The 20mm World War Two collection is in a bit of a state of flux. I've been re-basing the lot of them... well.. those that are actually painted. They are based on multi-figure bases for play with Blitzkrieg Commander, or some such system - where a stand represents a platoon.
As I get to finishing up some forces I will feature them here. In the meantime to get a sense of what I've got squirreled away in boxes you can check out the (old, and giving some indication how low a priority these are...) 20mm WW2 TO-DO List. post. There are links there to most of the forces and little has been done since them (except re-basing a few stands for the "new system" of basing)
I'd prattled on about basing some time ago in the BASING AGAIN post. Ultimately I decided to go with an 80mm frontage with stands being platoons (though I might try some DBA/HOTT variants where stands are companies or battalions...).
SOVIET RIFLE REGIMENT
First of all I should have a Regimental HQ stand… but I don’t… I’m thinking I might pick one up from SHQ Miniatures at some point (under their “Russian Vehicle Crew” they have a pack called “ RT40 Staff Group, Infantry, Tank Officers being Briefed” that might fit the bill).
(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version)
Regimental AAMG Platoon (I think this was from FAA).
This was based some time ago and doesn’t really conform to the current basing system (80mm frontage). I’m kind of torn about whether to rebase this or not. As an Anti-Aircraft element I don’t really think of it as having a “front” and thus all side should probably be equal… but an 80x80mm base for these two guys!? Seems a little HUGE!?
I do like the fact that with the bigger bases there is the the potential to make mini-dioramas on them. Perhaps if I could find (or convert) some Soviet infantry men running and ducking for cover I could have them all scattering away from teh gunner as though an airplane is flying directly at them to strafe and the fearless AA gunner and the pilot are going to have a little showdown...
Regimental Reconnaissance Company - one Foot, one Mounted Platoon. The foot are from Platoon 20. The mounted I have no idea where exactly the minis came from... Combat Miniatures...? Maybe...? with plastic horsies from Eagle Games...?
Regimental Pioneer Platoon – also Platoon 20. Some Orders of Battle I’ve seen claim there was a Regimental Pioneer COMPANY, others just a platoon... All I currently have is this platoon... so I'm going with the OOBs that said only one platoon... (until I find some more Soviet Pioneers!)
Regimental SMG Company. There should be 3 platoons. I have only the two at the moment. The one on the left is made up of figures from Platoon 20, the platoon on the right are all from Plastic Soldier Model Company.
Regimental Gun Battery. Two platoons of 76mm Infantry guns all from Plastic Soldier Model Company
There should also be a Regimental Heavy Mortar Company (with 120mm Mortars)... but I don't have those yet... I’ll probably pick up a few from Platoon 20 at some point.
I should also have a Regimental Anti Tank Battery (with 45mm AT guns)... I DO have those (well, two of them…), but I just didn't get to painting them...
Then we have the three Rifle Battalions of the Regiment….
First Battalion (Rifle companies). These are all from Plastic Soldier Model Company
Second Battalion (Rifle companies) These are also from Plastic Soldier Model Company.
Third Battalion (Rifle companies) The two files on the left, one of the CHQs and the Battalion Command stand are older assorted plastic 1/72 models (Revell, Italieri, etc). The file of the right (and two of the CHQs) are metal Platoon 20 figures.
The Heavy Machine-guns. The three platoons in the front row are plastic figures (from Revell, Italieri, etc), The two in the rear are metal Platoon 20 models
Now, here's where I get a little confused... More than a few of the OOBs I've seen state that each battalion had a complete company of Machine-guns (three platoons each) AND each Rifle Company had an HMG platoon, in addition to it's three rifle platoons... for a whopping SIX platoons of HMGs per Battalion (compared to nine rifle platoons in the battalion) and EIGHTEEN Machine-gun Platoons in a Regiment... Is that for reals?! Or is that wishful thinking on behalf of the Soviet general staff!? I have only five at the moment... guess I need to get a few more! I'll probably just pick up four more at some point and have three per battalion...
The Mortars – Plastic 1/72 on the left, Platoon 20 on the right…
Again, according to most OOBs I've seen the Soviets apparently had a Mortar COMPANY per battalion - three platoons serving NINE 82mm tubes! Compared to one platoon in each German or Commonwealth infantry battalion!? So I need another SEVEN for the Regiment at some point - if I ever care to kit out the force with their full authorized strength... to start with I'll probably pick up ONE more and give each battalion a single platoon...
Not part of the Rifle Regiment… but Russian and could potentially be attached to make an even BIGGER force…
Soviet Naval Infantry (from FAA, I think)
At some point I wouldn’t mind putting together a tank force… company… battalion… possibly from an independent tank brigade for supporting these infantry… Those Palstic Soldier Model Company fast-assembly T-34s look awful tempting…
I didn’t take a picture of the entire force as… well… the entire force isn’t complete. It thought I’d at least finish up those AT guns I have before I take a picture of the works all together!
Other Forces to Come:
German Heer Infantry Regiment
German Late War SS Panzer-Grenadier Regiment
German Fallshirmjäger Regiment
British/Canadian Para Brigade
Canadian Infantry Brigade