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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Korean War Project First Pics

I have finally gotten enough painted for my Korean War project that I can play a game!  I did a quick little battle with Hammer of Democracy, which is still in beta, and it worked well. I will be fiddling with it some more.

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 Army

Here is a TOE US Army Rifle Company.  It is almost at 1:1 figure-man scale!
As you can see, by 1950 the Rifle Company TOE had changed somewhat.  Here is the platoon in detail.
The differences from the WW2 rifle company are primarily that each platoon now has more organic firepower with a .30 air-cooled machine gun and a 3.5 inch bazooka team.  The company weapons platoon now has the 60mm mortars as WW2 but also three 57mm Recoiless rifles.

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 Anti-Tank guns and the Cannon Company of the regiment had disappeared but been replaced by a 4.7" mortar company and a 22 tank strong Regimental Tank Company, usually consisting of M4A3E8 Sherman Tanks with 76mm guns:

At the Division Level, besides the plethora of artillery support (although there were some shell supply problems throughout the war) there was a divisional Tank Battalion, usually equipped with M-46 Patton Tanks armed with a 90mm gun:

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!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Spot Report and List of my Wargaming Periods of interest

Work and vacation have interfered again with my hobby activities, but I will provide a quick spot report:

  • I finished reading Tank Warfare on the Eastern Front 1943-1945: Red Steamroller and I loved it.  I am an East Front novice, but I thought it was a well-written look at how not only the strategic and logistical tide shifted against the Germans but how the balance of tactical and operational competence shifted as well towards the Red Army.  I shall be reading more on the topic.
  • We vacationed on a cruise last week, it rained a lot but it gave me an opportunity to read most of The Complete Hammer's Slammers: Volume 3. I just so happen to have some Picoarmor Sci-Fi that looks close enough to work and now yet another project is tempting me.  Good writing by David Drake
  • I finally finished painting and basing my first set of 3mm US Army and NKPA troops for the Korean War, about a company per side at 1 base = 1 squad or a support weapon or vehicle.  Starting to fiddle with Hammer of Democracy, pictures will follow.
  • I did get two 3mm Industrial areas finished, based on 4" hexes.  Pictures will follow
We shared a table with an utterly charming family from the UK (Devon) on the cruise, and are now starting to lay the groundwork for a visit to Perfidious Albion probably next year.  They have graciously offered to help us build an itinerary and navigate the country.  Of course I am thinking about where I want to go.  Visions of Bovington Tank Museum and Baccus 6mm dance in my head.

I will wrap up with this.  As with most of us, I am fascinated with many different periods, which tends to make me spread myself too thin.  So, I thought I would list out to help stay focused.  By Thor, I have a lot of stuff (and I have thinned out over the last few years), am I not entertained ?!?!?!  I need to focus on playing and rules fiddling and painting and not acquisitions.

Until next time, good gaming!

(in Chronological Order)
All painted and ready to play unless indicated
Dark ages Circa AD 900 - AD 1100
Britain, Sicily / Mediterranean
6mm Normans
6mm Vikings (unpainted)
6mm Anglo-Saxons (unpainted)
6mm Late Byzantines (unpainted)
6mm Saracens (unpainted)
American War of Independence
Southern Campaign 1780-81
6mm Patriots
6mm British / Hessians / Loyalists
Also.. 6mm skirmish forces (unpainted)
Napoleonic Wars
1809 Campaign
6mm French
6mm Austrians (Painted, but need rebasing, could be used)
6mm Bavarians (unpainted)
Victoriana ~1860 - 1900
Darkest Africa
Victorian Science Fiction
28mm British and Askaris
28mm Explorers, Hunters, and Porters
28mm Zanzibar Slavers
28mm Rugga-Rugga
28mm Tribesmen
28mm Prussians
28mm Civilians, Scientists, Steam powered
Robots and contraptions
28mm London police, ladies of the night,
Jack the Ripper, and Sherlock Holmes and Co.
World War I (late 1916-18)
10mm British
10mm Germans
3mm Interwar Imaginations, Ruritanian Elbonian War of 1925

28mm Pulp: More figures than I care to list for high
adventure with Nazis,
Mad scientists, Dagon Cultists, Canadian Mounted Police,
Hard Boiled Detectives, Dames, Gangsters, Fu Manchu,
Explorers, Pilots, Gypsies, Rocket Corps,  
and overlap with Victoriana above and much, much more
World War II
Eastern Front 1943-45
3mm Germans (unpainted)
3mm Soviets  (unpainted)
Korean War
3mm US Army and NKPA or CVF
(both are work in progress, but enough to play a game)

3mm Aircraft, Jets, B-29’s (unpainted)
Cold War
NATO Central Front 1980’s
3mm US Army
3mm Federal Republic of Germany
3mm Warsaw Pact

3mm NATO and Soviet aircraft (unpainted)
28mm Dinosaurs
28mm Various Monsters and Zombies
28mm Cows, bears, wolves, dogs, etc.

6mm Orcs (to fight 6mm dark ages troops in Middle Earth)