Saturday, September 18, 2010

Building Villers-Bocage

As mentioned previously on this blog, I have been building up the forces and terrain to run the The Battle for Villers-Bocage scenario in the Battlefront book Viller-Bocage. While my son and I have just about finished painting the forces for the scenario (I still have some Panzer Lehr motorcycle stands to finish), the number of houses for this scenario is daunting. I set up all the houses I have built/acquired to far to get a sense of what I have left to purchase and paint. It is a good start, but I have a way to go.

Most of the houses are made by Musket Miniatures,, which I think are the best available and fit many FOW size stands. They are somewhat expensive and do require a fair amount of effort to paint well. This pays off, but given my painting speed, is a small problem.

Other buildings are from Crescent Root,,
which are very good and come painted. Alas, this manufacturer is currently in production limbo and thus the buildings aren't available, whether I could afford them or not. Perhaps this is just as well.

I just found a new German company,Najewitz Modellbaushop,, which makes Normandy row houses. These look very nice and I ordered a set of seven to see how they work out for this scenario. I am not sure how well you can put stands inside of the buildings, which makes the Musket Miniatures buildings so attractive. After I get these I will have to compare and contrast the pros and cons of all the various manufacturers. Anyway, back to the paint mines.

The center of Villers-Bocage before the Germans attacked and the Allies bombed it into the rubble of rubble.

A view down the main street. The buildings on the left are Musket Miniatures. The ones on the right is Crescent Root.

A German Tiger Tank for comparison in the narrow streets of Villers-Bocage.

Another view on the town. The buildings in the center foreground are from Miniature Building Authority, These look nice, and can be disassembled to reveal ruins, but have little space for normal infantry stands to hide in.

Another view. I need to get more cobblestone roads as well. These are by JR Miniatures, , which I think are very nice.

Herr Oberststurmfuhrer orders greater effort to finish off the terrain before the war ends.


Chevalier de la Terre said...

A very impressive looking set-up so far ;)


PanzerCDR said...

Thanks. There's a lot more work to do, but it is coming along. There was another person who ran this game at Historicon so now I am pretty motivated to finish up this project.

jmezz382 said...

Looks great .... !!!

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