I started rebasing the figures to play a coupe of games and created some simple scenery along the way. The painting was very simple: black undercoat, a quick one colour for the uniform, black for the gun, a dab of flesh on hands and face, and a final contrasting blob for any equipment. It was great fun and a marked departure from my usual painting style with my 40K miniatures. In no time I finished off the armies and had a game going. Very quickly I added a scratch built British tank and added some house rules (as the rules don't cover tanks).
|One of my early games|
A few more games and a quick read of the period in Donald Featherstone’s “War Games through the Ages - Vol.4 1861-1945” and I was adding a Sturmtruppen unit, AV7 German Tank and aircraft. What I’ve ended up with is two armies of approximately 15 units, which is about as many as is suitable for a 4 foot by 6 foot table, and has consumed most of my available Peter Laing WW1 miniatures.
|AN AV7 tank trundles down the road|
The scenery is all really basic with felt cut into strips for rivers and roads, painted sponges for trees, books for hills with a cover throw over them, and all scratch built. The table does not look over crowed with the figures and there is room to manoeuvre units.
|An aircraft strafing troops|
As for the house rules - see free rule link (top right hand of page). The summary of additions are:
Movement - is variable, I took 3” off all those in Neil Thomas rules and added an average dice throw (2,3,3,4,4,5). For example infantry now move 3” plus what ever is scored with an average dice.
Assaults - some units can carry out an assault proving they are within an average dice throw on the target unit.
Added Tanks (Heavy and Medium) and Armoured Cards which need to throw to see if they move to reflect their unreliability.
Aircraft can perform limited strafing during the game.
All the vehicles are scratch built from balsa wood strips stuck together, sanded and covered in PVC glue.
|PowerPoint was used to print templates which are stuck to 3mm balsa wood strip|
|The balsa wood is cut out at stuck together and sanded (with lots of PVA added after)|