stand ...

     Komissar stand ...

     Komissar stand ...

    Komissar stands ... 

    Keep the Paint flowing and the Dice rolling ...

    Joe ... aka Mezz