Saturday, February 2, 2008

From My Workbench: 15mm WW2 Canadian Mortar Platoon

My goodness I paint slowly, but I've finally finished this lot, intended for my Normandy project. These figures are produced by Battlefront of NZ, using their basing system for Flames of War. The figures represent a 3" mortar platoon, a indirect fire support unit at the regimental or brigade level. For about $30 Cdn you get six mortar teams and half a dozen command and prone infantry stands, so it's a pretty good deal. I'm more likely to use these for IABSM than for FOW.

Here's the six mortar teams, set up in a field outside of a Norman village.

Two views of the mortar crews in action:

The figured are painted using Vallejo colours for the uniform and Games Workshop paints for the flesh. I've shown them in Vallejo English uniform which is typical for UK troops but most Canadians wore a more greenish shade of serge battledress. I have however shown them wearing the pale blue shoulderflash of 3rd Canadian Infantry Division that started the Normandy campaign.

I'm very happy with this command stand showing a pointing officer with Sten gun, an NCO listening while he leans on his Lee Enfield, and in the back is a signaller with a radio set.

Two views of the prone infantry included in this pack - they are all sculpted with PIAT anti-tank weapons, or as PIAT number twos with ammo cannister and Lee Enfield. I'm doubtful that so many anti-tank teams were organic to a mortar platoon, but they can be used to augment my infantry platoons, either as designated tank-hunting teams or just as prone infantry with a variety of weapons.

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