I opened my recent Valiant miniatures order yesterday and began assembling the troops (literally) into their companies to form a Rapid Fire Battalion. I do enjoy this aspect of war gaming and it takes me back to not only "my day" but also to endless hours as a youth writing lists way befor Rapid Fire was born. Any one remember "Operation Warboard"?
The first box was actually forming my second infantry battalion at this scale and I really was only going to use the other box to make one more company and some random figures....which is just as well! See if you can spot anything strange in the photo below?
Did you spot it?
Luckily I need only one sprue of Germans....I have no need at the moment for any Americans! These must have been packed in a rush and I will not bother to send them back or complain, it is slightly amusing, maybe somewhere out there is a box of US troops with three sprues of Germans?
Speaking of Germans here are the lads in the undercoat....
This is a Rapid Fire Battalion-a handy sheet comes with the box set which I have to say is my favourite German set on the market. A couple of Stugs and a munitions cart came with the Valiant order, I have only made one of the carts and they will all be undercoated dark yellow.
Finally "The Other Guys" despite being extremely hard and maybe winning WW2 I cannot warm to them (step up Colin Rumford and make some Russians). I will paint these as and when I feel like it, probably to break up the Germans.
This coming few days should see my transport arrive from Grubby, this will fill out my little battle group and give it some character.
Having had my sight restored by the miracle of lenses has been great and if my attempts at scenery are successful I will sell my 28mm moderns (which I love painting) to build up forces in 20mm.....Elhiem are just too good now that I can see them!
Keep blogging Chaps!