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Title: Hi from California
Post by: Jerboa on 16 August 2020, 01:08:47 AM
Hi,
Iím new to 10mm war gaming. Iím starting with the WWII Western Desert campaign (Operation Crusader, give or take a year). This was the period I liked as a kid, so itís a homecoming of sorts. Iím looking at Blitzkrieg Commander IV or Spearhead for rules. So, Iíll be asking questions and sharing on the forum.
I live in the Bay Area. I also play 28mm War of Spanish Succession.
Cheers,
John


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: FierceKitty on 16 August 2020, 01:27:24 AM
That's, like, so cool, dude! (Have I got the idiom right?)


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: mmcv on 16 August 2020, 01:29:30 AM
Welcome John! Not a period I've got into yet myself but there's some fantastically knowledgeable people here on all things WW2. Looking forward to hearing about your progress.


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Orcs on 16 August 2020, 02:11:59 AM
Welcome John,

I have far to much stuff for the Western desert. Beware the equipment available in the early part of the western desert changes with stunning rapidity, as do the colours of the vehicles.


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: pierre the shy on 16 August 2020, 03:28:35 AM
Welcome to the forum John....

Hope your Western Desert project goes well.

Peter
 



Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: kipt on 16 August 2020, 03:56:24 AM
John,
Where in California?  I am near SF in the East Bay.


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Scorpio_Rocks on 16 August 2020, 05:49:14 AM
Welcome aboard!

Some interesting and diverse units in Op Crusader (Sikhs, NZers, Poles, etc and colourful Italian units) - Have fun!


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: paulr on 16 August 2020, 06:17:44 AM
Welcome Jerboa :-h

I'm assuming from your nickname your a fan of 7th Armoured Division ;)

It's a great period and place to game, my main interest is December 1940 - February 1941, before the Germans turned up and added yet more kit

We've played a lot of Spearhead, in 6mm, but not BKC


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Techno on 16 August 2020, 07:05:13 AM
Welcome to the forum, John. :-h

Cheers - Phil :)


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: fsn on 16 August 2020, 07:21:49 AM
Welcome Jerboa.

The Western Desert is one of the few WWII theatres I don't game but it may just be a matter of time.   :(

Crusader is a good choices. Matildas, Crusaders, nippy Light VI's. Italian 11/39 and Ab40's. Great stuff.
 
Normally I ask people to post photos. In your case, please don't because I don't think I need the temptation.  :P




I assumed your name was Jerry and you liked large constricting snakes.


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Steve J on 16 August 2020, 07:27:05 AM
Welcome on board John and a perennially fascinating campaign to me as it was the first theatre we were interested in as kids,, possibly due to the need for minimal terrain!


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: ianrs54 on 16 August 2020, 08:08:00 AM
Who is letting damned colonials in ? Hi John I'll get a lot nastier  ;)


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: fred. on 16 August 2020, 10:02:12 AM
Welcome.

Early to mid Desert War is a great period, Iíve managed to collect forces in both 10mm and 15mm somehow.

What rules are you using for WSS?


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Jerboa on 16 August 2020, 02:42:02 PM
Where in California?  I am near SF in the East Bay.

Iím in Alameda, so weíre neighbors. I joined the SBGC, too. They seem very active.


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Jerboa on 16 August 2020, 02:46:12 PM
What rules are you using for WSS?

Iíve painted all of my WSS during the pandemic, so sadly, they havenít been on the table. Iím keen on ĎDie Fighting IIí for rules, but I also have ĎBeneath Lilly Banners.í


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Ithoriel on 16 August 2020, 03:20:39 PM
John, welcome to the forum - as I say to many newcomers, the forum is warm, welcoming, well read, well informed, well intentioned and .... on occasion, well weird :)

I've played Spearhead and BKC and prefer the latter ... YMMV!

In WW2 terms I'm more at home in The Great Patriotic War or in North West Europe but the Western Desert is a fascinating theatre. If half the tales told by family and family friends who were out there are true I'm amazed the Allies achieved anything!


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 16 August 2020, 06:28:21 PM
Hello and welcome


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: fred. on 16 August 2020, 07:09:19 PM
Iíve painted all of my WSS during the pandemic, so sadly, they havenít been on the table. Iím keen on ĎDie Fighting IIí for rules, but I also have ĎBeneath Lilly Banners.í

Thanks, Die Fighting is new to me, but seems interesting. One of our group is collecting 28mm WSS and isnít sure on rules yet. So I will pass these suggestions over to him.


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Leon on 16 August 2020, 11:22:05 PM
Hi Jerboa, welcome to the Forum!

 8)


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Jerboa on 21 August 2020, 02:19:00 AM
Fred,
I just figured out that your web page is http://www.kerynne.com/games/index.html. Very inspiring. Iím responsible for more than my fair share of your recent hits. I assume you play BKCIV. I may be asking questions.

Jerboa


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: fred. on 21 August 2020, 08:14:18 AM
Fred,
I just figured out that your web page is http://www.kerynne.com/games/index.html. Very inspiring. Iím responsible for more than my fair share of your recent hits. I assume you play BKCIV. I may be asking questions.

Jerboa

Indeed it is, although it is rather neglected these days. But glad to hear you are finding it useful.

Weíve played some BKC4, but I tend to fall back to BKC2 as that is the version I have played most, so in a middle of a game those are the rules I tend to remember.


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Jerboa on 22 August 2020, 06:29:37 AM
Fred,
I found your comments/comparisons of M-3 Stuart (Honey) models interesting. I Ďneedí a whole regiment of them. Which Pendraken model did you compare? Were they resculpted on 2018? Your Ďsquashedí pics donít seem to match the current pics.
Thanks,
Jerboa


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: fred. on 22 August 2020, 07:18:22 AM
Those comparisons are quite old, certainly before the re-sculpt

Let me have a look if I have any of the newer PD Stuarts


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Steve J on 22 August 2020, 07:26:15 AM
The new Stuarts certainly do not have that squashed look.


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Jerboa on 22 August 2020, 12:05:11 PM
Am I right in thinking the Honey Ďmid-warí turret is appropriate for 1941-1942 N. Africa? Doesnít seem right to be counting rivets in 10mm.
Cheers,
Jerboa


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: ianrs54 on 22 August 2020, 12:06:32 PM
Why not I do it with 6m !


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Steve J on 22 August 2020, 01:13:19 PM
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Why not I do it with 6m !

6 metres? The mind boggles! ;) :D

As for the turret issue, personally it wouldn't bother me if it was 'wrong' in terms of dates etc.


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: fsn on 22 August 2020, 04:29:27 PM
6 metres? The mind boggles! ;) :D
6 minutes, silly.

As for the turret issue, personally it wouldn't bother me if it was 'wrong' in terms of dates etc.
Tend to agree. Finding the right Sherman variant is the path to madness.


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: fred. on 22 August 2020, 04:37:22 PM
Am I right in thinking the Honey Ďmid-warí turret is appropriate for 1941-1942 N. Africa? Doesnít seem right to be counting rivets in 10mm.
Cheers,
Jerboa

If you have the mid-war ones then definitely use them. If you are looking to buy some then I would go with the early war one which has rivets - not least as rivets always look good on a tank!


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: ianrs54 on 22 August 2020, 04:51:36 PM
With Stuarts the US army used almost exclusivly the M5 in action, the Brits used the earlier M3 models, but had the last mark M3 (M3A5?) with the M5 turret. Think the French forces followed the US model.

Shermans - US tried for M4A3, although they used most models, British had M4A4 and M4A1. Soviets and USMC got the Deisel ones - M4A2? althogh later the marines got some petro; ones as well.

Reason for the split is pure logistics - they all had different engines so as far as they armies wanted one model. It never worked.


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: DaveH on 22 August 2020, 08:13:27 PM
Welcome to the forum.


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Desert Fox on 15 September 2020, 07:09:11 PM
Iím in Alameda, so weíre neighbors. I joined the SBGC, too. They seem very active.

https://sbgc.groups.io/g/club
- Chris


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Steve J on 15 September 2020, 09:37:58 PM
Welcome on board Chris :).


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: paulr on 16 September 2020, 12:59:03 AM
Welcome Desert Fox :-h


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: mmcv on 18 September 2020, 01:27:09 PM
Welcome!


Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 18 September 2020, 01:49:30 PM
Welcome Chris, I hope you're safe form the fires.



Title: Re: Hi from California
Post by: Jerboa on 18 September 2020, 04:26:45 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome. Iím posting updates on my WWII Western Desert project in the painting section.
Chris and I are already planning a BKC campaign.
John