Flames of War British Motorcycle Platoon

A quick update of the motorcycle platoon, my first Battlefront miniatures purchase – a hasty one too as I thought naively that I could use them as reccy in Market Garden. So my intention now is to sneak these early war models in my company as transport for my pioneer platoon.

I’m not overly impressed with the quality of the models, they look like the master was lost a long time ago and these have been cast from nth generation seconds. The metal is very soft and disregarding the inevitable flash that I can cope with, the overall finish gives the impression that the different halves of the molds were misaligned. I am however assured that they will look alright once on the table top, maybe it is just me coming from 28mm into a smaller scale..

Anyway, to improve their look on the battlefield I have added some features to their bases. Taking the wire tree idea from the Opal Blitz objective marker and hopefully achieving a look of large bush on the bases to give the models a bit of height and break them up a bit when they move together as a unit. I have also made some fence out of mounting board off cuts and a sign post to go along side the narrow cobbled road laid on 2 of the bases.

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11th Armoured Division Organisation

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Hunting around for some help on which decals to use and where for when I am at the later stages of modelling the Inns of Court Regiment in operation Market Garden.

Some nice high resolution images at The Desert Rats Association from June 2006:

Image from Desertrats.org – Lots more can be found at this great resource!

Below is an organisation chart from Rust and the City, an active blog from over the pond in Canada! There is also a section on his Flames of War 15mm 11th Armoured Division company with beautifully painted miniatures and tutorials to match.

Similar to the above chart, Kerynne.com have a more interactive organisational chart with links to miniatures representing individual companies. Enough here to keep me going and motivated for a while!

Inns of Court World War 2 Company

And so it begins, the arrival, sorting and cutting and scraping of mould lines.

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For now the Matador tractors will provide transport for the lorried rifle platoons that will support the armoured car platoons. Once the Royal Artillery companies arrive they will then tow the Medium guns onto the field.

I decided to cut out the windows of the Matador’s which I regretted after having to then do it again on the next mode; rather time consuming, but I’m pleased with the result. To take it to the next level I may even attempt fitting windows. I have added 5g lead weights to each truck to give them a bit of substance when handling the model.

I find the Flames of War/Battlefront bases slightly harder to pick up and don’t like the beveled edges. The infantry models from Plastic Soldier Company don’t come with bases and I loath to throw any more money at battlefront’s overpriced miniatures considering their quality – more on that another time. Cutting some bases out of mounting board was a great idea from a friend, and should do the job nicely!