I thought I'd sneak in one last post for the year - a bit different as I'm more a figure collector / gamer than model-builder BUT as it involved my growing WWII collection I thought I'd show a few of my recent aircraft. I've got a decent selection of German aircraft - JU52, JU87 Stuka, BF109 and ME110 (next will be a JU88 to complete my Mediterranean theatre Luftflotte) but wanted to finish my Italian airforce. I had my little Macci 'Arrow' fighter but needed a heavy/ground attack fighter-bomber so just finished an S79 Sparviero trimotor. Absolute bugger to build (snapped the cockpit canopy in two and spend hours on hands and knees hunting for and invisible piece of clear plastic on a grey carpet...) but the end result was worth it. Just have a CR.42 biplane to finish and the Italian Regio Aeronautica air support for the Regio Esercito for Greece and North Africa is done.
And (below) with his escort, somewhere over the Albanian 'badlands' or Libyan desert.
After I took a few shots I decided to do a few more 'pairings'. As I have already posted on the Gloster I decided instead to do the Hurricane (that replaced them) for a 'somewhere over Greece' shot with the Blenheim, using my home-made desert battle mat as a backdrop.
JU87 Stuka and ME110 over Doc's desert battle mat (and maybe a little bit of photoshopping to rub out the air stands). And last but not least, perennial favorites the Heinkel and ME109 escort.
We had a game at Jolt in Mitchell before Christmas - the second of our Greek Campaign. My Italian army has invaded Greece from Albania and at the same time as a lightning advance by Italian armour along the coast, a second thrust is being made in the mountainous north by Italian infantry divisions. Now I spent plenty of valuable points on an Air Forward Observation Officer (75 out of an 800 point army for a single figure!) but unlike the first game didn't get to use him as I left it too late and we ran out of time.
There was not a chance of the whitewash of the first game with Mark's horribly outnumbered Greeks being pummeled by artillery, air and armour - this time they were in a heavily defended frontier in one of three(!) indestructible pillboxes (also the Italian objectives!) or behind stout (Greek) stonewalls - and only outnumbered 2 to 1 by attacking Italians with NO armour (yikes!) I thought I had offset this by bringing along a Canone da 75 but that didn't survive two rounds before being taken out by a Greek howitzer (WWI Austrian issue!)
|The Italian 75, having been towed into position by the GoGo-mobile, open fire on the Greeks... only to be obliterated by the Greek howitzer opposite!
|Italians under heavy fire, try a coordinated assault with the Alpini to their right who spent most of the game trying to winkle around the other Greek flank - they copped a shellacking but kept on a-commin'!
|The prelim bombardment wasn't nearly as effective this time although it got several valuable pins on the middle bunker. The entrenched Greek howitzer on the far right was untouched - very bad for me!
|My useless air observer and my very useful sniper team move up.
|'Alpini' (subbed for by my Bersaglieri figures) try to sneak up under cover on the right - still a lot of open ground to cover!
|The preliminary bombardment - a few pin markers and a spectacular hit on one bunker/objective that achieved... not much!
|Mark's light mortar quickly zeroed in on the Italians crossing open ground - it proved to be quite a nuisance! (so much so I was inspired to make one up for my Greek platoon!)