A Bit Of WW2 Wargaming & Some Nostalgia

Prepare to defend the bridge!

Prepare to defend the bridge!

A friend of mine recently sent me some pics of some of his WW2 Wargaming terrain – we used to wargame together in the 1980’s and early 1990’s and his stuff has been mainly in storage for the last 15 years – but he’s been cracking it out recently as well as starting to work on some new pieces.

The buildings pictured are the Airfix European Ruined Café and European Ruined Workshop, while the bridge is the Italeri kitset, as are the modular (stone) walls – this is all new stuff my friend has recently assembled. The muddy field is a vinyl floor tile (that cost NZ$5 from a hardware store!) – although the lighting in the photos makes the brown look yellow – while the vege plots are a cut up corrugated door mat with terrain flock glued on.

Who's gonna be first over the bridge?

Who's gonna be first over the bridge?

The road is vinyl flooring (cut to width to match the Italeri bridge which is fairly wide for 20mm or 1/72nd scale) and the river is a strip of lino (Linoleum Flooring) sample (which neither of us have decided whether it does the job okay or not). The telegraph poles are a mix of new Italeri ones and 20+ year old scratch-builds that have been rebased. The trees are also 20+ years old but rebased, and the Sdkfz 234/2 Puma Armoured Car & Pzkpfw IV ausf G Tank are Altaya diecasts (from the Combat Tank Collection – originally released as The Panzer Collection in France).

The colour in the photos is a bit wonky unfortunately due to the lighting where the photos were taken – but yes, the base cloth really is some sort of yellowy-green colour! I quite like these photos as they impart a bit of an ‘Old School’ feel and brings back memories of my early WW2 wargaming in the 1970’s and 1980’s and of books like Charles Grant’s “Battle”, Terence Wise’s “Introduction To Battlegaming”, and “Operation Warboard” by Gavin & Bernard Lyall.

The Altaya Panzer IV ausf G (with Schurzen) and Sdkfz 234/2 Puma 8-rad Armoured Car.

The Altaya Panzer IV ausf G (with Schurzen) and Sdkfz 234/2 Puma 8-rad Armoured Car.

The Panzer IV skulks behind the Airfix bombed-out café!

The Panzer IV skulks behind the Airfix bombed-out café!

An ambush is prepared...

An ambush is prepared...

...but where are the Allies?

...but where are the Allies?

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