Also on the docket to try out are: NUTS! Bug Battles, Hail of Fire, and when published Battalion:HQ. I am looking for a game that will let me run a company - battalion per side. Probably on the UN side a company + support and a company to Battalion for the NKPA / CVF side. My only hard and fast is 1 stand = 1 squad, every game seems to scale company and battalion support weapons differently, so I going to paint them up at 1:1 for now.
All of my models for this project are from the fine gentlemen at Pico Armor. Doing this in 3mm / 1:600 let me get the project on the table quickly and cheaply but also lets me use my Kallistra hills to better recreate terrain of Korea, which is critical for a game at this level. And I can play on a modestly sized table with elbow room for the troops and the weapons ranges look good.
Here are some pictures, the normal disclaimers apply. My photography is awful, so do not judge the figures based on my pictures or painting.
US ArmyHere is a TOE US Army Rifle Company. It is almost at 1:1 figure-man scale!
The US Army Infantry Regiment and Division were lavishly equipped with support even for WW2 standards. Anti-Tank guns and the Cannon Company of the regiment had disappeared but been replaced by a 4.7" mortar company and a 22 tank strong Regimental Tank Company, usually consisting of M4A3E8 Sherman Tanks with 76mm guns:
Just to put it in perspective, a US Army Infantry Division in 1950 had as many or more tanks as a German Panzer Division around 1944, roughly. Additionally, with UN air superiority, the division's Anti-Aircraft battalion would be used in direct support of the Infantry Regiments. The Quad .50 machine guns of the M-16 were extremely effective in this role:
North Korean People's Army / Chinese Volunteer Forces
Sources for the organization of these forces is hard to come by and also the July 1950 NKPA was a different beast from the July 1951 NKPA. The same goes for the CVF, which started their intervention bereft of heavy weapons and in fact being primarily armed with Japanese arms and US weapons captured from the Nationalists during the Civil War. By the time the war reached its static phase, the CVF was better equipped, but their logistics were always plagued by air attack, although this did not impact their operation as much as the USAF at the time would believe.
To get started gaming I have painted up a generic rifle company. I used Pico Armor WW2 Japanese for the infantry, as the CVF had multiple divisions armed with Japnese weapons:
During 1950, Soviet-supplied T-34 Tanks were a significant factor in the success of the NKPA, particularly in the initial push back and defense of the Pusan Perimeter.
And off topic, here are my two improved built-up areas for 3mm, more to come:
I will be offline for a couple of weeks while we go to Florida for some medical appointments. Until then, good gaming!