My blog about my wargaming activities. I collect a lot of 15mm miniatures for the American War of Independence and so collect a lot of rules for this period. I started miniatures with Napoleonics, so I have a number of armies in 6mm and 15mm figures for skirmishing. I have15mm WW II figures that I use for Flames of War, Memoir '44, and someday, Poor Bloody Infantry. Finally there is my on-again, off-again relationship with paper soldiers that I sometimes write about.

Friday, June 24, 2011

German AA Halftrack

As part of my project to photograph my collection, here is the first of them that I have finished basing. There are three Sd Kfz 7/1 (Quad 2cm) armored half-tracks to protect my King Tiger and Panzergrenadier forces. Light, mobile anti-aircraft guns are great for covering a tank or half-track force as it can keep up. It also makes a good stop-gap defense supporting static infantry against assaulting infantry. With a rate of fire of 6, those 18 shots are going to hurt a Strelkovy company. And as they are armored, they cannot be pinned by enemy fire.

I bought these models from Don, who bought them painted off of eBay. They are really well painted, even though it is a simple paint job. I have them mounted on 3" by 1" bases (not a standard Flames of War size, but one I use for many half-tracks and tanks) so they are easier to grab and so the flocking adds a consistency between these and other German forces.

The figure on the left shows the small metal plate that I glued to the bottom of the gun turret, while the flat bed of the half-track contains a small rare earth magnet. This will be sufficient to keep the two stuck together during play.

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Huachuca City, Arizona, United States
I am 50 yrs old now. I bought a house in Huachuca City, AZ (although I have a townhouse in Houston, TX and a small home in Tucson, AZ) working on a contract for "the next two years" that is going on five years now. To while away the hours I like to wargame -- with wooden, lead, and sometimes paper miniatures -- usually solo. Although I am a 'rules junkie', I almost always use rules of my own (I like to build upon others' ideas, but it seems like there is always something "missing" or "wrong").