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Saturday, July 16, 2016

US Parachute Mortars

One of my goals for 2016 is to complete a Mid-War US Rifle Company in time for the Mid-War FoWSA tournament on July 9th. My list will be a 1700pt US Rifle Company from the North Africa book. I've been documenting my progress as I've been painting and assembling each unit.

I've completed the 81mm Mortar Platoon. The figs came from a Parachute Mortar blister pack. The paratrooper version has a different org chart than the army regulars. Fortunately, there are enough teams so the platoon can proxy as a standard mortar platoon.

I purchased a pre-painted Parachute Rifle platoon and that will be part of my list. Eventually, they along with the mortars and other units, will become a straight paratrooper list. They needed to be painted with a similar color scheme. David B., the original painter, was able to remember the colors he used and sold the leftover paint to me. David is a much better painter than I am so the two platoons wont match perfectly on the table. But the mortar teams turned out well enough.

This was the last platoon to be painted before the tournament. I was running out of time with just a few days left. My lovely wife was willing to help put basing materials on all the stands and she did a tremendously great job! She was stunned by the sheer number of stands in my infantry-heavy army. And there were accusations of slave driving during the process. Nevertheless, the whole army was painted and based in time.




Completed units
Rifle Company HQ
Rifle Platoon (1 command team, 1 bazooka team, 9 rifle teams)
Rifle Platoon (1 command team, 1 bazooka team, 9 rifle teams)
5 M4 Sherman tanks
Parachute Rifle Platoon
Field Artillery Battery (w/ M2A1 105mm Howitzers)
Weapons Platoon
57mm Anti-Tank platoon
Mortar Platoon

Note: This post was written after the July 9th Tournament. I had a great time at Mid-War FoWSA 2016 and I'll post a short AAR about it very soon.

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