Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A unit like this fighting against the Soviet Union would do anything to avoid capture.
They know certain death is the only outcome.
So I give these troops a +1 morale bonus when fighting Soviet forces.
These troops don't have the firepower of regular German infantry.
But I have given them machine guns and a few anti-tank rocket launchers.
Troops morale is higher if they can see the flag.
Flag troops are often easy to knock over, so they get a larger base.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Cossacks traveled with their families as camp followers.
They provided food, cooking, uniform repair and other support services.
Some repainting and head swaps and these American pioneers become Cossacks.
Women, old men, and boys and girls.
They have yurts that can be taken down and moved easily.
The kids tend the animals.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
I like full units when I can do them.
These troops wear a mixture of traditional and WWII German uniforms.
German helmets and stripped to the waist for heavy work.
German uniforms on the men on the horses.
The mortar crews also enjoy a quick dance to entertain the troops.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Cossacks wore a variety of uniforms, including German and traditional dress.
This battalion is small, but comes with infantry, anti-tank guns, command group, engineers and others.
Several clergy and you can see the dog mascot and radio operator.
There is also a small medical detachment.
Many of these troops have had their heads removed and replaced with more appropriate headgear. There are also a couple dancers and a mandolin player to keep up morale.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
In WWII many oppressed peoples in the Soviet Union sided with the Germans against Communism. These are Orthodox Christian Cossacks.
I took a variety of Cossack figures and others and made these troops.
Some of them are Cossacks by Strelets and others are various WWII figures by Ykreol, Revell and other companies. Some of these are Imex Pioneers.
Christian clergy as part of the command group in the front row.
They also have anti-tank guns.
Infantry and heavy machine guns.
Two platoons of infantry.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Now the Police move in.
Even the back exits are covered.
Rifle butts knock in the doors.
Men with wooden batons standby to deliver heavy blows to anyone slow or stubborn.
Plenty of Police for any resistance.
An early morning knock on the door, a terrible sound.