Sunday, February 28, 2016

Combat Command R, 4th Armored Division - Reprised

So, here are the main opponents of the previously posted Fallschirmjäger. These are members of Combat Command R (Reserve) of the 4th Armored Division. The command's 37th Tank Battalion being led by then-Lieutenant Colonel Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. These are again mostly Victory Force Miniatures, and painted some years ago (before I started this blog). I'm in the process of migrating images from another site where these were posted. Apologies to those who may have already seen them elsewhere.
4th AD Infantry Platoon (minus) - two squads with .30 cal MG team, RTO, medic, bazooka men, snipers, and flamethrower. All 28mm VFM figures sculpted  by James Bland.

In front of Abrams' Thunderbolt. Comparison of Easy Eight Tankers, also sculpted by James Bland, with Victory Force Mini and Corgi Sherman


Easy Eight's Battleground WWII US Dismounted Tankers. These 28mm guys were "elevated" about 1.5mm at the legs - just wanted them to be "right" with Victory Force minis. Added a cigar to the center guy. Master sergeant rank and 4th Armored Division patches are decals from Company B.

Corgi 1:50th scale Shermans and Easy Eight TC's. The hatches are scratch-built from plasticard and Green Stuff.

New Millennium Jeep with Victory Force crew. Walmart used to sell these diecasts vehicles for about $5.00.

Part of the recon element for this unit. This is a 1:48 scale resin kit by Kengi - very well-detailed and fairly easy to build. The TC is a composite figure using a Tamiya torso and the head of an Easy Eight Battleground tanker. A VFM 28mm figure is next to the tank for comparison. Stars on the Stuart, as well as rank patch on the figure are from Company B.

This is a 1:48 scale Tamiya kit; fairly simple to build. TC and gunner (in the open turret) are Company B figures. The metal figures and the metal hull add a nice heft to the vehicle. 28mm VFM figure for comparison.

M3 Half-tracks for the Armored Infantrymen. These are 1:50 scale Corgi diecasts, repainted, with Company B decals. .50  Cal gunner from Company B; drivers scratch built using parts from German kubelwagen drivers and US heads.

28mm Figure & 1:50-48 Scale Vehicle Compatibility; L-R: 1:48 Kengi resin M5 Stuart; 1:50 Corgi diecast M4 Sherman; 1:48 Tamiya kit M10 Tank Destroyer; & 1:50 Corgi diecast M3 Halftrack.VFM figures in front.

Half squad with PSG Hightower

Half Squad with BAR man led by SSG Rock

Another half squad of Riflemen

Bazooka men, RTO, & Flame Thrower looking a little too happy.

.30 cal MG team with 1LT Ripper (Battlefield Commissioned).

Snipers and Medic - there was a rule about Medics in Disposable Heroes - forgot exactly how he worked, but pretty much painted him up because I wanted a figure with the red cross on the helmet. And that's a bandage roll he's holding, not something else.

Although the 4th Armored Division arrived after D-Day, it spearheaded the Normandy Breakout in Operation Cobra. In fact, the last time I played Disposable Heroes was a scenario based upon this operation. Abrams is, of course, famous for his relief of the 101st at Bastogne. Again, thank you for allowing me to indulge and repost images of figures painted long ago.

33 comments:

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    1. Thanks, PC. Hope you're in good health, and congrats again on your WS&S article of your fine EIR figures. Dean

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  2. Those are fantastic and it's great to see Abrams' tank.

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    1. Thanks, Neil. They don't come like General Abrams anymore, that's for sure. Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Thanks, Rodger. Warm regards Dean

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  4. Great stuff Dean - amazing troops, vehicles and tanks!

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    1. Thanks, Mike. Appreciate the approval! Warm regards, Dean

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    1. Appreciate the kind words, Fran! Best, Dean

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  6. Brilliant stuff Dean, captures the feel very well!

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  7. Some more characterful work - very good colour palette, gritty and authentic, and the expressions on the faces of the men have been captured really well.

    This is impressive stuff, Dean; thanks once more for moving this over from the archives!

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    1. Thanks, Ev! I wasn't so lazy in my earlier works - :) I tried to vary the color of the khaki. Warm regards, Dean

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  8. Very impressive unit Dean, thanks for sharing! The dismounted crew is very original - my favourites! :D Cheers!

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    1. Appreciate that, RM. Yes, those tankers surely had the right faces for cigar chomping. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you very much! Regards, Dean

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  10. Lovely miniatures and vehicles Dean, I'm enjoying these revisits.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Michael. Glad to hear these haven't been seen by some of you before. Best, Dean

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  11. Great job Dean, love the cigar!

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    1. Thanks, Phil. Boy I can't believe I had the patience to add that. Glad I did though :) Warm regards, Dean

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  12. Dean I've never been one that likes to see eyes painted on, they usually aren't done well or make the figures look doll like. I have to say after seeing yours, nice job. Thanks for digging these out to show.

    Cheers
    Kevin

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    1. Thanks, Kevin. Yes, I've given up on eyes for the same reasons you have stated. I appreciate your very kind words. Warm regards, Dean

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  13. "Not something else"....just for a different kind of emergency.

    I can't stop giggling. I so want a soldier running with tp.

    Everyone is beautiful.

    Everyone

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    1. Lol! I suppose in the right circumstances, a roll of tp may be just as valuable as a roll of bandage :)! Warm regards, Dean

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  14. Beatiful soldiers. All of them!I love Dismounted Tankers:)

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  15. These look really great Dean! Looking forward to seeing more unearthed figures!

    Christopher

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    1. Appreciate the sentiments, Christopher. Since my paintbrush has been dormant of late, I hope these formerly painted, but "unblogged", figs are enjoyable to view. Warm regards, Dean

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  16. stunning looking Americans Dean! I want them! :o)
    All the best,

    cheers

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Phil! Nice to hear from you. Glad you like the VFM figs - I sure do. They don't get the press like Artizan or Perry, but they are excellent figures in their own right. In fact, I bet they'd go well with Perrys - haven't got any of them...yet. I may try out their Afrika Korps set someday. Warm regards, Dean

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    2. I think your right Dean, these figures look like they may match up well with the Perry's -

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