Sunday, December 31, 2006

WW2 Vehicles

My vehicles for Operation Warboard are, true to the original, an odd mixture of toys and more serious toys. ;) There's also, though I'm gradually eliminating them as I'm able, some pieces that are simply being *declared* to be such and such, because I don't happen to have one handy. This is most obvious in the case of trucks, in which a large number of die-cast American trucks are doing service as both American trucks and German Opels, as Opels are expensive to acquire in any numbers.

I'm waiting on some deliveries from Christmas season spending, but here's what I expect to have once those are through:

5 Sherman tanks
2 M5 Stuart light tanks
1 M36 Tank Destroyer
1 Churchill
~14 German tanks (Pz III or IV, I can't tell from the photos)
1 Tiger I
1 Nashorn
2 Stug III
1 Tiger II (missing half a gun barrel, may discard)

7 definite, all US but some may be redesignated as German
up to 2 additional US half-tracks, if my bids win
up to 4 German half-tracks, if my bids win

26 large and 1 medium truck, all US but redesignatable
1 US mortar jeep
7 US jeeps, 1 with trailer
4 Kubelwagen
1 US staff car
1 motorcycle with sidecar (could be any side)

Civilian, possibly designated as military
2 jeeps
3 fancy cars

Other Redesignated Items
3 Bradley IFVs, being used as Shermans or M10s or M18s.
3 4-wheel armored cars, post-war, which might end up in any army
4 M113s with turrets, Hot Wheels, which I've been using as PZIIFs
1 HMMV, used as a Quad towing vehicle
2 oversized jeeps, used as Morris C8 towing vehicles
1 tracked rocket launch vehicle without rocket, used as a tracked prime mover for artillery
1 Micro Machines Priest SP gun, being used as a Bren/Universal carrier by its small size.

At present, there are 8 Hot Wheels "Big Bertha" M60 tanks doing service as PzIVs, but these should be replaced by the above mentioned German tanks when they arrive.

I'd say my worst need is a really cheap source of several Bren carriers suitably sized. After that, probably some actual German half-tracks or actual British towing vehicles. Some actual German light tanks would be nice too. More Kubelwagens would be a nice touch, as well.

As I'm able, I hope to keep getting rid of the ahistorical items, and eventually field a force fully made of items that actually are what they pretend to be. ;)

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