Saturday, February 20, 2010

Krefeld Salient NATO forces

I've taken some pics of the NATO base force for the SOTCW game at Caronnade in May.

The main force consists of a Challenger regiment and a battalion of mechanised infantry in FV432s.

The Challengers were painted by Phil Gray some time ago.  They are accompanied by a Scimitar recce platoon and a GW troop in FV438s.  The Challenger on a square base is the Unit's HQ.  I might well add a second HQ to the unit to help capture the superior flexibility of NATO doctrine.

The Infantry battalion (I'm calling them the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders) are in FV432s.  The Challie-432 mix is true to Hackett's The Third World war which is the source for our scenario.  As well as infantry there's an HQ, a machine gun platoon with GPMGs and three Milan teams.

Artillery support is in the form of three Abbots and an M110.  Actually, it might end up being six Abbots - we'll see how the points balance out.

A Cold War Commander army needs a Commanding Officer element.  In our case the British CO rides an FV439.  I made this element years ago - the tarpaulin at the rear is made from lead foil and stretched sprue. 
Air support for the Brits is in the form of a couple of Jaguars.

Among the planned reinforcements is a squadron of Chieftains from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (seemed appropriate as we're playing in Scotland).  The NATO forces are obviously scraping together forces for this operation.  Infantry support is in the form of elements of 1st Armoured Squadron RAF Regiment in Spartan APCs.

I had a damaged Skytrex Chieftain and decided to replace the missing barral with a piece of brass rod.  Rather than try to model the bore evacuator and thermal jacket I decided to depict some camouflage by gluing a pice of ragged-edged tissue paper over the barrel.  The resulting model forms the HQ element for the Dragoons.

In addition to the Brits we have an interloper from 1(Ne) Corps in the form of a Leopard 2 platoon.  I intend to build a few more Dutch elements to form a small reinforcing command.

Finally, here's a pic of the whole main force.

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