The 3mm project continues to dominate. This time, I have completed an old school US Mechanized Infantry Battalion with M113s. As with the West German battalion I chose to model the infantry advancing on foot with their carriers in support. I had enough figs to do three companies plus the AT company equipped with M901 ATGM carriers. I know that during this time period each company also had a section of two TOW launchers, but that is a little smaller than I am trying to model in this collection.
One interesting thing I noticed with these is that pico armor apparently re-scaled some of their figures somewhere along the way. These ITVs are about half the size of the ones I painted last time. I also have another 15 M113s that are the same way.
For the scout platoon I did a mix of M113 ACAVs and ITVs. I think the original configuration was three launchers and three carriers, but I also know that scout and cavalry unit configurations seemed to vary widely between US divisions throughout the time period.
I am also finishing off a battalion of M60A3s, so I did their scout platoon just using M113 ACAVs. I seem to recall they had Dragon ATGMs during the time period, so I will give them some limited AT capabilities in the rules as well.
I also knocked out several supporting vehicles, and picked up some 50mm plastic bases to complete my Battalion HQ bases. I think these are large enough to fit all the vehicles comfortably. I still want to try to model some tents on the back of the M577s to represent their expansions being extended to form a field command post. I would like to try to do some antenna as well, but I think they would be a little too fragile for long term use.
|Infantry on the left, cavalry Squadron on the right|
I also completed the M2 Bradley equipped BN by adding a fourth Infantry company. I will need to pick up some more infantry at some point to round out the dismounts.