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by Contrarius
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: Miniatures, Models & Scenery
Topic: Scatter terrain, road block, fire wood, log stack and grain sacks.
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Re: Scatter terrain, road block, fire wood, log stack and grain sacks.

These pieces do look the business, though only a very sloppy farmer would leave his axe out to rust and sacks of grain lying about for the farmer’s chickens and passing birds to eat! Was wondering if you preserve the sticks you use for logs in any way? I’m a bit worried about them drying out and sta...
by Contrarius
Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: General d'Armee
Topic: Skirmisher Allocation
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: Skirmisher Allocation

I may be misunderstanding something here, but surely the 24th Legere had multiple battalions? If it generates 4 bases then that suggests four battalions. Thus it can readily stand as an ADC-generating brigade on its own. Also, per p.65 the brigade needs to have “half or more” light battalions to gen...
by Contrarius
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: LMG against vehicles
Replies: 11
Views: 824

Re: LMG against vehicles

Lots of armoured cars had run-flat tyres or entirely solid tyres. I suspect they weren't quite so easy to stop as you might think. Was aware of these run-flat and solid tyres, but I don’t know how available they were in 1939/40. Have seen numerous photos of Kfz 13, SdKfz 221/222 and Polish wz. 34 a...
by Contrarius
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: Low Profile
Replies: 7
Views: 602

Re: Low Profile

I also note that in the BK army lists the Hotchkiss H tanks tend to go to the elite units whereas the Renault R tanks to the regular units. Now this may have happened in reality, but if it did it was only because of supply contracts. The two makes were essentially identical, minor differences here ...
by Contrarius
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: le.ig 18 use against vehicles
Replies: 35
Views: 1809

Re: le.ig 18 use against vehicles

Another problem with these guns is their low muzzle velocity (210m/s for le.IG18 and 387m/s for the 76-27). It makes them not so useful against moving targets - still, it's better to have the capability than not. :) At the scale of CoC that gives a flight time of just over a second to cross the ent...
by Contrarius
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Chain of Command
Topic: LMG against vehicles
Replies: 11
Views: 824

Re: LMG against vehicles

Are there any special rules for firing LMGs vs wheeled armoured cars? Can’t recall seeing any.

Armoured cars usually have rubber tyres which are surely vulnerable to LMG fire? Seen plenty of photos of knocked out armoured cars with deflated/punctured tyres, albeit usually caused by mines.
by Contrarius
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Miniatures, Models & Scenery
Topic: Chalk paint — any good for painting terrain?
Replies: 7
Views: 914

Re: Chalk paint — any good for painting terrain?

How did the chalk paint work out? Talked to some staff in the local hardware supermarket. Apparently “chalky paint” is based on the old style paints used for furniture. It’s water-based but contains all sorts of chemistry that is not compatible with acrylics. That put a lid on the idea, as I wanted...
by Contrarius
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Miniatures, Models & Scenery
Topic: SCRATCH BUILT MDF EARLY WAR FRENCH GARAGE Part 1
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: SCRATCH BUILT MDF EARLY WAR FRENCH GARAGE Part 1

Those pumps could be deceptively tall — something like 9 or 10 feet. Lots of photos on the web showing them towering over passing pedestrians. Also, the first pumps were typically set up outside pharmacies, as a profitable sideline. From the 1880s well into the 1920s in some countries, petrol was so...
by Contrarius
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Miniatures, Models & Scenery
Topic: 1/72 French minis for 1940 campaign — recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 1000

Re: 1/72 French minis for 1940 campaign — recommendations?

contrarius, I’ve not got any of the Lancer French (yet!) but the Brits I have are quite compatible with Blitz, probably a bit ‘chunkier’ but I’m not so worried about minor differences in size/bulk. Sadly my first choice for Frenchmen, Blitz, is temporarily unavailable – ordering suspended until fur...
by Contrarius
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Miniatures, Models & Scenery
Topic: 1/72 French minis for 1940 campaign — recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 1000

Re: 1/72 French minis for 1940 campaign — recommendations?

....but if I was starting from scratch AB 20mm would be my range of choice. Agreed. Beautiful figures. A little on the pricey side but probably worth it. AB say officially 20mm, but in reality the few German figs I have are 24mm (or a smidgen smaller), so exactly where I want to be sizewise. Unfort...